Guidebook for New York

Charles
Guidebook for New York

Food Scene

The food is delicious, the ambiance terrific, and it's a gem of the neighborhood.
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Buvette
42 Grove Street
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The food is delicious, the ambiance terrific, and it's a gem of the neighborhood.
The drinks are as good at the food at this secret locals favorite. They have a small farm on the roof and many of the herbs, spices, and produce are grown right above you. The cocktails are divine and wine list smartly curated. You won't regret a stop into this West Village jewel.
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Bell Book & Candle
141 W 10th St # A
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The drinks are as good at the food at this secret locals favorite. They have a small farm on the roof and many of the herbs, spices, and produce are grown right above you. The cocktails are divine and wine list smartly curated. You won't regret a stop into this West Village jewel.
The stuffed dates are crave worthy, the Scotch eggs, pure perfection. The portobello burger will have you salivating and it's the best Kale salad in NYC. In short, here is not so standard standard-issue pub grub. Closer inspection reveals things like chicken-liver pâté with onion jam (delicious), Berkshire-pork sliders (delectable), and corned-beef sandwiches with Swiss Gruyère (drool-inducing). Furthermore, Wilfie & Nell, the fine print read, would like to thank the following purveyors: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Murray’s Cheese Shop, Piccinini Brothers (meats), and Bob McClure (pickles). In fact, Wilfie & Nell's menu was put together by Joaquin Baca (of Momofuku and Rusty Knot fame). From the bacony split-pea soup to the bacony arugula salad, everything will exceed expectations. But be forewarned: If you’ve got an appetite, go early or on a slow night. It gets loud and raucous on weekends, when a thirsty young crowd takes over the room like a swarm of locusts, seemingly oblivious to the pedigreed pub grub at their disposal.
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Wilfie & Nell
228 West 4th Street
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The stuffed dates are crave worthy, the Scotch eggs, pure perfection. The portobello burger will have you salivating and it's the best Kale salad in NYC. In short, here is not so standard standard-issue pub grub. Closer inspection reveals things like chicken-liver pâté with onion jam (delicious), Berkshire-pork sliders (delectable), and corned-beef sandwiches with Swiss Gruyère (drool-inducing). Furthermore, Wilfie & Nell, the fine print read, would like to thank the following purveyors: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Murray’s Cheese Shop, Piccinini Brothers (meats), and Bob McClure (pickles). In fact, Wilfie & Nell's menu was put together by Joaquin Baca (of Momofuku and Rusty Knot fame). From the bacony split-pea soup to the bacony arugula salad, everything will exceed expectations. But be forewarned: If you’ve got an appetite, go early or on a slow night. It gets loud and raucous on weekends, when a thirsty young crowd takes over the room like a swarm of locusts, seemingly oblivious to the pedigreed pub grub at their disposal.
Personal Note: The wine list is exquisite and the food is otherworldly. Best roast chicken in NYC. Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Raffaele Ronca comes from a family of butchers and fishermen and has had a passion for food all his life. With his family also in the restaurant business, food and cooking was not only an integral part of his Italian culture, it is in his blood. Working in his Uncle's restaurant in Naples and helping his Mother make fresh pasta daily, Raffaele developed a lifelong passion for food. Immigrating to America at the age of 21, he worked steadily at some of New York's most authentic Italian restaurants including as Executive Chef at Palma, Chef du Cuisine at Bellavitae, and Manager of Food and Wine at Café Torino. A few years ago, Raffaele and Romeo Palmisano, an old friend from Naples, began discussing opening their own restaurant that would feature their beloved Naples' cuisine. Working together, perfecting each detail which includes also the weekly flower arrangements - they created Ristorante Rafele.
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Rafele
29 7th Avenue South
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Personal Note: The wine list is exquisite and the food is otherworldly. Best roast chicken in NYC. Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Raffaele Ronca comes from a family of butchers and fishermen and has had a passion for food all his life. With his family also in the restaurant business, food and cooking was not only an integral part of his Italian culture, it is in his blood. Working in his Uncle's restaurant in Naples and helping his Mother make fresh pasta daily, Raffaele developed a lifelong passion for food. Immigrating to America at the age of 21, he worked steadily at some of New York's most authentic Italian restaurants including as Executive Chef at Palma, Chef du Cuisine at Bellavitae, and Manager of Food and Wine at Café Torino. A few years ago, Raffaele and Romeo Palmisano, an old friend from Naples, began discussing opening their own restaurant that would feature their beloved Naples' cuisine. Working together, perfecting each detail which includes also the weekly flower arrangements - they created Ristorante Rafele.
