NEW YORK/TRAVEL TIPS/WHERE TO STAY/PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO/WHERE TO EAT/ WHERE TO SHOP

SUNNUNTAI, 23. ELOKUUTA 2020

NEW YORK

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Epicenter of the arts. Architectural darling. Dining and shopping capital. Trendsetter. New York City wears many crowns, and spreads an irresistible feast for all.

 

Nexus of the Arts

The Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim are just the beginning of a dizzying list of art-world icons. You’ll find museums devoted to everything from fin de siècle Vienna to medieval European treasures, and sprawling galleries filled with Japanese sculpture, postmodern American painting, Himalayan textiles and New York City lore. For a glimpse of current and future greats, delve into the cutting-edge galleries of Chelsea and the Lower East Side, with their festive opening-night parties (usually Thursday night if you want to join in), or head to new frontiers in Brooklyn and Queens.

Urban Wanderers

With its compact size and streets packed with eye candy of all sorts – architectural glories, Old World cafes, atmospheric booksellers – NYC is a wanderer’s delight. Crossing continents is as easy as walking a few avenues in this jumbled city of 200-plus nationalities. You can lose yourself in the crowds of Chinatown amid bright Buddhist temples and steaming noodle shops, then stroll up to Nolita for enticing boutiques and coffee tasting. Every neighborhood offers a dramatically different version of the city, from the 100-year-old Jewish delis of the Upper West Side to the meandering cobblestone lanes of Greenwich Village. And the best way to experience it is to walk its streets.

The Night Is Young

When the sun sinks slowly beyond the Hudson and luminous skyscrapers light up the night, New York transforms into one grand stage. Well-known actors take to the legendary theaters of Broadway and world-class soloists, dancers and musicians perform at venues large and small across town. Whether high culture or low, New York embraces it all: in-your-face rock shows at Williamsburg dives, lavish opera productions at the Lincoln Center, and everything in between. This is a city of experimental theater, improv comedy, indie cinema, ballet, poetry, burlesque, jazz and so much more. If you can dream it up, it’s probably happening.

Culinary Capital

There’s never been a better time to dine in New York. It's a hotbed of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine – with restaurants growing vegetables on roof gardens or upstate farms, sourcing meats and seafood from nearby sustainable outfits, and embracing artisanal everything, from coffee roasting and whiskey distilling to chocolate and cheese making. Bars have also taken creativity to new heights, with pre-Prohibition-era cocktails served alongside delectable small plates – indeed, gastropubs are some of the most creative places to eat these days. Of course, you can also hit a gourmet food truck or dine at one of the city's 75 Michelin-starred restaurants.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT NEW YORK

The best time to visit New York is anytime. Each season in Gotham offers visitors plenty of reasons to visit. Early fall offers crisp breezes, bright sun and comfortable temperatures while late fall and winter make merry with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and holiday decorations. Deep winter – January and February – is cold, but that also means cheaper hotel rates. Spring is glorious and New Yorkers celebrate the thaw by taking to the streets, shopping at outdoor markets, frolicking in Central Park and dining outside. Summer is hot, but hey, so are lots of places, and at least this is New York.

 

 

September-November - If you don't mind steep hotel rates, arrive in the Big Apple in the early fall when average high temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s. If you book your vacation in November, you could pounce on some sweet hotel deals. But steer clear of city around Thanksgiving, when visitors flood NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And November also ushers in lower temperatures, so be sure to pack a coat.

December-February - From Rockefeller Center's massive tree to the dressed-up windows along Fifth Avenue, there's nothing quite like Christmas in New York. The hotel prices are pretty awe-inspiring too, and by that, we mean they're skyscraper high. Skip the holidays and visit in late January or February: You'll have to endure temperatures in the 20s and 30s, but you're sure to save on a hotel.

March-May - Spring ushers in warmer weather – high average temperatures range from the upper 40s in March to the upper 60s in May. This is another beautiful time in New York, but make sure to pack some rain boots and an umbrella. Showers are very common.

