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My New York – The City for Culture, Foodies and Adventure

by on July 7, 2014 · 14 comments

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This week, we introduce you to the TPG staff based far and wide across the United States and Europe. To learn a little more about them, they’re sharing with you their experiences in the destinations that they call home. Today, meet Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss and his New York City.

New York City is the greatest city in the world.

Let me say it again: New York City is the greatest city in the world.

Having lived here for nearly 12 years (and appropriately enough calling myself a true New Yorker as a result), I have been through a lot with this city. We’ve been through snowstorms, hurricanes, a blackout and oh so much more. To call a spade a spade, this is an island of trials and tribulations and it’s not always the easiest place to live, but it is the easiest place to love. We have so much here that sometimes I feel walking out my front door will bring me a new adventure that I can’t wait to tackle.

I live in Hell’s Kitchen, on the West Side of Manhattan, a mere five minute walk to Central Park and an easy traipse up to Lincoln Center, a cultural mecca. Home to the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic and several other organizations, Lincoln Center is the largest performance center in the world and it also houses the Juilliard School and the School of American Ballet, where some of the world’s best talent matriculates. The area also plays host to Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and several Broadway shows yearly. After undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation a few years back, the compound is bright, digital and stunning. Whether it’s a Tony Award-winning show or an orchestral piece, even just sitting in the plaza and taking it all in is an experience in itself.

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Moving back down to my neighborhood, a new restaurant popped up several months ago that has become an instant favorite of mine, BarBacon. The restaurant/bar is known for putting bacon in just about everything, from their lobster rolls to their bahn-mi’s, it’s a bacon frenzy, and I am always willing to sidle up to the bar and sit for one of their specialties, like the Bacon & Beer Flight, which pairs four types of artisanal bacon and local craft beers. It’s a bit/incredibly indulgent, but very much worth it.

BarBacon, a mecca for all things pig, beer and bourbon related!

BarBacon, a mecca for all things pig, beer and bourbon related.

Towards the southern end of Hell’s Kitchen an apartment building called Gotham West recently opened to great acclaim, mostly for it’s fantastic new food hall, Gotham West Market. Within the space are a stellar bunch of restaurants and vendors, from El Colmado by Chef Seamus Mullen to Genuine Roadhouse and my personal favorite, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop where hot fresh ramen is lusciously poured into bowls for you to sit and (as the name implies) slurp. What’s great about the space is that they have communal tables, so it encourages you to go with friends and have a smorgasbord of food from all of the delicious purveyors, then finish up with a hot cup of coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee.

Gotham West Market featuring artisanal purveyors of amazing local and international foods, beers and kitchen goods

Gotham West Market featuring artisanal purveyors of amazing local and international foods, beers and kitchen goods

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After a good meal, it’s time to work off the huge caloric intake. I like to go for a nice bike ride and thanks to the good people at Citibank, NYC has a great bike sharing program. Launched over Memorial Day 2013, Citi Bike has 300+ stations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn that allow you to ride up to 30 minutes at a time throughout the city for only $10, or if you buy a yearly membership for $100, you can use the bikes for up to 45 minutes at a time, as many times as you’d like throughout the year. By inserting your credit card into the kiosks (it can be a Visa, AMEX or Mastercard; it doesn’t have to be Citibank), you can access thousands of bikes allowing you to freely explore the city. With improved traffic patterns, dedicated bike lanes and a general public understanding of safety, the program has been heralded as a big success, and a personal favorite mode of transport for me.

Me rocking out on a Citi Bike. Formal attire is not necessary for riding, but a helmet is recommended.

Me rocking out on a Citi Bike. Formal attire is not necessary for riding, but a helmet is recommended.

I love hopping on a bike and heading out into the world, one of my favorite rides is downtown and across the Brooklyn Bridge where I dock my bike and walk around the waterfront. There are great restaurants and bars around there to spend some time and watch the sun set over the miraculous skyline. However, if you’re really in the mood for a ride, heading up to Williamsburg for a beer at the Brooklyn Brewery is an excellent choice. The hometown pride of Brooklyn, the brewery puts out an incredible selection of beers (the classic Brooklyn Lager is my favorite). They give guided tasting tours of the place and on Friday nights they open up their tasting room for anyone to come in. Beer tokens cost a mere $5 each and there are huge communal tables, board games and (get this!) you can even have pizza delivered right to the brewery. It’s a fantastic way to start off the weekend.

The brewing room at Brooklyn Brewery...a tasting tour is highly encouraged and highly delicious!

The brewing room at Brooklyn Brewery. A tasting tour is highly encouraged and highly delicious.

