Weekend City Picks: New York City
It’s a city of eight million that never sleeps. So yeah, there’s a lot you can do in a single weekend, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Wildly efficient public transportation and plentiful cabs mean you can stroll the Brooklyn Bridge, scour the shops in SoHo, taste Harlem’s best comfort food, feed a baby goat, tour the world’s foremost modern art museum and still have time to squeeze in the ultimate spin class.
Arts & Entertainment
Devoted to NYC history, this unique museum houses everything from photographs, textiles and video installations to paintings, sculptures and historic documents. Make sure to seek out the handwritten Eugene O’Neill manuscripts and glass negatives by Jacob Riis.
No trip to NYC is complete without a visit to MOMA, especially after its $425 million redesign. The most famous art museum in the country hardly needs an introduction, but just in case: it is home to the country’s premier collection of modern art as well as the stunning Abby Aldrich Rockefeller sculpture garden, an unlikely place of tranquility in the heart of Midtown.
Movie lovers, this is your Mecca. One of only a handful of nonprofit theaters left in the city, Film Forum is the antithesis of your local Cineplex. Tucked away on West Houston, the theater screens art-house classics, newer independent films and directorial retrospectives. The Sunday morning programming is perfect for kids and families.
Food & Drink
A hit since it opened, Marcus Samuelson’s NYC homage to southern comfort food is the perfect place to splurge. Try the Harlem Chowder if you’re in a seafood mood, or stick to the classics with the BBQ Pork Shoulder or the Fried Yardbird.
Nothing says “brunch” like a Bloody Mary, and the best place to get one is where they were invented. Sip one and – why not? – another at this iconic spot in The St. Regis New York while gazing at the Maxfield Parrish mural that gave the bar its name.
Every New Yorker has a favorite slice joint, and these two are perennial contenders for the top spot. The fact that they’re located only blocks from one another in Greenwich Village means it’s easy to do a slice-by-slice taste test and judge for yourself.
This three-storied temple of sweets will very likely be your kid’s favorite NYC destination. If the elaborately designed displays of every imaginable candy aren’t enough to delight the grownups, they can head upstairs where the Candy Bar has brightly colored specialty cocktails made to look—and taste—like your favorite sweet.
The zoo is open 365 days a year, which means rain or shine your family can take in a penguin or sea lion feeding, catch a screening of a 4-D nature film (3-D plus sensory effects!) and powwow with potbellied pigs.
Hop the ferry from Lower Manhattan with sandwiches and snacks in tow, and spend the afternoon wandering the lush lawn and sandy beach of this island with views of the Statue of Liberty. No cars allowed, so take advantage of the available bike rentals and explore the history of this tiny island territory.
A celebrity favorite, SoulCycle has evolved into a full-fledged fitness phenomenon with locations all over town. So there’s no excuse for not breaking a sweat. Grab a stationary bike next to Jake Gyllenhaal or Lady Gaga (if you’re lucky), and dive into a workout that promises to challenge the body and refocus the mind.
Sometimes a massage and a sit in the sauna are more beneficial to your health than sweating it out on an elliptical. For those times, head to Bliss. Discover why the famous “Triple Oxygen Facial” has a cult following or try one of the many tailored massages that will leave your muscles relaxed and you feeling reborn.
It’s not easy to stick to a diet amid New York’s smorgasbord of gastronomic excess, but a visit to Liquiteria counts as a step in the right direction. Try a cold-pressed juice, a fruit-filled smoothie or one of its delicious quinoa bowls to balance out yesterday’s Shake Shack indulgence.
Maybe the most picturesque part of the already-picturesque Upper West Side, Riverside Park has promenades lined with flowering trees, views of the Hudson, basketball and tennis courts and is also home to Grant’s Tomb.
This splendid outdoor space behind the iconic New York Public Library’s main branch has grass so thick and lush it barely seems real. Thankfully, it is. Sprawl out on it to people watch, read or sit on the stone steps to take in a movie during the summer months when picnickers gather to gaze at the classics shown on a silver screen at the park’s western end.
Start in lower Manhattan and stroll across the wooden-planked footpath of one of the city’s most iconic structures. The bridge terminates in verdant Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can walk the promenade and wander the streets of DUMBO after grabbing a cone from the famed Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
Score the same styles sold in the boutiques of Madison Avenue for a fraction of the price. Shop like a real New Yorker by checking the sample sale schedule
and enjoy your favorite designer’s pieces – without paying retail.
Visiting the holy trinity–Barney’s, Bergdorf’s and Bendel’s—is a must for every fashion-conscious NYC visitor. Just below the Plaza Hotel and Central Park, 5th Avenue is the place to take in stunning window displays and shop the best of the best at these legendary stores.
Locals may complain that it’s turned into an outdoor mall, but you can still find plenty of character in this cobblestoned, loft-filled neighborhood. Scoop up truly amazing designer finds at Opening Ceremony, then stroll west to the Bite Lip Lab, where you can custom-blend your own lipstick. Get minimalist in French label A.P.C, or go flirty and feminine at Rebecca Taylor.