Enjoy Tea

Tea lovers, don’t forget to include Enjoy Tea in your itinerary during your stay with us. 

At Enjoy Tea, your knowledge and perception of tea will be refreshed through its tea demonstrations and tea tasting sessions. 

The Tea Master, Michael, will guide you through the entire experience – beginners are welcomed to

We also have a special promo code for you to show our Tea Master before you register your tea tasting session. Find out how now. 

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One more iconic sculpture in the neighborhood for you

149-179 East 8th Street

If you are on the hunt for iconic sculptures in the city, we have one more for you to add in your list. When you are in Astor Place, you definitely won’t miss the Astor Place “cube”. The cube was formally known as Alamo, and it has been grounded in place since 1967. It was initially installed as a temporary public art installation.

Photo courtesy of Curbed New York

The 15-foot, 1,800-pound steel cube was created by sculptor Tony Rosenthal. He also petitioned for it to be made a permanent part of the neighborhood. The cube made the neighborhood its permanent home, and it acts as a marker, a popular meeting point.

Photo courtesy of Tony Rosenthal

There are 5 other cubes located in the U.S. Be sure to tag us when you can go locate the other 4!

Find out more about the 26th U.S. President here

28 East 20th Street

Born and raised in New York City, the 26th U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt, resided in a building close to our apartments until the age of 14 when he moved uptown with his well to do family. While the original building was demolished in 1916, the Women’s Roosevelt Memorial Association bought over the building in 1919 after Roosevelt’s death, and rebuilt the townhouse. 

Today, the reconstructed birthplace of Roosevelt is managed by the U.S. Park Service, and has been designated as a historic site. In the adjoining lot, a museum and galleries have taken the place of where Roosevelt’s uncle’s house once stood. From Wednesday through Sunday, the museum is open to the public for guided tours. 

So, if you’re a history fanatic, or even remotely curious about the birthplace of the 26th president, head over to learn more. Don’t forget to snap loads of photos of the exterior and interior to share your memorable trip here with your friends and family!

Here is where you can find New York’s biggest clock

58-60 East 14th Street

Photo courtesy of NYTimes

Located on the south end of Union Square, this humongous art installation is definitely attention grabbing. Known as one of the world’s most unusual public clocks, it features 15 numbers, the 7 numbers on the left display a conventional 24-hour clock as hours, minutes, seconds, and tenths of a second, while the 7 numbers on the right display the time remaining in the 24-hour day as tenths of a second, seconds, minutes, and hours. The single digit in the middle represents a hundredth of a second. 

Let’s see if you can figure this string of numbers! | Photo courtesy of MusikAnimal.

Designed by Kristen Jones and Andrew Ginzel, this artwork was constructed in 1999, and cost almost $3 million. This art wall aims to explore the relationship between the city and time, calling viewers to ponder how the city is in a constant state of change, just as how the clock is.

In September 2020, a new digital clock was unveiled by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd. Known as the Climate Clock, it warns humans that if we do not take action fast enough, this is the amount of time we have left before an irreversible climate crisis takes place. The digits on the clock counts down to the number of years (1 digit), days (3 digits), hours (2 digits), minutes (2 digits), and seconds (2 digits) remaining.

The clock continues to count down as you are reading this. | Photo courtesy of Climate Clock.

Head over to the metronome to see for yourself how much time we have left to save the world!

Savor every piece of East Asia’s delicacy

59 2nd Ave

Craving some late night dim sum or traditional Chinese food, or simply want a quick, satisfying lunch? Dim Sum Palace is our go to place, as their wide selection of food makes sure that everyone will have their cravings satisfied. From beef chow fun, to soup dumplings and barbeque pork buns, you’ll want an order of everything on the menu!

With their first location opened in Midtown West in 2016, this family owned restaurant has grown to 4 locations within the city today. At a reasonable price, the good food and amazing service will leave you satisfied and over the moon. If you’re craving a late night snack, head over to this restaurant and order their incredibly delicious pork buns that are pillowy and well stuffed with bbq pork chunks. If you’re in the mood for something more filling, we recommend the young chow fried rice, as its flavorful taste will keep you wanting more. 

mmend the young chow fried rice, as its flavorful taste will keep you wanting more. 

While the wide selection of items on the menu can be slightly overwhelming, feel free to approach any of the staff to ask for recommendations, and they will be more than happy to assist you. 

When in New York, go to Katz Delicatessen

205 East Houston Street

Started in 1888, this family owned deli has since become a part of New York City’s culture and history. The deli’s slogan “Send a Salami To Your Boy In the Army” came about when the three sons of the owners were serving in the military and were sent food as a family tradition. Passed from one generation to the next, Katz deli has gone from a place where the neighborhood gathered on Fridays, to a deli serving sandwiches to tourists flocking in from all parts of the world.  

