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New York

Introduction

It's the city that never sleeps but there's enough variety in New York to please those who are just after a simple urban retreat. With developments such as the High Line and the Hudson River Park offering more landscaped green space than ever, you can take a break between restaurant hopping and museum visits to sit back and take in one the world's most impressive skylines.

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Essentials

  1. None of New York’s three airports are efficient or user-friendly but JFK is the worst. Avoid the long immigration lines and the cab queues and pick Newark. There’s a rail link into Manhattan’s Penn Station.
  2. Don’t try to find a cab around 16.30: the drivers switch shifts between 16.00 and 17.00.
  3. Rent a car. Within a couple of hours you can be on a beach in the Hamptons or hiking in the scenic Hudson Valley.
  4. Jog or cycle up the newly landscaped parks on the West Side along the Hudson or on the eastern edge of the East River.
  5. Weekend brunch is one of New York’s best traditions but turn up for a table before noon.

Two-hour tour

  • MoMA — Tour the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan for a view of one of the finest collections of modern art in the world.

    11 West 53 Street

    +1 212 708 9400

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  • Brooklyn Bridge — Walk across from Manhattan and marvel at the 85-acre park in Brooklyn's Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

    +1 718 222 9939

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  • Morgan Library — Houses a renowned collection of prints, manuscripts and old-master drawings.

    225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

    +1 212 685 0008

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Crosby Street Hotel

    79 Crosby Street

    +1 212 226 6400

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  • Dependable chain

    Ace Hotel

    20 West 29th Street

    +1 212 679 2222

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  • Premium

    Park Hyatt

    153 West 57th Street

    +1 646 774 1234

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Dining

  • Brunch

    Cafe Cluny

    284 West 12th Street

    +1 212 255 6900

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  • Fast breakfast

    Joseph Leonard

    170 Waverly Place

    +1 646 429 8383

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  • Business breakfast

    Balthazar

    80 Spring Street

    +1 212 965 1414

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Lafayette

    380 Lafayette Street

    +1 212 533 3000

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Narcissa

    25 Cooper Square

    +1 212 228 3344

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  • Lunch on your own

    Cafe Gitane

    242 Mott St

    +1 212 334 9552

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Crosby Street Hotel (bar)

    79 Crosby Street

    +1 212 226 6400

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  • Dinner on your own

    Buvette

    42 Grove Street

    +1 212 255 3590

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  • Big dinner with clients

    Marea

    240 Central Park South

    +1 212 582 5100

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  • Dinner with friends

    Cafe Mogador

    133 Wythe Ave

    +1 718 486-9222

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  • Intimate dinner

    Blue Hill

    75 Washington Place

    +1 212 539 1776

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  • Late drinks

    The Nomad

    10 West 28th Street

    +1 212 796 1500

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  • On the tiles

    Le Bain

    848 Washington Street

    +1 212 645 4646

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Reading

  • Books and Magazines

    McNally Jackson

    52 Prince Street

    +1 212 274 1160

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  • Travel reading

    Idlewild Books

    12 W 19th Street

    +1 212 414 8888

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Thank yous

  • Flowers

    Adore Floral

    357 Lafayette Street

    +1 212 925 8182

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Shopping

  • Something for yourself

    The Monocle Shop

    535 Hudson Street (at Charles Street)

    +1 212 229 1120

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  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Ceramics from BDDW

    5 Crosby Street

    +1 212 625 1230

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Uniqlo

    546 Broadway

    +1 877 486 4756

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  • Something for the kids

    Acorn

    323 Atlantic Avenue

    +1 718 522 3760

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  • Something for someone you love

    Antique 19th-century map of New York from Pageant Print Shop

    69 East 4th Street

    +1 212 674 5296

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  • Something for yourself

    Eyewear from Moscot

    118 Orchard St

    +1 212 477 3796

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Transport

  • Buy a pass — MetroCards are the cheapest way to travel. Singles cost $3 (€2.60); an unlimited weekly costs $31 (€27.50).

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Equinox — Found in Midtown, Uptown, Downtown and Brooklyn. Great classes, equipment and locations – and good-looking clientele.

    +1 866 332 6549

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  • Best yoga classes

    Kula Yoga Project

    28 Warren Street, 4F

    +1 212 945 4460

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