New York City
It’s the new New York. There’s no better time to plan a quick trip to NYC than 2019, when there will be a record number of restaurant, cultural attraction, and hotel openings across the five iconic boroughs.
CHECK-IN As of 2021, NYC will have a staggering 140,000 hotel rooms to choose from. A sure bet is the European glamour of Mr. C Seaport (mrcseaport. com). From the fourth generation of the storied Cipriani family, Mr. C Seaport is an intimate escape in the heart of downtown’s historic, cobblestoned Seaport District. Rooms are elegant and calm, with attentive service, and the hotel is just around the corner from landmarks like Market Hall at Pier 17, the Charging Bull, and 9/11 Memorial Museum.
BON APPETIT For brunch, lunch, or an afternoon aperitif, there’s an exciting mini French revival happening in NYC’s food scene. Share a cheese board or grab a hazelnut flour chocolate cake at La Mercerie (lamerceriecafe.com). Tribeca’s hot spot du jour, Frenchette (frenchettenyc.com), was recently named one of the best new restaurants in America by Eater. And New York institution, Pastis (pastisny.com), is set to reopen under new management after a four-year hiatus, bringing a piece of Paris back to NYC.
EXPLORE Hudson Yards (hudsonyardsnewyork.com) is the city’s newest neighbourhood and largest development since Rockefeller Center. Visit the 100+ shops, including New York’s first Neiman Marcus, stroll the High Line, indulge in 16 different dining experiences curated by Thomas Keller, stay at the new Equinox Hotel, check out the first-of-its-kind, multiuse arts centre, The Shed, and climb the neighbourhood’s permanent centrepiece, The Vessel.
MORE The new Statue of Liberty Museum (libertyellisfoundation.org), on track to open May 2019, will feature three interactive gallery spaces, an outdoor plaza, and rooftop terrace. Head to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to hang out with the hipsters at Domino Park – eat tacos, snap a selfie at the fog bridge, or play a game of bocce ball (dominopark.com). Next summer, MoMA (moma.org) celebrates its 90th anniversary with the completion of an expansion project to increase gallery space by 30 per cent.
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DINNER In this city, dinner is an event not just a meal. At the recently opened Manhatta (manhattarestaurant.com), located on the 60th floor of 28 Liberty Street, Frenchinspired flavours are always served with a side of incredible views. For lighter fare, try Misi (misinewyork.com) in Brooklyn, a celebration of simple Italian cooking, serving iterations of fresh pasta and seasonal vegetables.
SHOWTIME With tickets to Hamilton or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child near impossible to come by, check out some of Broadway’s (broadway.com) star-studded hits of the season, like Network starring Bryan Cranston; To Kill a Mockingbird, play by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels; or The Lifespan of a Fact, with Broadway heavyweights Daniel Radcliffe, Bobby Cannavale, and Cherry Jones.
CELEBRATE In June 2019, NYC will be the first US city to host WorldPride (2019- orldpride- stonewall50.nycpride.org). The month-long celebration will feature a jam-packed schedule of energizing rallies, inspiring lectures, and epic parties. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, more than three million visitors are expected within the month of June.
PERCH What better way to take in the bright lights of the big city than at one of New York’s hottest rooftop bars? Check out the cocktails and sweeping skylines from Make Believe (sixtyhotels.com), a whimsically decorated social club high above the vibrant Lower East Side; the aptly named, The Roof (publichotels.com/eat-and-drink/ the-roof) for a sexy, energetic vibe; Mr. Purple (mrpurplenyc.com) on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo offering a bar, restaurant, pool, and variety of seating options; or the newly opened Pier 17 (pier17ny.com) for their summer concert series.
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By Ashley Rochefort