Fancy an adventure? How about a flying visit to the city that doesn’t sleep? New York is somewhere that everyone should visit at least once in their life we think. If February fever is getting you down, maybe now’s the time to start plotting your trip. Here are five of our favourite things to do in NYC to wet your appetite…
1. Walk the High Line
Fancy a stroll among the skyscrapers? New York’s High Line is a 1.45-mile-long park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Running from 14th Street up to 34th, it weaves and waves past high rises and office blocks. With glimpses of the water on one side and the streets below. Find joggers, strolling families, lunching office workers and a spattering of regular events. It’s a unique New York experience that’s good for the soul and a great way to get some fresh air in to your lungs. Don’t miss it.
2. Drink great coffee
So much coffee, so little time. New York seems to run on coffee so finding a decent cup isn’t the hassle – it’s choosing that is. Our pick from our last trip was Kobrick Coffee Co in the Meatpacking District. Not only do they do a fine cup, they also turn their hand to cocktails – each with a coffee twist. We can vouch for the Lucky Spike Latte (tiger stripe espresso, jameson irish whiskey, amaretto, espresso sugar, steamed milk). Open 7am-2am
Kobrick Coffee Co, 24 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA. www.kobricks.com
3. Top up on some culture at the Whitney Museum of American Art
As if the building isn’t stunning enough (designed by architect Renzo Piano and opened just a couple of years ago so brand spanking new). The Whitney, as the locals call it, has already won a place in the heart of the art lovers of NYC thanks to the stunning collection and ever changing exhibitions. Friday’s are ‘pay as you wish’ days so you decide on the admission fee.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA. www.whitney.org
4. Veg out at Butcher’s Daughter
Rumoured to whisk up the best smoothies in town. This veggie restaurant draws young cool New Yorkers on the look out for fresh, filling, healthy food. If you want to know what we’ll all be eating in the months ahead you are probably going to find it first here. The juice shots are just the thing to boost your vitamin levels before heading for the flight home. Top up those antioxidants in fine style.
Butcher’s Daughter, Nolita, 19 Kenmare Street, NYC, 10012 +1 212 219-3434
Butcher’s Daughter, West Village, 581 Hudson Street, NYC, 10014 +1 (917) 388-2132
5. See what’s new at Chelsea Market
Don’t go home with out a pit stop at Chelsea Market. Visit this buzzy indoor market around lunch time and join the queues at which ever food stall make your tastebuds tingle. Very Fresh Noodles (that’s the name not just the promise) will fill you up without breaking the bank, and Doughnuttery will delight you with their tiny little circles of gorgeousness. Fed and happy, take a wander round the shops. Our favourite bit hidden round a corner at the end of the market – Artists & Fleas contain around 20 stalls selling small designers and a spattering of vintage. Don’t miss the beautiful retro bling at Brooklyn Bleu. Pop by and say hello to the aptly named Crystal and let her tempt you in to buying some fab vintage earrings (we did and haven’t regretted it for a minute.)
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA. www.chelseamarket.com
Two more things to make your visit fly…
Stay somewhere fabulous – read our Sleepover Review of Sixty Soho
Don’t let jetlag slow you down – read our tips on how to Jettison the Jetlag
Happy travels. xx