Sinatra wasn’t kidding:
If you can make it here, you can
make it anywhere. True, he didn’t write the song, but he
it.And you’ll feel it, too, even after a week in Manhattan.
But you need a plan of attack. To successfully navigate
the island’s spellbinding selection of acclaimed eateries,
world-famous museums, and all-consuming shopping cul-
ture — to take Manhattan, as another song puts it — it
helps to break the city into manageable portions. Today
Greenwich Village, tomorrow the Lower East Side.
And now is a great time to visit, as a new New York
emerges from the urban landscape. There are more green
spaces and bike lanes, and streets and squares are being
pedestrianized. Come during the summer, when many of
the city’s residents are also traveling, and you have an excel-
lent opportunity to take the biggest bite of the Big Apple.
Here’s how to spend the week.
Day 1 — City Central: Midtown
your New York home away from home, is in
since it’s your first day, orient yourself. Head west to Fifth Avenue, then walk north
. This Art Deco masterpiece is home to the famed ice-skating
rink, as well as the
Saturday Night Live
. It also has one of the best
lookout points in the city: Top of the Rock (on West 50th Street between Fifth and
If your journey has built up a hunger, step into
for lunch. That is, if
you can find it. The restaurant, which is located off the lobby of Le Parker Meridien
Hotel (56th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues), can be found behind a curtain
in the lobby, underneath the neon burger. Starting at $7.58, the top-notch patties
are a steal.
If there’s time:
For the quintessential NewYork night on the town, catch a Broadway
show, followed by a late dinner. Created by the owners of the legendary French eatery
Le Cirque, the slightly more casual
(The Pierre hotel, 795 Fifth
Avenue) may be unproven, but it has an impeccable pedigree.
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The tall spire of Manhattan’s iconic Chrysler Building
stands against the skyline of a city in evolution.