In 2013, a worldwide independent survey by Ipsos MORI saw New York City rated as the number one place in the world to do business, voted for by international participants. It’s easy to conduct business in NYC with all the same advantages and time constraints of any major city. Its range of industries covers everything from finance and technology to retail and media.
Loews Regency, the landmark hotel on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, steps away from Central Park and Madison Avenue, has recently re-opened after a year-long $100million transformation (www.loewshotels.com). The hotel now features 328 apartment-styled guestrooms and 58 suites, four private meeting spaces equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and The Regency Bar & Grill serving lunch, dinner and the traditional New York ‘Power Breakfast’. There’s a bar just off the lobby. Guestrooms feature smart TVs and complimentary high-speed internet access. Two other new hotels popular with business travellers are the Viceroy (www.viceroyhotels andresorts.com) and The Quin (www.thequinhotel.com) located close to each other, just south of Central Park
Another New York revival is the Empire Diner at 210 Tenth Avenue in Chelsea (www.empire-diner.com). A cut above your average diner, the art deco-style restaurant offers clients a coat check-in and cloth napkins while serving good burgers and much more besides. Also new and more upscale is Margaux in Greenwich Village (part of the boutique Marlton Hotel) which has a club ambience and low-lighting plus a sophisticated bar. (www.marltonhotel.com)
Just a stone's throw from Times Square, the offbeat Rum House offers live jazz (Wednesday to Saturday) and ‘dark-spirit–heavy tipples’ (www.edisonrumhouse.com). A range of six Bloody Marys is served on weekends (11am–5pm). The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in Lower Manhattan (www.deadrabbitnyc.com) ‘embodies the conviviality of Old New York and the Irish-American tradition’. The ground-floor's informal Taproom offers craft beer, bottled punch and whiskeys of the world. Upstairs, the Parlor focuses on small plates, communal punch, and a menu of 72 cocktails.
New York is served by more airlines from Heathrow than anywhere in the US. JFK has flights from American Airlines (also Manchester), British Airways, Delta Air Lines (plus Dublin and Shannon), Icelandair (via Reykavik) and Virgin Atlantic, while Newark is served from Heathrow by British Airways, Icelandair, United (also from Belfast, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Shannon) and Virgin Atlantic. BA also operates a business classonly service from London City, while Norwegian is due to launch Gatwick-NYC services this summer.
AirTrain JFK connects with Mass Transit Authority (MTA), New York City Transit subways and buses and the Long Island Railroad. The cost to Midtown Manhattan is $7.50 and it takes 50 minutes. AirTrain Newark takes 30 minutes and costs $12.50. Buses, taxis, limos and hire cars are also readily available.
New York is five hours behind the UK. Currency is the US dollar: £1 = US$1.66. See: www.nycgo.com
New York City is stuffed full with attractions but first-time visitors should head to the top of the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Building for a great bird's eye view of the skyline. Cental Park is the city's green lung and there are, of course, scores of world-class museums. Ellis Island gives a fascinating insight into the immigration that moulded America and every visitor should sample theatre or the many music venues.
Americans are fond of business speak. Keep a close ear for the latest expressions to join the likes of ‘moving forward’, ‘reaching out’, ‘lowhanging fruit’, ‘ideas shower’ and, of course, ‘ducks in a row’. Liberal use of these will impress many New Yorkers in a business environment