They say New York is the city that never sleeps, a place where ‘work hard play hard’ is an understatement and you can easily get lost in the crowd. It’s true you can get caught in the whirlwind if you’re not paying attention, but a visit is worth that risk because NYC offers ambiance à la carte. Whether you seek unique entertainment and dining, diversity, rich culture, romance, a quiet night in or a wild night out, NYC can deliver.
Live entertainment + dining as its best.
From Rent on Broadway to Plácido Domingo and Susan Graham at the MET, from MoMA PS1 to Rachel Yamagata at Bowery Ballroom, I’ve never seen a disappointing show in NYC. In fact, expectations are exceeded every time – in part because each show is amazing and part because the cityscape is an enchanting backdrop.
NYC has witnessed many memorable sporting events over the years. The 2010 Army vs. Notre Dame game in the new Yankee Stadium was no exception. History surrounding this rivalry added to the night’s magic.
According to USA Today, there are 3,500 restaurants in Manhattan alone. It’s a foodie’s paradise because you can literally eat your way around the city, tasting different cuisine on every block. For sentimental reasons, Cassidy’s Pub is an old favorite; Flex Mussels is a new favorite. Whatever your palette, you’re sure to find something good.
A day in the life of a New Yorker.
Hanging with local friends is the best way to explore any city, to get an authentic glimpse of what it would be like to live in a place.
A friend living in the quiet, clean Upper East Side neighborhood starts her Saturdays with a stroll through Central Park and along the East River, coffee in hand. Work plays a big role in her lifestyle – many friends are made via professional networking, and she doesn’t mind walking to the office for a bit of weekend catch-up. She often invests in friends over brunch, and she’s always in the know when it comes to the nightlife scene.
Another friend lives on the south side of Manhattan, just blocks from the 9/11 Memorial. The rooftop view from his high-rise apartment is breathtaking, and the financial district is buzzing with energy during the week. Many young professionals live in this area because rent prices dropped after 9/11. Sipping a hefeweizen on Stone Street feels like Germany, proving there’s a lot of old-world charm in this modern, progressive city.
Does NYC retain its magic, even once you become a New Yorker?
Everyone I know living in NYC absolutely loves the city life, although you may catch them enjoying a jaunt to the Hampton beaches. They’re energetic people, usually on the move from one social activity to another. With over 70,000 people per square mile in Manhattan, it seems like you have to be a ‘people person’ to make it work. And you have to be willing to walk… a lot!
Each NYC visit has left me wanting more, wishing I could be a New Yorker at least for a season.
Favorites to check out during your next visit:
- Dance on the piano in FAO Schwarz flagship candy store
- Explore Times Square
- Cross the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge (est. 1883)
- People-watch in Grand Central Terminal (its 100th anniversary is this year)
- Walk High Line, a unique elevated park that runs along an old freight train line between 11th and 34th streets
- Stroll down Bleecker Street in the West Village; stop at nearby Le Petit Puppy
- Take a subway ride out to Long Island beaches
- View the city from above during a private helicopter tour