New York curiosa: una guida per il weekend

di Danielle Contray

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New York is a magical place, even if it’s your second, third or fifth visit to the city. From an urban park stretching along an elevated railway track to a tiny museum in a freight elevator, there are plenty of quirky spots in The Big Apple. Here’s a 48-hour guide for curious travellers seeking the unexpected in NYC. The best part? You don’t even have to take a full day off work.


Serata - Si prepari per una fuga

With frequent flights to New York from London departing every day, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the British Airways schedule. You can minimise your holiday leave and maximise your first evening in Manhattan by catching an early evening flight from London Heathrow to JFK.

22:00 - Bicchierino

Drop your luggage off at the InterContinental New York Barclay and walk over to Grand Central Station. If a trip to New York's biggest station doesn't sound like a particularly 'curious' recommendation to you, look again – the station has a 'secret' bar that’s the perfect Friday night spot. Book ahead for a candlelit table at The Campbell. Once the private office and reception hall of a Jazz Age financier, it was restored in 2017 and the sound of cocktail shakers has replaced the clack of typewriters. Hidden in a side room off the station, it's a novel way to take in a classic New York landmark.

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  • Il nuovo Whitney Museum of American Art ha riaperto i propri battenti nel quartiere di Meatpacking

    Art attack

    Gli oltre 21.000 capolavori del museo sono esposti negli eleganti spazi nei pressi della High Line, con una superficie quasi il doppio della ex-sede nell'Upper East Side. Adesso, pertanto, è esposta praticamente tutta la collezione, cosa che prima non era possibile.

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  • Cucina messicana premiata da Michelin al Casa Enrique

    Stelle Michelin

    Casa Enrique was the first Mexican restaurant in New York to earn a Michelin star – and with good reason. Chef Cosme Aguilar’s most popular dish, cochinito chiapaneco – tender baby pork ribs marinated in guaillo chillies – is worth the trip to Queens alone.

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  • Grand Central is full of surprises – from a hidden bar to a whispering gallery


08:00 – A taste of classic New York

Woken up bleary eyed? The charm and chatter of Lexington Candy Shop, the oldest family-run luncheonette in New York, will lift your spirits after a long flight. Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this nostalgic eatery offers a glimpse into the city’s soda-fountain-filled past (you can even order an egg cream) and serves breakfast all day. Stacks of pancakes stuffed with the likes of blueberries and pecans tend to steal the show, while the Walnut Cinnamon Raisin French Toast is a favourite of the owners.

10:30 - L'ora dell'arte

The Whitney Museum of American Art sits in trendy Renzo Piano-designed digs just round the corner. The expansive galleries display more than 3,000 painters, sculptors, architects, film makers and performance artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. You'll discover some new artists to love, but the galleries also house their fair share of Mark Rothkos and Georgia O'Keeffes. Look out for Calder’s Circus: a delicate sculpture that includes a pom-pom lion. The Whitney's major exhibitions are always popular, so remember to reserve tickets in advance.

13.00 - Vivere alla grande

Gansevoort Peninsula, home to the first public beach in Manhattan, is just across the street from the Whitney. Sink into one of the sky-blue deckchairs and dig your feet into powdery sand. Gaze at the vast Hudson River fringed by skyscrapers. Then take to the High Line - an urban park that stretches along an old, elevated railway track from the Meatpacking District up 22 blocks to Midtown. Stop at an ice cream stand along the way – you’re on holiday, after all.

  • Il campo di fiori selvatici sulla High Line che si estende tra la 28ª e la 30ª strada. Foto di Iwan Baan, per gentile concessione di "High Line".

    La fascia verde

    Da quando è stata inaugurata nel 2009, la High Line è diventata uno dei parchi più popolari di New York. L'erba e le piante sulla sezione che è ritratta in questa foto alludono alla West Side Line caduta in disuso e alle piante che sono cresciute lì da quando la linea ferrovia non viene più utilizzata.

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17:00 - La ricerca degli appassionati di cibo a Queens

The High Line descends to street level at 34th Street - and you can walk from here to Hudson Yards to catch the 7 train. Ride it all the way to Hunters Point Avenue in Queens and you'll be in the heart of New York's hipster district: Long Island City. You’ll need to make a reservation beforehand at Casa Enrique, but it’s worth it. It serves Michelin-starred Mexican food, from enchiladas to mole that's so bold that it, to quote the guide itself, 'thrills palates' and 'tempts wanton thoughts': get booking.

20:00 – Shakespeare in the city

Dopo aver mangiato, puoi tornare a Manhattan per un'esperienza che si può vivere solo a New York: lo spettacolo Sleep No More della compagnia teatrale Punchdrunk, un adattamento originale del Macbeth di Shakespeare che viene rappresentato al McKittrick Hotel. Riceverai una maschera e potrai muoverti liberamente in 100 camere per assistere a scene intricate e interagire con il misterioso cast di attori. Sconsigliato per i deboli di cuore!


  • Al posto delle boutique sulla Fifth Avenue scelga quelle più particolari del West Village come, ad esempio, quella di Alexis Bittar

    Verso ovest

    Il West Village è pieno di eccentriche boutique. Si assicuri solo di risparmiare posto nella valigia per alcuni articoli che potrà portare con se.

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10:00 - Per gli appassionati del brunch

New Yorkers take brunch seriously, but most restaurants don’t raise the gate until noon. Maximize your time by heading to Buvette, a sweet French spot in the West Village where doors open earlier in the morning. Order the much raved-about croque-monsieur or the fluffy steamed eggs, made via the espresso machine’s steam wand and served with prosciutto on country bread.

Noon – Browse boutiques and artefacts

Forget the chain stores that have proliferated in SoHo and on Fifth Avenue and head to the West Village. Fragrance shop Aedes de Venustas stocks an array of sought-after scents, including ones from its own label; Odin stocks high-end menswear; while Alexis Bittar is a jewel-box of a store displaying the designer’s signature Lucite pieces – New York style icon Iris Apfel is a fan. If you’ve got time, you should also head to Cortlandt Alley (around 15 minutes from West Village with the help of public transport) and check out Mmuseumm: NY’s smallest museum housing thought-provoking artefacts in a freight elevator. Previous exhibits include ‘objects of collapse’ and ‘Last Meal Receipts'.

16:00 - Viaggio di ritorno

Può scegliere uno dei molti voli a disposizione per tornare a Londra. Prenda quello delle 19.25 dal JFK, che le permetterà di atterrare a Heathrow alle 07.20, giusto in tempo per bere un caffè e tornare al lavoro.