New York is a city with a signature character and incomparable ambient. It fills you up with energy and inspires from the first sight. The biggest metropolis of the USA is rich in cultural and business life. We have chosen this destination for our first #art_shake tour for a reason. New York is as well the key hub of contemporary art.
#TheTravelShake_NewYork journey is dedicated to contemporary art and New York, cutting-edge and lively. The goal of this project is to feel the spirit of the city through contemporary art and cultural events. The Metropolitan, The Guggenheim, МoМА, Whitney – we discovered the masterpieces of these museums together with an art-expert following the advanced method. New York is definitely standing out of the crowd and so do our art-walks!
We only had 7 days in New York. No doubts it is not enough to fully feel its eclectic diversity. Still, it’s a perfect excuse to come back! We packed our agenda with worthy activities and pro-actively explored the city. It is our pleasure to share with you the highlights of our trip. So, let’s get it started! We will shake you!
Morning, afternoon. Hello, New York! At the airport, Russian-speaking drivers meet our dear guests with flowers and interesting local stories.
For this tour, we have chosen The Redbury Hotel New York as our official hotel. The location perfectly suits our travel plans: right on the Manhattan, a couple of minutes away from Madison Square Park and iconic Flatiron Building. This historic accommodation with solid heritage is welcoming its guests since 1903 and stays remarkable thanks to it signature style. Surprisingly, it was originally designated for women traveling alone. Symbolic, isn’t it?
We picked up Deluxe Queen Double rooms (enhanced double room with two Queen size beds) to conveniently accommodate our participants.
Evening. After check-in, we are dressing up to meet Irena Ponaroshku at the bar 230 FIFTH Rooftop – just 5 minutes away by foot. At The Travel Shake we are convinced that a night date with New York and the team should be unforgettable, lit up by the big city lights.
Please mind the dress code: We encourage our guests to ‘dress up, not down’! We advise you to check their official website before coming and take your ID with you. By the way, following this link you can discover the list of top rooftops in New York. Which one would you choose?
Morning, afternoon. Today we have a city tour in a super-convenient bus. We will look at the main sightseeing spots from a new angle: exciting both for experienced travelers as well as for those who are new in town. To make it even better, our participants could share their emotions with charming Irena Ponaroshku!
Key highlights of our city tour:
A multifunction complex includes offices, restaurants, a shopping center, TV studios and Radio City Hall. This long-loved location is decorated with contemporary installations and bronze sculptures created by New York-based artists. Here, at the height of 259 meters, you will discover the best observation deck in town called Top of the Rock. During the festive season, it is lovely to pass by the biggest Christmas Tree or go skating and feel the winter miracle.
A famous Manhattan area is nicknamed Little Bohemia. Looking like a cozy European town, it is a perfect place to have a cup of coffee with Irena. No wonder that here you can find the flat of Carry Bradshaw from worldwide successful series Sex and the City. A brilliant destination to remember the stories of the protagonists and once again confess in love to New York!
We could not skip the place where the city’s heritage is rooted. This park is the most historic site in New York, where the first immigrants were arriving. A wonderful green zone and waterfront give a magnificent view on the nation’s symbol – Statue of Liberty.
The memorial located on Ground Zero is dedicated to the victims of terroristic act on September, 11 in 2001.
It is represented by two square fountain pools in the basis of the former Twin Towers, with water flowing like a cascade on the inner walls. The names of 2 983 victims are engraved on 76 bronze plates. The names are placed in a strict order based on the data about the approximate location of the victims and their distance from each other at the moment of the attack, according to the company they were working for in WTC. In order to complete this idea, a specific software was designed and implemented.
No doubts, this is one of the most iconic landmarks in NY! We could not resist the temptation of walking along the waterfront close to the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoyed the view.
After the tour, the group split up for some time to complete all the activities planned. Most members headed to a pizzeria with Irena, while the others were preparing for a night out. In the meantime, some of the participants had a dream photo shoot surrounded by the lights of the city beside the Brooklyn Bridge.
Evening. Here comes the long-awaited night out at Broadway! Right in the heart of New York, we saw the legendary musical Chicago with our own eyes: criminal romantic and all that jazz! After the show, we got to know the actors in person. The rest of the evening flew by in a cozy ambient: discovering New York at night, walking on Times Square and drinking cocktails in a nice bar on the way.
Morning, Afternoon. Today marks the start of our art program. Our excursions follow a progressive educational methodology actively used at schools and museums in the USA.
