3 Hour Activities


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave. at 82nd Street
212-535-7710
metmuseum.org
open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.Open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m.
recommended admission: $25, seniors $17, students $12; children under 12 free.

EXPLORE THE GRAND DAME OF NEW YORK MUSEUMS SANS THE CROWDS

  • Wander the city’s most iconic museum, all by yourself
  • Sip cocktails over the sounds of a live string quartet
  • Tour the lengths of each wing with no visitors in sight

Okay, maybe you won’t have the place all to yourself, but The Metropolitan Museum of Art (“the Met” to locals) at night is a world away from the the chockablock siege of tourists that it is during daytime hours. The camera-toting hordes crowding around the Temple of Dendur in the Egyptian Galleries? Replaced by a few doting couples and local culture devotees. The cacophony of the Great Hall? A live string quartet is the soundtrack at night in the Balcony Bar, which only opens on weekends and serves a special menu inspired by the rotating exhibitions with wines from Europe and South America. Make sure to wander into the farthest reaches of the museum—you might just find yourself in the Robert Lehman Wing standing in front of Bellini’s Madonna and Child with no other visitor in sight.

Hop off the subway at 86th Street and walk north until you reach 5th Avenue. Make a left and there you will see the Met with its grand staircase and classic columns.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave. at 82nd Street
212-535-7710
metmuseum.org
open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.Open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m.
recommended admission: $25, seniors $17, students $12; children under 12 free.

THE HIGH LINE
thehighline.org

SANTINA
820 Washington St.
212-254-3000
santinanyc.com

TERROIR AT THE PORCH
15th St. at 10th Ave.
212-625-9463
wineisterroir.com
open May 1st. to November 1st.

RUSTY KNOT
425 West St.
212-645-5668

SEEK OUT THE GEMS ALONG THE HIGHLINE

  • Stroll a beautiful converted freight rail on the West Side
  • Lunch on Italian coastal cuisine and sample wines from upstate
  • Choose from quaint boutiques, afterwards toast locals at a nautical bar

The 2009 opening of this reborn 1930’s freight rail track was the final piece of the West Side’s astonishing renaissance, a masterpiece in urban renewal that triggered copycat public-park proposals from Singapore to Jerusalem to Mexico City. Start your stroll in the heart of Chelsea at the West 23rd Street entrance and head south through the thoughtfully landscaped trails with views of some of the city’s unique buildings: the modern glass condo structure known as the HL23, Frank Gehry’s undulating IAC, and André Balazs’s model magnet Standard Hotel. Exit at Gansevoort Street for lunch at Santina, the latest from hitmakers Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick inside a Renzo Piano-designed glass box. The restaurant’s interiors make it seem as if you’ve been transported to the Amalfi Coast (blue-and-yellow ceramic mural; pinkish floral Murano chandeliers), as does the coastal Italian cuisine (octopus spiedini; spaghetti blue crab). Looking for a post-lunch drink? The seasonal Terroir at the Porch promotes varietals from upstate winery Finger Lakes and local spot Rusty Knot, on the West Side Highway, has playful nautical kitsch and the best Dark & Stormies in town.

Get right to the heart of Chelsea by taking the train to 23rd Street. Stroll down West 23rd and take the entrance at 10th Avenue to get on the High Line. Start walking and enjoy the view.

THE HIGH LINE
thehighline.org

SANTINA
820 Washington St.
212-254-3000
santinanyc.com

TERROIR AT THE PORCH
15th St. at 10th Ave.
212-625-9463
wineisterroir.com
open May 1st. to November 1st.

RUSTY KNOT
425 West St.
212-645-5668

RUSS & DAUGHTERS CAFE
127 Orchard St.
212-475-4881
russanddaughterscafe.com

TENEMENT MUSEUM
103 Orchard St.
877-975-3786
tenement.org

THE PICKLE GUYS
49 Essex St.
212-656-9739
pickleguys.com

LEARN ABOUT A HISTORIC DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD’S ECLECTIC PAST

  • Explore the buried roots of a gritty, yet charming neighborhood
  • Uncover the secrets of historic buildings on a guided walking tour
  • Order classic New York dishes at the landmark café that perfected them
  • Sample a selection of infused pickles at a local snack shop

Want to get acquainted with the Lower East Side’s immigrant roots? Start with lunch at Russ & Daughters Cafe. Though this annex to the East Houston Street landmark only opened in 2014, the array of “appetizing” is as authentic as any in New York. Here, chefs at the salmon-slicing station turn out wooden boards with bagels, lox and other smoked fish, cuts of private-stock sturgeon, and an array of premier caviar. Order classic dishes such as potatoe knishes, latkes and noodle kugel or sip on a classic egg cream. Then take a tour at the Tenement Museum, where you’ll see restored apartments from the turn of the previous century and a German saloon, meet costumed interpreters, and take a guided historical walk around the neighborhood. Afterwards, drop into the Pickle Guys shop to sample owner Alan Kaufman’s selection of briny veggies, especially the blend infused with fresh horseradish grated by an employee donning a gas mask.