My personal favorite restaurant in NYC. The ambience is unbeatable, best wine list in the city, and the food will have you thinking you traveled to heaven. This popular, painstakingly designed, market-restaurant. Il Buco offers carefully curated dry goods in the Alimentari grocery section up front, along with a butcher display stocking boutique cured meats (admirably smoky, feathery strips of salumi “Toscano,” de rigueur blocks of lardo), and racks stuffed with loaves of Italian bread baked in-house. You can purchase these goodies to take home, or sample them and other delicacies at the Vineria wine bar and restaurant on the premises, which serves lunch and dinner from an open kitchen in the back manned by chefs wearing orange Italian bicycle caps. Some of the most respected gastronomes in town have compared their meals at this precious little restaurant to ones they’ve enjoyed in Italy itself. The beautifully balanced pastas or the ribbons of roast porchetta will change your life. The salt-roasted branzino is a minor work of art and so is the snow-white panna cotta, which is drizzled with a rich slick of aged balsamic vinegar and served in a simple bowl. A must for celebrations!
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Il Buco
47 Bond St
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My personal favorite restaurant in NYC. The ambience is unbeatable, best wine list in the city, and the food will have you thinking you traveled to heaven. This popular, painstakingly designed, market-restaurant. Il Buco offers carefully curated dry goods in the Alimentari grocery section up front, along with a butcher display stocking boutique cured meats (admirably smoky, feathery strips of salumi “Toscano,” de rigueur blocks of lardo), and racks stuffed with loaves of Italian bread baked in-house. You can purchase these goodies to take home, or sample them and other delicacies at the Vineria wine bar and restaurant on the premises, which serves lunch and dinner from an open kitchen in the back manned by chefs wearing orange Italian bicycle caps. Some of the most respected gastronomes in town have compared their meals at this precious little restaurant to ones they’ve enjoyed in Italy itself. The beautifully balanced pastas or the ribbons of roast porchetta will change your life. The salt-roasted branzino is a minor work of art and so is the snow-white panna cotta, which is drizzled with a rich slick of aged balsamic vinegar and served in a simple bowl. A must for celebrations!
The Warren (which is two doors down from the apartment) is a new and welcome addition to the neighborhood. Serving small batch, sustainable wines (which change seasonally), and small plates as well as main courses. The vibe is lively and laid back. Anywhere that serves charcuterie is good in our book BUT never overlook the other food which can border on other worldly. The fried chicken and red cabbage slaw, lamb chops, brussel sprouts, and burger are must tries. If you have the opportunity, do your best to eat your way through the menu.
The Warren
131 Christopher St
The Warren (which is two doors down from the apartment) is a new and welcome addition to the neighborhood. Serving small batch, sustainable wines (which change seasonally), and small plates as well as main courses. The vibe is lively and laid back. Anywhere that serves charcuterie is good in our book BUT never overlook the other food which can border on other worldly. The fried chicken and red cabbage slaw, lamb chops, brussel sprouts, and burger are must tries. If you have the opportunity, do your best to eat your way through the menu.
After a modern renovation, Blue Water Grill has re-opened as a newly designed, 225-seat seafood restaurant. With a focus on sustainability and highlighting local purveyors. The dining room has beautiful historic architecture with contemporary touches. It used to be the Metropolis Bank. Charles grew up in the building and BWG is one of his absolute favorite NYC treasures.
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Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West
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After a modern renovation, Blue Water Grill has re-opened as a newly designed, 225-seat seafood restaurant. With a focus on sustainability and highlighting local purveyors. The dining room has beautiful historic architecture with contemporary touches. It used to be the Metropolis Bank. Charles grew up in the building and BWG is one of his absolute favorite NYC treasures.
Best Mediterranean downtown. Period.
Village Taverna
81 University Place
Best Mediterranean downtown. Period.
This Vietnamese restaurant with a French twist located in the heart of SoHo is filled with the fresh, clean, and light, flavors you'd expect from Vietnamese. The ambiance is laid back and chic like a Paris cafe, with mint infused water, and over the top cocktails. Try the Bo Bun with your choice of protein. YUM!
BoCaphe
222 Lafayette St
This Vietnamese restaurant with a French twist located in the heart of SoHo is filled with the fresh, clean, and light, flavors you'd expect from Vietnamese. The ambiance is laid back and chic like a Paris cafe, with mint infused water, and over the top cocktails. Try the Bo Bun with your choice of protein. YUM!
Purveyors of the highest quality smoked fish, caviar, and specialty foods. Russ and daughters has been family run since 1914 and has the best bagel and lox you can find in NYC. For a "real"/"true" New York experience... this is it.
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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St
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Purveyors of the highest quality smoked fish, caviar, and specialty foods. Russ and daughters has been family run since 1914 and has the best bagel and lox you can find in NYC. For a "real"/"true" New York experience... this is it.
