New York City, NY - Jim Flynn's BestWeekends

New York City, NY

New York City, NY Overview

New York is called the “Greatest City in the World” for good reason. No other city has so much to offer in so many areas. World champion sports teams, Broadway theater, world renowned museums, opera and ballet, leading fashion designers, top rated restaurants, shopping for every budget, beautiful parks and so much more.

Since the time I was about 7 years old when my grandmother took me to the City every weekend for some event until today, my pulse still quickens as I enter Manhattan. New York exudes a vibrancy, an excitement like no other city. With the possible exception of Paris (but who goes to France anymore?), there is no more romantic city than New York and no better place for a weekend getaway.

While to an insider, New York is manageable and exciting, to those unfamiliar with the City, it can be intimidating. Crime is virtually non-existent to the traveler as New York ranks today as one of the safest major cities in the country.

Like many cities, New York is made of neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive character and appeal.

Downtown
Lower Manhattan.
Financial District. Wall Street. New York Stock Exchange.
Civic Center and South Street Seaport. 
City Hall and the cobblestone streets of the old Seaport, now filled with boutiques, museums and restaurants.
Little Italy and Chinatown. 
Colorful ethnic sections with exotic food shops, outdoor cafes and authentic bakeries.
Lower East Side and East Village. 
Orchard Street is the place for bargain shopping.
Soho and Tribeca. 
Tribeca is the center of the city’s movie industry (Tribeca Film Festival) and its lofts are home to many celebrities. Soho boasts restaurants, art galleries and chic boutiques. It is also the favorite spot for Sunday brunch.
Greenwich Village. 
Home of the beat generation, the bohemian lifestyle, jazz and folk music. Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary all started here. Tree lined streets, cafes, clubs, 60’s shops.
Union Square, Gramercy Park and Flatiron. 
Union Square Greenmarket, home of a host of the City’s top restaurants. Beautiful and serene (and private) Gramercy Park.
Chelsea and Herald Square. 
Center of the City’s gay population. Chelsea Piers; boat docks and all sorts of recreation (skating, basketball, bowling, golf and more. Macy’s at Herald Square.

Midtown
The hub of the City; Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, Broadway and the theatre district, Grand Central Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall. 5th Avenue Shopping includes Saks, Tiffany, Trump Tower, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales. Museums include the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney and the Museum of Television and Radio.
“Hudson Yards is New York’s newest neighborhood and home to more than 100 diverse shops and culinary experiences, offices for leaders in industry, significant public art and dynamic cultural institutions including The Shed, modern residences, 14 acres of public plazas, gardens and groves and the world’s first Equinox Hotel®.”

Uptown
Upper East Side.

The address for the City’s wealthiest people. Exclusive boutique shopping on Madison Avenue. Many of the City’s most elegant restaurants and hotels. Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Central Park.
Upper West Side. 
Lincoln Center, home to the ballet and opera, American Museum of Natural History. Zabar’s food emporium.
Harlem. 
America’s best known African American community. Columbia University. Jazz. The Apollo Theatre. Southern style cooking.

 


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Where To Stay

Greenwich Hotel

OVERVIEW The Greenwich Hotel exudes so much charm. There is a “soul” to this place that you will find in few other places. The small sign marking the entry is indicative of the hotel itself…unobtrusive and unpretentious. The lobby foyer is small, but opens to a bright room with soaring ceilings, seating nooks set with...…

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Loews Regency Hotel

OVERVIEW The Regency is a Loews Hotel, located on the Upper East Side near some of the City’s best shopping, museums and restaurants. With 379 rooms and 58 suites, it is one of my favorites for a number of reasons; great location, a wonderful bar, large rooms and one of the best weekend values for...…

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Mandarin Oriental

OVERVIEW The Time Warner Center has become a mecca for New Yorkers seeking the hottest restaurants and shops. Occupying floors 35-54 of the Center, the Mandarin offers stunning views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the City and its bars and restaurants are the “in” places to be seen. The Mandarin chain has slowly...…

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Where To Eat

Aretsky’s Patroon

We have said often that the best dining experience is when food, ambiance and service come together to create a magical experience. That doesn’t happen as often as we’d like, but it did when we visited Arestsky’s Patroon in NYC. Two of our favorite authors, Stuart Woods and Linda Fairstein use Patroon in their books…

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Aureole

There's a reason chefs become celebrities...they start out being very good at what they do and Charlie Palmer was no exception. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he cut his teeth at the River Cafe where he earned 3 stars from the New York Times. He then created a new style of cooking at…

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Avra Estiatorio

Avra is a wonderful Greek gem on the East Side and a favorite for fresh Mediterranean seafood. The beautiful space is so cozy and warm you feel transported to a Greek Isle home. Whitewashed walls, limestone floors, fresh flowers everywhere, comfortable couches in the bar area, intimate booths, a bountiful raw bar, rough hewn woodwork…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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