Originally Posted by SizzlininIN
Ok.....I'm very confused and not having much luck with google or I'm just not seeing what I want.
The confusion is this......Is Midtown and Times Square the same? If not, what the heck is Midtown and what does it consist of?
Reason I'm trying to find out is because we want to book our hotel near Times Square so that we can be within walking distance of all the great sites.
Sizz, Times Square is on 42nd St. (where you see the Ball come down on New Year's Eve), on the West side. As I recall the Broadway shows are not far. The streets go numerically -- so I considered the 50's to be 'Midtown.' Numerically - downtown is the lower #s -Uptown is the higher #s. Times Square use to be a bad area (derelict movie theatres & souvenier shops), BUT - I haven't been back in awhile, & 'The City' is always changing. You would be 'centrally' located & have access to cabs, buses & the subway. Bring tennis shoes, you'll be dong a lot of walking. I mentioned Frommer's because it's right on the mark for recommendations for hotels/restaurants, etc. Some landmarks I recall to help with #s/areas of Manhattan & the subway stops:
Delancy St - Lower East side
Katz's Delicatessan - Lower East Side -E Houston St - Katz's - New York, NY
("I'll have what she's having", LOL)
Greenwich Village (West 4th St) - shops, restaurants, etc.
Chinatown: New York City Chinatown > Manhattan
34th Street - Macy's (Hi-end dept stores), etc. - shopping (Remember Miracle on 34th St?)
34th St & (Fifth Ave?) - The Empire State bldg. - Look up - you can't miss it, lol Check out the observatory hours & restrictions.
42nd St - Times Square ("Give My Regards to Broadway, remember me to Herald square...")
Radio City Music Hall - On 6th Ave. - Between 50th & 51st St.
St. Patrick's Cathedral - 50th Street and Fifth Ave, just across the street from Rockefeller Center
59th St & Columbus Circle - Use to be one of the entrances to Central Park (You can walk from the west side to the east side thru the Park - in the upper 60s-70s, or take the bus/cab). Walk to The Boathouse, past Bethesda Fountain - rent a boat & row around the Park. Take a carriage ride around CP.
The Plaza Hotel - on the corner of Fifth Ave. & Central Park South (around 58th or 59th st) (Take a walk down Fifth or Madison Aves. - away from the Park)
Rockefeller Center - around 47th-50th st.
Lincoln Center - Upper West Side, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
72nd St - The Dakota (pic that I posted), subway stop & across the st from Central Park (Upper West side)
The Guggenheim Museum - Upper East side (88th st)? (You can get the exact address w a google, etc.)
161st St or 169th St (Where Yankee Stadium was/is?) Welcome to the Bronx LOL
125th St. - Harlem
Depending on which train your on - the subway will go on from the Bronx to Brooklyn - Coney Island (Nathan's)
The Statue of Liberty - If you don't feel up to walking all the stairs - I think you can hook up w the Staten Island Ferry (nominal charge or free?), & see it from the water. (I walked to the top, LOL.) The desk person & brochures at the desk will give directions.
Again, haven't been back in a long time. Hope that helps somewhat, geographically. Have a great trip.
P.S. If your on the Upper West Side (near CPW & the Dakota), could you wake up my doorman. (He's probably still asleep.)