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A Night at the Theater

Broadway is a destination that is so much more than a geographic location. It’s the place where world-renowned theaters offer people from around the world a chance to step into a fantasy that lives and breathes in real time before their eyes. Residents of 555TEN don’t need a plane ticket to see the most acclaimed theaters in the country. In fact, living so close to Broadway means the magic of the Great White Way can become a vital part of your New York City life. Right now, Broadway is drawing crowds for shows both legendary and new. Here, we bring you highlights from a long list of not-to-be-missed productions playing this spring.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is so much more than a theatrical expansion of the Harry Potter universe — it’s also a show that takes the concept of immersion into a world as far as it can go, with the halls and lobby of the Lyric Theatre itself embellished with details that make you feel as though you are in the world of Harry Potter before the show even begins. Of the newer, slightly abridged version of this show, Alexis Soloski of the New York Times writes, “directed by [John] Tiffany and choreographed by Steven Hoggett, with an essential score from Imogen Heap, it remains diamond-sharp in its staging and dazzling in its visual imagination, as magical as any spell or potion.”

“Life of Pi” features puppets so outsize they require multiple highly trained puppeteers to control them. Based on the acclaimed book by Yann Martel, it’s another visual immersion in a literary landscape that actually goes beyond the imaginable. Puppeteer Nikki Calonge, who operates Richard Parker/Tiger, says of working on this show, “‘Life of Pi’ defies what many expect from puppetry, performers, and plays in general — come see the effort and joy we’ve put into this show! We’re on Broadway, which is full of some of the hardest-working, creative, and passionate talent I’ve ever met; the whole community is alive with ideas and big dreams.”

“Hamilton,” the show memorized and beloved by kids and adults alike across the country, is still drawing crowds to the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where the whole notion of how history is made and told is explored in its collection of rap-inspired, showstopping hits.

In the case of Lea Michele of “Funny Girl,” its star power itself that works as the engine for the show. But her performances here are once-in-a-lifetime experiences where the kinetic combination of star and character show you what humans are capable of through the medium of song and dance.

In the unflaggingly popular “The Lion King,” there is a production level that brings an entire world to life through craftsmanship that, in many ways, exceeds that of blockbuster films where many of the stunning effects take place in camera. Here, Simba and Mufasa move in costumes designed by the legendary Julie Taymor, who also directs. Each one is a living, moving work of art of stunning proportions. As if that weren’t enough, the music by Elton John is already so deeply a part of the culture that to see it live is to physically enter the American collective unconscious. It’s the kind of show you’ll want to savor and see again, which is easy to do when you live just moments away at the Midtown luxury rentals at 555TEN.

Explore Art Galleries in Hell’s Kitchen

Since the days when Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning spent long nights in conversation at the Cedar Tavern, New York City has been considered the art capital of the world. The Midtown luxury apartments at 555TEN, with their central location in the heart of the city, place you just a short walk from Chelsea, where New York’s most celebrated galleries are located, and just moments from galleries that have been putting Hell’s Kitchen on the art world map.

The Fountain House Gallery on Ninth Avenue near 48th Street is a pioneer in the art world — not only geographically, but in terms of its vision. Founded in 2000, it’s a gallery where artists living with mental illness can show their work. It’s also a place that supports the creation of this work with studio space and access to art supplies. A recent show about the role mushrooms played in the development of the Earth was featured in Hyperallergic, which wrote of the show: “This exhibition, curated by artist-activist Vermilion, brings together more than 30 artists living with mental illness to explore the myriad ways in which we can learn and benefit from fungi.”

Jadite Galleries on West 50th Street features artwork by artists from around the world, and makes purchasing art for the walls in these Midtown West luxury rentals all the more convenient with their own in-house framing service.

When the big names of Chelsea beckon you, you can catch the A train or make your way down the West Side to history-making galleries like David Zwirner and Andrea Rosen. Not-to-be-missed shows on view now may require more than one visit to the neighborhood. At Gagosian on 24th Street you’ll find the seminal show of work by Helen Frankenthaler, “Drawing Within Nature: Paintings From the 1990’s.” Frankenthaler was in many ways inspired by Pollock but also represented a sharp, sensual departure from his work, as The New Yorker wrote about her in 2021: “Frankenthaler embraced color for its own sake, animating and elevating the most elemental sensations.” At Galerie Lelong, you’ll find a showing of works on paper by Nancy Spero, one of the most influential feminist artists, aptly called “Woman as Protagonist.”

