It is the city that never sleeps and changes its face at a rapid pace: New York City. In order not to miss any of their highlights, our author went on a foray through Manhattan. As expected, these 24 hours in New York offered no opportunity to catch our breath – all the more for recommendations afterwards..
Hotel – Night asylum for city nomads
The "NoMad Hotel" is located in an imposing Beaux-Arts building on Broadway that underwent a core renovation when it opened in 2012. The interior by designer Jacques Garcia already reflects the hotel's aspirations: calm, accentuated and quality-conscious. The 168 guest rooms feature mahogany desks, maple parquet floors, and original artwork on the walls. On top there is a city panorama without any kitsch. The eponymous restaurant "NoMad" and the hotel bar are among New York's critics' favorites – good reasons not to wander the streets of Manhattan in the evening.
The NoMad Hotel , Address: 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, USA. Tel: +1 (0) 212 796 1500.
Restaurant – Big Taste in the Big Apple
Three Michelin stars, city-famous service and an Art Deco-style dining room, Eleven Madison Park, part of the renowned Relais & Chateaux group, is a (still young) institution in New York's gastronomic landscape. Where once the world's tallest skyscraper was to stand, Daniel Humm has been creating culinary superlatives for 10 years now. A meal with the Swiss chef includes up to ten courses and takes about three hours to prepare. At $295 per person, certainly no bargain, but a fitting end to a successful business trip.
Eleven Madison Park , Metropolitan Life North Building, 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA. Tel: +1 (0) 212 889 0905.
Bar – My name is Rabbit ..
The chefs of the "Dead Rabbit" don't seem to want to know about the numerous awards as the world's best bar. Instead, Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry take care of each guest as if they were in their favorite bar. While craft beer and bottled punch are served on the first floor, 72 cocktail recipes from the century before last are available on the second floor. Needless to say, the Irish pub in the Financial District also offers a well-stocked selection of whiskeys. If you prefer a more subdued ambience, take a cab to Greenwich Village. In "ZZ's Clam Bar" gourmet tongues get their money's worth. Metaphorical as well as monetary.
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog , 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004, USA. Tel: +1 (0) 646 422 7906.
ZZ's Clam Bar , 169 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012, USA. Tel: +1 (0) 212 254 3000.
Party – Afterwork meets Variety
"The Box" is one of the most must-see after-work locations in Manhattan. On the one hand, this is due to the top-class show acts from the fields of singing, cabaret and dance, on the other hand, the club impresses with its stylish audience. On three floors, bankers and creatives alike leave their long working days behind them. Admission starts at eleven o'clock and usually ends at midnight – understandable with a maximum number of visitors of 288 people. "The Box is open from Tuesday to Saturday. Reservations are required for the private tables, otherwise it's first come, first party.
The Box , 189 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA. Tel: +1 (0) 212 982 9301.
Entertainment – Naturally on Broadway!
Broadway New York is where the world of musicals originated, and anyone visiting New York can't avoid a visit to one of the world's most beautiful plays. The enchanting world of the world's most beautiful theaters fascinates and often tickets for the most popular plays are sold out for months. Rightly so, because a visit to a musical on Broadway is a unique experience that you can't experience anywhere else. Our recommendation: Hamilton. Attention: your English should be really solid. Because the rap lyrics and intelligent puns are hard to understand for foreign speakers. Behind all the music is a touching story about Alexander Hamilton, a Caribbean orphan who later becomes a very special person in America. Embark on a little boy's journey that begins sadly and ends with a curious twist.
Shopping – Oldie but Goldie
With little time and high expectations, shopping in New York can be a nightmare. It's just a good thing that the "Bergdorf Goodman" brings quality and trends together in one place. American designers, luxury labels and exciting niche brands can be found on twelve floors (three of which are for men). The portfolio convinces connoisseurs and pragmatists alike. In addition, the department store's original store windows are considered a sight in their own right. If you have time on your hands, head to Chelsea for some outdoor shopping. Between 8th and 10th Avenue are many multi-brand boutiques. Worth seeing are u. a. Jeffrey, Parke& Ronen or Malin+Goetz. Second-hand couture is available a few blocks away at New York Vintage (117 W 25th St).
Bergdorf Goodman , 754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA. Tel: +1 (0) 212 753 7300.
Chelsea , approach via "Chelsea Market. The best stores are located between 8th and 10th Avenues and 14th and 20th Streets.
Art – On a paper chase
Those interested in contemporary art can either immerse themselves in New York's wide range of museums or pay a visit to Larry Gagosian. The gallery owner is one of the most influential personalities in the art world and maintains five branches in Manhattan alone, which are freely accessible to the public. His portfolio includes international greats such as Georg Baselitz, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Koons or Takashi Murakami. Information on ongoing exhibitions can be found on the website. Visits for prospective buyers on request.
Gagosian Gallery , 980 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075, USA (main building). Tel: +1 (0) 212 744 2313.
Culture – Beyond the River
Manhattan residents are notoriously reluctant to leave their island. But for "BAM" events, even they jump over their shadows. Or the East River. The "Brooklyn Academy of Music" has three performance venues that house spoken-word theaters, arthouse theaters, musical stages and an opera house. In addition to first-class film and music festivals, the "BAM" is a mecca for contemporary American theater far away from the ballyhoo of Broadway. If you want to approach your excursion in a particularly authentic way, treat yourself to a trip by subway to "Atlantic Avenue.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA.
Umsonst – Standing above things
At the end of the nineties, the disused railroad line "High Line" was still doomed to demolition. Courageous activists saved it at the last minute and gave New York a new landmark. In cooperation with city authorities, the Friends of the High Line transformed the rusty bridge into a blooming park landscape. Since 2009, the "High Line Park" has served as a meeting place and is the venue for many cultural, artistic and sporting events. Our tip: Use clear winter days for a walk on the High Line. Then there is little going on, and you can take a short breather from fast-paced Manhattan.
The High Line , ascend via "Gansevoort Street" in the Meatpacking District between 10th and 12th Avenue.
Back in the air – Out of New York
Getting out of Manhattan can be more difficult than getting in. Especially when rush hour rages between the urban canyons. For such cases, the helicopter service of "Fly Blade" is recommended. In just twenty minutes, a charter plane is available at one of the four Flyblade lounges. Bookable are airport transfers as well as flights to the Hamptons, Miami or the Bahamas – all conveniently via app. After all, one of the most heard sayings on Wall Street is: "Time is money."
Three insider tips from Stefan Athmann, general manager at the Regent Berlin and self-confessed New York lover