Most famously known for its pastrami sandwiches, among other food items on their extensive menu, Katz is sure to be a meat lover’s paradise. The deli cures their beef over a period of 30 days, to ensure a high quality of meat. In addition to the must try mouth watering pastrami sandwich, they also offer plump, powdered sugar crepes generously stuffed with cheese, juicy hot dogs, and many other items that are sure to satisfy your cravings. 

Katz has had many appearances on films and television shows, including an appearance in the 1989 romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally”. So if you’re feeling carnivorous and want an insta worthy photo with a huge sandwich from the best deli in the city, head down to Katz!

More spots for your aesthetic Instagram feed

Freeman Alley 

Hidden just off of Rivington Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street, this dead end alley is home to numerous pieces of street art. Easily missed by many, this alley not only contains aesthetically pleasing pieces like one of the many lovewalls done by James Goldcrown in the city, but also houses an incredibly cozy restaurant at the end of the alley named Freemans. Started by restaurateurs Taavo Somer and William Tigertt, the restaurant’s bright blue door welcomes customers, as the dim lighting and vintage interior decoration gives you an incredibly homey feeling. On the corner of Freeman and Rivington is an entrepreneurship called Freeman’s Sporting Club that ironically does not sell any sporting goods. Instead, this shop functions as both a barber shop and a clothing store. 

Before Freemans was established, the building was used as a halfway house, and the alley was completely bricked in with just a small door. Sitting in the alley were numerous garbage pieces like hypodermic needles, leaves, and an old beat up car. In addition, the owners had to constantly chase junkies away from the alley, before they could successfully attract customers to the alley. 

If you’re looking to admire exquisite pieces of street art, or take some photos with a unique backdrop for the ‘gram, this is definitely the spot for you! In addition, if you do plan on dining at the taxidermy filled Freemans, be sure to make a reservation, because it can get crowded quickly. 

Who says you can’t get farm fresh ingredients in the city?

Union Square West & East 17th Street 

Trying to make a home cooked meal in our apartments using fresh ingredients? Head over to the Union Square Greenmarket which is open year round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 6pm to get anything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to meats, award winning cheeses, freshly baked bread, jams and wines from New York and New Jersey. 

Photo courtesy of Union Square Greenmarket (@UnionSquareGreenmarket)

Photo courtesy of Union Square Greenmarket (@UnionSquareGreenmarket)

Founded in 1976, Greenmarket aimed to promote regional agriculture by giving small family farms a space to sell their locally grown goods directly to consumers, and to ensure that New Yorkers had easy access to the fresh and nutritious locally grown ingredients. From the few farmers participating in selling their produce in 1976, the market has grown to accommodate over 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers in selling their products.  

Photo courtesy of Union Square Greenmarket (@UnionSquareGreenmarket)

Even if you do not decide to make any purchases, we recommend taking a stroll along the market, listening to your favorite playlist or podcast, while trying some of the free samples vendors have to offer. If you’re looking for the best possible selection, arrive at the market earlier, or arrive later to catch some of the end of the day bargains. 

Making DIY plants is as easy as 1,2,3

247 East 2nd Street

Gardening can be therapeutic for those who are really into plants. Fret not, for those of you who are embarking on a new journey, or if you really just love nature, we have the place just for you.

Le Petit Garden is a space where you can have a relaxing eco-experience in the bustling city. Founded by Rebecca, Le Petit Garden organizes one-of-a-kind, DIY workshops that inspire people to grow together through plants.

Their workshops will guide you on how to create your own potting mix. | Photo courtesy of @lepetitgarden.co

The workshop is as simple as choosing a planter and a houseplant, making your own potting mix, and voila! People of all ages and skills are welcomed to join their workshops. You can also buy your own DIY kits if you are looking to grow your plant collection at home – they even have a Disney collection for our Disney fans!

Here’s one of the many DIY kits they have for you to start your journey at home. | Photo courtesy of @lepetitgarden.co

Apart from participating in their workshops, Le Petit Garden also allows you organize special events and occasions in their space – just drop them a call or email and they’ll be happy to give you more information.

Don’t forget to tag us during your eco-experience!

Step foot in New York City’s busiest terminal!

89 East 42nd Street

A hard to miss building, Grand Central is known as one of New York’s iconic landmarks, and has a sculpture of Minerva, Hercules and Mercury perched atop the large glass clock over the entrance. 

The first Grand Central Terminal was constructed by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1871, but was put out of service when steam engines were banned after a very fatal collision in 1902.

Grand by Design
Photo courtesy of Grand Central Terminal

The new Grand Central Terminal that it is today opened to the public on 2 February 1913, and cost more than $2 billion in today’s dollars to build. As one of the most visited destinations in New York City, this building receives about 750,000 visitors everyday, including tourists who wander the halls of the building to ogle at the jaw dropping architecture. With a total of 44 platforms, the most of any railroad station in the world, this building occupies a whopping 48 acres of land!

Not only does Grand Central function as a rail terminal, but it also has numerous retail and dining options you can shop and dine at. So be sure to give this terminal a visit, and it will be sure to blow you away. 

