SAVE THE DATE for this year’s CPHS
September 20th to 24th 2017
Wollman Rink, Central Park
NYC, New York
Where to Stay
JW Marriot Essex House New York
This luxurious hotel is conveniently located next to Central Park and is affiliated to the horse show. Book your stay by going through the CPHS website (select either Spectators/Competitors and then Essex House Hotel Reservation). Rooms start at $500 USD per night.
A luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan’s Garment District within walking distance of legendary shopping on Fifth Avenue. Make sure to stop by the Refinery rooftop and Parker & Quinn restaurants, and visit the website to book your stay. Rooms start at $400 USD per night.
This hotel is located North of Madison Square Park and just a short walk from the Empire State Building. Book your stay here. Rooms start at $305 USD per night.
This hipster/retro hotel is located between the Empire State and Flatiron buildings. Rates are reasonable (for the city), but keep in mind it is because it offers very few amenities. You can go take a peek at the rooms they offer here. Rooms start at $299 USD per night.
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson
You have to consider this Hyatt located on the New Jersey side. You can get to Manhattan in less than ten minutes, hotel has many amenities and most of its rooms have the water+city view. Check out the views here. Rooms start at $285 USD per night.
If you want to skip the hotels, consider Airbnb. If you take your time and do a lot of research on this website, you could find decent homes or apartments under $250 USD per night for your stay.
What to Do
Buy your Tickets to the Horse Show
You can visit the horse show website here and buy your tickets as soon as they come out for sale later in the summer.
Take a Helicopter Tour
See New York’s breathtaking views and iconic landmarks on a helicopter flight. Choose from a variety of tours here. Prices start at $200 USD.
Take a Boat Tour
New York offers many options when it comes to cruises. Day Cruise, Evening Cruise, Cruise with a meal (brunch, lunch, or dinner), etc. You can browse the choices here. Prices vary from $18.99 USD to over $100 USD.
New York is famous for appearing in many movies and shows. Take a tour specific to your favourite film or series and get a taste of the behind the scenes. You can choose from many tours, such as: Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Sopranos, Glee, Real Housewives of NYC, Mad Men, etc. Check it out here. Prices start at $40 USD.
If a TV/Movie tour isn’t your thing, you can choose from many other tours (I mean, it is New York City after all!). Literary, Art and Music Tours, Historical and Heritage Tours, Architecture Tours, you name it. Do your research and I guarantee you will find something you will like.
Horseback Riding in Central Park
You can go riding in Central Park for a 1 or 2 hour tour. More info here. Prices from $163 USD per person.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), you decide what price you pay if you buy your ticket at the counter, tickets online are $25 USD or $12 USD/Students
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), $25 USD or $14 USD/Students
- American Museum of Natural History, prices from $22 USD
- Whitney Museum of American Art, $25 USD or $18 USD/Students, free under 18
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
- Museum of the American Gangster, $20 USD or $12 USD/Students
- Museum of Sex, must be 18+, from $17,50 USD
- The Empire State Building observatories (102nd and 86th floors), from $34 USD
- The One World Observatory (102nd floor), from $17 USD
- Top of the Rock Observatory (70th floor), from $34 USD *You can buy a pass for this and MoMa and save 7$
- Madame Tussauds, from $29 USD
Consider buying the New York PASS. You have two options, the C3 which lets you choose 3 attractions of your choice for $76 USD, or the CityPASS who has 6 attractions (3 are non-optional and 3 are optional) for $122 USD.
Where to Eat and Drink
The list of restaurants and bars in Manhattan is obviously never-ending so here you can find a (very) short list of my personal favourites. I have to say that I did do a lot of research before visiting these places and absolutely loved them!!
TAO Uptown – This 19th century stable for the Vanderbilt family is now a majestic Asian “temple” serving amazing food and drinks in a very unique environment. Make sure to call for a dinner reservation or you will not have a table!
Sugar Factory (Meatpacking District) – I strongly recommend making a stop here after dinner for some mouthwatering desserts and incredible (also very IG worthy) drinks. Although I have never had a full meal at the Sugar Factory, they do serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night food.
by CHLOE. (3 locations in Manhattan) – You MUST have lunch here at least once during your stay. The decor is refreshing and cute, and you don’t know how good VEGAN food can be until you eat at by CHLOE.
St. Cloud Social (Knickerbocker Hotel) – Drink on this rooftop bar with a view on Times Square.
The Press Lounge (Kimpton Ink48 Hotel) – Enjoy the city’s skyline from this sleek rooftop lounge on the western edge of Hell’s Kitchen.
Le Bain (Standard, High Line) – A cool kids hot spot with good drinks and one-of-a-kind views of the Manhattan skyline and Jersey City. Be sure to be there before 4pm to secure a chair or couch.
Let us know if this article was helpful and please feel free to leave a comment with any additional recommendations (we would love to hear about your travel tips to nyc)!