June-August - The hottest season in New York, summertime is also a hugely popular time to visit, especially among families whose kids are out of school. Hotel prices remain pretty steady, but the humidity gets heavier and heavier. Wear some cool clothes for sticky days that skim 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND NEW YORK

The best way to get around New York City is on foot as traffic is fairly heavy around-the-clock. That said, the subway system is a convenient option, too, and it extends throughout Manhattan and into the other New York boroughs. Buses are another affordable way to get around, but keep in mind they traverse streets clogged with weaving cars and cabs. Picking up a car isn't the best mode of transportation, as traffic is heavy. To get from the two main airports – LaGuardia (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International (JFK) – into the city, you'll likely want to take a taxi or ride-hailing service like Lyft or Uber. If you'd like to mix in a little sightseeing with your transportation, consider a Bus Tour or a Boat tour. Many East Coast travelers tend to arrive in New York City on one of the bus services like BoltBus or MegaBus. Amtrak is another popular way of getting into the city and trains roll into Penn Station daily.

On Foot - Rush hour is so intense in Manhattan that walking is often the fastest way to get around. Plus, because most of the borough is mapped out on an easily navigable grid, you should be able to get around without a problem. Plus, there are a variety of walking tours available should you want the guidance of a local. The other boroughs are much less crowded and much more spread out, making taxis or the subway a better option. When touring around at night in unfamiliar areas, you might want to play it safe and hail a taxi rather than walk.

Subway - New Yorkers and visitors alike descend below the ground to take the subway. Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the subway is an inexpensive ($2.75 base fare per ride, plus $1 to purchase a new MetroCard) and efficient way to get around. You can purchase a MetroCard at any station (many machines accept credit cards), but a word of caution: If your card doesn't seem to work the first time you swipe it, do not move to another turnstile. This will null and void your card or charge it again. Instead, continue swiping at the original turnstile. If you're planning a longer visit, it might be worth getting a 7-Day pass, which offers unlimited rides for seven days from the first day of use and costs $32. 

Bus - The bus, a flat $2.75 per ride, appeals to visitors who want an above ground view of New York City. Using a MetroCard (available at subway stations) is the way to go since bus drivers won't make change and don't accept dollar bills. What's great about using the MetroCard aboard the MTA buses is if you need to transfer to another bus or the subway, you can ride for free (as long as your transfer is within a two-hour span of time). What's not so great about the buses is that they're prone to traffic jams.

Taxi - Manhattan's streets are flooded with yellow taxis, and these can be hailed right off the curb. Once you jump in, tell the driver where you want to go by referencing the cross streets near your destination. For instance, if you were traveling to Lincoln Center, you'd say Broadway and West 65th. The meter starts at $2.50 and goes up from there based on miles traveled and/or time spent. You should usually tip the driver somewhere between 15 and 20 percent. If you're headed to one of the outer boroughs, make sure that you know where you're going. Some cabbies may claim that they don't know how to get to certain destinations in Brooklyn or Queens, etc., simply because they don't want to drive there. But they are required by law to take you where you want to go (within the five boroughs and a few outer counties). If they refuse, ask for their name and medallion number and you can report them to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Car - Unless you feel comfortable with crowded, narrow streets, weaving taxis and lots of honking, don't even think about driving here. Not only will you encounter appalling traffic, you'll also have to deal with expensive parking (if you can even find a place) and out-of-the-way gas stations. Take a cue from New Yorkers themselves: They don't do it, and if they don't do it, you shouldn't either. Still, if you must, you can rent cars at LaGuardia or JFK airports.

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN NEW YORK

 

  • LYRIC | 70 Pine NYC

Lyric at 70 Pine offers accommodation in a historic landmark building in New York, 700 m from Battery Park. Free WiFi access is offered. Every apartment at this hotel offers a fully equipped kitchen and a flat-screen cable TV. Every residence also comes with a private bathroom with toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk and fitness centre at Lyric at 70 Pine. The New York Stock Exchange is 450 m from the hotel, while the World Trade Center Memorial is 500 m away. LaGuardia Airport is 14 km from the property.