Marvel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral neo-gothic structure

5th Ave 

Completed in 1879, this magnificent building’s neo-gothic aesthetic contrasts sharply with the Art Deco Rockefeller Center, drawing the attention of anyone strolling along fifth avenue. This imposing building attracts more than 5 million visitors each year for prayer, mass, or simply to appreciate the beautiful architecture. 

This cathedral was constructed in order to be able to house the ever increasing population of Catholic immigrants in the city, as the original St. Patrick’s Cathedral in today’s Lower Manhattan had become too small for the population. Although construction of the cathedral began in 1858, it was put on pause due to the Civil War and only started back up in 1865.

Just look at the fine details of the structure!

Declared as a National Historic Landmark in 1976, the cathedral is the focus of attention during midnight mass on Christmas Eve, Easter Parade, and St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the city.  What’s incredibly interesting about this cathedral is that it contains almost 9000 pipes, most of which are above the entrance and can be controlled.

Uncover pieces of history in the city

405 East 42nd Street

After the Berlin Wall was completely dismantled in 1991, most sections of the wall were recycled into building materials, but some pieces were sold, given or auctioned away. Given by Germany to the United Nations in 2002, 3 pieces of the Berlin Wall are currently housed in the United Nations Sculpture Garden. 

Photo courtesy of untappednewyork.

The painting on one side of the wall presents 2 people reaching over the wall to embrace each other. The other side of the wall is a piece of graffiti work done by German-Iranian artist Kani Alavi. In 1980, Alavi had moved to Berlin to escape what he called an “inhumane dictatorship” in Iran. 

The painters of these pieces of wall, Theirry Noir and Kiddy Citny, are credited with painting this piece of the Berlin Wall. Theirry Noir is a French artist who is believed to be the first person to paint the Berlin Wall, an act that was forbidden, yet revolutionary in transforming the wall and making it ridiculous, prompting its fall in 1989. His act of rebellion inspired others to do the same, and gave artists a voice for themselves. 

Make a visit to the United Nations to see this piece of history in person! Don’t forget to visit their website to sign up for a guided tour that happens in the summer in order to see this historic wall. 

Somebody say hand-pulled noodles?

14 East 34th Street

Photo retrieved from their Facebook page – go check them out (@xianfoods)

Hungry and tired after a busy day of work or exploring the city? Head over to this establishment to enjoy a quick but authentic serving of hand-pulled noodles. Try an  order of their spicy cumin lamb burger, or their spicy cumin lamb noodles which skyrocketed this restaurant to fame. With a huge plate of chewy noodles and flavorful pieces of lamb soaked in delicious chilli oil, this quick meal served on a disposable plate will definitely quell your hunger pangs. 

Photo retrieved from their Facebook page – go check them out (@xianfoods)

First established in 2005 as a 200 square foot basement stall in Flushing, this was the first restaurant to introduce the cuisine of Xi’an to the United States. David Shi, and his son, Jason Wang, who co-own  Xi’an Famous Foods began making Xi’an foods in America because they missed the food from Xi’an. Using Wang’s grandpa’s secret recipe, the father-son duo began selling the food they cooked in the small bubble tea store they owned. Since 2005, this restaurant has grown from a small hole in the wall stall in Flushing into the 14 locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Photo retrieved from their Facebook page – go check them out (@xianfoods)

If you’re looking for a quick fix of authentic Xi’an cuisine, Xi’an Famous Foods is definitely the place for you!

If you enjoy variety, head over to Tomiz

18 East 41st Street

Whether you want to take a break from your afternoon stroll, simply grab a quick bite to eat, or satisfy your sweet tooth, Tomiz has a wide array of options for you to select from! From bento boxes to soft serve ice cream, this unassuming cafe is definitely a cute hangout spot. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take your food to Bryant Park to enjoy while doing some people watching, or admiring the greenery. 

Originally opened as a small bakery in Fort Lee, New Jersey in 1990, they have since grown to a total of 3 locations in New York City and 1 location in New Jersey. First known as Parisienne, they pride themselves on producing fresh, handmade goods for you to enjoy at your convenience. Tomiz is constantly creating new and unique products, so you will never get tired of munching on the same items on the menu.

So, go give their incredibly instagrammable and creamy matcha and black sesame swirl soft serve in a cone!

Slurp some hot ramen noodles at Momosan

342 Lexington Avenue

This ramen spot is definitely a favourite, boasting quality ramen at a reasonable price. With whitewashed brick walls and dark wood floors and tables, this place makes for a classic casual ramen spot with a lovely ambience. With a solid selection of both ramen and non-ramen options, you are sure to find something you love!

From their peking duck taco which has a crispy taco shell and juicy and moist meat which almost melts in your mouth, to the unique tan-tan ramen which has a spicy coconut curry and large pieces of ground pork, this ramen spot is a must try!

As Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s brain child, this restaurant lives up to the hype, and allows those of us on a budget to experience his high-calibre cooking. Masaharu Morimoto who moved from Japan to the United States in 1985 utilizes a unique fusion in his cooking that combines Japanese color combinations with Chinese spices and Italian ingredients. While Morimoto owns several restaurants around the globe, this location is his first of Momosan Ramen & Sake, and he plans to open a second location in the city, with 2 already open in Honolulu and Seattle. 

What’s special about this office building?

320 East 43rd Street 

While this 12 storey building might seem like any other office building in New York City, its unique 10,000 square foot garden at the base of the outstanding atrium makes it unlike any other building in the city. Perfect for a photo opportunity, or simply a place to relax and explore, the Ford Foundation’s garden is available to you!

Commissioned by Henry Ford II in the 1960s and designed by architects Kevin Rose and John Dinkeloo, this office building captured the aim of the foundation’s social justice goal.  Although the building was completed in 1968, it went through renovations beginning in 2015 in order to make it more open, inclusive, and environmentally friendly while maintaining its original character. Both the new gallery targeting artists who work with issues of justice and quality as well as the historic atrium garden are open to the public.

Made of glass, granite, and corten steel, this building is completed with giant trees, water pools, magnolias and much more. The incredibly modern look of this building brings a pleasing aesthetic that would make for a great backdrop for your instagram post! So head to this hidden tropical forest in the midst of the urban jungle for a different experience in the city.

Pow! Comics enthusiast, this is the place to be

459 Lexington Ave

If you are a comic geek, you’re in for a treat! Midtown Comics specializes in everything from comic books to graphic novels and houses everything from mainstream comics to indies and manga. In addition to selling a wide array of comics, they also have a great selection of action figures, movies, and books. 

First opened in Times Square in 1997, this store has since expanded to 4 locations in New York City with an e-commerce website. This Grand Central location was opened in 2006, and displays their comics on a well organized wall. Founded by partners Gerry Gladston, Angelo Chantly, Thomas Galitos and Robert Mileta, Midtown Comics is officially the retail sponsor of New York Comic Con, and has held this role since 2006. 

With the large selection of goods Midtown Comics has to offer, you might feel a little overwhelmed. However, do not hesitate to approach any staff in the store for help, and they would be more than happy to assist you in whatever you’re looking for!

Explore unlimited activities at Bryant Park

West 40th – 42nd Street, 5th – 6th Ave

No matter the time of the year, this 9.6 acre large park is always buzzing with a plethora of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Break a sweat and participate in workout classes, or enjoy a puppet show in the summer. Learn to skate, or participate in a scavenger hunt in the fall. Browse the numerous holiday shops, or ride on the carousel in the winter. Learn to juggle or play bingo in the spring. No matter the time of year, Bryant Park always has something for everyone!

Although this piece of land was first declared public property in 1686, it took a number of years before it became a park. From 1823 to 1840, the plot of land was used as a potter’s field, where unidentified people were buried, before the city built a reservoir beside the park which came to be known as Reservoir Square. Reservoir Square was used for leisure, with an exhibition hall, the glass and metal New York Crystal Palace, and a 315 foot tower known as the Latting Observatory which were destroyed in a fire. In 1884, the park came to be known as Bryant Park in honor of William Cullen Bryant. 

So if you’re looking for a place to relax on the weekend, or interesting date activities, head down to Bryant Park to try your hand at some fun activities like chess or ping pong!

Remember Rachel, Joey, Ross, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler?

90 Bedford Street

Are you a huge fan of the classic American sitcom ‘Friends’? If so, make sure you pay a visit to this gem located right in Greenwich Village. While the interior of Monica and Rachel’s  apartment might have been filmed on set in a studio, the exterior shots of the building can be found just a short walk from our apartments.

Friends' is leaving Netflix, won't be available to stream until May
Photo courtesy of CNBC

While Monica and Rachel seemed to be able to afford the apartment despite seemingly living outside of their means, realistically an apartment of that size in Greenwich Village would cost about $5,000 a month today. However, the writers behind Friends used the tactic of rent control to explain how Monica and Rachel were able to afford the apartment.  

While the show’s ‘Central Perk’ might not exist in the actual building, a mediterranean restaurant named Little Owl takes its place in Greenwich Village. Snap a photo with the well recognized building, before heading into the restaurant for a lunch break!

Marvel fans, guess who’s Sanctum you get to see here?

177A Bleecker Street

If you’re a big Marvel fan, you’re definitely in for a real treat! Known as the Sanctum Sanctorum in the comic books published by Marvel Comics, this address is widely known as the home to Doctor Strange, previously also the headquarters to the Defenders and the New Avengers. With an address of 177A Bleecker Street, this building was often a focal point for supernatural energies, and was rumored to have been built on the site of pagan sacrifices. 

While the residence is a fictional building which might seem to contain labyrinths and ever changing arrangement of the rooms, the address is very much a real one in Greenwich Village. As an apartment shared in the 1960s by Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich, the writers of Marvel Comics, they chose 177A Bleecker Street as the domicile of Doctor Strange. 

