While there are countless places to visit in New York City, a fare share of them are easily found in East Manhattan. From the paintings of masters like Henri Matisse to the awe-inspiring skyscrapers of the 1930s, iconic works of art and landmarks can be spotted almost anywhere you look.
Aside from being home to New York City’s biggest Christmas tree—and ice skating!—during the holidays, this Art Deco building offers stunning views of the city from the “top of the rock” and boasts an excellent shopping concourse and plaza. And, as you may know, the building happens to be home to NBC—If you’re a fan of talk show geek, try your luck grabbing tickets for Late Night with Seth Meyers or Saturday Night Live. For more cultural immersion, book a tour of the Radio City Music Hall, meet the Rockettes, or snap photos in front of the iconic Atlas and Prometheus statues.
45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111
Distance from hotel: 0.6 miles
The New York Public Library
Discover the flagship building of The New York Public Library—one of the world’s great libraries. A magnificent example of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, this library has symbolized the democratic ideal of free and open access to knowledge since it opened to the public in 1911. Today, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building welcomes millions of visitors a year from across the world who find inspiration in its majestic public spaces, unparalleled research collections, and vibrant programs and exhibitions.
476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles
Grand Central Terminal
Looking for your spotted-at-Grand-Central Gossip Girl moment? This beautiful and instantly-recognizable Beaux-Arts train terminal is the nation’s biggest transit hub and one of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Even if you aren’t taking a train, be sure to check out the enormous main concourse, with its oversized windows and pristinely painted ceiling. And if you’re in the mood for a bite, the station is home to the famed Grand Central Oyster Bar as well as both a bakery and fine-dining restaurant by legendary Scandinavian chef and Noma co-founder Claus Meyer.
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Distance from hotel: 0.8 miles
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is home to the world’s largest collection of modern art, including Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, Monet’s breathtaking 14-foot-wide “Water Lilies,” and countless other celebrated works. Children 16 and under always get in free, and adults can too every Friday evening from 4 to 8pm.
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles
This minimalist, 60s-era skyscraper, designed by German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a contemporary fixture of the city’s skyline and an engineering marvel. Inside the 38-story building, find three restaurants from NYC’s celebrated Major Food Group: The Grill, The Pool, and The Lobster Club.
375 Park Ave, New York, NY 10152
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles
Theater District, Manhattan
The Summit at one Vanderbilt
45 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
59th Street to 110th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West
Central Park Zoo is located at East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021
10th and 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets