From the big, bright lights of Times Square to the iconic Lady Liberty, New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world. The city that never sleeps boast world-class museums and art galleries, fantastic restaurants and bar, Instagram-worthy sites, and an electrifying vibe that you won’t find elsewhere.
See New York from above
Just like our beloved Hong Kong, NYC is proud of their skyline. What better way to soak in the urban landscape than from a rooftop bar while sipping perfectly concocted cocktails? Or if you’re feeling touristy, head up to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, and take in the 360-view of the city while the sun sets across the horizon.
Get cultured in the city’s best museums
New York houses some of the world’s renowned museums. Head up to Upper East Side and visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art (or affectionately known as The Met) and The Met Breuer. Close to The Met is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon Guggenheim Museum. For contemporary art lovers, make a beeline to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), a definite favourite of many art lovers. This museum houses some of the world’s most popular masterpieces including Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, and Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie.
Take in the space and greenery
While New York is more known for its sky-high towers and taxi-packed avenues, the city has plenty of reprieve from the bricks and mortars. The most popular is the leafy Central Park in the middle of Manhattan. With over 800-acres of space, this green queen of Manhattan houses the Central Park Zoo, Wollman Rink, and Loeb Boathouse amongst others. Central Park can get quite touristy, so to enjoy peace and quiet, head to Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Slip into the city’s cocktail bars
Fancy a tipple or two? New York has plenty of options whether you’re looking for a casual pub that serves craft beers, glam cocktail bar or speakeasy bars that New York is so famous for. The roof lounge of Gallow Green in Chelsea is like a secret garden perfect for a romantic date. Bemelmans Bar, located in the Carlyle, continues to attract socialites and moguls with its extensive drinks and Art Deco vibe. Voted as one of the World’s Top 100 Bars, Employees Only in West Village aims to impress its crowd with its Golden Age renditions of classic drinks.
Forget about diet and indulge in delicious New York staples
From classic lox and shmear bagel and pastrami to large slices of pizza, New York knows how to feed an empty stomach. Russ and Daughters in the Lower East Side has been serving bagels since 1914, it’s a bit of an institution that you shouldn’t miss. Nearby is the famous Katz Deli not only known for serving mouthwatering pastrami, but this was also the site of Meg Ryan’s famous scene in the film When Harry Met Sally. For the ultimate New York pizza, you have plenty of options in Brooklyn – Grimaldi’s, Juliana’s, Roberta’s – buono appetito! The East Village has a lot of hip restaurants including David Chang’s Momofuku. Or if you want to up the ante and have a bit of fine dining experience, you’ll never go wrong with Eleven Madison Park in the Flatiron District or Le Bernardin on West 51st St.
Hit the High Line
The High Line is an elevated park that adorns an abandoned railway above Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District. The High Line is a place of quiet respite with chaise lounges and picnic spots nestled among the gardens, public art installations and food carts.
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO, and explore Brooklyn
Capture post-card perfect moments while you stroll from Brooklyn Bridge all the way to DUMBO. Walk over to Washington Street for that shot of Manhattan Bridge.
Once home to ‘hipsters’, Williamsburg has undergone gentrification which makes it a fantastic spot for contemporary art scene, boutique shops and a vibrant nightlife. On weekends, drop by Smogasburg, an open-air food market that offers some of the best food you’ll have in your life. Even Mario Batali claims this place to be the single greatest thing he’s ever seen gastronomically in NYC. The neighbourhood of Bushwick is great for street arts. While Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope are residential neighbourhoods known for the beautiful historic brownstones.
Catch a game
Americans love sports! And if you can catch a game, whether it’s the NBA or MLB, get a ticket and join in on the fun (hot dogs optional). Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan is the home of New York Knicks, while the Yankee Stadium up in the Bronx is the home ballpark for the New York Yankees, while the New York Giants play at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Check out Broadway Shows
NYC’s Theatre District, better known as Broadway comprises over 40 theatres locating in the area surrounding Times Square. This is the place to be if you want to catch a musical, a high-minded play or a Hollywood star’s stage debut.
Gallery Hop in Chelsea
Home to over 250 art galleries, Chelsea is the gallery capital of the world. Wander through the art district browsing exhibitions by celebrated artists and emerging talents. And if you’re feeling peckish in the middle of your art gallery tour, hit the enclosed urban food mall of Chelsea Market.
Where to Stay:
It’s all about location. I personally like staying on Lower East Side as it’s close to a lot of great eateries and far from busy Times Square. The Ludlow Hotel evokes the neighbourhood’s rich history from the Gangs of New York era, Jewish immigration to the wild art and music scenes.
If sightseeing is a priority, staying somewhere in Midtown Manhattan is your best bet. Ace Hotel is in a historic outpost that attracts the hip and creative crowd. Rooms are fitted with vintage fixtures and retro lighting. For those keen to stay in Brooklyn, there’s no better place to stay than Wythe Hotel – a boutique hotel that offers a rustic-industrial vibe. Top tip, make sure to check out the rooftop bar for a sundowner.
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