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Planning Your Trip

Battery Park is the ideal base from which to explore the new heart of New York: its ever-evolving and fascinating downtown. From the lush green park of its name to monumental museums and dining farther uptown and beyond, here’s what to bring for an unforgettable stay.

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Business Travel

Preparation is key to packing light. Know the weather and what you’ll be doing, then bring along your hardest-working items to do double or triple duty.

 

 

 

  • Business dress in New York varies by industry, from more formal bankers and lawyers to the casually clad creative class. Check with your company in advance if you’re unsure what’s appropriate.
  • Wear your suit jacket on the plane to save room — the hotel can press it for you later. Roll up belts and ties and pack them in your shoes, then place in a dust bag for even more space.
  • For women, think multipurpose: a long scarf to wrap up in on the plane or dress up an evening look; chic mules you can slide into for a meeting or for dashing out of the security line faster.
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Exploring the City

From the best of downtown — including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum to chic shopping and dining — to highlights farther uptown and the outer boroughs, you’ll want to be comfortably and stylishly dressed.

 

  • Manhattan can be very cold, snowy and windy in winter and hot and humid in summer; fall and spring can be anything in between. A packable down jacket stands up to NYC winters while being ultra-lightweight, and even double as pillows on the plane.
  • Shoes are important everywhere, but especially in New York. Most visitors find themselves walking more here than in any other destination. The perfect shoe is stylish, versatile, weatherproof and comfortable, so it’s no wonder chic sneakers, polished flats and ankle boots are always on the fashion radar.
  • Bring a hands-free backpack, cross-body bag or tote to carry your essentials during the day. Fanny packs have made a return to fashion, but make sure yours is sleek and simple or stylishly crafted. When in doubt, do as New Yorkers do and choose black.
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Evening Chic

Whether you’re headed to a private gala, a performance at one of New York’s towering cultural institutions or an impossible-to-score dinner reservation, you’ll want to look your best. Here’s what a New Yorker would pack.

 

  • In winter, your outer layer is for all intents and purposes your outfit for a good portion of your time. Bring the most stylish (and versatile) warm coat you have.
  • For women, pack versatile but stylish pieces that can be dressed up for evening: a tuxedo jacket, a silk blouse or jumpsuit, a printed dress. Heels, jewelry, a flash of sequins and red lipstick transform your look from day to night.
  • While rules were meant to be broken in New York, discreet, well-crafted style is your best bet for menswear — save the loud prints and flashy logos in favor of a well-fitting sports coat, a rakish pocket square and classic black or brown shoes.
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Don’t Forget:

You won’t want to miss a minute of your Big Apple excursion, and you’ll need energy for the city’s fast and furious pace of networking, gallery-hopping and endless shopping and dining options. Staying hydrated and well rested is essential, but for an extra pick-me-up, pack nutritional supplements you can mix into your morning coffee or a smoothie on the go. Aromatherapy oils can deliver energy and banish jet lag, too: Use a revitalizing oil like peppermint or eucalyptus in the morning or during the afternoon slump, then a relaxing oil such as lavender to wind down before bed.


Life just moves faster in Manhattan — that’s why they call it a “New York minute.” Before you enter the swirl of energy and excitement that will define your Big Apple stay, be sure to reserve your must-do activities in advance.

Dining Reservations

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New Yorkers invented the tough table, and the concept has only gotten more modern with innovations like the online reservation system at Momofuku Ko, David Chang’s intimate gastro temple in the East Village. You can go old school by dialing up the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare — the three-Michelin-starred restaurant now in midtown Manhattan — but call as soon as the lines open (10:30 Monday mornings) at least four weeks before you plan to dine. You’ll also want to book ahead at Peter Luger’s, the legendary Williamsburg steakhouse, and 2West, the elegant bistro at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, where diners enjoy expert American fare, an impressive wine list and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Robert Wagner Park.

Day Trips

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Whether you’ve already hit the borough’s major sights or simply need a quiet escape from the city, there are many day trips within easy reach of New York City. Art lovers should head north to Beacon, where farm-to-table restaurants meet world-class art, including the acclaimed Dia:Beacon museum and Storm King Art Center. Even shopping-saturated Manhattanites spring for a chance to shop at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, home to rare values on coveted labels like Tory Burch, Celine and Burberry. In summer, head out to some of the city’s best beaches, from free-wheeling Fire Island to newly hip Asbury Park, New Jersey.   

Museum Tickets and Cultural Sights

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Many of the most world-class cultural institutions on the planet are likely on your New York bucket list. Choose from a Broadway show (anticipated for 2018: “The Band’s Visit,” a romantic musical at the Barrymore Theatre; “The Iceman Cometh,” starring Denzel Washington; and Tina Fey’s cult classic “Mean Girls”) or an evening of opera or ballet at Lincoln Center. It’s fine to buy tickets the day of at the city’s major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art, known as MoMA.

Tours

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It’s a big city — sometimes you just want a professional to guide you. Companies such as Bateaux New York and Tribeca Sailing operate elegant water tours, providing education and an intimate ambience as you glide past historic sites. For an aerial view, you can charter a helicopter tour from HeliNY, which offers views of the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower and other landmarks. Art buffs can try Museum Hack, which gives VIP tours of the major museums, and The Cultivist, a luxury consultant with a focus on privileged access and personalized service.

 

Even if you’ve visited before, and recently, New York City might feel different. The energetic, ever-evolving city isn’t known for just one thing. The financial, fashion and media capital is also home to world-class visual and performing arts, architecture, cuisine, nightlife and greenery (see: sprawling Central Park and the Brooklyn and New York botanical gardens,) as well as a rich American history (see: “Hamilton.”) Situated on the tip of Lower Manhattan, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park makes the perfect vantage from which to survey the dazzling New York Harbor, the twinkling city skyline and more of the eternally beautiful and eclectic city.


24 Hours

It would be easy to spend weeks soaking up the city that never sleeps and still not get your fill, but to maximize one day here, prioritize the pleasures of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront. Between iconic restaurants, boundary-pushing architecture and some of the most staggeringly beautiful views on Earth, even one day exploring Lower Manhattan will give you a taste of all that makes it one of the greatest cities in the world.

 

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Culinary Tour

With new and historic food markets, innovative cocktail bars and legendary lounges, and some 20,000 restaurants, New York City is a food lover’s haven. The famed melting pot lends an authentic, diverse and constantly evolving element to its cuisine, while old-school establishments share the sidewalks with fine-dining spots that showcase world-class chefs. Plan to get a little taste of it all during a two-day stay.

 

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