A popular commercial block on Manhattan’s 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, Diamond District is where diamonds are sold on streets and the Beaux-Arts and Art Deco towers decorate its surroundings, creating an exciting destination pulsating with infectious energy.
History of Diamond District
Diamond District’s busy and frenzied pace comes from its world-famous reputation as the place to be when it comes to everything shiny, sparkling, and rare. But it wasn’t the city’s first gateway to the diamond market.
From the mid-19th century until the 1920s, New York’s diamond hub was Maiden Lane that was four blocks north of Wall Street. But when wealthier banks and financial institutions started driving up downtown rents even higher, the diamond business began to move uptown to 47th street.
It was WWII that sealed Diamond District’s new location when thousands of Orthodox Jews and other refugee diamond merchants fled to New York. Among these jewelers were Russians and Indians, and their arrival was the key to this area’s transformation, making the Diamond District the world’s largest shopping district for fine jewelry and diamonds and permanently shaping the community’s culture.
Dining in Diamond District
Sustenance for diamond hunting will never be a problem at Diamond District.
Serving some of the best NYC pizza since 1965, Little Italy Pizza transports New Yorkers to the streets of Italy with its daily offerings of quick, delicious bites in the form of Neapolitan or Sicilian pizza. For the more adventurous eaters, “fusion-style” pizza options are available, including Sweet & Spicy Calamari Pizza or Chicken Teriyaki.
A ritzy three-story restaurant in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is renowned for its chef-driven cuisine. Its refined meals consist of oysters, shrimp cocktails, and filet mignon –all served with a curated wine list and gracious hospitality.
Things to Do in the Diamond District
In addition to diamonds of all shapes and sizes, Diamond District has other spectacular things to see and do that are worthy of countless visiting hours.
Visitors can get the best views of the Big Apple from the Empire State Building’s 86th-floor observation deck. For an educational tour, one can head over the 2nd and 80th-floor galleries to see exhibits featuring the building’s history and to relive the building’s defining moments.
Offering a beautiful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, the Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens is an urban oasis featuring six pools, each with a large fountainhead sculpture and surrounded by seasonal floral exhibits. Famous displays include its annual Christmas Angels and summer installations.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has been displaying one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world since 1929. Visitors can witness the most innovative art shows, modern art installations by up-and-coming artists, or simply enjoy the views of the museum’s sculpture garden.
Cosmetic Dermatology Services in the Diamond District
The Laser & Skin Surgery Center is one of the most renowned and prestigious dermatology practices in New York City and beyond. 100% of the treatments are performed by our board-certified dermatologists, with a sub-specialty of dermatologic surgery.
Schedule a Consultation with a Cosmetic Dermatologist in the Diamond District
We have a full-time, on-site research division devoted exclusively to investigative pursuits. Over the past 30 years, we have contributed to the development and testing of many devices, fillers, and treatments that are now standard care, so our patients know they are always receiving the safest and most effective treatments available. Contact Laser & Skin Surgery Center’s Manhattan or Southampton office to schedule a consultation.