This was my first trip to New York and I was really excited to experience this lively city! My Cathay Pacific red-eye flight landed at JFK at 7 am and we were promptly picked up by SuperShuttle and transported to our hotel.
Located at the crossroads of Tribeca and the Financial District, Four Seasons Hotel Downtown New York was designed by famed architect Robert A.M Stern and design star Yabu Pushlberg. I was booked in a 420 sq. ft. premier room on the 20th floor that offered amazing views of the World Trade Centre. My premier room came equipped with two leather arm chairs, a chic table and a luxurious bathroom surrounded by light coloured marble.
Elegant free standing oval shaped tub in their spacious and bright bathroom.
In-mirror TV in the bathroom
75-foot lap pool
From my 20th floor suite, a beautiful view of One World Tower.
Our first stop in New York was Governors Island. Governors Island is a former military outpost which the Coast Guard used until the mid-1990s. Today the 172-acre island is a recreational oasis just off the Lower Manhattan shore. A free seven-minute ferry ride brings you to an idyllic park.
View from “The Hills” on Governors Island.
A Broadway show is a must when visiting New York so I was fortunate enough to see A Bronx Tale. Directed by Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award Winner Jerry Zaks, this Broadway musical is based off Chazz Palminteri’s solo show on his upbringing in the Bronx.
My second day started off with room service breakfast. Four Seasons Downtown New York made it convenient for placing your order the night before on the in-suite iPad (access to all hotel services). My breakfast was served the next morning on time and hot.
I had avocado on toast with poached eggs, fruit salad and a latte.
The best way to see “new” New York is with a CityPass Booklet. Each booklet saves travellers an average of 40 percent off regular admissions prices and includes prepaid admissions to the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art to name a few. The CityPass also offers Express Service where pass holders take the VIP route, thereby skipping most main-entrance ticket lines.
2017 pricing: Adults $122 (savings of $83) and Youth $98, (ages 6-17)
At the World Trade Centre, we took a sky pod elevator to the 100th floor to the One World Observatory where we observed panoramic views of the city. There are many exhibits and a restaurant at the observatory.
Westfield World Trade Centre and the Oculus.
Westfield World Trade Centre bills itself as a community where shopping, dining, culture, art and architecture all meet. Centered around the Oculus of the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub, this Lower Manhattan destination features designer brand shopping, restaurants, and events.
Brookfield Place in the Winter Garden.
Brookfield Place is the height of luxury shopping, dining and art in downtown Manhattan. The complex is located just south of Tribeca along the Hudson River waterfront and home to international fashion houses. A great dining option is Hudson Eats, a collection of 14 chef-driven eateries.
Sailing at North Cove Marina.
A thanks to North Cove Sailing for taking us out on a lesuirely tour along the Hudson River and showing us the amazing NYC skyline. North Cove Sailing is located in North Cove Marina, Manhattan. The marina offers a variety of restaurants, shopping plazas, and hotels.
Dinner at CUT by Wolfgang Puck.
Located at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, CUT is Wolfgang Puck’s first Manhattan restaurant. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the elegant and intimate atmosphere of the dining room. The interior was designed by cutting-edge French designer Jacques Garcia in partnership with Kimberly Brown and STRATA Architects.
We were treated to four types of complimentary bread prior to our three-course meal at CUT.
Housemade Jersey sweet corn tortelloni was the appetizer and my main was a U.S.D.A. Prime 10oz sirloin steak.
Day Three started off with another in-room dining meal; fresh fruit, New York style bagel and a latte.
From our hotel, we walked over to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge; one of the oldest suspension bridges in America.
Next, we headed to DUMBO (which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) for a walking tour of the area. DUMBO offers exciting new museums and gift shops that highlight the history and culture of Brooklyn waterfront.
There is so much to do and see in New York that I barely took a bite out of the “Big Apple” in my 72 hours. I hope to come back in the future to explore what the rest of New York has to offer.
Thank you NYCgo for having me as a guest.