Located in district du jour, the Lower East Side, the Hotel on Rivington is contemporary, lively and spacious. It's the tallest building in this part of town, so ask for a room that affords you panoramic views of New York’s skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows. And the TempurPedic beds are the best feature when it comes to the time you spend with your eyes closed.
Pick out provisions for a picnic or grab a freshly squeezed juice from the stalls at the Essex Street Market (+1 212 388 0449; www.essexstreetmarket.com). Study the hip Lower East Side’s rich history on foot during a guided tour at the Tenement Museum at 108 Orchard Street (+1 212 982 8420; www.tenement.org). Artist talks, film showcases and provocative collections keep the New Museum, at 235 Bowery, packed with patrons (+1 212 219 1222). Check out more than 30 Lower East Side galleries open late on the third Thursday of the month including Anastasia Photo, Woodward Gallery and Dacia Gallery (+1 212 226 9010). Browse fabulous vintage jewellery, dresses and shoes at Edith Machinist at 104 Rivington Street (+1 212 979 9992).