Midtown West, a luxurious neighborhood at the midsection of the Manhattan Island, is one of the most vibrant and lively neighborhoods in New York City.
When New Yorkers refer to Midtown West, they refer to an aggregation of various neighborhoods throughout the midsection of the Manhattan Island.
Midtown West encompasses Times Square, Columbus Circle, Hell’s Kitchen, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park. One of the biggest hotspots for tourists, Midtown West is one of the most trafficked areas in the city—but it is also one of the most vibrant and lively neighborhoods.
Though many tourists equate New York City to Midtown, areas like Times Square were not established until the turn of the century. Once called Longacre Square, the area that encompasses Time Square used to serve as a holding area for livestock.
The neighborhood is bound by the Hudson River in the West, 5th Avenue in the East, 59th Street in the North and 34th street in the South.
The average price for a luxury home in Midtown West is just under $2 million, which is higher than the rest of New York City. The Midtwon West luxury real estate market is considered "up and coming" and features a wide variety of luxury homes. Most of the homes in Midtown West are apartments. Homeowners may pay over $1,400 per square foot for a home in the area. Most buildings in this neighborhood have a large number of units, and apartments tend to be on the smaller side.
The Midtown West real estate market also offers a number of brownstone or row houses. This type of housing may supply more square footage or private living quarters not found in more modern large apartment buildings. Many residents enjoy views of the Hudson River, Central Park and Times Square. Since the neighborhood is so crowded—day or night—most residents feel very safe in the surrounding areas. People in the market for a home in Midtown West should consult with an experienced Midtown West realtor.
The median annual household income in Midtown West is just over $100,000, while the average household net worth is just over $1 million. The average age of residents is around 37-years old. Most residents in Midtown West are married—nearly 54 percent. The second largest demographic include people who are married with kids, and the third largest demographic includes people who are single.
Parks and Nature
Central Park is the largest and grandest park in Manhattan—and is conveniently located just North of Midtown West. Residents can enjoy activities throughout the four captivating seasons of the year at Central Park.
Bryan Park, located on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, offers ice-skating in the Winter and free movies on the lawn in the Summer. The New York Public Library is also conveniently located at the eastern edge of the park.
The High Line now stretches up to W. 34th Street, which means Midtown residents can enjoy beautiful views of the Hudson River.
Most residents prefer the low-key happenings of Hell’s Kitchen to the hustle and bustle of Times Square. Head to Pio Pio for an exotic meal of Peruvian rotisserie chicken, or make your way to BarBacon for fare that includes everyone’s favorite bovine.
Times Square has some of the best nightlife in the city. Residents can head to a Broadway show in Times Square or the legendary speakeasies in Hell’s Kitchen. The Chelsea neighborhood (to the South) has an abundance of warehouse nightclubs and art exhibitions.
Since Midtown West is attracts a large number of tourists year-round, there is a varied assortment of hotels in the neighborhood. Visitors can stay at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, Comfort Inn Midtown West or the Holiday Inn in Manhattan West Side. For more luxurious digs, visitors can head to the Plaza on Central Park South or the Trump International Hotel New York in neighboring Columbus Circle.
There is no shortage of shopping in Midtown. New Yorkers flock to Midtown for mid-range and high-end shopping. Stores are open in Times Square until 1 a.m. Herald Square, on W. 34th Street, is home to Macy's, boasting itself as “The World’s Largest Store”.
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