to Experience New York City
Explore the famous Miracle Mile and Rockefeller
The Miracle Mile
From the Plaza Hotel, walk south along the east
side of Fifth Avenue.
Note the CBS television production centre across
from the Plaza Hotel. At times, commentators broadcast from
outside of the front of this building with crowds on the sidewalk
in the background.
Across from the Plaza you also find Apple's flagship New York City store.
This portion of Fifth Avenue, between the Plaza
Hotel and Rockefeller Center, along with Rodeo Drive in Beverly
Hills and Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, is one of America's most deluxe
shopping streets. New Yorkers call it the Miracle Mile.
At 57th Street, you reach Tiffany's and the
Trump Tower. Donald Trump and his ever changing family lived in his two-storey penthouse upstairs until he became president.
Go into the lobby of the Trump Tower,
and then down to the lower level. There you can buy Trump ice cream
from what may be the most deluxe ice cream shop you have ever seen,
as well as other treats.
The Museum of Television and Radio, 25 West
52nd Street, is just to your right off Fifth Avenue. This portion
of 52nd is also called Swing Street. This museum is best visited
in the afternoon.
At 50th Street and Fifth Avenue stands Saint
Patrick's Cathedral, the most well-known Catholic church in
North America, in marked contrast to the surrounding architecture.
This is the place where famous Catholics marry
and where Americans come to grieve their Catholic icons such as
Food trucks and food carts
Budget travellers may want to play it safe and dine at chain fast food places, where they know the prices, in these expensive urban neighbourhoods, but that would be a shame.
The workers in these office towers around you are not millionaires or billionaires. Do has they do and head for food trucks and carts. Pick one crowded with people who look as if they work nearby, not tourists. And use these to try new ethnic food experiences in a place like NYC.
You come to the following just one block off Fifth Avenue at Sixth (Avenue of the Americas) Avenue and 53rd Street.
Rockefeller Center begins around 50th Street.
Go around to the back of this commercial and entertainment complex
to view its famous skating rink—roller skating in Summer and
ice skating in Winter. During the holiday season, a beautiful Christmas
tree overlooks this spot.
Center are the Radio City Music Hall, which offers films and
dance revues, and the offices and studios of the National Broadcasting
Network (NBC). Tours of NBC depart every 15 minutes Monday through
Saturday, and you may see actual television shows in production
At NBC, free tickets to be in the audience of
live productions may be available. Usually, the "hottest"
ticket is for "Saturday Night Live" (official
site or a fan's
Continue walking south on Fifth Avenue to
Turn right on 42nd Street to Grand Central Station and peak around inside.
Jackie Kennedy, the widow of John F. Kennedy, led the fight to preserve this New York treasure. The terminal has a food court on its lower level.
From here you can take trains to the New York Botanical Garden in Queens—nearly to its entrance.