There’s a reason why the tourists who flock to Midtown East have their eyes turned skyward -- from The Chrysler Building to Grand Central Terminal to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Midtown East is home to some of the most iconic and instantly recognizable buildings on the Manhattan skyline. But there’s something that even the best-prepared tourists don’t know about the neighborhood that runs between 42nd and 57th Streets, and from the East River to Fifth Avenue, and which many New Yorkers don’t know, either. Namely, it’s that Midtown East -- and the sedate, international sub-neighborhood of Turtle Bay -- is more than a great place to shop and do business. Sutton Place offers residents some of the best views of the East River that are available in New York City. Another sub-neighborhood that provides something appealing in Midtown East is that many of the buildings in the Flatiron District have been declared historic. Midtown East has also become one of Manhattan’s most desirable residential neighborhoods.
While it’s best known for its Art Deco skyscrapers, the oddly bustling majesty of Grand Central Terminal the transit hub at its center and the high-end commerce around Bloomingdales on Fifth Avenue, Midtown East turns into an understated, elegant residential neighborhood east of Lexington Avenue. Where the commercial half of Midtown East is high and proud, the brownstone-lined residential streets of Midtown East are understated and elegant. Where many Midtown East condominiums are of the utilitarian post-war condo variety, a few striking new condominiums in Midtown East -- most notably the ultra-modern Number 5 -- have made their own contribution to the Midtown East skyline. Midtown East’s secret identity -- an iconic commercial neighborhood that also happens to be among the nicer places to live in Manhattan -- can’t stay a secret forever.