Only 24 Hours in Manhattan; no problem!

A one day stop over in Manhattn?  No problem.   There are (5) five essential must do’s for a proper visit to New York City – Take in the Architecture, Visit a Sacred Place, Dine someplace special, Make one important stop, and SHOP! Obviously…

Take in the Architecture of the concrete jungle 

Bayard-Condict Building, first skeleton skyscraper building by the "Father of skyscrapers"
Bayard-Condict Building, first skeleton skyscraper building by the “Father of skyscrapers”

First head to over to the Bayard-Condict Building.  Why?  It is one one of the first steel skeleton skyscrapers in the United States and the only building in New York City that was designed by Louis Sullivan, an American Architect who has been called the “father of skyscrapers”.  It is located in the Noho neighborhood of Manhattan at 65 Bleecker Street between Broadway and Lafayette Street.

The E. V. Haughwout Building at Broadway and Broome Street built in 1856–57, and has a cast-iron facade by Daniel D. Badger
The E. V. Haughwout Building at Broadway and Broome Street built in 1856–57, and has a cast-iron facade by Daniel D. Badger

After, mosey on down to the Soho district and feast your eyes on the the greatest collection of cast-iron architecture in the world.   Start on Grand Street between Lafayette Street and Broadway and take in what many still consider one of the most modern innovations of architecture in history.   Cast iron was initially used as a decorative front over a pre-existing building as a way to revitalize older structures, its adaptation took only four months and the molds of ornamentation if broken could be easily recasts.  The quality of the cast-iron ensures nothing is sacrificed which is why the more than 250 buildings in New York are being preserved.

Visit a Sacred place

The African Burial Ground in Manhattan
Ted Weiss Federal Building, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Design by Rodney Leon in partnership with Nicole Hollant-Denis, AARRIS Architects
Design by Rodney Leon in partnership with Nicole Hollant-Denis, AARRIS Architects

From about the 1690s until 1794, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6-acre burial ground in Lower Manhattan, outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, later known as New York. Lost to history due to landfill and development, the grounds were rediscovered in 1991.  The site’s excavation and study was called “the most important historic urban archaeological project in the United States”.

So take a turn around the coveted design built by Rodney Leon  in partnership with Nicole Hollant-Denis, AARRIS Architects.

Unearthed (2002) – A bronze sculpture by artist Frank Bender based upon the forensic facial reconstructions of three intact skeletons exhumed at the African Burial Ground

Dine in the Political heart of the city:  Union Square

Union Square is an important and historic intersection and surrounding neighborhood in Manhattan,New York City, located where Broadway and the former Bowery Road – now Fourth Avenue– came together in the early 19th century; its name celebrates neither the Federal union of the United States nor labor unions but rather denotes that “here was the union of the two principal thoroughfares of the island”.  The current Union Square Park is bounded by 14th Street on the south, Union Square West on the west side, 17th Street on the north, and on the east Union Square East, which links together Broadway and Park Avenue South to Fourth Avenue and the continuation of Broadway.

Sukkah City finalists spread out across New York City's Union Square Park in 2010.
Sukkah City finalists spread out across New York City’s Union Square Park in 2010.

Union square is called the political heart of the city becuase most New York protests begin or end here.   Union Square is also the heart of multiculturalism in New York.  Union Square is one of the few places in New York where you can see a myriad of original flavors from all over the city intercept and intertwine.  For a unique dining experience check out one of the many street vendors in Union Square park or if money is no object head over to Gramercy Tavern with its fixed-priced menu and bustling bar area!  Cocktails are on me.  NOT!

Make a stop at Ground Zero

The new World Trade Center
The new World Trade Center

The term ground zero describes the point on the Earth’s surface closest to a detonation. Since 2001 in the United States “Ground Zero” is understood to mean the site of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.  A memorial and tours of the site are offered daily.  While there you can also peek around the New World Trade Center.  The new home to the likes of Vogue magazine.

And Shop!  Obviously…

But the one thing every one does in New York is shop.  But you have to know where to go.  Here are our top independent retail boutiques with style.

Assembly New York
170 Ludlow St, New York, NY

Founded in 2008 and 2015, Assembly New York & Los Angeles are forward thinking retail environments with an eponymous modern rtw collection for men & women.  In addition to our their signature label, Assembly New York focuses on international and otherwise independent designers who maintain an emphasis on craft and design as an ethos, regardless of trend.

28 Bond St, New York, NY

OAK’s namesake collection offers a unique take on classic styles and wardrobe staples. Since its inception, OAK Collection has grown from elevated cotton basics to encompass full women’s and men’s seasonal collections.

La Garçonne
465 Greenwich St, New York, NY

Located in Tribecca the serene, loft like shop sells apparel from upscale, cutting-edge designers, and features a house label, La Garçonne Moderne, of men, women and accessories. The brand’s first brick-and-mortar location features up-and-coming designers you can discover for the first time and established names you already know and love alongside the store’s very own label, .

In Support Of

342 W 13 Street
New York, NY

In a neighborhood full of dedicated designer stores, this Meatpacking boutique champions eco-friendly, under-the-radar designers who produce locally with an ethos “We believe in bringing people together and showcasing talent.”.  In addition Each year, a portion of its proceeds are donated in support of a different charity—this summer, they’re continuing their partnership with Community of Unity, which helps underprivileged New York teens realize their dreams.

In God We Trust

70 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY

In God We Trust’s Greenpoint store doubles as its studio, but the brand also has outposts in Soho and Williamsburg. All of the clothing is produced in the U.S., including its line of cute, quirky, and sometimes NSFW custom jewelry.

Shinola Detroit, NYC
177 Franklin St, Manhattan, New York, NY

From the Motown-inspired music to the white washed brick walls, there’s no doubt that Shinola is American. The TriBeCa shop offers a selection of watches, bicycles, journals, shoe polish and various other items – all manufactured in Detroit.

Happy travels and let us know how it goes!

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