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  • The Broome

Featuring an open-air Moroccan-tiled courtyard, this 14 room boutique hotel is located in Manhattan's SoHo neighbourhood. Free WiFi access is available. The Broome was constructed in a Federal Revivalist style in 1825 and was home to a graffiti artist commune in the 1980's. Each room at The Broome will provide you with a flat-screen cable TV, luxury Bellino bed linen and a work desk. En suite bathrooms feature a bathrobe, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries made especially for the hotel. At The Broome you will find a 24-hour front desk. Guests are offered complimentary bottled water and chocolate upon arrival. Other amenities offered at the property include meeting facilities and daily housekeeping services. Complimentary continental breakfast is offered daily. The Prince Street underground station is a short walk from the property. Union Square is 2 underground stops away and Times Square is 7 underground stops away. Shopping and dining in SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown are all within 10 minutes' walk of The Broome. Newark Liberty International Airport is 16 km away.

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  • Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is located in the heart of Downtown Manhattan in TriBeCa, less than 700 m from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and scenic waterfront Seaport District. The hotel is also 1 km from the Cast-Iron Historic District of SoHo, most recognized for its wide variety of shops ranging from trendy luxury boutiques to national and international retail chains and art galleries. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. All rooms come with a private bathroom. Extras include bath robes and free toiletries. This Four Seasons Hotel comes with a lap pool, a spa and a gym. The onsite restaurant, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Private and in-room dining options are also available. The Battery Park shopping and restaurant esplanade, Brookfield Place, is located 600 m from the hotel, with views looking unto the North Cove Marina and Statue of Liberty. The nearest airport is LaGuardia Airport, 13 km from the property.

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  • Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York

Featuring Baccarat crystals in every room, the Baccarat Hotel and Residences is located in New York. Guests can relish in the intricate architecture and design features while enjoying the indoor pool, fitness centre and on-site French restaurant. Free WiFi access is available. Each room at the hotel is furnished with contemporary Parisian décor and offers a flat-screen TV, sofa and desk. Private bathrooms include a hairdryer, free toiletries, slippers and a bathrobe. An iron, coffee machine and safety deposit box are also provided. A 24-hour front desk welcomes guests to New York’s Baccarat Hotel and Residences, which provides a personal host with every reservation. Additional amenities offered at the hotel include a spa and wellness centre, laundry and concierge services. The hotel is 100 m from Museum of Modern Art, 200 m from St Patrick's Cathedral and 200 m from Radio City Music Hall. Newark Liberty International Airport is 19 km away.

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  • The Bowery Hotel

Featuring a lobby bar, The Bowery Hotel is located at the intersection of the Lower East Side and East Village, 450 m from the New Museum. Free WiFi access is available. Each room at this boutique hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows and city views. Guests can request for a crib in the room. The industrial design is paired with residential loft-style amenities like hardwood floors, Oushak rugs and 400 thread count bedding. Every room also has a marble bathroom with rain showers, plush towels and luxury C.O. Bigelow bath amenities. There is 24-hour concierge service at The Bowery Hotel. Bicycle rentals are complimentary, as are newspapers, laptops and iPads upon request. Gemma, the on-site Italian restaurant, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday, and 24-hour room service is also available. The Bowery Hotel is within walking distance of several music venues. Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge are 800 m away. The nearest metro station is Bleecker Street, 290 m away.

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  • Crosby Street Hotel

Located on a cobbled street in the SoHo neighborhood, this contemporary design hotel features a beautiful inner courtyard and an on-site terrace restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The Crosby Street Hotel offers bright, modern rooms with high ceilings and full-length windows. Each is equipped with flat-screen cable TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Guests of Crosby Street are welcome to work out in the 24-hour gym or relax in front of the fireplace in the plush drawing room. Films are shown in the hotel’s private theater each Sunday. The Crosby Bar and Terrace serves gourmet items including breakfast and brunch. An afternoon tea with pastries and sandwiches is offered daily. The Crosby Street Hotel is adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art Design and 1 block from the Spring Street subway station.