The best way to explore the Lower East Side is to start at Orchard and Delancey. Have lunch at Russ & Daughters and check out the Tenement Museum just there on Orchard. Then, go two blocks east and find the Pickle Guys on Essex.

RUSS & DAUGHTERS CAFE
127 Orchard St.
212-475-4881
russanddaughterscafe.com

TENEMENT MUSEUM
103 Orchard St.
877-975-3786
tenement.org

THE PICKLE GUYS
49 Essex St.
212-656-9739
pickleguys.com

SHAKE SHACK
1 Old Fulton St.
347-435-2676
shakeshack.com

GRIMALDI’S
1 Front St.
718-858-4300
grimaldis-pizza.com

JANE’S CAROUSEL
Dock St. at Brooklyn Bridge Park
718-222-2502
janescarousel.com
open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May to September (closed Tuesday), and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. September to May (closed Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday); check website for exact seasonal dates
Admission $2

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY
Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
718-643-6961
amplehills.com

TAKE A (BIG) BITE OUT OF THE APPLE

  • Discover Brooklyn’s best eateries in a burgeoning neighborhood
  • Get your quintessential burger fix, with a waterfront view
  • Have a staple New York-style slice and a creamery for dessert
  • Go for a ride on a restored vintage carousel, right on the water

Brooklyn’s emergence as a global “it” destination is no secret, but the Dumbo neighborhood’s rapid transformation has been something to behold. And even the most jaded New Yorker can’t get enough of Shake Shack. Skip the long line at the original outpost in Madison Park and get your burger fix with a prime waterfront view. Next, If you’re hankering for a New York slice, hit up Grimaldi’s, whose coal-oven pies have lured Manhattanites across the East River for decades. Local tip: bypass the long line of tourists waiting for a table and order a pie to take to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a picnic on the water. As the sun starts to set, the vintage 1922 Jane’s Carousel, housed in a glass shell designed by Jean Nouvel, glows against the Manhattan skyline. Ready for sweets? Ample Hills Creamery on Pier 5 is your next stop. Obsessives come for Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna’s cheeky flavors like Munchies: pretzel-infused ice cream with Ritz crackers, potato chips, and mini M&Ms.

Head over to Brooklyn by taking the train to High Street. Here, you can begin your food journey. Just walk down Old Fulton Street to check out the restaurants and be sure to visit Front Street’s cafes and boutiques.

SHAKE SHACK
1 Old Fulton St.
347-435-2676
shakeshack.com
GRIMALDI’S
1 Front St.
718-858-4300
grimaldis-pizza.com

JANE’S CAROUSEL
Dock St. at Brooklyn Bridge Park
718-222-2502
janescarousel.com
open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May to September (closed Tuesday), and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. September to May (closed Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday); check website for exact seasonal dates
Admission $2

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY
Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
718-643-6961
amplehills.com

MISS LILY’S
132 West Houston St.
212-812-1482
misslilys.com

MELVIN’S JUICE BOX
130 West Houston St.
646-625-4825
misslilys.com/melvins-juice

A TRIP TO THE ISLANDS (WITHOUT LEAVING THE ISLAND)

  • Check out a groovy island outpost, a portal to the beachfront in Negril
  • Go for jerk chicken and an icy-cold Red Stripe and get down to dancehall reggae
  • Stop in the adjacent snack-and-juice bar for the popular Jamaican Green

Jerk chicken, curried goat, dancehall reggae on the turntable, and an icy-cold Red Stripe in hand. When we crave a respite from the frantic pace of NYC, we know just where to go: Miss Lily’s, a groovy island outpost that happens to reside on Houston Street in the West Village—though it may as well be a portal to the beachfront in Negril. Jammed since the day it opened, Miss Lily’s has an unimpeachable pedigree. Its creators own the Rockhouse hotel in Jamaica, a favorite of the fashion set, who are also regulars at this effortlessly fabulous, fabulously authentic neighborhood hangout. Go for dinner and you’ll likely wind up dancing to Barrington Levy in the back room; or stop by after boutique-hopping in SoHo for a Jamaican Green (kale, apple, lemon, ginger, and celery) juice at Melvin’s Juice Box, the adjacent snack-and-juice-bar run by downtown legend Melvin Major Jr. Hooked on Miss Lily’s irresistibly soulful soundtrack? Listen at home on radiolily.com.

Just between SoHo and Greenwich Village, you can find Miss Lily’s on the corner of Houston and Sullivan. Melvin’s Juice Box is at the same intersection, just one storefront over.

