Turtle Bay, sometimes just referred to as Midtown East, is a large neighborhood in midtown Manhattan. It can claim two of the city's most iconic structures in the Chrysler Building and the Grand Central Terminal, which is still a transport hub for both trains coming into and out of the city and several subway lines. The United Nations Headquarters takes up a large chunk of the neighborhood's southeast corner so many countries have consulates here.
Overall, this is a peaceful and safe neighborhood. It's got all the conveniences you'll need like grocery stores and pharmacies, and some excellent restaurants and bars, but it's not as vibrant as many other neighborhoods in the city – and that's perfectly okay with many of its older, established residents. It all adds up to being ranked as one of the most livable neighborhoods in New York.
Housing stock consists of giant residential towers with a few smaller and old brick apartments buildings thrown in the mix. However, the neighborhood also includes several distinct enclaves near the East River: Tudor City, Beekman Place, and Sutton Place. You can picture elegant apartment buildings, single family mansions, and small parks on tree-lined streets. Several schools cater to children of all ages.
When the UN is in session the streets can become snarled with traffic from diplomatic missions, so be forewarned. But the flipside is that if you are working in Midtown you can walk to work so it doesn't much matter how bad traffic is.
Wall Street: 5.2 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 30-45 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 0.5 miles / 5-15 minutes by car / 10-15 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by foot
Jersey City: 10 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
A classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York City. It is the tallest brick building in the world, albeit with a steel frame.
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