Russ & Daughters Cafe opened in 2014, on the 100th anniversary of Russ & Daughters — the world-famous appetizing store and New York City institution. After a century in which generations of customers patiently waited in line at the store; it was time to give everyone a place to sit down. The timeless appeal of the Russ & Daughters Cafe makes it a perfect spot any time of day: whether it’s a for a light nosh, brunch, lunch, cocktails, dinner, or a special occasion. You will be part of the mishpocha (family) — whether you have been a regular in the shop for 70 years or if you are a first time visitor.
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Russ & Daughters Cafe
127 Orchard Street
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Russ & Daughters Cafe opened in 2014, on the 100th anniversary of Russ & Daughters — the world-famous appetizing store and New York City institution. After a century in which generations of customers patiently waited in line at the store; it was time to give everyone a place to sit down. The timeless appeal of the Russ & Daughters Cafe makes it a perfect spot any time of day: whether it’s a for a light nosh, brunch, lunch, cocktails, dinner, or a special occasion. You will be part of the mishpocha (family) — whether you have been a regular in the shop for 70 years or if you are a first time visitor.
In 1888, a small deli by the name of Iceland Brothers was established on Ludlow Street in New York’s Lower East Side by the Iceland brothers. Upon the arrival of Willy Katz in 1903, the name of the store was officially changed to "Iceland & Katz". Willy’s cousin Benny joined him in 1910, buying out the Iceland brothers to officially form Katz’s Delicatessen. Their landsman Harry Tarowsky bought into the partnership in April 1917. Katz’s Deli was moved across the street, to its present location, during the construction of the subway system. The vacant lot on Houston Street (pronounced "House-ton" after a Dutch emigrant of the same name) was home to barrels of meat and pickles until the present storefront facade was added between 1946-49. And of course, it's where Harry met Sally! Hope you have what she had.
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Katz's Delicatessen
205 East Houston Street
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In 1888, a small deli by the name of Iceland Brothers was established on Ludlow Street in New York’s Lower East Side by the Iceland brothers. Upon the arrival of Willy Katz in 1903, the name of the store was officially changed to "Iceland & Katz". Willy’s cousin Benny joined him in 1910, buying out the Iceland brothers to officially form Katz’s Delicatessen. Their landsman Harry Tarowsky bought into the partnership in April 1917. Katz’s Deli was moved across the street, to its present location, during the construction of the subway system. The vacant lot on Houston Street (pronounced "House-ton" after a Dutch emigrant of the same name) was home to barrels of meat and pickles until the present storefront facade was added between 1946-49. And of course, it's where Harry met Sally! Hope you have what she had.
Home to the finest Jewish culinary creations in New York City. In the mood for the best pastrami sandwich? How about a Knish or Kosher frank with sourcrout and mustard? This place for you!
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2nd Ave Deli
162 E 33rd St
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Home to the finest Jewish culinary creations in New York City. In the mood for the best pastrami sandwich? How about a Knish or Kosher frank with sourcrout and mustard? This place for you!
Part restaurant and part grocery store, sells quirky English knickknacks, chocolate, canned goods, pudding and, of course, teas and teapots. The Union Jack also flies at Myers of Keswick, where you can shop for gifts, imported food products, bath items and meat pies. The house rules will keep you on your toes and the toffee pudding will make your teeth ache (in a good way). A Wilson and Charles personal favorite.
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Tea & Sympathy
108 Greenwich Avenue
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Part restaurant and part grocery store, sells quirky English knickknacks, chocolate, canned goods, pudding and, of course, teas and teapots. The Union Jack also flies at Myers of Keswick, where you can shop for gifts, imported food products, bath items and meat pies. The house rules will keep you on your toes and the toffee pudding will make your teeth ache (in a good way). A Wilson and Charles personal favorite.

Drinks & Nightlife

There is seldom a night that isn't rip-roaring fun at the Duplex. If you like to sing, get on up at this iconic piano bar. Just one to watch? Get ready for some prodigious talent and side splitting laughs.
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The Duplex
61 Christopher Street
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There is seldom a night that isn't rip-roaring fun at the Duplex. If you like to sing, get on up at this iconic piano bar. Just one to watch? Get ready for some prodigious talent and side splitting laughs.
To walk downstairs into this old West Village bar is to step out of time a bit. As an amicable regular might tell you, the room first opened in the 1850s as a prostitutes' den, became a boy bar by the 1890s, and lasted through Prohibition, when it was known as Marie's. A piano joint in which patrons and musical theater performers gather round the keys and sing as a group. The fanciest thing at the bar itself—which serves Bud, Bud Light, and simple mixed drinks—is the stunning WPA mirror depicting French and American Revolution scenes, its origins unknown. Lore and mystery abound at Marie's, and conversation easily turns to the subject of the house ghosts, or the rusty kitchen from the bar's tavern days, or simply the dark, dank wood-beamed floor underneath, which has clearly soaked up its share of memories.
