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Long Weekend in New York City Jessica New York City Thursday May, 6 Sunday May, 9, 2010 (4 days) Trip Description My first trip to New York City in 12 years. Table Of Contents 01 Trip Overview New York 37 08 My Shopping Trip Overview 1 Metropolitan Museum of Art 37 Zabar's 47 American Museum of Natural 38 02 Schedule 09 Map History Overview 2 New York City 48 Battery Park 38 Day 1, Thu, May 6, 2010 3 New York City 49 Statue of Liberty National 39 Day 2, Fri, May 7, 2010 4 Monument (U.S. National Park 10 Critical Info Day 3, Sat, May 8, 2010 8 Service) Critical Info 50 Day 4, Sun, May 9, 2010 11 South Street Seaport 39 Museum of Jewish Heritage 40 03 TravelMuse Guide St. Paul's Chapel 41 New York City 13 Central Park 41 04 My Articles Federal Reserve Bank of New 41 New York City On My Mind 22 York New York Sightseeing From the 26 New York Stock Exchange 42 Water Ground Zero 42 10 Top NYC Restaurant 29 The Metropolitan Opera 43 Experiences New York City Hotels in the 31 07 My Dining Neighborhood Ariyoshi 44 05 My Lodging Boathouse Central Park 44 The Empire Hotel 34 Les Halles Park Avenue | 45 leshalles.net 06 My Activities Gigino at Wagner Park 45 New York University 35 Pound & Pence Welcome 45 Washington Square 35 Mickey Mantle's Restaurant & 46 Times Square 36 Sports Bar, NYC » Greenwich Village 36 Cafe Fiorello's 46 Long Weekend in New York City Trip Overview: Long Weekend in New York City Trip Creator Destinations Jessica New York City Duration: 4days Depart: 05/06/2010 Return: 05/09/2010 Long Weekend in New York City Description: My first trip to New York City in 12 years. 01 01 Long Weekend in New York City Overview: Long Weekend in New York City Day 1: Thu, May 6, 2010 Gigino at Wagner Park New York University SFO to JFK (12:00 p.m.) The Metropolitan Opera Washington Square New York City The Metropolitan Opera JFK to SFO (8:00 p.m.) The Empire Hotel Day 3: Sat, May 8, 2010 Legend Day 2: Fri, May 7, 2010 Boathouse Central Park (The) Air Central Park American Museum of Natural History Destination Cafe Fiorello's Metropolitan Museum of Art Hotel St. Paul's Chapel Zabar's Ground Zero Attraction Central Park New York Stock Exchange Restaurant New York Federal Reserve Bank of New York Shop Les Halles Park Avenue | leshalles.net Pound & Pence Welcome Times Square Overview Museum of Jewish Heritage The Empire Hotel South Street Seaport Battery Park Day 4: Sun, May 9, 2010 Statue of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Greenwich Village Service) Ariyoshi 02 02 Long Weekend in New York City Day 1, Thu, May 6, 2010 Today at a glance: SFO to JFK (12:00 p.m.) New York City The Empire Hotel SFO to JFK (12:00 p.m.) New York City Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that New York City is impressive. Often referred to as the “Big Apple,” the “City That Never Sleeps” or the “Capital of the World,” New York is one of the most vibrant urban centers on the planet, and also one of the largest. When people talk about New York, they typically mean Manhattan, which is but one of five boroughs that make up the city proper, the others being Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. The full metropolitan area, which includes ... Address: 44 West 63rd Street , New The Empire Hotel Day 1, Thu, May 6, 2010 York, NY 10023, United States The Empire Hotel occupies its own private corner nestled between two New York City legendary landmarks Lincoln Center and Central Park. Located on Phone: 12122657400 West 63rd Street directly across the street from the lush greenery of Dante Park, The Empire Hotel provides unobstructed views of the Lincoln Center with some Central Park view rooms.With 413 guest rooms, The Empire Hotel embodies a return to the classic hotel room but with an edge. Inspired by local surroundings, the rooms pay tribute to Central ... 02 03 Long Weekend in New York City Day 2, Fri, May 7, 2010 Today at a glance: Central Park Cafe Fiorello's St. Paul's Chapel Ground Zero New York Stock Exchange Federal Reserve Bank of New York Pound & Pence Welcome Museum of Jewish Heritage South Street Seaport Battery Park Statue of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) Day 2, Fri, May 7, 2010 Gigino at Wagner Park The Metropolitan Opera The Metropolitan Opera Address: 14 East 60th Street, New Central Park York, NY 10022, United States Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Phone: +1 212 310 6600 Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. These days walkers, rollerbladers, bikers and joggers compete for space. Lovers meet at Bethseda Fountain on Bethseda Terrace. To the north, others wonder at the mystery of Belvedere Castle. Nearby is the Delacorte Theater, where you can watch plays in the summer. It blends so easily with the Manhattan environ ... 02 04 Long Weekend in New York City Address: 1900 Broadway, Between Cafe Fiorello's 63rd and 64th Streets, New York, NY Some of the most delicious frittatas (Italian omelets) in New York City are 10023, United States served at Fiorello's after 10p. But for those who are not night people, traditional Italian dishes like Etruscan pizza or a delicate, tomatobased Penne Puttanesca Phone: +1 212 595 5330 can be found much earlier. Located across from the esteemed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, this traditional Italian restaurant offers a full Fax: +1 212 496 2471 complement of salads, appetizers and entrées. The antipasto bar is a definite plus. Address: 209 Broadway, New York, St. Paul's Chapel NY 10007, United States This Episcopal Chapel, located in what is now the bustling financial district, was dedicated in 1766 and is the oldest remaining church in Manhattan. Rich in Phone: +1 212 233 4164 history, George Washington worshiped here on his inauguration day, and his personal pew is still on display. Services are held regularly, along with noonday concerts. Address: Liberty Street, New York, NY Ground Zero 10001, United States Ground Zero is the site of the 9/11 disaster that destroyed the World Trade Center twin towers in New York. 3000 people died that day, with nothing much Phone: +1 800 225 5697 left except for the Battery Memorial, a glittering ball that once stood in the middle of the fountain near the towers. It still stands today as a reminder of that disastrous day and a memory of the twin towers. The Ground Zero Museum is located across the street from Ground Zero. There are five new buildings coming up in the place of the twi ... Day 2, Fri, May 7, 2010 Address: 11 Wall Street, New York, NY New York Stock Exchange 10005, United States The Stock Exchange's present home on Wall Street did not open until 1903, but trading in stocks began well before that. By the time this building became its Phone: +1 212 656 3000 headquarters, the Exchange had already been in existence for more than a hundred years. Today, people trade hundreds of millions of shares Fax: +1 212 656 5557 electronically as well as by the floor broker system. Visitors can watch the action on the floor from a viewing gallery. Multimedia exhibits help explain the frenzy below. Admission is free. Address: 33 Liberty Street, New York, Federal Reserve Bank of New York NY 10045, United States A share of the world's gold reserves are housed here, in one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that make up the Federal Reserve System. Started in 1913 by Phone: +1 212 720 6130 Congress, the reserve bank was originally meant to serve as the central bank of the United States. The underground vaults are open weekdays for tours. Tours begin at various times a day and last around an hour. 02 05 Long Weekend in New York City Pound & Pence WebSite Welcome http://www.poundandpence.com/ Address: 36 Battery Place, Battery Museum of Jewish Heritage Park City, New York, NY 10280, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, this museum contains a core exhibition of United States more than 2,000 historic photographs and 800 historical and cultural artifacts, as well as 24 original documentary films. These devices educate people of all Phone: +1 646 437 4200 ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life over the past century—before, during, and after the Holocaust. In fall 2003, the Museum Fax: +1 646 437 4250 dedicated its 82,000squarefoot Robert M. Morgenthau Wing, which contains the stateoftheart Edmond J. Safra ... Address: Pier 17, Fulton & South South Street Seaport Streets, New York, NY 10038, United This seaport dates back to the 1600's. It was renovated about 30 years ago to States become a historic landmark as well as a shopping mall. It features amazing views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. The mall is divided into three Phone: +1 212 732 7678 sections—one based in the original home of New York City's fish market, another at Pier 17 along the water, and the final section in the Fulton Market Fax: +1 212 964 8056 building near South Street. A center of activities, events, a maritime museum, dining and shopping, this is an i ... Address: 1 New York Plaza, New York, Battery Park NY 10004, United States The 'Battery' was created in 1693, when the British government that then controlled New York mounted cannons there. It played a role in the Day 2, Fri, May 7, 2010 Phone: +1 212 344 3491 Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and even the Civil War as draftees were housed in a tent city there. Today, Battery Park attracts many New Yorkers and Fax: +1 212 344 3496 visitors, especially in warm weather. There is a fine view of the Statue of Liberty and New Jersey across the river. Castle Clinton is located inside the park. Statue of Liberty National WebSite Monument (U.S. National http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm Park Service) Address: 20 Battery Pl, New York, NY Gigino at Wagner Park WebSite 10004, USA http://www.giginowagnerpark.com/ 02 06 Long Weekend in New York City Address: Lincoln Center for the The Metropolitan Opera WebSite Performing Arts, New York, NY 10023, USA http://www.metoperafamily.org/metope ra/ Address: Lincoln Center for the The Metropolitan Opera WebSite Performing Arts, New York, NY 10023, USA http://www.metoperafamily.org/metope ra/ Day 2, Fri, May 7, 2010 02 07 Long Weekend in New York City Day 3, Sat, May 8, 2010 Today at a glance: Boathouse Central Park (The) American Museum of Natural History Metropolitan Museum of Art Zabar's Central Park New York Les Halles Park Avenue | leshalles.net Times Square The Empire Hotel Address: East 72nd Street and Park Boathouse Central Park (The) Drive North, Central Park Lake, New This attractive landmark is known more for its beautiful view of Central Park Day 3, Sat, May 8, 2010 York, NY 10021, United States Lake than the food, but nevertheless a string of wellknown chefs have passed through here on their way to bigger things. The menu features New American Phone: +1 212 517 2233 food, including a large selection of seafood. The restaurant is connected to the Loeb Boathouse on the lake in Central Park. There is also a private party room Fax: +1 212 744 3949 attached to the restaurant, with ample space for weddings and other large functions. Address: 200 Central Park West, At American Museum of Natural History 79th Street, New York, NY 10024, This popular attraction is the largest Natural History Museum in the world. It is United States bursting with artifacts, displays and exhibits, all geared to let out secrets about the beautiful natural world. The visit begins with dinosaurs, which welcome you Phone: +1 212 769 5100 as you enter the main hall. Other points of interest include the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution, the Hall of Meteorites, a vast collection of gemstones, an Fax: +1 212 769 5427 IMAX theater and the Rose Center for Earth and Space planetarium shows (at extra cost), a ... 