Midtown East is comprised of the hustle and bustle of skyscraper office buildings that line Park Avenue, as well as mini-neighborhoods such as Tudor City and Sutton Place. It features lavish high rises, grand townhouses, historic brownstones, and newer, smaller high-design apartment buildings. You will also find cultural institutions such as United Nations and consulates; prominent office; transportation to Roosevelt Island via the Roosevelt Island Tram; Grand Central Station; countless conveniences such as banks, pharmacies, delis, dry cleaners, and take-out.
Rental rates for the neighborhood's historic brownstone townhouses, walk-up apartments and even hi-rise buildings are more reasonable here than almost anywhere else in the borough.
The borders of New York City's neighborhoods aren't always precise, but there are a few sights that are distinctly Midtown East, such as the Daily News Building, Bloomingdale's and the United Nations Building. The area is also close to several popular attractions, including the Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwartz, Trump Tower, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building, Bryant Park, the New York Public Library and the Empire State Building.
In this section of New York City, expect fewer hi-rise buildings and more walk-ups, pre-war and post-war buildings. There are also a fair number of brownstone rows and townhouses in the area. Midtown East began its development hundreds of years ago, and this history shows in the character of the buildings; it offers an historic feel with lots of well-aged trees.
The convenience of living in Midtown East can't be beat. It is very accessible to most areas of the city, taking only about ten minutes to get to 42nd Street or Columbus Circle and just a few minutes longer to Union Square. The neighborhood boasts six trains running out of seven stations; however, its convenient walking distance to numerous popular attractions, shopping venues and employment centers means that taking public transportation isn't a necessity.