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  • Trump International New York

Located at the juncture of Columbus Circle and Broadway, this 5-star hotel is minutes from Central Park. It features Jean Georges and Nougatine restaurants and the rooms provide kitchenette facilities. Each spacious room at Trump International New York provides large windows with views of the city or Central Park. They are furnished with a 55-inch flat-screen cable TV and Blue-ray DVD players. The kitchenette offers a dining area and the bathrooms are decorated in marble. Over 6,000 square feet is dedicated to the Trump Spa. The spa offers unique techniques from around the world with a selection of facials, massages and other treatments. It includes an indoor heated pool and health club with saunas and yoga classes. New York Trump International is less than one kilometer from the Radio City Music Hall. Central Park Zoo is also one kilometer away and LaGuardia Airport is 16.1 km from the hotel.

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  • The Mark New York

Located in Manhattan just 1 block from Central Park, this boutique hotel features The Mark Restaurant. With an artistic design, Mark Hotel includes a state-of-the-art gym and spacious guest rooms. Free Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station and 32-inch flat-screen TV are included in all modern rooms. The large marble bathrooms boast a large soaking tub and mini flat-screen TV. Each room is decorated in ebony and sycamore furnishings. The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges serves European and globally seasoned dishes. Signature cocktails and classic drinks are featured at Mark’s Bar. The Mark features a concierge desk for guests’ convenience various activities can be arranged. Frederic Fekkai Salon is on site and offers hair and beauty treatments. The business facilities include a laptop computer rental and wireless printing services. The 77th Street – Lexington Subway Station is 2 blocks away. Times Square is 15 minutes away by subway.

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  • The Pearl Hotel

Located in New York City’s Times Square, this hotel features a fitness centre and offers ticket services. Free WiFi is offered. At The Pearl Hotel, guest rooms are equipped with iPod docking stations, cable TV and coffee facilities. Select rooms are furnished with a microwave and refrigerator. Dining at The Pearl New York is available with 24-hour room service. The hotel offers an evening reception with wine. Subway station can be found within 250 m of the property. South Central Park and Rockefeller Center are 1 km from the New York Pearl Hotel.

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  • The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

Located in Midtown Manhattan, between Bryant Park and the Empire State Building, this hotel offers rooms with iPod docking stations. The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue rooms include an espresso maker and bottled water during turn-down. All the rooms are also equipped with WiFi access. Guests who stay in the suites have complimentary access to bottled water and sodas. Concierge services and a 24-hour front desk are provided for guests' convenience. Complimentary ironing services for up to 5 items upon arrival is also provided (only once per stay). Guests can dine at Ai Fiori, which is the onsite Michelin-star restaurant at The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue. The restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine that is inspired by the French and Italian Riviera. Enjoy drinks and small plates at Bar Fiori. The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue is 322 m from the Empire State Building. Grand Central Station is 805 m from the hotel.

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PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK WITH FAMILY

New York is packed with things to do, but it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to tackle first on a trip to the city. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a frequent visitor, seek out these seven iconic attractions to make the most of your stay. Here are some Places to Visit & Things to do in New York.

 

 

 

  • Visit the Empire State Building

There’s perhaps no better way to experience New York than by climbing to the top of the Empire State Building. The Art Deco skyscraper, completed in 1931, soars 1,454 feet into the sky, and it was the first building to have more than 100 floors. Each night, the tip of the building glows with a colorful light show – during major holidays, such as Christmas, the lights flash green and red. Although the Empire State Building has long served as an office building, it also welcomes 3.5 million tourists per year. Skip the massive lines to get in and fly straight to the outdoor 86th floor observation deck, where you’ll see panoramic views of New York City, and several surrounding states (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts), from 1,050 feet up.

