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Please find our team’s favorite spot/things to do in your beloved city.

 

Matthieu’s Top 5 NYC Spots

1)     Rucker Park, 155th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan

Without a doubt, the most famed streetball courts worldwide. Being a big basketball fan, I’ve enjoyed watching summer games at this Harlem hot spot since around 2004 when Fat Joe’s terror squad won its first championship of the EBC tournament. Over the years I’ve seen NBA players such as Ron Artest or Jaochim Noah and street legends such as the Bone collector. The Best kept secret… EBC tournament starts from June until mid-August usually.

2)     Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (and 12th St), Manhattan

Strand Bookstore is an independent bookstore located in New York City’s East Village. The store houses the city’s largest collection of rare books, and is also a contender for the title of world’s largest used bookstore. Its slogan is “18 Miles of Books”. I loved to hangout there and spend a couple of hours checking photography, interior design and architecture books, it’s very relaxing. The staff is passionate and the place silent like a public library, which I loveJ- a true New Yorker Institution. I used to window shop and browse CD’s and movies at Virgin Megastore few blocks away but the chain closed its store in 2009 (along with the location in Times Square).

3)     Coney Island, Brooklyn- take the Q train to the last station.

I’ve lived in Brooklyn since the day I put a foot in New York back in 1997 and don’t think I’ll ever leave the borough, Brooklyn is my homeJ. I might have given a shot to Manhattan spending a month there lately but it’s overall too noisy for me. I love all places in Brooklyn but if I had to retain one, I would choose Coney Island. Coney Island was a major resort and site of amusement parks that reached its peak in the early 20th century. It declined in popularity after World War II and endured years of neglect. In recent years, the city has been trying to re-establish the area grandeur.

Coney Island is a unique place that you will never find anywhere else, a strange mix of culture, population where the people just enjoy the moment and the pleasure of being by the sea and enjoying its amusement park.  The atmosphere is unique and very laid back.  Check out the Mermaid Parade in June and Nathan’s International July Sixth Hot Dog Eating Contest.

4) Negril, Restaurant, 70 W. 3rd Street, West Village, Manhattan

Negril is a fine, family run, Jamaican restaurant. It offers a mix of great food and music in a well decorated restaurant with, obviously a Caribbean touchJ. The spacious dining room, on the upper level, boasts bamboo floors and seashell lined walls; while the Rhum lounge, on the lower level, warms you with its raisin interior, red lacquer floors, and in-house DJ. Let’s go back to the food, my personal favorite is the ACKEE BRUSCHETTA:
Jamaica’s favorite exotic fruit cook-up with saltfish served on plantain. As a main course I would go for the oxtail stew and for dessert, well I can’t eat any more, perhaps share a nice ice cream with your loved oneJ. Oops, my bad, I forgot for  drinks, go for the Village Punch Delicious!

5)     High line, Meatpacking District, Manhattan

The High Line is a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) New York City park built on a section of the former elevated freight railroad spur called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan; it has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway. It runs from Gansevoort Street, one block below West 12th Street in the Meatpacking District, up through the neighborhood of Chelsea to the West Side Yard, near the Javits Convention Center, but it currently ends at 20th Street.

I love this park. The High Line is a recycled railway that was turned into an urban elevated park. The park has great views of the city and it overlooks the buildings designed by brand name architects such as Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel. Enjoy a nice walk before a nice brunch in the Meat Packing! Nice clubbing area too!

Shirley’s TOP 5 NYC spots

1) Miss Lily’s  (Greenwich Village, 132 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012)

Caribbean restaurant located in Soho/Greenwich Village. One of the best restaurants in town. You will like the food as much as the lively atmosphere.  I recommend you to book in advance and also only order the delicious appetizers: jaquitos jerk chicken & avocado, jaquitos curried lobster,  the cod frittos and the jerk grilled corn with toasted coconut.

2) The Standard Hotel (Meatpacking District, 848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014)

The Standard Hotel is for me one of the best places in New York because of the Boom Boom Room and Le Bain. The Boom Boom Room is a bar/club in the hotel that offers one of the most amazing views on Manhattan with its tremendous panoramic windows. Le Bain, the nightclub next door has a very nice rooftop. Entrance to both is really exclusive. Better go there during the day for a drink or try entrance at 11pm unless you are a regular.

3) ABC Carpet & Home  (Union Square, 888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003)

Six floors of domestic bliss.  Furniture, linens, rugs, chandeliers, stationary, candles, but it’s nothing like a department store. Everything you need for your home and more.

This store is one of the biggest and most beautiful furniture and home accessories stores in the city with a very refined selection. This store is such a dream that you don’t even know what to put your eyes on and are afraid to miss something.

