Midtown East Travel Guide
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Midtown East

Fifth Avenue is Manhattan’s dividing line, marking the division of east and west sides, but the avenue itself seems to connote so much of what the island’s East Side is all about.

Midtown East is where some of the city’s most iconic buildings are found, including the iconic Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, and the mid-century United Nations and Ford Foundation building. It's a bustling business, hotel, and shopping area with residential areas on the periphery (and sometimes in scattered apartment buildings nestled among the office towers), including those in the picturesque Tudor City development, with Gothic-style apartment buildings surrounding a picturesque, treelined park, all overlooking the UN. The other major residential areas include Turtle Bay, in the east 50s between Lexington and 1st avenues, and Sutton Place, in the same area east of 1st Avenue.

Murray Hill is generally thought of as the area east of Fifth Avenue, from 34th Street to 23rd Street, and is predominately residential east of Park Avenue; however, the densely packed blocks between Fifth and Park Avenue South are lined with a mix of hotels, apartment buildings, and office buildings, giving it much the same feel as the rest of Midtown East. The area also has a couple of noteworthy tourist sights: the Empire State Building and the Morgan Library. And two sub-neighborhoods may be of particular interest to tourists who like good food. Lexington Avenue between 24th and 28th streets and the immediately surrounding cross-streets are affectionately known as "Curry Hill" for their large number of Indian restaurants. And Manhattan's Koreatown is centered on a dense stretch of restaurants and stores on 32nd Street between Madison and Broadway.

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