A New York state of mind

A New York state of mind

A New York state of mind
22nd August 2014

New York is a thriving, world-renowned tourist destination and an American stronghold for business and culture. The city that never sleeps is evidently popular with business travellers, as companies around the world clamber to make their mark in a city than can transform a minnow into a barracuda. Like many major cities across the world, New York can be a tourist trap for those inhabiting the city. Even the busiest of business travellers have to eat right so we’re getting to the core of the Big Apple (sorry).

Management Accountant, James Buckley, has family in New York and is a regular visitor:

If you have a sweet tooth, then Max Brenner between 13th and 14th Street is the place to go. It usually gets busy so it’s worth booking to avoid waiting around. For some of the best cookies in the world head to Levain Bakery on 74th Street. If you’re brave enough to try the weird but amazing combination of fried chicken and waffles, there’s no place better than Cafeteria between 17th and 18th - it’s quite an experience.

It's places like this that give you a real "taste" of New York.

Levain Bakery - New York

International Partner Relations Manager, Paddy Hegan, is in New York regularly for business and has a few ideas on what’s worth seeing:

The outdoor roof terrace of the Peninsula Hotel is a superb place to visit and is well suited to both business meetings and a place to dine in your own time. If you’re on a budget, the National Comedy Theatre in Manhattan provides a great alternative to Whose Line Is It Anyway - it’s cheap and hilarious. Of course, Central Park shouldn’t be ignored. It’s huge, quiet, and a beautiful walk in the summer. It also turns into a winter wonderland when the snow falls, featuring a spectacular outdoor ice rink.” However, Paddy’s top tip for New York is to avoid Times Square. “It’s New York’s Piccadilly Circus and is uncomfortably busy.

Some people quite like the hustle and bustle though.

Peninsula rooftop terrace - New York

For a dining experience with a difference, Executive Commercial Director, Chris Gee, recommends The View Lounge restaurant at the top of the Marriott Marquis:

It has a brilliant revolving rooftop restaurant, so you don’t just get amazing views of Manhattan, but it also constantly changes as you rotate. Also, if you get an afternoon to spare, get a train to Coney Island. There are sandy beaches, lovely wooden promenades and old-school seaside entertainment. Whilst there, try a hotdog from Nathan’s and ride on the Cyclone wooden rollercoaster. It’s a bit like Brighton but American style.

The vast majority of visitors to New York head to the Empire State Building for spectacular views of the city. However,  Business Partnerships Director, Stuart Winstone, recommends Top of The Rock, which is the viewing platform on the roof of the Rockefeller Center:

It provides great views over Central Park and across the rest of the city. It’s a lot less crowded than the Empire State Building and the views are just as good, if not better.  The lift takes you up there, and it goes pretty fast with a glass roof above. I’d recommend visiting day or night!

For a bit of peace, quiet and rejuvenation for the busy day ahead in the city that never sleeps, Communications Manager, Caroline Saunders, recommends the High Line:

This public park is built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. It’s a lovely walk and provides some great views; perfect for a sunny day stroll if you want to catch a few rays.

So there you have it. Cookies, chicken, waffles, fine dining, comedy, amazing views, retro rollercoasters, iconic landmarks, glass elevators and elevated walks. What more do you need from New York?

Well, maybe one of our New York City corporate furnished apartments

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