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A Night In

A night out on the town in New York City presents an array of options. There’s the seemingly endless labyrinth of restaurants, cafes, pubs, theaters, concert halls, and museums, all waiting to be explored. And yet, there are times when even the most seasoned New Yorker prefers to lay low. Luckily for residents of the Midtown West apartments at 555TEN, a night in doesn’t necessarily require hours of labor in the kitchen and/or dropping off on the couch (although we can appreciate the appeal of both those options)! With the indoor bowling alley and arcade open to residents of the 555TEN luxury rentals, along with the selection of top-notch takeout in proximity, a night in can be convenient.

The arrival of Fall often brings with it a new set of culinary cravings; namely, the desire for something fresh, colorful, and maybe even a little spicy. For food that hits these marks and more, look no further than Añejo. Offering a pioneering, inventive take on familiar Mexican standbys, Añejo is a failsafe cure for your south-of-the-border hankerings. What makes it an excellent option for takeout is the huge selection of small plates, many of them creative and high-end. Take, for example, the Blistered Shishito Peppers, which are served with chipotle sofrito, chorizo, lime aioli, and corn tortillas. Or, the Duck Carnitas Enchiladas, smothered in chocolate mole and topped with shaved lettuce and cotija cheese. Order a few dishes, and you’ll have the perfect smorgasbord for sharing with friends back at 555TEN. And what should one imbibe during a journey through this menu? Why, tequila of course, preferably in the form of a classic margarita.

If you’d rather forgo a gastronomical adventure in favor of something tried-and-true, then, by all means, order a pizza. There’s a reason it’s the go-to meal when it comes to ordering in. And yet, pizza in New York is omnipresent, so finding the right pizza can prove an onerous task. This is where Capizzi comes in. Owner Joseph Calcagno grew up working in the kitchen alongside his Italian-born father and grandparents in their Brooklyn pizza shops, lending him experience that you can taste in his pies. They’re loaded with fresh, high-quality ingredients, but they’re also arrestingly simple. There’s nothing wacky afoot here, and, in fact, we’d recommend the Pizza del Nonno, an homage to the owner’s grandfather. It’s topped with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh pecorino Romano, Reggiano Parmigiano, and a drizzle of olive oil—a winning combination that we’re sure is worthy of its namesake. Pair it with a sangiovese, and you might as well be in Italy.

Finally, you can’t go wrong with takeout from Pio Pio 8. This Peruvian restaurant, which has locations throughout the boroughs, is known mainly for its succulent rotisserie chicken, which is “marinated for twelve hours in a mixture of cumin, garlic, Peruvian beer, and a few other key ingredients the owners prefer to keep a trade secret,” according to New York Magazine. Whatever these secret ingredients are, together they transform an ordinary rotisserie chicken into something transcendent. It’s no wonder Pio Pio 8 has gained such a following. Try their most popular item, the Matador Combo. It comes with the aforementioned rotisserie chicken, yellow rice, red beans, tostones, salchipapa, and an avocado salad—plenty to share. Pair it with sangria, garnished generously with oranges.

Whichever you choose, you’ll have plenty of time to head (not far) out to play some games inside the entertainment wonderland at 555TEN.

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The High Line

One of the most beloved spots for tourists and NYC natives alike is the High Line. Living in a 555TEN luxury rental guarantees that you can enjoy this very green and very pleasant pathway every day! If you are as obsessed with the High Line as we are, you will want to check out some of the many greenway events offered there, including stargazing, historical tours, and even tai chi classes. Spend an hour or a day within its confines, and you’ll quickly discover the opportunities that await you just a short distance from 555TEN.

Even if you’ve already traipsed through the perennials or wandered beneath the substructure to inspect the trestles above, you’ll still marvel at what you can learn on the High Line Tour: From Freight To Flowers. While the last train cars full of frozen turkeys rolled across its elevated tracks in 1980, the knowledgeable docents who volunteer as High Line tour guides will take you back even further and deeper into a history that’s much more interesting than Thanksgiving gobblers. Their insider’s perspective on the park’s history, design, and landscape takes a unique park and presents it as a modern marvel of reclamation and conservation with information on its horticultural displays and, of course, its origins as a humble rail line. Find out how the park’s plants were selected for their hardiness or learn how water recycling is employed to prevent rainwater loss.

