A walk through the New York Public Library’s Main Branch is one of those amazing, affordable gems in New York City. The branch is a national landmark and it’s free of charge to visit and make your selections. The building’s rich architectural and interior design is vast, from sitting lion sculptures at the entrances to the library’s Rose Main Reading Room to countless others. You could spend hours exploring the ins and outs of this amazing structure. The library is also engraved into the cultural fabric. Most notably, the building was featured in the opening scenes of Ghostbusters, and in the sci fi flick The Day After Tomorrow.
One of the biggest perks of living in Turtle Bay is being only footsteps from Bryant Park, one of the city’s most diverse greeneries. Your day instantly becomes that much better as you stroll around this famed landmark. During the summer, the Great Lawn acts as an open-air movie theater for the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, a tradition here since the early 1990’s. The event, sponsored by HBO, screens movies throughout the summer every Monday night. In the winter, the park becomes the Winter Village, completely transforming into a wonderland, replete with vendors and a pop-up restaurant. The Great Lawn becomes an ice skating rink. Regardless of season, take a peek at the many sculptures, like the Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, and Le Carrousel.
One of the most important buildings in the entire world is just minutes from your newest apartment in Midtown East. The United Nations Building, located at 1st Avenue and 42nd Street, oversees the welfare of the nations around the world. The area is technically extraterritorial (not governed by the U.S. government). The UN building was erected in 1952 and split into four separate buildings: The Dag Hammarskjold Library, the Secretariat, the Conference Building and General Assembly Building (the last being the most recognizable of the four). The UN holds tours of the complex, which include views of the famed UN General Assembly hall.
Unlike the lunch options, dinner choices get a little bit tricky, given how plentiful they are. There’s a seemingly endless array of quality restaurants to discover in the area – from the new to classic spots. For starters, the neighborhood is home to not one, not two, but three top-of-the-line steak houses. The first is the famed Smith & Wollensky, a no-frills steak house. The restaurant’s name, curiously, was picked at random, its owners going through a phone book and randomly picking names. The next two meat havens are Sparks Steak House and BLT Steak. If you are in the mood for Indian grub, hit up Mint, located in the luxurious San Carlos Hotel.
The nightlife is always bustling in Midtown East. The neighborhood is home to number of craft cocktail and beer spots. The first is The Shakespeare @ The William Hotel on 39th Street and Park Avenue. The British gastropub offers a large selection of hard-to-find British beers such as Ruddles County and Shakespeare Pale Ale. If you are in the mood for more European beers, your next stop should be the BXL Cafe. Inside the Belgian beer bar, you will feel like you are overseas – from the European style décor to the beer selection, the place is a true eye-popping and mouth-watering experience.