They have a big “all-natural” and organic body care section as well as jewelry, children’s clothes, room furnishings, toys and general housewares, etc. The prices soon jump into the thousands though for the bigger items (minus a star for that) but many of us browse for interest, ideas and inspiration.  It’s my favorite spot and source of inspiration when shopping for an Interior Design project.

4) Jonathan Adler (SoHo, 47 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013)

Jonathan Adler is a furniture and home accessories store opened by the eponymous interior designer that we can count among the most exciting and creative designers in America.

Adler is well known for his « happy chic » approach to interior design and home furnishing and has developed a unique style that mixes modernist forms with bold colors and groovy graphics.  He is well known for his « happy chic » approach to interior design and home furnishing. Offerings include decorative objects, tabletop collections, bath accessories, bedding, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, and lighting. Entering into the store not only puts you in a good mood for the entire day but also makes you change your color approach to interior.

5) KITTICHAI (SoHo, 60 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10013)

Kittichai is for me the best Thai restaurant in New York and one of the best ones in general.  Located in the Thompson Hotel of Soho, Kittichai offers authentic refined Thai cooking in a beautiful environment.

The darkened, Feng Shui room has been sheathed with tasteful wood frames and swags of Thai silk. Luminous bottled orchids decorate the front of the room, along with many auspicious Buddhas and a glassed-in birdcage housing an exotic population of goldfish. The dining room is centered, more or less, on a limpid reflecting pool, floating with lit candles and water lilies that the wait staff keeps pushing back and forth, possibly to give the impression that we’re all drifting down the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, on some grand royal barge. All this gives a very chic and serene atmosphere. The food is simply delicious and unforgettable. Every single meal on the menu is good and good is a weak word. I personally recommend you the marinated sirloin. The meat is so tender and smooth that you will slowly enjoy every bite to extend the pleasure.

The service is excellent. You will be welcomed by a very sweet and dedicated staff that will make your visit at Kittichai a wonderful experience on all levels.

Antoine’s Top 5 NYC Spots

1) Favorite sports complex: Chelsea Piers

New York’s largest sports and fitness center, Chelsea Piers beats all the competition with its indoor track, swimming pool, climbing wall, enormous number of fitness machines, free weights, soccer, basketball and volleyball courts, ice rink, golf practice, and two outdoor sundecks over the Hudson River. The cleanliness is extraordinary, and you’ll never feel cramped or crowded here. Also a large café area offers a wide menu, from healthy salads to sushi as well as energy drinks and smoothies.

2) Favorite nightclub: Cielo (Meatpacking)

Cielo is a venue specialized in bringing an upscale atmosphere together with the best sound system New York City has to offer. With weekly lineups of the most sought out DJs and Producers there is no other place like it. Located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, Cielo has become the Mecca for house music and its devoted followers. An eclectic mix of crowds offers the greatest vibe and energy a club can offer and a place where everyone can feel at home. See you on the dancefloor!

3) Favorite concert venue: Bowery Ballroom (Lower East Side)

When it opened in 1998, the Bowery Ballroom was the first major music venue to appear on the Lower East Side in generations. Now, this one-time vaudeville hall and former shoe store is perhaps the most beloved club in the city. The Ballroom’s old-style theatrical stage is wide and open, rising above the floor, and an intimate wraparound balcony. The club is also outfitted with bars on all three levels, which allows you to duck down to the basement lounge if you need a break. It’s home to mid-scale touring acts, with big-name indie rockers sharing the stage with living legends and the occasional well-known local band. The spacious main room officially has a 550-person capacity, but probably holds considerably more than that. Sight lines are good everywhere, and the superior sound system matches any in the city.

4) Favorite Electronics stores: B&H Photo and Video (Midtown West)

This is the photography superstore of choice for professionals and hobbyists alike. The store, which is now in its third decade, carries everything from Hasselblads and Canons to strobe lights and film developing trays. The store may seem intimidating at first, but the largely Hasidic sales staff members are exceedingly helpful and knowledgeable.  The rates are unbeatable—the best in the city, perhaps the country!

5) Favorite restaurant for seafood and lobster rolls (an East Coast specialty): Pearl Oyster Bar (Greenwich Village)

This convivial, New England–style joint was a forerunner of the city’s fish-shack trend. The outstanding lobster roll—sweet, lemony meat laced with mayonnaise on a butter-enriched bun—is Pearl’s raison d’être, but more sophisticated dishes fare equally well: A bouillabaisse features briny lobster broth packed with mussels, cod, scallops and clams, with an aioli-smothered crouton balanced on top. For dessert, try a bittersweet chocolate mousse topped with a quenelle of barely sweetened whipped cream.  They don’t take reservations, but it is worth the typical 30-60 min wait.