July 08, 2020

Manhattan, New York

Times Square

New York City is called The Big Apple because it’s one of the greatest hubs of creativity, business, finance, entertainment, the arts, food, fashion, and shopping in the world. And Manhattan is at the heart of the city. When it comes to choosing a location for your RNFA workshop, it’s hard to imagine a place with more to offer.

The Chrysler Building

Generations of strivers have come here, and continue to come, to make their mark. Crossing over a bridge into Manhattan, you can practically feel the air charged with a sense of excitement and potential.

Our RNFA workshop hotel places you in Midtown Manhattan—the largest central business district in the world. There are larger-than-life, iconic sights to see right in the neighborhood, like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, the Plaza Hotel. There’s the cacophony of neon towering above and people jostling below that is Times Square. The Broadway theatre district and Madison Square Garden, home of hockey, basketball, boxing and concerts. Legendary retail stores like FAO Schwartz and Tiffany & Co.

And that’s just Midtown. Go farther afield on the island of Manhattan and the opportunities for exploration are dazzling.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

You can find world-famous museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History—the largest natural history museum in the world. Specialty museums, like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, in a building that was home to immigrants from over 20 nations between 1863 and 1935, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River, featuring the aircraft carrier Intrepid and the space shuttle Enterprise. And, literally, hundreds of other museums.

You can find world-class performances of opera, ballet, modern dance, dramatic theatre and musicals. An amazing nightclub scene, with jazz clubs, blues bars, comedy clubs, dancing, and bars with ping-pong, laser tag, karaoke and more.

Espresso and cannoli, Café Roma

Then there’s the food. There are more than 10,000 restaurants in Manhattan alone and more than 26,000 if you count all five boroughs of New York City. Make a pilgrimage to a New York City classic, like the Russian Tea Room or Katz’s Deli, or stop in at one of the myriad of French bistros, brasseries and restaurants. Visit Chinatown, Koreatown, or Little Italy (we personally vouch for an espresso and cannoli at Caffé Roma). Or discover individual ethnic restaurants—how many U.S. cities offer food from a range of places like Uzbekistan, Senegal, Republic of Georgia, Ukraine and Brazil? Or seek out the latest food trends from high-profile chefs. New York has one of the most diverse and competitive restaurant scenes in the world; there are new restaurants to discover all the time.

Whatever your personal hobby or obscure fascination, you can find resources for it in New York. Obsessed with ‘50s footwear? Check out the many vintage apparel shops in the East Village. Play a musical instrument? New York has legendary instrument stores. Arts and crafts? There are whole stores devoted to single categories, such as beads, yarns, fabric, paper, paints, ceramics supplies, and on and on. World-famous bookstores (The Strand, with its 18 miles of books) and hidden-gem bookstores specializing in antique maps, children’s literature, social justice, you name it.

Purl Soho, a knit, crochet and crafts shop
CW Pencil Enterprise

To get around, hail a taxi or line up a ride on Uber or Lyft; don’t plan to drive in Manhattan unless you are an experienced New York driver. And the subway is efficient, safe and relatively (compared to years ago) clean; just research your route and subway etiquette online before you get to the station and you’ll be fine.

Or discover an interest you didn’t even know you had. Consider CW Pencil Enterprise on the Lower East Side: it’s a store dedicated to selling only pencils from all over the world, plus pencil-related items, like sharpeners, erasers, and books about pencils—great place for inexpensive gifts.

Or just walk. Manhattan offers endless walks where you can see fascinating architecture, little jewels of parks and gardens, hidden alleyways, and a myriad of distinctive neighborhoods. Not to mention Central Park, the most-visited urban park in the US, with beautiful landscaped areas, wooded areas, lawns, lakes and ponds, structures and restaurants.

Central Park

It’s exciting to be booking your RNFA training experience in the first place, and if your destination is Manhattan, you are in for a real treat.

 
 
 
 

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