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New York - Sunday in the Big Apple PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Statue of Liberty, New York City - Photo by Luxury ExperienceAs business travelers often arrive in New York on a Sunday, their only free day, sometime for their first time in the Big Apple, Luxury Experience wanted to create a very doable day in New York experience. We hope that you enjoy, New York - Sunday in the Big Apple.

 

 

Where to Stay

Edward and I stayed at the conveniently located, Roger New York, an attractive 194-room luxury boutique hotel which reopened in June 2012 after an extensive renovation, located on Madison Avenue at East 31st Street in the heart of the Flatiron District.

Roger Hotel New York
Roger New York

The hotel is a lovely little secret for American as well as international guests that begins with their multilingual website in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Traditional Chinese. The Roger New York, in any language, translates as a wonderful stay for the leisure or business traveler.

Lobby - Roger Hotel New York
Roger New York - Inviting Lobby

The Roger NewYork features well-appointed, comfortable guestrooms withthoughtful amenities to enhance the guestexperience. There is a 24-hour state-of-the-artfitness center designed to fit into anyone'sschedule, a business center, an intimate lobby bar featuring an interesting cocktail menu, and a restaurant on the third-floor called, The Parlour, where Chef de Cuisine Peter Goldklangis the talent in the kitchen serving delectable bistro-style cuisine.

Guestroom - Roger Hotel New York
Guestroom

With its central location, and desirable amenities, it was the perfect base from which to experience Sunday in the Big Apple.

Read other materials on the Roger New York in the Hotels and Resorts, Restaurants, and Chefs' Recipes section.

Roger New York
131 Madison Avenue at East 31stStreet
New York, New York 100
United States
Toll-Free:        +1-888-448-7788 (USA and Canada)
Telephone:      +1-212-448-7000
Fax:                 +1-212-448-7007
Email:               This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website:          www.TheRogeNnewYork.com
In French:       www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#french
In Spanish:      www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#spanish
In Italian:        www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#italian
In Japanese:   www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#japanese
In Russian:      www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#russian
In Chinese:      www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#TraditionalChinese

Follow The Roger New York on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheRogerNewYork

New York Experiences

The New York PassTo maximize our time and well as our money, we used The New York Pass, available for single or multiple days, which allowed us to take a big bite of the Big Apple. As we would only be spending Sunday in New York, we opted for the One Day Adult Pass. With free entry with the pass to over 70 attractions, the hardest part was deciding how we wanted to spend our day.

The New York Pass is available for purchase for single or multiple days. Prices: 1 Day Adult Pass $80.00, 1 Day Child Pass (age 4-12) $60.00, 2 Day Adult Pass $130.00, 2 Day Child Pass (age 4-12) $110.00, 3 Day Adult Pass $140.00, 3 Day Child Pass (age 4-12) $115.00, 7 Day Adult Pass $185.00, 7 Day Child Pass (age 4-12) $140.00. (Prices are current at time of posting, check website for additional information.)

The New York Pass is available for purchase online at www.NewYorkPass.com or at Gray Line New York Tours from 7:00 am until 8:30 pm.

Gray Line New York Tours
777 8th Avenue at 47thStreet
New York, New York

The New York Pass
Leisure Pass North America Call Center Toll-Free: 1-877-714-1999
Email:                          This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website:                      www.NewYorkPass.com

Whenever possible, a city as large and as unique as New York deserves to be seen and appreciated from the water to experience its beauty and diverse architectural styles, a mix of the old with the new, its tradition and culture a cause for celebration.

Siteseeing from Hudson River - photo by Luxury Experience
CitySighting on the Hudson River

As it was a gorgeous, blue sky summer day, we decided to begin our day with a narrated CitySightesseing Midtown 90-minute Cruise where we had wonderful views of the skyline. Some of the famous landmarks we encountered on the cruise included the Empire State Building, United Nations Complex, Chrysler Building, Governor's Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, SouthStreetSeaport, One World Trade Center, Battery Park, and Ellis Island.

Magnificient Brooklyn Bridge  - photo by Luxury Experience
Magnificent Brooklyn Bridge

We also had an excellent view of the most famous woman in New York, the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World), created by French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who has proudly welcomed visitors since her dedication on October 28, 1886.

Statue of Liberty  - photo by Luxury Experience
Statue of Liberty

Located on Liberty Island, she stands a majestic 151 feet, 1 inch (46 meters), and from ground to torch measures 305 feet, 1 inch (93 meters). Although it is not customary to discuss a woman's weight, in this case, I will make an exception to provide you with an idea of her impressive size, she weighs 450,000 pounds (204,117 kilograms). In her left hand, she holds a copy of the Declaration of Independence, and in her right hand, she holds the torch.

