About the NeighborhoodIt might throb with besuited office bees by day, but Manhattan’s midsection can be surprisingly calming when the commuters go home. Come nights and weekends, there’s something contemplative about wandering between its empty, skyscraping buildings—if, that is, you’re far enough from Times Square. Edge closer to Broadway (without actually getting there) and you’ll find boites, steakhouses and theaters that, whether grungy or highbrow, feel like the New York of yore—but with a dash of neon buzz.
“On a July afternoon, I lay down in the middle of Sixth Avenue and looked up at the skyscrapers. I laughed as people stepped over and around me.”
The lighting of the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree signals the start of the season.
Across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, an Art Deco bronze shows Atlas holding the heavens.
The Puerto Rican Day parade, the city’s largest, shuts down 5th Avenue one Sunday each June.
Legend has it the four faces on Grand Central’s clock are made from priceless opal.
Ice-skating at Rockefeller Center is a Christmas tradition.
Marble lions named Patience and Fortitude flank the New York Public Library.
Prometheus guards the fountain at the Rockefeller Center.
Around 330,000 people pass through NYC’s neon frenzy each day.
Treat yourself to an enormous steak at Keen’s on West 36th Street.
The 1930s-era Radio City Music Hall is an iconic place to see a show.