5 Hour Activities


GAGOSIAN GALLERY
555 West 24th St.
212-741-1111
gagosian.com

BARBARA GLADSTONE GALLERY
515 W 24th St.
212-206-9300
gladstonegallery.com

DAVID ZWIRNER
525 W 19th St.
212-727-2070
davidzwirner.com

CORKBUZZ WINE STUDIO
Shops At Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave.
646-237-4847
chelsea.corkbuzz.com

GALLERY HOP IN CHELSEA

  • Spark your creativity within the city’s booming art scene
  • See everything from avant-garde pieces to multimedia installations
  • Grab lunch at a nearby urban food hall hailed as a food lover’s paradise

Chelsea is now home to over 300 art galleries, concentrated between 19th and 29th Streets, from 10th to 11th Avenues. Three standouts: Gagosian Gallery, part of Larry Gagosian’s international network, displays avant-garde artists like Damien Hirst and Anselm Kiefer in a colossal 20,000-square-foot space; Barbara Gladstone Gallery, inside a soaring industrial space and known for its must-see multimedia instillations from all-star talent (filmmaker Matthew Barney; sculptor Anish Kapoor); and David Zwirner, a viral-exhibition factory known for pushing the limits—Chris Ofili’s elephant-dung collage comes to mind—is currently showing Yayoi Kusama’s show “Give Me Love,” an interactive piece that allows visitors to place neon circle stickers over a re-creation of an all-white den called the Obliteration Room. Grab lunch at Chelsea Market, a block-long warren of shops and restaurants on 9th Avenue and 16th Street (on the northern edge of the Meatpacking District).There are plenty of options to choose from but we love Corkbuzz Wine Studio, a mini offshoot of sommelier Laura Maniec’s Union Square wine bar with Italian small plates by A Voce alum Missy Robbins.

Around 23rd Street and 8th Avenue, you’ll find yourself in a sea of art galleries. Check out a wide variety of art exhibits before heading over to Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue, you can’t miss the charming neon sign against the brick facade.

GAGOSIAN GALLERY
555 West 24th St.
212-741-1111
gagosian.com

BARBARA GLADSTONE GALLERY
515 W 24th St.
212-206-9300
gladstonegallery.com

DAVID ZWIRNER
525 W 19th St.
212-727-2070
davidzwirner.com

CORKBUZZ WINE STUDIO
Shops At Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave.
646-237-4847
chelsea.corkbuzz.com

BALTHAZAR
80 Spring St.
212-965-1414
balthazarny.com

OTHER CRITERIA
458 Broome St.
646-762-0123
othercriteria.com

​​& OTHER STORIES
575 Broadway
646-767-3063
www.stories.com

THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE
76 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
646-678-4908
theline.com
walk ins Tuesday-Saturday 12-6pm; appointments available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am-12pm

IL BUCO ALIMENTARI E VINERIA
53 Great Jones St.
212-837-2622
ilbucovineria.com

DO SOHO, OLD AND NEW

  • Experience downtown’s prime shopping and dining neighborhood
  • Start with pastries and French café fare at a renowned brasserie
  • Explore cobble stone streets lined with upscale boutiques

The London outpost of Keith McNally’s brasserie Balthazar is still white-hot after opening in late 2014, but the original location in New York’s Soho is just as relevant as when it debuted in 1997. Maybe it’s the staff, many of whom have been at the restaurant for over a decade, or the adjacent boulangerie, whose airy baguettes and rye boules could go toe-to-toe with Paris’s best; the flawless steak frites alone could keep this spot the king of New York’s food scene for another two decades. Start here for lunch and then hit the retail trail. Steer clear of the tourist-slammed big brands and hit fashion cognoscenti favorites instead: England transplant Other Criteria, Damien Hirst’s twisted take on a gift shop filled with contemporary art books, spun-paint chairs, and skull-print T-shirts.;the Apartment by the Line, an appointment-only shoppable loft, meticulously edited by a pair of stylish twins and a former editor at French Vogue, that carries rarefied wares (antique Japanese metal boxes; Swedish tea-light holders) and women’s ready-to-wear designers (Altuzarra; Lemaire); and H&M’s cool-kid offshoot & Other Stories, which showcases collab collections from Rachel Antonoff and Clare Vivier. End with an aperitivo at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria—the Aperol spritz and house-made salumi will make you feel like you’ve landed in Rome.

A great place to start your explorations is in the heart of Soho at the Prince St. station stop. Here, you can walk around and shop at one of the many trendy upscale boutiques before you grab a bite to eat at Balthazar’s or have a glass of wine at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria while admiring the architecture.

