7.5 out of 10

East 50 St, Midtown

Ranked 2nd best street in Midtown
40.7571799713041 -73.9739794867638
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5

"Big names and big buildings"

East 50th starts off with a bang as it enters Midtown (few Midtown streets can say the same) with The Waldorf Astoria and St. Barthelomew's Church. The Waldorf is one of the most famous hotels in the world and it really is lovely. The only issue I have with it is the fact that it has been completely taken over by the business set so it doesn't feel as old timey and grand in energy as it used to. If you happen to catch it during a slow run, though, it's beautiful and the upstairs home to the Waldorf salad does make you feel like an aristocrat from another time which I enjoyed very much. St. Bart's Church is one of the prettier ones in the city and I like that it's in the midst of this big building, commercial area. The two buildings remind you of what this area used to look like.
The next block is a strange mix of big commercial buildings with the Villard Houses sandwiched in there. It used to be six private brownstone residences for the elite but now these houses serve as the entrance for a grand hotel. I'm glad they kept the buildings and the courtyard because they really are stunning. I just wish they were still residences though it would be hard to pay that kind of money to live in this part of town. It's so commercial and loud.
The block between Madison and 5th showcases more famous buildings with Saks, New York Magazine and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Saks Fifth Avenue is about as elite of New York shopping that you can get and people watching the old uptown ladies that shop there is really fun. It's definitely snooty but I enjoy it. St. Pat's Cathedral is gorgeous and gothic. It has been the spot for many famous funerals from General Sherman to Bobby Kennedy. It's visually stunning and a welcome break from things the Palmolive Skyscraper.
I wouldn't want to live on 50th in this part of town because of the noise and lack of green or restaurants. And, there are too many tourists. But, it's a spot you have visit because there are so many famous places on one little stretch.
  • Sightseeing
  • Loud
  • Tourists
  • No neighborhood feel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish

"East 50th Street"

East 50th Street is the beginning of the residential area of the Midtown East area, and with it's wonderful vicinity to the shopping delights of just about anyone, I'd say it's a great place to start looking for a place to hang your hat.

If you're tired of shopping on Madison, Park, or 5th avenues, the streets provide a nice oasis the spending spree happening nearby.

Try Nikki Midtown. It's a bar and lounge and perfect for relaxing after a big day on the town, and a good place to drown your buyer's remorse in a nice cocktail.

East 50th Street is close to several metro stations and is close to many buses. Foot traffic is heavy and I recommend the street to EVERYONE!

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