Edward and Debra enjoying the view of New York from the Hudson River  - photo by Luxury Experience
Edward and Debra Enjoying NYC from the Water

Cruises depart year-round Sunday through Thursday on the hour from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, with a 5:00 pmdeparture on Friday and Saturday. Cruises depart from Pier 78, Hudson River and 38thStreet. Please note thatthe schedule is subjectto change due to inclementweather and holidays. Please call to confirm. Fares: Adults $23.00, Children $12.00. (Prices are current at time of posting, check website for additional information.)

View of New York from the Hudson River  - photo by Luxury Experience
New York from the Hudson River

The fare for the Midtown 90-Minute CitySightseeing Cruise is included in the purchase of The New York Pass.

CitySightseeing New York
455 12th Avenue 
New York, New York 10018
United States
Telephone:                   +1-212-445-7599
Website:                       www.CitySightSeeingNewYork.com

Our next experience was taking the exciting NBC Studio Tour where we had the opportunity to go back stage and see the inner workings of a major network. Over the course of our 70-minute tour, we watched an engaging film clip of television show highlights throughout the years, learned about the history of the studio, saw a touching memorial to the NBC journalists, photographers, and crew who have lost their lives bringing news to the world, saw Brian Williams "Man Cave," and Dr. Oz's studio. Edward even had the opportunity to experience what it is like to deliver the news on camera.

NBC Marquee  - photo by Luxury Experience
NBC Marquee

Tours depart every 15 minutes from the NBC Experience Store Monday through Thursday 8:30 am until 5:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 8:30 am until 6:30 pm, and Sunday from 9:15 pm until 4:30 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Reservations strongly suggested. Duration: The Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Tour Prices: Adults $24, Seniors and Children (ages 6-12) $21. (Prices are current at time of posting, check website for additional information.)

NBC display of SNL  - photo by Luxury Experience
NBC Tribute to Saturday Night Live (SNL)

Admission to the NBC Studio Tour is included in the purchase of The New York Pass.

NBC Studio Tours

NBC Experience Store
30 Rockefeller Plaza at West 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, New York
United States
Telephone:                   +1-212-664-3700
Website:                       www.NBCStudioTour.com

A visit to New York would not be complete without experiencing its culture at one of the art museums. However, in a city this large, in order to maximize your time, it is helpful if you plan your day around visiting neighboring attractions. With that in mind, we visited The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, and located only four blocks from Rockefeller Center.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - New York CIty
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Housed on six levels with an outdoor sculpture garden on the first level, and extensive exhibits on the other levels, "the museum is dedicated to being the foremost modern art museum in the world." The museum has interesting lectures and gallery talks, film series, and events.

During our visit we had the opportunity to experience the "Century of the Child: Growing By Design, 1900 - 2000" exhibition, which brought out the child in the patrons who patiently waited their turn to pose sitting at the giant table and chairs, play one of the interactive creative games, or read one of the several children's books on display. Naturally, we indulged our inner child and had a fabulous time. (The exhibition is on the sixth floor of the museum and runs until November 5, 2012.)

Debra Argen having fun  at MoMA - photo by Luxury Experience
Debra having fun at MoMA

We also visited the permanent exhibitions and paid homage to works by the artists Braque, Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Monet, Munch, Picasso, Rousseau, Seurat, and Van Gogh.

Edward Nesta enjoying MoMA - photo by Luxury Experience
Edward enjoying the MoMA

The museum is open from 10:30 am - 5:30 pmwith extended hours on Friday until 8:00 pm. Admission is charged, Adults $25. Seniors $18 (Ages 65 and older), Students (full time withcurrent ID) $14, Children 16 and under - free (does notapply to groups). On Fridays, thanks to Target Free Friday Nights, there is free admission from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. (Prices are current at time of posting, check website for additional information.)

Admission to the museum is included in the purchase of The New York Pass.

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10019
United States
Telephone:        +1-212-708-9400
Website:           www.MoMA.org

We saved our last experience of the day for Top of the Rock, located on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of Rockefeller Center where we were able to witness the beauty of New York City magically spread out for us with 360-degree magnificent views.

Rockefeller Center -  photo by Luxury Experience
Rockefeller Center

At 5:00 pm, when the summer sunlight was atits best, we took the one-minute Sky Shuttle elevator to the 67th observation floor of the Top of the Rock, where we admired the photo gallery and the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows before stepping outside on the terrace to better appreciate the views of New York through the transparent, safety glass.