Make your childhood dreams come true by visiting this building in person! The Comedy Cellar is located a short walk from this building so make sure to drop by before or after a show. 

Secret Garden at St. Luke in the Fields

487 Hudson Street

Feeling overwhelmed by the fast paced city and need a break? Behind a thick brick wall next to the Church of St. Likes in the Field is a ‘secret garden’, the perfect place away from the urban jungle to destress. Enjoy a book while sipping on a cup of coffee while resting on one of the many benches available in the garden. 

While the garden might sit on a 2 acre piece of land belonging to the church, it does welcome people from the public to enjoy their incredibly well maintained garden. Home to a 100 species of birds and two dozen types of butterflies and moths, this privately managed garden accepts donations from the public in order to continue the upkeep of the garden. 

The garden was first started during a planting from England’s famous Glastonbury tree in 1842, and has since expanded to the 6 part garden that it is today. What are you waiting for? Head to the garden and let the noise of the city fade away as you absorb the calm sounds of the rustling trees and chirping birds!

Wait a minute, did somebody say cronuts?

189 Spring Street

If you’re looking to get your sugar fix after a satisfying meal, Dominique Ansel Bakery is the place for you! Known as the birthplace of numerous creative pastries such as the incredibly instagrammable cronut, the cookie shot, and the mango passionfruit soft serve tacos, this place is sure to leave you spoiled for choice. The sweet, smooth cream oozing out of the cronut at the first bite and the refreshing mango soft serve melting in your mouth will leave you craving for more. 

Started by Dominique, the bakery has since grown with locations in not only New York City, but also Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Although he never set out to be a chef, Dominique’s work in the kitchen first began in a local restaurant in France as an effort to help support his family. In 2006, chef Dominique moved from France to New York City with nothing but two suitcases to work as the Executive Pastry Chef for Daniel Boulud’s renowned restaurant Daniel. In 2011, he finally started his own bakery in New York City with just a team of four employees.

The cronut, a pastry part croissant and part doughnut, skyrocketed Dominique Ansel Bakery to fame. Dominique offers a new cronut flavor every month, with the flavors never repeating once the month has ended. People from all over the world line up round the block for a bite of the cream-filled, sugary glazed goodness. So stop by the birthplace of the world famous pastry, and grab a bite of the wide selection they have to offer!

Be sure to have a bite of Joe’s Pizza while you’re here

7 Carmine Street

Recognized for their pizza all over the world, a slice of the classic cheesy New York pizza is a must have! Joe’s pizza checks off all the boxes of the quintessential New York slice: a thin, yet pliable slice you can fold in half to consume, with browned cheesy spots formed from bubbling inside the oven. 

Served on a paper plate, Joe’s is a reliable, fast and delicious option to appease your late night pizza cravings. Founded by Joe Pozzuoli from Italy in 1975, Joe’s has grown from a small corner store to now having a total of 6 locations in the city. Cooked expertly to a crispy and crunchy delight filled with flavor, Joe’s pizza definitely stands out among the hundreds of pizzerias in the city.

In addition to the classic red sauce, cheesy pizza, additional toppings like meats, vegetables, and white sauce are also available upon request. Limited seats are available at Joe’s, but you can take your gigantic slice of pizza to enjoy at the benches in the park across the street!

Craving for all things Italian? We got you!

129 MacDougal Street

Nestled in a corner a short walk from the apartments is an Italian cafe, often overlooked by passersby. La Lanterna Di Vittorio was established in 1977. This hidden gem dishes out anything from a delicious, tender, pesto filled lasagna, to a tiramisu that is definitely to die for! With a close proximity to the New York University campus, NYU students can often be found sipping on their coffees.

With a lantern lit indoor garden which has a skylight roof, and a live jazz bar downstairs, this quaint restaurant’s dim lighting and cozy ambience makes the cafe a perfect spot for a date with a friend, colleague or lover. Enjoy a cheesy thin crust pizza in the cute garden sitting area with plenty of natural light, making for a perfect instagram photo opportunity! 

First set up by Carlo and Marissa Antonini, La Lanterna Di Vittorio was one of the first real Italian cafes in Greenwich Village. In the mid 80s, the cafe was passed to their son to manage, who transformed the cafe from one that primarily served desserts and coffee into a full service restaurant that even includes a jazz club. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and indulge in some heavenly Italian comfort food in a relaxed setting. 

If you need a spot to destress or LOL, head to Comedy Cellar

117 MacDougal St 

Although New York might be known for its vibrant comedy scene, Greenwich Village can be credited with producing the most number of distinguished comedic icons. Among the multitudes of comedy clubs located in Greenwich, Comedy Cellar has emerged as the venue for not only emerging comedians, but is also the regular stomping ground for some of the world’s most well recognized comedians. 