When day turns to night, the High Line is an excellent place to remember that there are lights above and beyond the twinklings of street lamps and high-rises. Yes, despite what you’ve heard, there is a nighttime sky to be seen above NYC, and the Stargazing events in the park give you the chance to get a very detailed look at it. Each Tuesday evening from April to October, park-goers are offered an opportunity for a romantic stroll through the High Line’s paths and also to take a peek at the worlds above. High-powered telescopes, courtesy of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, are brought in, and members of the club guide you on an exploration of the cosmos. On rainy days, make sure to check the High Line website or Twitter feed where they’ll announce any cancellations by 3 pm.

Of course, the High Line is more than just earthly and celestial tourism. It’s also a living, breathing space that hosts a lively variety of activities for all pursuits. On their calendar, you’ll find regular offerings of outdoor tai chi and meditation sessions, as well as talks and art exhibitions. A Walk Through Time by Kamau Ware is a commissioned work currently showcased on the High Line. Portraits and oral histories of seven New Yorkers, along with personal narratives telling the stories of their 7 o’clock routines, are shared in tandem with a walking tour through the park. The Agora Art Tour, guided by High Line Art Assistant Curator, Melanie Kress, is a unique exploration of the park’s many murals, sculptures, and other forms of public art. You also can take in a performance from the LIVE! Series, which features “dynamic live performances and participatory activities that provide a platform for visitors of all ages to experience the High Line through music and motion.” Dance parties, poetry readings, and other happenings in the LIVE! experience are a reflection of the vibrancy of New York art and culture — all of it delivered to your very doorstep.

 

A View from Above

Living in New York City is all about the views. And at the 555TEN luxury rentals, the views of Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, are unsurpassed. You’d be hard-pressed to find more striking vistas in all of NYC. But there’s one way you might to be able to get a better look—from a helicopter or plane gliding over the Manhattan skyline.

Blade, a startup that many have called the “Uber of helicopters,” is an aviation company that flies the city’s elite to or from airports around the city or on glamorous weekend getaways. That means it’s not just a service for high-powered business people to get back to work after taking that redeye; it’s a valuable aid for anyone who seeks the ultimate in luxury and ease without the hassle of long waits in traffic.

Booking one of their seaplanes or helicopters out of Manhattan for a trip to the Hamptons, let’s say, is just as easy as living in your Midtown West apartment. Residents of the luxury apartments for rent at 555TEN are accustomed to using the building’s app to make their life a little more comfortable, whether it’s having someone walk your dog or pick up a delivery. Blade’s app is just as easy; you can even book a last-minute seat the same day you want to travel.

After your flight is booked, head to one of Blade’s lounges—there’s one just a 15-minute walk from 555TEN on the Hudson River. This is where the first-class experience starts: check your bag, get a wristband, and head to the bar, where you can sip on rosé in Blade’s signature adult-beverage sippy cup that will ensure your wine doesn’t spill on takeoff or landing. With drink in hand, you’re ready to board. For this particular route, you can take a seaplane or a helicopter; either way, you’ll be treated to a one-of-a-kind perspective of the city that few people get a chance to see. Soaring above the river, you might even get a glimpse of your neighbors enjoying the rooftop pool at 555TEN.

Relax as you watch the traffic snarl and jam beneath you and be grateful you’re not stuck in a car. Thanks to Blade, the splendor of the Hamptons is just a few minutes away. Once you see the urban architecture of New York and the suburbs on Long Island fade into pastoral and beachside vistas, you’ll know you’ve arrived. Wasn’t that so much easier than taking the Hampton Jitney?

But Blade doesn’t only service the Hamptons; you can book jaunts to Nantucket, Sag Harbor, and the Jersey Shore, including Atlantic City. The company even offers charters to Miami and Palm Beach.

Whether you use the service regularly or purchase it as an unforgettable gift for a client or loved one, sometimes it is good to have your head in the clouds.

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