New York Travel Guide.
All the world’s energy runs through New York. The city that never sleeps lives up to its high-spirited image: the shining torch of the Statue of Liberty, the resounding music spilling out from Broadway, the dizzying view from the Empire State Building. But beyond the flashing lights of Times Square, Crow’s artists find solace and inspiration in these hidden corners of New York City.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: See 5,000 years of art history in New York’s largest art museum. Its massive collection includes all-time favourites like Claude Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies, Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm, and the Temple of Dendur, a Nubian temple shipped in pieces from Egypt to the United States and reassembled inside the airy Sackler Wing overlooking Central Park. Fashion lovers should make their pilgrimage in the summer to see the Costume Institute’s celebrated fashion exhibition. Each year, the Met brings together garments that range from historic couture to modern runway to avant-garde concept fashions around a theme.
Guggenheim Museum: The Guggenheim is equally worth visiting for its thoughtfully curated art as for its landmark architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. The museum’s rotating exhibits often focus on a single artist’s life’s work, from early beginnings to late masterpieces. To experience the Guggenheim as the museum curators intended, start in the atrium and follow the spiral ramp up, but to experience the building as the architect intended, start at the top and wind your way down.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Founded by poet Miguel Algarin in 1973, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has grown from a humble apartment living room salon to the world’s most venerable spoken word poetry stage. Come on Wednesday and Friday nights to hear slam poets perform, or check the online event calendar for jazz, hip-hop, and theatre performances.
Gagosian Gallery: Visit Gagosian Gallery, a contemporary art gallery featuring art world greats like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Ed Ruscha. It serves as the perfect launch point to gallery hop across Chelsea, the heart of New York’s arts district.
New York Public Library: Guarded by a pair of iconic marble lions at its entrance, the New York Public Library is at once a Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece, a world-class research library, a gallery of intricate murals, and a restful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan. After visiting, exit through the other side to relax on the lawn of Bryant Park.
Noguchi Museum: Well worth the journey to Queens is Isamu Noguchi’s collection of the Japanese-American artist’s architecture, art, furniture, and lighting designs. His sculptural works are meditation in stillness and beauty.
Lincoln Center: Watch a New York City Ballet performance, listen to the Metropolitan Opera, or attend a New York Philharmonic symphony at Lincoln Center. But for an experience, you can’t find outside New York, watch a Latin jazz band play, and soak in the energy.
Humming Puppy: Learn yoga at Humming Puppy in its sophisticated Chelsea studio built by acoustic engineers to enhance the class’s signature hum. The calming sound of singing bowls encourages relaxation and grounds your yoga practice. Humming Puppy’s studio includes showers, full amenities, and yoga mats, so there’s no need to bring your equipment.
Go Green Organic Spa: Clean skincare and wellness are front and centre at Go Green Organic Spa. Choose from bioactive facials, microdermabrasion treatments, full-body massages, and more. Go Green is committed to its eco-friendly mission and for every skincare product sold, it plants a tree through Trees for the Future.
Brooklyn Bridge: The Brooklyn Bridge’s Gothic Revival silhouette is an unmistakable feature of New York’s skyline. Rent a bicycle through Classpass or ride one of New York’s ubiquitous blue Citi bikes across the bridge, then spend the day exploring Brooklyn’s Dumbo and Williamsburg neighbourhoods on the other side of the East River. It’s popular and highly trafficked; to beat the crowds, go early and watch the sunrise.
High Line: Take a stroll along the 1.45-mile-long High Line, Manhattan’s most beloved park. Repurposed from a defunct New York Central Railroad spur, the elevated greenway combines native gardens and accessible walkways with public art installations. Mindful of its ecological roots, the High Line is full of vegetation inspired by the wild plants that sprang up between the abandoned train tracks.
Le Bernardin: Reserve one of the most coveted tables in the city at Le Bernardin, a three Michelin-star French seafood restaurant known for its delicately prepared courses and tastefully elegant ambience. Chef Eric Ripert is not only excellent at his craft, but he is also conscious of giving back: for weekday lunches, he offers a $60 City Harvest meal that donates a portion of the proceeds to feeding New York’s hungry and homeless.
Katz’s Delicatessen: A Lower East Side institution since 1888, Katz’s Delicatessen is iconic for two reasons: kosher sandwiches piled high with hand-sliced meats (try the pastrami on rye) and When Harry Met Sally’s famous line: “I’ll have what she’s having.” This raucous Jewish delicatessen is America’s undisputed favourite.
PS Kitchen: For the ethically minded diner, try PS Kitchen, whose all-vegan menu highlights fresh, organic ingredients. The restaurant supports sustainable, socially conscious growers. Even better? All profits go to charity.
Timeout Market: A bustling manifestation of New York’s multicultural food scene and Timeout magazine’s best recommendations, this food hall houses Japanese sashimi, Mexican tacos, Israeli baba ganoush, and New York pizza all under one roof. Go to the top-floor bar to enjoy a drink while listening to the nightly live music performances or admiring the lights of Manhattan’s skyline set against the stars. Its rooftop patio perched over the waterfront is the perfect place to see both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
PlantShed: Half coffee shop, half-plant shop, PlantShed is all delight. Sip premium brews surrounded by lush greenery, then take home a terrarium, succulent, or bouquet of fresh-cut flowers.
Chikalicious Dessert Bar: Pull up a seat at the counter and watch Chika, a petite Japanese pastry chef, prepare a three-course dessert tasting menu in front of your eyes. Email for reservations, as the tiny 20-seat eatery’s line, goes out the door.
T. Anthony: Founded by a German immigrant to New York, T. Anthony has crafted handmade luxury leather goods and luggage for over 50 years. It’s no wonder his artisanal work was a favourite of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Love Only NYC: Find your next favourite clothing or jewellery designer at this thoughtfully curated concept store. If you’re lucky, you may find Isidoro, the always smiling founder of up-and-coming streetwear label Boys of New York, behind the counter.
MUGI Pottery: Shop MUGI Pottery’s gallery of unique handmade ceramics, or go to the studio in the back to try your hand at crafting pottery. The Introduction to Wheel Throwing class teaches you the fundamentals of this soothing, meditative art form in two hours.
Strand Bookstore: Lose yourself in The Strand’s 18 miles of books. You’re sure to find hidden gems among the 2.5 million used, new, and rare books in this charming family-owned bookshop.
Nalata Nalata: You could travel across the globe curating only the most beautiful, minimalist home goods, or you can duck into a sidestreet and find that Nalata Nalata has done all the work for you. Nalata Nalata’s kitchenware, furniture, and decor strike the perfect balance between refined and restrained design.
A Uno Tribeca: Each window of this Tribeca boutique showcases a different look of the season. An Uno Tribeca style is self-expression, and the knowledgeable staff is eager to put together a stunning, unique look just for you.
La Garconne: In fashion, gender dichotomy doesn’t matter, as long as you’re chic. A mecca for cool-girl androgyny, La Garconne pulls from both menswear and womenswear labels to stock a mix of emerging designers and timeless classics. Whether it’s Acne, Jacquemus, or Wales Bonner, the clothing here is always effortless and elegant.