One of our favorite city getaways is the iconic New York City. If you are in an Empire State of mind, the pace is fast, the energy seducing and the blend of cultures always inspiring. We just returned from our latest NYC adventure. We discovered that April is a lovely time to visit as the weather is mild, and the flowers and trees are decadently blooming like a welcome bouquet to the city. Here are some of our current city favorites.
We had a lovely evening with my cousin Karen Bauer and Tom Schecker (Check out his book 'Mr. Ed: Dead' hysterical!) in Greenwich for dinner at a true "neighborhood gem" Perilla. Tom made the choice and it was absolute perfection. Say 'yes' to the chocolate soufflé in advance, the decadence is worthy of your time and calories. The candlelit ambiance and excellent service make it a favorite. It's a true gem, let's just keep it our little secret.
Tom and Karen--love these two!
|Us-perfect evening in Greenwich|
|One of our favorite spots~ Bryant Park|
For classic, historical NYC fare hit the iconic Sardi's. The cartoons of the stars are a trip down memory lane.
5th Avenue-always a luxury shopper's dream come true. Tiffany, Bergdorf, Henri Bendel and Sax Fifth Avenue are all luxuriating here just waiting to tempt. It seems that if you cannot find it here, it probably doesn't exist. The Avenue is especially beautiful during the Christmas holidays with the festive decorations and lights.
Soho, Noho and Nolita are some of our other favorites for boutique shopping and cafe crawling. On this visit we enjoyed Bond No. 9 -total eye-candy with unique and fresh scents named after NYC neighborhoods. I'm pleased to now be carrying Bond No. 9 fragrances in my Stylemindchic Boutique here.
DVF (perhaps the queen of the meatpacking district) is always a favorite stop. For discount designer shopping try Century 21. There are 2 locations and we visited the one in Mid-town this trip which we found to be a much easier shopping experience than the downtown spot. Deep discounts on designer merchandise make this a savvy shopper's destination.
This visit we were invited to stay at the sleek West 57th Hilton Club through our HGV vacation club. The Club is inviting, and spacious with lovely amenities. We were especially impressed with the warmth of the staff and location just off 5th Avenue and Central Park. The lobby was filled with fresh hyacinths and chill music~scents and tunes definitely set the mood.
|View from our room|
The High Line starting in the Meat Packing District and running into Chelsea continues to evolve. It will be exciting to see the new additions to this fresh, green walk above the city streets. Formerly an abandoned elevated train track is now a spot to walk or lounge among grasses and flowers. It's called a linear park and eventually there will be a subterranean park below, called the Low Line, of course.
Central Park-take a stroll or carriage ride through this always delightful jewel in the middle of the city.
Take in a view from the Empire State Building or better yet, the Top of the Rock. The Brooklyn Promenade was on our list and we hear the views of the city are spectacular from there. It's a must for our next visit, hopefully for a sunset view over the water. As always, you cannot go wrong with any of the fabulous museums in NYC. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MOMA, Guggenheim, and the Museum of Natural History
are always visit worthy.
These are just a few of my hot tips for NYC travel. Would love to hear about yours.
|Brilliant spring flowers|
|Fun with instagram|
Our final trip as a family in 2007