New York City: On the Ground

Insider Tour New York City: On the Ground

This city never sleeps, and you won’t either with all the bustling culture, diverse restaurants, hot parties and cool people that thrive with the 24/7 mentality. See a side of New York City that’s off the tourist trail with Joseph Folta, the Insider at W New York – Times Square, and get to know the city like a real New Yorker.

SEE

The Highline

Between 10th Ave and 11th Ave, from Gansevoort St up to W 30th St

 

Built on top of an old NY central railroad, The Highline is a 1.45 mile aerial greenway running down the lower west side of Manhattan. Since opening in 2009, it has quickly become an iconic must-see in NYC. Enjoy a relaxing and scenic stroll through the Park above the city street and take in the view of the Hudson River, the Chelsea gallery district, and all the yellow cabs zooming under your feet.

 

 

Chelsea Gallery District

20th St to 28th St, between 10th Ave and 11th Ave

 

In this city, art is everywhere, and most of the time you don’t even have to pay to see it. Take a daytime walk around Chelsea and pop into the hundred of art galleries in the neighborhood to take in the best new artists and contemporary shows of the moment. Or follow the crowds on Thursday night when many of the galleries have their openings. It’s a great way to people watch and take in culture with a free glass of wine (or two).

SHOP

Generation Records

210 Thompson St

 

For 17 years, Generation Records has been NYC’s best source for new and used vinyl and CDs, 45s, DVDs, posters and t-shirts. Stock up on the best sounds and take in the creative energy of the West Village where many of those great musicians got their start.

 

 

The Strand

828 Broadway

 

New, used, and those hard to find favorites, The Strand has more miles of books than the length of the city! Browse forever, and after you find the perfect page-turner, head to Union Square park to relax and read.

 

 

Tokio 7

83 East 7th St

 

This unique high-end consignment shop features labels like Chanel and Prada along with local designers and funky vintage merch and accessories. No one will believe you when you tell them the price.

 

 

Community 54

54 Clinton St

 

From the Lower East Side to Parkdale, Community 54 is a neighborhood lifestyle boutique inspired by creative nostalgia and vintage street wear. It’s one of the many unique clothing shops of the neighborhood, so make sure you take time to explore.

PLAY

Foxgrove

43 West 29th St, 4th floor

 

Mix it up and tap into your talent at this private DJ school and recording studio for a totally creative experience. State of the art equipment, a gorgeous zen space and DJ gurus to help unleash your passion to collaborate, just let the city outside be your inspiration.

EAT

Vanderbilt Urbanspace

Inside The Helmsley Building at 230 Park

 

Set behind Grand Central Terminal, you’d never know that inside the sleek corridor on Vanderbilt there is an amusement park of a food hall to make all your foodie dreams come true. Vanderbilt Urbanspace offers 20 different options; variety of cuisines and some offering adult beverages. Take a taste of all the options, some favorites include: the spicy tuna and shrimp tacos at Takumi Taco, the short rib and brisket sandwich at Mayhem and Stout, Lobster mac and cheese at Red Hook, mocha almond crunch donut at Dough, and iced coffee at Toby’s.

 

 

The Marshal

628 Tenth Ave

 

Seasonal ingredients, natural preparation, and a commitment to excellence ensure that this farm-to-table hotspot will be an experience to remember. Grab a great healthy breakfast here to get you nourished for your big day, or regenerated after a long night.

 

 

Totto Ramen

464 West 51st

 

The best part about a city that is as diverse as NYC is the endless food option on every corner. Take a trip to Japan without having to walk more than a few block, this savory ramen spot has got the locals talking.