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

E52 405 Le Périgord 4-JZ

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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

W52 265 Russian Vodka Room 5 -JZ

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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

Greenacre Park

E 51st 217 Greenacre Park -LT-3

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Parks & Gardens, Parks

  • Side Pick

217 East 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
212 838 0528
Greenacre Park

Between Second and Third Avenue, dwarfed by much taller buildings on either side, is a lovely hidden oasis called Greenacre Park. Created by the Rockefellers to provide New Yorkers with “some moments of serenity in a busy world,” the park offers a bit of unhurried tranquility to neighborhood residents … read more

Vice Versa Restaurant and Bar

W51 325 Vice Versa 7-JZ

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Food & Restaurants, Brunch, Italian

  • Outdoor Seating
  • Side Pick

325 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
212 399 9291
viceversanyc.com
Hours:
Lunch M-F 12pm-2:30pm; Dinner M-Sa 5pm-11p;, Su 5pm-10pm, Brunch Su 11:30am-3pm
Vice Versa Restaurant and Bar

When we ate at his restaurant during the summer of 2014, Vice Versa co-owner Franco Lazzari offered his advice. “If you don’t like competition, don’t open a restaurant in Manhattan.” This attitude towards the New York restaurant scene, one shared by fellow owner and chef Stefano Terzi, is precisely what … read more

Meet 50th Street

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Meet 50th Street

I live on the west side and spend as much time as I can either biking or walking along the Hudson River. I certainly appreciate, however, when I can begin my journey across a side street gazing out at the East River on a beautiful blue-sky day. 50th Street affords one this lovely opportunity as it dead-ends … read more

citizenM New York Times Square

W50th 218 Citizen M Hotel 4 - EP

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Travel & Lodging, Hotels

  • Side Pick
  • WiFi Available

218 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
212 461 3638
citizenm.com
citizenM New York Times Square

citizenM is not very concerned with tradition. It is quite the opposite, in fact. With one-minute self-service check-in on a touch-screen computer, no bellboys and a sleek interior that resembles MoMa more than the Waldorf, this hotel is the millennial generation incarnate. Its concept is simple: a modern … read more

Creative Connections

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Education & Community, Community Services

  • Side Pick

447 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
646 241 6622
creativec.org
Hours:
By Appointment Only
Creative Connections

Earl Hagan founded Creative Connections in 2005 after he noticed a dearth of supplemental academic services in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. He told me that his goal was simply to prepare public high school students for the educational and career challenges that lied ahead. In less than a decade, … read more



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