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Make Like a New Yorker: My Day on East 57th Street

Where to spend the hot summer months in NYC.

Call me crazy, but I love New York in July—how about you? And if the heat gets too much, I just head straight to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street to browse through the cool and oh-so-elegant Tiffany & Co. flagship store on Fifth Avenue. While I’d love to add the diamond-accented Atlas Dome watch ($7,550)—based on the still-working, 163-year-old clock that adorns the front of this landmark store—to my collection of timepieces, I’ll probably just settle for one of the store’s colorful Fifth Avenue mugs (at a much gentler price of $40), wrapped, of course, in the iconic blue box.

Heading east on 57th Street, I’ll stop at the Fuller Building to peruse some of its fine art galleries (I particularly love the photography at Howard Greenberg and the 20th-century art at Jason McCoy) and then cap off the day at the TY Bar, located in the gorgeous I.M Pei-designed Four Seasons Hotel. Inside this Art Deco-designed fantasia with its super-comfy red velvet seats, I’ll sip a craft beer or iced tea and gaze at the digital photographs of New York projected on TY’s 12’ by 12’ screen, while the swells around me order such drinks as the Macallan M, with honey and orange bitters ($1,210) or nibble on some haute bar snacks such as prime sirloin sliders. When NYC feels this good in July, who needs the beach?