Written by on 19.02.20

The Ambassador East looks out over a well-maintained neighborhood on the edge of everything you love about Manhattan.

It attracts young professionals who work in the area. It might just be the best of two worlds, with all the bustle and night life a very short train ride away.

Here, we take a brief tour of some interesting little spots in Midtown, all within walking distance of the Ambassador East. They’re just a few of the many elements making Midtown East a great place to know, and to call home.

Turtle Bay Gardens Historic District

Classic, understated. The row houses surrounding our property comprise the historic district of Turtle Bay. The central landmark in this neighborhood is a fountain designed in the style of the fountain of Villa Medici, in Italy’s Tuscan region.

Bob Dylan once called 242 E. 49th Street home. And look for the plaque marking Katharine Hepburn Place. You’ll find it at the corner of E. 49th and 2nd Streets. Stroll past Hepburn’s longtime home at 244 E. 49th. Hepburn paid $100 a month to rent the place in the 1930s. It’s a bit higher than that now.

Japan Society

You can learn to speak or write in Japanese at Japan Society, at 333 E. 47th. The art gallery will open on March 8, 2019 for the Society’s spring exhibition, Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s.

Every year, Japan Society hosts more than 200 activities and events. These include everything from class films to cutting-edge performance art; from Japanese culinary demos and traditional tastings to presentations on blockchain and the future of money. All the events take place in a spectacular setting with an indoor garden and a waterfall.


After your visit to Japan Society, stay in the mood. Have a meal at the peaceful and minimalist Kajitsu. It’s a Japanese restaurant offering serving upscale Japanese vegetable dishes. Each meal is an artwork in its own right.  Find it on the web, and in real life at 125 E 39th Street, Midtown.

Paley Park

When you venture westward into Midtown, make it a point to dwell for a time at Paley Park, at 5th and Madison Avenues.

This beautiful, open-air alcove has endured and thrived since 1967.

William S. Paley, the founder of CBS, dedicated the spot to the enjoyment of New Yorkers. The place is now considered a triumph of urban planning. In front of a waterfall, punctuated with trees and framed with bushes, this refreshing space offers plenty of ground to move and arrange the tables and chairs. It welcomes solitary readers, happy couples, and gatherings of friends.

Advantages of living in Midtown East


Who doesn’t want to live close to everything? Midtown East is within walking distance of Grand Central Station, the subway which can take you all over the city, and the Museum of Modern Art. Times Square is only five minutes away. The United Nations Headquarters, Chrysler Building and other historic landmarks are all conveniently located in the neighborhood.


Midtown East houses District 2, which includes some of the highest-performing schools in the city. P.S. 116, the Mary Lindley Murray School, has a SchoolDigger 2014 rating of 5 stars, ranking better than 93.3% of the elementary schools in NYC and serves the PK-5 student demographic. Other five-star rated elementary schools in the area are the P.S. 40, Augustus Saint Gaudens school, which is PK-5, and PS 33, Chelsea Prep.

104 Simon Baruch and 260 Clinton School are both 5 star schools servicing the 6-8 student population. Once the middle school years have been completed, transitioning into the high school setting may be challenging. Top high school include Murray Hill Academy, Baruch College Campus High School and Manhattan Village Academy.

If you prefer a private school setting for your children, there are a number of highly-rated schools to meet your needs. Aaron Academy, grades 7-10 the Rebecca School, grades K-12, and The Churchill School and Center are all private, highly-rated special education facilities for students with special needs or developmental disabilities.


  • Grand Central
 – Native New Yorkers and tourists alike love the arches and turquoise-and-gold ceiling of Grand Central Terminal.Take a moment to admire the stars on the celestial ceiling before seeking out foodie treats in the shops and dining concourse.
  • Rockefeller Center
 – The 14 original Art Deco buildings that make up the Rockefeller Center complex were erected from 1930 to 1939, and included Radio City Music Hall and the GE Building (popularly known as 30 Rock for its address at 30 Rockefeller Center). Besides the stores and well-known companies that make their home in the complex, Rockefeller Center is known for its skating rink, sculptures, 200 flagpoles, and massive Christmas tree.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
 – Serving as the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, St. Patrick’s grand and neo-gothic style is a must see in Midtown East.
  • Bryant Park – One of the largest parks in NYC, Bryant Park is known for its free summer movie screenings, colorful carousel, and a great place to eat lunch or read a book from the NYC library across the street.

Your Home Base in Manhattan

These are just a few of the many local gems to discover while touring Ambassador East, your home base at 330 East 46th Street in New York City (between First and Second Avenues). Located in New York City’s handsome Midtown East, it’s one of our beautifully appointed luxury New York City apartment properties.

Topics: Midtown East , NYC Apartments , NYC Things to Do