July 4th in New York City

New York City….there’s no place quite like it. Even if you think you know Manhattan well – the world-class museums, amazing food and unforgettable views – there’s always something new and exciting to discover. Rita Anastasas was lucky enough to visit The Big Apple during summertime when the weather is warm, the city is less crowded (as many have escaped to the Hamptons) and the people are friendly and relaxed. She even got to experience the July 4th celebrations as fireworks lit up the sky on America’s Independence Day.

Q: How was the Hyatt Andaz 5th Avenue?

Andaz 5th Avenue is close to main tourist attractions such as the Empire State building, NYC Library and Times Square. Perfectly located behind Bryant Park in the heart of Midtown, it’s a beautiful and quaint boutique hotel.

Rooms are comfortable and spacious, most overlooking NYC Library or 5th Avenue, and the bathrooms are very large featuring Beekman 1802 amenities. The hotel café called “The Shop” offers fantastic breakfast and good coffee. The “Bar Downstairs “ is a funky place for a drink or casual dining.

Q: Tell us about your stay at the Park Hyatt New York?

Park Hyatt NYC also lies in the heart of Midtown, perfect for shopping or a stroll in Central Park. The hotel is pure sophistication with a personal touch. Expect luxurious rooms, stunning views of the city, designer decor, Italian linens, exquisite artwork and more.

Work out in their fitness center on the 25th floor overlooking the city with spectacular views or meet in ‘The Living Room’ for a Hendrick’s Gin & Tonic with cucumber. Every morning at breakfast I enjoyed the fluffiest pancakes with strawberry and rhubarb. Bevy restaurant, opened in early April, is a newly renovated space with warm earth tones and wood-paneled walls. The dishes are mainly grilled seafood and meats with flavours that tickle your tastebuds.

Q: What NYC touring can you recommend which highlight areas of the city which even seasoned New Yorkers may not have experienced before?

Andaz organized a foodie tour of Williamsburg during which I sampled a local chocolatier called “Mast” – delicious & creamy. But my favourite was dark chocolate and olive oil.

Try a cheese tour at Bedford Cheese – they have over 300 different cheeses in this store form ALL over the world.

Or take a graffiti tour in Bushwick Brooklyn – the Brushwick collective is an artist’s dream. Whilst there, grab a slice of the best pizza in Brooklyn at Roberta’s.

Q: I understand you spent the American nation’s Independence Day in New York. What a thrill. So tell us about the 4th of July festivities?

I was lucky enough to experience my first 4th July celebration in New York. The Park Hyatt hosted a boat cruise where we watched the most spectacular fireworks from the harbour. We drake, ate and danced all night long!

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