Your Personal Concierge
Pampering in the City
From holistic treatments to luxury services, concierge Lesley Mulholland, Concierge at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC (420 Park Ave. So., 212.317.2900), shares her suggestions for the city’s best spas, plus things to do in the outer boroughs’ hipster enclaves and more.
Q: What off-the-beaten-path attractions do you recommend?
A: The Tenement Museum tells the stories of the people who lived at 97 Orchard St., built in 1863. Visitors can take one of the Tenement Tours or a Neighborhood Walking Tour. The fall foliage at The Cloisters museum and gardens at Fort Tryon Park is also worth seeing: The museum showcases medieval art and architecture, plus stunning vistas and gardens, from a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River.
Q: What is this month’s must-attend event?
A: Drink, eat and be merry at the New York City Wine & Food Festival (Oct. 15 thru 18), which features intimate dinners, late-night parties, tastings, tutorials and all kinds of events with celebrity chefs and culinary personalities.
Q: What are a few neighborhoods to check out off Manhattan Island?
A: Visitors can experience three hipster enclaves, including Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and DUMBO, and Long Island City in Queens, with a NY Waterway’s East River Ferry Day Pass. In Long Island City, travelers can shop for antiques and art and enjoy creative cuisine at LIC Flea & Food. Williamsburg favorites include Nitehawk Cinema and the food fest Smorgasburg, while DUMBO is home to Brooklyn Bridge Park and Grimaldi’s pizza.
Q: What are your recommendations for nontraditional beauty treatments?
Q: What are two tried-and-true luxury spas?
A: Aire Ancient Baths New York harkens back to the bathhouses of ancient Greece and Rome and includes baths, massage and aromatherapy services. For extra-special pampering, try the Thermal Bath with Four-Handed Relaxing Massage or the decadent Red Wine Ritual. YeloSpa is a fun spa, featuring massages, aromatherapy and even zero-gravity napping pods.
Q: What questions have guests asked lately?
A: People ask about what to expect at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new location in the Meatpacking District, to which I reply that the museum doesn’t just house art—it is art! I tell them to make sure to enjoy the outdoor galleries, a glass of wine on one of the nicest balconies in NYC at Studio Cafe or a meal at Untitled. I also get asked about One World Observatory. There, you can see the city in a whole new way from the Main Observatory: Look for your favorite buildings and neighborhoods and get an aerial shot of Lady Liberty.