02 08 Long Weekend in New York City Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New Metropolitan Museum of Art York, NY 10028, United States Any visitor to New York should spend at least a couple of hours at this vast museum. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1895, it has more than 1.5 million Phone: +1 212 535 7710 square feet of exhibition space. European paintings on display include works by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Titian and Vermeer. The Egyptian gallery is unparalleled. Asian art, sculpture, armory, and photography also vie for your attention. During warm weather, the openair roof garden displays contemporary sculpture. See their websit ... Address: 2245 Broadway, Between Zabar's 80th and 81st streets, New York, NY The Upper West Side is home to a number of gourmet marketplaces, but 10024, United States perhaps none as impressive as this one. It is hard to walk by Zabar's without stopping in to purchase some of their top quality, affordably priced delicacies. Phone: +1 212 787 2000 Nobody does it better when it comes to olives, cheese, smoked salmon, whitefish and other New York essentials. It can get unbearably crowded Fax: +1 212 580 4477 however, and during some Jewish holidays you might even have to wait on line to get into the store. Address: 14 East 60th Street, New Central Park York, NY 10022, United States Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Phone: +1 212 310 6600 Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. These days walkers, rollerbladers, bikers and joggers compete for space. Lovers meet at Bethseda Fountain on Bethseda Terrace. To the north, others wonder at the mystery of Belvedere Castle. Nearby is the Delacorte Theater, where you can watch plays in the Day 3, Sat, May 8, 2010 summer. It blends so easily with the Manhattan environ ... Guggenheim WebSite http://www.guggenheim.org/ Address: 15 John St, New York, NY Les Halles Park Avenue | WebSite 10038, USA leshalles.net http://leshalles.net/brasserie/locations/l eshallesparkavenue 02 09 Long Weekend in New York City Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 800 Times Square Times Square Alliance, New York, NY Named after the New York Times, which moved here in 1924, Times Square is 10036, United States a vibrant, neonlit area in the heart of the Theater District. Once populated by peep shows and sex shops, it has undergone a complete image overhaul. Phone: +1 212 768 1560 Hotels, office towers and commercial businesses have sprung up. Disney has moved in, as well as Condé Nast. Megastores and theme restaurants have also Fax: +1 212 768 0233 set up shop. Times Square remains the city's favorite venue for New Year's Eve, where a huge street party is highlighted ... Address: 44 West 63rd Street , New The Empire Hotel York, NY 10023, United States The Empire Hotel occupies its own private corner nestled between two New York City legendary landmarks Lincoln Center and Central Park. Located on Phone: 12122657400 West 63rd Street directly across the street from the lush greenery of Dante Park, The Empire Hotel provides unobstructed views of the Lincoln Center with some Central Park view rooms.With 413 guest rooms, The Empire Hotel embodies a return to the classic hotel room but with an edge. Inspired by local surroundings, the rooms pay tribute to Central ... Day 3, Sat, May 8, 2010 02 10 Long Weekend in New York City Day 4, Sun, May 9, 2010 Today at a glance: Greenwich Village Ariyoshi New York University Washington Square JFK to SFO (8:00 p.m.) Address: Houston to 14th street, Greenwich Village Between Broadway and Hudson River, The zigzagging streets and charming brownstones of the Greenwich Village New York, NY 10014, United States have a far more laid back atmosphere than most neighborhoods in the city. The center of New York's gay and student communities lies here, with a variety of Phone: +1 212 484 1200 funky shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafés. By the early 1900s, the Village had fully established itself as the Fax: +1 212 245 5943 center of radical thinking in the United States. Famous reformers, artists and intellectuals all gather ... Day 4, Sun, May 9, 2010 Address: 810 Broadway, (@ 11th Ariyoshi Street), New York, NY 10003, United Ariyoshi, located on Broadway in Greenwich Village for the uninformed, is an States izakaya, which is a type of Japanese drinking joint that serves food and offers a pleasant environment to enjoy. Some might even call it a restaurant. But Phone: +1 212 388 1884 whatever they are serving, be it sake or sushi, Ariyoshi delivers. Hot dishes are available, but the sushi and sashimi options are the way to go. For a variety, try one of the combo platters or go a la carte. A good range of sakes are also available and the Japane ... Address: 70 Washington Square Park, New York University New York, NY 10012, United States When New York University was founded in 1831, most higher education in the United States focused on such classical studies as Latin and Greek. NYU was Phone: +1 212 998 4636 determined to concentrate on more practical studies, and today over 30,000 students from all over the world get degrees in medicine, dentistry, business, law, education, social work and many other areas. This is much more than just an urban commuter college, and cultural events and lectures are readily available and usually open to the public. 02 11 Long Weekend in New York City Address: 5th Avenue & Washington Washington Square Square North, New York, NY 10003, The Greenwich Village park is popular with students and residents. It is one of United States the few green spots in the area. At the northern end of the park is a triumphal arch, built in 1789 to honor George Washington, the late President of the United Phone: +1 212 484 1200 States. This historic arch is since then, referred to as the Washington Square. The area was home to artists and writers, including Henry James, Edith Fax: +1 212 245 5943 Wharton and Edward Hopper; many lived in the still intact row houses across from the northern end of the ... JFK to SFO (8:00 p.m.) Day 4, Sun, May 9, 2010 02 12 Long Weekend in New York City TravelMuse Guide check out the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and the Botanical New York City Gardens; Manhattan’s Lower East Side for a taste of oldworld immigrant history meets modernday hipsters and nascent art scene; or Jackson Heights in Queens, for the best Indian and Thai Overview food outside of Asia. When people talk about New York, they typically mean Manhattan, which is but one of five boroughs that make up the city proper, the others being Neighborhoods Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. The full metropolitan Manhattan area, which includes nearby Long Manhattan, home to the most Island, Westchester County, and parts recognizable sites, dominates popular of New Jersey and Connecticut, has a perception of New York City. Its most population upwards of 18 million. famous districts are listed below: Wall Street & the Financial District New York draws tourists from around New York's first district remains its the globe, not only for its rich cultural most historic. Wall Street investment and historical attractions, but also banks coexist with landmarks like because it is a major center for media, Trinity Church. Battery Park draws At a glance: theater, food, fashion, art, research, people for its panoramic views. The finance, trade and nightlife. It also has World Trade Center was also one of New York City Population: 8008278 Airports: one of the most famous skylines on the area's most popular destinations, Time Zone: America/New_York New York City, All Airports (NYC) earth, dominated by the iconic Empire until its tragic destruction on State Building. September 11, 2001; no longer will Languages: English, Spanish John F Kennedy International (JFK) people be able to view the city from its Currency: USD La Guardia (LGA) Firsttime visitors can’t go wrong by observation deck, and it may be years hitting the traditional tourist spots: the before this area of Manhattan returns top of the Empire State Building, the to normal. Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Harlem Greenwich Village and SoHo, Long the national epicenter of African Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, American culture, Harlem was home to Central Park, even Times Square. But the Harlem Renaissance, arguably this those looking for more local, authentic country's most influential artistic, experiences, plan a trip to Brooklyn to literary and cultural movement. Harlem 03 13 Long Weekend in New York City is known for its jazz clubs and the Lower East Side Conservancy. Others followed, and today it reflects been posh avenues. Whether in the Southern restaurants. Today, only yuppies can afford to live all of New York's ethnic and cultural gilded manors of yesterday, like Gracie Greenwich Village here. The historic Orchard Street diversity. Nevertheless, Chelsea still Mansion in Schurz Park, or the area's At the turn of the 20th Century, Shopping District is home to several retains reminders of its more highrise modern apartments, old Greenwich Village drew free spirits hip bars and nightclubs. conservative past, as evident by the money and high society have long from around the nation, including poet Chinatown seeworthy General Theological made their home here. Consequently, Edna St. Vincent Millay and playwright Asian restaurants, grocery stores and Seminary and the Guardian Angel shops to serve them line Madison Eugene O'Neill. As the years went on, trinket shops line the evercrowded Church. Avenue. Baby Gap coexists with art rents inevitably rose. Now, its streets of Chinatown. One need not Midtown galleries and antique shops. Further townhouses are some of the most travel to Hong Kong for a USD10 As the name implies, Midtown is east, new money has overtaken the expensive in the city. New York "Rolex" watch, as plenty are available smack in the middle of everything. old Yorkville slum. University students gather here in here. Dim Sum and other favorites Nobody is really sure where Midtown Upper West Side Washington Square Park. A diverse attract diners on practically every begins (most would say somewhere at When the coops of the East Side array of shops, bars and music clubs corner, especially on famous Mott the 30block), but most agree it stops were freer to restrict residents, the exist along Bleecker Street. Street. around Central Park. Publishing Upper West Side became home to East Village Little Italy houses, financial firms, import/export new money. Then, as "modernist" Artists, students and yuppies have Frank Sinatra, Italian restaurants and companies and fashion houses all do Eastsiders tore down their prewar gone a long way towards gentrifying kitsch draw tourists to the lively business here. Trump Tower entices palaces, Upper West Side residents the long poor and multiethnic neighborhood of Little Italy surrounding shoppers, along with all those glorious kept their old buildings, such as the neighborhood. Even today, the artistic Mulberry Street. The Feast of San stores along Fifth Avenue. Ice skaters famous Ansonia and the Dakota; spirit that initially brought about Gennaro still welcomes its throngs, but twirl at Rockefeller Center and the renters now value the neighborhood's change remains, evident in such the neighborhood is fast becoming spectacular St. Patrick's Cathedral attractive real estate. Meanwhile, bars vibrant cultural establishments as St. surrounded by nearby Chinatown. offers serenity and spirituality. and restaurants catering to Long Mark'sintheBowery Church. Urban Gramercy & Flatiron Times Square & Hell's Kitchen Island and New Jersey folk (aka, the gardens, like Tompkins Square Park The majestic Flatiron Building lords Some New Yorkers miss the former “Bridge and Tunnel” crowd) continue to and art exhibits sit beside cafes, craft over this beautiful, eclectic district seediness of Times Square, as the sprout like weeds along Columbus and New York City shops and vegetarian restaurants. marked by loft spaces to the west and World of Disney has replaced ageold Amsterdam avenues. Soho & Tribeca prewar residences to the east. More bookstores and entertainment venues. Brooklyn Once home to massive factories, than a century after their construction, However, most people begrudgingly This massive borough stretches from artists moved in and transformed the the apartment buildings and admit that it is better this way. Visitors festive Coney Island to elegant area into a bustling urban mecca. townhouses around Gramercy Park adore everything from souvenir shops Brooklyn Heights. But wherever Galleries, designer shops, remain coveted residences. to enormous billboards and Broadway Brooklynites hail from, they remain a sophisticated restaurants and trendy Chelsea musicals. A few blocks west lies Hell's largely proud lot. They can boast of the bars followed soon after. Today, Once a working class community, Kitchen, a community filled with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the tourists flock here and rents have risen Chelsea has also become a posh eclectic restaurants, such as Five gorgeous bridge that bears the sky high. address. As rents in Greenwich Village Napkin Burger, bars, shops, and, of borough's name, the Brooklyn Lower East Side rose, the vibrant gay community course, the Actors Temple. Museum, and a growing restaurant This area once housed some of the moved upwards to occupy Chelsea's Upper East Side scene. city's worst slums, wellchronicled by many brownstones and loft spaces. Park, Fifth and Madison have always Queens 03 14 Long Weekend in New York City From Flushing to Astoria, Queens is following year, a Portuguese explorer York. During this time, New York City uptown. experiencing a quiet renaissance, as named Esteban Gomez reached the tolerated (and in some circles The American Civil War brought refugees from Manhattan's high rents Hudson River. Despite these early encouraged) the slave trade, and a much sorrow and misery to New York, continue to discover what this working encounters, the Dutch settled in New large and prosperous slave market but also great prosperity as war profits class borough offers its residents. York first, after explorer Henry Hudson was located on Wall Street. soared. Yet, New York's status as a Inexpensive ethnic restaurants pepper lent his name to the world's largest As the 18th Century wore on, Union stronghold became threatened the borough. Queens is also home to tidal river. In 1625, six farms called England's passage of restrictive acts of with the passage of the nation's first the Museum of the Moving Image and "bouweries" were started in trade and imposition of tariffs on the conscription act. Poor immigrants, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Manhattan. American colonies brought about angered that the wealthy could buy The Bronx The next year, Governor Peter protest and ultimately revolution. New their way out of the draft, rioted This borough boasts the Yankees, Minuet purchased Manhattan from the York City was strategically vital during violently. one of the nation's finest zoos, and an Native Americans for USD24 worth of the American Revolutionary War. Early As the century passed, New York extraordinary Botanical Garden. Areas trinkets. By 1640, the predominately on, from Brooklyn to Harlem, General displayed more technological marvels. including the South Bronx have Dutch New Amsterdam (as it was then George Washington's army suffered a A workforce thousands strong benefited from economic booms. called) was teeming with the diversity series of defeats and barely escaped constructed the Brooklyn Bridge—then of the New World, as the tolerant capture. The British took the city and the tallest and longest in the world. Dutch welcomed all. stationed itself there. At the end of the Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, Historical Background Rapid expansion soon pitted early war, Washington was sworn in as the and soon electric streetlights Dutch Manhattanites against English first president on the steps of New illuminated lower Manhattan. The Puritans who had moved to the colony. York's Federal Hall. Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, Less than tolerant, the Puritans had New York's stint as the United States was erected near the Battery. The banned bowling and even the capital was shortlived. Political present St. Patrick's Cathedral was New York, a city of staggering celebration of Christmas. While initially wrangling dictated the newly created also built. At the end of the 19th contrasts, diversity and culture, ranks seen as outsiders, the prosperous and District of Columbia would be the new Century, a string of palatial mansions among history's great trade and hardworking Puritans soon had the nation's capital. However, the 1792 rose along New York's Fifth Avenue. cultural centers. From Wall Street to political upper hand. After an invasion founding of the New York Stock At the same time, economic New York City the United Nations, the world's most by British troops in 1664, an Anglo Exchange launched the city as a conditions in Europe brought massive powerful and influential men and Dutch treaty handed the city over to financial center. immigration to New York City, primarily women prize success in New York the English. The explosive expansion and consisting of Irish, German, Italian and above all other places. Its population Under British rule, the renamed New revolutionary invention of the 19th Eastern Europeans. Immigrants hails from every country on the globe, York City saw its population grow from Century forever transformed New York worked long hours under harsh bringing a variety of culture and 6,000 to 20,000 by the end of the 17th City. The Erie Canal, in its day the conditions and lived in unhealthy viewpoints. However, above all else Century. Events in Europe also world's greatest engineering feat, had tenements. Reformers, galvanized by New York has always been about brought turmoil to the city. Wars New York's ports at its terminus and the success of the abolitionist money and ambition. between England and France gave strengthened the city's position as a movement as well as the gaining Europe's first contact with this area birth to privateering, or legalized national trade center. Later, the city momentum of the suffragist and occurred in 1524, when Italian explorer piracy, that allowed the likes of Wall commissioned Central Park, designed temperance movements, actively Giovanni de Verrazano viewed New Street resident William Kidd to capture and planned to save breathing space joined the fight to assist the immigrant York from the base of Manhattan. The enemy ships off the coast of New as the population boom moved poor. 03 15 Long Weekend in New York City By the 1920s, all of Manhattan was rebuilding that site. New Yorkers are Whatever the month, art museums successful. Thus, big stars perform at populated. Harlem, which had started uniting to build a better city than ever and galleries mount shows and street Madison Square Garden. From the as a Dutch farm, now attracted New before. Fifth Avenue is still a bastion performers entertain in the parks. Year latest diva at the Metropolitan Opera York AfricanAmericans as well as of the wealthy, and numerous other round, most museums offer a day of House to Irving Plaza's hottest band, those migrating from the South. Jazz neighborhoods are home to yet free admission during the week. Many the best of the best make it all look and blues and Prohibitionera another wave of immigration from Latin other galleries and museums are free easy. speakeasies made the neighborhood America, the Far East and Eastern all the time. The Metropolitan Museum Nightclubs an entertainment mecca for all races. Europe. New York still attracts hordes of Art is technically free, although they New York is the very last word in club AfricanAmerican musicians, artists of ambitious people. Historian Peter do push you for an optional donation. culture, with places in every corner of and writers together formed a Quinn, commenting on New York's Other nearby museums include the the city blasting music all night long. movement known as the