An often overlooked part of Midtown is the neighborhood of Turtle Bay. This safe, quiet neighborhood is home to some of the city’s most famous landmarks. It is nestled between Murray Hill to the south, Lenox Hill to the north, and Midtown to the west.
Luckily, when you stay at the Concorde Hotel, you are less than a mile away from the many wonderful sites of Turtle Bay. A short 10-15 minute walk, and you could be at Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, or the United Nations Visitor Center.
Turtle Bay Area
Today, the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan is one of the smallest historic districts in New York City. The oldest area consists of 20 row houses front the 1860s in Italianate style. While it is one of the hottest growing neighborhoods, it wasn’t always so popular. Initially, it was full of breweries, factories, and slaughterhouses. It was also home to coal yards, cattle yards, and railroad manufacturing. All of these industries drove the NYC elite and wealthy to other neighborhoods.
However, these industries eventually left or became obsolete. This made room for Turtle Bay to become the sophisticated and cosmopolitan neighborhood it is today.
United Nations Visitor Center
About 18 acres of Turtle Bay is occupied by the United Nations and surrounding diplomatic residences. The UN Visitor Center is located in the southeast corner of Turtle Bay. Technically, the property is considered international territory and not a part of New York City. While most of the complex is not open to the public, several tours are available that allow you to see the center and its grounds. The general guided tour will show you the General Assembly Hall, Security Council Chamber, and many other functioning areas of the building. If you take the Garden Tour during the summer, you can see sculptures by notable artists and a piece of the Berlin Wall.
- Guided Tours- various languages
- Children’s Tour
- Black History Tour
- Focus on Women Tour
- Garden Tour
- Architecture Tour
- Art Tour
As one of the most famous buildings in the New York City skyline, the Chrysler Building is a shining example of Art Deco architecture. The building opened in 1930 and welcomes visitors to view the lobby and its ornate ceiling mural. The building received approval in 2020 to reopen the observation deck. However, there is no word on when it will begin welcoming visitors.
Grand Central Terminal
While commonly referred to as being in Midtown, the Grand Central Terminal is technically in Turtle Bay. This world-famous terminal is a hub of transportation, shopping, and dining. Step onto the main concourse and marvel at the brilliant blue ceiling with 2,500 stars and 12 constellations. Stop by the terminal’s crown jewel, a large four-faced clock. Marvel at the whispering gallery made of ceramic tiles. Shop at the Grand Central Market. Then grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants or food halls.
Katharine Hepburn Garden
The Katherine Hepburn Garden is the largest public garden on the east side of Midtown. It is dedicated to the actress in honor of her efforts to preserve the natural areas of the neighborhood during her time as a resident. Stroll the winding nature trails as you read the engraved stepping stones and plaques. Throughout the park, you will see dedications to Katherine Hepburn and her career as an actress. You can visit Katherine’s personal bench from her Old Saybrook estate in Connecticut. There is also a cafe located within the park.
Greenacre Pocket Park
A hidden gem in Turtle Bay is Greenacre Pocket Park. This intimate little park opened in 1971 and is a tranquil oasis among the buildings. The park has three levels, creating quiet spaces for relaxation and reflection. The park’s claim to fame is its 25-foot-high waterfall. Sit under the shade of twelve mature honey locust trees and listen to the sound of the water.
Book your stay at the Concorde Hotel New York and be just steps away from the peaceful elegance of Turtle Bay.