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Staycation In New York City


Whether you’re considering switching things up and sticking around during a weekend or have friends coming to town and need an entire weekend’s worth of recommendations, we will plan out the ultimate New York City staycation that focuses on some of the many highlights located around Halcyon.

Where to Eat

The first must for the ultimate New York staycation is a great meal. One reason condos for sale in Midtown East are in such high demand is because the neighborhood is home to some of the city’s—and world’s—most acclaimed restaurants. If you’re looking for the crème de la crème of New York dining, you can choose from decadently old-style French cuisine at La Grenouille, the intimate yet high-end Italian dining experience at Scalinatella, the precision-cut sushi made primarily with fish flown in from Japan at the tasteful yet minimalistic Sushi Yasuda, refined seafood dishes at the Michelin three-star restaurant Le Bernardin, and many more. Among the newer additions to the area is Ralph Lauren’s first New York spot, The Polo Bar, which serves American classics like shrimp cocktail and pigs in a blanket amidst Lauren’s signature designs.

Where to be Pampered

Within a few blocks’ radius of Halcyon, some of the world’s most legendary hotels house luxury spas worthy of even the most cosmopolitan clientele. L.RAPHAEL, the pioneering brand of anti-aging skincare, set up its first location in North America at the Four Seasons Hotel New York, while one of the city’s best hotel spas—the Guerlain Spa—is located in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. At the Ritz-Carlton’s La Prairie Spa, you can get one of the best facials in the city along with warm chocolate chip cookies and champagne upon request. And if hitting a hotel spa doesn’t strike your fancy, check out Spa Castle’s 39,000-square-foot Premier 57. For $65, you can get a day pass that includes the use of an Asian/European bath area, indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pools, lounge areas, sauna rooms, and much more.

Where to Go

The neighborhood around Halcyon is a bibliophile haven. Examine a copy of the Gutenberg Bible or the score of one of Mozart’s symphonies at the Morgan Library & Museum, or simply revel in the multilevel stacks of rare books in the famous institution’s wood-paneled, Old World-style rooms. Afterward, walk a few blocks north to the New York Public Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building to catch an author reading or to spot New York literati at work.

True to its reputation as the city’s most cosmopolitan enclave, Midtown East is also home to the Japan Society and Scandinavia House, both of which offer exhibitions, film screenings, and kid-friendly events. For a break from Midtown skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Ralph Bunche Park to check out the 50-foot stainless steel Peace Form One sculpture, or walk down the East River to Stuyvesant Cove Park, which offers views of three boroughs—Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan—from its unique position on the city grid. Solar One, the city’s Green Energy Education Center that manages the park, also hosts kayaking outings and free public concerts year round.


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