Where Your Journey Begins........
American Museum of Natural History
No matter which wing you wander through or where your curiosities lie (dinosaurs, gems or something else entirely), it’s hard to explore this Upper West Side fixture without being awestruck.
Despite its storied history and grand decor, this living link to the Harlem Renaissance feels rather cozy inside. As of late, the theater has attracted big-name comedians (Aziz Ansari, Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan) and huge rock stars (Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen), while still welcoming under-the-radar talent to its famed Wednesday Amateur Night.
This 25-acre green space is like Manhattan’s delicate fingernail, neatly plotted with monuments, memorials, gardens, sculptures and a farm-to-table café, plus killer waterfront views from the promenade
Gotham’s love affair with its most famous green space is well documented in song, literature and film, but there’s still plenty to adore about the country’s first landscaped public park. Urban visionaries Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux sought a harmonious balance of scenic elements: pastoral (the open lawn of the Sheep Meadow), formal (the linear, tree-lined Mall) and picturesque (the densely wooded paths of the Ramble).
We won’t argue if you want to call this glimmering pinnacle of Art Deco architecture NYC’s most eye-popping skyscraper. Triangle-shaped windows in its crown are lined with lights, creating a beautiful effect come nighttime. Oozing a moneyed sophistication oft identified with old New York, the structure pays homage to its namesake with giant eagles (replicas of ones added to Chrysler automobiles in the 1920s) in lieu of traditional gargoyles and a brickwork relief sculpture of racing cars, complete with chrome hubcaps. During the famed three-way race to construct Manhattan’s tallest building, the Chrysler added a needle-sharp stainless-steel spire to best 40 Wall Street—but was outdone shortly after its completion in 1930 by the Empire State Building
Empire State Building
Try imagining New York City’s skyline without the towering spire of the Empire State Building. Impossible, right? Taking a mere 11 months to construct, the 1,454-foot-tall emblem became the city’s highest building upon completion in 1931. (When One World Trade Center is finished, it will tower over the ESB by a good 300 feet.) During your visit, pay special attention to the lobby, restored in 2009 to its original Art Deco design.
The 2010 census didn’t find a single Italian-born resident on or around Mulberry Street, but pasta-and-Parmesan purveyors still line the narrow lanes of Little Italy, and the recently restored Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter St between Canal and Hester Sts, 212-226-6427) holds fast. Old-world flavors abound at joints like the 120-year-old Ferrara Bakery and Cafe (195 Grand St between Mott and Mulberry Sts; 212-226-6150, ferraracafe.com), and every September, the deep-fried-zeppole carts mark the start of the Feast of San Gennaro. But modern joints are moving in too: Hidden under a souvenir shop, the speakeasy Mulberry Project (149 Mulberry St between Grand and Hester Sts; 646-448-4536, mulberryproject.com) mixes bespoke cocktails in a den dark enough for a mafia don.
Eventi Hotel – A Kimpton Hotel, Manhattan, New York, USA
My husband and I stayed here for a long weekend in September 2012. We chose the Eventi Hotel for its central Manhattan location in Chelsea, (also the rate was reasonable for New York!)
The hotel is located on Sixth Avenue at 30th street and is a tall, modern building with a trendy interior. We were offered free tea and coffee in the lobby as we checked in, a bonus.
We took the lift to the 19th floor , to our room which had a great view of the Empire State Building (only a couple of blocks away).
The room was lovely, modern, clean with a hip bathroom with walk in shower. .
After the long flight we had a quick nap then went down to check out the complimentary cheese and wine hour. This is available daily in most of the Kimpton Hotels, free of charge. With the prices in your average bar in major cities being pretty high, this makes for a good pre dinner drink saving. The servings were plentiful !
The hotel is only a few blocks from Penn Station, Madison Square Gardens and Macy’s, so its great for getting about, both to the Upper and Lower districts. We like to walk everywhere and take cabs more in the evenings, this way you can take in the buzzing atmosphere of the city.
As soon as you step out of the hotel there are plenty of places to eat, even in the hotel there’s an open terrace to sit out at with a big TV screen (The US Tennis Open was screened when we were there).
We had visited all the major tourist sites on a previous trip, so we decided to enjoy the city, restaurants, cafes etc and the great city atmosphere.
We had a trip down to South Street Seaport, to take in the trendy shops and cafe’s. South Street Seaport is located where Fulton Street meets the East River, adjacent to the Financial District., (at the bottom of Manhattan). The ticket booths can be found here, where you can queue for discounted Broadway show tickets available for that evening. We waited in line for about 20 minutes and bought 2 tickets in the stalls to see Mary Poppins for $130 (about half the normal price) which was fantastic, We would really recommend going to see a show. The other ticket booth is in Times Square itself, more central,but generally busier.
We decided to go to Battersea Park to take the boat across to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We queued for an hour, as they have airport style security now, so patience here is required, however it is definitely worth the wait. Ellis Island is where all the immigrants landed in America and the centre there has audio guides and clear exhibits, definitely worth a visit if you enjoy the historical background.
Our favourite shopping areas are around the Greenwich, Soho and Meatpacking districts, there are a lot of the larger well known names set in more old fashioned quirky shops which make it all a bit more interesting.
They are all fun places to be for people watching (young, hip, arty types) and celebrity spotting as well!
It was always a treat to return to the Eventi after a busy day in the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are so many places to go for dinner that we didn’t dine in the hotel. STK was our favourite, a restaurant/club in Midtown. The prices are quite high, but definately worth it for a special night – we celebrated a birthday dinner there.
We made a reservation for Sunday Brunch at Tipsy Parson which was a kooky/quirky café with amazing breakfast options and delicious Bloody Marys. We 'd researched it before we went and decided to book online in advance.
This turned out to be a good move, as there were queues to enter as we left. It was a pricey stop for breakfast but set us up for the day. We followed our amazing breakfast with a walk to High Line park This is a park set on an old railway line, with great views over the Hudson river in the distance with family friendly walkways, wonderful to visit.
Overall, for the view, free wine, helpful staff and the modern trendy feel, we would definitely stay at the Eventi again. It’s the second Kimpton we have stated at, (EPIC, Miami was equally as good).