Harlem nature, said the city that started with Guggenheim Museum and the S.O.B.'s showcases world music, while Renaissance. On Broadway, Richard Peter Minuet's 24dollar purchase is Museum of Modern Art the Knitting Factory provides a mixed Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein along still the same, and if possible, even (MOMA<u>)</u>. Other interesting bag of music, spoken word and art. If with George and Ira Gershwin led the more so: "Donald Trump would have museums in the city include the you're looking for a trendy, upscale popular music industry. The hedonistic tried to pay 22 dollars.” American Folk Art Museum, the ever establishment, Tenjune fits the bill; for decade ended however with a crash To learn more about the city, here are popular American Museum of Natural the yuppie hipster there's Niagara. on Wall Street, leading to the Great just some of the places you may wish History and the Lower East Side Attractions Depression. to look: Tenement Museum. Even without a concert, from A backlash against corrupt politics Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Music Belvedere Castle to Sheep's Meadow, ushered Fiorella LaGuardia into the Garden Those without means will find Central Park itself provides numerous mayor's office, and the city began to Ellis Island Immigration Museum summertime particularly rich with amusements for its visitors. work its way out of the Depression. National Museum of the American options. From concerts by the New Bowling at Bowlmor Lanes and Robert Moses built parks and the Indian York Philharmonic to Shakespeare in spending a day at the Bronx Zoo are Rockefellers erected Radio City Music New York Historical Society Central Park, free culture is longstanding New York City pastimes. Hall and Rockefeller Center. everywhere. Catch all types of For some local, as well as United New York emerged from the performances at Symphony Space. States history, take a trip on the Circle New York City Depression and World War II with a Entertainment Downtown, with its traditionally Line and pay a visit to the Statue of new fervor for industry and youthful edge, offers numerous free Liberty and Ellis Island and its construction. The United Nations Cinema choices. The Sidewalk Cafe is a great immigration museum, both important complex started the postwar boom Walking down Fifth Avenue or St. venue overflowing with every kind of landmarks for the melting pot that is and was completed in the 1950s. Marks Place (two streets as different band trying to make it in this big, bad America. In 1972, a major change to the lower as they can be) entertains New city. Some are better than others. See Theater Manhattan skyline occurred with the Yorkers far more than most Hollywood wellknown bands up close at the Many days, visitors may choose completion of the World Trade Center, movies. However, if one sees a movie Bowery Ballroom. between a pricey Broadway the 110story structures commonly at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with Frank Sinatra was wise when he extravaganza or one of the city's many known as the "Twin Towers." On IMAX or Cinema Classics, New York sang, "If I can make it there, I'll make it free parades. Adventurous September 11, 2001 these towers does not disappoint. Art films from all anywhere..." The world's best theatergoers eschew Broadway for off fell—the result of a terrorist attack. over the world play at the Film Forum. performers know that without success and offoffBroadway while those Since then, plans are well along for Galleries & Museums in the Big Apple, they aren't really seeking to express themselves haunt 03 16 Long Weekend in New York City the city's many nightclubs. Meanwhile, influences, talented chefs making a Tavern and Union Square Cafe. A investor Robert DeNiro. Nieporant divas and drag queens prove nightly name for themselves, hot spots, neighborhood rich in history, the offers diners amazing Japanese food that cabaret is not a thing of the past. hidden gems, delis and diners—New landmark Pete's Tavern still draws a at Nobu and New American cuisine at De La Guarda and Blue Man Group York offers something for everyone's relaxing pint and serves up old Tribeca Grill. For something outside are totally funky yet accessible palate. fashioned pub grub after over a Nieporant's empire, try the flashy ongoing offBroadway shows. The Diners enjoy gastronomic delights century in the business. Odeon or just sip champagne at the historic Ziegfeld Theater mesmerizes across the five boroughs, but the West Village Bubble Lounge. moviegoers no matter what it shows. following districts are particularly Worldclass restaurants like the Little Italy In addition to being a museum, the noteworthy: favorite Gotham Bar & Grill and the That's amore! Along bustling MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) is a Midtown stunningly romantic One if by Land, Mulberry Street, oldcountry performance and cinema mecca. Old money dines at prestigious and Two if by Sea work their magic in the restaurants blare Frank Sinatra into See worldclass comedians perform elegant classics like 21 Club. brownstones of this historic the street while barkers summon the at Dangerfield's and Carolines on Meanwhile, cell phones ring and young neighborhood. crowds. For those who love red Broadway. The Metropolitan Opera turks wheel and deal at hip locales like East Village sauces with their pasta or veal, and The New York City Ballet dazzle the China Grill. Superstar Jean Funky, inexpensive ethnic choices abound. From Pellegrino's to at Lincoln Center. Georges Vongerichten reinvents fine restaurants and hip bars draw people Casa Bella, it's difficult to go wrong. Sports dining at his eponymous Jean here from all over the city. 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And visitors are Historic Downtown eating it up in record numbers: more Mannequin than 45 million people were estimated Beginning in the Financial District, visit to have visited New York City in 2007 St. Paul’s Chapel, a lovely church that Skateboarders show off their skills for an audience in New York’s Union Square. to see what all the buzz is about. was a staging area for rescue teams on 9/11, and Ground Zero, a humbling by Laurie Bain Wilson Times Square cleaned up its act more site where the World Trade Center than a decade ago and now has more Towers once presided over the city. Published Oct, 3 2008 neon than Las Vegas. Lower For other free destinations, try Federal Manhattan is a vibrant part of town New York City On My Mind Hall National Memorial where George Themes: Urban Endeavors, Art and Museums, Family Travel once again. 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Kids You’ll find the pace of life energizing especially love the festival atmosphere and contagious in New York. Type A of the Seaport, a thriving community in personalities thrive here, while its own right, with a maritime museum, mellower personalities have no choice and myriad shops and restaurants. but to step it up a notch. And that’s the beauty of it all. Otherwise, New York is Grab the ferry at Clinton Castle at just another city. Battery Park and take it to the Statue Where to Start of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Rides are $12 for adults, $5 To get the most out of your stay, a little for children, and you can buy tickets in 04 planning is a good idea, but leave advance online. Or take a ride on the 22 Long Weekend in New York City appearance here too, with its growing Next up: Times Square for theater, number of restaurants, boutiques, dining, shopping, massive crowds and hotels, bars and nightclubs favored by daily street entertainment. A bit north the young, artistic and hipster crowds, is the incomparable Museum of centering around Ludlow and Modern Art, and there’s a new view in Rivington Streets. town from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, located at Tribeca appeals more to individuals Rockefeller Center—gaze out at the with plenty of disposable income to City from the openair terrace or spend on upscale restaurants and enclosed deck. If you’re in town during Jeff Greenberg shops. If you’re in town in the spring, the holidays, you can skate beneath you can catch the worldrenowned Lady Liberty towers over New York Harbor, the towering Christmas tree at the Rink Tribeca Film Festival here. Hit welcoming visitors from around the world. at Rockefeller Center. Rental skates Chinatown for dim sum or to shop cost $8, and the adult price varies from Canal Street for bargains galore. 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Of course, the ";city that never American Art are where you can think the Bronx is a concrete jungle; sleeps"; subway and bus system admire Picasso and Lichenstein, Park. To the east is the Brooklyn there’s more parkland here than any of runs 24/7, 365 days, making it a quick respectively. Way uptown, the Museum, which has an excellent the other boroughs, including the and reliable service Museum of the City of New York is Egyptian collection, and be sure to visit sprawling 250acre New York (www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct). Note: If it’s worth a visit; The Glory Days baseball the gorgeous, 53acre Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Don’t miss the late at night, opt for a cab, instead. exhibit runs until year’s end. Tip: Botanic Gardens ($8 adults/children Bronx Zoo and the new Yankee Minimum cab fare is $2.50, plus 40 New York City On My Mind Museum lovers of all ages will want to free; free on Saturdays 10 a.m. to Stadium when baseball season cents for each onefifth of a mile when visit New York in June for the Museum noon), next door, proof positive that a resumes in the spring. the cab’s speed exceeds six mph. Mile Festival when Fifth Avenue is tree really does grown in Brooklyn. closed off to traffic and many of the Less than six mph, it’s 40 cents every museums are free to visitors. Queens is also getting a new baseball Getting There From minute; a $1 surcharge is added to stadium for its Mets team, though the name Shea is being dropped in favor the Airport rides between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mon. Fri. and a 50 cent surcharge for rides Kids across the age spectrum love the Other options include AirLink New or Citi Field (provided Citibank between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. all week. 94footlongmodel blue whale that is weathers the current economic storm). York—a doortodoor shared van The subway/bus fare is $2, no matter if suspended from the ceiling at The service from the three airports to Worth a visit is the undervalued you go one stop or to the end of the American Museum of Natural