Much has been written about New York. So, is it relevant to write another few chapters? Well, maybe our take on the Big Apple is helpful enough for the curious traveler. These are the places we visited after doing the big ones – you know: the Met, the Natural History Museum, the Empire State, and so on. It’s no surprise that even after going to all the major tourist attractions, there are still thousands of thing to do here. It’s not called the City That Never Sleeps for nothing.
If you’re tired of the big, overwhelming museums in NYC, why not try a few of the lesser known ones. The queues are smaller and you don’t feel rushed to take everything in at once. A great example is the Morgan Library and Museum. This small museum used to be the house of JP Morgan founder, Pierpont Morgan. Apart from being a banker, Morgan was an enthusiastic collector and his son donated his library to the public. The original library is left intact and it’s fun to walk around and imagine it in its heyday. The rest of the collection houses first print edition of rare books and curiosities such as handwritten notes by Ernest Hemingway. The Morgan Library is in Midtown, so it’s easy to get there from almost anywhere.
If you don’t mind a trip on the Subway, hop on towards Astoria in Queens, for a visit to the Museum of the Moving Image. This modern building, set in what used to be movie lofts, houses a vast collection of film paraphernalia, from old school projectors (really retro ones, like in Hugo Cabret) to the latest tech. It’s fun for kids, too, as they get to record their voices on movie clips and sound edit famous movie scenes. The museum shop is great for presents for the moviephile in your life.
We love quirky hotels and there is a lot of that in this Midtown gem, the Library Hotel. Rooms are small, but well-appointed, and the details are great: everything is book-related, from the names of the rooms to the turn-down service. The lobby has beautiful walls lined from floor to ceiling in books, as well as the second floor lounge/dining area, where there’s a big tray of Pepperidge Farm cookies to go with your all-day complimentary coffee or tea. The location is good for Grand Central Station and the New York Public Library.
It’s easy to get lost in the literally thousands of New York restaurants. Here are just a few suggestions for a meal or a snack or two that won’t break the bank. Pepe Rosso to Go is a, let’s say, intimate, very Italian take away restaurant in SoHo (149 Sullivan St) with just a few tables. Big bowls of fresh pasta and tasty sauces at great prices. For a sweet fix, head to The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NoLita (30 Prince St). Big, chewy cookies and huge slabs of carrot cake, black and white cake, cheesecake, etc, will tempt you every where you look. For something a little more exotic, head to the Hampton Chutney Co. The generous crepe-like crispy dosas come filled with things like chicken and spinach curry or spiced potato salad. There are two locations, UWS (464 Amsterdam Av) and SoHo (68 Prince St).