Luxury hotels, breathtaking architecture and a glorious neighborhood renaissance – even die-hard Sox fans will want to grab a bite of the Big Apple this summer.
Many visitors to New York suffer from the abject terror of looking like a tourist. After a year and a half, however, being a tourist might just be what we need, especially in a place like Manhattan, which has continued its eternal metamorphosis. Chelsea and its surrounding neighborhoods, in particular, are the epicenter of a lot of new things in the city. Thanks to an infusion of media, fashion and tech companies, the region is teeming with new dining, retail and leisure opportunities.
Your first stops, however, are all about sightseeing. A major new monument is the great Moynihan Station across from the existing Penn Station, which has even jaded the Upper East Siders who venture downtown to take a peek. The other new buildings in this once indescribable neighborhood turn a simple walk into a treasure hunt in the extraordinary architecture of Zaha Hadid, Neil Denari, Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry, including IAC Building on the seafront, inspired by a sailboat, is best seen from Chelsea Piers, the 28-acre sports and entertainment complex.
Of course, Chelsea’s centerpiece is the High Line, the 1.45 mile park built on old elevated railway tracks. If you start at its lower end in the Meatpacking District and head towards Koreatown, you might get a taste of one of Manhattan’s most underrated ethnic neighborhoods. Casual places like His name is Han, and others more elegant like Gaonnuri (with its skyline views) serves the most innovative Korean cuisine on this side of Seoul. However, perhaps the lesser-known gem of the region is the flowery district (or garden). A one-block market on West 28th between Sixth and Seventh, this is where you can literally tiptoe through tulips and all the other flowers known to man, and most of New Yorkers even have no idea that it even exists. What do you mean not to look like a tourist?
Board the Amtrak Acela train for a 3.5-hour ride to town, or get even faster in an hour non-stop to JFK.
One of Manhattan’s newest luxury hotels, Pendry West Manhattan, opens next month with a restaurant, cocktail bar and rooftop lounge. Visit earlier? The High Line Hotel offers a hip take on a guesthouse, with a Parisian-style forecourt and an outside cafe on a London double-decker bus.