every designer and brand — from
H&M to Stella McCartney — has set
up shop here.
(at Prince and
Sullivan streets), serving elevated sea-
sonal American fare from chef Andrew
Carmellini. Another favorite:
, at Hudson and Franklin
streets. It’s exactly as it sounds: the
more casual sister restaurant to lauded
sushi spot Nobu.
No visit to New York would be
complete without a tour of the
. Take your time strolling
around the twin reflecting pools, each
nearly an acre in size, that rest in the
hallowed ground of the fallen towers.
To gain access, you’ll need to make
If there’s time:
After your memorial
visit, ride the
Staten Island Ferry
the southern tip of Manhattan. It’s
not just an excursion, but also a fitting
opportunity to take in a stunning view
Statue of Liberty
Day 7 — Brooklyn’s Finest
Spend your penultimate day across the
East River in
, whose buzz
can be attributed to its artistic renais-
sance, architectural redevelopment,
and relatively affordable cost of living.
Take the F subway line to the Carroll
Street station and explore
, where the streets are lined
with trees and historic brownstones.
Eat lunch at
, a farm-
to-table eatery with an emphasis on —
you guessed it — all things meat.There
are also locally sourced vegetables and
poultry on the menu.
Spend the afternoon at the
, a pleasant two-
mile walk from Carroll Gardens. For
dinner, get a table at Park Slope’s
an inventive Pan-Asian restaurant by
alumnus Dale Talde.
If there’s time:
Just behind the
BrooklynMuseum, you’ll find
.Visit the zoo,Audubon Center, or
ride the carousel.
Day 8 — Return to Center:
Not far from the Bedford Hotel are
two buildings that have been burned
into our collective memory by tele-
vision and movies.
is worth popping into just to
take in the grand hall with its jaw-
droppingly beautiful gold-leaf-and-blue
zodiac ceiling mural.And just a couple
blocks west is the
New York Public
, which boasts a neoclassical
facade and two stately marble lions
sitting guard near the front steps.
For lunch, go to
Street between Sixth and Seventh
avenues), one of the city’s most
acclaimed eateries, where chef Eric
Ripert cooks up elegant seafood dishes.
The adjacent lounge offers an alterna-
tive menu from the award-winning
chef, but in a more casual atmosphere.
Before you depart, amble through
. Plant yourself
at the corner of Broadway and Seventh
Avenue, known affectionately as the
Crossroads of the World. As one of
New York’s busiest pedestrian inter-
sections, it’s a fitting place to bid
farewell to the city that doesn’t sleep.
Although one can never fully conquer
Sinatra’s beloved Big Apple, you will,
for a moment, find that you’re king of
the hill, top of the heap.
David Farley is a contributing editor at
magazine. He teaches writing at New York
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