Manhattan beckons, again.

by Jack Rico

The unforgiving cold weather is upon us and while you’ve been enjoying the sprawling farmlands and mountain view sunsets of Catskill living, New York City has been busy coming back to life. Students are returning to classes; office buildings are starting to fill up and traffic jams are becoming a thing again. Yet, there are some exciting things happening in Gotham that are bringing back the glitz and glamour the city had recently lost. Here are a few of my personal recommendations that’ll remind you why
New York City is still in a class of its own. Oh, how we’ve missed you, sexy Manhattan.


If you’re a fan of the movie Almost Famous—and I’ve never met anyone who isn’t—there’s no way you can miss Cameron Crowe’s classic story of life, love and rock ’n’ roll on the Broadway stage. It opened November 3 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.


Shhhhh. There’s a new restaurant on the Upper East inside a five-floor newly restored beaux-arts mansion called Casa Cruz. Chilean restaurateur Juan Santa Cruz’s menu offers a fusion of South American and Mediterranean flavors. This is one restaurant you won’t find on Resy. Reservations are by email only. Go!


New York City’s known for having some of the best bars in the world. My favorite without question is Bar Pisellino in the West Village. Whether you’re in the mood for a steaming espresso or a dirty Negroni, this stylish spot will make you feel like you’re in Rome circa 1940.


The David Geffen Hall, home of the iconic New York Philharmonic, has recently been reopened and transformed into the new “cultural living room” of NYC. From ‘Jurassic Park’ to Harry Connick, Jr.’s Holiday Celebration, 2,200 seats await you at this beautifully revamped venue in the heart of the city.


Photo by Neal Preston

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