History Queens Museum of Art (admission by Manhattan hotels with rates that range line. Note: You can use change for the on the Upper West Side. The museum from $16 to $20 per person suggested donation) to check out the buses, but you’ll need a MetroCard for is also home to the Hayden (www.airlinknyc.com). And AirTrain, a incredible Panorama of the City of the subway; you can purchase one at Planetarium Space Center and the lightrail system, is an inexpensive way New York exhibit, the world’s largest a subway station, hotel or newsstand. Rose Center for Earth and Space to travel to and from JFK ($5) but it’s architectural scale model. where you can enjoy Starry Nights with not the most convenient; you’ll need to Live Jazz on Friday nights (wine, New York Water Taxi is also a great Brooklyn is idyllic for a stroll along the make a transfer at Jamaica Station or beverages and tapas, too). There are way to zip around Manhattan. The Brooklyn Promenade to soak in the Howard Beach (www.airtrainjfk.com). a variety of ticket options at the bright yellow water catamaran taxis Manhattan skyline. Walk across the AirTrain also serves Newark; fare is museum, but general admission is $19 cruise the East and Hudson rivers, Brooklyn Bridge, a onemile long $14; you’ll need to switch trains to for adults and $12.50 for children. making stops along the way suspension bridge, and you’ll see Lady Amtrak or NJ Transit for service into (www.nywatertaxi.com). You can buy a Liberty in the distance. Take the Penn Station Farther north, the Cathedral of St. oneday “HopOn/HopOff” pass for subway (Red 2, 3 lines) to Prospect (www.airtrainnewark.com). John the Divinein Morningside Heights $20 adult/$15 children, or take a is a stunning piece of architecture. And Park, designed by Frederick Law Getting Around Town special tour, like the Live Music Cruise Olmsted and Clavert Vaux, the team 04 you can do soulsearching of another ($20) or the Fall Foliage Cruise ($35). behind Manhattan’s iconic Central New York is an ideal walking town, so 24 Long Weekend in New York City Square (47th St. and Broadway)—the remodeled booth reopens Oct. 16, at the South Street Seaport and in downtown Brooklyn at 1 MetroTech Center. The Seaport spot usually sports shorter lines, plus you can purchase Sunday matinee tickets there on Saturday—a service not available at Duffy Square—since it’s closed on Sundays. N_Creatures The Cloisters is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is exclusively dedicated to the art and architecture of the European Middle Ages. Budget Tips Yes, some of the museum admission fees in New York are quite steep. But New York City On My Mind many of them have a “pay what you wish” policy all the time (yet they suggest an admission price), like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Further, many of the museums have reduced admission or donation policies in effect during designated times, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) which is free on Fridays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. To get more bang for your buck, consider purchasing a New York CityPass, which gets you into six attractions for the price of one. The cost: $65 adults, $49 kids. You can purchase a booklet at www.citypass.com or at the first of these six attractions when you visit (CityPass is sold at each attraction). To snag sameday Broadway and Off Broadway tickets (discounted 25 to 50 percent), go to the TKTS booth, run by the Theatre Development Fund. There 04 are three locations: Midtown at Duffy 25 Long Weekend in New York City New York Sightseeing From the Water From traditional sightseeing boat tours to kayaking the Hudson River and visiting working docks in New York Harbor, see the city from a new vantage point. Private Ferry New York City has a rich maritime Companies history, not least because it is Brian Kaplan composed of a series of islands, or Both New York Water Taxi and NY New York Sightseeing From the Water parts of islands—Manhattan, Staten, Waterway are private companies that Riders on the Staten Island Ferry get the treat of sailing right past the Statue of Liberty. Long, Governors, Liberty, among offer commuter ferry service routes others—everything but the Bronx. So it between Manhattan and points in New by Donna M. Airoldi shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the Jersey, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten best ways to view New York is from Island; sightseeing tours and special Published Oct, 3 2008 the water. event cruises; and private charters. Themes: Family Travel Public Transit: Staten New York Water Taxi Destinations: New York City Island Ferry Weekend hopon/hopoff passes, Activities: Sightseeing, Boating, Kayaking available April to October, for 10 As any diehard New Yorker will tell sightseeing stops. $20 for adults, $15 you, save your time and money and for kids 2 to 12 avoid the long Statue of Liberty tour lines by hitching a ride on the free Sightseeing tours, including the Staten Island Ferry. Board at the Statue of Liberty, sunset, Audubon eco Whitehall Ferry Terminal for a 5mile, and fall foliage cruises up the Hudson 25minute ride that takes you as close River, and the NYC Waterfalls cruise to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island as you for a closeup look at the Public Art can get without actually visiting. Fund’s exhibit of artist Olafur Eliasson’s four falls, on display through Once in Staten Island, be sure to Oct. 13. Prices start at $25 for adults, check out the two 2,500gallon fish $15 for kids 2 to 12. tanks at the St. George Terminal, added in February 2008. For a bite or Shearwater sailing cruises on a strong coffee before heading back, 1920s schooner, through October. turn left after exiting the terminal and Prices $45 for adults, $38 for seniors walk along Bay St. to the Everything 55+, $25 for kids 2 to 12. Goes Book Café, the largest used book store on the island, or the Cargo Café, which has great juicy burgers The company also operates the 04 and fries. www.siferry.com increasingly popular Water Taxi 26 Long Weekend in New York City Manhattan by boat. The company Cruise the New York Harbor on the offers a variety of tours, but be sure to historic schooner, built in 1885, the take the threehour fullisland cruise if <em><strong>Pioneer</strong></em>. you’re familiar only with Manhattan The South Street Seaport Museum below 96th St.—you’ll be surprised by offers public sails on its ship Tuesday the varied topography of the northern through Sunday, with special event tip of the island. The company also sailings—including a Children’s Day offers daylong fall foliage tours during Pirate Sail and a fishing weekends in October (this year’s cruise—throughout the year. Prices cruises start tomorrow, Oct. 4) to Bear ProZak Oquendo start at $25 for adults, $20 for Mountain. Located on Pier 83 at West A water taxi cruises out of the Chelsea Piers students/seniors, $15 for children 12 The Statue of Liberty watches over the New 42nd St. Prices start at $21 for adults, on the West Side of Manhattan. and under. York harbor as ships pass in and out. $18 for seniors, $13 for children. New York Sightseeing From the Water www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org www.circleline42.com Beach. Read more about it in our Friday evenings and weekend days. Alternative New York Attractions Kayaking New York Skill level is assessed before you can Hidden Harbor Tours article. www.nywatertaxi.comNY join the intermediate and advanced No fewer than three operators offer tours. Private classes also are One of my favorite boat tour options is Waterway kayak tours of the waters surrounding available. Located on Pier 40 along the run by the Working Harbor Committee, the island of Manhattan. West Side Highway off West Houston a group of individuals who have an New York Harbor, skyline and sunset New York City Downtown St., classes start at $50 per hour; interest in New York Harbor and its cruises. Prices start at $26 for adults, guided tours are at $100 for twohour heritage. Its Hidden Harbor Tours $21 for seniors, $15 for children 3 to Boathouse highlight the working aspects of the trips, $150 for threehour trips. Kayak, 12, 2 and under free. paddle and PFD are supplied. harbor and take people to such The Downtown Boathouse, an all unexpected places as the Brooklyn volunteer organization, has been www.nykayak.com Specialty cruises: New York Navy Yard, the Atlantic Basin, Robbins Historical Society History cruise, led by offering free kayak rides to interested Manhattan Kayak Reef Lighthouse, tug boat berths, a guide from the museum; AIA paddlers for 10 years. Go to any of its Company container ports, and so forth. Each Architecture cruise, led by a guides three locations in Manhattan on the year the committee also hosts a from the New York chapter of the west side along the Hudson River and Manhattan Kayak offers more than 30 Working Harbor Day, held on the American Institute of Architects; sign out a kayak, paddle and personal types of tours, from beginner to Saturday closest to National Maritime Military History of New York Harbor flotation device (PFD) for a 20minute advanced, lasting from one hour Day (May 22. Prices start at $25. cruise; Shades of Autumn cruise. jaunt. You must be able to swim; (tourist tours) to one day (20 to 50 www.workingharbor.com Prices start at $28 for adults, $23 for kayak, paddle and personal flotation miles covered). Prices start at $30; seniors, $16 for children 3 to 12, 2 and device are provided. Children under 16 private tours at $80 per hour, per Yacht Cruises under free. must be accompanied by an adult. person. Classes also are available. Threehour guided trips also are Even with Wall Street in a tailspin, Located on Pier 66, three blocks north available on weekends and holiday former and wouldbe high rollers can Party cruises and Yankee Clipper of Chelsea Piers, at 26th St. and the mornings, from June to September. still feel like Gordon Gekko on a rides to/from Yankee Stadium during Hudson River. Kayak, paddle and PFD www.downtownboathouse.org sunset or dinner cruise on a yacht in baseball season, also available. included. www.manhattankayak.com New York Harbor. The site of the city www.nywaterway.com New York Kayak Co. Circle Line at night, lit up like a jewel, is hard to Classes and tours are available from Sightseeing resist for even the most jaded of New Vintage Schooner New York Kayak for beginners through Yorkers. Choices include the World 04 Yacht, the Spirit of New York, and the The Circle Line is a classic way to view Pioneer advanced kayakers, Tuesday through Bateaux New York (an allglass 27 Long Weekend in New York City specialkrb Kayakers enjoy some time on the Hudson River. New York Sightseeing From the Water vessel). 