Our first art-walk takes place in the most famous museum of New York – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET). It is dedicated to the development of art, from classics to contemporary, and grasps the art objects of different styles.
We go up the roof with an amazing view over Manhattan and visit an impressive exhibition of contemporary art. Our cultural expedition has just started – a perfect reason to celebrate with a glass of Prosecco! By the way, when visiting the museum, don’t forget to devote some time to the rooftop: many visitors skip this hidden secret and miss out one of the most spectacular panoramic views!
After the excursion, there are more exciting plans to come. A vegetarian restaurant Candle 79 is ready to welcome our group members. Besides, we organized a professional street style photo-session. The Travel Shake Team has chosen Flatiron Building and Times Square as the shooting locations. They transmit the spirit of the city and arouse incredible emotions when making photos.
Evening. Today’s night out is all about Bohemian chic! The Metropolitan Opera opens its doors for the #Thetravelshake_newyork team – an iconic stage hosting the best artists and top international premiers. We liked the opera La Bohème a lot! The building itself impress both inside and outside: scarlet curtain made in silk and Mark Chagall murals worth your attention.
After watching the opera, we would recommend walking around the city or having some champagne in a lobby bar. Today we definitely have an occasion to celebrate, wishing the best to our B-Day girl Tasha from Vancouver!
Another day is coming, and its vibrant energy fills us with positive vibes from the very morning!
Morning afternoon. We are having a quick breakfast in an authentic Italian market Eataly – and obviously make some photos. We girls love it so much! A perfect start of the day, isn’t it?
The second part of the day was even more interesting. Our art-expert Anna designed a unique quest especially for us: guided tour in the best contemporary art museum of the world MoMA with engaging discussions.
We are divided into the groups of 4 people. Each group receives a guidebook carefully elaborated for our tour – with original tasks, questions, and discussion topics. Anna moderates the conversations, while the participants talk about the paintings.
Each group has their own paintings in different art styles. After examining them in detail, the groups mix up, and each member has something interesting to share. This way, everyone has an opportunity to feel like an art expert and communicate her own view on the symbolism of masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian and other famous artists.
This format is indeed engaging: a shake of interactive communication among the participants and Irena mixed with fruitful information about artists and their creations in an easy and enjoyable way.
Evening. After such an inspiring excursion the evening should correspond to our mood. We are heading to an immersive show Sleep no more. This out-of-the-box play is based on Macbeth by Shakespeare. We are putting on white Venetian masks, getting ready for one-of-a-kind journey in the maze of an abandoned hotel McKittrick.
The decorations surrounding the spectators are beyond the ordinary: a chapel, baths full of blood, striptease, a cemetery with cold earth, a ballroom, a medical station. Paradoxically, every one can choose their own route to discover the place. If you are staying close to the protagonists, making eye contact, it is highly likely that you will eventually become a part of this show yourself. And it is mesmerizing… Don’t be surprised if Lady Macbeth in person will ask you to give her the nightgown and dress her up! If you have an open mind, big curiosity and are 16 years of age or older, The Travel Shake definitely recommends you to pay a visit and feel like a hero from Shakespeare’s stories.
After the play, the girls long for a nightly gathering with #TheTravelShake_newyork team on the rooftop in a restaurant of the McKittrick hotel. No time to sleep in this city!
Morning, afternoon. Today’s highlight is an incredible Guggenheim museum hosting an exhibition of Chinese contemporary art. We discover interesting facts about the construction and heritage of the museum, contemplating its memorable architecture. Climbing the spiral staircase that starts at the entrance and goes up till the ceiling, we get insights about the soul of Asian art. Looking at rather provocative works, we discuss how contemporary art transforms over the time and how it absorbs – or, to the contrary, contradicts – accepted social norms.
After the excursion, we have a lunch break at a café. Actually, its already time to run – we need to dress up for the photo session!
Evening. Today we have two photo locations in mind. Starting at the elegant Madison park, our girls’ team moves to bustling Times Square when the sun goes down. These photo moments of #thetravelshake_newyork tour are so special – in the light of neon ads, in the place nicknamed the center of the world!
Meanwhile, several participants are enjoying a helicopter flight over Manhattan. The birds’ eye view on New York is truly spectacular! Don’t miss the chance to see the skyscrapers in the twilight and have a look at the Central Park, a huge oasis in the middle of the stone jungles of Manhattan.
