Midtown East, the area including Fifth Avenue and everything east from 34th to 59th streets, is the more upscale side of the Midtown map.
This side of town is short of subway trains, served primarily by the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, 6 line.
Midtown East is where youll find the citys finest collection of grand hotels, mostly along Lexington Avenue and near the park at the top of Fifth.
The stretch of Fifth Avenue from Saks at 49th Street extending to FAO Schwarz at 59th is home to the citys most high-profile haute shopping, including Tiffany & Co., Cartier, and Bergdorf Goodman, but more midpriced names like Banana Republic and Liz Claiborne have moved their superstores in of late. The stretch of 57th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues is also known for high-fashion boutiques (Chanel, Hermès) and high-ticket galleries, but change is underway since Warner Bros. (at the intersection with Fifth), Levis, Niketown, and the NBA Store squeezed in. Youll find plenty of spillover along Madison Avenue, a great strip for shoe shopping in particular.
Magnificent architectural highlights include the recently repolished Chrysler Building, with its stylized gargoyles glaring down on passersby; the beaux arts tour de force that is Grand Central Terminal; magnificent St. Patricks Cathedral; and the glorious Empire State Building.
Far east, swank Sutton and Beekman places are enclaves of beautiful town houses, luxury living, and tiny pocket parks that look out over the East River. Along this river is the United Nations, which isnt officially in New York City, or even the United States, but is on a parcel of international land belonging to member nations.
Claiming the territory east from Madison Avenue, Murray Hill begins somewhere north of 23rd Street (the line between it and Gramercy Park is fuzzy), and is most clearly recognizable north of 30th Street to 42nd Street. This brownstone-lined quarter is largely a quiet residential neighborhood, most notable for its handful of good budget and midpriced hotels.