New York Sights to See - Madison Avenue
Beginning your day in New York at Madison Square Park, on Madison and 23rd is just about
the most peaceful start possible in this beehive of a city. Tree-lined,
two centuries old, and surrounded by a quiet neighborhood, the
five-acre park makes for the perfect place to have an outdoor brunch.
Just six blocks up is the architectural wonder, The Carlton. A perfect blend of
new and old, the hotel's lobby offers breathtaking scenery all its own.
Rich brass and leather, and Art
Deco galore. Then stand outside and enjoy the lovely
facade of this New York landmark.
Continue your leisurely walk up to 36th Street and take in the Morgan Library.
Closed for three years for renovations, the re-opened library of the
'banker who saved the country' is small but well worth a tour. During J.P. Morgan's
lifetime it housed his book collection and served as an office away
from his mansion uptown. Walking through, it's difficult to absorb that
this was once a private residence, so perfectly does it serve as a
Stop off, if you're inclined, at the New York
Public Library - Science and Industry, at 34th
Street. The collection is extensive and the surroundings continue the
peaceful tour up Madison.
Now that you're fully awake, get ready for the shopping and dining part
of the route.
Slide into Brooks
Brothers at 42nd and Grand Central Station
for a suit. Worn by Abraham
Lincoln, theBrooks Brothers' tailors are ready
to make the perfect accoutrement even for those without political
ambitions. Ladies can occupy their time equally well at any of the
nearby boutiques, but save some balance on that credit card for further
Now that you're dressed for the occasion prepare (if you made
reservations far in advance) to have lunch at one of New York's
finest: Gilt, at
50th Street. Located in the former location of Le Cirque in the Villard Mansion
dining room, now part of the New
York Palace Hotel, the food and atmosphere are
unmatched. You're sure to see some celebrities at a nearby table.
Well fed, if a little less well-off (Gilt is pricey), get ready for
some serious shopping. Looking for that leather bag you couldn't find
is certain to have something that appeals. But save some of that
plastic to visit Prada,
Assuming you didn't max out your credit cards already, Barney's
at 61st Street is waiting to do that for you. Both men and women will
find the service here tailored to their tastes. Calvin Klein
is just down at 60th, if you don't care for the décor.
Get someone to take the bags back to the hotel, though, because you'll
need at least one arm to carry a stellar vintage away from Sherry-Lehman Wine and Spirits.
If you don't find what you want here, you just don't drink.
If you're not exhausted or broke by now, you can continue on uptown to
the Upper East Side
to shop at Prada on 70th or Bang and Olufsen at 75th.
But sooner or later you're going to run out of money and energy. Head back down to the Little Church at 29th and say a prayer that you still have enough to get back home.
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