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Patience the Lion sits near the entrance of the main branch of the New York Public Library.

It's West of Fifth Ave. but the Center of Manhattan's Best Known Attractions

What can't you find in Midtown West? The Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadway theaters, the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall...the eye-popping list of famous destinations is seemingly endless and jammed with the city's biggest draws.

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At a Glance

  • Free show: Floor-to-ceiling glass walls at the Joan Weill Center for Dance give passersby a freebie "performance" during rehearsals.
  • Get in shape: The Empire State Building Run-Up is a race up the skyscraper's 1,576 stairs. Record time: 9 mins. and 33 secs.
  • Namesake: Times Square gets its name from The New York Times, which has been based here since 1904.

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About Midtown West

From the neon-lit hoopla of Times Square to the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, Midtown West is a frenetic grid of world-famous landmarks and commercial skyscrapers. Office workers hustle though the area to make their 9-to-5s, while visitors linger — eating, shopping and people watching before showtime at one of the area's many performance venues. After a brief spell of seediness in the second half of the 20th century, the city made great strides in cleaning up the neighborhood. Read More [+]

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