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A Typical Halcyon Day

8/7/2015

With easy access to amenities such as a pool, fitness center, library and sky lounge, residents of Halcyon – the luxury condo in Midtown East – would be forgiven for spending at least some of their time indulging in the comforts of home. But on Halcyon’s doorstep is a world replete with art, culture, food, and opportunities to shop. Here’s just a handful of the things you might enjoy on your own Halcyon Day.

Embrace the Culture

Midtown East is generously sprinkled with cultural attractions. There’s the Museum of Modern Art (Yoko Ono is exhibiting here through September, while a collection of director Martin Scorsese’s prize movie posters is on display until October); the Mozart scores, ancient bibles, and Rubens sketches at the Morgan Library & Museum; Himalayan treasures at the Rubin Museum of Art (which also offers an impressive array of talks and workshops on the art of the Himalayas); and a smorgasbord of everything from Swedish jazz to Scandinavian food and movie nights at Scandinavia House.

Grab a Bite

Speaking of food, there’s a glut of eateries in Midtown East that are guaranteed to sate any palate. You’ll find classic American fare at the likes of Smith & Wollensky and Sparks Steak House; Asian delights served up by TAO, which boasts a huge Buddha centerpiece, and Sushi Yasuda, which serves up some of the tastiest raw fish in Manhattan; and the spices of Latin America at Sofrito (named after the base flavoring and seasoning used in many Spanish-influenced cuisines). Or simply sink your teeth into an oversize kosher bagel at Ess-a-Bagel.

Get Some Fresh Air

Burn off some extra calories in one of Halycon’s neighboring parks. The tree-ensconced Bryant Park hosts an HBO film festival and pop-up fairgrounds and has free wi-fi (ideal for checking your emails while sunbathing). Ralph Bunche Park in Turtle Bay is a serene spot for strolling while you admire the Isaiah Wall and stairs. And nearby Peter Detmold Park provides shaded walkways, tables for al fresco games (time to dust off that chess set), and off-leash dog walking.

Be a Tourist Again

No matter how long you’ve been a New Yorker, the city’s most iconic sights never get old. Remind yourself just how incredible NYC is by indulging in some wonderfully fresh seafood at the historic Grand Central Oyster Bar and then spending time to admire Grand Central Station’s celestial ceiling, going on a guided tour of the United Nations building, or expanding your knowledge of Art Deco architecture by viewing towering masterpieces like the Chanin and Chrysler Buildings.

A Night on the Tiles

End your Halcyon Day by taking in a show at one of the district’s theaters (browse listings for Booth Theatre on Broadway or go off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters or the York Theatre Company). Then head to a bar for a nightcap; take your pick from over 40 beers on tap at Draught 55, sip vino at Sofia Wine Bar, or party till you’ve dropped (or at least lost your voice) at Karaoke Duet 48.

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