Midtown East is bounded by 40th street to the south, 59th street to the north, 3rd avenue to the east and 5th avenue to the west. Although Turtle Bay is considered a part of Midtown East, it is addressed in a separate section for our purposes.
Midtown East is primarily a commercial area with prime office properties such as the Citicorp building, Lever House, and the Seagram Building and major transportation infrastructure such as Grand Central Terminal. It is also home to major high-end retail destinations such as Saxe Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York and Bloomingdales, the latter of which also border the Upper East Side. Midtown East is also home to some of the most famous hotels in New York, such as the Four Seasons and the Waldorf-Astoria.
Given that it is mostly business, shopping and tourism, the population of Midtown East shrinks substantially at the end of the workday and therefore much of the retail infrastructure is geared towards office workers and tourists. Midtown East has some of the best transportation access in the entire city to destinations both within the five boroughs and further into Westchester County and Connecticut.
Although it is technically on the west side, Bryant Park (located in between Fifth and Sixth Avenue off 42nd street next to the New York Public Library) is one of the most important destinations for people looking for green space in the area.