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Marie's Crisis Cafe
59 Grove St
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To walk downstairs into this old West Village bar is to step out of time a bit. As an amicable regular might tell you, the room first opened in the 1850s as a prostitutes' den, became a boy bar by the 1890s, and lasted through Prohibition, when it was known as Marie's. A piano joint in which patrons and musical theater performers gather round the keys and sing as a group. The fanciest thing at the bar itself—which serves Bud, Bud Light, and simple mixed drinks—is the stunning WPA mirror depicting French and American Revolution scenes, its origins unknown. Lore and mystery abound at Marie's, and conversation easily turns to the subject of the house ghosts, or the rusty kitchen from the bar's tavern days, or simply the dark, dank wood-beamed floor underneath, which has clearly soaked up its share of memories.
The photographs that crowd the walls show jazz greats with their eyes half-closed, heads tilted back in ecstatic concentration. That same expression is worn by the patrons thanks to the world-famous acoustics of this wedge-shaped room. Opened in a former Greenwich Village speakeasy in 1934, this small club had a tradition of showcasing bohemian outpourings—from Lenny Bruce’s earliest rants to Harry Belafonte’s navel-baring dance—before it switched to strictly jazz in 1957. Since then, the Vanguard has become a mecca for all things swinging. The roster of luminaries begins with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cecil Taylor then extends through today's biggest names. Despite the frequent rumble of the subway underfoot, the room has also served as a recording studio for seminal artists such as Sonny Rollins and Wynton Marsalis. The red stairwell may be perilously steep; the green basement, a little bit shabby, but this joint's long been more about aural experiences, not visual ones. And so long as this sacred space remains intact, New York City will keep its cool.
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Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue South
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The photographs that crowd the walls show jazz greats with their eyes half-closed, heads tilted back in ecstatic concentration. That same expression is worn by the patrons thanks to the world-famous acoustics of this wedge-shaped room. Opened in a former Greenwich Village speakeasy in 1934, this small club had a tradition of showcasing bohemian outpourings—from Lenny Bruce’s earliest rants to Harry Belafonte’s navel-baring dance—before it switched to strictly jazz in 1957. Since then, the Vanguard has become a mecca for all things swinging. The roster of luminaries begins with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cecil Taylor then extends through today's biggest names. Despite the frequent rumble of the subway underfoot, the room has also served as a recording studio for seminal artists such as Sonny Rollins and Wynton Marsalis. The red stairwell may be perilously steep; the green basement, a little bit shabby, but this joint's long been more about aural experiences, not visual ones. And so long as this sacred space remains intact, New York City will keep its cool.
The bartenders wear suspenders and many of the old rules still apply (no talking loudly or misbehaving), a warm color scheme of mustard-painted walls and low ceilings made from orange-painted sheets of corrugated steel. An old standup piano occasionally used by jazz trios also lightens up the subterranean location. The mixology is still rigorous: The staff arrives two hours ahead of opening to squeeze fresh juice, chill glasses, and cut blocks of ice (to keep the drinks from diluting quickly). Name your favorite liquor and they’ll give you an encyclopedic list of old-fashioned cocktails and egg flips that incorporate it. Yes, they may serve the best mojito this side of Havana, but why settle for that when they also make the Trinidadian version: the Queens Park Swizzle. This ruby-colored variation uses bitters to give it a tart, eye-opening flavor. An abundance of booths makes walk-ins a cinch. But for a lesson in libations the true alcohol aficionados will stand at the bar.
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Little Branch
22 7th Ave S
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The bartenders wear suspenders and many of the old rules still apply (no talking loudly or misbehaving), a warm color scheme of mustard-painted walls and low ceilings made from orange-painted sheets of corrugated steel. An old standup piano occasionally used by jazz trios also lightens up the subterranean location. The mixology is still rigorous: The staff arrives two hours ahead of opening to squeeze fresh juice, chill glasses, and cut blocks of ice (to keep the drinks from diluting quickly). Name your favorite liquor and they’ll give you an encyclopedic list of old-fashioned cocktails and egg flips that incorporate it. Yes, they may serve the best mojito this side of Havana, but why settle for that when they also make the Trinidadian version: the Queens Park Swizzle. This ruby-colored variation uses bitters to give it a tart, eye-opening flavor. An abundance of booths makes walk-ins a cinch. But for a lesson in libations the true alcohol aficionados will stand at the bar.

Parks & Nature

There are always performers, artists, and entertainment sprinkled throughout the park. The people watching is among the best in NYC. The park is beautiful and whether you are looking for tons of energy or to be serene there is a corner of the park for you.
