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

Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York

New York, United States

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, located on a charming residential street, is an Upper East Side luxury boutique hotel that has been a home away from home to royalty, world leaders, celebrities, executives and discerning travelers since 1984. Ideally situated in the heart of Manhattan, between Park and Madison Avenue, where guests are just minutes from Central Park, Madison Avenue boutiques, galleries and museums.
Elegant and refined in every detail, rich in style, Hôtel Plaza Athénée offers a grand yet inviting setting where classic French inspired style meets Manhattan’s uptown chic. Hand-painted murals, Italian marble, French antiques and luxe furnishings create a gracious haven. Guestrooms and Suites have a distinct residential style in character with the genteel neighborhood where it resides.

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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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The Knickerbocker

New York, United States

Commanding an enviable address in the heart of Manhattan, edging the glow of Times Square and the calm of Bryant Park, an iconic New York City landmark is reborn. The Knickerbocker hotel is a haven of refined elegance; a legendary monument created by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906, now re-imagined into a sophisticated urban sanctuary. Mere blocks from some of the world's most revered cultural diversions - Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, MoMa, and an easy walk to Fifth Avenue and Central Park - here is where legendary tenor Enrico Caruso and renowned American playwright George Cohan each made his home. Where artist Maxfield Parrish originally showcased his famed Old King Cole mural, and where names like Rockefeller and Fitzgerald gathered in what was known as The 42nd Street Country Club.

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