04 28 Long Weekend in New York City 10 Top NYC Restaurant Experiences From no-frills budget fare to a special meal to remember forever, TravelMuse’s editor shares her top picks for authentic and memorable New York City dining. coffeehouses in the neighborhood have closed, including Le Figaro Café. When people I know plan a trip to New Reggio serves deliciously fresh and York, the question I get asked more surprisingly affordable dishes. Nothing peasap than any other is, “What restaurants do on the menu is more than $7.50, and you recommend?” the $6 paninis come with salad. The Katz’s Deli, a Lower East Side institution, is famous for more than just its monsterous sandwiches. 10 Top NYC Restaurant Experiences prices have barely changed since my first visit more than 20 years ago. by Donna M. Airoldi Old New York Cash only. Greenwich Village. 119 MacDougal Published Oct, 3 2008 St., tel. 2124759557. Katz’s Delicatessen. Jewish deli. Open Themes: Culinary since 1888, this is one of the last of the Destinations: New York City few remaining classic New York delis, Worthy Hot Spots and it’s being threatened by Activities: Eat gentrification. Sublime pastrami; quirky atmosphere. Don’t lose the ticket Momofuku. Inventive Asian; named you’re handed when you walk in as after the man who invented ramen. you’ll need it to get out. Order at the Owner David Chang is New York’s counter and scrounge for a table, or sit favorite chefdujour and was named at one of the usually available seats 2008 James Beard Foundation Best along the wall for waiter service. Get a Chef: New York City. He has three plate of pickles! Sit back and soak up Momofuku restaurants: Noodle, Ssäm the atmosphere that seemingly hasn’t (my favorite) and Ko (the newest, changed since World War II. which I have not yet visited). Fine Lower East Side. 205 E. Houston at noodles, succulent pork, the freshest Ludlow, tel. 2122542246, available ingredients all around. www.katzdeli.com. East Village, all three locations. www.momofuku.com Caffe Reggio. Old World Italian café. Spotted Pig Gastropub; English and Long for the days of Greenwich Village Italian. Fantastic Roquefort burger; filled with artists, writers and definitely try the restaurant’s signature philosophers instead of yuppies? Bring dish, gnudi (ricotta dumplings with your journal and Sartre and spend pesto). Even though the space nearly 04 some time here, especially since most doubled a couple years ago, unless of the other iconic European you have a reservation, expect a long 29 Long Weekend in New York City Lower East Side. 50 Clinton St., tel. Park Slope. 411 11th St., tel. 718768 2124772900, www.wd50.com. 4698, www.bartoto.com. Perennial Favorites My top pick for this category, Balthazar—consistently excellent after more than 10 years in business—is Donna M. Airoldi Peter Dutton covered by Laurie Bain Wilson in her 7 Caffe Reggio in Greenwich Village is a favorite Family Friendly Restaurants article, The French Onion Soup at wd50 is of nearby NYU students. and several of my usual runnersup composed of Gruy?re cheese raviolis, rye have closed in the past year due to crisps and onion paste. 10 Top NYC Restaurant Experiences wait. I’m looking forward to owner/chef skyrocketing rents, a sad fact affecting April Bloomfield’s new venture, The is open until 3 a.m. far too many worthy places. Still, there John Dory Restaurant, opening later Greenwich Village. 119 Sullivan St., are plenty of great remaining options. this fall in the nearby Meatpacking tel. 2123430404, District. www.blueribbonrestaurants.com. West Village, 314 W. 11th St., tel. 212 Landmarc French/Italian bistro. Every 6200393, www.thespottedpig.com. dish I’ve had here (original Tribeca space, haven’t yet tried the new Brooklyn Hangouts uptown outpost) has been fantastic. Special Occasions Sweatbreads and moules frites are The Farm on Adderley. American. faves. Its more casual sister restaurant Organic, locally sourced ingredients; in the Village, Ditch Plains, recently Le Bernardin. Seafood. One of New fresh, simple dishes, excellently changed its menu (why, oh why, did York’s finest eateries with flawless prepared. The Arctic char, trout and you drop the bowl of bacon?!) and seafood and service. A new classic burger are wonderful. Fantastic fries, upped its prices, but is still one of the that hopefully will be around for cheese plates and rosemary focaccia best casual places in town for free Wi decades. Splurge on one of the tasting Fi with your anytime eggs and coffee. served with a lavender and herb menus. infused olive oil. Garden seating Tribeca and Columbus Circle in the Midtown. 155 W. 51st St., tel. 212554 TimeWarner Building. www.landmarc available. 1515, www.lebernardin.com. Ditmas Park. 1108 Cortelyou Rd., tel. restaurant.com 7182873101, Greenwich Village. 29 Bedford St. at www.thefarmonadderley.com. Downing, tel. 2126330202, wd50. New American. Chef Wylie www.ditchplains.com. Dufresne makes food chemistry fun. He plays with people’s expectations of Bar Toto. Italian. Many items are taste, texture and presentation for an imported directly from Italy, which are Blue Ribbon Sushi Japanese. Aside unforgettable meal. The tasting menu used to create incomparable paninis from the sashimi always being is the way to go here too, or if $140 is and pizzas, antipastos and bruschettas fantastic and the omakasi creative but too steep, dine elsewhere but come in never overthetop, I love this place large enough to feed two. Do not miss for the three or fivecourse dessert the sublime chocolate, vanilla and 04 (and others in its minichain empire) tastings ($38 and $48, respectively). hazelnut gelato trio for dessert. because of its late hours: The kitchen 30 Long Weekend in New York City New York City Hotels in the Neighborhood Live like a New Yorker when you stay at family friendly neighborhood hotels that immerse you in the local scene. The neighborhood: Carnegie Hill is an elegant Upper East Side enclave Rather than isolating my kids in huge, encompassing posh Fifth, Madison impersonal chain hotels while on and Park avenues from 86th St. to vacation, I prefer taking them to places 96th St. This is a stylish and chic Courtesy of the Desmond Tutu Center that actually put us into the family neighborhood. Think Gossip environment we’re visiting, While the Girls, beautiful prewar buildings, The 19th century Gothic exterior of the Desmond Tutu Center in Chelsea. Marriotts, Hiltons and Doubletrees uniformed doormen, and picture certainly serve their purpose, my list of perfect boutiques and restaurants. New York City Hotels in the Nei ... by Leslie Long New York hotels gives your family Central Park is a block away, and the something more: My picks are in Metropolitan Museum of Art is a short Published Oct, 3 2008 actual neighborhoods where families stroll from the hotel. Kids always love live, not touristy spots like Times the Arms and Armor exhibit at the Met. Themes: Urban Endeavors, Family Travel Square where families visit. That Destinations: New York City means there’s likely to be a nice The hotel: The Hotel Wales is a playground, a soda shop, a local historic boutique hotel on Madison Activities: Sleep bookstore and maybe even an old time Ave. and 92nd St. with 88 elegant toy store nearby—not to mention some guestrooms and suites. Quite a few of great neighborhood restaurants. them are sunny suites with two double beds and a foldout couch, making Stay at these hotels and you’ll view them perfect for family visitors. Several Manhattan kids heading off to school connecting rooms are also available. and neighbors walking their dogs. Need a crib? Simply ask—it’s on the You’ll end up seeing New York the house. Just like its Carnegie Hill way New Yorkers see it—on a smaller, neighborhood, the Wales has a friendlier, more interesting scale. And if comfortable Old World feel. Families you have to go to Times Square, the will love the complimentary continental subway, bus or taxi can get you there breakfast (at New York prices, that’s a fast. After a few hours of crushing big savings right there). The linens are crowds and the exact same luxe and the suites have nice city restaurants you have back home, views. Speaking of views, the Wales you’ll be happy to return to your own has a beautiful rooftop terrace with little New York neighborhood, sweeping vistas of Central Park. whichever one you choose. Neighborhood eatery, Sarabeth’s Upper East Side: Hotel Kitchen, located next door, is known Wales 04 for its delicious bakery goods and salads, and it’s always packed with 31 Long Weekend in New York City ballerinas and talented music students but start at around $399 per night for a hauling their cellos and violins along standard room.180 10th Ave. Tel. 212 the street. The casual restaurants on 9293888, www.ahltutucenter.com Broadway have big outdoor cafés where kids are always welcome. Murray Hill/Gramercy Check out Café Fiorello’s for Italian or Park: The Park South Josephina for fresh American fare. Hotel The hotel: This former dowager just The neighborhood: This lovely hotel got a truly gorgeous makeover. The Angela N. Courtesy of the Park South Hotel sits on an unassuming side street Empire occupies an entire corner on between Park Avenue South and The rooftop of the Empire Hotel is a great West 63rd Street—and now it’s super A room at the Park South Hotel. Lexington Ave. It puts you on the cusp place to get a view of bustling Manhattan. cool for adults and kids alike. The of three vibrant neighborhoods: lobby is gilded and exotic, but inviting and more. If you’re into art, this is the strollers and toddlers. Better yet, there residential Murray Hill, elegant and comfortable, too. The rooms are focus of New York’s contemporary and Gramercy Park and the evolving are eight restaurants within a block of on the small side, but so well designed avantgarde gallery scene. While the New York City Hotels in the Nei ... the hotel. And if you decide to step out Flatiron District. The highlight in these they’re just fun to be in. Hallway atmosphere can be icy, some of the without the kids, the hotel can refer a parts is Madison Park. Just a few wallpaper depicts tall trees and the street level galleries are fun for reliable babysitting service. blocks from the hotel, this little oasis is Central Parkinspired theme continues kids—with their unusual art Fall rates vary but start in the mid a neighborhood favorite for its pretty into the rooms. Cribs are available for installations and grand square footage. playground, wellattended dog park, $600 range for a suite with two double free, and many rooms have two queen beds; mid$400 range for a room with copious lawns and benches, and the beds. Frette linens, a fitness center,The hotel: With its charming 19th two twin beds. 1295 Madison Ave. Tel. Shake Shack—a wildy popular spa services and luxury bath amenitiescentury Gothic architecture, the 866WALESHOTEL (8669253746). hamburger stand run by Danny Meyer, keep parents happy. Desmond Tutu Center will make you waleshotel.com one of Manhattan’s top restaurateurs. A room with two queen beds in mid feel more like you’re in London—and The line is often long, but aficionados Lincoln Center: The October ranges from $429 to $569 per your kids will think they’re in a say it’s more than worth it. Check the night; a suite with two queen beds andstorybook castle. Stay here and you Empire Hotel a living room with pull out couch won’t need to look for a park because menu (and the length of the line!) at shakeshacknyc.com. ranges from $589 to $729 per night. 