OCCUPATION: Founder of Style Sovereign
MY STYLE: My father describes me as “glamorous eclectic,” both in home and dress. He tells me I bring discordant elements into harmony. I say I work with what I have and that includes a mix of gorgeous heirlooms, functional pieces, and a substantial accessory collection.
I LOVE NEW YORK BECAUSE: I can leave my house on foot and either be surrounded by nature (the Central Park ramble) or trying on a pair of Manolos (my weakness) in record time. I love the speed of Manhattan, and the take-out cannot be beat.
Bakeries are somewhat ubiquitous in perpetually sugar-buzzed NYC, but those with the caliber and prestige of Bouchon require a little more know-how to find. With roots in France (of course) and Yountsville, California, this bakery has charmed stateside indulgers from coast to coast. Executive chef Thomas Keller whips up croissants with the perfect amount of flake—not to mention breakfast dishes, macaroons, pain au chocolat, muffins, cookies, and tarts. Thanks to a longtime partnership with Equator Coffee Roasters, Bouchon is the perfect stop on your way to anywhere.
6 Columbus Hotel
A sequel of sorts to the successful 60 Thompson in Soho, this Columbus Circle hotel perfectly captures the tone of its surrounding streets—where Central Park tranquility meets the Midtown bustle. Guests will adore “Above 6,” a view-granting rooftop bar complete with benches, decorative throw pillows, and candles galore, and many come just for Blue Ribbon Sushi—a darkly elegant Japanese restaurant that attracts everyone from park goers to hotel residents to businessmen looking for happy hour sake flights.
Central Park Pond
After basking in the solitude of the city’s largest pond, you’ll hardly believe that its naturalistic beauty is completely man-made. Perfect for skipping rocks, the pond is also a hop, skip, and jump away from nearby Turtle Pond, which is inhabited by five different types of turtles. And while the surrounding expanse is perfect for picnics, there’s no need to pack one, as Fifth Avenue (and its many world-class eateries) is just around the corner!
4-D Theater at Central Park Zoo
Add yet another dimension to the 3-D theater experience, and viola!—you get surround sound, water mist, wafting scents, vibrating seats, and illuminated floors. Conveniently housed in the Central Park Zoo, one of the city’s best “4-D” theaters (another is housed at Madame Tussauds) is sure to delight with its mixed program of BBC Earth wildlife documentaries and crowd-pleasing characters (Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure). Image courtesy of Nickelodeon
The Bergdorf Goodman legacy traces back to 1899, when French immigrant Herman Bergdorf opened his tailor shop just north of Union Square. Fifteen years later, his apprentice Edwin Goodman became the first couturier to offer a ready-to-wear line, and the rest is fashion history. Today, the Midtown East department store offers a wealth of designer collections, as well as three restaurants, a bridal salon, and the esteemed John Barrett Salon. And don’t miss a walk through the children’s department, which boasts Gucci diaper bags, Burberry swimsuits, Bugaboo strollers, and other luxuries for the little one.