Founded by current television writer and producer, Bill Grundfest, in 1982, the club is run by Estee Adoram who has been essential in establishing the club’s phenomenal reputation. From reputable stand up comedians such as Aziz Ansari and Jon Stewart who first made their breakthrough at the Comedy Cellar, to rising stars like Andrew Schulz and Nikki Glaser, the Comedy Central is the ideal spot to watch some of the most hilarious people in the game hone the art of comedy. 

While the option to stand in line and wait for tickets is available, we do recommend that you reserve tickets online as the shows get booked up quickly. Definitely do not hesitate to spend an evening at this comedy club and seize the opportunity to watch some of the best in the industry perform!

Cinemas too mainstream for you? Check out IFC Center!

323 6th Ave 

If you’d like to experience a unique screening experience in the city, head down to the IFC Center to view some interesting art house films including independent and foreign films, as well as documentaries. This center currently hosts the annual Doc NYC, which is currently the country’s largest documentary film festival. 

Opened in June 2005, this art house movie theater formerly known as Waverly Theater, has an exterior that will definitely catch your attention. With a charming, old-timey, vintage look, this theater would definitely make for an amazing backdrop for an instagram post! 

Known as the original home of the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show, this theater was once a church in the early 19th century, before it was converted to a 3 theater facility and then the 5 theater facility that it is today. So if you’re in the city and hoping to catch a movie that isn’t a blockbuster, be sure to head over to the IFC Center website to check out their current movie schedule. 

Here’s one more NYC park for you to chill and unwind

Washington Square

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this beautiful park is a common place for not only the students of nearby universities to hang out, but also a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. Whether it be a musician, or a dancer, there is always something to keep you entertained at the park as you enjoy a nice cup of coffee!

This park is landmarked by the well recognized Washington Square Arch which was erected in 1889 in commemoration of the centennial inauguration of George Washington as the U.S. president. This lovely historic park has many events and traditions like a tree lighting ceremony in December, or the Washington Square Music Festival in June to offer. Regardless of the season, there is always something abuzz in the park. 

With a backdrop of the impressive water fountain, the iconic arch has appeared in numerous tv shows and movies like ‘When Harry Met Sally”. So what are you waiting for? Whip out your cameras and begin striking poses that will surely capture the attention of others on the gram!

This way to the staircase to nowhere

West 30th – 34th Street, 10th – 12th Ave

Known as the “staircase to nowhere”, this remarkable structure makes for an excellent start or end point to a stroll on The High Line. The intricate and modern design of the Vessel is undoubtedly breathtaking, and enchants visitors from all over the world. With 2500 individual steps, this copper-steel structure stands at 150 feet tall and comprises 154 flights of stairs. Manufactured in Italy, the Vessel cost over $150 million and opened on 15 March 2019. Inspired by the ancient Indian stepwells, this honeycomb-like interactive sculpture is free for the public to climb and explore! Do make sure to reserve your tickets online before arrival. 

Stephen Ross, the CEO of Hudson Yards’ Developer Related Companies, commissioned the Vessel in hopes that it would be a marker of community and identity. His wish was for the Vessel to show future generations the public spiritedness behind the project. 

Head over to one of the many restaurants surrounding the Vessel to refuel after exploring the sculpture. With over 100 restaurants including a few run by celebrity chefs such as Momofuku’s founder, David Chang, and World Central Kitchen founder, José Andrés, you will surely find something you enjoy. 

Calling all fans of pop and street art!

229 10th Ave 

If you’re looking for a more laid back evening, Chelsea is home to numerous world class galleries, many of which can be found along 10th avenue. The Taglialatella, one of our favorite galleries, offers modern and contemporary art, focusing  on the pop and street art movement. 

Dominic J. Taglialatella opened his first gallery in New Jersey in 1978, and Taglialatella has since expanded into locations in New York City, Palm Beach, Paris, and Toronto. With works by world renowned artists like Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, and Russell Young displayed, the Taglialatella exhibits works by both prominent and new artists. 

Despite the accomplishments of the galleries, founders Dominic and Sally Taglialetella see the development of the Katherine M. Taglialatella Foundation as their biggest accomplishment. The foundation donates 100% of their profits raised to award scholarships to minority students of single parents attending Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School in East Harlem. 

Meet New York’s iconic building

175 5th Ave

If you’ve ever seen the famous television show “Friends”, you will definitely recognize this oddly shaped building, which is also one of New York’s iconic buildings.

Standing at 285 feet, and 22 stories tall, this triangular shaped building was completed in 1902. Originally known as the Fuller Building, it was only one of two buildings north of 14th street that was considered a skyscraper at that time. 

This Man Dove off the Flatiron Building into a Collapsible Plastic Pool for  20 Years | 6sqft
Every year on his birthday on April 2, 1954, Henri LaMothe celebrated his birthday by jumping 40 feet off the Flatiron into a tiny pool. The stunt was done annually for 20 years | Photo courtesy of 6sqft

Ever since its construction in 1902, the building has been home to numerous small businesses. However, in recent years businesses have migrated downtown to buildings with cheaper rents, and an opportunity to merge all the staff into a modern workplace. Today, the building is vacated and there are plans to reinvent the building in favor of a new lobby, air conditioners, more staircases, and more. 

