Row NYC Base camp Metropolis featured

If you’re going to a city so good they named it twice, you most certainly don’t want to be nibbling around the edges. What you want is to take a whopping bite of the so-called apple – taking in core, pips, stalk and all. And there’s no better place to fill your mouth with NYC goodness from than the center of this metropolitan universe: Times Square!

Row NYC provides the proverbial and literal front row seat to all the action in town, as the five boroughs converge in one seething mass, right outside on your doorstep. The commotion of Midtown quickly fades away though, as the plush surrounds envelope guests as soon as they enter through the revolving doors. But don’t think the cosmopolitan vibe ends there…

This ultra-modern, €140 million hotel, completed in early 2014, was designed to reflect the essence of New York itself – refined and raw in equal measure. Artworks and installations are sprinkled throughout the building, cocktails and live music flow from the restaurant-bar, and naturally service is 24/7. That leaves just one decision (if one should choose to sleep, that is): which one of the 1,331 rooms is it going to be?

Brooklyn Slate Company Eco-quarriers

Fact: Business ideas can be found in your backyard. Or at least they can if you’ve got a slate quarry in your backyard… Lucky for Kristy Hadeka, then, whose family home just happens to neighbor such a quarry. It was only when she showed it off to friend, graphic designer and now business partner Sean Tice, though, that Brooklyn Slate Company began to be chiseled into shape.

Personally sourcing all their raw materials from the quarry, including reusing stone from its “graveyard”, Hadeka and Tice initially started creating gifts for friends. Now the pair sell a swish line of slate trivets, hot-plates, coasters and boards—each with unique, roughened edges created with a slate-cutter—from this white-wooden Brooklyn shop space lined with floor-to-ceiling wall embedded shelving. And what’s more, each individual product’s packaging is selected based on its reusable potential.

Mast Brothers Willy-amsburg Wonka & the chocolate factory

Workshop and primary sales point of the bearded chocolate-making bros Rick and Michael, Mast Brothers is the undisputed ground zero in the hearts and minds of many a New York cocoa-craver. Holing themselves up in a rough and ready Brooklyn space, the boys have created a rustic city retreat replete with cocoa bean burlap sacks, bare support beams and distressed wooden furniture—with twanging bluegrass tunes floating out of the speakers and adding to the countrified vibe. It’s the chocolate, though, that is firmly front and center here. Sourcing their beans from small farms in Ecuador, Madagascar and Venezuela, the siblings convert their fairly-traded raw materials with artisanal skill into bars with so much quality that the Brooklyn Wonka might even call them scrumdiddlyumptious, man.

The Standard High Line Long legged

The Standard High Line is a monolithic building that looms over one of the coolest locations in New York, its namesake High Line. This enchanting park rose from the ashes of a disused railway line to create a much loved urban space and is literally straddled by the hotels ungainly “legs”.

The lobby of the Standard High line is an OTT being but the rooms themselves provide understated sophistication. The décor is pure 70’s alpine chalet and lends a sleek yet muted background for the ultimate show stopper, the view. Floor to ceiling windows offer unbelievable views of the Hudson river and, if you have good eyesight, the Statue of Liberty herself!

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