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21 Things to do during your NEW YORK staycation

Enjoy a New York staycation at The Whitby Hotel, as you get away from it all and explore one of the world's greatest cities. This list is for anyone who want a change from the daily routine for parents who are ready for a well deserved break or simply for those who wants to enjoy infinite exciting things to do.

Discover the best of New York with our list of the top things to do and see at The Whitby Hotel and throughout the city. From picnics in Central Park, visiting the designer boutiques of 5th Avenue and browsing Argosy Book Store, New York’s oldest independent bookstore to simply enjoying a leisurely New York breakfast in bed, this is our ultimate New York checklist.

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  1. Browse in the city’s best bookshops, including Argosy Book Store, New York’s oldest independent bookstore, just a short stroll from The Whitby Hotel or Bauman Books with an extraordinary selection of rare books
  2. Enjoy a spot of retail therapy in iconic department stores, including Bergdorf Goodman which is just moments from the hotel, Saks Fifth Avenue or Bloomingdales
  3. Take in the city’s most iconic views from the observation deck at the Empire State Building
  4. Stroll through Central Park which is just two blocks away, and discover landmark fountains, monuments, sculptures, bridges, meadows and forests. Take a picnic along to enjoy on the gentle slopes of Cherry Hill, overlooking Bow Bridge
  5. Enjoy a private personal shopping experience in the luxurious designer boutiques of 5th Avenue, including Valentino, Harry Winston and Cartier
  6. Pay a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This iconic late 19th century neoclassical institution is one of the biggest museums in the world. The collection includes the Temple of Dendur in the airy Sackler Wing overlooking a reflective pool, an impressive array of Grecian sculptures, medieval art and contemporary photography
  7. Explore 'Art on the Grid', the free citywide exhibition transforms the five boroughs into the world’s largest open-air art gallery, featuring works by 50 emerging artists
  8. Enjoy an al fresco lunch or dinner at New York’s top restaurants including Nobu 57, Marea and Milos and Avra on Madison
  9. Pay a visit to the nearby Marian Goodman Gallery, currently showing a Gerhard Richter exhibition
  10. Go kayaking or sailing on the Hudson River, boasting breathtaking skyline views. The sunset sailing trips are perfect for a special celebration or romantic day out
  11. Stroll along The High Line, a 1.45-mile-long abandoned freight rail on Manhattan’s West End which has been transformed into an elevated, mixed-use public park with walkways, benches, and chaise lounges with grass, perennials and trees
  12. Be inspired by Fotografiska New York, the new museum of photography located in a historic landmark building on Park Avenue spanning six floors
  13. Discover the best sights in New York on a private sightseeing tour with Nowaday in classic car from the 1920s or 1930s
  14. From early August, visit MoMA, home to some of the world’s most recognizable modern masterpieces from artists like Warhol, Calder, and Van Gogh
  15. Pay a visit to the New York Botanical Garden located in the Bronx, with 250-acres of wondrous green space filled with over 1 million plants
  16. Spend an evening at 'Candlelight Open Air'. Relive the greatest works of classical music, from Beethoven to Chopin to Vivaldi, bathed in the gentle glow of candlelight in beautiful NYC rooftops and gardens.
  17. Take a trip to Roosevelt Island to see a brand new sunflower art installation which has taken over the large set of stairs at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park. The floral staircase is a 12-by-100-foot installation specifically created for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote

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  18. Discover The Whitby Hotel’s eclectic art collection, which includes three stunning marble sculptures by Stephen Cox, a colorful loom installation by Hermione Skye O'Hea and a mesmerizing grandfather clock by Dutch designer Marten Baas
  19. Enjoy a cinematic experience as you watch a movie in the hotel’s state of the art private screening room
  20. Set the scene with a romantic candlelit dinner on your private terrace or in your guest room with views of the New York skyline
  21. Enjoy a leisurely New York breakfast in bed with the daily papers