Fifth Avenue

Running for just more than 6 miles in Manhattan, Fifth Avenue is one of the most recognizable streets in New York City. This busy road is lined with museums, shops, cafes, skyscrapers and entertainment venues that appeal to a global audience. The entire eastern perimeter of Central Park is also defined by 5th Avenue. Additionally, this avenue is located just a few blocks away from waterfront promenades on the East River.

Attractions

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Museum Mile defines one of the most famous stretches of Fifth Avenue. As the name suggests, this mile is lined with several museums that have some of The Big Apple's finest artwork on display. The most prominent landmark on Museum Mile is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has an extensive collection of ancient, medieval and renaissance artefacts. The Frick Collection, Jewish Museum and Neue Galerie also possess unique international artwork. Some other notable cultural attractions along Museum Mile include the Museum of the City of New York and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum that's an official Smithsonian entity. Although they're not part of Museum Mile, The Morgan Library & Museum and Museum of Modern Art are situated just off 5th Avenue. The Grand Army Plaza marks one of the most famous points along Fifth Avenue. This historic plaza includes a large monument that honours William Tecumseh Sherman. The luxurious Plaza Hotel also stands on this beautiful plaza. Some horse-drawn carriage rides often depart from this busy intersection between Fifth Avenue and 59th Street.

Shopping

Running through the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Fifth Avenue is home to an array of high-end shops and boutiques. A walk along this glamorous avenue will lead you to stores that sell clothing, shoes and accessories by the world's most renowned fashion designers. Established in the 1820s, Lord & Taylor has a flagship store on this heavily commercialized street. Specializing in toys, FAO Schwartz is another company that has a flagship location on this busy street. In recent years, Apple and Microsoft have also set up a major presence on Fifth Avenue in order to tap into the growing high-tech market of NYC.

Skyline

Some of NYC's most iconic skyscrapers cast long shadows over Fifth Avenue. Built in the early 1930s, the Empire State Building occupies an entire block between 34th Street and 33rd Street. This Art Deco landmark has several observation decks that offer awesome views of all five boroughs. Situated at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 50th Street, 30 Rockefeller Plaza at the Rockefeller Center is another historic Art Deco structure that has an observation area. The Top of the Rock includes several outdoor terraces that overlook Manhattan and the surrounding area. Although they don't have observation space for the general public, the Chrysler Building and Bank of America are still recognizable skyscrapers that are admired by passers-by.

Transportation and Layout

The southern tip of 5th Avenue terminates at Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood. The northern end of the avenue ends in the Harlem district. You can easily get to any point along 5th Avenue via the New York City Subway. Located just two blocks east of this busy thoroughfare, Grand Central Terminal is a major rail hub for commuter trains and the subway. There are also several underground subway stations near the Rockefeller Center. Beyond Grand Army Plaza, there aren't any more subway stops along Fifth Avenue. However, there are dozens of points that are served by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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