It may be a lesser-known open space in NYC, but there’s nothing more gorgeous than Damrosch Park. The walks around this performing-arts space is stress-relieving and eye-opening for your mornings. The centerpiece of the park is the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim bandshell that is home to many events, including Fashion Week. But in the past the Big Apple Circus has called this spot home and there’s been live musical events that used the bandshell and park as their stage.
This is a neighborhood profoundly infiltrated and influenced by the arts, and film. Lincoln Square is home to the ultimate movie-going experience in the city. The AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 is New York’s first — and truest — IMAX theater. The projectors have capability to screen 70-mm films such as "The Hateful Eight" or "The Dark Knight." But if you are looking for an indie film to watch, head a block down to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.
One of the most decorated and successful schools for the performing arts is just blocks from your new apartment in Lincoln Square. The Juilliard School, synonymous with development of the most recognized talent in the music world, is within the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. If you are accepted to The Juilliard School, then you are nearly guaranteed a successful career in either dance, acting, playwriting or, most importantly, music. Take time to explore the campus grounds and the lobby to see the names that came before you. The greatest contemporary conductors have graduated here, including composer John Williams (Star Wars). Juilliard also produced notable actors like Alan Tudyk (Star Wars: Rogue One), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) and Kelsey Grammar (Cheers).
There is a plethora of great dinner options in the neighborhood. Many of the selections are high-end eats such as Lincoln Square Steak and Cafe Luxembourg. The best of the best is at Boulud Sud, the brainchild of famed Lyonnais chef Daniel Boulud, who has conquered New York City's dining scene with six other restaurants such as Bar Boulud, Bistro Moderne, Daniel, and DBGB Kitchen & Bar. At Boulud Sud, the food and decor act together to create a new wave French bistro tightly knit around a Mediterranean experience. Apart from the first-class service on the dining floor, you'll notice a sleek bar anchoring the space. Soaring, multi-arched ceilings come off like a mini museum with paintings from famed Provencal artists Van Gogh, Matisse and Cezanne. The food is a delight, with classic French-inspired dishes such as the saffron linguini with fava beans, bottarga and razor clams. Not surprisingly, the Mediterranean Seabass is also a staple – order the Loup de Mer for two.
To end the day in an equally classy note, take a trip to the Empire Hotel. The lobby bar is straight out of a Victorian Era movie. You will also have a chance to enjoy some truly magnificent views of the city from hotel’s rooftop bar.