Postcards From New York City

With the start of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), BAZAAR beauty editor, Alisha Azuddin, recaps some of her favourite highlights from her latest trip to the Big Apple.

The last time I was in the city was right before COVID-19 in January 2020, so it was only fitting that my first flight overseas was back to New York too. A city near to my heart, it’s also where my sister calls home, so I’ve always made it a point to come back as often as I can. This time, my trip was around three weeks—packed with sightseeing, shopping, and celebrating a graduation.

First thing first—the immaculate views and immersive experience of the Summit One Vanderbilt! Full 360° views of the city and plenty of trippy reflective surfaces—it’s a newer attraction not to be missed.

 

Popping across the Brooklyn Bridge is never a bad idea as you can explore the fun eats and the NYC skyline. The journey is my favourite part as you get to indulge in the pretty views whilst getting a bit of a workout in.

 

If you’re fans of Dr Dennis Gross, why not pop into their dermatology space on 5th Avenue? A lover of their at-home peels, the in-person experience is unlike any other and a quick treatment will have your skin glowing for days on end.

 

What’s New York without visiting Central Park? I was lucky enough to catch this amazing sunset whilst on a bike ride around the park. Whether it’s just a stroll, bike ride or run, I’ll always make it a point to do something active in the park and take in the green amidst the concrete jungle.

 

The Polo Bar starts as a mysterious, chic experience, as you step into their dapper bar area. But it’s once you’ve been ushered to your table is where its American equestrian flair comes to life. Its menu is carefully curated with refined American classics that exude the Ralph Lauren charm.

 

Whether you’re a fan of modern art or merely wish to reenact your favourite scenes of Gossip Girl, the Met is an iconic destination that we always go back to each time we’re in the city.

 

A sucker for sweet treats, Levain Bakery is a city classic. Having missed their cookies so much during the lockdown, I spent almost two weeks trying to recreate them. Although unsuccessful, I was happy I finally was reunited with these heavenly baked goods.