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Beekman, Brooklyn and Broadway: 48-Hours in New York City

New York City is my favorite weekend getaway from just about any East Coast location. If you plan out a few weeks, flights are typically inexpensive and there is always something to do - rain or shine - but this fall, traveling just after Thanksgiving when all the decorations go up for the holidays, is a perfect time to go.

I recently curated a great trip to New York where we combined Brooklyn with exploration of downtown Manhattan. I typically stay in midtown just south of Central Park (The Quin is a favorite) but this new home base was a welcomed change.

Where to Stay - The Beekman Hotel

We used The Beekman Hotel as our base. Full of history, the site itself debuted Shakespere's Hamlet in 1761 and the current building, known as Temple Court was one of Manhattan's first skyscrapers. It was finished the same year as the Brooklyn Bridge.

The mosaic marble entrance feels like you have stepped back in time into the golden age of travel. This history, and the two-year careful renovation, make this hotel the opposite of all the clean white nondescript "luxury" hotels. Sit in the wonderful bar to fully appreciate the sense of glamour. The heart of the building is the nine-story atrium capped with a pyramidal skylight.

Rooms are small but filled with character. Each room is slightly different filled with vintage furnishings and curated art work and each has a craft cocktail table to round out the sheek Mad Men vibe.

The location is great. Subway access is just a few steps away. You are just a block from City Hall and two blocks from the redeveloped World Trade Center area and 911 Memorial. Also in this area is the second outpost of the touristy, but fantastic-none-the-less, Eataly. We found ourselves walking over for breakfast in the morning.

What to Do

911 Memorial

Photo Credit: Amy Dreher

Walking Tour



There is so much great Art in New York City you have to pick and choose wisely if you only have a weekend. Staying downtown gives you the chance to explore some smaller galleries or the New Museum but there are some terrific exhibits happening at the major museums this Fall.

Check out the Whitney's Alexander Calder exhibition, which could include a walk on the High line, lunch at the fabulous restaurant in the Whitney or a quick bite at the Chelsea Market.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will welcome the David Hockney exhibition on Nov 27 straight from the Tate Britain in London where it was the fastest selling exhibition in the museum's history and then the Met Breuer will house an exhibition on Edvard Munch opening November 15 featuring 45 of the artists landmark compositions.


Photo Credit: Dear Evan Hanson Media Images

Hottest ticket now is likely to be Springsteen on Broadway which will run until February 2018. With just 960 seats, the venue is the smallest Springsteen has played on in 40 years.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child comes to Broadway in Spring 2018. Seven members of the West End company will perform in the Broadway premier.


Momofuku Noodle Bar Gabriele Sabile Photographer

Two other Lower East Side spots worth noting. Dirt Candy is a vegetarian restaurant that is on every list of “must try” in New York City. Chef Cohen has made eating only veg as satisfying as any meal you have ever had. This is a great place for brunch because after 12:45 it slows down and you can often get a walk-in space. Also great is Dirty French is classic french food with a twist located in the Ludlow Hotel (also a fantastic place to stay - especially if you can grab the Ludlow Double Loft room if you are a family traveling with kids)

You can reinvent a weekend to New York a hundred times and still not scratch the surface of the city. At The Curatour, we have access to special relationships for show tickets, behind-the-scenes offerings, VIP status at many of the best hotels. Reach out to us to help plan your next NYC weekend.


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