The multimedia visionary Tony Oursler’s show “mAcHiNe E.L.F.” is now up at Lehmann Maupin and features body-shaped works that incorporate painting, printmaking, collage, and the moving, projected image. These are works that showcase Oursler’s playful approach to visual possibility and experiment with the future of technology in the making of fine art.

A trip to Chelsea is a great way to discover a visual culture at the cutting edge of technology and creativity, to mingle at spill-onto-the-street openings, and to make this creative hub an extension of your Hell’s Kitchen home base — and of your home at the luxury Midtown apartments at 555TEN.

A Coffee Lover’s Paradise in Midtown Manhattan

A New York apartment is only as good as its nearby coffee shops. And residents of the Midtown Manhattan apartments at 555TEN have their choice of high-quality brews just moments from their building’s lobby. So, grab a to-go lid and come with us on a tour of these fine cafes near 555TEN.

First on our list is The Jolly Goat, located seven short blocks south of 555TEN. It features an intimate red brick interior, a food menu complete with bagels and pastries, and, of course, a full hot and cold coffee menu. The shop also sells eggs and yogurt from local dairy farms, making it a breeze for 555TEN residents to support local agriculture while grabbing a latte.

Head north to find the next coffee shop on our tour, Afficionado Coffee Roasters, where New Yorkers can get their single-origin fix and carry out a bag of beans to boot. The shop is dedicated to roasting and brewing coffee from single-origin beans, working directly with growers and roasting every bean by hand on a vintage 1955 Gothot roaster. Drop by Afficionado to taste coffee the way it was meant to be.

Just a little farther north than Afficionado is White Noise Coffee, a small-batch roaster with a dedication to unique presentations. The shop specializes in experimental affogatos, including the iconic matcha affogato and the decadent tiramisu affogato, while also serving a full food menu and offering bags of beans ready to be ground and brewed at home.

For a quick bite and a to-go cappuccino, 555TEN residents will love Frisson Espresso, located just a few blocks northeast of their building. This intimate shop is known for its mini pecan pies and quiche Lorraine as much as its espresso, which comes complete with intricate designs poured into the foam. Though located near Times Square, this shop is a local favorite.

Last but not least is Bird & Branch, a small shop run by a husband and wife team dedicated to giving back to the community while serving great coffee and food. The shop always has something new and exciting on their menu, such as fresh-baked loaves of sourdough bread and the black sesame brown butter pie in celebration of Pi Day (3/14).

With this many high-quality coffee shops within a few blocks, the NYC luxury rentals at 555TEN are a great place for any joe-drinking New Yorker to lay their head. So, head to the availability page and find your next Midtown apartment today!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Best Bars

Whether you need an after-work tipple, a Friday night spot to drink with friends, or the perfect place to catch the game, the vibrant scene around the Midtown West luxury rentals at 555TEN reliably serves up plenty of drinking establishments. From spirited dives to sleek and modern wine and cocktail bars, drink up whenever you want.

So, let’s raise a glass and explore the best bars in Midtown West.

Rudy’s Bar | 627 9th Avenue

For 90 years, Rudy’s Bar has been a go-to spot for the city’s writers, actors, and 9-to-5 workers. With a vintage neon sign and a large pig caricature outside, Rudy’s is unmistakable. It’s also an unmissable spot for an economical beer—or three—to banish the cares of the day. The interior of Rudy’s is rustic and laid-back at the same time. Cozy up to the well-worn bar under dim lighting and have a chat with the regulars or one of the long-time bartenders. Aside from its convivial atmosphere, Rudy’s is known for its free hot dogs that pair perfectly with a beer.

Bar Centrale | 324 West 46th Street

A more upscale drinking experience awaits in an unassuming townhouse on West 46th Street. Known as a post-show stop for Broadway stars, Bar Centrale is an elegant, well-appointed establishment where you can order classic cocktails and a side of caviar. Indulge in esoteric drinks like the deep-dish Manhattan and fill up before you run to the theater to catch a show before the curtain goes up…even if you’re tempted to linger at Bar Centrale even longer.

Ardesia | 510 West 52nd Street

Love wine? Oenophiles have a home to swirl (and speak to the subtle notes of) more than 100 wines at Ardesia. This buzzy bar affords its well-heeled clientele a chance to sample wines from Australia to Long Island in a chic setting. While the drinks are the star of the show, the bar bites are a must-try, from cheesy croquettes to a perfectly prepared steak.

