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Recommendations for a relaxing weekend in New York's Brooklyn and Queens. We put together a list of museums, hotels and chic restaurants that take you from Upper Manhattan to the popular boroughs. Enjoy your weekend in New York City.


1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - Within Brooklyn Bridge Park is this gem over looking the park's rolling hills, and offering stunning views of Lower Manhattan across the busy East River.

Public Hotel - Complete with a front yard and a spacious second floor lounge and bar, is Ian Schrager's Public Hotel.  Located in the heart of the Lower East Side with its live music scene and late night bars.

Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel - Brand new and part of the popular Madison Square Park neighborhood is Morgan Hotel Group's latest addition to their sophisticated line.  Nearby is the neighborhood's namesake park, numerous restaurants, and the lobby scenes of the Ace and NoMad hotels.


cool looking restaurant interiors and food in NYC


Cecconi's in Dumbo, Brooklyn - Steps from the waterfront park path is this smart Italian restaurant and bar.  We like the bar for drinks and a pizza.

L'Atelier and Le Bar de Joel Robuchon returns to NYC in Chelsea with this modern restaurant in close proximity to the Meatpacking District's boutiques, bars, clubs, and High Line Park.

The Aviary atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel gives you dramatic city views.  Dine on award winning Spanish influenced molecular cuisine.

To Do

Wintery walk on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park, where brisk breezes off the East River will get you ready for a hot drink in the nearby 1 Hotel.

See the famous scaled model of Manhattan, "the Panorama" in the Queens Museum of Art. It is art of the storyline in the movie "Wonderstruck."  Afterwards, check out the iconic 1939 World's Fair Unisphere in adjacent Flushing-Corona Park.

See the beautiful sculptures by Isamu Noguchi at his Noguchi Museum in Astoria Queens, where afterwards you can enjoy the hearty fare in one the neighborhood's famous Greek restaurants. 

Audubon's Birds invade Upper Manhattan in the form or gorgeous murals of endangered species.  A brilliant public art project that you can experience by walking and being outdoors.

See and Purchase Red Maps' NEW YORKER set of 5 foldout maps.
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Photos:  All images are from the hotel or restaurant's website.
Hotels:  Public Hotel; 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge; Mondrian Park Avenue.
Restaurants:  Cecconi's Dumbo; L'Atelier and Le Bar Joel Robuchon; The Aviary.

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