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In the Center of It All

If New York City feels like the center of the world, then Midtown Manhattan is the epicenter. This neighborhood has the most iconic buildings, boutiques, restaurants, and promenades that singers from Sinatra to Alicia Keys croon about. It’s the kind of place that makes you say to yourself, “I have arrived.” The possibilities here are endless. And at the heart of this very special place is a new skyscraper that reflects the classic art-deco architecture of the neighborhood but also makes a statement with its modern beauty: The Centrale.

When you make your home at The Centrale, you will be able to call some of New York’s best dining rooms your neighborhood haunts. You will become a regular at world-renowned shopping destinations. And, best of all, you will feel a magical connection to the rich history of Manhattan while having everything you need in today’s world at your fingertips.

For a special occasion — or just a special weeknight treat — make a reservation for dinner at Le Bernardin. This storied restaurant is perhaps the perfect encapsulation of the ultimate in Midtown luxury. Le Bernardin has consistently been given four-star reviews by the New York Times since it opened in 1986 (a very impressive achievement); it has earned three Michelin stars; it also boasts a ranking at the very top of La Liste. For a very different, but still thoroughly New York dining experience, try the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station. A meal at this Manhattan institution is clearly a beloved experience for Adam Platt of New York Magazine, who writes, “The cherrystones are still among the best in town at this great landmark establishment, and so is that most regal of all ye olde New York concoctions, the Oyster Pan Roast, which the countermen still make the old-fashioned way, with half a dozen Blue Points, a sprinkling of paprika, a splash of Worcestershire, and flagons of cream.”

The oyster bar, along with Grand Central Station itself, has the otherworldly quality of straddling New York’s past and its ever-evolving present. In the station’s marbled corridors and under its constellation-studded ceiling, you know the great city is all around you, while points north beckon as extensions of your life here.

Midtown is a neighborhood where you pass the Chrysler Building not as a tourist but as a matter of course, and where you will come to think of The Museum of Modern Art, reopened in grand style on Oct. 21, as a neighborhood playground for the mind. You can get a membership and stop in whenever you wish to gaze upon a de Kooning, immerse yourself in an installation, or see the latest blockbuster art show, like this year’s upcoming “Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl's Window,” the much-anticipated inaugural show in the new space. 

These Midtown condos for sale are steps away from a host of renowned boutiques, including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. And you’ll find St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Radio City Music Hall within easy walking distance. As the world tunes in to watch the lighting of the famous tree in Rockefeller Center (practically in your backyard), you will be living in the glow of its — and the neighborhood’s — majesty.

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