Hell’s Kitchen Prohibition Pub Crawl

Dig deep into the neighborhood’s boozy past with a pub crawl to some of the area’s Prohibition hot spots. Drink where the city’s famous gangsters and bootleggers made their mark. Although now, thankfully, imbibing alcohol is a less illicit endeavor than it was back then.

After a night out, it’s always nice to come home to one of the luxury apartments for rent in NYC at 555TEN. Have a nightcap in your well-designed home or an extra glass or two on the terrace as you watch the city sparkle.

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Music and Events at Madison Square Garden

Living in the heart of Manhattan means waking up in the middle of the action — and that is particularly true of the Midtown rentals at 555TEN. Located just north of Hudson Yards, 555TEN is the perfect starting place for any New York City adventure, especially if your interests include New York Knicks and Rangers home games or stadium-caliber music. That’s right, we’re talking about Madison Square Garden, the legendary Manhattan arena that has been at the center of the worlds of sports and entertainment since it opened in 1968. Keep reading for a rundown of the great live events taking place at MSG this season!

Winter is basketball and hockey season, and 555TEN is the perfect home for season ticket holders of NYC’s premier winter sports teams. The Knicks are in the middle of an exciting season, with some classic matchups on the horizon. See the Knicks take on their rivals: the Boston Celtics on Feb. 27 and the Brooklyn Nets on March 1. Then, come back later in the month to watch them host the Miami Heat. New York Rangers fans will also want to make routine visits to the Garden this winter as their team tries to climb to the top of their division, facing off against challengers, including the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 26 and the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 16. Madison Square Garden is also home to the NCAA March Madness East Regional Division Championships, making it the epicenter of sport on March 23 and 25.

When the Garden isn’t home to raucous crowds of cheering sports fans, it’s full of music lovers enjoying their favorite acts in person. First and foremost is musician and showman Billy Joel, whose monthly shows at MSG have become legendary. The “Piano Man” has racked up over 100 lifetime performances at the Garden, and his show on March 26 will mark his 88th monthly performance in a row. Other popular acts taking the stage at MSG in March include SZA, John Mayer, Muse, and many more. And, returning once again to his home turf in early April is none other than The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, along with the irreplaceable E Street Band.

All this and more can be found just a few blocks away from the Midtown Manhattan apartments at 555TEN. These stylish homes feature spacious interiors, modern appliances, a suite of residential amenities, including a rooftop pool, a dog run, and much more, all nestled in the heart of New York City. So, head to the availability page and secure your Midtown pad today!

Take a Tour of Restaurant Row

New York City is one of the world’s most celebrated capitals of culinary excellence. From mom-and-pop gems frequented by locals in the know to world-renowned, multiple-Michelin-starred restaurants, the city has it all. Residents of the Midtown West rentals at 555TEN are fortunate to have Restaurant Row just around the corner, located on 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. As its name suggests, this strip is replete with dining destinations, ideal for a stop before or after taking in a new Broadway show or for simply enjoying an evening out on the town.

From high-end sushi to favorite Broadway haunts, Restaurant Row has some of the city’s best options for delectable meals and distinctively New York City ambiance.

Barbetta, which is celebrating its 116th year, can boast the titles of the oldest restaurant in the Theatre District and the oldest Italian restaurant in New York. It’s also the oldest New York City restaurant still owned by its founding family, the Maioglios. Superlatives aside, this landmarked restaurant serves Piedmont cuisine from Italy’s northwestern region, including agnolotti and slow-roasted rabbit and polenta, in addition to its sweeping selection of Italian wines. Couple that with lush decor, including an 18-century Piedmontese chandelier in the elegant main dining room, along with private dining rooms and a garden patio.

Joe Allen is known as the perennial hot spot for Broadway insiders. Indeed, this Theater District mainstay has been featured in Hollywood films and is famously lined with posters of Broadway flops, including the show Kelly, whose cast first gifted the namesake restaurateur Joe Allen a poster of the one-performance show. Of course, Joe Allen is known for more than its theater-rich history, including classic American dining fare such as its Joe Allen burger, steak frites, and famous banana cream pie.

Finally, Sushi Seki has made a name for itself among the city’s high-end sushi restaurants, thanks to its sake sommeliers and fine cuts of fresh seafood. Sushi Seki’s special signature pieces include spicy scallop hand rolls, tuna with tofu sauce, red snapper with sea salt, and seared O-toro, among many more. But diners will likely find a satisfying meal choosing among any of the sushi pieces or hand rolls, paired with sake or wine to complete the meal.

