New York

Best City Secret

Berlin Wall in Paley Park

Paley Park, a “vest pocket” urban garden in midtown Manhattan known for its soothing waterfall and locust trees, is now home to New York’s only segment of the Berlin Wall. 53rd Street between Fifth and Madison Aves.

Museum Must-See
MoMA
With its unrivaled collections and consistently fascinating exhibitions, MoMA is one of the world’s great art museums and a must for anyone interested in modern art. 11 West 53rd St. (212) 708-9400; www.moma.org.
Best Neighborhood Walk
The West Village
When you walk along the cobbled, tree-lined streets of this fabled and historic New York neighborhood, it feels as if you have stepped back in time.
Best Activity/Excursion
Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan and the East River as you stroll across this New York landmark, completed in 1883, then treat yourself to an ice cream at The Brooklyn Ice Cream factory under the bridge. www.brooklynbridgepark.com.
Best Newcomer
Boulud Sud
Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean restaurant across from Lincoln Center has been garnering raves since it opened. 20 West 64th St.; (212) 595-1313; www.danielnyc.com/boulud_sud.html.
Top Day Trip
The Hamptons
Southampton, Bridgehampton, Easthampton, Sag Harbor and Montauk are wealthy communities with lots of celebrity attitude, but you’ll also find beautiful beaches, fishing and kayaking on Long Island’s south shore. www.hamptons.com.
Best Restaurant for a Celebration
Eleven Madison Park
Instead of an à la carte menu, head chef Daniel Humm offers a card printed with 16 ingredients, from which the staff designs an exceptional meal taking into account any ingredient guests may dislike. 11 Madison Avenue(East 24th Street). (212) 889-0905.
Best Cultural Secret
Morgan Library
This gem of a museum housed in a century-old building designed by McKim, Mead and White exhibits the financier J. P. Morgan’s fabulous collection of rare books, manuscripts and art. Madison at 36th St.; (212) 685-0008; www.morganlibrary.org.

Hotels

The Pierre, New York, A Taj Hotel

New York, United States

The Pierre, New York, A Taj Hotel occupies a choice corner right on Central Park,where Midtown's upscale shopping merges into the residential elegance of the Upper East Side. One of the city's original grande dame properties, the hotel is managed by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and offers a stunning blend of old-world glamour and contemporary innovation. The Grand Ballroom, one of New York's eminent wedding spots, has a restored trompe l'oeil ceiling and historic rotunda, while other public spaces boast a more modern sensibility, like the Art Deco inspired Two E Bar/Lounge created by designers Alexandra Champalimaud and Edwarth Melcarth. Guest rooms are understated with sumptuous touches, like silk fabrics and original artwork. The exceptional concierge team can arrange everything from picnic hampers and concert tickets to a private jet.

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York

New York, United States

Surrounded by elegant town houses on a quiet street off Madison Avenue, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée exudes European sophistication and has been a home to the discriminating traveler for over two decades. In 2010, the hotel unveiled new guestrooms, including four top luxury suites, a spa and an enlarged fitness center. Accommodations provide the feel of a New York townhouse and many suites have terraces with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Arabelle restaurant and sultry Bar Seine are popular with hotel guests as well as the discerning Manhattanite. One block from Central Park and steps from Madison Avenue shopping, the hotel is just a short walk from East Side museums and midtown Manhattan. The hotel is known for providing personalized, attentive service.

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The Lowell

New York, United States

The Lowell was originally built as an apartment hotel in the 1920’s, and today travelers return for the property's legendary home-away-from-home feel. Though the stately townhouse is located in the heart of Manhattan’s storied Upper East Side, a block from upscale Madison Avenue boutiques and Park Avenue penthouses, it feels removed from the bustle, on a quiet residential side street. Interior designer Michael S. Smith (President Obama's designer of choice) created interiors striking for their understated colors, elegant silk drapes and rich mahogany furniture. Many of the rooms feature terraces, kitchenettes and wood-burning fireplaces, in sync with the pied-à-terre theme. The well-trained staff is accustomed to a high-profile clientele and will quietly and efficiently procure or arrange anything.

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The Greenwich Hotel

New York, United States

Tribeca is one of New York City's most under-the-radar neighborhoods, beloved by locals and plugged-in visitors who appreciate its proximity to SoHo, Greenwich Village and Wall Street, but love being away from the tourist troves. One of the area's biggest spokespersons is Robert De Niro, who spearheaded the Greenwich Hotel, a bold statement of handcrafted design. The work of numerous artisans from around the world is woven into the interiors, which feature such design details as leaded glass windows, exposed oak beams and antique wood floors. A mix of styles, from Tibet to Morocco, is featured in guest rooms, and some have working fireplaces. The hotel's gorgeous library, leafy courtyard, spa and pool are open only to guests, making even first-time visitors feel like they are bona fide Tribeca residents.

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Langham Place, Fifth Avenue

New York, United States

For the discerning traveler, Langham Place, Fifth Avenue delivers an engaging blend of modern luxury and urban sophistication. Located in the heart of New York City, Langham Place, Fifth Avenue stands at the crossroads of art, fashion and design. From the captivating artwork throughout the hotel, to the stylish service delivery, the hotel is designed to inspire and destined to surprise. Capturing a residential mood, the spacious accommodations are distinguished by plush textiles and bespoke furnishings. Comprised of guest rooms and suites with full kitchens and private laundry facilities, guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments at Langham Place Spa, delight in the culinary excellence of Michelin Star Ai Fiori, or enjoy a more casual fare and cocktails while enjoying nightly jazz at Measure. Langham Place, Fifth Avenue caters to the guests who appreciate premium luxury.

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