4.7 out of 10

East 52 St, Midtown

Ranked 19th best street in Midtown
40.7584316225631 -73.9730671674234
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists


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

"Ritzy and Commercial"

52nd starts off in Midtown at Lexington with a very Midtown kind of office building set. The modern, high rise onset of the street through this neighborhood is a bit deceiving, though, because there are some great things on this block to see. The Trans Lux Theatre is on this block. It's a great old theatre where Fellini's La Strada had its US premiere. Next to the theatre is the famous Marilyn Monroe vent from the Seven Year Itch which is worth a look to most people even though it's really just a subway vent. The big power lunch spot for powerful people, The Four Seasons, is next to the vent on the other end. I've never been here because I'm not powerful but I have heard it's very snooty. The Four Seasons is on the ground floor of a very famous building called the Seagram Building. I don't love many skyscrapers but this one is pretty cool. Across the street from the Seagram building is an ugly skyscraper that replaced the hotel that Marilyn Monroe lived at during her divorce from Joe DiMaggio because of the street vent directly across. That poor vent.
Across Park, there's an interesting glass skyscraper that houses the private men's Racquet and Tennis Club. I think it's actually still only for men which I find mind boggling. I'm guessing these are the people who eat at the Four Seasons. More to my speed, there's a lovely Italian place across the street called Fresco that is worth a try if you happen to be in the area.
Across Madison, there are a ton of massive buildings and that's about it. Among them are the Omni Hotel, the very pretty Look building, Harper Collins Publishing, and La Grenouille. La Gren used to be a stable and eventually became the Armand Hammer headquarters. It now has a French Restaurant on the ground floor which, I believe, is the last remaining from the era when French restaurants were everywhere in this part of town. It's very quaint and pretty good. Across from La Gren is the Cartier flagship store. This is the epitome of 5th Ave shopping as Cartier is the go to place for ridiculously expensive jewelry. Apparently, this building was bought by Cartier in 1915 from the Vanderbilts for the price of one hundred bucks and a million dollar pearl necklace. Oh, rich people . .
There are some great things to see on 52nd but it would be hard to live on for me. There's not a lot in the way of restaurants, nightlife, or young people. And, there are a lot of suits and tourists hanging around which takes away from the neighborhood vibe. It's not a bad street. It's just not my speed.
  • High end dining and shopping
  • Commercial area
  • No neighborhood feel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists

"A fantastic New York experience"

Whether its Vivaldi or Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons has always been a name that conjures up a distinct image and to be fair, this world famous New York restaurant is probably a large part of the reason for that. Don’t think you can roll up and get a table on the night, the waiting list is a good few weeks away but its worth coming along to see the venue and perhaps catch a look at who is going inside. Its one of the things you’ll be able to tell others about your trip.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees

"Wealthy area, Overpriced"

E 52nd is great if you're interested in seeing wealthy people flaunting their success :) It's far too overpriced for the typical younger person starting out in life to afford. As far as it would go for tourists, I think that there are other streets that would be better for your money. The food is overpriced, although it's nice to be around so much motivation. Just visiting this street, you'll feel more motivated to become a success...

Most of the streets in Manhattan are worth a visit, but if you're looking to eat, I'd go a few more blocks down where the food gets progressively better and cheaper :)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Another Classy Street in Midtown East"

Midtown East is a very mature area of town, with established people with established lifestyles and careers. It's kind of an inspiring fast paced side of town, with successful people surrounding you. If you're not into the scene and not impressed by blatant and overt shows of wealth, I wouldn't suggest this part of the city to you.

If you are into that, you can go to the Four Seasons with all of the rest of the swanky people and enjoy an overpriced meal.

East 52nd 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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