With so many different types of neighborhoods in New York, there’s one in particular that many people overlook as a place to live: Midtown. Yes, the area is familiar to locals as a home to many offices — not to mention Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. But it is so much more than that. Kips BayHudson YardsSutton PlaceBeekman, and Murray Hill make Midtown Manhattan a very desirable place to live.

According to the StreetEasy Data Dashboard, the median asking sale price is higher in Midtown compared to the rest of Manhattan ($2.3 million versus $1.5 million as of December 2021), and the same is true with the median rent ($4,750 compared to $3,500 a month). But, of course, there are many units for less than the area’s medians. Just check out the listings throughout this post. Here’s what you need to know about living in Midtown, Manhattan.  

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Where Is Midtown?

Midtown takes up a massive portion of Manhattan. It stretches from 34th Street to 59th Street and spans the entire island from the Hudson River to the East River. And unlike other smaller neighborhoods with distinct personalities, Midtown is so large that it has a variety of vibes between Midtown East and Midtown West.

On the east side, you’ll get a more classic NYC experience with access to some of the city’s most storied institutions. Meanwhile, the west side is filled with newer developments like Manhattan West and is home to a more bustling nightlife scene. So no matter what you like doing, you can find options on both ends of the spectrum in Midtown.

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What Are the Housing Options in Midtown?

The housing stock in Midtown is similarly diverse. Apartments come in all shapes and sizes, from studios to palatial dwellings with 20 or more rooms. There are co-ops, rentals, condominiums, and brownstones, two-and three-story walk-ups, and 80-story apartment towers loaded with amenities. 

And though Midtown seems packed to the brim with housing already, new buildings and options continue to pop up, such as the renovated Waldorf Astoria, 45-story Rose Hill, Central Park Tower — the tallest residential building in the city — and The Centrale, a 71-story residential structure with expansive views.

“You can live in a charming pre-war building, or you can live in a super tall new building on Billionaire’s Row,” said Sheila Trichter, a broker for Warburg Realty. “The prices vary as well, some are reasonable, and some are not.”

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Parks and Green Spaces in Midtown

While it’s true Midtown is filled with many skyscrapers and office buildings, it also contains some of the most coveted green spaces in the city. The neighborhood is home to the picturesque Bryant Park, which hosts events year-round, including a free ice-skating rink at its Winter Village from November to March, and a film series and musical and theatrical performances in the warmer months.  

The neighborhood abuts the southern border of Central Park, with nearby features of the green space including the Central Park Zoo, Heckscher Playground, and Wollman Rink. 

Hudson River Park borders Midtown to the west. The park is home to manicured jogging and biking paths, playgrounds, as well as numerous piers with kayaking available.

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Transportation Options in Midtown

Midtown living provides easy access to some of the largest transit hubs in the world, including Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The neighborhood is served by virtually every train line, making travel within Manhattan and to the other boroughs relatively easy. 

The commuter lines of the Long Island Railroad, Metro-North, New Jersey Transit, and the PATH depart from Midtown, providing access to areas north and south of the city, and Amtrak trains traveling throughout the country leave from the newly-built Moynihan Train Hall across from Penn Station.

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What To Do & Eat In Midtown

There are countless indoor and outdoor activities to choose from in Midtown. While there are lots of tourist attractions, Midtown also houses some of the city’s top restaurants, shops, and nightlife that locals love.

“Midtown is recognized for luxury shopping, world-class restaurants, and a plethora of historical landmarks such as the Chrysler Building, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, the Plaza Hotel, and Billionaire Row on 57th Street,” said Karen Kostiw, an agent for Warburg Realty. “It’s also the heart of the Theater District, including Carnegie Hall and other music venues such as Madison Square Garden and Radio Music Hall. Plus, there are several cultural spots such as the Museum of Modern Art and the main branch of the NYC Public Library.”

Eating in Midtown

Covering such a wide swath of Manhattan, Midtown can provide anything you want, food-wise. It is, of course, filled with plentiful fine dining experiences that will also cost you: Le Bernardin, Marea, and STK Steakhouse NYC come to mind. 

But there are innumerable options including casual spots (PJ Clarke’s, Pio Pio, Tacombi), international fare (Totto Ramen, Tempura Matsui, and Spice Symphony), and fantastic places to grab a quick bite and go (Ess-a-Bagel, UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, and Little Beet).

Shopping in Midtown

When it comes to shopping, your options are similarly varied, skewing towards big brands and luxury. Choices include Macy’s flagship store at 34th Street, the luxury mall of Hudson Yards far west, the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, as well as Bloomingdale’s, Rockefeller Center shops, and places for bargain hunters like TJ Maxx. Midtown is also where you’ll find interesting specialty districts such as the Garment District and the Diamond District.   

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