Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

5 Midtown Must-Sees; One Area of New York Is Enjoying a Renaissance, and, as ELLA WALKER Discovers, It's Not All Big Business

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

5 Midtown Must-Sees; One Area of New York Is Enjoying a Renaissance, and, as ELLA WALKER Discovers, It's Not All Big Business

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Times Square, the beating heart of New York A golden sunrise highlights the Empire State Building TECHNICALLY, New York's Midtown stretches from 14th Street, skimming the bottom of Union Square Park, up to 59th Street. It's the central belly of Manhattan Island, bustling with people and stacked high with gleaming skyscrapers - the Empire State, the Chrysler, the Rockefeller Center.

The grassy High Line marks its west flank, while Hell's Kitchen and Koreatown provide bubbles of relative calm. And then there's Times Square, pulsing endlessly with Technicolor ads.

In recent years, New York's other boroughs and districts (think arty Williamsburg and foodie Brooklyn) have upped their visitor-temptation game, but Midtown is getting back on its feet with a whole raft of new and enchanting attractions. Here's what to do when you get there.

1. SEE THE SUN RISE AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IF you can handle the early start, you can book a new sunrise tour ($100/PS72 per person, limited to 100 guests a day) to watch the city winking in the dawn light and see New York's avenues as quiet as they'll ever be. Another $25/PS18 and they chuck in a grilled breakfast too. | Visit esbnyc.com 2. FEEL LIKE A GIANT AT GULLIVER'S GATE PLAY at being a giant in a world of miniatures off Times Square, featuring replicas of Europe, Asia, Russia, Latin America, the Middle East and New England, handmade by craftspeople across the globe.

The detail on each model is immense - look out for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the New York subway and Spider-Man suspended from the Brooklyn Bridge.

You can become part of the miniature world too, by having your likeness made into a teensy human model, or using keys to trigger volcanic explosions, kick-start carnivals, and prompt toy vehicles into action.

| Visit gulliversgate.com 3. EXPLORE UNDER THE SEA AT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER: OCEAN ODYSSEY MOVING from room to room at this interactive exhibition, prepare to be bombarded by shoals of digital fish that flutter and dart, activated by your footsteps. Columns of faux-coral turn luminous dayglo at your touch, while digital sea lions will flip and spin in 'training' sessions, reflecting back at you the shapes you make with your arms. …

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