New York Sights to See - Fifth Avenue
You can visit the center of Manhattan
in a dozen ways, but one thing you don't want to miss is Fifth Avenue.
Fifth Avenue bisects the city from below 23rd Street to the north end of Central Park and beyond.
Home to some of the most expensive real estate on earth (over $600 per
square foot in some cases), the street featured in dozens of films
deserves its acclaim. Whether south to the Flatiron Building at
23rd Street (the first cast iron 'skyscraper') or up to midtown to
north of 88th, there's more to see and do here alone than in all of
Take a tour of the New
York Public Library at 42nd street and say
'Hello' to the stone lions outside, Patience
Enjoy the park in the rear, where outdoor markets are held. Walk
through the hallowed halls inside and take in one of the world's great
Wander up to midtown to the 'city within the city': Rockefeller
Center. A dozen high rise buildings, a skating rink and
dozens of shops and restaurants compete for attention.
Only a few blocks up from this 52nd Street marvel is 57th where the
visitor can take in Tiffany's.
Upstairs is where they keep the really good stuff. Bergdorf Goodman's
is right next door if you simply must have one of the world's most
expensive raincoats. Cartier's
is not far away.
And don't forget to take a photo by the huge red '9' at 9 West 57th, in
front of the spectacular curved glass building there. Former
headquarters of Avon,
from the cafeteria on the 33rd floor you can see all the way up Central
Park and downtown to the former World Trade Center site.
Nearby, at 59th Street, is the world renowned Plaza Hotel
across the street from the bottom of Central
Park. Have a drink in the bar and imagine Cary Grant - who
used to have a suite at the hotel - walking through and sitting down.
Sit on the steps and look at the fountain and the white stone tower of GM Plaza. Stop in at FAO Schwarz, the world's most interesting toy store.
Board one of the horse-drawn carts and take a trip up 5th Avenue
alongside or through the park. Or, if you're in a hurry, hail a cab and
zoom up to 82nd Street and the Metropolitan
Museum. Here's a treasure trove of 6,000 years
of art in a 19th century setting inside and out.
After your tour, sit outside on the steps and have a hot dog while you
people watch. Through these Greek columned doors pass thousands from
all over the world, often in fascinating native dress.
And for poetry lovers, just up and across
the street is the Goethe Institute, dedicated to the
19th century German dramatist and poet. Here you can rest and see
films, hear small concerts and lectures, and enjoy the ambiance.
Just up the street is the famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim.
A work of modern art itself, the spiral layer-cake building houses late
20th century works along the walls of a spectacular atrium.
On your way back down, catch The Frick Collection
at 70th Street. One of the world's great small museums. A medium-sized
mansion, but every room is itself a work of art and the collection
rivals that of any other in New York, Chicago,
Enjoy the street that was famous long before Fred Astaire sang
and danced on it. When you're done, you'll be dancing too.
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