There are so many things about New York that I love, and the list keeps on growing. Our Broadway shows are at the highest attendance in years, new museums are popping up, starchitects are building our skyline to gorgeous higher and higher heights. Come visit, there is a reason that this is the greatest city in the world.

Yeah, that’s right, I said it again.

Do you have a question for Adam about New York or your own favorite spots to share? Post them in the comments below.

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  • Harry Potzer

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  • http://www.culturalxplorer.com/ Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

    As a NYer I have to agree. I love this city (although sometimes we have a love-hate relationship). Just discovered Gotham West and have to say: I like it a lot. So many great things here. Two of my favorites are Brooklyn Bridge Park (between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges) and Chelsea Market :)

  • stvr

    How many interns do you have already?

  • Ryan

    Small clarification, Citi bike limit is 30 min for day rental and 45 min for yearly membership

  • Stanton

    I live in NYC and agree it’s the best place in the world for food. You really get an amazing selection of fairly authentic cuisines.
    I disagree about Citibike. Biking in NYC is extremely unsafe. Furthermore, the Citibike program is losing money. Biking works in mid sized cities but not in urban jungles like NYC.
    Overall, great place to live if you are young and single. It’s not much of a family city, and not particularly green like Singapore (which I feel is very live able on a longer term basis) but everyone should live in NYC at some point in their life if they can. It’s an experience to be treasured.

  • dee seiffer

    I live in the CT ‘burbs, but get to NYC pretty often. When my kids were tweens, and we were planning family activities for a weekend, I would suggest hiking. Their reply, “Let’s hike Manhattan.” Smart kids. Of course, we did.

  • chris

    +1 about biking not being the safest in NYC. I have my own bike and cycle a fair bit in central park or along the bike paths on the west side. When I have to ride in the city streets (bike lanes or not) I feel like I am taking my life in my hands and I am an experienced city rider! Can’t imagine someone who doesn’t know for sure the streets hoping on a citibike.

  • Andrew K. Greene

    I appreciate your opinions, but I respectfully disagree. After biking in many cities, college towns, and rural communities, biking in NYC is, hands down, my favorite and quite safe. I live in Manhattan and bike all over the city, Brooklyn, and even the Bronx. With expanded bike infrastructure and popularity, a lot has changed over the last decade, especially in terms of safety. Also, Central Park and Prospect Park offer some of the best, uninterrupted training routes I’ve ever ridden.

  • taryn

    Lincoln Center is my heaven. I have been to so many concerts in every one of their venues. I’ll be there later this year to attend a New York City Ballet performance. Even if you think you don’t like ballet, I highly recommend that you give it a try. George Balanchine was an absolute genius and NYCB continues to perform his great ballets. There are also some really fine ballets by other choreographers, but I go for Balanchine. The music is always superb and the NYCB orchestra is superb as well, a few times I have attended just as much to hear the music as to see the ballets. I have also been to many non-ballet orchestra concerts, piano and chamber concerts, jazz concerts, and even a few operas and a Broadway-type show at the Lincoln Center complex. I can’t say enough good about it.

  • thepointsguy

    Thank you, you are correct, and we will edit the post accordingly!

  • upperwestside

    Sorry, but 12 years may make you a NYC hipster, but you are far from being a true New Yorker. Stick around, and your grandchildren might make it.

  • taryn

    I treasure my NYC vacations, but I would not treasure living there unless I won a lottery and could afford a $20 million apartment with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a terrace (it can be small), and a beautiful view. It’s what I deserve. :)

  • Danny

    Greatest city in the world. I also live in Hell’s Kitchen, and can recommend the following places around HK

    Poseidon Greek Bakery – the best Greek food you will ever eat outside of greece. Full stop. And maybe the best including greece. Same old greek family has owned it for 90+ years, and it’s the only place in america that makes it’s own phyllo every day by hand.

    Hallo Berlin food stand – The restaurant is HK, and the stand is more central midtown. But this is one of the best food stands in NYC. Authentic German wurst, just really solid sausages and toppings/sides.

    Esca – An awesome, awesome place. Some of the best Italian i’ve ever had. The crudo is to die for. This is the restaurant that has routinely topped the ‘best in HK’ lists for years (for good reason).

  • lori bremner

    My three (young adult) sons and I were in Manhattan together for the first time for just a three day trip starting on the day this post showed up on my newsfeed. We appreciated quite a bit of the information but BarBacon was a must as soon as my kids heard about it. Here is a pic of them . . . enjoying the side by side pairing! Thanks for all the great info!!

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