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Midtown is quintessential New York, situated right in the middle of the borough of Manhattan it is home to some of the most iconic buildings and recognizable destinations in the world. Midtown has an array of entertainment, retail and dining options, so you will never be short for something to do in the city that never sleeps.
Midtown is easily reached by public transport; NYC subway system is most likely the cheapest and quickest way to get around.
Shopping on Fifth Avenue
Arguably, one of the most famous streets in New York, starting just north of Washington Square and running through the heart of midtown to 143rd street in Harlem, Fifth Avenue is the perfect place for some retail therapy. Home to some of the most high end designers, and extravagantly decorated stores as well as more affordable brands, there is something for everyone.
Store opening times vary between stores, but most are open until 21:00. Whilst shopping, it’s worth keeping your eye out for St. Patricks Cathedral, this historical building with its 330 foot spires is a stark contrast to the other buildings on fifth avenue so should be easy to spot!
See a show on Broadway
No trip to New York is complete without experiencing the razzle dazzle of Broadway. Host to some of the most famous musicals in the world, this is a great place for some after work entertainment. Show start times for most Broadway productions are either 19:00 or 20:00.
Tip: to get cheap tickets to top Broadway shows, visit a TKTS booth during your lunch break to get same-day discount tickets to shows. Times and locations can be found here: https://www.tdf.org/nyc/8/Locations-Hours
Visit a sky scraper
The beauty of New York is best appreciated from above; overlooking the glistening lights of the city is truly a sight to behold. Fortunately, Midtown is not short of amazing skyscrapers from which you can get this view.
Rockefeller Center, a historical landmark in the centre of midtown, the building has a great observation deck at the top. Ticket prices are $36 for adults and is open from 8:00 – 00:00, the last elevator goes up at 23:00.
Empire State Building, The world’s most famous building, observatories are situated on the 86th and 102nd floors. Ticket prices vary from $36 – $57 depending on which floor you wish to visit and is open from 08:00-02:00, the last elevator goes up at 1:15.
Times Square is big bold and in your face, this place seems to be a hub of activity, not matter what time of day you visit. Lined with popular stores and filled with free entertainers, you can easily kill a few hours checking out the stores, marvelling at the variety of street performers, taking photos with the characters, or just simply people watching.
If you’re a night owl, at 11:57-00:00 there is a synchronized digital art display on the electric billboards throughout Times Square. Midnight moment is the world’s largest digital art exhibition.
Bryant park is a beautiful green space in midtown Manhattan, located between fifth and sixth avenue and between 40th and 42nd street. This beautiful lawn is surrounded by towering buildings and is a wonderful place to admire a little bit of nature. The parks boasts an array of dining options which are open until late, which makes it the perfect place to grab a coffee and relax.
Additionally, there are always special events being held at the park such as movie nights, dance nights and live music – a full list of events can be found on the Bryant Park Website: http://bryantpark.org/programs
New York City is a spectacular place to visit, with many things to do. If you find yourself in Midtown for your job, there’s no shortage of great activities for after 5:00 pm.
Visiting New York City and looking for after work adventures?
- Head 10 minutes outside the city with Hoboken After Five
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- Check out Fidi, New York’s Financial District After Five