Your Personal Concierge
Historic Sites in Midtown
Midtown is full of sites that history buffs would love. Diego Chinigo, concierge at The New York Palace, shares his top three. First off, Chinigo suggests a trip to the Villard Mansion to see the fireplace by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, which is located on the second floor. “The artist sculpted only one other such piece, which is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Chinigo explains. Movie fans, as well as history buffs, can visit the location of the classic scene in The Seven Year Itch when Marilyn Monroe’s dress was blown in the air. The famous subway grate she was standing on is located on the southwest corner of Lexington Ave. and E. 52nd St., in front of the present-day French restaurant Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte. “I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you the awesome beauty of Grand Central Terminal," Chinigo says. “Within her walls lie numerous secrets, such as the hidden staircase in plain sight, the four-million-dollar timepiece in the middle of the terminal and, of course, the Whispering Gallery located just in front of the famous Grand Central Oyster Bar.” He adds that the Whispering Gallery’s amazing acoustics over its large archway have become a favorite for romantic marriage proposals.