Midtown Manhattan, New York City
At every opportunity to spend a day in New York City, we retrace well-worn trails from prior visits and dig deeper into exploring some new areas of Manhattan.
Every visit includes time near Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
St. Patrick's Cathedral-Stained Glass Window
“In the city that never sleeps, everyone needs a place to pray”. That’s the theme statement on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral website. This cathedral is the perfect place to connect with history and center my mind on the joys of travel and exploration, regardless of the transportation challenges into the city.
The St. Patrick’s Cathedral has a tour app for educating the public about this historic building. Even with ongoing renovations, the Cathedral is a remarkable building with interesting architecture and historical significance.
A melting pot of architectural style, the structure and surrounding buildings mirror the immigrant cultures of the region. Outside, the construction of this landmark church represents German and French Gothic. Inside, the cathedral is reminiscent of similar religious buildings in England and France.
Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center in Midtown
Top of the Rock is a tourist destination with historical memorabilia, cultural exhibits, and a rooftop view of Manhattan from Rockefeller Center. The view identification card is a bargain at $3 to help newcomers to the city to acclimate to the famous sights within view. Simply put, it’s a card that identifies the major buildings and other sites in each view as you walk at your own pace on the roof.
After purchasing tickets, there is a route along several corridors towards the elevators. Along the path, there was a fun photo shoot experience and three short movies about the building and location. This tour is an excellent way to begin a day in New York City.
New York City – Times Square Excitement
There is no better way to get into the rhythm of New York City’s “Big Apple” vibe than to be in the mix at Times Square. It is a fun and energizing walk from 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue. People-watching is a sport worthy of the Olympics when spending a day in New York City and the streets around Times Square.
For something off the beaten path, bar hop in Times Square and engage in a literary history during this walking tour offered by Viator. Get deep inside the New York literary scene and head straight to historic locations. Yes, there are bars and at each bar, your guide will introduce you to such famous literary figures as J.D. Salinger and Dorothy Parker.
John’s Pizzeria – Late night munching in New York City
New York-style pizza was on the menu at the famous John’s Pizzeria on 44th street. Have you ever eaten pizza inside a church? This restaurant has retained the beauty of the Gospel Tabernacle Church design and features the roots and history of a structure from the late 1800’s. The ceiling is very high with stained glass.
Don’t miss the upper balcony area for a different view of the lower level dining area and a close-up look at some of the historic stained glass windows and artifacts. This restaurant is a great place for first time visitors and corporate groups. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the decor provides stimulus for conversation.
Midtown Club Quarters-Sleeping in a city that never does
Club Quarters has become one of our favorite Midtown Manhattan hotels. It is easy to access by subway and only steps away from Rockefeller Center. For our most recent stay, we were in a room with a small kitchenette area. The sitting room had a desk with plenty of space for computer work. The internet service was reliable, which allowed us to research things to do in New York City and enjoy the convenience of our digital devices. The bed was soft and comfortable, like sleeping on a cloud. Read what other travelers have to say about Club Quarters at TripAdvisor.
There you have it. A perfect day in Manhattan, visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral in the morning, moving mid-day to the Top of the Rock, exploring Times Square in the afternoon, and wrapping up at John's Pizzeria before closing out our day in New York City at the Club Quarters-Midtown hotel.
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