Traveling in winter CAN be good: lower air and hotel rates — less crowds everywhere — easier tickets — great restaurant deals. Good shopping, of course! The less attractive part of it: WEATHER — very cold or very chilly — snow, maybe the shorter days.
Park 79 Hotel boasts an amazing location–all seasons–and it contributes to a memorable, fun and rewarding New York visit. Nightly rates are often absurdly low! If you are a neighborhood resident and hosting family or friends, call the hotel. There’s a special Friend & Family rate for your guests–contact the hotel.
Our local city transit stations and stops allow guests to be everywhere in short trips, avoiding crowded corners. Enjoy all the city highlights. And save time for the Upper West Side, populated with historic homes, international boutiques, great dining, renown cultural institutions, lively street action. We hope our readers are planning their winter visit right now–or for next winter–and will save our suggestions.
WINTER OUTDOOR FUN CLOSE BY IN CENTRAL PARK
Trump and Lasker Ice Skating–Running and Biking–Special Outdoor Winter Celebrations. Taking great photos! Check www.centralpark.org for weekly announcements.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is our star! A beautiful walk from our door to the campus is in itself a treat. The avenues are filled with color and rhythm, shop windows are appealing, architectural highlights, a variety of food vendors–the excitement is door-to-door. The world’s largest performing arts complex.
- The Beacon Theatre
- Stand Up New York Comedy Club
- AMC Multiplex and Lincoln Plaza Cinema
- Triad Theatre Club
- Jazz at Lincoln Center
THE CITY’S FINEST MUSEUMS
- American Museum of Natural History
- & the Hayden Planetarium
- New York Historical Society
- Museum of Arts & Design
- Folkloric Museum
- The Children’s Museum
- Bard Graduate Center of Decorative Arts
JUST ACROSS CENTRAL PARK
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Frick Museum
- Neue Galerie
- NYU’s Institute for the Study of Asian Art …… and all the other fine collections along Museum Mile.
The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has created a “village” feel to the avenue, and now the streets are lined with boutiques and stores, restaurants and cafes, consignment and flea-market finds, the Sunday Farmers’ Greenmarket. GreenFlea on 77th Street is always a wonder of vintage and craft finds. While winter colors along the street are subdued, Theodore Roosevelt Park across the street is a study in urban nature, with historic apartment buildings as background.
DINING, DRINKING, SCHMOOZING, FOODS TO BRING HOME OR HAVE DELIVERED TO YOUR ROOM
As we’ve noted many times, both Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue are populated with an abundance of restaurants, diners, pubs, bars–a few really fine, highly rates upscale restaurants–food “boutiques” and corner delis. Just strolling along these busy neighborhood ways will have your wanting and wishing for more time to enjoy them all! Our ZIP codes are: 10023, 10024,10025, and you can read all about what’s terrific. Vegans and vegetarians will learn that especially Amsterdam Avenue near Park 79 Hotel has truly delectable non-meat menu dining, with American and international chefs. The pubs have great burgers, wings, sandwiches to go with unending beer choices. Deliveries to your room at Park 79 Hotel can go well into the late night hours, including those warm, fresh chocolate chip cookies from Insomnia Cookies.
Planning to bring terrific Big Apple treats back home? Close by, on Amsterdam Avenue, are the sweet indulgences of Sugar Plumm and Jacques Torres Chocolates. You may break the bank if you’re not careful…but you will be loved by all those you left home when they open the plastic bags and boxes. Forget the tee shirts and funny hats–bring back love, what we here consider love: our bagels, delicatessen, smoked fish and meats, knishes: these are why we love Sunday breakfast! (Some of these emporia DO sell tee shirts, hats and bags–good quality and something to talk about back there.)
- Barney Greengrass
- Levain Bakery
- Murray’s Sturgeon Shop
No URL’s this edition, but we’ve highlighted those places we feel are well worth your pre-trip study online, help you plan your in-depth New York Visit, your introduction to the Upper West Side