Our Five Must Do’s For Manhattan’s Iconic Fifth Avenue
Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue has transcended from a mere city street into an icon in fashion, film, and pop culture. Housing some of the world’s most prized and expensive real estate, the Avenue is home to iconic landmarks, the famous Museum Mile, and Central Park. With a Fifth Avenue outpost as a must for any leading brand, 49th Street to 60th Street is a luxurious stretch of retail lined with the extravagant windows, instagram-worthy store fronts, and sprawling flagship locations. There’s something for everyone and every budget, with mass brands like Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, Zara, and dozens more. For those whose pockets run a little deeper, Fifth Avenue is a big-spender’s dream with stores bearing such names as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Omega, Chanel, Harry Winston, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bvlgari, and De Beers, just to name a few. We’ve narrowed down five of our favorite Fifth Avenue destinations and attractions to ensure you get to experience the best and most iconic stops along the Avenue:
Running from 82nd to 105th Street, Museum Mile encompasses nine of the world’s most renowned cultural institutions, housing collections of art, history, design, and culture. There is an incredibly diverse offering of places to visit, including El Museo del Barrio, which is devoted to Latino art and culture, The Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the National Academy Museum, Neue Galerie, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum. At the top of any bucket list should be the world-renowned The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met", which is the largest art museum in the United States. The Met presents over two million works spanning over 5,000 years.
TIFFANY & CO.
As quoted by Town and Country Magazine, “There are few stores as intrinsically associated with New York City as the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on Fifth Avenue. It was through those windows that Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly stared as she ate her morning croissant in Breakfast at Tiffany's; there that blue was transformed from mere "robin's egg" to an icon of elegance.” The famous jewelry store spans ten floors, and its iconic storefront has become one of the world’s most recognized jewelry retailers in the world. We’ve made sure to add Miss Golightly’s favorite place for breakfast on our list, because the company recently announced that starting in Spring 2019, the store will relocate as it undergoes a major renovation, which is expected to take up to three years. While we’re certain that the overhaul will be dazzling, we recommend stepping into the original classic that our favorite leading ladies loved so much.
Sitting between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas from 48th -51st Street, is the product of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s unwavering vision. One of the most photographed and iconic sites throughout all of New York City, here you can take in the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens, go shopping at one of the center’s numerous stores and boutiques, become an audience member for a taping of the Jimmy Fallon show, see extraordinary views from the Top of the Rock Observation deck, or take a spin in the famous Rockefeller ice skating rink.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Hailed by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, this iconic skyscraper is synonymous with New York City, and no trip to the Empire State would be complete without a visit to its namesake building. The American icon offers unparalleled views of Central Park, Manhattan, New Jersey, Connecticut, and even Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Standing 103 stories tall (1,250 feet to top floor, excluding the height of its famous antennae, which is 204 feet), the Empire State Building is located on Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th streets in Manhattan.
All that walking down Fifth Avenue is bound to make you hungry, so we recommend you stop by the always delicious and highly-acclaimed Bouchon Bakery for a quick recharge. From the mind of culinary genius Thomas Keller, this bakery presents a wide assortment of classic desserts including handmade chocolates, pastries, cookies, tarts, and traditional French confections. Locals and foodies alike swear by his macarons and artisanal breads.
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