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09.07.2009- New York Recommendations

Thursday, 9 July 2009


Grand Central Terminal- East 42nd Street at Park Avenue.
Breathtaking Beaux Arts Building that feels more like a palace than a train station. Make sure you visit the bar on the main concourse and enjoy a Cosmopolitan whilst looking at the constellations painted on the vautled ceiling and generally soaking up the atmosphere. Alternatively, visit the Oyster Bar and shops on the lower concourse and discover a labryinth of subterranean treasures, including a market selling fresh fruit and vegetables.

Radio City Music Hall- Rockefeller Center, 1260 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas), between West 50th and West 51st Street.
The Radio City Stage Door guided tour is relatively cheap and gives you a chance to explore this beautiful Art-Deco theatre, from backstage to the stunning 6,000 seat auditorium. The ornate bathrooms/restrooms are a must visit.

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Island) and The Ellis Island Immigration Museum (Ellis Island), subway to South Ferry and Circle Line Ferry from Battery Park.
An iconic resident in the New York skyline and a museum which charts how New York became such a melting pot of different cultures. See if you can find your name on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor, the largest wall of names in the world. Battery Park is also a lovely place to sit and relax over a cold drink, overlooking the point where the Hudson and East River meet.

The Brooklyn Bridge, subway to Chambers Street or walk from Battery Park/Ground Zero.
Even if you don’t make it all the way across, a visit to the Brooklyn Bridge is a must. Beware strong winds once you reach the middle!

Broadway Lounge, The Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway.
The perfect place for a pre-theatre drink, with stunning panoramic views over Times Square. Head for the 8th floor once you reach the hotel and make sure you get there early (as close to 5pm as possible) to get a window table.

The Bronx Zoo, subway to Fordham Road/Bronx River Parkway.
If you fancy a day away from the frenzy of Manhattan, visit The Bronx Zoo, the largest urban zoo in the United States, set in 265 acres. Make sure you visit the Gorilla Forest, home to the largest population of Western Lowland Gorillas in America.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
The best vantage point across Manhattan, best visited at dusk as the city lights up. Buy tickets from the booth on Rockefeller Plaza on the morning of the day you wish to visit.

Marc by Marc Jacobs, 403 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village.
Enjoy looking through Marc’s latest collections at his Greenwich Village store, and make sure you pop into the store devoted entirely to accessories a few doors down where you are sure to find some bargain goodies and gifts, such as lipstick pens, key rings and necklaces which cost less than $20. Whilst you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Urban Outfitters at 628 Broadway (just follow Bleecker Street through to Broadway).

Also head to The Empire State Building, Macys, Central Park and Fifth Avenue.

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