Engel & Völkers’ Park Avenue office make us pretty well-placed to tell you all about New York, and yet, when it comes to a city as vibrant as this one, any attempt to sum it up in ten points is going to come up short. That’s why we’ve decided to not even try – instead, here’s a small selection of our favourite things to do while in NYC. Of course, the best advice we could give would be to follow our lead and just move here for good, but failing that, here are our suggestions for a fabulous weekend away!
1. The Empire State Building
An obvious place to start, but with good reason. It’s open from 8am, so beat the queues and arrive early to take in the view from 86 floors up.
2. Get some breakfast
The most important meal of the day is well represented in NYC. The family-owned Square Diner in Tribeca and the upmarket Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien are just two of the top-notch eateries at opposite ends of the spectrum.
3. Central Park
Another well-known location of course, but it’s big enough to contain more than its fair share of hidden gems. Wander and see what you find; the rustic charms of Cop Cot come highly recommended.
4. Brooklyn Flea
This is not your average flea market – from rare records, art and antiques to vintage clothing, come here with a collector’s eye and you’re bound to leave happy.
5. Film Forum
Offering an eclectic mix of the latest arthouse and world cinema, along with an impeccably curated repertory listing, this cinema on West Houston Street is heaven for film fans.
6. Upright Citizens Brigade
The UCB Theatre has live comedy seven nights a week, and it’s here that you’ll see the big names of tomorrow doing their thing in an intimate setting. Established stars frequently stop by too, with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin both known as enthusiastic participants.
7. Louis Valentino Park and Pier
Tucked away in Red Hook, Brooklyn, this pier offers the best view of the Statue of Liberty from land. It’s also a relatively secluded area for when you need to gather your thoughts.
The Museum of Modern Art on 53rd and 5th boasts one of the best collections in the world. Iconic paintings like Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory are just two of the world-famous works on display.
9. Real-life film sets
New York has a rich history on the silver screen. From Woody Allen’s Manhattan to Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, film buffs will have no shortage of iconic locations to shoot.
10. Have a pizza
Finally, your trip just isn’t complete without a slice of some authentic NYC pizza. Grimaldi’s on Front Street has long been a hit with everyone from former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Frank Sinatra – and its stunning location just below the Brooklyn Bridge makes it the perfect place to finish off your holiday.
Engel & Völkers’ established offices in the city make us the perfect place to come when you do decide to put down roots anywhere in New York State, from Manhattan to Lake Placid. Find out more by ‘liking’ our USA Facebook page for regular updates.