It’s pretty safe to assume that when you’re on a trip to the ‘city that never sleeps’, there’s going to be plenty of things going on for your entertainment. However, there are two tricks that you need to pull in order to make the most of it.
Firstly, you need to be able to have enough time off in order to enjoy it. What’s the point in coming all the way to New York City on business if you’re going to be stuck in an office 24/7? Have a look at holiday apartments in New York which are close to the action. That way if you do have limited time off you won’t have far to go to get changed from your business suit into your party clothes.
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Secondly, you need to know exactly what to do in this big city. If there is any drawback to the entertainment in New York it’s that there is just so much to choose from! Your free time is precious and you want to know the very best things to do.
Here’s a brief list of some of the best things to do during your downtime. Firstly though, take our advice. If you can, add a couple of days onto the end of your business trip for your leisure time. You won’t regret it!
Top of the Rock
This is a trip that is well worth the money. If you’re in town for business the chances are you would have happened across the Rockerfeller Centre already. Not only is it an unforgettable example of elegance, beauty and Art Deco architecture at all times, if you’re visiting in the festive season, it’s also the site of that famous Christmas Tree.
The Top of the Rock itself is a six level observatory on top of the Rockefeller Centre from which you can take in 360-degree views of some of the city’s most prominent landmarks.
The New York Public Library
One of the most iconic and historic locations in New York City, the New York Public Library is more than just a huge collection of books.
When most people (even native New Yorkers) think of the New York Public Library, what they are actually thinking of is just the Humanities and Social Sciences section. The entire library is actually made up of five research libraries and a further 81 branch libraries.
This important part of the library, with the lions out front (made famous by the Ghostbusters film) can be found on 5th and 42nd Streets.
Walk the High Line
A park like no other. Forget Central Park in all its dull ground levelness. This is an elevated linear park built on what used to be part of the New York City Railroad.
The rail spur was abandoned back in 1980 and the park was started in 2006, eventually opening a phase in 2009 before being fully opened in 2014. It is considered a triumph of ecology, urban design and landscape architecture.
On its 1.45 mile route you can find plantings inspired by weeds that grew on the original tracks, gravel paths, art installations and various temporary exhibitions.
Masa is a restaurant which is best enjoyed in your free time, but best paid for with your corporate account, if you dare. The reason is is that Masa is considered the most expensive restaurant in the whole of New York City. It is the most expensive sushi restaurant in the world and one of the overall most expensive restaurants in the world.
The attraction of the menu is, there is no menu. Chef Masa Takayama flies in fish from Japan and other ingredients from around the world and serves you with his own selected meals costing $595 each. He’ll remember what you liked and then hopefully serve it to you again next time you’re in town!
Reserve early though, there’s only 26 seats in the restaurant!
Go the the MET
We’re obviously talking about the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not the iconic New York baseball team. But if you do have time a visit to Citi-Field may well be in order too!
The MET is one of New York City’s jewels. It’s splendid to look at, even just from the outside. It’s the largest art museum in the US and the third largest in the world. There are over 2 million works to see inside.
If you want to avoid the crowds and get taken to see the really good stuff, we’d recommend a $175 EmptyMet Tour ticket. You’ll get to see everything in the very quiet hours of the morning, shown by your very own expert guide.