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New York City’s most famous borough is massive, magnificent and makes for a great weekend getaway. Here are three exciting ways to tackle the Big Apple.

COUPLES ESCAPE

FRIDAY

3 p.m.

Ease into the weekend with a walk through Greenwich Village, one of the city’s most beautiful and bohemian neighborhoods. At the heart of the Village sits Washington Square Park, with a majestic arch at its center. Don’t miss the elegant 1830s townhouses on Washington Square North and the vine-covered carriage houses (now converted into actual houses) of the charming Washington Mews.

7:30 p.m.

Lower Manhattan is full of hidden gems like Freemans—hidden at the end of Freemans Alley in the Bowery. The food is simple and rustic, the décor delightfully elegant. Cap the night with cannoli from the old-school Italian bakery Veniero’s in the East Village.


SATURDAY

8 a.m.

Hit the ground running on Central Park Drive, the six-mile-long circle around Central Park with one lane reserved for joggers, bikers and in-line skaters. Or take it easy with a stroll or a paddle on the Lake. Rowboat rentals are available at the Loeb Boathouse starting at 10 a.m., except during winter.

11 a.m.

Avoid the massive crowds at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and head instead to The Frick Collection a few blocks down Fifth Avenue. Masterpieces by Vermeer, Renoir and Degas fill the 16 permanent galleries here, several of which surround a serene garden court.

1:30 p.m.

Walk a block to Madison Avenue, one of Manhattan’s storied shopping streets, featuring big names like Cartier, Christian Louboutin and Carolina Herrera. For a posh, fashionably late Italian brunch, try the highly regarded Sant Ambroeus Madison Avenue. For a sweet treat, head to La Madison Ladurée, an outpost of Paris macaron purveyor Ladurée.

5 p.m.

No Broadway tickets in hand? No worries. Hit up the TKTS booth in Times Square for discounted seats. (Download the TKTS app for real-time availability.) Then head to celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s buzzy Bar Americain, a pre-theater hit with sensational dishes like hanger steak and tuna tartare. From here, you’re a stone’s throw from every Broadway theater.


SUNDAY

10 a.m.

Head up Broadway to the Lincoln Square branch of The Smith, one of the Upper West Side’s best brunch spots. Then continue your meander up Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue and revel in the classic early 20th century apartment buildings, including the Ansonia Hotel—a Beaux Arts gem where Babe Ruth and Igor Stravinsky once lived.

12:30 p.m.

Slip away to the secluded enclave of medieval art known as The Cloisters. Located near the very top of Manhattan, it’s accessible by the 1 and A Trains (though to get there in half the time, hail a taxi or ride-share service). Quietly peruse the four cloistered gardens (many of the architectural elements were salvaged from medieval buildings in Europe) and the incredible tapestries—the most famous of which are the Flemish Unicorn Tapestries, one of only two full sets in the world devoted to the theme.

2 p.m.

Sip one last latte for the day at Taszo Espresso Bar, five minutes by taxi or car from The Cloisters in WaHI (aka the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhood)—and see why the hip hangout gets rave reviews from locals.

FAMILY GETAWAY

FRIDAY

3 p.m.

Ease into the weekend with a walk through Greenwich Village, one of the city’s most beautiful and bohemian neighborhoods. At the heart of the Village sits Washington Square Park, with a majestic arch at its center. Don’t miss the elegant 1830s townhouses on Washington Square North and the vine-covered carriage houses (now converted into actual houses) of the charming Washington Mews.

7:30 p.m.

Lower Manhattan is full of hidden gems like Freemans—hidden at the end of Freemans Alley in the Bowery. The food is simple and rustic, the décor delightfully elegant. Cap the night with cannoli from the old-school Italian bakery Veniero’s in the East Village.


SATURDAY

8 a.m.

Hit the ground running on Central Park Drive, the six-mile-long circle around Central Park with one lane reserved for joggers, bikers and in-line skaters. Or take it easy with a stroll or a paddle on the Lake. Rowboat rentals are available at the Loeb Boathouse starting at 10 a.m., except during winter.

11 a.m.

Avoid the massive crowds at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and head instead to The Frick Collection a few blocks down Fifth Avenue. Masterpieces by Vermeer, Renoir and Degas fill the 16 permanent galleries here, several of which surround a serene garden court.

1:30 p.m.

