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Walking to Experience New York City
Explore the famous Miracle Mile and Rockefeller Center

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 Robert Kennedy.


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

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.

In Rockefeller 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 on weekdays.

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 site).

Continue walking south on Fifth Avenue to 42nd Street.

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.

Return to Fifth Avenue.

Continue your New York City walk with Public Library and Empire State Building.


Go to >> Walking New York City
Go to >> Times Square
Go to >> Carnegie Hall and Columbus Circle
Go to >> Donald Trump
Go to >> Lincoln Center and Upper East Side
Go to >> Art Museums (Whitney, Guggenheim, Metropolitan)
Go to >> Fifth Avenue, Grand Army Plaza, and Plaza Hotel
Go to >> Miracle Mile and Rockefeller Center
Go to >> Public Library and Empire State Building
Go to >> Union Square and Greenwich Village
Go to >> Ground Zero and Wall Street
Go to >> Battery Park, Ellis Island, NYC Harbour
Go to >> Chinatown and Little Italy


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Go to >> NYC tips
Go to >> Staying safe
Go to >> NYC day trips

 
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