It’s one of the most important financial centres in the world, so it’s no surprise that millions of people visit New York City on business each year. If you’re one of them, it’s wise to be prepared and to have a strategy – in such a big city, it’s easy to miss out on hidden gems if you don’t know exactly where you’re going.
Time during business trips is often fairly restricted, so try and schedule in exact timings for each event, including accurate estimates of how long it will take you to get from place to place. First, you’ll have to get through airport security, which in New York is often frustratingly slow. Thankfully, at JFK International Delta Air Lines has now introduced electronic passport controls in their terminal, which has significantly cut waiting times, but passengers arriving elsewhere should still allow plenty of time between landing in the US and actually stepping out of the airport.
If you don’t yet have a convenient pied-à-terre in New York City, there are several great hotels for business executives, with new openings springing up regularly everywhere from Queens to Greenwich Village. For absolute convenience combined with undeniable charm, The Mercer Hotel in Soho is a small but luxurious development that offers 24-hour concierge and room service, which you’ll certainly appreciate if those meetings run into the early hours of the morning. Designed in authentic New York ‘loft-living’ style with wooden floors and plenty of sunlight, this unique hotel provides an opulent retreat with enough peace and quiet to work from your suite if necessary.
Just a few minutes’ walk away you’ll find Aquagrill, one of the best seafood restaurants in New York, if not the world, and a great place to entertain clients. Be warned that it’s often fairly crowded, making it best suited for meals towards the end of your trip when you’re all fairly comfortable with each other and are prepared to enjoy a conversation as well as discussing business. If you’d rather play it safe with somewhere a little more formal, ’21′ Club is an iconic New York restaurant that offers private event rooms for particularly important functions.
Although most business trip schedules leave little in the way of downtime, if you’re new to the city try and find the time to see some of its more central celebrated landmarks. The Rockefeller Center’s Observation Deck provides staggering views over the city, and the Museum of Modern Art organises hour-long guided ‘highlights’ tours for visitors who are pushed for time.
Professionals who find themselves returning to New York City several times a year may well benefit from investing in a central property in the city. The real estate market here is one of the strongest in the world, with constant demand for a relatively limited supply making these properties a valuable addition to any portfolio. With an office on Park Avenue, Engel & Völkers are ideally placed to help you navigate the city, choose your ideal district and complete a successful sale.