Endangered Species Take Over Empire State Building | Audubon

 

 

 

  • Breathe in the Statue of Liberty

Housed on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty remains one of New York City’s most emblematic attractions. The statue was a gift to the Americans from the French, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. The teal statue was first constructed in France before it was shipped over, then assembled and dedicated in 1886, complete with a ticker-tape parade. With her torch raised above her head (symbolizing lighting the way to freedom), Lady Liberty still greets visitors who arrive to the island by ferry from the bottom of Manhattan. General admission tickets give visitors access to both Liberty and Ellis Island. There are other ticket tiers, supplying entry to the statue’s pedestal, Liberty Island Museum and observation deck. Book far enough in advance and you’ll gain access to Lady Liberty’s crown, which delivers unparalleled views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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  • Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The largest art museum in the United States, the Metropolitan Museum of Art doesn’t welcome 7.3 million visitors per year for no reason: the enormous building stretches over several city blocks and into Central Park, boasting more than two million pieces of art. The sweeping stairs outside of the museum draw you into a space filled with French Impressionist paintings, Ancient Greek statues, contemporary photography and Ancient Egyptian coffins, among a host of rotating exhibits. Skip the lines that snake out of the entrance, plus gain access to the two other Met locations: The Met Breuer and The Cloisters.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Soak in some art and culture in NYC

 

 

 

  • See a baseball match

A summertime treat: enjoy a hot dog, a cold beer and America's pastime in the Yankees' or Mets' homes – or for a more intimate experience, see a Cyclones game in Coney Island.

New York Yankees Tickets 2020 | Vivid Seats

 

 

 

  • Walk across Brooklyn Bridge

Take the less-than-a-mile walk across the bridge to see beautiful views of the downtown skyline and Harbor views.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York - Athena Posters

 

 

 

  • Pause at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

The pools in the buildings' footprints and museum artefacts including the "Last Column" can't help but stir emotion.

9/11 Memorial & Museum

 

 

 

  • Discover the Museum of Modern Art

Simply put, the MoMA holds the most comprehensive collection of modern art in the world, curated in a breathtaking setting of glass atriums and statuary.

The new MoMA makes New York proud | The Art Newspaper

 

 

 

  • Smell the flowers at the High Line

This plant-lined Chelsea walkway offers a unique perspective on the city below and on the power of progressive urban renewal.

The High Line | Related Rentals

 

 

 

  • Roam Central Park

The city's beloved swathe of green: take a boat ride, watch Shakespeare in the Park or enjoy a picnic after a morning spent museum-hopping. Alternatively, join a Central Park Ice Skating and walking Tour, or book onto a romantic Carriage Ride.

Your Complete Guide to New York City's Central Park

 

 

 

  • Take the Staten Island Ferry

Savour Manhattan's skyline and the Statue of Liberty from a boat's-eye view – absolutely free.

Staten Island Ferry - Wikipedia

 

 

 

  • Experience some thrills on Coney Island

Ride on classics like the Wonder Wheel or Cyclone, or on the newer Thunderbolt coaster, high above the boardwalk, for a seaside thrill.

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  • Marvel at modern art at the Whitney Museum of American Art

As the anchor of the High Line, this Meatpacking District museum shows off modern American art, with a healthy dose of terrace views.

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  • Explore the Tenement Museum

A Lower East Side apartment dwelling turned museum, this local treasure brilliantly captures the lives of three generations of immigrants.

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  • Feel the beat at live jazz

New York's jazz scene is vibrant, but Harlem is first choice for characterful venues and late-night jam sessions. Some great jazz talent is showcased at the Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Harlem.

Nublu, an East Village Club Where Everything Goes - The New York Times

 

 

 

  • See a broadway show

A trip to New York is hardly a trip at all without seeing a story come to life on a Broadway stage. The hub for both Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals is Times Square, home to more than 40 theaters in Theater District. Some shows have graced the stage for years – like The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera – while others, such as Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, have made headlines for their recent awards and popularity of tickets. Make sure to book in advance – shows often sell out quickly.

The Lion King Broadway Show Ticket - Klook US

 

 

 

  • The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal Walking Tour

Follow a local New Yorker through one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Grand Central Terminal . Learn all about this buzzy transportation hub and marvel at the architecture along the way. The history of the station stretches back more than 100 years, and there’s plenty to learn from your knowledgeable guide on this unique tour.

Amtrak trains may start running out of Grand Central this summer

 

 

 

  • One World Observatory

Located 102 floors up the shining blue Freedom Tower – the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – is the One World Observatory. The tower officially opened in 2014, complete with a memorial for the Twin Towers below. Tickets allow visitors to skip the line and go directly to the observation deck after a 47-second elevator ride. The three floors of the indoor observatory showcase 360-degree views of New York City’s skyline, New Jersey and Brooklyn, plus offer a number of activities, like an audiovisual experience in the See Forever Theater, opportunities to ask experts about New York City history, and a chance to hop on top of the Sky Portal to walk above the city streets. There are also a few cafés and restaurants, in case you need a snack or want to have a drink 100 flights up.