BALTHAZAR
80 Spring St.
212-965-1414
balthazarny.com

OTHER CRITERIA
458 Broome St.
646-762-0123
othercriteria.com

​​& OTHER STORIES
575 Broadway
646-767-3063
www.stories.com

THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE
76 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
646-678-4908
theline.com
walk ins Tuesday-Saturday 12-6pm; appointments available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 am-12pm

IL BUCO ALIMENTARI E VINERIA
53 Great Jones St.
212-837-2622
ilbucovineria.com

HUDSON RIVER PARK
Chambers Street to West 59th St.
212-627-2020
hudsonriverpark.org

TRAPEZE SCHOOL NEW YORK
353 West St. at Pier 40
212-242-8769
newyork.trapezeschool.com
two-hour classes run all day, but book the 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. session when the sunset turns the sky pink
$60 ($50 in the mornings; $70 on weekends)

JOIN THE URBAN CIRCUS

  • Challenge yourself to a flying trapeze class, right on the Hudson
  • Bike along the country’s longest riverfront park sanctuary
  • Breathe in the fresh air as you stroll through an endless stretch of outdoor art

Sprawling Hudson River Park has come a long way since its days as a dilapidated eyesore marked by crumbling piers along the west side’s waterfront. Now the four-and-a half-mile path that meanders from Chambers Street to West 59th Street is a thriving green space humming with bikers, joggers, and yoga classes, not to mention vast entertainment complexes. The arresting views of the cityscape are most special at the golden hour; grab a Citi Bike and journey along the longest riverfront park in the United States, through a multitude of art installations and a variety of activity happening every day on both land and water. There’s a vibrant energy in the summer thanks to numerous free events, such as Lolë fitness classes, but the Trapeze School New York at Pier 40 is a can’t-miss stop on your itinerary. Knee hangs, splits, planche and whip—whose inner kid hasn’t dreamed about flying through the air like a Ringling Brothers gymnast?

Ditch the tourists at Central Park and head west to the Hudson River Park. Start at Christopher, where you can wander along the waterfront before heading to your sunset trapeze class.

HUDSON RIVER PARK
Chambers Street to West 59th St.
212-627-2020
hudsonriverpark.org

TRAPEZE SCHOOL NEW YORK
353 West St. at Pier 40
212-242-8769
newyork.trapezeschool.com
two-hour classes run all day, but book the 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. session when the sunset turns the sky pink
$60 ($50 in the mornings; $70 on weekends)

GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB
310 Lenox Ave.
212-421-3821
ginnyssupperclub.com
brunch seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$45 buffet downstairs at Ginny’s

GET A TASTE OF THE REAL HARLEM

  • Try true soul food at a celebrity chef’s vibrant venues
  • Sport your Sunday best and sing along with the choir at gospel brunch
  • Taste the roots of Southern cuisine at a stylish, creative bistro

Swedish chef and neighborhood ambassador Marcus Samuelsson brings 1920’s Harlem to life at Ginny’s Supper Club, a speakeasy-style jazz lounge below his clamorous comfort-food bistro Red Rooster. The Sunday gospel brunch is more than worth the trek up to 125th Street, where Vy Higgensen’s nationally acclaimed Gospel for Teens Choir brings down the house in front of a dapper crowd sporting their Sunday best and noshing on soul-food classics like fried yardbird chicken and mac-and-greens.

Head all the way uptown, past Central Park, to the 125th Street station. From there, go straight to Ginny’s Supper Club, which is located beneath Red Rooster, where your brunch awaits.

GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB
310 Lenox Ave.
212-421-3821
ginnyssupperclub.com
brunch seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$45 buffet downstairs at Ginny’s

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
99 Gansevoort St.
212-570-3600
whitney.org

UNTITLED AT THE WHITNEY
99 Gansevoort St.
212-570-3670
untitledatthewhitney.com

ARTFUL DINING

  • Head to Meatpacking for a breathtaking, six-story modern art museum
  • Browse the impressive collection, then have lunch at the airy in-house eatery
  • Try the fresh, bright, colorful, seasonal dishes that compliment the gorgeous interior

As if the Meatpacking District didn’t have enough architectural and culinary star power already—not to mention the High Line—the spring 2015 debut of the Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street has shifted the art world’s center of gravity south of 14th Street. Renzo Piano’s breathtaking, six-story original design (with four outdoor terraces overlooking the Hudson River) is reason enough to come; the collection itself is reason to linger for an hour or three. Now, following a walk among O’Keeffes, Hoppers, and Rothkos, there’s an artful restaurant to match: the aptly named Untitled, from star chef Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern) and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Go for lunch, when the fresh, bright, colorful, seasonal dishes perfectly complement the airy, sunlight-flooded space—or follow the locals’ lead and come for dinner on Friday or Saturday, when the museum is open until 10 p.m. (just remember to buy your museum tickets ahead of time online). We love that Piano’s gorgeous design is both minimal and noise-minimizing—and we loved that the architect himself was dining at the next table over last time we were there.

Once you’re in Meatpacking, find Gansevoort Street and head toward the waterfront. When you hit Washington, you’ll see the Whitney’s impressive architecture. Untitled is on the first floor of the museum.

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
99 Gansevoort St.
212-570-3600
whitney.org

UNTITLED AT THE WHITNEY
99 Gansevoort St.
212-570-3670
untitledatthewhitney.com