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Washington Square Park
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There are always performers, artists, and entertainment sprinkled throughout the park. The people watching is among the best in NYC. The park is beautiful and whether you are looking for tons of energy or to be serene there is a corner of the park for you.
A nice place to sit and have lunch or an ice-cream cone. Small and sometime littered... but when your feet are tired from walking around the village, this is nice place to rest.
Sheridan Square
A nice place to sit and have lunch or an ice-cream cone. Small and sometime littered... but when your feet are tired from walking around the village, this is nice place to rest.
Tons of performers and artisans. The Hari Christnas are usually in full force chanting and drumming which makes for a lovely soundscape. Check out the Farmers Market on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8AM - 6PM!
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Union Square
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Tons of performers and artisans. The Hari Christnas are usually in full force chanting and drumming which makes for a lovely soundscape. Check out the Farmers Market on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8AM - 6PM!
One of the most magical places in all of New York! I suggest visiting the website and mapping out your magical day from boating around the lake, visiting the memorial of Jog=hn Lennon, Ice Skating, carousel , visiting the Delacort Castle... The list is endless. http://www.centralpark.com/guide/general-info.html
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Central Park
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One of the most magical places in all of New York! I suggest visiting the website and mapping out your magical day from boating around the lake, visiting the memorial of Jog=hn Lennon, Ice Skating, carousel , visiting the Delacort Castle... The list is endless. http://www.centralpark.com/guide/general-info.html
This is one of the prettier and quieter parks around NYC AND it's home to the original, crave worthy, Shake Shack. It's a nice walk and surrounded by shopping.
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Madison Square Park
11 Madison Ave
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This is one of the prettier and quieter parks around NYC AND it's home to the original, crave worthy, Shake Shack. It's a nice walk and surrounded by shopping.
A bit of a commute (no more than 40 Minutes), The Cloisters is one of the hidden gems of NYC. Tucked away far north in Washington Heights, Fort Tyron and The Cloisters was designed by the same landscaped architect as Central Park. The four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, is the branch of the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. Deriving its name from the medieval cloisters that form the core of the building, it presents a harmonious and evocative setting for more than 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements from the medieval West.
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The Met Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Dr
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A bit of a commute (no more than 40 Minutes), The Cloisters is one of the hidden gems of NYC. Tucked away far north in Washington Heights, Fort Tyron and The Cloisters was designed by the same landscaped architect as Central Park. The four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, is the branch of the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. Deriving its name from the medieval cloisters that form the core of the building, it presents a harmonious and evocative setting for more than 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements from the medieval West.
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. It's dope so check it out. Jump off around Chelsea Market for lunch.
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The High Line
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The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. It's dope so check it out. Jump off around Chelsea Market for lunch.

Arts & Culture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met", is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and among the most visited art museums in the world. The Met Fifth Avenue presents over 5,000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods. Since the Museum opened its doors to the public in its current location in Central Park in 1880, its footprint has expanded to cover more than two million square feet. Today, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and cultures.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met", is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and among the most visited art museums in the world. The Met Fifth Avenue presents over 5,000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods. Since the Museum opened its doors to the public in its current location in Central Park in 1880, its footprint has expanded to cover more than two million square feet. Today, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and cultures.
Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney's new building vastly increases the Museum’s exhibition and programming space, providing the most expansive view ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.
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Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
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Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney's new building vastly increases the Museum’s exhibition and programming space, providing the most expansive view ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.
Charles' Favorite Museum in NYC. The Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.
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The Frick Collection
1 E 70th St
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Charles' Favorite Museum in NYC. The Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.
An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum in New York is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue
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An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum in New York is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.
The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas and neighboring regions including India. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate ideas that extend across history and span human cultures.
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Rubin Museum of Art
150 W 17th St
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The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas and neighboring regions including India. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate ideas that extend across history and span human cultures.
Charles has been attending this museum since childhood and highly recommends it and the Hayden Planetarium. The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
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American Museum of Natural History
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Charles has been attending this museum since childhood and highly recommends it and the Hayden Planetarium. The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
Home to the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, Alice Tulley Hall, the New York Philharmonic, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. See any of these and you'll be one lucky visitor, but lucky still just to bask in the grandeur of this iconic art deco fantasy world. Fun Fact, West Side Story was filmed in the very place where Lincoln Center stands just before it was built.
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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
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Home to the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, Alice Tulley Hall, the New York Philharmonic, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. See any of these and you'll be one lucky visitor, but lucky still just to bask in the grandeur of this iconic art deco fantasy world. Fun Fact, West Side Story was filmed in the very place where Lincoln Center stands just before it was built.
Do yourself a favor and go see a show. You can buy same day, half price tickets at the TKTS counter in Times Square.
