The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Living in Midtown West NYC

Rockefeller Center, Midtown West NYC

NYC Luxury Living in Midtown West

When you think of the city that never sleeps, you think of Midtown West NYC. The iconic neighborhood of Midtown West includes Broadway and the Theater District, newly built Hudson Yards, with 14 acres of public plazas, shops and culinary experiences, historical landmarks Rockefeller Center and Herald Square, ‘Manhattan’s Town Square’ Bryant Park, the dining and nightlife destination Hell’s Kitchen, and the Garment and Diamond Districts. Throughout Midtown West, luxury apartments for rent are interspersed with an eclectic mix of businesses, retail shops and cultural attractions — and its convenient location makes it ideal for daily commuters and visitors alike.

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Midtown West NYC’s Main Attractions 

Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards is home to 14 acres of public plazas, gardens, groves and outdoor art installations, more than 100 diverse shops and culinary experiences, the first Equinox Hotel, and modern office space and residences, as well as cultural institutions like The Shed, a movable structure that adapts to support innovative works from established and emerging artists.

Hudson Yards, Midtown West NYC

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Considered one of the largest and most influential modern art museums in the world, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) features more than 150,000 individual works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media. 

Bryant Park

Known as the city’s town square, Bryant Park is an all-season urban oasis with food kiosks, all-day activities, children’s programming, and free classes in juggling, yoga, tai chi and knitting. There’s also a carousel, a reading room for writers’ workshops, a putting green, and a Kubb area and Art Cart. During the warmer months, Bryant Park plays host to Movie Nights, Broadway in Bryant Park and numerous musical performances. In the winter, the Park becomes Winter Village, a winter wonderland offering New York City’s only free-admission ice skating rink.

Bryant Park, Midtown West NYC

Broadway and the Theatre District

Midtown West’s Theatre District is home to all but one of New York City’s Broadway theaters, as well as many other theaters, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, recording studios, television studios, and other entertainment venues like Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Odditorium and Madame Tussauds New York.

Rockefeller Center

A National Historic Landmark best known for its outdoor ice skating rink and annual Christmas tree lighting, 22-acre Rockefeller Center consists of 19 commercial buildings and includes an outdoor cafe, shopping, the NBC Studios Tour, and the three-level Top of the Rock observation deck.

Rockefeller Center, Midtown West NYC

Radio City Music Hall

Located within Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall is a world-famous entertainment venue that hosts concerts by leading pop and rock musicians, live stage shows such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and televised events like the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Herald Square

Home to Macy’s 10-floor flagship location, the bowtie-shaped retail hub known as Herald Square serves as a meeting place, rest area and open-air cafeteria, as well as a public stage for product launches, musical performances and photo and film shoots.

Herald Square, Midtown West NYC

Restaurant Row

The go-to destination for the pre-and post-theater crowd, Restaurant Row is a one-block stretch on West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues with a vast array of culinary and nightlife attractions.

Carnegie Hall

One of the most prestigious music venues in the world, Carnegie Hall seats 3,671 across three auditoriums and presents 250 performances of classical and popular music each year.

Violinists at Carnegie Hall, Midtown West NYC

The Javits Center

A 3.3-million-square-foot convention center, The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center features multiple exhibition and event halls, a restaurant and a 1.1-acre public plaza with water walls, and hosts a variety of annual gatherings including the New York International Auto Show and New York Comic Con.

Hudson River Park and Piers 84 and 86

Hudson River Park is a waterside park that extends 4.5 miles along the Hudson River and includes bicycle and pedestrian paths, tennis courts and soccer fields, batting cages, a dog run and a children’s playground, as well as Piers 84 and 86. Pier 84, the largest public pier at the Park, contains a water-themed playground and bicycle rental shop. Pier 86 is home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Hudson River Park, Midtown West NYC

Times Square

The most visited place on earth and the location of New York City’s New Years Eve celebration since 1907, Times Square is the hub of the Broadway Theatre District and an epicenter of the entertainment industry. Known for its bright lights and electric, neon and illuminated billboards, Times Square features the Disney Store, Hard Rock Cafe New York, M&M’s World, the NBA Store and Times Square Studios. The Pedestrian Plaza is car and smoke free, and the red, sloped, triangular set of bleacher-like stairs is the perfect place to people-watch.

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The Schools

Midtown West has a variety of educational options for families with children, including:

Public Schools

PS 452

Midtown West School (PS 212) 

The Adolph S. Ochs School (PS 111)

The Elias Howe School (PS 51)

Private Schools

Success Academy Hell’s Kitchen

Success Academy Hudson Yards

The Geneva School of Manhattan

Speyer Legacy School

Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Grand Central Station NYC

The Transportation

Midtown West is home or adjacent to a number of public transit hubs, and offers a plethora of transportation options, including subway, bus, train, and boat. 

