New York is definitely a city that doesn't sleep. There's always something going on, somewhere, in the city. The trick for a business traveler who's in town for a just a few days, is to know what to do with their free time. There's just so much to pick from.
That's why we've created this 'What to do' Business Travel Guide to New York City. It provides business travelers with the information they need to plan some after work activities while visiting New York. If you have the time, I'd also recommend extending your business trip to New York City for an extra day or two. Give yourself some free time to enjoy all the cool and quirky things that make New York City so vibrant.
Sleep No More
It's hard to describe exactly what Sleep No More is, but it's safe to say it's an incredibly unique New York experience. Sleep No More is an interactive retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth. It all takes place within a meticulously-created series of different environments in a specialized building in Chelsea. From exploring an abandoned hotel lobby to reading personal letters in Lady Macbeth's bedroom, stepping into Sleep No More is a theater experience unlike any you've had before. You'll definitely want to wear a pair of comfortable shoes as you try to follow the actors around to unravel the action. After the show, hand out in the 1930's-era lounge, complete with cabaret singer and band.
If you're in New York City for business, it only makes sense that you need to stop by Rockefeller Center. Born from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. desire to rid New York of some tenements by building an opera house, Rockefeller Center is an amazing display of Art Deco architecture and art, elegant engineering, and a whole lot of solid business acumen.
If you have a chance, take one of the walking art and architecture tours offered daily. And if you have time, the trip to the Top of the Rock is definitely worth the money. The views from the top of Rockefeller Center are impressive day or night.
Surprisingly, one of the coolest things to do in New York City is something that might sound like a a staple from a child's birthday party--going to see a magic show. But this isn't just any magic show. Steve Cohen's Chamber Magic is a unique presentation for small groups that allows you to experience some head-scratching and compelling illusions at a remarkably close distance.
The show takes place at the Waldorf=Astoria Towers, connected to the Waldorf=Astoria hotel, in a suite that provides an intimate experience. Also known as the Millionaires Magician, Cohen has performed his up-close magic around the world, for everyone from Woody Allen to the Queen of Morocco. Even though I sat in the second row, Mr. Cohen's illusions were simply unbelievable. Yet you can't help but believe because they're happening right in front of you.
Plan ahead, because the tickets sell out and Cohen only performs on Friday and Saturday (usually). Showtimes are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoons. Tickets are general admission--that means you should try to be one of the first in the elevators up to the room. If you want to guarantee yourself a front row seat, you'll have to hand over another $25 for front row seats. Audience members are supposed to 'dress to impress' but as long as you're tidy, they won't turn you away.
Even though you might not have a book due back, if you're in the neighborhood a trip to the library might be a good idea.
Not just any library, the New York City Public Library. And not just any branch, but the one instantly familiar to just about anyone that's every seen those lions out front.
The "main branch" of the New York Public library is called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The huge Beaux-Arts building houses the library's humanities and social sciences research collections, and a circulating children's collections. The building housed more then 15 million items, from baseball cards to Japanese scrolls.
While most people think of New York City as one of the financial capitals of the world, you might not realize that it's also got a sweet side.
If you have a few minutes after a business meeting, it's fun to explore New York City's chocolately haunts. Simply pick one of the fabulous chocolate stores.
New York City is filled with interesting places to obtain a fancy cocktail, a flute of champagne, or some specialty beers.
If you're looking for an after-work place to relax, consider one of NYC's top cocktail places.
If you want some extra fancy (and have the cash for it), consider stopping at one of the city's champagne bars, like Flute. Flute, on West 54th street opened in 1997 in a former Prohibition-era speakeasy. Today, the bar retains that classy feel, but serves expensive glasses (and bottles) of high-end champagne.