This is the first in a new series of posts which have come about as a result of talking with business customers. They’ve told us that one of the ways they encourage staff to undertake travel in their roles is to give them top tips on things they can do during their downtime whilst away. They encourage staff use of the intranet to rate experiences and keep conversations going across teams. With that in mind we’re starting in New York because it’s so frequently visited and also, because I’ve just come back from the place myself!
When you’re hungry
When you’re hungry go to the Westway Diner. If you want a proper New York breakfast it’s a good place to go – the food is good and serving breakfasts all day and through to 1am is something they are famous for. It’s also famous with tourists because it’s here that Larry David started the conversation with Jerry Seinfeld about what would finally become their incredibly popular “show about nothing.” – Seinfeld. Pancakes are good. Waffles are good. The staff are friendly. And, opening at 6am, it works if you want to feel like you’ve managed to cram something different in, even on the most flying of visits.
Read more about the Westway Diner
When you have a 90 minute window…
When you have a 90 minute window the tenament museum is interesting – it’s not the first thing you’d think of doing, but it’s interesting because it’s a guided tour which although it’s only on the one street, takes you from the visitor centre to an actual tenament block and into a home which is kept just as it would have been during the period. It’s a great way to learn about life through the decades. Tours take around 90 minutes but don’t walk you far, so they’re good if you’re tired or not dressed for a hike.
Read more about the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
When the weather is good….
When the weather is good, you should definitely go and walk some of The Highline. The Highline is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. Open from 7am to 10 / 11pm depending on the time of year, it’s a unique way to see the city from a fresh perspective.
If the weather is hot, do remember to take a bottle of water with you. In visiting The Highline you’ll also get a feel for the ‘real New York’ – the users of The Highline aren’t all tourists – it has an interesting community vibe and there’s always an something happening, so do check the website and take a moment to download their pocket guide map. The best thing about it is that you can decide how much time to spend there – there are frequent points where you can ascend and descend, with lifts for the less mobile. Go, enjoy!
Read more at The Highline.
When the weather isn’t so good…
When the weather isn’t so good, it’s a good time to turn detective and find speakeasy bars. They are a cultural phenomenon and are definitely not to be viewed as bar hopping – you’re being a detective and finding places with history and an ambience all of their own. We found a website – the Culture Trip, with a list of bars and looked for places that were near our meetings…. We particularly appreciated the full on air conditioning of The Garrett which really is above a five guys and has no markings at all to indicate where it is – you walk in and ask where the stairs are to get upstairs. The cocktails were good and we even got a seat, which is a rarity in most New York bars.
So, that’s our suggestions for things you could do at different points in the day and night if you find yourself with some downtime. Have you been to New York? What’s your favourite thing to do? We’d love to add to this and make it more useful for all our readers, so please do contribute!
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