What to see in NYC Park Avenue, New York's new city center
Leisure and business in the heart of the Big Apple
Park Avenue, on the way to the Grand Central Terminal, has taken over the hubs of reference for business and tourist travel. Beyond the busy Times Square and the financial district, this vast avenue that runs from north to south through six Manhattan neighborhoods offers endless possibilities for all kinds of travelers.
And it is precisely here, where Iberostar has its 4 star hotel in downtown New York. Take a look at everything you can see around you.
In New York there is always the possibility, at any time, of raising your arm and stopping a yellow taxi, but it must be acknowledged that New Yorkers’ preferred means of transport is the subway. The Grand Central Terminal divides Park Avenue in two and at the same station you can take the line connecting the entire east side of the island and the line leading directly to Times Square, the High Line and the Queens District.
A different kind of dinner in Korea Town
Despite its small size, the Korean neighborhood of New York is well worth a visit. The ideal night plan after a long day of business meetings or sightseeing is eating authentic Korean barbecue like those offered by New Wongo or Jongro BBQ. The restaurants in the area do not neglect another of its cuisine's specialties, the rice and vegetable casserole Bibimbap as served by BCD Tofu House. The evening can be finished off with a private karaoke booth or a taste of Korean desserts. And all this is just a few meters away from Park Avenue.
Rest at the Morgan Library
The Morgan Library offers a good alternative for art lovers and those looking to concentrate between meetings. This beautiful building in the early twentieth century housed the personal collection of the well-known financier, J. P. Morgan. After his death, his descendants decided to open it to the public as a museum and research center. In addition to manuscripts by authors as diverse as Sir Walter Scott and Bob Dylan, the Morgan Library displays original drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Picasso. It’s a great stop on Park Avenue.
Direct access to Silicon Alley
Around the iconic Flatiron Building, a large number of technological startups have sprung up in recent years, which, more than a promise, are now a reality. So much so that this new business hub is known as Silicon Alley (replacing the “Valley” of the well-known Californian region). In its modern offices, the New York of the future is being developed, which will be led by the companies of the future. Ideal for capturing trends and hiring the next Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
Admire the views
New York is enjoyed from its streets but admired from its rooftops. Along Park Avenue and adjoining roads, there are several bars with terraces that are an unbeatable refuge after an intense day in the city. Roof at Park South provides a relaxed atmosphere but in terms of views, Spyglass Rooftop Bar and 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar are vying for the number one spot. Both have the Empire State Building within their views.
Curry Hill, the spiciest street
The wide variety of cultures that converge in the city is the perfect invitation to test New York’s endless samples of international cuisine. The city makes it easy because there are themed areas like Curry Hill. The smell of curry points the way to the best restaurants, but not everyone follows this hot and tasty cocktail of spices. Dhaba has an excellent catalog of samosas and kebabs and Desi Galli is a biriyani and chaat specialist.
The most pet-friendly avenue
The mystery of where pets are hiding in New York City is solved by walking down Park Avenue. Here it is common to find neighbors accompanied by their pets, up and down. Not only can residents do this, but also many visitors can do it too. Several hotels such as Iberostar 70 Park Avenue welcome dogs and cats in their rooms by opening New York to the entire family, including four-legged members.
Fly by bike
There is no means of transportation that cannot be used in New York, but the spaciousness of Park Avenue makes it particularly tempting to ride a bicycle. The city offers residents and visitors a good network of bicycles that cover almost every neighborhood. This way, wandering around Manhattan or getting to meetings is going to be a walk on the clouds.
An opening to the river
An alternative to the subway is a boat. On the east side of 34th Street, just a short drive from Park Avenue, is one of the city's most dynamic ferry docks serving Roosevelt Island, Queens, Brooklyn and southern Manhattan. From here it is not only possible to plant yourself in the financial heart of the city in just a few minutes, but also to reach the beach areas furthest from the center. The calm wave of the river can also be seen by quietly dining at a luxurious floating restaurant just three blocks from the station. The Water Club offers a bubbling jazz music environment and you can taste its seafood menu while following its rhythm.