6. New York Harbor
Yes, you can find beauty in even the most urban of settings. As New York rebounds from a pandemic-stricken year, there’s no better reminder of the Big Apple’s prowess and the beauty of the New York harbor and bay than seeing it for yourself at edge. Located at Hudson Yards some 100 stories in the sky, the outdoor observation deck with 7,500 square feet of viewing space and a pretty trippy glass floor is the Western Hemisphere’s highest. It spoils visitors with insane views over Manhattan, New York Bay and the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River and parts of New Jersey. After a tough year, it will quickly re-spark that New York magic Frank Sinatra so smoothly sings about…
Where to stay: In New York, our money is always on Arlo Hotels for their relatively good value and experience, not to mention contemporary, clean and comfortable digs. Wedged between two major points of interest, Times Square and Hudson Yards, the hotel group just opened their latest offering, Arlo Midtown. For the ideal staycation or vacation, book a King City Terrace room, which boasts a well-appointed private terrace.
Pro tip: To give NYC’s infamously competitive hospitality a boost, consider trying out some NYC restaurants and bars that opened just before or during the pandemic, or recently reopened. Our picks would include sampling the plant based bites and delicious libations from Etérea, a cozy new East Village spot; getting acquainted with updated dishes, like a sweet potato curry, by Trinidad-born Chef de Cuisine Nicole Gajadhar at The Loyal; being one of the first into seeyamaña, a new casual and cool Baja-influenced restaurant with tasty Mexican dishes; or, treating your favorite group of friends to a fancy-pants night on the town at the storied and just-reopened Bemelmans Bar.