The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The City So Nice They Named It Twice, New York goes by many nicknames and we here at Bowler and Beach love nothing more than a long weekend away there. There are many things that are great about New York, we love the variety and diversity in the city, and we feel whatever the season you can have a great time here. The winters are real winters, with a biting cold and snow that gives the city an ethereal beauty to the blazing hot summers where there is no excuse than to find one of the awesome rooftop bars and sit back and relax with a frosty beverage whilst marvelling at the view.
Where to Stay:
One of our favourite areas to stay in New York is the Lower East Side with plenty of great bars, restaurants, contemporary art galleries and boutiques for shopping. When staying in the Lower East Side our favourite destination is undoubtedly Sixty LES. The effortlessly cool and stylish hotel features, bright and airy rooms, with floor to ceiling windows and views over New York. Once you decide to venture beyond the room in the summer months you don’t have to go far to find a stylish outdoor pool to cool off from the summer sun open exclusively to guests. Getting peckish or thirsty? Not a problem, the hotel also has it covered, with a great rooftop tiki bar with views one side of lower manhattan and freedom tower and mid-town and the empire state the other side. As for food, the sushi in the hotels restaurant is some of the best we have tasted in New York and as a bonus it’s open until 2am for those who want some late night sushi in the City That Never Sleeps.
What to See:
The list of things to see in New York is long, there are of course the standard sites such as The Empire State building, The Rockerfeller Center and The Empire State building. We love nothing more than a stroll around Central park, depending on the season and cycle of life, you might be sunbathing or ice skating, sailing a toy boat or rowing a real one. The park is surrounding by some of the most expensive real estate in America, and there are some great views looking out of the park to be enjoyed at a fraction of the price that those have paid to look into the park. For a more sombre affair but a museum well worth visiting is the 9/11 memorial museum, for what is nothing short of harrowing, but also a very well done tribute to the past and a place for hope for the future. For a slightly different view of the city it is well worth a walk over Brooklyn bridge, which although does get crowded with tourists it is well worth it for the views and the photo opportunities from the top of this iconic bridge.
What to Do:
For the more active among you we thought we would select a snippet of 3 of our favourite things to do. For an all american experience why not head down to Chelsea piers batting cages and test your swing out. It is indoor so is something that can be done if the famously changeable New York weather isn’t being too kind. Catch some live sport, the Americans are crazy for 4 main sports; basketball, ice hockey, american football and baseball. Depending on the time of year, New York has all of these covered with at least one team playing in the top league for every sport and two for most of them. As previously mentioned the views in New York are epic from all angles, and in the summer months there is a thrilling way to take in these views of the city, with a jet ski tour along the hudson. It gives a different perspective of the city, and although not cheap what better way to see the city whilst blasting down the Hudson river at speeds of up to 55mph with the wind in your hair.
Where to Eat:
The list of restaurants is endless and there is something for all tastes and all budgets. It would be nothing short of rude to go to New York and not partake in one of the famous bottomless brunches. If that is your kind of thing, then look no further than Poco in the Lower East Side, just a short stroll from 60 LES. If you are after a quiet relaxing Saturday, this isn’t the place to be, but those after a loud crowded and fun place will find a great venue to sip on bottomless mimosas. For those willing to spend a bit more, and fancying something a bit different, Le Coq Rico is definitely worth a visit. The sister restaurant to Michelin-starred Chef Antoine Westermann’s Montmartre bistro of the same name, the restaurant focuses entirely on birds. With a very French atmosphere, the offering here is quite different to a large majority of New York, thought chicken was boring? Eat here and think again!
Where to Drink:
Summer is when the rooftop bars of New York come into their own, with plenty of hidden gems and the more well known ones, the selection on show here puts London to shame. For a great view of the New York skyline head to the Wythe hotel in Williamsburg Brooklyn for a sundowner and watch the city illuminate. Once the sun has set you will then be in Williamsburg and have a veritable feast of bars on your doorstep to go and explore, why not go and check out some live music at St.Maize. If being in Manhattan is more your thing and you are looking for a lively weekend spot to party hit the Gansevoort park avenue roof top where there are a few different bars on offer and some spectacular views of the New York skyline.