One World Observatory

 

 

 

  • World Trade Center Complex

The World Trade Center, once home to the Twin Towers, is now the site of the Freedom Tower, 9/11 Memorial, 9/11 Museum and the Oculus, a subterranean shopping center. Beneath the sailing tower are two cavernous pools − placed in the same spots that the towers once stood − etched with the names of all the victims who perished in 9/11. Nearby is the 9/11 Tribute Museum, which shares the stories of September 11, 2001 and celebrates the survivors and first-responders through artifacts, first-hand stories and videos. Take a guided tour of the World Trade Center Complex, learning about 9/11 and the heroes who saved so many lives. Tickets also come with access to the 9/11 Museum.

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  • Smorgasburg

If you’re lucky enough to explore the city in the summertime, your go-to weekend destination should be Smogasburg. A foodie fantasy realized, this culinary market invites attendees to eat their way through the best of New York’s food scene: from trendy churro ice cream sandwiches to traditional Latin mofongo, Korean street snacks and plant-based junk food – Smorgasburg offers something for every appetite.

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  • Koreatown

One of many ethnic enclaves in New York City, KoreaTown stands out for the unique offerings of its shops and restaurants. K-beauty boutiques, Korean bookshops, and spots serving up bubble tea, Korean pastries, and more line this one block-stretch of over 100 small businesses.

New York Koreatown - Korea Way (West 32nd Street between F… | Flickr

 

 

 

  • Williamsburg Bridge

Today, the Brooklyn Bridge is as iconic as it is crowded with street vendors, police security, and selfie stick-wielding tourists. Plan your next walk for the less-congested Williamsburg Bridge, which offers similarly stellar views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. Running between Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, the bridge promises walkers plenty of restaurants, bars, and parks at either end of their journey.

NYCdata: Williamsburg (1903)

 

 

 

  • Brooklyn Grange’s Rooftop Farms

A natural space with a cosmopolitan edge, Brooklyn Grange’s Rooftop Farms offer visitors the best of two worlds. Operating on two rooftops in Brooklyn and Queens, Brooklyn Grange grows over 50,000 pounds of organic produce each year while also hosting creative cooking workshops, hands-on group dinners, and evening yoga classes.

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  • American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History hosts some of the city’s most iconic exhibitions, such as the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs and the Human Origins and Cultural Halls. In addition to these permanent offerings, the museum has also been celebrated for its buzz-worthy ¡Cuba! exhibition, beautiful Butterfly Conservatory, and its immersive Dark Universe space show narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Captivating the imaginations of children and adults alike, the American Museum of Natural History is a must-visit destination for self-described ‘geeks’ of all ages.

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WHERE TO EAT IN NEW YORK

Restaurants in cultural institutions are no longer merely convenient places to recharge with a coffee or get a quick bite. Some of the civic buildings in New York City now offer great locally inspired menus. The following are 10 of the best places to find really good food.

 

 

  • Caffè Storico at The New-York Historical Society

Located in the iconic New-York Historical Society, Caffè Storico offers a variety of antipasti, artisanal pastas, paninis, and hearty entrées. There are over 20 different wine-by-the-glass selections to fit every type of wine connoisseur. Caffè Storico offers more than just simple lunch and dinner options; it also boasts excellent brunch and late lunch menus.

Caffe Storico: A New York, NY Restaurant - Thrillist

 

 

  • Hudson Garden Grill at The New York Botanical Garden

As the first full-service dining destination on the grounds of The New York Botanical Garden, Hudson Garden Grill presents the innovative flavors of New American cuisine as inspired by locally sourced, ethically produced ingredients from Hudson Valley farms and other regional producers.