At night we meet up on Times Square, making photos, dining deliciously in an Italian restaurant and drinking champagne. We wish this journey could last forever!
Morning, afternoon. The last day of our art-shake tour was meant to be devoted to Whitney museum of American art, but since the major part of the exposition was closed, we suggested going to Met Breuer.
This building was initially constructed for Whitey museum by Marcel Breuer in 1966, but recently was given to the Metropolitan Museum. The current exhibition is called “Delirious. Art of the limits of reason 1950-1980” – and we need to say, it corresponds to its name, with the art objects being really provocative.
Later on we went on a walk along the Central Park painted in million colors by autumn and stopped by The Plaza Hotel to have a lunch at a café inside, where Anna conducted an interactive game on art for us. We spoke about our impressions after the art-walks and discussed contemporary art.
By the way, there is a Food Hall on the ground level of The Plaza where you can find lots of tasty and perfectly looking deserts. A brilliant choice of small sweet gifts from a legendary NY hotel for your nearest and dearest! Our girls simply could not resist the signature cakes.
Evening. We wish our #thetravelshake_newyork tour would never end. But tomorrow almost all the participants will spread to different corners of the world. All of us are bringing home lots of photos and unforgettable memories.
We decided to spend our marvelous good-bye evening in one of the most savory and welcoming places in New York, with upscale service and rich dish variety. The Palm is located close to Times Square, right in the heart of New York. We raise our glasses of champagne, laughing loudly, remembering the most vivid moments, making photos and planning new encounters!
We continue this splendid evening in a bar at The Redbury Hotel. How much will we miss this time together!
Our #thetravelshake_newyork tour comes to an end! It is time to pack our suitcases. We leave the girls at the airport and thank each of them for this special project, for their happy faces with a shiny smile and their invaluable contribution to our first travel story.
The rest of us – those who have a flight late in the evening or the following day – by some miracle manage to fit all our big plans in today’s busy agenda! First, we are going to NY’s gastro paradise – Chelsea market – to enjoy oysters, famous lobster and wonderful Halloween mood. A must-visit on your list! Besides, this is a heaven for unusual designer things lovers and unique books fans.
Straight from the Chelsea market, we are approaching a creative park High Line. Elevated almost 10m above the streets of Manhattan, it is situated on the former railway link. This park is a masterpiece of landscape design with incredible views over Hudson, full of street-art and contemporary installations. A perfect idea for both day and night walks!
Tired, but extremely happy we reach our hotel by foot, where the shuttle bus awaits us. Time to go to the airport! New York is still watching us outside the car windows. The lights of Big Apple are shining bright, as if waving us good-bye and inspiring us, and then the plane takes off, bringing us forward, to the new beginnings, big dreams and achievements.
And we are completely convinced that #Thetravelshake_newyork project is much more than just art walks in museums accompanied by a celebrity guest. It means discovering inspiration in everything around us.
The first source of inspiration is the people who surround us. First of all, these are our participants – 14 amazing girls from different cities (Moscow, St, Petersburg, Ufa, Vancouver, Miami, New Orleans, Montreal, New York, Hong Kong), Irena Ponaroshku, her friends Ksenia and Maria, our art-guide Anna Kegeles and talented photographer Alina Karo. We all acted as one team at this wonderful feast of life and truly enjoyed each other’s company, sharing together so many special moments of this trip.
The second source of inspiration is the ambient and the decorations of our destination. New York, New York! In this case, no further explanations are needed. A city full of ambitions. A city where the success lives and the dreams come true.
Third comes art and new knowledge. Thanks to our tour, each participant formed their own opinion on contemporary art and the way of seeing it. They could find the key to answer very personal questions: what do I really like about contemporary art, and what I don’t like at all? Is my vision different from the artist’s idea? Why do I experience such feelings looking at this art object? We managed not only to understand the message behind the artworks, but as well discover our inner world through art.
Last but not least – the kaleidoscope of events. Constant motion fills us with energy to strive for more! Our tour program is indeed rich in activities – same as the spirit of this ambitious city. And to really feel it, you have to rush in a yellow cab with a freshly brewed coffee in your hand from the photo shoot straight to the museum, then to a group lunch, to the Central Park, while in the evening you have to be dressed up and ready at the opera. Living it up to the fullest – this is what success means to us!
Find your own inspiration with The Travel Shake! Remember: each journey is much more than amazing memories. It can actually change all your life, taking it to the next level – together with new contacts, drive, and brand new ideas!