Transportation Hubs

Port Authority

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the largest bus terminal in the Western Hemisphere and the busiest in the world, serving more than 65-million passengers per year.

Penn Station

Pennsylvania Station serves as the center of the Northeast Corridor, connecting New York City to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Intercity trains are operated by Amtrak, which owns the station, with additional commuter rail services operated by the Long Island Railroad and NJ Transit. There are also multiple connections to the New York City Subway and buses. 

Grand Central

Grand Central Terminal sprawls across 48 acres in Midtown East, connected to Midtown West by the Grand Central/Times Square Shuttle. Known for its iconic architecture and interior design, the National Historic Landmark features numerous works of art, as well as stores, upscale restaurants and bars, a grocery marketplace and two food halls. Its primary purpose, though, is as the southern terminus of the Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem, Hudson and New Haven Lines.

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Traveling by Subway

A, C, E at Port Authority

N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3, 7 at Times Square

B, D, F, M, 7 at Bryant Park

7 at Hudson Yards/34th Street

D, F, N, Q, R, B, M, W, F at Herald Square

Grand Central/Times Square Shuttle

Traveling by Bus

M4, M5, M11, M12, M20, M55, M104 up or downtown

M34, M34A, M42, M50 crosstown

Traveling to and from Midtown West NYC by boat

Traveling by Boat

The Midtown West 39th Street Ferry operates from Pier 79, offering ferry service to various locations in New Jersey; New York Waterway operates shuttle bus routes to and from the ferry terminal. You can also hop on a water taxi for intercity travel.

Other Methods of Transport

If you want some exercise while you travel, Midtown West is entirely walkable and also offers about 20 Citi Bike stations throughout the neighborhood. If you have your own car, you can use SpotHero to locate hourly or long-term parking.

The Future

In Midtown West there’s a new $51-billion plan that would improve the already unparalleled quality of life, adding more outdoor public spaces and improving public transit and pedestrian connections.

Latest initiatives include:

  • Adding 20-million square feet of retail, commercial and residential development
  • Creating a new public waterfront park at Pier 76, extending Hudson River Park by 5.6 acres
  • Expanding the Javits Center by 1.2-million square feet, with a rooftop pavilion and outdoor terrace, a one-acre rooftop farm, a 54,000-square-foot event space, and an additional 90,000 square feet of art exhibition space
  • Replacing the Port Authority Bus Terminal with a new, state-of-the-art facility
  • Developing an Empire Station Complex that would reconstruct and add track capacity to Penn Station
Empire Station Complex, Penn Station, Midtown West NYC

The Rental Market

Midtown West has a variety of residential options, including chic condos, luxury high-rise towers, doorman buildings and more affordable walkups, and is easily accessible by public transit from all corners of the city, making it ideal for a range of New Yorkers looking to live in close proximity to the city’s most famous entertainment and cultural attractions.

Glenwood Management has three luxury apartment buildings in Midtown West.

Crystal Green

330 West 39th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

Ultra-modern and lavish, the refinement of Crystal Green is discernible from the awe-inspiring entrance facade to the marble and stone lobby to the luxury rentals. The spacious, stylishly constructed studios and one- and two-bedroom residences feature bamboo plank floors and nine-foot ceilings, designer kitchens and custom closets. 

All public spaces throughout were designed by famed interior designer John Saladino. Amenities include 24-hour doorman and attended garage, state-of-the-art fitness center, fully furnished lounge with kitchen, landscaped outdoor terrace with outdoor seating, pergolas, and decorative fountain, billiard and game room, and colorful themed children’s playroom.

Crystal Green, Midtown West NYC, luxury apartments for rent

Emerald Green

320 West 38th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

Emerald Green is an exquisite, elegant oasis in the heart of Midtown West. Enter through a grand facade into a marble and stone lobby with wood-coffered ceiling and cantilevered marquis. The expansive studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury homes feature nine-foot ceilings, oversized windows, designer kitchens with matching granite countertops and floors, marble bathrooms with porcelain sinks, and a private intercom system. 

The eco-friendly building offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with lap pool, yoga room, screening room, lounge with kitchen and terrace, children’s playroom, and two furnished, landscaped roof decks with succulents and heat-reflective pavers.

Emerald Green, Midtown West NYC, luxury apartments for rent

The Sage

329 West 38th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

The Sage offers a unique boutique luxury living experience in a small, private building. Amenities include fitness center, indoor pool, yoga room, fully furnished lounge with kitchen, screening room, lending library, children’s playroom, landscaped and furnished terrace, and 24-hour attended garage with an electric car charging station. 

The luxury two-bedroom apartments have spacious, well-designed interiors with bamboo plank floors and nine-foot ceilings; designer kitchens with GE Café Series stainless steel appliances and granite counters and floors; electric fireplaces; and custom closets.

The Sage, Midtown West NYC, luxury apartments for rent

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