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Sunday Territorian 30 Aug 2015



Sunday Territorian 30 Aug 2015


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SUNDAY AUGUST 30 2015 TRAVEL FRONTIER 45 Have your camera and video at the ready for the elevator ride to the top: state-of-the-art display panels show an extraordinary imagined time lapse of the development of downtown Manhattan over the last five centuries. Today, the city views can be enjoyed from floor-to-ceiling windows that afford sightlines out to Brooklyn, New Jersey and all the way up to Central Park. The Observatorys dining destination, One, offers three dining options as well as the chance to see forever on a clear day. Need to Know: Tickets cost US$32 and can be booked at oneworldobservatory.com. For a more in-depth exploration of the key sites of 9/11 (and pre-reserved One World Observatory tickets), book a tour with Walks of New York at walksofnewyork.com. Save money by booking a combination ticket package that includes entry to the Observatory and all-day access to New York Water Taxi ferries at nywatertaxi.com. FOR ARTS SAKE When the Whitney Museum of American Art opened the doors of its new downtown location in May, queues snaked around the block to see the magnificent new building as much as to see the art. Designed by celebrated architect Renzo Piano, the new Whitney building on Gansevoort St enhances the existing downtown cool zone that includes the High Line elevated park and the Standard Hotel. Now with double the exhibition space it had at its former Upper East location, the ninefloor, 220,000 square foot Whitney plans to show more of its collection. First up, America is Hard to See, a thought-provoking exhibition of works by acclaimed artists including Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. Meanwhile on the Upper East Side, design fans go ga-ga for Cooper Hewitts collection. A Smithsonian museum, Cooper Hewitt is celebrating its recent grand opening with 10 count em! exhibitions, including one that explores the grand design of the museum itself. The summer months are the perfect time to get out and about to enjoy NYCs thriving public art scene. In Madison Square Park, a massive reflective steel canopy by artist Teresita Fernandez transforms the horizon and has given locals something to love or loathe (New Yorkers are never short on opinions). Unveiled in June, the exhibit will remain in place until the end of the year. Meanwhile at Brooklyn Bridge Park, artist Jeppe Hein has created 18 public installations under the banner of his Please Touch the Art exhibitions. Expect walls of water shooting up from the ground, artfully placed mirrors and brightly coloured benches that will invite visitors to indeed touch the art. On show until April 2016; Instagrammers at the ready. Need to know: Plan your visit to the Whitney at whitney.org. Admission for adults is US$22; under 18s enter at no charge. For information on Cooper Hewitts current exhibitions, see cooperhewitt.org. See madisonsquarepark.org and brooklynbridge parknyc.org for details of public art exhibitions. HOTEL BOOM TIME A slew of new hotels have opened recently in NYC, bringing to 30,000 the number of rooms opened in the past seven years. You wont go wrong at The New York Edition, hotelier Ian Schragers latest offering. Overlooking Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District, the 273-room hotel blends historic architecture with a minimalist design ethos. See editionhotels.com. On the maximalist end of the spectrum, the fabulous Baccarat Hotel and Residences is the last word in opulent luxury. Rooms (just 114 in all) are bedecked with Baccarat crystals, while the Grand Salon purrs with fur-covered armchairs, luxe chandeliers and some of the most beautiful fresh flower displays in the city. The presidential suite goes for close to $20,000 a night; sources say its been booked solid since the hotels soft opening in April. See baccarathotels.com. Everything old is new again at another historic building reimagined for todays traveller. The Knickerbocker hotel in Times Square was built in 1906 by the uber-wealthy Astor family. Re-opened earlier this year after a complete redevelopment, its buzzing with a sophisticated crowd, drawn to the sprawling rooftop bar, fare by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer and handsome bellhops dressed in century-old garb. See theknickerbocker.com. WINE AND DINE Francophiles toasted the April opening of Le District downtown at Brookfield Place. Locally referred to as the French Eataly, this food hall has Gallic flair. Stock up on everything from madeleines, to Sancerre, to chevre and rotisserie chook. See ledistrict.com. Chef Marcus Samuelsson continues to bring the buzz to Harlem, with expanded offerings at his uptown landmarks Red Rooster and Ginnys Supper Club. In April the Harlemite chef (by way of Sweden and Ethiopia) launched his latest hotspot, the more laid-back Streetbird. Dont miss the crispy fried chicken and the fried rice mixed with pulled chicken, sweet corn, green papaya salad and oyster sauce. See streetbirdnyc.com. Visit The Polo Bar by Ralph Lauren as much for the classic all-American cuisine and refined ambience as for the celeb spottings. Located on the old-money Upper East Side, the newly opened bar and restaurant is Laurens first in NYC. See ralphlauren.com. ALSO NOT TO BE MISSED Still hungry for more of the latest? Go behind the scenes of 40 years of comedic mastery at Saturday Night Live The Exhibition (snltheexhibition.com) or explore the world of The Hunger Games in a new exhibition at Discovery Times Square (discoverytsx.com). Visit locations from classic NYC movies and TV shows, including Friends, Seinfeld and Girls in a new bus tour (onlocationtours.com) or pit your escape skills against the challenge of a locked room and a ticking clock in Escape Entertainments immersive game venue (escape-entertainment.com). Summer is the season to get out on the waters that surround Manhattan and the boroughs. Classic Harbor Line, operator of some of the most beautiful classic yachts in NYC, is adding services out of Brooklyn Bridge Park to highlight the past and present of Brooklyns industrial waterfront. In August, the Line debuted a new, larger yacht, the Manhattan II, to accommodate more guests on its acclaimed series of AIANY Architecture tours. If the Gatsby-era yachts teak decks and fine features take your fancy, consider also the Chef Morimoto Sunset Dinner Cruise on her sister ship, the America 2.0 (sail-nyc.com). Brookfield Place, Le District, New York The Whitney Museum as seen from Gansevoort Street Picture Ed Lederman One World Observatorys dining area Book now at malaysiaairlines.com, visit your nearest Malaysia Airlines ticketing office, local travel agent or call 132 627.

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