There’s definitely a reason why Frank Sinatra was so desperate to spread the word about the city that never sleeps and this week at Jules B H/O we’re dreaming of a cosmopolitan city break. In New York every corner is bustling with distinctive fashion, food, culture, architecture and art, so in the words of Alicia Keys, it may be a concrete jungle, but it’s where dreams are made of.
New York is a vast area and setting of many a TV series or Hollywood film, but just one visit will have you hooked to this urban playground and you’ll be ordering coffee and nibbling on baguels like the best of them. Split into 5 boroughs all big enough to be cities themselves, there’s so much to do and see in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island that however long you decide to stay it’s probably never long enough. As a global centre of finance, politics, communication, film, music, fashion and culture, the Big Apple is also home to headquarters of some of the biggest companies in the world, and the United Nations. If that isn’t enough, the fashion is fabulous, nightlife bustling, and shopping to die for.
The 102 story tall Empire State Building located in New York City sits at the intersection of 5th Avenue and West 34th Street and stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years before being overtaken by the World Trade Centre in 1972. It’s distinctive Art-Deco style has become an American icon, and tourists flock to its doors to view the panoramic cityscape views from the 86th floor observation tower.
The Statue of Liberty is an iconic image of New York. Based on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, this mammoth neoclassical sculpture was designed by Frederic Bartholdi in 1886 as a gift to the United States from the people of France. Liberty herself is Libertas, a Roman goddess of freedom who holds a torch and tabula ansata inscribed with the date of the American Declaration of Independence, with a broken chain at her feet.
Times Square is a busy intersection boasting world famous neon lights in midtown Manhattan. It’s the theatre district where you can catch some of the best shows and boasts the title of the world’s most visited tourist attraction with 39 million visitors annually.
The 4th July marks Independence Day in the United States which celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. It’s a great time to visit New York, as the streets are transformed into giant playgrounds for parades, picnics, barbecues, carnivals and fairs. The famous Macy’s fireworks will also take place on the Hudson River, with 40,000 shells being released at 9pm from barges for 26 minutes, all along this years theme ‘Ignite the Night’. It will mark the 36th Macy’s fireworks display and will include the famous trademark ‘golden mile’, where a shower of golden sparks stretching a mile across the river will illuminate the area to an array of American classic tracks.
It’s going to be hot in the city in July so come prepared for sight seeing and an evening on the town in comfort, but New Yorkers are undoubtably stylish people so dress to impress in the city that never sleeps. For ladies, a feminine Farhi by Nicole Farhi dress is pretty and sophisticated and perfect teamed with a High jacket to toughen up, Nicole Farhi comfortable summer wedges and a Michel Kors bag with space for all your essentials. For men, start the look with a great fitting pair of Paul Smith Jeans and wear with a relaxed yet on trend True Religion t-shirt, an Armani Jeans cardigan and versatile Paul Smith trainers.
In the heat of the day there’s no better way to find serenity smack bang in the middle of the city than in Central Park, Manhattan. It’s 3.41 km2 and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and contains walking and bridle tracks, ice skating rinks which convert to pools in the summer, the Central Park Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary and the Conservatory Garden to name just a few.