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If you start your walking tour at 51st street subway station(line 6) the first thing you?ll see is the building of General Electric at 570 Lexington Avenue. It was built in 1931 and the architect John W. Cross tried to make it a couple with the church of St.Vartholomew so they have the same light pink color! I?m not sure about the result but the building has a very interesting shape with the endge of the tower look like electromagnetic waves! The building has 50 floors and 195 m height

2 blocks down, at 301 Park Avenue, you will see the hotel Waldorf Astoria (pic1), a luxury hotel that was built in 1931 in art-deco style. It has 47 floors and its height is 191m. I couldn?t afford staying here but the lobby with its famous big clock was very nice and usually the people that choose to live here enjoy their comfort. Some luxury suite go up to $8.000.000 so I guess if you want to have a living room with a fireplace and this kind of stuff it?s worth it! :) Of course it has some nice restaurants inside and even a railway platform as part of the Central Station!

Then I saw Villard Houses at 451 Madison Avenue (pic 2). Henry Villard(1835-1900) was a famous editor and president of Pacific Railways. On 1881 he bought the property that faces St Patrick church and built in 1884 6 four-floor buildings in renaissance style facing a nice small central front yard. In our days there you can see the New York Palace hotel that rises up at the background (it?s a 51 floors tower) of the houses that are been used at the main entrance of the hotel.

Then I walked until 5th avenue for St.Patrick church, I continued at 52nd street for museum of TV and Radio and at 53rd for some more museums like MOMA, museum of Art and Design and museum of Folk Art. At 580 Madison Avenue is located the IBM building (pic 5). It has 43 floors and was built in 1983 in modern style so it didn?t impressed me so much because there are many of them in Manhattan. You can visit the garden plaza as it is open for the public.

At 560 Madison Avenue is the SONY building (pic 4). It was built in 1984 by Philip Johnson with an interesting top but the big model of spiderman that can been see through the glass was more interesting :) As you can imagine it?s full of electronic stores, some cafes and an open to the public atrium.

Finally, at 1 W 54th street is located the University Club (pic 3) that was built in 1899 in renaissance style for the high society of that era (it?s still a private club)

Address: Upper Midtown
Directions: Take train 6 to 51st street and start your walking tour from there
Phone: +(1) 212-768-4242
Website: http://www.bryantpark.org

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  • Updated Jul 27, 2008
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