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BY JENNIFER ZAJAC
Resort Walking Guide: Midtown Manhattan NYC
Your favorite New York City postcard comes to life in Midtown East. The city streets pulse with energy from the visitors and residents who work and play beneath soaring art deco skyscrapers. At the heart of it all is Club Wyndham Midtown 45, where many of the top things to do in Midtown like attractions, dining, and more are only a 10-minute walk away.
Explore: Top Nearby Attractions
The Chrysler Building (5-minute walk)
One of the top things to do in midtown Manhattan, the art deco masterpiece Chrysler Building was (briefly) the tallest in the world after its construction in 1930. Spot the wheel spoke-inspired detail along the skyscraper’s upper facade and venture inside to admire the public lobby.
Grand Central Terminal (5-minute walk)
Over 750,000 people pass beneath the iconic blue and gold-leaf ceiling at Grand Central Terminal every day — so you know the people-watching will be on point. Grab a bite inside the impressive food hall or test out the acoustics in the famed Whispering Gallery.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral (10-minute walk)
One of the city’s prominent landmarks is the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Opened in the late 1870s, this spectacular Neo-Gothic church holds both religious and historical significance for many. It’s a cool thing to do in NYC. Worth The Walk:
Worth The Walk: The New York Public Library (14-minute walk)
Bookworm or not, the New York Public Library charms visitors from all over the world with its ornate, Beaux-Arts interior and famous twin lion sculptures standing guard at the entrance. Browse the enormous collection at your leisure, then head outside to adjacent Bryant Park to enjoy a year-round urban oasis.
Play: Nearby Midtown Nightlife
The Campbell (8-minute walk)
Hidden inside Grand Central is The Campbell, home to an opulent bar and lounge that once functioned as the private offices of Jazz Age financier John William Campbell.
Ophelia Lounge (10-minute walk)
Frank Sinatra was said to be a regular at Ophelia, an enchanting indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge in Midtown East. Located atop the famed Beekman Tower, take in the sweeping views of Manhattan and the East River while swaying to live music and sipping inventive cocktails.
Eat & Drink: Nearby Midtown Restaurants
Ole & Steen (6-minute walk)
Don’t miss Danish bakeryOle & Steen, beloved for its flaky pastries, gooey tarts, and hearty, all-day cafe menu. This Midtown East location is the ideal stop for a quick coffee break or afternoon refuel.
Sofia Wine Bar (7-minute walk)
The rustic, brick-walled dining room at Sofia is a warm, welcoming respite from the busy blocks outside. Choose from an expansive wine list and a varied menu of home-cooked Italian favorites, including pizzas made from scratch.
Shop: Nearby Midtown Shops & Boutiques
Saks Fifth Avenue (10-minute walk)
The flagshipSaks Fifth Avenue is the ultimate designer shopping destination. The famous Saks shoe salon is a must — an entire floor dedicated to footwear, so large it has its own vanity zip code! You can also browse makeup, fragrances, apparel, and accessories, as well as visit Louis Vuitton or Chanel’s in-store boutiques. It’s one of the coolest things to do in NYC.
Worth The Walk: Tiffany & Co. (15-minute walk)
Don your darkest sunglasses to window-shop like the glamorous Holly Golightly at the original Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue. While the famous flagship store completes an exciting renovation, you can visit The Tiffany Flagship Next Door to explore interactive installations and shop the exclusive collection.