Day 2 — Moving on up to the
East Side
The Upper East Side
is a neighborhood
known for its posh population. (Some
say its has the highest concentration
of wealth in the world.) However, the
best reason for visiting is to museum
hop. The city’s (and some of the
world’s) greatest institutions exist here.
The Austrian-accented
Neue Galerie
,
on Fifth Avenue and 86th Street,
houses pieces by Gustav Klimt, Egon
Schiele, and others. Have lunch at the
great on-site
Café Sabarsky
, a replica
of a Viennese coffeehouse, with a
menu overseen by Michelin-starred
chef Kurt Gutenbrunner.
More museums? Yes, please. Don’t
miss the
Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum
. Designed by Frank Lloyd
Wright, the cylindrical structure, wider
at the top and narrower at the base, is
one of the most alluring architectural
sights in the city. So much so that the
contemporary and modern art it
exhibits almost seems an afterthought.
If there’s time:
Meander back to
Midtown via
Central Park
. Keep a look-
out for famous landmarks such as the
Great Lawn
(home to many outdoor
concerts),
Strawberry Fields
, and the
Loeb Boathouse
. In addition to boat
and bike rentals, Loeb offers alfresco
dining, as well as a spectacular view of
the 22-acre lake.
Day 3 — Upper-East Culture Feast
You’re not done with the Upper East
Side yet. There’s one beast of a
museum that has to be conquered:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
an architectural masterpiece, is
renowned for contemporary
and modern art.
Central Park comes alive in the summer.
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