When it comes to New York City there are many different options, for where to stay and what to do. After all, that's the allure of New York - there’s something for everyone.
Where To Stay
If you love books as well as interesting concepts for boutique hotels, then the Library Hotel offers you the perfect stay in New York. Each room is uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art and the hotel offers a collection of over 6,000 books. What's more, you can buy special packages, which include things like entry to certain libraries and museums.
If you prefer extraordinary luxury, well then the Trump Towers are about as good as it gets. You can choose between the Soho location and the location in Central Park. Hint: if you are looking for romantic horse drawn rides through Central Park, or going ice-skating in winter with your partner, then the Central Park location is great.
If you, on the other hand is looking for a loft experience then that Mercer Hotel is brilliant. Renowned interior designer Christian Liaigre has created modern, yet comforting, interiors filled with natural light. It's luxurious too.
If you love mingling with hipsters and being close to the hip Lower East Side, then The Bowery is your best bet. The hotel is swanky, if not luxurious, and you're definitely in the hotspot for the creative nightlife scene of New York. Close to Little Italy as well.
What To Do
Apart from the obvious tourist attractions like catching a Broadway show, the Statue of Liberty,Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Empire State building, here are some interesting things to do in and around Manhattan.
Have a look at Imagine Mosaic in Central Park - a tribute to John Lennon - in the park's Strawberry Fields (note: you will have to bring your own strawberries… maybe chocolate dipped ones?).
If you came to New York for the art scene then Film Forum on West Houston Street is a must. Even if you're there on a romantic trip, you might find just the perfect romance movie for you.
If you like it indie style then the Bowery Ballroom is another must visit. Here you can listen to up-and-coming bands from across the nation.
For a swanky rooftop party or at least drinks with a view of Manhattan, try the bar at the Standard. They have their own ice skating rink too. It's fancy. It's chic. You should check it out.
Love Italian food? Then you have to visit, not just a little Italy, but Eataly - A massive complex with all things Italian that are edible. Centrally located as well. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, which is located under Brooklyn Bridge is another classic for lovers of Italian food. It is said that Sinatra loved their pizza too.
Want a different kind of food experience? Try Pure Food and Wine, a completely raw restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. It's pricey, but the ice cream is worth it.