44the hotel is in its own parklike setting. The neighborhood: The Empire is W. 63 St. Tel. 2122657400, The sleek and modern rooms have smack in the middle of two of The hotel: Park South is in a www.empirehotelnyc.com recently been redone and come with Manhattan’s finest environs for active beautifully restored 1906 building. With flatscreen TVs and complimentary Wi a boutiquelike feel, it has 141 well kids: the wide open spaces of Central Fi service. While the hotel has some priced rooms with clean, contemporary Park, and the outdoor plaza and Chelsea: The rooms with two double beds, these are décor. Amenities include highspeed fountain at Lincoln Center, located at the southern end of the Upper West Desmond Tutu Center often (but not always) reserved for conference groups. Standard and Internet access, inroom refrigerators, Side. If you have a child who likes complimentary continental breakfast, a ballet, New York City Ballet (plan The neighborhood: The Desmond Tutu superior (larger) rooms have one full or free fitness room and portable cribs, at Center is located on 10th Ave. queen bed, but rollaways ($30) can be no extra charge. The concierge can ahead for The Nutcracker at moved in for your youngster—cribs www.nycballet.com) is right there. Get between 21st and 22nd streets in the help you arrange your visit, and when a babysitter and you can hit the bustling Chelsea neighborhood. Settle and portable playpens are free. And you want to go in style, spring for the in here and you’ll be within walking don’t miss the complimentary oncall car and limousine service for Metropolitan Opera or catch some breakfast served in a setting straight theater at Lincoln Center, too. With distance of Chelsea Piers, a large $75 an hour. The Black Duck Bar and recreation center featuring tennis, out of Harry Potter. Restaurant is adjacent to the hotel and Julliard and the School of American 04 batting cages, ice skating, swimming Rates vary depending on the season, offers kid favorites like roast chicken Ballet in the area, you’ll pass budding 32 Long Weekend in New York City and burgers. Little ones love the mini burgers on the appetizer menu—and if you feel like a night in, there’s always room service. Familysized rooms start at $279 per night. 122 E. 28 St. Tel. 2124480888, www.parksouthhotel.com New York City Hotels in the Nei ... 04 33 Long Weekend in New York City The Empire Hotel The Empire Hotel occupies its own private corner nestled between two New York City legendary landmarks Lincoln Center and Central Park. Located on West 63rd Street directly across the street from the lush greenery of Dante Park, The Empire Hotel provides unobstructed views of the Lincoln Center with some Central Park view rooms.With 413 guest rooms, The Empire Hotel embodies a return to the classic hotel room but with an edge. Inspired by local surroundings, the rooms pay tribute to Central Park with a rich earth tone palette accented by leather furnishings combined with the modernism of Lincoln Center. Rest and unwind in the virtuoso comfort of The Empire Hotel. The pool is seasonal and open from May to October. At a glance: Address: 44 West 63rd Street , New York, NY 10023, United States Prices: From 199.00 USD Class: 4 star Accommodation Type: Resort Hotel Size: 420 Rooms, 11 floors 05 34 Long Weekend in New York City New York University When New York University was founded in 1831, most higher education in the United States focused on such classical studies as Latin and Greek. NYU was determined to concentrate on more practical studies, and today over 30,000 students from all over the world get degrees in medicine, dentistry, business, law, education, social work and many other areas. This is much more than just an urban commuter college, and cultural events and lectures are readily available and usually open to the public. At a glance: Address: 70 Washington Square Park, New York, NY 10012, United States Categories: Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 998 4636 Neighborhood: Greenwich Village Delivery Available? No Washington Square The Greenwich Village park is popular with students and residents. It is one of the few green spots in the area. At the northern end of the park is a triumphal arch, built in 1789 to honor George Washington, the late President of the United States. This historic arch is since then, referred to as the Washington Square. The area was home to artists and writers, including Henry James, Edith Wharton and Edward Hopper; many lived in the still intact row houses across from the northern end of the park. Other parts of the park are surrounded by the campus of New York University. At a glance: Address: 5th Avenue & Washington Square North, New York, NY 10003, United States Categories: Day Trips & Walks, Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 484 1200 Neighborhood: Greenwich Village Fax: +1 212 245 5943 Delivery Available? No 06 35 Long Weekend in New York City Times Square Named after the New York Times, which moved here in 1924, Times Square is a vibrant, neonlit area in the heart of the Theater District. Once populated by peep shows and sex shops, it has undergone a complete image overhaul. Hotels, office towers and commercial businesses have sprung up. Disney has moved in, as well as Condé Nast. Megastores and theme restaurants have also set up shop. Times Square remains the city's favorite venue for New Year's Eve, where a huge street party is highlighted by a glitter ball dropped from Times Tower. The Times Square Alliance which was founded in 1992, works for the betterment and promotion of this most popular New York city attraction. At a glance: Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 800 Times Square Alliance, New York, NY 10036, United States Categories: Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 768 1560 Hours: Mon to Sun from 12:00 AM to 12:00 Fax: +1 212 768 0233 AM Delivery Available? No Neighborhood: Times Square/Theatre District/Midtown Greenwich Village The zigzagging streets and charming brownstones of the Greenwich Village have a far more laid back atmosphere than most neighborhoods in the city. The center of New York's gay and student communities lies here, with a variety of funky shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafés. By the early 1900s, the Village had fully established itself as the center of radical thinking in the United States. Famous reformers, artists and intellectuals all gathered here—and many still do. Do not miss a visit to Washington Square Park as it will take your breath away! At a glance: Address: Houston to 14th street, Between Broadway and Hudson River, New York, NY 10014, United States Categories: Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 484 1200 Neighborhood: Greenwich Village Fax: +1 212 245 5943 06 Delivery Available? No 36 Long Weekend in New York City New York http://www.guggenheim.org/ Metropolitan Museum of Art Any visitor to New York should spend at least a couple of hours at this vast museum. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1895, it has more than 1.5 million square feet of exhibition space. European paintings on display include works by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Titian and Vermeer. The Egyptian gallery is unparalleled. Asian art, sculpture, armory, and photography also vie for your attention. During warm weather, the openair roof garden displays contemporary sculpture. See their website for exhibition schedule, membership details, complete visitor details and especially Met Holiday Mondays. At a glance: Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028, United States Categories: Photographic, Sculpture, Fine Art Phone: +1 212 535 7710 Hours: Tue to Thu from 09:30 AM to 05:30 Delivery Available? No PM,Fri to Sat from 09:30 AM to 09:00 PM,Sun from 09:30 AM to 05:30 PM Neighborhood: Upper East Side 06 37 Long Weekend in New York City American Museum of Natural History This popular attraction is the largest Natural History Museum in the world. It is bursting with artifacts, displays and exhibits, all geared to let out secrets about the beautiful natural world. The visit begins with dinosaurs, which welcome you as you enter the main hall. Other points of interest include the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution, the Hall of Meteorites, a vast collection of gemstones, an IMAX theater and the Rose Center for Earth and Space planetarium shows (at extra cost), as well as a research library. At a glance: Address: 200 Central Park West, At 79th Street, New York, NY 10024, United States Categories: Science & Technology, Anthropology Phone: +1 212 769 5100 Hours: Mon to Sun from 10:00 AM to 05:45 Fax: +1 212 769 5427 PM Delivery Available? No Neighborhood: Upper West Side Battery Park The 'Battery' was created in 1693, when the British government that then controlled New York mounted cannons there. It played a role in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and even the Civil War as draftees were housed in a tent city there. Today, Battery Park attracts many New Yorkers and visitors, especially in warm weather. There is a fine view of the Statue of Liberty and New Jersey across the river. Castle Clinton is located inside the park. At a glance: Address: 1 New York Plaza, New York, NY 10004, United States Categories: Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries, Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 344 3491 Neighborhood: Battery Park City Fax: +1 212 344 3496 Delivery Available? No 06 38 Long Weekend in New York City Statue of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm South Street Seaport This seaport dates back to the 1600's. It was renovated about 30 years ago to become a historic landmark as well as a shopping mall. It features