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  • Picture New York City and youre probably thinking about Midtown

  • Time Square, the Empire State Building, Grand Central….

  • This is Midtown Manhattan

  • Tourist flock to it, while locals often try - and fail - to avoid it

  • But there is more to this part of town than tourist traps and traffic congestion

  • Midtown has been electrified by a bolt of Brooklyn Hip and Wall Street money.

  • Maybe it's time you took a second look

  • Midtown is everything between 14th street and Central Park South

  • It is the world’s largest central business district

  • It also has some of the most expensive real estate

  • And it doesn’t get any ritzier than Fifth Avenue which commands the world's highest

  • retail rents

  • But if there is one building more responsible than any other for midtown’s success

  • it's this one

  • Built in 1913, Grand Central Terminal helped sparked a boom in construction that made Midtown

  • the center of American capitalism

  • This audacious building is used by more than one million people a week.

  • A century after it was built it has only now reached capacity. That’s future proofing

  • New York embraces eating out. There are over 45 thousand restaurants in the city

  • It would take 125 years to eat in every one - not saying your should

  • Here in Midtown - the restaurant scene is embracing change

  • A number of Brooklyn institutions have jumped the river

  • Roberta’s pizza started on the other side of the East River in 2008 but their second

  • outpost is based in Urbanspace food hall - smack dab in Midtown

  • You could be fooled into thinking this is Williamsburg not Park Avenue

  • Another Brooklyn import is Ichiran, the Japanese ramen chain whose first US restaurant opened

  • in Bushwick in 2016 .

  • Here you can sit with a group or…. in splendid isolation in one of the so calledflavour

  • concentration booths’. Very serious

  • But if you want to swap Brooklyn cool for something a bit more luxury

  • we've got the spot

  • The Office is an intimate speakeasy offering pre-Prohibition style cocktails and a food

  • menu to match

  • Youll find it hidden away on the 35th floor of the super swanky Mandarin Oriental

  • This is one of the most expensive hotels in New York, rooms start at $1000 a night

  • But there are 113 other hotels in Midtown offering plenty of choices

  • So forget the old wisdom that the excitement is basically, anywhere but Midtown

  • . This part of Manhattan has something new and

  • exciting to offer, whether it’s high end or rough-and-ready.

Picture New York City and youre probably thinking about Midtown

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Midtown Manhattan Isn't What It Used to Be

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/08
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