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See Manhattan How We See It Blog


From New York City’s best attractions to our favorite fairs and festivals, this is your one-stop source for insider intel on all the Big Apple has to offer.

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Your Guide to Museum Day

For one day only, 31 New York City museums will offer free admission. On September 21st, plan a museum-hopping day that will keep your Instagram feed buzzing with fresh content. It’s impossible to visit all of them, so we picked our top three to help you navigate the cultural waters. 

The Rubin Museum of Art

Explore the art and cultures of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions at this intimate museum located in the Flatiron district. 

The Jewish Museum 

Head to the Upper East Side to visit this impressive museum that features contemporary art exhibits alongside a prolific collection of nearly 30,000 works of art.

Cooper Hewitt 

Right down the street from the Jewish Museum is the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, a design institution nestled on Museum Mile. It is the only museum dedicated to historic and contemporary design and features a collection of 210,000 objects spanning thirty centuries. 

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Celebrities, Tennis, and More!

What's more exciting than enjoying the fine dining, museums, and shopping of NYC before catching a US Open match and rubbing elbows with the tennis elite? Full of celebrities, the tournament held at Arthur Ashe Stadium feels like it belongs in the stories of Page Six. Last year the celebrity-studded event was attended by Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Spike Lee, and many other familiar faces. 

Watch your beloved tennis champions compete in this intimate tournament, known for its enthusiastic crowds. Both players and the audience love attending the competition because of the vibrant exchange of energy. Insider's Tip: pop by the practice courts for a closer look at the players as they're warming up. If you're feeling bold, take advantage of the casual atmosphere and ask for an autograph! 

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Shop Like a Manhattanite

The streets of Manhattan are teeming with sophisticated styles and trends. Compliment your summer wardrobe with an entertaining day of shopping and return home looking more dashing than when you left. 

Saks Fifth Avenue
From the moment you walk through the gilded doors, you'll be transported to a world of luxury goods. Take a deep breath as you begin your adventures through the flagship store on 5th Ave carrying everything from Alice & Olivia and Rag & Bone to fashion powerhouses like Prada, Chloé, Fendi, Gucci, and more.


Upscale apparel, cosmetics, home goods, and more, places Bloomingdales at the top of our list. Avoid getting lost by downloading their free app featuring maps, restaurant info, and exclusive deals. Insider's tip: Visit Magnolia Bakery on the first floor for a taste of their famous banana pudding and cupcakes.


Experience history while browsing the aisles of this stunning flagship store. Macy's was established in 1858 and moved to its Herald Square location in 1902. Pay special attention to the original details while you shop from trendy brands. 

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The Historic Flatiron Building

In the heart of the city is one of the most photographed structures in Manhattan. Embark on a delightful summer stroll to Madison Square Park to see the historic Flatiron Building. Designed in 1902 by Chicago architects Daniel Burnham and Frederic Dinkelberg, the iconic triangular shape is a must-see for local architecture lovers and visitors alike.

The exterior of the building is made of limestone and terra-cotta and is held together by an industrial steel frame. Keep in mind that the building only measures six-feet across at its most narrow part. Snap Instagram-worthy photos with the architectural masterpiece in the background while you enjoy the warm summer breezes from the East River. After sightseeing, venture into the park and be one of the first to check out the latest art installation, City in the Grass by Leonardo Drew, before heading back Hotel Hendricks for rooftop cocktails with a view.

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Björk: Cornucopia

Björk is one of the most unique voices in music. However, she is more than just a singer--she’s a songwriter, actress, record producer, and most importantly a performance artist. Be one of the first to experience what the artist describes as her “most elaborate” stage creation yet. Cornucopia begins May 6th and runs until June 1st at New York City’s new arts and theater space, The Shed.

Catch one of the eight performances that feature the Icelandic artist collaborating with a series are talented creatives, including award-winning director, filmmaker, and screenwriter, Lucrecia Martel. The staged concert is a combination of live musical arrangements, stunning visuals, and digital technology. Despite the anticipation, details about the show have been sparse creating a mysterious air of excitement. There’s only one thing we know for sure--it’s guaranteed to be a fantastic work of art you’ll never forget! 

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Manhattan In Springtime

Sunny spring days have arrived in Manhattan. As the temperatures warm up, chic Manhattanites strip their elegant layers and the trees begin to bloom into a kaleidoscope of colors. Cherry blossom pink, daffodil yellow, crabapple white—the streets are adorned with hints of spring inviting visitors to stroll.

This year, head up to world-famous Central Park to tour the cherry blossoms. Walk hand-in-hand with your beloved while taking in the rich history of the area as well as learning about the origin of the stunning trees that brighten the park with their pink petals. Discover the winding trails, rocks, and streams while viewing the blooms along the bridal path at 90th St, East Drive at 66th St, the east side of the Boathouse at 74th St, and Cherry Hill mid-park at 72nd Street. Finish your adventures at Belvedere Castle, because the only thing more magical than a castle nestled in a park, is one fringed by exotic flowers. After a day of exploring, head back to Hotel Hendricks to unwind with a sumptuous cocktail on our rooftop. A lot can happen in a New York minute, use yours wisely.

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Insider’s Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Expand your horizons with an enlightening trip to “the Met,” the largest art museum in the United States. Whether you are a frequent visitor or it’s your first time, there is always something new to see.

The Greek and Roman Sculpture Court is an optimal place to start. Find your own intimate corner and take in the two-story hall filled with the museum’s prolific collection of Greek and Roman art focusing on ancient statues. Next, immerse yourself in an Impressionist Treasury to explore 19th century and 20th-century European paintings and sculptures featuring 16 works by Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Finally, round out your adventures by visiting the Temple of Dendur, the only complete Egyptian temple in the Western Hemisphere. Take note of the stunning papyrus and lotus plant details towards the base leading up towards the sun and the wings of Horus, the sky god. Most importantly, get lost, wander the galleries, and remember there will always be more to see. That’s the beauty of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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Celebrate An (Inter)Stellar Spring

Even if New York City does get hit by a late-season snowfall, indoors, you can embrace the promise of a sweet-smelling spring at Macy’s annual Flower Show. This year, the sprawling 11-story flagship department store takes us on a “Journey to Paradisios,” an out-of-this-world, flower-filled reverie into “the mystery of the cosmos.” 

Think arrangement after stunning arrangement in every size, shape, and shade in the galaxy. While you’re there, you can also get a jump start on your spring wardrobe essentials, check out the latest gear at the new Apple Shop on the first floor or grab a bite at one of four NYC food trucks that have permanently parked on “Chef Street.”

The Macy’s Flower Show is on view March 24 - April 7, 2019, and is free and open to the public during normal shopping hours.

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