Is New York the best city you’ll ever visit? Probably.
Dubbed ‘The Big Apple’, home to the biggest in music, theatre, fashion and food- there are very few which come close to the calibre that this city is acclaimed for. The concrete jungle is literally bursting at the seams with creative industries, and the dining culture can be anything from Cafe Gitane’s causal local vibes, to Nobu’s star-studded atmosphere. The cool thing about the place, is everything exists in some sort of harmony; the rich and the poor, the trendy and the daggy, the vintage and the modern, the art and the curator. The glamour and the glitz is still discernible, of course, but New Yorkers now embrace this fusion of authenticity and contemporary fads- take the art galleries for instance, where Picasso and Dali grace the walls of the Guggenheim, while the contemporary installations of formaldehyde horse heads and Hitler puppets are strung from the infamous white building.You’d be attempting the impossible if you think you can fit it all in during one trip- solution: attempt to live like a local.
If I had 24 hours up my sleeve, the problem is not how to fill the day, but what to fit in:
8:00am- Breakfast at Cafe Gitane on Mott St
9:00am- Take the subway downtown to The Meatpacking District, walk along the high line (a green strip of elevated parkway, lining the abandoned 1930s railway)
10:00am- Stop for Coffee (or a drink) at The Standard Hotel
11:00am- Catch the subway back up to Bleeker St (explore the never ending chain of shops; especially the Marc Jacobs Book Store)
1:00pm- Devour a steak at Mercer St Kitchen
2:30pm- More shopping along the cobbled streets of Soho- Acne, Opening Ceremony, Rag&Bone, Vince, Anthropology etc. etc.
5:00pm- Have a drink at the Crosby Bar watering hole
8:00pm- Dinner at Balthazars (something you cannot miss out on)
Artists and hipsters alike, all are slowly creeping into the tiny unclaimed pockets, all searching for the next ‘cool’ place their hipsteresque boots can trudge through in the winter, and their Chanel loafers can tread in the summer. Formerly on the fringes of the city, Brooklyn, Queens and the Meatpacking District are now boroughs in their own rights, becoming epicentres of cool. There is no one place that all will find their favourite- it is the individual’s unique style and lust which draws them to particular cross streets, only to come home and encourage their friends to take a bite out of the Big Apple themselves.