Midtown Manhattan is many people’s first introduction to the Big Apple; Midtown Manhattan has Grand Central Terminal, Port Authority, Times Square, and so many different things to do. But where does one begin their adventures on a Friday night in Midtown Manhattan? There is so much to do and so much to see that it can be a little daunting. However follow this guide and you’ll be able to do some things many people visiting Midtown never even notice!
New York Public Library
(455 Fifth Avenue, 10016-0122. (212) 340-0833)
New York City was home to some of the most prolific and familiar voices in the world of literature. Stop in to the majestic New York Public Library on your Friday night in Midtown Manhattan and you will be amazed. The New York Public Library is open until 6PM on Fridays, generally, so you’ll have to begin your Friday night in Midtown Manhattan in the afternoon or thereabouts; however once you’ve pored over the racks of the New York Public Library you’ll be glad that you began your evening in the afternoon.
Midtown Comics Times Square
(200 W 40th Street, New York, NY 10018. http://www.midtowncomics.com/)
Once you’ve had your fill of the classic lit, you may need to decompress with some stimulating comic bookery. Stop in to the Midtown Comics Times Square and you will be able to find literally any comic book or graphic novel you crave. Midtown Comics Times Square has a full gallery of so many favorites including many valuable back issues so you’ll always find what you’re looking for. Some are a little skittish about their second floor location, but fear not as Midtown Comics Times Square is a very classy joint. They also hosts artist signings and meet and greets. Past guests of Midtown Comics Times Square include Jim Lee, Peter David, and Brian K. Vaughn among many, many others. Moreover if you can’t find what you’re looking for at the Seventh Avenue location, they have a second Midtown Comics on the east side so you’re good to go!
West Bank Café
(407 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036-6888. (212) 695-6909.westbankcafe.com)
Once you’ve gotten your classic lit and your comic book action, you’ll need a place to while away your Friday night in Midtown Manhattan by reading, reading, reading! Head away from the noise, towards the Hudson River, and enjoy some quite time at the West Bank Café. Make sure you go by after the 7:55PM rush has cleared out and you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet all the way until post theatre (10:30 or so). For really decent, inexpensive American cuisine or just coffee and something small, the West Bank Café is the perfect spot to end your Friday Night in Midtown Manhattan and get your book on!