After sampling the Big Apple's hit Broadway shows, famous museums
and Fifth Avenue shops, clients should take the time to see the
"insider's" New York, according to Brian Devlin, concierge for the
SoHo Grand Hotel. "Visitors should really try to get out to the
other boroughs [beyond Manhattan], where they may be surprised to
see lots of wonderful museums and other attractions," he says.
"In the Long Island City section of Queens, for instance, the
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum is filled with works by this famous
20th-century sculptor. There are about 12 galleries as well as an
outdoor sculpture garden, where you can see his work shown to
really great advantage."
Also in Long Island City is P.S. 1, which despite its name is
actually gallery space that exhibits works by new, avant-garde
artists and is a favorite spot of New York's art cognoscenti, and
the Silvercup Studios, a movie studio located in a restored
historic complex that once housed the Silvercup Bakery, which made
one of America's favorite brands of white bread.
"One of the prettiest places in the Bronx is Wave Hill, a former
estate that overlooks the Hudson River," Devlin says. "Nowadays,
it's a great place to go to see acres of beautiful gardens and
greenhouses and enjoy the concerts they often hold in the cultural
Visitors going to Brooklyn should do as generations of New
Yorkers do -- head down to Manhattan's City Hall, near the
Manhattan side of the bridge, and walk across. It's not only great
exercise but it affords some of the most awesome views of New
York's skyline, says Devlin.
Once on the Brooklyn side, visitors should stop at the Brooklyn
Museum of Art and its neighbor, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; the
Brooklyn Academy of Music (which New Yorkers call "BAM"), and the
River Cafe. "The River Cafe is not only one of New York's best
restaurants, but because of its location practically at the foot of
the Brooklyn Bridge, you have the most spectacular views of
Manhattan," according to Devlin.
Manhattan also has its treasures and colorful sights, the
concierge points out. "Many people go to the Metropolitan Museum of
Art but they don't necessarily take the bus up to the Cloisters,
which is a branch of the museum," says Devlin.
"It contains the Met's collection of medieval masterpieces, but
because it's in a beautiful setting overlooking the Hudson, it's
also a great place to relax over lunch or coffee on a nice day
after you've seen the exhibitions."
"Like many New Yorkers, one of the things I really like to do is
shop for fresh fruit, produce and other food in the city's
Greenmarkets, which are located all over town. Even if you're not
shopping for food," says Devlin, "it's fun to watch usually urbane
New Yorkers carefully picking out the best tomatoes trucked in by
farmers from New Jersey, and stocking up on home-made jams and