With a wealth of options for fine dining along Restaurant Row, residents of the Midtown luxury rentals at 555TEN can dine out in style each night of the week. Contact the sales team to learn more.

Stay Home at 555TEN

As the cold weather and the holidays descend on New York City, there is no better place to reap the benefits of relaxing at home than at the Midtown West luxury rentals at 555TEN, where an unparalleled suite of amenities transforms home base into a realm of fitness, fun, and possibility.

Straight from Extell’s vision of rental amenities rivaling those of a luxury hotel, you’ll find standouts like a saltwater pool, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a bowling alley, a kids’ playroom, and a rooftop bar to help get you through the winter. With all this at your disposal, you’ll feel like you’re on a cruise — down to the water views — right in the heart of Manhattan.

To get a sense of how these carefully considered spaces can enhance your life, think of them as everyday fixtures that can offer extraordinary experiences to fit any mood. The travertine-lined pool is the perfect place to work out in the morning, but it can also be a calming spot for a relaxing dip on a Friday afternoon, when you might delight in frittering away the last hours of daylight with both a refreshing swim and a good book to read in a lounge chair by the calming saltwater.

The rooftop bar and lounge at 555TEN can be a lovely spot to host friends on a Saturday night, but it’s also an elevator ride away for a spontaneous glass of wine paired with a stunning sunset.

Organize play dates for the kids in the playroom, where they can bond with neighbors their own age and make lifelong friends, or find new activities to open their expanding worlds. For grown-up playtime, having access to an on-site bowling alley makes it easy to plan a party or even to turn a regular weeknight into a game night.

The fitness center means you have access to Peloton bikes, cardio equipment that can be programmed with your personal fitness profile, and the Nexersys Boxing Exergame, which not only keeps you fit but may become one of the most enjoyable stress relievers for the holidays — and beyond. With dedicated studio space for private use and group classes whenever you want them, you’ll have all the benefits of a communal, expert-led workout without the added hassle of a commute in the wintry weather. Drop in on a yoga class as needed, or make them a part of your weekday routine.

Renting in New York has never been this luxurious, thanks to the Extell touch at these luxury no-fee apartments in the heart of NYC, which redefines what it means to stay home for the holidays.

Take the NYC Snow Bus and Enjoy the Slopes

For many, the winter months mean it’s time to take the skis out of storage and gear up to hit the slopes. While New York may not be the state most skiers associate with a snowy skiing retreat, New Yorkers have plenty of options close to home for squeezing in a session — for everyone from those learning how to snowplow  on the bunny slopes to veterans tearing through double black diamonds. Residents of the Midtown West luxury rentals at 555TEN are conveniently located near the NYC Snow Bus, which offers chartered trips to some of the region’s most desirable skiing destinations, many of which are just a short distance from the city and ideal for a weekend getaway.

Just 90 minutes from New York City is Mountain Creek, which offers a series of packages that include bus trips, all-access lift tickets, rentals for snowboards or skis, or all-access packages that include rentals and lessons for beginners. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there is on-site tubing. Mountain Creek boasts the area’s highest vertical and only All-Mountain Terrain Park, with 17 dedicated terrain park traits . There are four distinct peaks available, with night skiing options. Those who want a variety of activities can enjoy the zipline and alpine park roller coaster. Lodgings are available for overnight stays, with the requisite wood-burning fireplaces for warming up after a day in the snow.

Another nearby option is Hunter Mountain, which boasts the closest big mountain to the city, with three discrete peaks that offer skiers a range of terrains and difficulty levels. Windham Mountain, located within 200 miles of the city, offers 258 acres of skiable terrain, with 54 trails and six terrain parks. Windham also offers night skiing, where skiers can take a break by the campfire before getting back on the lift.

Whiteface Mountain offers between 500 and 750 acres, with terrain for cross-country as well as downhill skiers. The resort boasts the highest vertical drop in the Northeast, as well as being the only mountain with double black diamond backcountry for true experts. But with a choice of 87 trails, there are plenty of options for beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers alike. Gore Mountain offers wide trails covering more than 500 acres, with plenty of terrain for a mix of skill levels and cross-country skiers. And a midpeak  rustic base lodge is the perfect destination for taking in views of the Adirondacks and Vermont while replenishing your energy for more skiing ahead.

With a wealth of skiing destinations to be discovered close to New York City, 555TEN can make it from the Midtown Manhattan apartments to the slopes in record time.

