Travel: Do NYC like a New Yorker

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NYC in the autumn is well worth the trip. The temperature is cooler, the leaves are richer, and most importantly everyone is back in the City (after a mass exodus that takes place in the summer).

There are certainly more than enough sights to keep you occupied in New York for a weekend but what if you were after something a bit different? You could happily fill a day or two walking, talking, exploring, eating, drinking, shopping….. It’s endless and no two days are alike.

Here is a quick snapshot of a trip to New York like you were a New Yorker. Most likely not travelling above 14th Street! Of course fill in the blanks to fit your desires; the below are just some suggestions of where to stay and play and of course where to drink.

STAY

Hotel – Gansevoort Tribeca- Tribeca was put on the map by Robert DeNiro and the film festival, now it is home Beyonce and Jay –Z. You may also recognize the name of the hotel as it housed Kim Kardashian for the 72 days she was married to Kris Humphries. Tribeca is quiet but full of character.

Thompson LES or The Mercer Hotel are also worth a Google.

PLAY – SHOP – DRINK – DANCE
Enjoy Cupcakes at Baby Cakes- Magnolia Bakery was made famous by Sex and the City but Baby Cakes on Broome Street was made famous by their vegan and gluten free offering of delicious goodies. Even those non- veggies will be digging in.

Shop at – Kirna Zibete - Designer emporium in Soho with a well -edited mix of fashion forward finds. Young Designers Market in Nolita- Balance the bling of Soho and support local and young artisans at the YDM. You will leave with something one of a kind that will always remind you of the real NYC.

Smell the candles from Le Labo (also in Nolita). Le Labo makes these cute custom labels for every candle and fragrance purchase. You can create your own phrase or name to mark the occasion.

Hit up MoMa PS1 in Brooklyn – They are devoted to presenting experimental art. They support emerging artist with a full calendar that includes live music.

Vist the Gagosian Gallery and others in Chelsea to get a culture fix. Then walk along the High Line in the Meat Packing District.

Drink at – Beer Garden in the Standard hotel which is a stones throw from the High Line. The Standard Hotel also houses nightspots Le Bain and its glitzy older sister famed Boom Boom Room.

Dance at Le Bain, La Baron, or Boom Boom Room – all in some capacity brought to you by uber cool Paris Grafitti maestro Andre Saraiva. But there are many clubs around the city so if you are out and about you should very well be able to stumbled upon something. Tip: follow or not follow too short skirts and glitter (depending on how you take your dancing).

Sift through Flea Markets - Brooklyn Flea hosts various markets in different parts of Brooklyn each weekend all year round. Foodies, hipsters and tourists in the know hit up these troves of treasures each weekend. Whether its food, antiques, vintage clothing and jewellery, there is a market for you. Please visit http://www.brooklynflea.com for what market to attend whilst in town.

EAT

Have some food at Sons of Essex on the Lower East Side – They say Williamsburg Brooklyn is the new LES but the original is still maintaining its identity by pumping out the hits. This new restaurant is cool and cozy and offers creative comfort foods. Try the Sloppy Judah or good old Truffle Mac n Cheese.  The dark décor of reclaimed wood, leather sofas and vintage books keeps your eyes locked- perhaps so you don’t stare at the A-listers sitting next to you.

Grab Mexican Corn at Café Habana in Nolita – Strolling though Nolita (which stands for North Little Italy) is a very typical New Yorker weekend activity. Cool cats grab coffee or idle for an outside spot at Café Getiane but for something unique grab a corn on the cob to go as you boutique shop.

Brunch at Gemma in the Bowery Hotel – brunch at Gemma is just one of those hip and happening experiences not to be missed. Guests of the ajoining Bowery Hotel and Lower East Side residences mix and mend their hangovers together.

For more information or to plan a visit to New York, call Crown Travel on 0151 724 2265 or visit www.crowntravel.co.uk

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