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Theater District
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Do yourself a favor and go see a show. You can buy same day, half price tickets at the TKTS counter in Times Square.
In 1988, after 50 years of being shuttered, Historian Ruth Abram and Anita Jacobson stumbled upon the tenement at 97 Orchard Street. They wanted to build a museum that honoured America’s immigrants, but as the apartments were in ruin, it would take years to transform the tenement into a museum. Researchers scavenged and combed through archives, compiling evidence about tenants and tenement life.
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Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street
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In 1988, after 50 years of being shuttered, Historian Ruth Abram and Anita Jacobson stumbled upon the tenement at 97 Orchard Street. They wanted to build a museum that honoured America’s immigrants, but as the apartments were in ruin, it would take years to transform the tenement into a museum. Researchers scavenged and combed through archives, compiling evidence about tenants and tenement life.
One of the earliest playhouses in NYC was Cherry Lane Theatre, on quaint Commerce Street. Opened in 1924, Cherry Lane holds the title of New York's oldest continuously running Off-Broadway venue; it hosts both new and classic productions, as well as reading series and programs for women and African-American playwrights.
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Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
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One of the earliest playhouses in NYC was Cherry Lane Theatre, on quaint Commerce Street. Opened in 1924, Cherry Lane holds the title of New York's oldest continuously running Off-Broadway venue; it hosts both new and classic productions, as well as reading series and programs for women and African-American playwrights.
Named after the woman who the New York Times says “put Off-Broadway on the map.” The venue has been active in innovative theater performances since 1955. It's right down the block!
Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street
Named after the woman who the New York Times says “put Off-Broadway on the map.” The venue has been active in innovative theater performances since 1955. It's right down the block!
Always an entertaining night.
Minetta Lane Theatre
18 Minetta Ln
Always an entertaining night.
Impossible to explain but imperative to experience. This is unlike anything you have ever seen.
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Sleep no More Theater
530 W 27th St
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Impossible to explain but imperative to experience. This is unlike anything you have ever seen.
Home to the iconic Radio City Rockette's, you never know what's on at the Radio City Music hall. From legendary artists in concert to the world famous Christmas Spectacular, this is a venue so known it has a street named after it.
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Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Ave
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Home to the iconic Radio City Rockette's, you never know what's on at the Radio City Music hall. From legendary artists in concert to the world famous Christmas Spectacular, this is a venue so known it has a street named after it.

Everything Else

Shop from local artisans, eat exquisite food, walk around and take in the sites. Insider tip: If your feeling like a decadent treat stop into the fish market, walk to the back, and ask them to steam a lobster for you. PERFECTION! A block long and a block wide and just a short walk from the Hudson River in the area of Manhattan known as the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market has become in just fifteen years one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than thirty-five vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake. Attracting 6 million national and international visitors annually, it is one of the most trafficked, and written-about, destinations of any kind in New York City. Chelsea Market is a neighborhood market with a global perspective.
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Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave
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Shop from local artisans, eat exquisite food, walk around and take in the sites. Insider tip: If your feeling like a decadent treat stop into the fish market, walk to the back, and ask them to steam a lobster for you. PERFECTION! A block long and a block wide and just a short walk from the Hudson River in the area of Manhattan known as the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market has become in just fifteen years one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than thirty-five vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake. Attracting 6 million national and international visitors annually, it is one of the most trafficked, and written-about, destinations of any kind in New York City. Chelsea Market is a neighborhood market with a global perspective.

Sightseeing

Probably one of the most iconic Hollywood places in New York City is the Carrie Bradshaw House from Sex and the City. You can see her apartment and its famous front steps and take your picture like you are on the set of Sex and the City.
64 Perry St
64 Perry St
Probably one of the most iconic Hollywood places in New York City is the Carrie Bradshaw House from Sex and the City. You can see her apartment and its famous front steps and take your picture like you are on the set of Sex and the City.
The story of New York’s great cathedral mirrors the story of the city itself. Created to affirm the ascendance of religious freedom and tolerance, St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in the democratic spirit, paid for not only by the contributions of thousands of poor immigrants but also by the largesse of 103 prominent citizens who pledged $1,000 each. St. Patrick’s Cathedral proves the maxim that no generation builds a cathedral. It is rather, a kind of ongoing conversation linking generations past, present and future. For Mass schedule or other information visit: http://saintpatrickscathedral.org
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St. Patrick's Cathedral
5th Avenue
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The story of New York’s great cathedral mirrors the story of the city itself. Created to affirm the ascendance of religious freedom and tolerance, St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in the democratic spirit, paid for not only by the contributions of thousands of poor immigrants but also by the largesse of 103 prominent citizens who pledged $1,000 each. St. Patrick’s Cathedral proves the maxim that no generation builds a cathedral. It is rather, a kind of ongoing conversation linking generations past, present and future. For Mass schedule or other information visit: http://saintpatrickscathedral.org
St. Bartholomew's Church, commonly called St. Bart's, is a historic Episcopal parish founded in January 1835, and located on the east side of Park Avenue between 50th and 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City.
