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Fifth Avenue

The world's most prestigious (and expensive) shopping street.

TravelCurious Tip

Do a bit of window-shopping: Saks Fifth Avenue has window displays that change with the season. Each one is a work of art

If North America is the birthplace of modern consumerism, New York is its heart and Fifth Avenue the main artery. Running straight through Manhattan, Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare that stretches from West 143rd Street in Harlem to Washington Square Park. It is rightly considered one of the best - and most expensive - shopping streets in the world.


Fifth Avenue also serves as the dividing line for house number and West-East streets in Manhattan. From this zero point for street addresses, numbers increase in both directions as you move away to the East or West. Although simply part of a practical system, this underlines the central importance of Fifth Avenue to Manhattan life.


This importance has been felt for years: before it became the shopping street it is today, Fifth Avenue was where the city’s aristocrats lived. Accordingly, it is the central scene in Edith Wharton’s 1920 extraordinary, Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Age of Innocence. Go and tread in the footsteps of the hapless Newland Archer and his heartthrob, the exotically European Countess Ellen Olenska.


Life Beyond Shopping

Apart from designer labels, the Apple Store and the largest Build-A-Bear Workshop in the world, Fifth Avenue can also connect you to a range of New York’s most recognisable buildings, among them the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, the Rockefeller Centre and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.


Moreover, in a section of Fifth Avenue running from 82nd to 105th streets on the Upper East Side, you will find some of the finest museums in New York. Highlights include the Museum for African Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

Nearby Attractions

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Greenwich Village
The bohemian capital of the world - and these days one of America's priciest neighbourhoods.
Jefferson Market Library
The Village’s most eclectic and eccentric building, site of the 'Trial of the Century' in 1906.
Washington Square Park
Dominated by a triumphal arch, this beautiful park has a tradition of celebrating nonconformity.
SoHo
South of Houston Street is a historic district famed for its artistic atmosphere and cast-iron façades.
E. V. Haughwout Building
Created in 1856, this cast-iron landmark is home to the first passenger elevator.
Rockefeller Center Observation Deck
This high vantage point gives an incredible vista of the Big Apple.

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Private Walking Tour of Modern Manhattan
Experience the bustle of Manhattan in this extensive trip around some of  New York City’s finest sights. Journey beyond sightseeing and discover their secrets in the company of your own professional, local guide.   

  • See some of New York's best architectural masterpieces
  • Enjoy the bustle of Times Square
  • Learn about what makes Broadway so special in the theatre world
  • Walk through the art deco Rockefeller Center
  • Step inside the beautiful St Patrick's Cathedral
  • Become absorbed in New York's famous Fifth Avenue
Monuments of New York

In this intimate tour of NYC, you will discover some of midtown Manhattan’s best known and much loved attractions. You will begin at the most iconic transportation hub in the United States— Grand Central Terminal. Catch a perfect view of the gleaming spire of the Chrysler Building, another of New York's Art Deco masterpieces, explore the New York Public Library where you will meet the giant stone lions, and enjoy Bryant Park—a lovely green oasis in the heart of Midtown. You will then continue west to the crossroads of the world —Times Square— to view the news ticker on the One Times Square Building, the NASDAQ board, and the myriad neon signs.

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Soaking up the bright lights, you will learn about the evolution of Broadway and how theatre  transformed Times Square into one of the most famous destinations in the world. You will have the pleasure of seeing many of the historic buildings in the area dating back to 1900, as you head towards the recently restored art deco masterpiece— Radio City Music Hall. A short walk will lead you to the Rockefeller Center, a magnificent complex of towering skyscrapers. 

As your tour continues, you will see the beautiful, gothic St Patrick's Cathedral, seat of the Archdiocese of New York. Heading north toward Central Park, you will have your chance to be part of the shopping mecca that is Fifth Avenue, abounding in old world glamour. Your tour will finish at the corner of Central Park, near the Zoo and Wollman Rink, where you will be able to explore this green oasis in the very heart of New York City. 
Private Full Day Highlights with Top of the Rock tickets
Explore the Big Apple - from the bustling streets of Downtown Manhattan to the serenity of Central Park.  On this private tour you will:

· See the best sights of Lower Manhattan, from the National 9/11 Memorial to St Paul’s Chapel
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· Stroll in both Grand Central Terminal and Central Park
· Finish your tour gazing out on the city from the views from the Rockefeller Center

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Next you will head towards  trendy Greenwich Village, home to over a century's worth of bohemians, artists, musicians, novelists, poets and intellectuals of New York City. From here you will take the subway to Wall Street in lower Manhattan, arguably the most important financial center of the world. You will learn about some of the most important moments in US history, from the swearing in of George Washington as the first American President, to the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement—the foundation of the New York Stock Exchange. 

Bright Lights

You will also have the opportunity to explore the gothic architecture of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where writer F. Scott Fitzgerald was married. Then, you will walk to Grand Central Terminal, the most iconic transportation hub in the United States, with the beautiful celestial ceiling murals. 

Your guide will take you to Times Square in the midtown area to view the news ticker on the One Times Square Building, the NASDAQ board, and all the fluorescent neon advertisements. You will then venture to another icon of NYC—the Rockefeller Center. Here, your guide will give you your tickets for the Rockefeller Observation deck and part with you. Cap off your tour with  a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Manhattan and the rest of the Big Apple. 
Private Walking Tour of Midtown Manhattan with Express Empire State Building Tickets
South of Central Park lies one of the world's most important cultural and business centers. With many of the city’s most famous sights, midtown Manhattan is one of the best places to experience the spirit of New York. On your fascinating Private Walking Tour of Manhattan, soak up its unique ambience, breathe in its frenetic pace, and seek out its unforgettable highlights. 

  • Begin your tour in the heart of New York City’s theater district. 
  • Yield to the neon-lit bustle of Times Square, NYC’s most famous intersection, a monumentally busy mecca for tourists, shoppers and protesters.
  • Admire some of Manhattan’s most beautiful Art Deco structures, like the Rockefeller building, and Lawrie’s statue of Atlas.
  • Marvel at Neo-Gothic St Patrick’s Cathedral - the city’s beacon of Catholicism since 1878.
  • Stroll glamorous, affluent Fifth Avenue to gaze at the world-famous window displays of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord and Taylor. 
  • Enjoy jaw-dropping views from the top of the famous 443m Empire State Building, one of NYC’s iconic landmarks.
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Well known by actors and stage-junkies, New York’s dazzling Theater District has been part of Manhattan since the late 19th century and its rich history provides a glorious mix of greasepaint, star-spotting and backstage gossip. While in the bustle of Times Square, learn how it earned its name when the New York Times opened an office there and erected an electronic news ticker - “The Zipper'' - in 1928. Though the newspaper office has relocated, the area remains a media hotspot, serving as host and home to the likes of MTV and Condé Nast. Times Square is an icon, a Hollywood backdrop, and the heart of the Big Apple, and where there is proof - should you need it - that New York is the city that never sleeps. After a long stroll past New York’s Public Library, depart from your guide in front of the Empire State Building, where you will enjoy express tickets to the top of the Empire State Building to retrace your steps and gaze out upon the city that never sleeps. 
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