Biologique Recherche Around The World – New York Part One
It’s the concrete jungle where dreams are made of and while there’s ‘nothin’ you can’t do in New York’, we thought we’d give you some helpful suggestions for things you should definitely do on your trip to the Big Apple. New York is simply stunning in Fall, with the leaves dropping in the park and the temperature at just the right level for exploring it makes a great time to visit the city that never sleeps. Here in our first instalment, we share a few things that we think will make you feel brand new…
Where to stay
To make the most of the Fall weather you’ll want to do some walking, so where better to stay than in the heart of the city’s most fabulous shopping and cultural centre? The Peninsula Hotel is a 1950s landmark stationed on Fifth Avenue and 55th street in Midtown Manhattan, within steps of the fantastic boutiques of Fifth Avenue and a pleasant strolling distance from sites like Central Park and the Rockefeller Centre.
If you’re not the walking type you may want to take advantage of the complimentary chauffeur-driven Mini Cooper tour, which the hotel provides for guests who are staying in one of their luxurious suites. As a New York institution, the Peninsula is committed to helping you experience the very best that the city has to offer, from Academy classes that help you get to grips with the local culture through to the spectacular view from the rooftop bar, the hotel represents the peak of New York hospitality. Be warned, the very best and most expensive rooms can only be booked by telephone.
Where to eat
When it’s time to service your post-shopping appetite, do it with the drama it deserves! Chez Josephine on 42nd street is a shrine to the actress, singer and entertainer. The little French bistro originally opened in 1962 under the direction of the Josephine’s adopted son. If you’re catching a show on Broadway, it’s a great place to catch a bite to eat, if only to enjoy the daily piano performance.
Full of colour and charm, the restaurant decor is reminiscent of the cafes of Paris. The walls are covered in plush red velvet and drop down chandeliers sparkle over guests as they dine. The menu here is an appealing mix of all-American plates such as fried chicken and cornbread juxtaposed with French favourites like onion soup, steak tartare and Crème Brulee. Prices are very reasonable, so expect to have enough left over to enjoy a back at the Peninsula rooftop bar as the sun goes down. It can get very busy up there, so it’s good to know guests of the hotel tend to secure a spot more easily.
After days spent exploring and social evenings filled with cocktail sipping, you won’t be the first visitor to New York to find themselves craving a little relaxation. When you need to feel refreshed and ready to take on the adventures of a new day, head to Aida Bicaj’s exclusive salon on the Upper East Side. A facialist for over 15 years, Aida is the secret skincare weapon to dozens of celebrities and will help you get your Biologique Recherche luxury fix.
A book full of New York grit
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943) is a novel that is frequently referred to as an American classic. Harsh realism punctuates this coming of age story, which focuses on poverty-stricken Francie Nolan, her drunken father, struggling mother and younger brother. This turn of the century tale is admittedly quite a time-consuming read, particularly when you consider the fact that it’s not particularly plot driven. That said, the vivacious characters bring the time and place alive on the pages and you’ll come across standout quote upon quote that makes it worthwhile. The metaphor of the aforementioned tree and the downtrodden inhabitants of the neighbourhood is perhaps an obvious one but it’s one that works well and will surely draw a tear or two, so ensure you have tissues in your handbag.
What to pack
Emulsion Originelle Régénérante is your must-have travel companion when heading to New York. Perfect for the crisp Fall weather, this emulsion provides a genuine moment of comfort for skin and helps to prevent tightness and sensitivity. Utilising moisturising ingredients Colostrum and Hyaluronic Acid, Emulsion Originelle Régénérante unifies the complexion and softens the skin to keep it soft and supple in the seasonal transition.
Next month we explore what to see, pack and buy in this beautiful, vibrant city!