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Must-Visit Historic Places in Midtown East
The large section of Manhattan known as Midtown is home to world-renowned commercial businesses and some of the city’s major attractions. The area is often divided into Midtown East and Midtown West, with several of the city’s historic sites peppered throughout. John Janusz, concierge at the Waldorf Astoria, has four suggestions of historic places to visit in and near Midtown East. The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden is one of the city's oldest buildings. The structure was built in 1799 as a stone carriage house, became a hotel in 1826 and later served as a private residence for 70 years. This historic site is open to the public and tours are offered.
If you get hungry or thirsty on your way back from Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Janusz suggests a stop at the popular watering hole P.J. Clarke's, which he adds has “great hamburgers.” In its long history, which began 1884, P.J Clarke’s has served several notable patrons, including Frank Sinatra, Jackie Kennedy, Johnny Mercer and Nat King Cole.
The world-famous train station Grand Central Terminal, which currently boasts more than 21 million annual visitors, celebrates its centennial this year. The long list of fun facts concerning this building is almost endless. You can learn all about the Whispering Gallery, ceiling mural, famous clock above the information booth and more on a self-guided tour—downloadable on your smartphone—or a daily VIP tour.
Of course, the Waldorf Astoria is also steeped in history. The Art Deco landmark, designed by architects Schultze and Weaver, opened in 1931. The original location was built in 1893 on Fifth Avenue, at the current site of the Empire State Building. Now located at 301 Park Avenue, the Waldorf opened as the tallest and largest hotel in the world and since has been host to countless distinguished guests and events. Historical tours are offered twice weekly and upon advance request.