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The Travel & Adventure Show at Javits Center

Living in the Midtown rentals at 555TEN makes it a breeze to check out the many events and conventions held at the nearby Javits Center. It’s a constant hive of activity, where people in an industry can garner top tips from the experts—plus, once in a while, there are great public events too. In fact, this month, you can see the Travel & Adventure Show. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of what to expect.

What is the Travel & Adventure Show?

Sure, you love your Midtown Manhattan apartment, but it’s only natural to feel the urge to travel once in a while. This month, learn to go globetrotting in style, courtesy of the Travel & Adventure Show—taking place at Javits Center on the weekend of January 28-29. It’s been called “America’s Favorite Travel Show!”—and you’re about to find out why.

Who’s going to be there?

Plenty of people in the know! The floors will be packed with travel gurus representing cruise liners, tourism companies, airlines, and more. Wherever you want to get to (and however you want to get there), hundreds of experts are on hand to talk through your vacation goals and help you plan the trip of your dreams.

And are there expert speakers?

Lots! The Travel & Adventure Show has three theaters dedicated to travel talks throughout the weekend. At the Travel Theater, you’ll have the chance to hear from famous names in the world of travel, with 2023 keynote speakers including Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg, and Andrew McCarthy. The Savvy Traveler Theater will teach you how to be just that—dishing out tips on everything from the hottest travel tech to getting around solo and packing light. Got a short list of places you’d like to visit? The Destination Theater features 30-minute sessions on a whole range of global locations, so you can get focused, up-to-date advice on countless countries and cities.

Anything else to look out for?

From book signings to VR experiences, goodie bags, and competitions where you could win dream travel trips, your appetite for adventure is sure to be sharpened. In fact, visiting the Travel & Adventure Show is a memorable trip in its own right!

What else is on at the Javits Center?

There’s an ongoing calendar of events—many of them aimed at industry professionals. Whether your business is coffee or cosmetics, fintech or floristry, there’s something for you. Check out the full list of events here.

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Buzzy New Midtown Restaurants

One of the best parts of living in NYC is being at the center of the world’s culinary universe. And with old-school standard go-tos and new, buzzy restaurants opening up at a rapid clip, Midtown West is becoming a hotter than hot spot for chefs and foodies from around the world. Lucky residents of the NYC luxury rentals at 555TEN have access to all of the latest fine spots that have just opened or are about to open in the neighborhood.

From a high-end French restaurant to a grab-and-go panini paradise, get ready to explore and feast on some of the most delicious food in the city.

Le Rock | 45 Rockefeller Plaza

Anyone familiar with the dining scene in Manhattan knows that Frenchette is a must-visit for those in the know. Now, the team behind that modern classic has opened Le Rock in the iconic Rockefeller Center. The New York Times notes that with Le Rock launching this past summer, there’s no reason to head to Tribeca to get a fully “Downtown” dining experience. With nods to the building’s art-deco inspo, Le Rock is a throwback experience with unparalleled service and world-class food. While the decor is gorgeous, it’s the menu of haute dishes that really stands out. Start with a plate of rich garlicky escargot, then take your time as you indulge in the expertly seasoned duck aux épices.

Lodi | 1 Rockefeller Plaza

Close to Le Rock in Rockefeller Center is an atmospheric and tiny place that transports you to the spirited streets of cosmopolitan Milan. This piccolo cafe is modeled after those in that Italian fashion capital. Located right across the street from Rockefeller Center’s iconic skating rink, this is a great place to start an early morning with an espresso and a pastry or grab an aperitivo before you head to a big dinner after work. And don’t forget to try a signature panini—you won’t be disappointed.

Pebble Bar | 67 West 49th Street

If you’ve ever looked at Rockefeller Center from across 6th Avenue, you may have noticed two incongruous townhouses on either side of the colossal building. These holdouts have been around for well over a century and a half. The second and third floor of one of these historic buildings was once known as Hurley’s, a bar where the likes of Johnny Carson and David Letterman had a post-show tipple or two. Now you can join in the grand tradition and have a sip yourself at Pebble Bar, which occupies the former space of Hurley’s. Whether you want a handcrafted cocktail on the second floor or some tasty bites, like steak tartare or oysters, on the third, the Pebble Bar is the newest place to see and be seen.

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As you can see, Midtown West is not only a prime spot to live in luxury, no-fee NYC apartments at 555TEN but also to dine in style. Contact our sales team to learn more.

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