St Bartholomew's Church
325 Park Avenue
St. Bartholomew's Church, commonly called St. Bart's, is a historic Episcopal parish founded in January 1835, and located on the east side of Park Avenue between 50th and 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City.
Rockefeller Center is home to a remarkable collection of art deco motifs and sculptures signifying man’s development in spirit, science, industry and more. Rockefeller Center represents a turning point in the history of architectural sculpture: it is among the last major building projects in the United States to incorporate a program of integrated public art. Sculptor Lee Lawrie contributed the largest number of individual pieces – twelve, including the statue of Atlas facing Fifth Avenue and the conspicuous friezes above the main entrance to the Comcast Building. A large number of artists contributed work at the Center, including Isamu Noguchi, whose gleaming stainless steel bas-relief, News, over the main entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza (the Associated Press Building) was a standout. At the time it was the largest metal bas-relief in the world. Other artists included Carl Milles, Hildreth Meiere, Margaret Bourke-White, Dean Cornwell, and Leo Friedlander
Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is home to a remarkable collection of art deco motifs and sculptures signifying man’s development in spirit, science, industry and more. Rockefeller Center represents a turning point in the history of architectural sculpture: it is among the last major building projects in the United States to incorporate a program of integrated public art. Sculptor Lee Lawrie contributed the largest number of individual pieces – twelve, including the statue of Atlas facing Fifth Avenue and the conspicuous friezes above the main entrance to the Comcast Building. A large number of artists contributed work at the Center, including Isamu Noguchi, whose gleaming stainless steel bas-relief, News, over the main entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza (the Associated Press Building) was a standout. At the time it was the largest metal bas-relief in the world. Other artists included Carl Milles, Hildreth Meiere, Margaret Bourke-White, Dean Cornwell, and Leo Friedlander
Located in the heart of the Financial District Stone Street Tavern is a historic gem that like its street namesake has stood the test of time. This charming old world niche is a unique step back in time and alternative to the traditional Wall St. steaks and suits. A unique experience to New York City in itself, Stone Street is closed to traffic so that all along the street guests can drink, dine, soak up the sun and some history of a neighborhood pertinent to the founding of New York City. Equally inviting to locals and visitors alike the historic charm of Stone Street Tavern draws people in from far and wide offering hospitality, food and drink and a little piece of New York City history.
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Stone Street
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Located in the heart of the Financial District Stone Street Tavern is a historic gem that like its street namesake has stood the test of time. This charming old world niche is a unique step back in time and alternative to the traditional Wall St. steaks and suits. A unique experience to New York City in itself, Stone Street is closed to traffic so that all along the street guests can drink, dine, soak up the sun and some history of a neighborhood pertinent to the founding of New York City. Equally inviting to locals and visitors alike the historic charm of Stone Street Tavern draws people in from far and wide offering hospitality, food and drink and a little piece of New York City history.
For over 300 years, the Trinity Churchyard has served New York City. First as the town burial ground, then as the church’s cemetery, but always as a quiet public space. But the best thing about this cemetary are the eerie skull and crossbones carved into the gravestones.
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Trinity Church
75 Broadway
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For over 300 years, the Trinity Churchyard has served New York City. First as the town burial ground, then as the church’s cemetery, but always as a quiet public space. But the best thing about this cemetary are the eerie skull and crossbones carved into the gravestones.
The Statue of Liberty, or its proper title of ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’, was designed by French sculptor Bartholdi as a gift to the US from France. Today it stands as an icon of freedom and a welcoming figure to immigrants arriving from around the world. The statue standing 150 feet tall of a robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman Goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tablet evoking the law upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776.
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Frelsisstyttan
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The Statue of Liberty, or its proper title of ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’, was designed by French sculptor Bartholdi as a gift to the US from France. Today it stands as an icon of freedom and a welcoming figure to immigrants arriving from around the world. The statue standing 150 feet tall of a robed female figure represents Libertas, the Roman Goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tablet evoking the law upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776.
The Memorial Plaza was planned to be an eco-friendly space with more than 400 trees to surround the Memorial’s two massive reflecting pools. Its design is supposed to convey a spirit of hope and renewal, to create a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.
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9/11 Memorial
180 Greenwich St
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The Memorial Plaza was planned to be an eco-friendly space with more than 400 trees to surround the Memorial’s two massive reflecting pools. Its design is supposed to convey a spirit of hope and renewal, to create a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.
