Welcome to the Skyscrapers of Park Avenue!

Welcome to the Midtown Design District (or Midtown East as it is more commonly known!). The Midtown Design District is a commercial hub in Manhattan and home to some of the city’s most iconic architecture – from Gothic to Postmodernism and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco its buildings deliver a sense of gravitas and wow factor. You will certainly sense it in the range of architectural styles we’ll talk about today.

We’re excited to have you as part of the tour today. Get ready—you’re about to appreciate the Midtown Design District in a way you never have before! Thank you so much for being here with us.

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1. Kate Spade 8. Seagram Building
2. La Maison du Chocolat 9. Racquet & Tennis Club
3. St. Patrick’s Cathedral 10. Casa Lever
4. MetLife Building 11. de Gournay
5. Waldorf Astoria New York 12. D&D Building
6. Lipstick Building 13. Bloomberg Building
7. Citigroup Center 14. Ritz Tower
15. Le Botaniste

1.  Champagne at Kate Spade

610 5th Avenue, Space C

Between 48th St & 49th St

They are offering a 15% discount with a kickback to the NYJL from 11 am – 4 pm.

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2. Champagne Stop at La Maison du Chocolat

30 West 49th Street

Between 5th Ave & 6th Ave

Enjoy a 10% discount with a giveback to the NYJL from 11 am – 4 pm.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

3.  St. Patrick’s Cathedral

5th Avenue

Between E. 50th St & E. 51st St

A Catholic cathedral in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. It is the seat of the Archbishop of New York. The cathedral occupies a city block bounded by Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, 50th Street, and 51st Street, directly across from Rockefeller Center. Designed by James Renwick Jr., it is the largest Gothic Revival Catholic cathedral in North America.

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4.  MetLife Building

200 Park Avenue

Look South on Park Ave

Designed in the International style by Richard Roth, Walter Gropius, and Pietro Belluschi, the MetLife Building is 808 feet tall with 59 stories.

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5. Waldorf Astoria New York

301 Park Avenue

Between 49th St & 50th St

The structure is a 47-story Art Deco landmark designed by architects Schultze and Weaver, which was completed in 1931. The building was the world’s tallest hotel from 1931 until 1963 when it was surpassed by Moscow’s Hotel Ukraina.

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Lipstick Building

6. Lipstick Building

885 Third Avenue

Between 53rd St & 54th St

The building was designed by John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson. The building receives its name from its shape and color, which resembles a tube of lipstick.

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Citigroup Center

7. Citigroup Center

601 Lexington Avenue

Between 53rd St. & 54th St.

The Citigroup Center is an office skyscraper in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood. It was built in 1977 to house the headquarters of Citibank.

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8. Seagram Building

375 Park Avenue

Between 52nd St & 53rd St.

Designed in the International Style by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, Ely Jacques Kahn, and Robert Allan Jacobs, the building was completed in 1958. It initially contained the headquarters of the Seagram Company, a Canadian distiller. It is one of the most notable examples of the functionalist aesthetic and a prominent instance of corporate modern architecture.

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Racquet and Tennis Club

9. Racquet & Tennis Club

370 Park Avenue

Between 52nd St & 53rd St.

The Racquet and Tennis Club, familiarly known as the R&T, is a private social and athletic club.

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Lever House

10. Casa Lever

390 Park Ave

Between E. 53rd & E. 54th St.

Lever House is a glass-box skyscraper designed in the International Style by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill as the headquarters of soap company Lever Brothers, a subsidiary of Unilever.

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11.  Champagne at de Gournay

243 E. 59th Street

Between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave

Enjoy champagne and light bites from 11 am – 4 pm.

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D&D Building

12.  D&D Building

979 3rd Avenue

Between E. 58 & E. 59th St

Known nationally and internationally since 1965 as the world’s most important home to over 100+ showrooms, the DDB represents over 3,000 leading manufacturers dedicated to the very best in residential and business interior furnishings, educational opportunities, and resource information.

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Bloomberg Building

13.  Bloomberg Building 
71 Lexington Avenue

Between E. 58 & 59th St

731 Lexington Avenue is a 1,345,489 sq ft mixed-use glass skyscraper on Lexington Avenue, on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Opened in 2004, it houses the headquarters of Bloomberg L.P. and as a result, is sometimes referred to informally as Bloomberg Tower.

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Ritz Tower

14.  Ritz Tower

465 Park Ave

Between E. 57th St & 58th St

The Ritz Tower is a luxury residential building. It was built from 1925 to 1926 as an apartment hotel and was designed by Emery Roth and Thomas Hastings for the journalist Arthur Brisbane, who was the developer.

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15.  Lunch at Le Botaniste 

833 Lexington Avenue

Between E 63rd St & E 64th St

Enjoy a free lemonade or iced tea with purchase from 11 am – 4 pm

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