Williamsburg & Manhattan tips from Peter HeshofPresentation Transcript
Tips for visiting Williamsburg & Manhattan Peter Heshof
In this document you find tips for visiting NYC, based on my stay in NYC during the month September 2010. As a Zeitgeist watcher and marketing strategist I stayed there for one month to see, feel, smell and taste the trends myself. If you are interested in my trend observations? Please visit my slideshare presentation Google: Trend report New York Peter Heshof I hope you enjoy your stay in this great city. Greetings, Peter Heshof [email_address] www.tobloom.nl
Where to stay?
Search a hotel or even better rent an apartment in Williamsburg or Greenpoint which is in Brooklyn.
Williamsburg is just 1 stop from First Av. in Manhattan, just take the L line.
Why Williamsburg? Because there is it happening. The young, cultural people, the so called Hipsters live in this area. And the atmosphere is very relaxed and vibrant. The best coffee and food you will find here. And you have a great view on Manhattan on the riverside.
For more info see freewilliamsburg.com
Where to drink or eat in Williamsburg?
My Coffee favorites:
Van Leeuwen, 632 Manhattan Av.. I love their cappuccino
Blue Bottle Coffee, 160 Berry street. Here they roast there own coffee beans, just go and smell it. You will also see that drip coffee is back.
Bakeri, 150 Wythe avenue, sit in the nice small backyard
El Beit, 154 Bedford Av, with free Wifi and lots of hipsters
Milk & Roses, 1110 Manhattan Av. Wall of hardbound books and dark aged wood floors for an elegant atmosphere supported by an easy sound track of jazz.
Breakfast or lunch favorites:
Five Leaves, 18 Bedford Av, very nice place. Started by the great actor Heath Ledger (Brokeback mountain), but unfortunately he died before the opening.
Egg, 135 north, 5 th street, is off course all about eggs dishes. There is always a queue.
El Beit, 154 Bedford Av, for great sandwiches
Café Colette, 79 Berry street, huge choice of sandwiches
Where to drink or eat in Williamsburg?
My diner favorites:
Anella, 222 Franklin street. One of the best restaurants in Brooklyn.
Enid’s, 560 Manhattan Av. If you are alone you can eat at the bar.
Manhattan Inn, 632 Manhattan Av. with live piano music. Only a drink at the bar is also nice
Five Leaves, 18 Bedford Av. Great atmosphere and food. Trendy place.
Paulie Gee’s, 60 Greenpoint Av, for the best wood oven pizza’s.
Chai home Kitchen,124 North 6 th street, really super Thai food
In Bushwick Brooklyn go to Roberta’s for superb brick oven pizza’s and more. They also crow their own vegetables on the roof.
The Brooklyn Ice Factory, for authentic ice creams
For cocktails and a beautiful place go to Hotel Delano, 82 Berry street
Things to do in Williamsburg?
The Meat Hook, 100 Frost street, is a butcher shop with local meats and very nice home made sausages and hot dogs. You can also take cooking lessons here at the Brooklyn kitchen.
Go in the evening to a Jazz café, like Rosa Live Music. I heard 8 youngsters play and it was really good
Visit Brooklyn denim, they are specialized in jeans made in the USA (local)
Bake your own mug or plate at Baked in Brooklyn, 242 Wythe Av. North 3 street.
Visit one of the rooftop farms, like on Eagle street, with the most beautiful view on Manhattan standing between the rabbits and leek.
The green market full off organic and local food on Saturdays
On a sunny day go the park at East river state park to have a view on Manhattan or go to McCarren Park and feel the sixties. Go to the sporting filed of McCarren Park and do some sports or just watch all those different cultures playing together.
Rent a bike and cross the Manhattan bridge and go back via the Brooklyn bridge
Take the subway to the Brooklyn Museum. Did you know the have a Mondrian chair and a wheelbarrow?
Walk around through Brooklyn Heights.
Where to drink or eat in Manhattan?
Because I stayed in an apartment in Williamsburg I did not eat much in Manhattan.
My Coffee and tea favorites:
Argo Tea, where they treat tea like coffee. I had a Green tea Ginger twist. great sandwiches
No Starbucks, only for the free WiFi
Café Ost, 441 Eat 12 th street, for the best coffee, it is a very nice cosy place
Barns & Noble at Union square
Ted & Honey in Brooklyn,
Suger Sweet sunshine in East village
Lunch and diner favorites:
Pastis in the trendy Meat packing district, Little west 12 th street
Dishes, at Park Av, very popular with office workers
Go to one of the rooftop terraces, like the Peninsula Hotel or the Standard for a drink
Choose one of the foodtrucks in Midtown around 12.00, like Schnitzel & Things, Wafels & Dinges
For the best desserts go to Just Dessert
Things to do in Manhattan?
The best site to check for activities is, www.nymag.com or www.nycgo.com
Or go to Barnes&Noble, look for NYC guides and take the guides for reading at the Starbucks inside B&N.
Leave Manhattan on a sunny day and go to Jones Beach.
If you don’t like the beach rent a bike and cross Central Park or take the bike from Battery Park up to Harlem with the Hudson river near you
If you don’t like biking take a boat from South street Seaport for a tour around Manhattan Island
Otherwise just walk from Battery Park all the way up to 100 th street, like I did.
Walk the High line park, a beautiful walk on the old subway track, at Gansevoort street.
Go to Chelsea indoor market with great shops. Nearby is a huge Apple store and the posh department store Jeffry, 449 West 14 th street.
Visit the galleries in Chelsea.
Check at the Chelsea International Hostel, the Comedy Show for stand-up comedian
See the grandeur of the Grand Central Terminal
Take a guided tour at the United Nations
And off course go to a musical on Broadway
Things to do in Manhattan?
- Lower Manhattan (Ground Zero and Wall street), Little Italy (fake and overruled by the Chinese), TriBeCa (walking around), Soho (popular shops), Meat packing (restaurants and designer shops), Lower eat side (upcoming), East Village (trendy), Greenwich village (gay), Chelsea (galleries), Hells kitchen (evening pleasure), Theater district (too busy), Upper east side (beautiful snob), Upper West side (rather boring), Central Park (lie in the grass and do nothing)
MoMa, my favorite. See van Gogh and Matisse. Always good modern collections.
MET, is too big, but you should visit the roof terrace for a great view on central park.
Guggenheim, beautiful building
Cooper Hewitt (design)
The Frick collection
If you have enough of cable TV, go to www.hulu.com
If you want to know some conversations of new Yorkers on the street or subway, see www.overheardinnewyork.com
Take a visit at Whole foods Union square
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