The architecture in Manhattan will amaze you with how majestic it is, but I’ve always had a soft spot for one particular building that doesn’t stand out for its size but more if its peculiar shape. The Flatiron used to be one of the tallest buildings in the city after being completed in the 1900s, it still stands as a symbol of the architectonic trend that filled the city. You can observe its beauty from Madison Square Park, that is the line between two areas: NoMad (North of Madison Sq. Park) and Rose Hill on the east, and where you can also see the Met Life Tower. While you’re there I recommend a trip to Eataly, which is an Italian marketplace selling some of the best products from my lovely country and also themed restaurants and bars.
Take Broadway and it will lead you down to Union Square, which is also my favourite square! What I love about this area is that it seems as if there is less of a hectic mood compared to the rest of the city. Four days a week you can find a charming market that sells fresh herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers, pastries, honey, and many other things produced locally!
Make your way down the streets (you can take University place) to get to Washington Square, the heart of Greenwich Village. During the summer the park fills with musicians, street artists, people relaxing and enjoying themselves! You will probably recognize the park from the movie ‘I Am Legend’, as this is where Dr.Robert Neville (Will Smith) lives. New York University occupies a lot of the buildings in the area, making this quite a young and lively place also at night, for night life check out http://www.timeout.com/newyork/bars/bars-in-greenwich-village-where-to-go-out-and-drink.
What I recommend doing around here is walking around the streets to find peculiar stores and bars. Don’t miss Bleecker Street, this used to be the center of bohemian lifestyle and home to the protagonists of the Beat Generation.
The Village at night is also the place to be to listen to some good jazz music, visit one of the most historic and legendary locations: the Village Vanguard (178 7th Ave South, near Perry Street) has been hosting the best jazz musicians since 1935. Another traditional jazz spot is the Blue Note (131 W 3rd St, near Mcdougal Street), which has become a little too commercial but is still a classic!
Where to Shop:
- ABC Carpet and Home: 881 and 888 Broadway and East 19th street
- Whole Foods Market: 4 Union Square East
- MAC Cosmetics: 853 Broadway (Union Square)
- Halloween Adventure (all sorts of costumes): 104 4th Ave, 11th street or Broadway at 11th st.
- Lush: 7 East 14th St
- NYU Bookstore: 726 Broadway (close to Waverly Place)
- Superdry: 718 Broadway (close to Washington Place)
Eat & Drink:
- Eataly (Italian market and restaurants):
- ABC Cocina (Mexican reinvented):
- Republic: 37 Union Square West
- Baked by Melissa: 7 East 14th St (Close to Union Square)
- GROM (ice cream): corner of Bleeker St and Carmine St
- Pastis (french): 9 9th Ave and Little West 12th street
- Sushi Samba (japanese and brazilian fusion): 87 7th Ave South and Bleeker St
- Bar 13 (disco): 35 East 13th St, University Place