Edward and Debra at The Top of The Rock-  photo by Luxury Experience
Edward and Debra at The Top of The Rock

We continued to the 69th floor to appreciate another vantage point, and then walked up to the 70th floor (850 feet/260 meters above street level) where we were rewarded with open-air unobstructed views of the city.

Chrysler Building photo from The Top of The Rock-  photo by Luxury Experience
Chrysler Building - Beautiful Architecture

To write that it was a "wow" moment would be an understatement. From the upper deck, New York unfolded below us as if in a dream. From our place in the sky, we could see the Chrysler Building, an Art Deco landmark built between 1929 and 1930, the Empire State Building an Art Deco architectural landmark built in 1931, many of the famous bridges, and the unique architecture that makes New York so visually fascinating.

Central Park from The Top of The Rock -  photo by Luxury Experience
Central Park from the Top of The Rock

Most impressive of all though, was the sight of the 883-acre (3.57 km2) Central Park created in 1857, where its expansive green lawns, lakes, and ponds, looked like an oasis in the middle of the major metropolis called New York. We spent an hour at the top before returning to street level to walk back to the hotel.

New York viewed from The Top of The Rock -  photo by Luxury Experience
New York City

Top of the Rock is open daily despite weather conditions from 8:00 am until midnight, last elevator up is at 11:00 pm. In the case of inclementweather, portions of the deck may be closed for safety reasons. Guests will be advised about weather conditions and visibility prior to entry. Top of the Rock will notrefund tickets in the case of inclementweather; however, they will reissue your ticketfor a future time and date. Admission: Adults $21.00, Seniors $19.00, Children (6-12 years) $14.00. (Prices are current at time of posting, check website for additional information.)

Top of the Rock -  photo by Luxury Experience
Come View New York - Nothing Like It!

Admission to Top of the Rock is included in the purchase of The New York Pass.

Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
(Enter on West 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
where the red carpet marks the entrance)
New York, New York
United States
Telephone:       +1-212-698-2000
Website:           www.TopOfTheRockNYC.com

Where to Dine

After a wonderful day experiencing New York, we had a very enjoyable and relaxing dinner at The Parlour, the restaurant at the Roger New Yorkhotel. We began by making a toast to our exceptional day in NewYork with two of their specialty cocktails, The Roger madewith strawberry puree, Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters, and prosecco, and the Rye Manhattan madewith BulleitRye, sweetvermouth, and Peychaud's Bitters.

Chef Peter Goldklang of Roger Hotel New York -  photo by Luxury Experience
Chef Peter Goldklang

Appetizer (small plates) highlights of our dinner included Soda Dipped Fried Chicken served with a bowl of srirachahoney and sumac yogurtdipping sauce, and the Oyster Po Boy, which were three miniature grilled brioches topped withbattered Chesapeake oysters and crunchy fennel slawand accompanied by shaved fennel slaw. Main Course (large plates) highlights included the Chicken Paillard, accompanied by fresh herbs, arugula, heirloom tomatoes, and garnished witha lemon wedge, and the Wild King Salmon glazed with mustard herb butter served on a bed of pencil-thin and tender asparagus, and accompanied by a selection of multi-colored fingerling potatoes.

Soda dipped Chicken, Roger Hotel New York-  photo by Luxury Experience
Soda Dipped Fried Chicken

Oyster Po Boys - Roger Hotel New York -  photo by Luxury Experience
Oyster Po Boy

Best of all, after dinner we took the elevator to our guestroom for a good night's sleep, because to quote Thomas Jefferson, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise," especially when one has an early business day on Monday.

Breakfast Pantry, Roger Hotel New York -  photo by Luxury Experience
Breakfast Pantry

The Parlour serves breakfast from 6:00 am until 10:00 am, and lunch/dinner from 1:00 pmuntil midnight.

Read other materials on the Roger New York in the Hotels and Resorts, Restaurants, and Chefs' Recipes section.

The Parlour
Roger New York
131 Madison Avenue at East 31stStreet
New York, New York 100
United States
Toll-Free:         +1-888-448-7788 (USA and Canada)
Telephone:       +1-212-448-7000
Fax:                  +1-212-448-7007
Email:               This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website:          www.TheRogeNnewYork.com
In French:        www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#french
In Spanish:      www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#spanish
In Italian:        www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#italian
In Japanese:   www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#japanese
In Russian:      www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#russian
In Chinese:      www.TheRogerNewYork.com/#TraditionalChinese

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Clipper Ship and Statue of Liberty -  photo by Luxury Experience
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