Skyscrapers, Art Deco & Bitter Rivalries: The Landmarks of Midtown East

New York, NY

  • "Men at Lunch" was photographed on top of Rockefeller Center.
  • The Flat Iron Building, photographed from 24th and 5th.
  • King Kong on top of the Empire State Building.
  • The Rose Main Reading Room.
  • The front of the New York Public Library.
  • Grand Central Terminal.
  • Mercury stands on top of the Grand Central facade.
  • Looking up at the Chrysler Building. Note the giant winged wheels on the 31st floor.
  • The 1st floor lobby with the Chrysler Building painted on the ceiling.
  • The lobby of the Waldorf Astoria.
  • The mosaic domes on the ceiling before the nave.
  • The "Sanctus" rose window.
  • The Tiffany & Co. altar to Saint Michael and Saint Louis.
  • The neo-Gothic nave of St. Patrick's.
  • "Lunch atop a Skyscraper, 1932" was photographed on top of Rockefeller Center by Charles C. Ebbets.
  • Atlas looks at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
  • Afternoon tea at BG Restaurant on the 7th Floor.
  • The Vanderbilt Castle, the largest single family home in an American city.
  • The elegant Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel.
  • The Plaza Hotel.

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Guided by Michael

As Manhattan's population boomed at the turn of the 20th century, the island had nowhere to expand but up. Tycoons and dreamers looked to outdo one another while architects and artists gushed at the opportunity to add their marks on the city skyline. Come explore the quintessential neo-classical buildings of Midtown East and the stories behind them.

About Your Guide
Kansas born, Ohio raised, New Jersey schooled, and now: New York native. I devour history and non-fiction books, especially anything about Nieuw Amsterdam, Gotham, The Five Boroughs and the Empire City. My dog and I endure four flights of stairs to reach our Upper West Side apartment, but wouldn't change a thing.

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Guide Points
  1. Flatiron Building
  2. Empire State Building
  3. New York Public Library
  4. Grand Central Terminal
  5. The Chrysler Building
  6. Waldorf Astoria
  7. St. Bartholomew's Church
  8. St. Patrick's Cathedral
  9. Rockefeller Center
  10. Bergdorf Goodman
  11. The Plaza Hotel

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