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If you catch the 19.50 BA flight from Lon­don on a Fri­day night, you ar­rive at JFK just be­fore 11pm – per­fect to max­imise your time on the Satur­day. The Big Ap­ple! The Con­crete Jun­gle! The home of the Cronut! You’ll be a lit­tle weary, but it’s noth­ing a cwaf­fee the next morn­ing can’t sort. The same can’t be said for the re­turn home two days later, though – phys­i­cally, you could be back at your desk by 10am Mon­day morn­ing. Men­tally, how­ever? Not so much.


Spend your first day see­ing Man­hat­tan’s usual sus­pects – Cen­tral Park, Times Square, Top Of The Rock and, ob­vi­ously, Macy’s – wan­der­ing The High Line and eat­ing at Em­pire Diner on 10th Av­enue. Then Joe’s Pizza. Then La Masse­ria on West 48th Street. The next morn­ing, take the sub­way to Brook­lyn’s Bed­ford Av­enue – Sweet Chick serves the best fried chicken, waf­fles and maple syrup in the city, and on Knicker­bocker Av­enue, you’ll find street art, hip­sters hid­ing in peren­ni­alplant-packed base­ment bars and huge vin­tage shops. Wil­liams­burg, Brook­lyn, is also where the cool crowd hang out af­ter dark. Go to The Whiskey Brook­lyn (dimly lit with shuf­fle­boards for ta­bles) and Out­put (techno club with peo­ple danc­ing on ta­bles). Its fairy­light-filled rooftop bar looks out over the city – and it’s full of cush­ions, which is per­fect if jet-lag is kick­ing in.


The Moxy is all about help­ing you have fun. It’s slap­bang in the cen­tre of the ac­tion and plays old-school R&B on loop. Oh, Ri­hanna’s thrown a party there, too. Rooms are com­pact but cool, and the ‘self-serve’ bar of­fers mac ’n’ cheese for break­fast. A few musts when you’re there: scal­lops at its seafood restau­rant, Le­gasea, and a cock­tail at Magic Hour, its rooftop bar, which comes com­plete with a mini carousel. Of course it does.

Con­crete jun­gle where dreams are maaaaade of

OK, Ho­tel Moxy, this is just show­ing off


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