Meet 54th Street

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Meet 54th Street

It is always a welcome beginning to my walk from the east side of Manhattan to the west when I can sit on a bench and look out at the East River from a quiet pocket park. Sutton Place offers a perfect vantage point to view the bridges and the boats, to meet some of the residents in the neighborhood, … read more

Il Gattopardo

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Food & Restaurants, Italian

  • Side Pick

13-15 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
212 246 0412
ilgattopardonyc.com
Hours:
Lunch: M-F 12pm-3pm; Dinner: 5pm-11:30pm; Sa 11am-3pm; 5pm-11:30pm; Su 11am-3pm; 5pm-10pm
Il Gattopardo

After having successfully occupied the space at 33 West since 2001 – now home to his restaurant, Mozzarella & Vino – twelve years later, owner Gianfranco Sorrentino had a new vision for Il Gattopardo. The restaurant’s current location features two dining rooms, two full bars and a larger kitchen … read more

Roundabout Theatre at Studio 54

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Arts & Entertainment, Theaters

  • Historic Site
  • Side Pick

254 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
212 719 9393
roundabouttheatre.org
Roundabout Theatre at Studio 54

Known primarily as the site of the infamous nightclub Studio 54, this building has far more history. Its tale starts in the early twentieth century, when it was erected as the Gallo Opera House. After a brief stint as the New York Theatre, and a longer one as the home of the Johnny Carson Show (as well … read more

Meet 53rd Street

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Meet 53rd Street

Walking across 53rd Street is a journey from one oasis of quiet to another. On the eastern end, by the FDR Drive and overlooking the East River, is a portion of Sutton Place Park. On the western end is DeWitt Clinton Park, … read more

Al Bustan

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Food & Restaurants, Lebanese

  • Side Pick

319 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
212 759 5933
albustanny.com
Hours:
12pm-11pm Everyday
Al Bustan

When Elias, the owner of Al Bustan, told us that the kitchen would be preparing some dishes for us to try, we were not anticipating the feast about to be set before us. Al Bustan – which, in Arabic, means “The Orchard” – presents a gourmet take on traditional Lebanese food, featuring a variety of meat-based … read more

West 52nd Street - A Work of Art

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West 52nd Street - A Work of Art

Scaffolding casts long shadows across the sidewalk while the air is filled with dust and the sounds of construction. Besides derelict buildings and abandoned lots, shiny high-rises make their slow ascent into the blue sky. This is Hell’s Kitchen or, more accurately, the west 52nd Street portion of … read more

Meet 52nd Street

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Meet 52nd Street

My walk across 52nd Street began in the tranquility of early morning, watching the liquid sunshine dance atop the East River. Calm and residential, the eastern tip of 52nd is home to historic apartment buildings that celebrities including Humphrey Bogart and John Lennon once called home. These famed … read more

Le Perigord

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Food & Restaurants, French

  • Historic Site
  • Side Pick

405 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
212 755 6244
leperigord.com
Hours:
Lunch M-F 12pm- 3pm; Dinner 5:30pm-10pm Everyday
Le Perigord

It had been decades since I had visited Le Perigord, one of New York’s finest French restaurants. How wonderful to be back and to spend time with father and son – Georges and Christopher Briguet – both in their impeccable kitchen and seated in the restaurant. They were quite proud to be celebrating their … read more

Russian Vodka Room

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Beverage, Vodka
Food & Restaurants, Russian
Nightlife, Bars

  • Side Pick

265 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
212 307 5835
russianvodkaroom.com
Hours:
Su-Th 4pm-2am; F-Sa 4pm-4am
Russian Vodka Room

The intimate space of red lamps, candles and beautiful music is easy to miss, as the Russian Vodka Room is somewhat hidden behind darkened windows. Luckily, my attention was piqued by the faint sounds of a piano floating out of the bar and onto the street. Walking in, I immediately noticed the huge glass … read more

Meet 51st Street

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Meet 51st Street

Before I had a chance to begin my journey on 51st Street, I discovered a hidden stone staircase at the most eastern part of the street, which led me down to Peter Demtold Park. Engaging in conversation first thing in the morning with some of the neighborhood residents was the perfect way to get my adrenaline … read more



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