amazing views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. The mall is divided into three sections—one based in the original home of New York City's fish market, another at Pier 17 along the water, and the final section in the Fulton Market building near South Street. A center of activities, events, a maritime museum, dining and shopping, this is an important NYC experience! At a glance: Address: Pier 17, Fulton & South Streets, New York, NY 10038, United States Categories: Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 732 7678 Hours: Mon to Sat from 10:00 AM to 09:00 Fax: +1 212 964 8056 PM,Sun from 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM Delivery Available? No Neighborhood: Wall Street/Financial District 06 39 Long Weekend in New York City Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, this museum contains a core exhibition of more than 2,000 historic photographs and 800 historical and cultural artifacts, as well as 24 original documentary films. These devices educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life over the past century—before, during, and after the Holocaust. In fall 2003, the Museum dedicated its 82,000squarefoot Robert M. Morgenthau Wing, which contains the stateoftheart Edmond J. Safra Hall, Andy Goldsworthy's Garden of Stones, catering hall, classrooms, and expanded gallery space, for special exhibitions. At a glance: Address: 36 Battery Place, Battery Park City, New York, NY 10280, United States Categories: General History Phone: +1 646 437 4200 Hours: Mon to Tue from 10:00 AM to 05:45 Fax: +1 646 437 4250 PM,Wed from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Thu Delivery Available? No from 10:00 AM to 05:45 PM,Fri from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Sun from 10:00 AM to 05:45 PM Neighborhood: Wall Street/Financial District St. Paul's Chapel This Episcopal Chapel, located in what is now the bustling financial district, was dedicated in 1766 and is the oldest remaining church in Manhattan. Rich in history, George Washington worshiped here on his inauguration day, and his personal pew is still on display. Services are held regularly, along with noonday concerts. At a glance: Address: 209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, United States Categories: Religious Sights, Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 233 4164 Hours: Mon to Sat from 10:00 AM to 06:00 06 Delivery Available? No PM,Sun from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM Neighborhood: Wall Street/Financial District 40 Long Weekend in New York City Central Park Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. These days walkers, rollerbladers, bikers and joggers compete for space. Lovers meet at Bethseda Fountain on Bethseda Terrace. To the north, others wonder at the mystery of Belvedere Castle. Nearby is the Delacorte Theater, where you can watch plays in the summer. It blends so easily with the Manhattan environment that it is difficult to guess that it is totally man made. Across the park lies a charming Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center, and children of all ages love the restored carousel. At a glance: Address: 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022, United States Categories: Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries, Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 310 6600 Hours: Mon to Sun from 06:00 AM to 01:00 Delivery Available? No AM Neighborhood: Central Park Federal Reserve Bank of New York A share of the world's gold reserves are housed here, in one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that make up the Federal Reserve System. Started in 1913 by Congress, the reserve bank was originally meant to serve as the central bank of the United States. The underground vaults are open weekdays for tours. Tours begin at various times a day and last around an hour. At a glance: Address: 33 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10045, United States Categories: Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 720 6130 Neighborhood: Wall Street/Financial Delivery Available? No District 06 41 Long Weekend in New York City New York Stock Exchange The Stock Exchange's present home on Wall Street did not open until 1903, but trading in stocks began well before that. By the time this building became its headquarters, the Exchange had already been in existence for more than a hundred years. Today, people trade hundreds of millions of shares electronically as well as by the floor broker system. Visitors can watch the action on the floor from a viewing gallery. Multimedia exhibits help explain the frenzy below. Admission is free. At a glance: Address: 11 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, United States Categories: Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 212 656 3000 Hours: Mon to Fri from 09:30 AM to 04:00 Fax: +1 212 656 5557 PM Delivery Available? No Neighborhood: Wall Street/Financial District Ground Zero Ground Zero is the site of the 9/11 disaster that destroyed the World Trade Center twin towers in New York. 3000 people died that day, with nothing much left except for the Battery Memorial, a glittering ball that once stood in the middle of the fountain near the towers. It still stands today as a reminder of that disastrous day and a memory of the twin towers. The Ground Zero Museum is located across the street from Ground Zero. There are five new buildings coming up in the place of the twin towers. At a glance: Address: Liberty Street, New York, NY 10001, United States Categories: Attractions & Landmarks Phone: +1 800 225 5697 Hours: Mon to Sun from 12:00 AM to 12:00 Delivery Available? No AM Neighborhood: Manhattan 06 42 Long Weekend in New York City The Metropolitan Opera http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/ At a glance: Address: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY 10023, USA 06 43 Long Weekend in New York City Ariyoshi Ariyoshi, located on Broadway in Greenwich Village for the uninformed, is an izakaya, which is a type of Japanese drinking joint that serves food and offers a pleasant environment to enjoy. Some might even call it a restaurant. But whatever they are serving, be it sake or sushi, Ariyoshi delivers. Hot dishes are available, but the sushi and sashimi options are the way to go. For a variety, try one of the combo platters or go a la carte. A good range of sakes are also available and the Japanese beer on draft is a beer bargain for the area. – Wynne Boelt At a glance: Address: 810 Broadway, (@ 11th Street), New York, NY 10003, United States Categories: Contemporary, Japanese Phone: +1 212 388 1884 Hours: Mon to Fri from 12:00 PM to 02:00 Delivery Available? No PM,Mon to Fri from 06:00 PM to 04:00 AM,Sat to Sun from 06:00 PM to 04:00 AM Neighborhood: Greenwich Village Boathouse Central Park This attractive landmark is known more for its beautiful view of Central Park Lake than the food, but nevertheless a string of wellknown chefs have passed through here on their way to bigger things. The menu features New American food, including a large selection of seafood. The restaurant is connected to the Loeb Boathouse on the lake in Central Park. There is also a private party room attached to the restaurant, with ample space for weddings and other large functions. At a glance: Address: East 72nd Street and Park Drive North, Central Park Lake, New York, NY 10021, United States Categories: Dine with a View, American, Alfresco Phone: +1 212 517 2233 Neighborhood: Central Park Fax: +1 212 744 3949 Delivery Available? No 07 44 Long Weekend in New York City Les Halles Park Avenue | leshalles.net http://leshalles.net/brasserie/locations/leshallesparkavenue At a glance: Address: 15 John St, New York, NY 10038, USA Gigino at Wagner Park http://www.giginowagnerpark.com/ At a glance: Address: 20 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004, USA Pound & Pence Welcome 07 http://www.poundandpence.com/ 45 Long Weekend in New York City Mickey Mantle's Restaurant & Sports Bar, NYC » http://www.mickeymantles.com/ Cafe Fiorello's Some of the most delicious frittatas (Italian omelets) in New York City are served at Fiorello's after 10p. But for those who are not night people, traditional Italian dishes like Etruscan pizza or a delicate, tomatobased Penne Puttanesca can be found much earlier. Located across from the esteemed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, this traditional Italian restaurant offers a full complement of salads, appetizers and entrées. The antipasto bar is a definite plus. At a glance: Address: 1900 Broadway, Between 63rd and 64th Streets, New York, NY 10023, United States Categories: Italian Phone: +1 212 595 5330 Hours: Mon to Fri from 11:30 AM to 01:00 Fax: +1 212 496 2471 AM,Sat from 10:00 AM to 01:00 AM,Sun Delivery Available? No from 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM Neighborhood: Lincoln Center 07 46 Long Weekend in New York City Zabar's The Upper West Side is home to a number of gourmet marketplaces, but perhaps none as impressive as this one. It is hard to walk by Zabar's without stopping in to purchase some of their top quality, affordably priced delicacies. Nobody does it better when it comes to olives, cheese, smoked salmon, whitefish and other New York essentials. It can get unbearably crowded however, and during some Jewish holidays you might even have to wait on line to get into the store. At a glance: Address: 2245 Broadway, Between 80th and 81st streets, New York, NY 10024, United States Categories: Specialty Food Stores Phone: +1 212 787 2000 Hours: Mon to Fri from 08:00 AM to 07:30 Fax: +1 212 580 4477 PM,Sat from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Sun Delivery Available? No from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM Neighborhood: Upper West Side 08 47 Long Weekend in New York City New York City The Empire Hotel Central Park Cafe Fiorello's St. Paul's Chapel Ground Zero New York Stock Exchange Federal Reserve Bank of N ... Museum of Jewish Heritage South Street Seaport Battery Park Gigino at Wagner Park Boathouse Central Park (The) American Museum of Natura New York City ... Metropolitan Museum of Art Zabar's Central Park Les Halles Park Avenue | ... 09 48 Long Weekend in New York City New York City Times Square The Empire Hotel Greenwich Village Ariyoshi New York University Washington Square New York City 09 49 Long Weekend in New York City Critical Information Flight Information: Name: SFO to JFK (12:00 p.m.) Hotel Information: Name: The Empire Hotel Hotel Information: Name: The Empire Hotel Flight Information: Name: JFK to SFO (8:00 p.m.) 10 50
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