When you think of New York City there are some things that always come to mind — a Broadway show, Central Park and a luxurious hotel. Well, Midtown and upper NYC is the place to be! Spend a weekend exploring some of the lesser-known, luxurious places in the city and feel like a local with this guide.
Check into your luxury suite at 1 Hotel, just steps away from the spectacular Central Park. The boutique hotel has been designed with sustainability in mind and you will notice this from the moment you walk through their doors. You will be surrounded by wood that was reclaimed from water towers around the city and lush, green plants. In your room you will notice that there are mini-chalkboards instead of notebooks, cardboard hangers instead of plastic ones, and an hourglass in the shower that lets guests know when they have been in there for 5 minutes. All of these elements combine to help guests reduce their environmental footprint while still staying in luxury.
Once you have unpacked, take a short walk to Amali, a Mediterranean restaurant in the Upper East Side focused on sustainability. While many other restaurants focus on sustainable produce, Amali also considers their impact on the local community. They work with local schools to fundraise and teach students about the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
No trip to New York City would be complete without seeing a Broadway show or a ballet. If you haven’t already secured tickets, speak to the concierge at 1 Hotel for a last-minute ticket. For those looking for a more relaxing night, head back to your hotel for some cocktails in the al fresco dining room overlooking Central Park.
Treat yourself to brunch at The Marshal, a farm-to-table restaurant that is casual and fun. The menus change daily based on the produce available that day, and the dishes are all cooked in a wood-fire oven using apple and cherry wood from local orchards. This brings a unique flavour to the food that you will remember for weeks to come!
Did you know that Central Park is home to over 25,000 trees and 235 different species of bird? Pick up a picnic lunch, bike and some binoculars from your hotel and set off into Central Park for a little urban exploration!
After lunch, it is time for a little stargazing… inside! The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the world and is home to over 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals. My favourite exhibit, however, is Dark Universe, which celebrates space in the Planetarium through stunning scenes of cosmic phenomena.
Are you ready for some ball? Hop on the subway and head over to Citi Field stadium for a Mets baseball game. The stadium is constructed from 95% recycled steel and has an insulating 10,000 square-foot green roof. There are scores of food options available, including Hain Celestial Gluten Free and Organic Offerings and Pat La Frieda’s Organic Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich.
Have breakfast in bed with in-room dining from Jams Restaurant. Your breakfast is guaranteed to be delicious, with Chef Waxman overseeing everything that comes out of the kitchen. He was awarded the 2016 James Beard Award for ‘Best Chef: New York City’ so you know it will be good!
Before you pack your bags join New York Gallery Tours for a private tour led by an art director through hand-selected galleries. You will be taken to cutting-edge art exhibits, gallery openings or galleries featuring the work of international and local artists.
Plan Your Weekend:
From each of the major airports you may choose from a variety of transport options including public transport, taxis or an Uber. A taxi from JFK airport to Manhattan is a $50 flat rate. Once you arrive at 1 Hotel, you are able to walk to most of the destinations listed above, catch the subway, or hire one of the bikes or electric cars that are provided by the hotel.