Hudson Garden Grill at the New York Botanical Garden

 

The Modern at MoMA

The Modern offers a stunning space overlooking MoMA’s Sculpture Garden. The restaurant also provides an award-winning wine program, as well as a carefully curated list of cocktails, beer, and spirits. The Modern doesn’t allow its patrons to eat boring food. Rather, it boasts a diverse tasting menu, which includes items like halibut, caviar, foie gras, beef, and chocolate. They also serve delicious entrées such as lobster marinated with Vadouvan spices, fluke cured in herbs, and black truffle-stuffed tomatoes.

Restaurants and cafés | MoMA

 

  • The Claire Tow Theater Bar and Terrace at Lincoln Center

Available to ticket holders, The Claire Tow Theater Bar and Terrace opens one hour before show time. If you are in the mood for a quick bite and drinks before the film, try this place. They also have Parmesan-herb popcorn, artisanal cheeses, and portobello mushroom sandwiches. For those who like to try unique drinks, try the cucumber press with cucumber vodka, muddled cucumber, elderflower liqueur, lemon, and pear.

Bar and Terrace | Lincoln Center Theater

 

 

 

  •  Momofuku Ko

The Michelin-star Momofuku Ko boasts a sleek bar and open kitchen, allowing diners to watch chefs prepare and serve more than a dozen courses of David Chang’s creative, Asian-inspired fare. The tasting menu changes often and with the seasons, but the famed shaved foie gras with lychee remains a staple. Reservations are imperative and start exactly 15 days in advance, so mark your calendar.

Momofuku Ko | Extra Place | New York

 

 

 

  • Edi & the Wolf

Edi & the Wolf, designed to resemble a traditional Austrian tavern, provides a respite from the busy city streets. It’s decidedly dark — the walls, ceiling, and floor are layered with wooden planks — but the space is brightened up by a creeping hanging garden. Diners come for traditional Austrian dishes such as the flattened-yet-crisp wiener schnitzel and soft rounds of spätzle (a type of pasta).

Edi & the Wolf Gift Card - New York, NY | Giftly

 

 

 

  • Cafe Mogador

Since opening in 1983, Cafe Mogador has become an institution in the East Village. It’s the area’s hub for Moroccan fare: kebabs, falafel, and tagine. Order a couple of small meze — bowls filled with tabouli and spicy carrots — followed by lamb shank tagine flanked by mounds of couscous.

Cafe Mogador

 

 

 

  • Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare

At Chef’s Table, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Brooklyn, Chef César Ramirez highlights Japanese-inspired courses using French techniques, carefully selecting seasonal products as the focal point of his 20-course menu – most of which is centered around seafood and shellfish. Before embarking upon Ramirez’s epic gastronomical adventure, settle into a seat at the kitchen counter, featuring an open, communal concept.

Courtesy of Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

 

 

 

  • Masa

Masa‘s otherworldly sushi experience offers a contemporary spin on the traditional omakase in a modern, zen-like setting. Chef Masayoshi Takayama, who studied under sushi master Sugiyama Toshiaki, composes each dish to reflect the exquisite simplicity of flavors that lie within each ingredient. The food is prepared quickly, urging guests to savor each bite in its ‘living, being state.

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  • Benu

Hailing from three-Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry, Chef Corey Lee brings innovative American cuisine to San Francisco’s SoMA neighborhood. Famous for its faux shark’s fin soup, Benu offers a minimalistic tasting menu with a Korean - Chinese flair; diners can expect dishes such as thousand-year-old quail egg and foie gras xiao long bao.

Benu, San Francisco – Robb Report

 

 

 

  • Per Se

Per Se challenges the status quo with two creative nine-course tasting menus: a chef’s tasting menu and a vegetable tasting menu. Chef Keller’s New York interpretation of The French Laundry, Per Se is a French-inspired homage to the product – no two ingredients are repeated throughout the entire meal. Fit with views of Central Park and over 2,000 bottles on the wine list, Keller’s second three-starred Michelin restaurant deserves the title.

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WHERE TO SHOP IN NEW YORK

New York City is renowned for its world-class shopping, but less so for its malls. The city is dense, spaces are small, and it doesn’t seem like the sort of place you’d find a giant, sprawling shopping complex—but they do exist. Some are tucked deep in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, while others take up expansive parts of outer boroughs. No matter which you prefer, if you’re looking to get some major shopping done, this guide is for you.

