Midtown Manhattan, United States
Midtown is the Manhattan of movies and postcards; the world’s most-iconic buildings (the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the UN headquarters) are clustered into its skyline, which makes a trip to Weehawken worthwhile for the view. Non-New yorkers will have constant deja vu as they stroll past the nearly psychedelic crush of neon billboards in Times Square and Broadway, ride the lifts to the Empire State Building’s viewing platform, hop up the steps of the public library and survey the art in MoMa (be sure to stop in the sculpture garden). Midtown encompasses Madison, Fifth and Park Avenues and their decorous and imposing high rises, and the ‘city that never sleeps’ revels of Hell’s Kitchen. Midtown’s dizzying and crowded – and native New Yorkers have a love-hate relationship with it – but its classic New York charm is undeniable.
When to go
Anytime. Midtown is very rarely quiet – it's especially magical at Christmas time, when the Rockefeller Center opens its ice-skating rink and the skyscrapers are covered in lights.
PlanesThe nearest airport to the hotel is La Guardia, which has flights from most major US cities on airlines including United (www.unitedairlines.com) and British Airways (www.britishairways.com).
TrainsPenn Station, the hub for Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) and the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org) is within easy reach of most Midtown hotspots. Grand Central Station, where you can hop on the Metro North (www.mta.info) to Connecticut and beyond, is a short cab ride away.
AutomobilesMidtown is a nightmare for drivers; we advise hopping in a taxi cab or riding the Metro to get around.