Staycation: The big apple is your playground
Economy Candy is a must-see spot on a Lower East tour
By Emily Mathis
Special to amNewYork
With the current state of the economy, you may be planning to spend some of your vacation days at home. Rather than spend hundreds on travel, you can reintroduce yourself with the city at your feet a dream destination for many with this weekend itinerary.
Friday: Get cultured
4 p.m.- 8 p.m: Drop whatever youre doing and make it over to MoMA to take advantage of free admission.
Dinner: Dorothy Parker and New Yorker founder Harold Ross were frequent patrons of the Oak Room Supper Club inside the Algonquin Hotel. Emulate the literati Dinner seating is at 6:30 p.m. and features a $50 prix-fixe menu. Or you can just opt for the 8:30 or 11:00 cabaret performances, Thursday through Sunday. Algonquinhotel.com/oakroom_supper_club.html, 59 W. 44th Street, btwn Fifth and Sixth aves., 212-840-6800Saturday: Learn some history, do some shopping
Breakfast: Like a true New Yorker, sleep in a bit, and then head over to New York oldest delicatessen, Katzs Deli on the Lower East Side (205 E. Houston Street) or grab a bagel with a shmear at Russ & Daughters (179 E. Houston St.)
The Tenement Museum: A few blocks away, the walls at 97 Orchard Street can talk - telling generations worth of the citys immigrants.
Call ahead to reserve 212-982-8420 open until 6:30 p.m.
Essex Street Market: A slew of gourmet treats available prove street vending has certainly evolved since 1940 the year of the markets birth. Open till 7 p.m. at 120 Essex Street
Economy Candy: This well-stocked, old-fashioned family owned candy store is perfect for any sweet tooth. Open till 5 p.m. on Saturdays
108 Rivington St., (212) 254-1531.
Chelsea shopping: Christopher Totten, Park Avenue Hotels concierge, recommends Chelsea and assures there are still great bargains to be found. He recommends indoor flea market The Garage (112 West 25th Street). Dont forget: The stretch of art galleries from West 13th to 29th sts. and Tenth Avenue to W. Side Highway.
Have some dinner: If you spend $15 on food, youll get two rounds of sake or wine at Azuki Sushi.
239 Park Avenue South btwn 19th & 20th sts., 212-228-3611
See a spectacle: With women suspended in a watery world above the audience and a man running through a series of walls, Argentinean spectacle Fuerzabruta claims to invent nothing and have no purpose. It just is.
Saturday show times: 7 and 10 p.m. $75, day of $25 rush seats when available
212-239-6200 Telecharge.com or FuerzaBrutaNYC.com
Rest up after your busy weekend at Clinton Hills Body by Brooklyn Spa and Lounge weekend brunch, where dining in bathrobes is the norm. For $54 per person, youll receive breakfast, a choice of Bloody Mary or Mimosa, unlimited tea and coffee, and full day (10 a.m. 9 p.m.) access to the Wet Lounge complete with a Turkish steam room, Swedish and Russian saunas, Jacuzzi, and an Artic Cold Plunge pool.
275 Park Avenue, corner of Washington and Waverly Ave in Clinton Hill, 718-923-9400, BodyByBrooklyn.com
WHERE TO STAY:
The Algonquin Hotel The citys oldest operating hotel has been the epicenter of New Yorks literary and theatrical life for more than a century. Rates begin at $249/night. 59 West 44th btwn Fifth and Sixth aves., 212-840-6800, AlgonquinHotel.com
Hotel Chelsea: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and Janis Joplin are just some of artists who have laid their heads here. Its also where Sid Vicious allegedly killed Nancy Spungen and Dylan Thomas died. A room with two double beds and a kitchen is $169/night, and if you dont mind sharing a bathroom is just $109/night.
222 west 23rd street 212-243-3700, HotelChelsea.com
The Gershwin: This Midtown hotels exterior is the pinnacle of modernity although the hotel itself is around a hundred years old. With bunk beds in the low-fare travelers second floor, the upscale Fourth Floor Fabuloso, and a special family floor there is something for everyone. Prices range from $45 to $405 night.
7 East 27th St, 212-545-8000, GershwinHotel.com
Abingdon Guest House The cozy dÃ©cor of a country bed and breakfast and the best of the West Village at your feet. Rates range from $279/night to $169.
21 Eighth Avenue, 212-243-5384, AbingdonGuestHouse.com
Fun on Foot New York (April 2009) by Warwick and Nola Ford $16.95, FunOnFoot.com
Warwick Ford is an Australian-raised Canadian-American who grew up to be a Massachusetts-based executive of a California company. Hes covered a lot of ground in his day, but was always faced with the same problem: finding the time and trails to keep up his passion for fitness. Out of this gripe, the Fun on Foot series was born. Known in fitness circles as THE book for runners, joggers, or walkers who travel, Fun on Foot features over 90 maps the book is great for visitors and locals alike looking to familiarize themselves with undiscovered trails.
Blue Guide New York by Carol von Pressentin Wright, $24.95, BlueGuides.com
Since being bought by Somerset Books five years ago this almost century-old series has reestablished itself as the guide for what the Sunday Times called the cultural high ground. Staten-Island born author, Carol von Pressentin Wrights fourth edition of the New York Version is packed with 584 pages of full-color maps, floors plans, photos, architectural drawings, expert essays on New Yorks architecture and geology, and do-it-yourself walking tours. From South Street Seaport to Inwood, the book is broken up by neighborhood with scholarly descriptions of parks, museums, landmarks, and relevant history.
Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City Michelle and James Nevius, $16.95 SimonSchuster.com
For the chronically wandering walkers out there married couple, Michelle and James Nevius, would like to enrich you - taking on the gargantiuous task of organizing and relaying relevantly the citys history from the sidewalk up. From colonial New Amsterdam to post-9/11 the book is broken up into mini-chapters focusing on a particular event, person, or place and features 14 self-guided walking tours, maps, and directions.