4 Ways to Celebrate a Luxurious Winter Break in New York City

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New York City is home to millions of dreamers, adventurers, and everyone in between. With so much life and movement on a daily basis, the City is bursting with activity and newfound wonders around every corner. In the mood for a coffee? Stop at any corner near you for the coziest cafe. Need a new winter wardrobe? You aren’t too far from unique clothing stores everywhere in the city. Lusting for the next best Instagram post? Times Square, Brooklyn, Central Park, and many other spots have you covered. Taking a trip to the Big Apple can easily overwhelm someone with the incredible amount of options for places to see and things to do. So we are breaking down 4 ways to spend this winter break in the City that Never Sleeps, 4 iconic must dos to complete your city adventure.

 

1. Visit Times Square in Midtown Manhattan

 

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Times Square functions as the epicenter and heart of New York entertainment, tourism, and retail in Midtown Manhattan. Visitors will recognize the brightly lit billboards and advertisements which light the Square at all hours of the day while others will always find Times Square synonymous with New Year’s Eve celebrations. 50 million annual visitors will agree that this is a must see over your winter break extravaganza in New York City. The lights from the shops while snow slowly settles is a breathtaking view – one you won’t want to miss.

 

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With a myriad of luxury hotel options, you can make Times Square the hub of your vacation. The ROW NYC is located with a front row view of Times Square. Visitors are amazed not only by the opulent and contemporary features of the hotel but also how the dynamic atmosphere seems to invite New York City excitement directly into your room. To make your winter stay even more lavish, the ROW NYC offers its guests exclusive deals at its very own District M. This restaurant and lounge is full of artisanal drinks, delectable Neapolitan pizzas, and the best pastries all at a special value for guests. Can someone say specially priced winter cocktails? ROW can.

An insider tip: find the red stairs behind the TKTS booth and follow them to the top. You now have an undisturbed and peaceful view of the City of Dreams.

 

2. Experience Flourishing Art

 

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New York City has been involved with a prominent and ever-growing art scene for quite some time, including paint, photography, music, and street art. Playing host to some of the top art galleries and music halls in the nation, the city offers a wealth of artistic enjoyment when the winter chill runs you indoors. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, lovingly referred to as “the Met,” is one of the most visited museums in the world and houses around 2 million, permanent works of art. Visitors can view works from the age of classical antiquity to modern pieces of the 21st century. Midtown Manhattan does not disappoint art lovers as the Museum of Modern Art lies within walking distance of the Met. The MoMA is a large museum of all contemporary works, spanning architecture, print, sculpture, and everything in between.

 

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You don’t have to travel very far to see beautiful artistry in the City of Dreams. Street art peppers walkways with interesting designs and saturated colors. Even hotels such as The Quin make street art graffiti a part of its culture. A stunning place moments away from the Met and MoMA, this luxury hotel has housed the greatest artists and continues to be an urban retreat whose importance is placed in cultural movements and artistic genius. Another artistic outlet close to the heart of The Quin is fashion. Partnering with Bergdorf Goodman, guests have easy access to personalized shopping experiences and direct-dial buttons to fill their lives with fashionable art. Travelers can feel the very heart of the City’s artistic movement even as they settle into their hotel for the winter’s evening.

 

3. Lounge in Central Park Grandeur

 

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Nestled between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side lies another iconic and must see place on your New York City winter travels: Central Park. The Park creates a delectable contrast from the concrete, steel, and hard lines of the city structure to the softness and tranquil atmosphere blossomed from this breathe of nature. 40 million annual visitors recognize Central Park as a National Historic Landmark and travel to its green space to feel that they have truly experienced NYC in its grandeur. The Park in colder seasons makes the perfect opportunity to take a lazy twirl on the Wollman Ice Rink as softly falling snow creates a winter wonderland. Travelers can also picnic in the quiet Shakespeare’s Garden- of course, if they are willing to brave the chill with an extra layer or two.

 

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Experiencing Central Park in all of its beauties is made easier when staying at the WestHouse Hotel New York, just minutes away from the park. Much as the Park mixes two opposite cultural elements, so to does WestHouse combine contemporary aesthetic with 1920s grandeur to create a luxurious stay for its guests. Enjoy live music to heighten the cultural experience of a NYC trip? WestHouse has you covered with the renowned group Oh La La! performing every Wednesday throughout the winter season in The Den. Live music and deliciously cozy drinks are just added features of a top luxury hotel in the city where your stay there will mimic your winter adventures: unforgettable and enthralling.

 

4. Take a Winter Walk through Brooklyn

 

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Brooklyn is the second most populated county in the U.S. for good reason: its diverse inhabitants, cultural reinvigoration, and stunning architecture make it a land of wonder (or winter wonders from December to March). This is the main destination for the hipster in all of you with its call for postmodern design and art, business startup revolution, and too many cafes to count. Travelers can get their Instagrammable worthy picture from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge or take a stroll through the Brooklyn flea for a vintage find.

As an essential element of celebrating a winter vacation to New York City, food must top everyone’s lists of must haves. Brooklyn is a quintessential destination of delectable food stops and expertly designed restaurants. You can enjoy some of the best pizza from authentic brick ovens or experience unique takes on Peruvian and Korean food. Every foodie will find their heart in Brooklyn and the larger area of New York City.

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About the Author: Rachel Gross

Rachel Gross is a nationally-recognized author, women’s voice advocate and proponent of self-improvement. Her work can be found in several niche-interest lifestyle publications, blogs and more. A life enthusiast and natural creative, Rachel is driven by the strength within each of us. She believes in the power of exploration, travel which excites, and a good cup of coffee.

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