 

 

 

  • Westfield World Trade Center

The newest (and probably most expensive) shopping mall you’ll find in NYC—the Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall—is located inside the Oculus at the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub, also known as the most costly transportation center in the world. Opened in August of 2016, its architecture and interior design has already astounded visitors, and surely its 112 new shops will too.

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  • The Shops At Columbus Circle

One of the few shopping malls on the island of Manhattan, The Shops At Columbus Circle is a huge shopping center with all the luxury brands you could hope for. It’s also home to a massive Whole Foods, conveniently connected to three subway lines, and adjacent to Central Park. With all of this there’s no reason not to visit, and if you get hungry you can head to Per Se—one of NYC’s most luxurious restaurants.

NYC Shopping, Dining, & Entertainment

 

 

 

  • Queens Place Mall

A gigantic mall in one of NYC’s easily-accessible boroughs, Queens Place Mall is where to go when you’re looking to hit all the mega stores in one trip. It’s home to Target, Best Buy, Designer Shoe Warehouse, and Macy’s, making this 440,000-square-foot (40, 877-square-meter) complex truly a one-stop shop.

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  • Newport Centre

Located in Jersey City, the Newport Centre is an enormous three-story complex that offers department stores, smaller shops, and a food court. Due to the reduced taxes in New Jersey, the prices here are much lower than across the river, making the PATH train trip more than worth it. And once you get tired of shopping, head to their AMC movie theater to catch a film.

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  • Manhattan Mall

This small mall near Herald Square is directly connected to the subway station, so access couldn’t be easier. It’s also home to the PATH station, so trips to and from New Jersey are easy. It’s a half block from the Empire State Building, meaning visitors come for the shopping and stick around for sight seeing. Currently, the Manhattan Mall’s major store is JC Penney—the first outpost in NYC.

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  • Staten Island Mall

Not surprisingly, other boroughs besides Manhattan are much more accommodating to large malls, and the Staten Island Mall off the southern tip of the city is no exception. Along with all the stores you could ever want, this mall also has a wonderful greenmarket where you can shop for produce.

Staten Island Mall Expansion | Langan

 

 

 

  • The Shops At Atlas Park

The Shops at Atlas Park is a mall in Queens with an unexpected outdoor garden and patio space. The building itself is also much more appealing than most malls, with its neo-classical architecture making the whole experience of shopping here more pleasant. Come here to wander the gardens, do some shopping, and escape the hustle of the city.

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  • Bird

Bird began the boutique movement in Brooklyn in 1999 and has been featured in major press forums from New York Magazine to The New York Times since its opening. Bird has three locations, all of which are in Brooklyn. Bird maintained strict sustainability standards while building, which led to LEED-CI Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The shops carry menswear and women’s wear clothing and accessories from famous designers such as Alex Mill and Acne Studios. The spacious store is a rare find among NYC boutiques and has a sleek, cool feeling despite the exposed brick walls.

Eclectic Clothing At Bird – Brooklyn Buzz

 

 

 

  • Warm

Warm is a shop run by a couple who aim to bring their customers’ attention to uncommon designers. Warm is for the urban hippies who long for a warm, comforting place to go when the cold winter comes along. The year-round selection of swimsuits and beach clothing will make you feel like you are on a tropical beach even when there is a blizzard outside. The clothes, accessories, home décor, and children’s clothing will give you a ‘French girl in Southern California’ look.

Warm | Shopping in Nolita, New York

 

 

 

  • Space Ninety 8

Space Ninety 8  located in Brooklyn, is a trendy, well-kept secret spin-off of Urban Outfitters. It is a unique shop where you can browse through hand-picked vintage pieces, lounge around on comfy couches, check some records, or eat upstairs at the restaurant and rooftop bar. The five-story shared space is the perfect Sunday afternoon activity and can only be found in Williamsburg. Space Ninety 8 will leave you feeling inspired and looking stylish.

Space Ninety 8, Brooklyn | Echochamber