Midtown Manhattan, or simply "Midtown", is the most famous portion of New York. It is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, such as the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, as well as the site of famous areas, such as Times Square and the Broadway Theatre District. Midtown is the largest central business district in the world, and like the Upper East and West Sides, has some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Midtown is where Carmen lives.
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
The Academy (AADA) is a 2-year performing arts conservatory located in Midtown South. It is the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world, being founded in 1884 to train actors for the stage. Over time, it included courses in film and television, and offers Associates Degrees to graduates. Famous alumni include but are not limited to: Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly, and Danny DeVito. Carmen auditioned for AADA after high school, but didn't pass.
Carnegie Hall is a performing arts venue for classical and popular music in Midtown Manhattan. This prestigious music hall has been the home of the world-renowned New York Philharmonic Orchestra until 1962. Lisette worked with the New York Philharmonic for a short time, and would have concerts and recitals at Carnegie Hall.
The Metropolitan Opera House, or simply "The Met", is the home of famous Metropolitan Opera Association. As one of the largest classical music organizations in America, the Met boasts a wide repertoire, ranging from Baroque opera to even employing freelance performers throughout its season. Lisette was one of the freelance musicians employed at the Met, when she recited a special viola solo for the "Carmen" opera. The Met is also where Carmen, Harvey, and the 'Godfather' attend said opera.
Nat Sherman Smoke Shop
The Nat Sherman Smoke Shop is home to New York's most luxurious brand of cigarettes, "Nat Sherman". Known for its long and sleek cigarettes, Nat Sherman became popular among the New York and Hollywood elite. Prominent members of organized crime 'families', such as the Mafia or the Harlem "Policy Kings", also frequented the shop, making the place a notorious 'neutral ground' for business dealings with opposing factions.
The Campanile is a luxury Venetian-Gothic apartment located on the cul-de-sac of Midtown Manhattan's 450 East 52nd Street. Silent Film star and undercover MI6 agent, Greta Garbo, owned an apartment on the 5th floor. Fellow celebrity, Carmen Colombera, and her friend, Lisette Florentine, lived together just a floor below Greta's. They'd chat with Greta every now and then. Sometimes they'd even spot her walking towards Washington Square Park, disguised in man's trousers, sunglasses, and big hats.
The Waldorf Astoria is a world-famous 5-star hotel in Midtown Manhattan, owned and operated by the equally famous Hilton Hotel group. The hotel is known for its lavish balls and galas, and has been a host to political and business conferences. Its status has made it a hotbed for Cold War political and celebrity intrigue, with its parties often becoming deadly decadent spectacles of backstabbing and illicit affairs...
The Actors Studio
The Actors Studio is a membership organization for professional actors, directors, and playwrights. Founded by Eliza Kazan, it is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Midtown West. The Studio is known for its Method Acting techniques taught by Lee Strasberg, whom joined the Studio in 1951. Famous members include but are not limited to: Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino. Carmen became a member in 1957 after successfully passing her audition.
The Theatre District is an area in Midtown Manhattan where most Broadway theatres are located, as well as Off-Broadway theatres, Off-Off Broadway theatres, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, and other places of entertainment. The Theatre District was where Carmen attempted to audition for Broadway, but unfortunately failed.