View of Midtown from Empire State
The exact size of the Midtown area is disputed. Most agree that the core commercial area extends from 40th Street up to the southern edge of Central Park on 59th Street and from Third Avenue in the east to Ninth Avenue in the west. Some experts take a broader view and classify Midtown as the whole area of Manhattan between 23rd and 59th Streets and between the Hudson and East Rivers.
Whatever its boundaries, Midtown Manhattan is undispitably the busiest single commercial district in the United States. The great majority of the city's skyscrapers, including most of its hotels and many apartment towers, lie within Midtown. More than 3 million commuters work in its offices, hotels, and retail establishments; the area also hosts many tourists, visiting residents, and students. Some areas, especially Times Square and Fifth Avenue, have massive clusters of retail establishments.
Other important sights in Midtown:
- Museum of Modern Art
- St. Patrick's Cathedral
- Grand Central Terminal
- New York Public Library
- Chrysler Building
- United Nations Headquarters
- Carnegie Hall
- Times Square
- Shops like F.A.O. Schwarz on Fifth Avenue