Artist Arturo Di Modica created the Wall Street Bull sculpture following the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of the “strength and power of the American people.” On December 15, 1989, Di Modica secretly transported the bull to Lower Manhattan and installed it beneath a 60-foot Christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street as a Christmas gift to the people of New York. People flocked to see the bull, but the police ended up seizing the sculpture and placed it into an impound lot. A public outcry and pressure from New Yorkers, led the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to officially install it two blocks south of the Exchange in the plaza at Bowling Green.
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Charging Bull
Broadway
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Artist Arturo Di Modica created the Wall Street Bull sculpture following the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of the “strength and power of the American people.” On December 15, 1989, Di Modica secretly transported the bull to Lower Manhattan and installed it beneath a 60-foot Christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street as a Christmas gift to the people of New York. People flocked to see the bull, but the police ended up seizing the sculpture and placed it into an impound lot. A public outcry and pressure from New Yorkers, led the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to officially install it two blocks south of the Exchange in the plaza at Bowling Green.
Set on the actual Intrepid Aircraft Carrier one of the most successful ships in US history, it’s now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in NYC. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served in World War II, saw three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was involved in submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Now docked off Manhattan, it has various planes, helicopters and even shuttles from recent history to fuel the imagination. The deck also offers a none too shabby view of New Jersey and Midtown from its docked Hell’s Kitchen vantage point. However the real gem is the tiny Growler nuclear sub that went into service in 1964 and did 8 missions to the coast of the Soviet Union before being de-commissioned. The tour shows just how astonishingly basic the controls with which the world entrusted its fate to in the 60’s.
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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
West 46th Street
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Set on the actual Intrepid Aircraft Carrier one of the most successful ships in US history, it’s now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in NYC. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served in World War II, saw three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was involved in submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Now docked off Manhattan, it has various planes, helicopters and even shuttles from recent history to fuel the imagination. The deck also offers a none too shabby view of New Jersey and Midtown from its docked Hell’s Kitchen vantage point. However the real gem is the tiny Growler nuclear sub that went into service in 1964 and did 8 missions to the coast of the Soviet Union before being de-commissioned. The tour shows just how astonishingly basic the controls with which the world entrusted its fate to in the 60’s.
The Flatiron Building is one of New York’s most iconic buildings. Located in Midtown Manhattan, it sits on a triangular island formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street and 23rd Street. So how did it become known as the Flatiron you ask? Back in 1857, Amos Eno the owner of the land put a canvas screen on the wall, and projected images onto it from a lantern on top of one of his smaller buildings and showed advertisements and pictures. The Times and the New York Tribune soon got in on the action and began using the screen for news bulletins as people would gather in Madison Square to watch. Forty years later, the Fuller Company bought and built the current building and tried to call it the ‘Fuller Building’, but the name never quite caught on.
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Flatiron Building
175 5th Avenue
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The Flatiron Building is one of New York’s most iconic buildings. Located in Midtown Manhattan, it sits on a triangular island formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street and 23rd Street. So how did it become known as the Flatiron you ask? Back in 1857, Amos Eno the owner of the land put a canvas screen on the wall, and projected images onto it from a lantern on top of one of his smaller buildings and showed advertisements and pictures. The Times and the New York Tribune soon got in on the action and began using the screen for news bulletins as people would gather in Madison Square to watch. Forty years later, the Fuller Company bought and built the current building and tried to call it the ‘Fuller Building’, but the name never quite caught on.

Shopping

The cozy Three Lives & Company features fiction, poetry and nonfiction from emerging writers alongside a carefully sorted selection of art monographs, travel tomes and cookbooks.
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Three Lives & Company
154 West 10th Street
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The cozy Three Lives & Company features fiction, poetry and nonfiction from emerging writers alongside a carefully sorted selection of art monographs, travel tomes and cookbooks.
This is the nations oldest apothecary, and you can find everything from pharmacy products, to scents, to cosmetics. The old world charm will capture your heart and attention.
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C.O. Bigelow Chemists
414 6th Avenue
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This is the nations oldest apothecary, and you can find everything from pharmacy products, to scents, to cosmetics. The old world charm will capture your heart and attention.
A great place to find beautiful cards and gifts... All letter pressed of course.
Greenwich Letterpress
15 Christopher St
A great place to find beautiful cards and gifts... All letter pressed of course.
THE vintage eyeglass shop of NYC. The staff are so helpful and lovely and the stock will have you drooling over cat-eyes and aviators alike. A true NYC experience.
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Fabulous Fanny's
335 East 9th Street
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THE vintage eyeglass shop of NYC. The staff are so helpful and lovely and the stock will have you drooling over cat-eyes and aviators alike. A true NYC experience.