to Experience New York City
Fifth Avenue, Grand Army Plaza, and the Plaza Hotel
Walk south on Fifth Avenue from the Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
You're now in the most exclusive area of New
Having an apartment or condo overlooking beautiful
Central Park along this section of Fifth Avenue is even more prestigious
than owning one along Central Park South. Fifth Avenue between the
Metropolitan and Central Park South epitomizes the good life.
Many of the world's wealthiest people maintain
apartments or condos along here. Expect to see nannies and governesses
with their Richie Rich charges.
The southern end of the park is known as the
children's section. Here you'll find the Central Park Zoo, the Woolman
Rink (a staking rink remodelled under the supervision of Donald
Trump), and other attractions for kids. This is the busiest area
of the park.
All too soon, you reach the south end of Central
This is marked by the handsome Grand Army Plaza,
which refers to the victorious Union Army during the War between
The generation that fought in the American Civil
War moved into power at the same time New York was taking its place
as one of the great cities on the world. You'll see monuments to
this generation everywhere in Manhattan.
Grand Army Plaza, the Woolman Rink, and the
Metropolitan Museum of Art were modifications to the original park
plan, which called for an almost purely pastoral environment of
forests and meadows and lakes.
Please thank the many New Yorkers who have fought
to keep incursions like the Metropolitan Museum to a minimum. It
is not that these are not fine places; it's just that why use one
of New York City's few green spaces for them?
Above: A scene from "Scent of a Woman" in the Plaza Hotel's famous Oak Room, a star in many films. The room itself closed and has been involved in controversy in recent years.
Across from the Grand Army Plaza is the ideally
located Plaza Hotel, one of America's grand urban hotels. Note that
it merits a street plaza of its own on its east side. It also fronts
Central Park South on its other side.
Updated by Donald Trump's former wife
Ivana, who was the manager, the Plaza lobby is well worth a visit.
Numerous movie scenes have been filmed in this lobby and at its
main entrance on Fifth Avenue, including Bette Midler's very funny
Big Business and the sadistic Home Alone Two. The hotel itself has
played a staring role in plays and movies including Plaza Suite.