Designated as a New York City landmark in 1966, a National Historic Landmark in 1989, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, this quintessential symbol of New York City is a hotspot for backdrop of instagram posts. So, don’t hesitate to head over and admire this unique building!

You can never go wrong with this bagel & coffee combo

286 8th Ave

Home to some of the best bagels, a stay in NYC will not be completed without a trip to one of the local bagel places. Serving the Chelsea and Astoria area since 2003, this bagel shop is loved by many locals and has much to offer. From the classic plain bagel to the cinnamon raisin and onion bagels, Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company has options that will appeal to everyone. 

These bagels’ chewy exterior and fluffy interior will leave you drooling for more. Feeling extra ravenous? No worries, you can opt to add eggs, meats and cheeses to your bagel for an additional boost of protein! You can also choose from the wide array of cream cheese and spreads offered ranging from the traditional plain cream cheese to a honey bacon sriracha spread. Stop by this bagel store, just a short walk from the apartment, to grab a quick and scrumptious breakfast on the go!

Bombolinis or pizzas? Why not have both at this bakery!

236 9th Ave

Head over to this bakery just a short walk from the apartment to satiate your sweet tooth, or enjoy a bite off their array of savory goods. The delicious aroma that wafts through the bakery will instantly welcome you. With such a wide selection of goods to offer ranging from croissants to pizzas, Sullivan Street Bakery’s bombolonis are often a popular go to for customers. 

Established by Jim Lahey in 1994, this bakery has been supplying over 250 New York restaurants with their baked goods. Studying in Italy as an art student, Lahey started the bakery to make the yummy breads he had grown to love but could not find in the city.

With a bright and airy space offering seating for 50 people, this bakery has grown to be a neighborhood favorite. Stop by to try a slice of square cut margherita pizza or indulge yourself in a light and fluffy bomboloni!

Don’t forget to add this into your itinerary for the day!

Satisfy your ice cream cravings at Ample Hills

141 8th Ave

Only to be found in New York City or Florida’s Disneyland, this ice cream spot offers a large assortment of flavors to satisfy your sugar cravings. First founded in 2011 by Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna, the couple hoped to create a local spot for the people of the neighborhood to form fond memories in. From well picked ingredients to carefully designed pints, this creamery offers one of the best scoops of ice cream in the city. 

With the mix ins handmade in house from scratch, Ample Hills does not hold back when it comes to variety. Offering one of a kind flavors that could challenge Ben & Jerry’s, Ample Hills welcomes customers to pitch new flavors to them at Red Hook Factory, their production facility. As the first ice cream store in New York City to pasteurize on site, they pride themselves on the maximum freshness and incredible flavor of their rich, creamy ice cream. This creamery makes for an amazing treat, and an even better hang out spot for friends and family!

Read about your favorite artworks and artists here

231 11th Ave

Established in 1976, Printed matter is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the promotions of publications made by artists!

Printed Matter was developed in response to the rising amount of interest in publications made by artists. Providing a space for artists to explore book form as an artistic medium, Printed Matter presented an opportunity for experimentation and circulation of artwork outside of the norms of the gallery system. 

With over 5,000 artists represented, Printed Matter is a bookworm’s wonderland. Lose track of time browsing through the wide selection of books, including hard to find titles old and new. Drop by Printed Matter for a laid back afternoon browsing incredibly affordable books that could keep you company during your stay!

There’s a sports complex by the river?

62 Chelsea Piers 

Stretching from the 17th to the 23rd street on the westside of Manhattan are four piers that have come to be known as Chelsea piers today. Originally known to be a passenger ship terminal in the early 1900s, the pier was shut down in preparation for a highway to be constructed along the Hudson. However, after a failed highway project, the pier was auctioned off, and construction of the impressive waterfront that it is today began. Opened in 1995, this sports complex offers not only a state-of-the-art facility suitable for even the finest Olympians, but also a stunning view of the Hudson River, this facility is definitely a fitness lover’s paradise. 

In addition to a sports facility, this complex is also home to a skating rink, a bowling alley, a spa, a theater, restaurants, and much more. Located in front of the complex is Hudson River Greenway, where runners, cyclists and pedestrians share a wide pathway which runs along the city from Lower Manhattan to the Upper West Side. The Hudson River Greenway is a part of the East Coast Greenway which runs from Florida to Maine, and is the most heavily used bikeway in the United States. 

If you’d like to enjoy a meal with a view of the sunset on the water, or just want to workout at one of the most well known fitness facilities in the city, Chelsea Piers is the place for you!

However, please do remember to consult their website for detailed information on schedules and prices since they can vary!

Chelsea Market – a foodie’s paradise!

