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Why I Have a Crush on Midtown

“Crush” doesn’t come to mind when I first think of Midtown in Manhattan. Headache, crowded, and honking cabs just might. But after taking a Sunday morning class at the Art Students League of New York, I have come to appreciate — dare I say crush — on Midtown. I even tried to recreate the Breakfast at Tiffany’s scene a few early Sunday morning with croissant in hand…


A class at the Art Students League (Photo: Alison Kleinert)

A class at the Art Students League (Photo: Alison Kleinert)

The Art Students League of New York
This institution was founded in 1875 to be a collection of studio classes that were each solely run by the individual instructor of that class. Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko are just a few of the artists who have trained or taught at the League. Students of all background are welcomed to take classes and monthly registration runs year-round. There are classes for adults as well as children, including a Sunday morning Young Artists Class for ages 8 to 12 that involves working with materials like graphite as well as watercolors (available September through May). If you – or the kids — need a little inspiration for your next masterpiece, the Museum of Modern Art is a few blocks away (the museum is open from 10:30am to 5pm on Sundays).


Dig Inn Midtown New York (Photo: Alison Kleinert)

Grab a healthy lunch at Dig Inn after class (Photo: Alison Kleinert)

Dig Inn
After class, head to on 55th Street if you want a lunch that is as good for you as it is delicious. You will never be disappointed with your lunch choice here. So many seasonable, affordable dishes to choose from.

Ramen Shops
A few blocks south, 52nd Street has some of the best ramen shops in New York City. I personally don’t think you can go wrong at any of them but if I had to throw out a name, Hide-Chan Ramen. If you stick around the neighborhood all day, have dinner at Soba Nippon, which specializes in homemade Soba. Plus their beef soba salad is not to be forgotten. If you aren’t in the mood for ramen, Pam Real Thai on 49th Street has a dish called pad see eil (aka drunken noodles) that is worth the trip to Midtown alone. Even your kids will agree.


LOVE sculpture in Midtown (Photo: Alison Kleinert)

The iconic LOVE sculpture in Midtown (Photo: Alison Kleinert)

The LOVE Sculpture
Not all of the city’s art is found in museums. Even the most jaded New Yorkers can’t resist the giant red LOVE sculpture on the corner of 6th Avenue and 55th Street. Take a moment to stop here and admire Robert Indiana’s work. You will even be tempted to wait in the line for a picture (common on a nice day).

Zibetto Espresso Bar
For a post-class pick-me-up, this is a tiny shop on 56th Street, where you can walk up to the bar and order some of the strongest espresso around.

Alison Kleinert is a mom and writer living in New York City. She created her website CrushworthyMoms to feature moms who are living their life with passion and excited about what they are pursuing. She is currently doing the same. Click here to read more of her New York City picks.

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