Walk a block to Madison Avenue, one of Manhattan’s storied shopping streets, featuring big names like Cartier, Christian Louboutin and Carolina Herrera. For a posh, fashionably late Italian brunch, try the highly regarded Sant Ambroeus Madison Avenue. For a sweet treat, head to La Madison Ladurée, an outpost of Paris macaron purveyor Ladurée.

5 p.m.

No Broadway tickets in hand? No worries. Hit up the TKTS booth in Times Square for discounted seats. (Download the TKTS app for real-time availability.) Then head to celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s buzzy Bar Americain, a pre-theater hit with sensational dishes like hanger steak and tuna tartare. From here, you’re a stone’s throw from every Broadway theater.


SUNDAY

10 a.m.

Head up Broadway to the Lincoln Square branch of The Smith, one of the Upper West Side’s best brunch spots. Then continue your meander up Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue and revel in the classic early 20th century apartment buildings, including the Ansonia Hotel—a Beaux Arts gem where Babe Ruth and Igor Stravinsky once lived.

12:30 p.m.

Slip away to the secluded enclave of medieval art known as The Cloisters. Located near the very top of Manhattan, it’s accessible by the 1 and A Trains (though to get there in half the time, hail a taxi or ride-share service). Quietly peruse the four cloistered gardens (many of the architectural elements were salvaged from medieval buildings in Europe) and the incredible tapestries—the most famous of which are the Flemish Unicorn Tapestries, one of only two full sets in the world devoted to the theme.

2 p.m.

Sip one last latte for the day at Taszo Espresso Bar, five minutes by taxi or car from The Cloisters in WaHI (aka the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhood)—and see why the hip hangout gets rave reviews from locals.

FRIENDS WEEKEND

FRIDAY

3 p.m.

Ease into the weekend with a walk through Greenwich Village, one of the city’s most beautiful and bohemian neighborhoods. At the heart of the Village sits Washington Square Park, with a majestic arch at its center. Don’t miss the elegant 1830s townhouses on Washington Square North and the vine-covered carriage houses (now converted into actual houses) of the charming Washington Mews.

7:30 p.m.

Lower Manhattan is full of hidden gems like Freemans—hidden at the end of Freemans Alley in the Bowery. The food is simple and rustic, the décor delightfully elegant. Cap the night with cannoli from the old-school Italian bakery Veniero’s in the East Village.


SATURDAY

8 a.m.

Hit the ground running on Central Park Drive, the six-mile-long circle around Central Park with one lane reserved for joggers, bikers and in-line skaters. Or take it easy with a stroll or a paddle on the Lake. Rowboat rentals are available at the Loeb Boathouse starting at 10 a.m., except during winter.

11 a.m.

Avoid the massive crowds at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and head instead to The Frick Collection a few blocks down Fifth Avenue. Masterpieces by Vermeer, Renoir and Degas fill the 16 permanent galleries here, several of which surround a serene garden court.

1:30 p.m.

Walk a block to Madison Avenue, one of Manhattan’s storied shopping streets, featuring big names like Cartier, Christian Louboutin and Carolina Herrera. For a posh, fashionably late Italian brunch, try the highly regarded Sant Ambroeus Madison Avenue. For a sweet treat, head to La Madison Ladurée, an outpost of Paris macaron purveyor Ladurée.

5 p.m.

No Broadway tickets in hand? No worries. Hit up the TKTS booth in Times Square for discounted seats. (Download the TKTS app for real-time availability.) Then head to celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s buzzy Bar Americain, a pre-theater hit with sensational dishes like hanger steak and tuna tartare. From here, you’re a stone’s throw from every Broadway theater.


SUNDAY

10 a.m.

Head up Broadway to the Lincoln Square branch of The Smith, one of the Upper West Side’s best brunch spots. Then continue your meander up Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue and revel in the classic early 20th century apartment buildings, including the Ansonia Hotel—a Beaux Arts gem where Babe Ruth and Igor Stravinsky once lived.

12:30 p.m.

Slip away to the secluded enclave of medieval art known as The Cloisters. Located near the very top of Manhattan, it’s accessible by the 1 and A Trains (though to get there in half the time, hail a taxi or ride-share service). Quietly peruse the four cloistered gardens (many of the architectural elements were salvaged from medieval buildings in Europe) and the incredible tapestries—the most famous of which are the Flemish Unicorn Tapestries, one of only two full sets in the world devoted to the theme.

2 p.m.

Sip one last latte for the day at Taszo Espresso Bar, five minutes by taxi or car from The Cloisters in WaHI (aka the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhood)—and see why the hip hangout gets rave reviews from locals.

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