75 9th Ave

Hungry after an evening stroll on the High Line, or simply just want a cup of coffee? Look no further than Chelsea Market, an indoor food hall that is most definitely a foodies’ paradise, and located in the old Nabisco factory, where the well known Oreo cookies were first invented. From hand-crafted ramen bowls to mouthwatering street tacos, it is likely that you will find something to satisfy your every craving!

First built in the 1890s, this building was owned by the New York Biscuit Company which formed when 8 large eastern bakeries in New York merged together. When the biscuit company vacated the space in 1958, the building was used as both office and production spaces, until the 1990s where the complex was transformed into a retail ground level with office space above.

Monkey Puzzle Blog: Chelsea Market Christmas
Within the brick walls, you’ll find mesmerizing decor, like this one right here | Photo courtesy of Monkey Puzzle Blog

Usually bustling with people today, the sand blasted brick walls and twinkle lights that illuminate the building really brings an unique ambiance to the market. Preserving some features of the old factory like the floors and some signs, this market is full of history. In the center of the market lies an artificial water fountain assembled using discarded drill bits and a large exposed pipe, which empties water into an incredibly deep well. 

The 9 Best Shops in Chelsea Market, NYC
Shop till you drop in many of the little stores you can find in the market | Photo courtesy of Culture Trip

If you’d like to take a break from eating, the market offers various apparel stores that you can leisurely browse. Search for one of a kind items in Artists & Fleas, a community of ever changing local vendors selling merchandise ranging from art and photography to vintage clothing and jewelry. 

Experience the vibrancy of this iconic neighborhood

As the third busiest train station in North America, Grand Central is renowned for its stunning architecture and interior design.

This beautiful train station is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, and is home to numerous retail stores and eateries.  Today, the Grand Central we see standing in place is the third one to be built, after numerous upgrades done to the original building in order to accommodate NYC’s growing population.

Commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1869, the original Grand Central Depot was a game changer for the city.

Grand Central Depot, 1871. | Photo courtesy of Grand Central Terminal.

The first major upgrade was done in 1900 to include an imposing glass structure and waiting room. The second renovation began in 1903, after an  unfortunate steam locomotive accident in 1902, to transition to electric trains. 

New Grand Central In Progress, 1903. | Photo courtesy of Grand Central Terminal.

Bustling with numerous tourists and locals alike today, this building is about more than trains. It’s about luxury shopping, entertainment, and numerous dining options. With numerous attractions like the United Nations, Radio City Music Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the vicinity, you will definitely enjoy the neighborhood!

Follow the buzz of this eclectic neighborhood

East Village was commonly associated with counterculture, art and the punk movement in the 70s. This very association gave rise to American punk rock, and also became humble abodes of bohemian filmmakers and artists. Some of the more prominent figures that you may be familiar with are Madonna, Lou Reed, and Andy Warhol.

“The more you look at the same exact thing, the more the meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel.” – Andy Warhol. | Photo courtesy of MoMA.

The neighborhood has undergone multiple changes and redevelopment over the years. Despite so, prominent historical buildings in the neighborhood were not not compromised, and were instead designated as individual landmarks – thanks to local community groups like the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

An interesting fact about East Village is that this eclectic neighborhood used to be a farm owned by then Dutch Governor, Peter Stuyvesant. The area we now know as St. Marks Place was once the center of a 19th century outpost known as Bowery Village.

This illustration shows Union Square, where the Bowery (now 4th Avenue) & Broadway meet. | Photo courtesy of Ephemeral New York.

The village used to be a struggling farming community, sparsely settled with only a few houses, blacksmith, wagon shop and stands, general store, tavern and a church. A piece of the 18th century still stands strong in East Village today – the St. Mark’s Church.

You can still find the church in its original location on 2nd Avenue and 10th Street. The church was consecrated in 1799. | Photo courtesy of NYC-ARTS.

What makes East Village a unique neighborhood is its capacity to continue holding diverse cultures through these changes. Today, one can find plenty of dining and lifestyle options, as well as community gardens in the district.

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Delve into the intricacies of the city’s bohemian capital

The Village got its name from Groenwijck – Dutch for “Green District”, named during the period of Dutch control over the area. In its early days, this historical neighborhood formed a significant part of the American bohemian culture in the early and mid-20th Century. It was the ground for many political, artistic and cultural movements. 

One prominent institution in the Village is the Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1931. It was built in response to MoMA’s neglect on American Art. The Whitney then became a space for for younger and lesser-known artists to showcase and exhibit their works.

The Whitney’s original location is now home to New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, on W 8th Street. | Photo courtesy of wikipedia.

Although many artists lamented that urban bohemia they once knew is long gone, you can still experience remnants of it. The colors, the artistic residents and the alternative culture of the bohemian lifestyle continues to make Greenwich Village the warm and welcoming neighborhood it is today.

The 2019 Village Halloween Parade Guide
It is also home to the city’s largest halloween parade. | Photo courtesy of Village Alliance.

The communal culture of its residents (and visitors) is most prominent in the heart of the Village, that is the Washington Square Park. We have a list of activities and places for you to explore in Greenwich, so read on!