Where to stay
Book a stay at Public, New York
With a lot of the unnecessaries stripped back – bellboys, room service – but with self-check-in on your smartphone and Apple TV in every room, Public is a new breed of hotel from Studio 54 legend Ian Schrager that’ll leave you wondering what’s so good about tradition anyway. This hip Bowery destination with an infectious social energy draws in New Yorkers from the area’s many startups either to conduct laid-back meetings in the ground-floor lobby and bar, or to kick back with vodka Martinis at The Roof, Public’s 360°-view bar. Enjoy sharing smoked salmon latkes and garlic-rubbed short rib from Public Kitchen, and be sure to visit The Lower East Side’s unmatched cocktail spots – start at Freemans around the corner.
Book a stay at Hotel Hendricks
The Hendricks exists for those not looking for a home-from-home, but rather a glam, animal-print-infused party-starter to make the flamboyant most of your NYC trip. Rooms extend 27 storeys into the sky and feature zebra-striped desk chairs and views of the Empire State Building. It’s perfectly placed, too: Broadway and Times Square are a skip away, and a swift Subway ride takes you easily uptown to Central Park and the Fifth Avenue museums, or downtown to the unparalleled nightlife of the East and West Villages. After a day on the town, head skywards and drink in the iconic city views along with a Penny for Your Thoughts cocktail with bourbon, Cognac and Earl Grey on the hotel’s impressive rooftop bar (open till 2am).