Midtown Manhattan is changing, and fast.
There’s a new Midtown Manhattan happening before our very eyes. In a city of constant change, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I read and see for myself that Midtown is changing fast. I wrote about the new skyline and how I’m struggling to come to terms with the explosion of towers and the shift in New York’s classic and beloved silhouette. The Empire State Building was always the focal point as it stood proudly at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, but now it’s just another one of the city’s countless superstructures, but thankfully, an iconic one whose history prevails.
Midtown is often the district most associated with New York – it’s where the most tourists congregate. That makes sense since the area features the largest concentration of hotels, Times Square, Herald Square, Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Tiffany & Co., Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, Grand Central, not to mention some of New York’s top-tier restaurants. If you want to dine at Le Bernardin, Estiatorio Milos, The Modern or Aureole, you’ll have to make a trip to Midtown.
That said, the dining scene and the cultural vibe here is changing. Midtown will always be thought of as New York’s business hub (it’s the largest central business district in the world). It’s also the heart of Manhattan, but as you’ll see for yourself in the video below, this area of the city has been injected with a shot of “Brooklyn cool” that somehow offsets the bundles of Wall Street cash seizing and molding the district into a heap of glass, metal, and (more) concrete.
New Yorkers often avoid Midtown – we don’t like the crowds, the noise, and the chain restaurants. But Midtown is coming into its own, and I suspect it will continue to evolve and surprise (New Yorkers included), just like the city does every minute of every day.
See more of what’s going on in this video, courtesy of Bloomberg. (Note: I disagree with the narrator. In my mind, Midtown begins at 23rd Street and not 14th.)
What do you think of the new Midtown Manhattan? Do you think you’re more or less likely to hang out here in the future?
Why I still love living in Manhattan. Plus, if you’re looking for views, I recommend riding the tram and taking a day tour of Roosevelt Island.