MISS LILY’S
132 West Houston St.
212-812-1482
misslilys.com

MELVIN’S JUICE BOX
130 West Houston St.
646-625-4825
misslilys.com/melvins-juice

NORTH COVE MARINA
250 Vesey Street
212-786-4888 or 800-221-4326
offshoresailing.com
two-hour lessons available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m; Open from April 1- October 31.
$75 per person, per hour, with a 2-hour and 2-person minimum

SAIL AROUND MANHATTAN WITHOUT BOARDING A FERRY TOUR

  • Master the sails with lessons from a maritime champion
  • Learn the basics, get certified or just ride along and soak in the view
  • Cruise the marina on a keelboat used to train the U.S. Navy

America’s Cup competitor and Olympian Steve Colgate is a master of maritime, having raced yachts in Cuba, Spain, and England before he was out of his teens. Since 1964 he and his wife Doris, formerly a writer at Yachting Magazine, have been teaching neophyte sailors the ways of the sea on his award-winning keelboat Colgate 26—used for training sessions by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard—at his renowned academies in New York, South Florida, and the Caribbean. Book a two-hour sailing lesson at his new outpost in Battery Park City’s North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place, where you’ll trim the sails, learn the basics, or just hang out in the sun and see downtown Manhattan from a gorgeous vantage point.

Arrive at the North Cove Marina by taking the train to Chambers, Park Place, Cortland or Fulton, depending on what works best for you. From each of these, it will be just a 5 or 10 minute walk to get to the Marina.

NORTH COVE MARINA
250 Vesey Street
212-786-4888 or 800-221-4326
offshoresailing.com
two-hour lessons available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m; Open from April 1- October 31.
$75 per person, per hour, with a 2-hour and 2-person minimum

Annelore
636 Hudson St.
212-255-5574
annelorenyc.com

IN SUPPORT OF
342 W. 13th St.
646-657-0724
insupportof.us

Marisa Perry
636 Hudson St.
212-566-8977
marisaperry.com

ODIN
106 Greenwich Ave.
212-243-4724
odinnewyork.com

SPOTTED PIG
314 W. 11th St.
212-620-0393
thespottedpig.com

VISIT MEATPACKING’S ONE-OFF BOUTIQUES

  • Explore a hotbed of haute fashion for men and women
  • Shop designer shoes, on-trend menswear and edgy accessories
  • When hunger hits, refuel at a hip, award-winning gastropub

When former Barneys shoe buyer Jeffrey Kalinsky planted a stiletto here in 1999 with his game-changing fashion emporium Jeffrey, few imagined the Meatpacking District would become the downtown nexus for luxury fashion and nightlife. A generation later, the big names have moved in—DVF, McCartney, McQueen, Malandrino—and Jeffrey, sadly, is no more. But there are still plenty of brilliant, only-in-New York boutiques lining these cobblestoned lanes (which, ironically, are hell on heels—dress accordingly). Your first stop: In Support Of, where Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes showcase under-the-radar labels in an intimate space resembling a deconstructed house, white picket fence and faux-grass walls and all. Look for pieces by Nanushka Moem, a Hungary-based designer who sources her fabrics from Europe, or eco-friendly beauty products like Indie Lee facial oil and mango-seed eye balm. A few blocks down Hudson Street is Annelore, run by local designer Juliana Cho. Her limited-run womenswear collections—she handcrafts no more than 30 pieces per season—have become a cult favorite among downtown’s beau monde, and are sold only at her two NYC boutiques. Just south at the corner of Hudson and Horatio is Marisa Perry’s eponymous atelier, where Perry and her husband/lead designer Douglas Elliott sell gorgeous diamond rings, earrings, and necklaces, with a specialty in ultra-thin micro-pave diamond bands. Guys should also check out Odin, which carries casual on-trend menswear from brands like Montreal-based Want Les Essentiels de la Vie and Maison Kitsuné, an edgy French label founded by a former manager of Daft Punk and a Japanese architect. Need a snack break? Grab a bite at April Bloomfield’s gastropub Spotted Pig (get the brisket burger with Roquefort).

From the 8th Avenue station, walk up West 14th and you’ll find yourself in Meatpacking. Be sure to check out all the shops on Washington, Greenwich and 13th Streets.

Annelore
636 Hudson St.
212-255-5574
annelorenyc.com

IN SUPPORT OF
342 W. 13th St.
646-657-0724
insupportof.us

Marisa Perry
636 Hudson St.
212-566-8977
marisaperry.com

ODIN
106 Greenwich Ave.
212-243-4724
odinnewyork.com

SPOTTED PIG
314 W. 11th St.
212-620-0393
thespottedpig.com