New York Élite
New York is described as the cultural capital of the world, a reputation it has earned and upheld for an age. The largest city in the US, New York plays the leading global role in finance, fashion, commerce, culture and real estate.
As the “cultural capital of the world” it is an insurmountable task to experience all that New York City has to offer.
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Rich and Diverse History & The Cultural Capital Of The World
As one of the oldest settlements in America, New York can lay claim to a rich and diverse history. Originally named New Amsterdam after the Dutch colonised the Hudson Bay area in 1625, control of the area was seceded to the British who renamed it New York after the Duke of York. The city served as the American capital between 1785 and 1790 and was the last city in any American state to do so. Even at this early stage New York’s importance was recognised and its population began to grow exponentially, overtaking Philadelphia as the most populous city in 1790, a title it has held since this date.
As the “cultural capital of the world” it is an insurmountable task to experience all that New York City has to offer. It would take a lifetime to truly immerse yourself in the immense array of activities that you can absorb. However, there are a few venues and areas that stand out amongst the many as places that cannot be missed on a trip to New York. New York has over 500 art galleries, however, for the most reputable exhibitions you should go to the established venues renowned for their extensive collections and spectacular one off exhibits. The Guggenheim irrefutably fits into this category, engrossing you in their art with its celebrated spiral staircase, an innovative and brilliant way of exposing you to all the museum has to offer.
The powerhouse of the New York art scene is undoubtedly the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the largest museums in the world in terms of floor space, The Met was conceived by a group of wealthy industrialists as a place for “encouraging and developing the Study of the Fine Arts.” This museum, which is approximately a quarter of a mile long, has more than accomplished this initial aim, housing one of the greatest collections of the fine arts in the world. The city has also become famous for its excellence in the theatre industry. Broadway, composed of the 40 theatres that have over 2000 seats, has become synonymous with theatre globally and consistently produces the foremost in theatrical productions. Almost all of the shows that make it to Broadway are of world-class standard, and this is where the multi-award winning Book of Mormon premiered and continues to play today.
New York, as the U.S.’s home of fashion also offers an incredible array of chic boutiques and luxurious department stores, none more famous than Saks 5th Avenue, found unsurprisingly on the world famous 5th avenue. If fashion is your passion then you should frequent New York Fashion Week held semi annually (February and September) in Damrosch Park. New York Fashion Week is reputed as one of the big four fashion weeks and as such attracts the fashion world’s most exclusive brands and biggest names.
The Inspiration Gala in New York is one of the most sought after tickets of the social calendar. A fundraiser for the charity amfAR, the Inspiration Gala is attended by the most influential New Yorkers and distinguished names in the entertainment industry. If you would like to raise money for a good cause whilst dining with the stars, this exclusive gala is a must do. Another star-studded event held in this spectacular city is the tennis US Open. The best tennis players in the world compete for this old and illustrious prize first won in 1881. As you might expect from a sport revered by the well to do, this tournament will see the business elite descend upon Flushing Meadows to be entertained by sporting excellence.
The City That Never Sleeps
New York is known as the city that never sleeps, something that can be experienced first hand in the vibrant and expansive nightlife scene. Focused in a few upscale neighbourhoods, notably the Meatpacking District, there is no better place in the U.S. to revel late into the night.
Lavo is a recent addition to the New York City nightlife scene and it has been making waves since it first opened its doors. A restaurant and club, Lavo provides New York’s elite with unbeatable nights as well as a brunch party on Sunday that has been described as New York’s best party.
The Box has made its way to a few cities around the world, but the concept started and flourished in New York. Here you will experience debaucherous shows in an old theatre that has been converted into a club. This ultra exclusive nightclub is frequented by the most discerning of clientele who are guaranteed an unforgettable night. At The Box you will be exposed to a brilliant combination of your classic clubbing experience and great performances that create a truly unique nightlife venue.
Setting the tone for the ultimate dining/nightlife experience, The Darby offers a mix of innovative culinary offerings and interactive live performances created by visionary restaurateurs Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva along with partner Ronnie Madra. The restaurant restores the glamour, charm and exuberance of a bygone era to 244 West 14th Street, located in the legendary Nell’s space.
The Finest Choice of International Cuisine
New York’s culinary prowess is recognized throughout the world and the sheer number of restaurants provides you with a vast array of extraordinary fine dining options. At Masa Restaurant, what you see, hear, touch, smell, and taste all spring from the same complex sensibility - the ideas of shibui (simplicity) and umami (flavour inherent in each ingredient). The experience begins on arrival where diners are transported from the bustling mall into a 26-seat zen-like sushi temple. The choice of materials used to construct the dining room reflects the original beauty of nature. At the sushi counter, a heroic single slab of Japanese cypress Hinoki wood sets the performance stage. The backdrop behind the counter is a pond with a bamboo garden and a floral arrangement by Masa according to the season.
Per Se is widely considered to be one of the finest restaurants New York has to offer. This restaurant operates under a philosophy instilled by renowned head chef Thomas Keller that says that a meal should be an emotional experience evoking memories and feelings from your senses that you may not have experienced for a long time. This unusual but brilliant approach to food guarantees a true gastronomic experience in the heart of Midtown.
The Palm, located at the famous address of 837 Second Avenue, New York, New York, is The Palm Restaurant's flagship location. Still in its original 1926 location, The Palm provides a dining experience you won't soon forget. The walls of The Palm are covered with such vivid, colorful history that you won't be able to take your eyes off the walls. At The Palm, the philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations. That philosophy was born in 1926, when Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi opened the first Palm in New York City. What began as a restaurant became a legend – a place to not only enjoy an excellent meal but also catch up with old friends, meet new ones, close business deals, and celebrate family milestones.
Luxury Hotels of First Class Comfort and Grandeur
New York provides every luxury you could require in its abundance of grand hotels, both new and old. Inside the Four Seasons, New York’s tallest luxury hotel, are 368 ultra-spacious Manhattan hotel rooms and luxury suites off Park Avenue. Many feature dazzling Central Park views, while others present the city's iconic skyline. A few of their Midtown East hotel rooms and suites even offer both. Whether you stay in a Deluxe Room or opt for a Presidential Suite, you'll enjoy the delightful touches they all share, such as handcrafted furniture, a full marble bathroom and bedside controls that open your drapes at a touch of a button to reveal the dynamic, world-class city spread out before you.
On September 4, 1904, The St Regis Hotel swung open its ornate bronze doors for the first time; the morning's New York Times heralded it as palatial. At eighteen stories, the property was considered the first skyscraper hotel in America. Today, The St. Regis New York is one of the city's most cherished addresses, where magnificent guest rooms and suites set a gilded stage for the St. Regis Butler service, heir to a hundred-year-legacy of excellence. A beloved landmark, forever at the intersection of timeless tradition and innovation, The St. Regis achieves old world luxury with contemporary style.
Amid the whirl of excitement you will find The Plaza. A cultural oasis amid a bustling metropolis, The Plaza continues the tradition of defining luxury through unmatched service with a modern spirit. While traditions remain, such as the opulent grandeur of the Beaux Arts décor and the superb ambience of the legendary Palm Court, The Plaza offers exciting new services including the elegant Champagne Bar and stylish Rose Club. Carved from within the great castle-like landmark, it’s The Plaza’s magnificent public spaces that set it apart as the quintessential grand palace. The opulent Grand Ballroom and Terrace Room have been meticulously restored to their original grandeur. Lavish social and business events and unforgettable weddings continue to be held in these historic landmarks.