We arrived in New York Saturday night landing bang in the middle of a heat wave, 80-90 degree temperatures were hitting the sidewalks. Fortunately for me we had Attitude meeting us with their luxury cars and impeccably polite drivers – such a great start to staying in the city.
I stayed at The Pierre, the Taj Hotels’ beautiful flag ship hotel, located on Fifth Avenue opposite Central Park. The hotel has numerous rooms and apartments, and among many perks, guests can take advantage of a complimentary 2012 Jaguar XJ. The corridors are so wide you don’t hear anyone else on your floor making you think you are the only guest. The lift operators (who wear white gloves during the winter season) were super sweet especially with my six-year-old daughter who would have stayed to ride the elevators all day long. The rooms are spacious, gorgeously decorated and housekeeping are like a stealth team of magic pixies who come in twice a day and left fabulous treats for my daughter.
The zoo in Central Park was magical (especially the penguins who I swear were putting on a show for us!), as was Sprinkles Bakery on Lexington between 60th and 61stwhich was founded by Candace Nelson the judge on the Food Network show ‘Cupcake Wars’. It was a delight to see seasonal flavours, their own signature ‘flat’ frosting, doggie cupcakes (yep, I even tried them!), doggie outfits plus T-shirts for humans! Our favourites were a tie between the Red Velvet and Chocolate Marshmallow.
Talking of yummy cakes – Magnolia Bakery now has several locations in the city, one of them being at the back of Bloomingdales. The shop has a real homely kitchen setting and its own in-store bakery too. The most popular flavour of course is Red Velvet – who knew that it is now 12 years since the Sex and the City girls visited the original store on Bleecker Street? Yep, I was surprised too.
As I was travelling with my daughter the prerequisites of Toys R Us and FAO Schwartz had to be covered of course. Although with temperatures of 36 degrees plus we were more than happy to dive into any store with arctic A/C conditions.
We had a fun show around the iconic Plaza Hotel which you instantly recognize from the movies. It has plush, traditional décor, some with a park view and great long corridors that my daughter skipped down, however, she most enjoyed the ‘Eloise at the Plaza’ store down in the basement.
Other trip highlights included seeing the Statue of Liberty during a huge thunderstorm and hanging out in Central Park in the scorching temperatures between the rain (crazy weather!). I finished the trip by drinking prosecco in Fred’s at Barneys with the lovely Nicole Orisich who runs the site AssistantsTellAll.com.