Spotlight :: NYC

spotlight nyc[trip style = urban]

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If urban trip styles are your bag, New York's got you covered from head to toe in Marc Jacobs. Most people I know have made the cultural and shopping pilgrimage to NYC at least once, which turns out to be a problem...for their credit cards. There's a pulse that pulls you back, and most one-time visitors become repeat offenders.

From the dirty depths of the subway to the heights of every coveted roof terrace, the Big Apple has a way of charming people like no other city I know. It's a place where everything is taller, bigger, faster and longer, and everything has a system. The systems might not be elegant, but they work.

It's been way too long since I was in NYC last, but the second I got out of my airport shuttle and started walking 49th Avenue in search of my hotel, the city felt familiar. My first time in New York, I took a media class, sat in on two tapings of the Sally Jessy Raphael Show {one of her famous bootcamp episodes and "you've ruined my wedding and now you're going to pay!"}, met media types in a boardroom of the Empire State Building, shopped at Old Navy {the height of my fashion at the time} and saw Les Miserables. Times have changed, and so have my tastes, but New York's centre-of-the-universe, go-getter spirit remains the same.

At the end my trip last month, I made a vow to visit yearly. I hope---fingers crossed---I can keep this vow. Connecting with New York on a once-yearly basis is like getting together with your coolest friend whom you don't see that often, but cherishing every moment you have together.


  • Yotel - $ - New York's newest fancy-schmancy pod hotel. In the heart of Times Square. Wowza.
  • The Pod Hotel - $ - Fun, pod-style hotel with well designed interiors and a rooftop terrace. {See my trip advisor review here}
  • The Ace Hotel - $$ - A moody and design-savvy locale where the rooms have as much style as the people.
  • The Mercer - $$$ - Gritty-Romanesque beauty in the heart of SoHo.
  • The Surrey - $$$ - Calm, contemplated and beaux arts.


  • Catch a show on Broadway. Despite the cliche, it's an absolute must! Hot right now: Catch Me If You Can, The Book of Mormon, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sister Act and the ever-popular Wicked. Trip Styler Tip: Avoid the often insane line-up at the TKTS booth in Times Square and instead get your tickets online or at the theatre box office to avoid service charges. Use promo codes from BroadwayBox for a slight discount on your ticket.
  • Walk in Central Park or on the High Line
  • Explore SoHo
  • Shop! {see below}
  • Go to a TV show taping like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon {only do this if there's a show you love and it's taped in NYC. It's a fun experience, but takes up an entire afternoon}. Trip Styler Tip: You need to write or call in weeks or months in advance for many shows.


  • Eataly - $-$$$ - Mario Batali's Italian food emporium and restaurants.
  • ABC Kitchen - $$ - Jean Georges' latest restaurant opening with an organic menu and local ingredients.
  • Bateau Ivre - $$ - Parisan wine bar. Open late.
  • Balthazar - $$ - An always-busy, traditional bistro.
  • per se - $$$ - NYC's French Laundry---enough said. Reserve in advance. Way in advance.


  • Topshop - $ - Constantly evolving, fast-fashion.
  • AllSaints - $$ - Thoughtfully hip and vintage.
  • Century21 - $-$$$ - Iconic NYC discount department store.
  • Opening Ceremony - $$ - Hipster fashion-forward.
  • Reiss - $$ - Stylish, classic apparel.

Getting to/from the Airport

  • Train/Subway - $ - with only a few connections: AirTran --> train or subway, this is the cheapest way {ie. under $8} to get to/from the city.
  • Bus - $$ - the Super Shuttle and NY Airport Service are easy shuttles to catch at the airport. From $15 one way.
  • Cab - $$$ - cabs and black cars from $50 to/from JFK to Manhattan.

What to Know

  • Manhattan operates on a grid system. Avenues are long and streets are short.
  • Carry a small map in your back pocket, folded into a manageable size. Only bring it out when you're out of the way of commuters around you.
  • New Yorkers walk everywhere and so should you---there's a reason why local ladies favour flats over heels {for everyday}.
  • New Yorkers are friendly---just ask your question quickly because they're also busy!
  • Everything in NYC moves fast; people don't even stand on the sidewalk to wait to cross, they stand in the street.

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[photos by @tripstyler]