Midtown East is made up of many mini neighborhoods, each with its own vibe, that share the convenience of a quick walk to work. Towards Midtown, the buildings and the population density soar. This area is being rezoned to induce developers to replace aging office buildings with new skyscrapers. Towards the East River, the tumult decreases along with the scale of the buildings.
The northern section of Midtown East is more bustling but similar to its neighbor, the Upper East Side. World famous fashion houses, department stores and white table-clothed restaurants attract the well-heeled, mid-career professionals and empty nesters who live in its sleek new towers. Farther to the east, Sutton Place offers a peaceful enclave of elegant co-ops with beautiful river views, ivy-covered townhomes and three beautiful parks. A new esplanade built on pilings over the water from 53rd St. to 61st St. is expected to be completed by 2022.
Turtle Bay is a bit livelier at night and attracts younger professionals. It’s also home to The United Nations. Grand Central Terminal is not only a transportation hub, but also a destination in its own right for its truly grand architecture and its many shops and restaurants. Along the avenues are modern high-rises, and on the side streets are pristine brownstones and walk-ups. By the river, the neo-gothic architecture of the large apartment complex Tudor City is uncommonly beautiful.
At the southern section of Midtown East, the more affordable pricing in the mix of charming brownstones and post war high-rises of Murray Hill makes it a popular choice for recent college graduates. The nightlife here is flourishing in the bars along 2nd and 3rd Avenues. A plethora of Indian restaurants in the east 20s has earned that area the nickname Curry Hill.
It can be a bit of a walk to a subway station from the areas closer to the river. Eventually, the under construction 2nd Ave subway line will resolve this inconvenience.