A Perfect Summer Weekend on the Upper East Side

In honor of our Madison Avenue boutique, The House of Creed asked lifestyle expert and man-about-town, Igee Okafor, to share his ideal way to spend a summer weekend in our beloved New York City neighborhood.

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As much as the hot weather in New York can be a bit discouraging at times during the summer, there is no doubt that there are certain neighborhoods in the city that are invigorating enough to make you forget. One of those neighborhoods for me is the Upper East Side. The essence the neighborhood exudes is one that is very receptive to the arts, class, and refinement.

If you live in New York City or plan on visiting, read on for a fleeting list of my favorite places.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
There is an overwhelming amount of the arts in New York City but the reason establishments like The Metropolitan museum of Art are able to thrive is because of its reception of thoroughly documented variety. Ranging from fashion exhibits to historical oil paintings, any kind of art from every era can be found for your viewing pleasure.

The Paris Theatre – 4 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
Looking at the theatre from the outside, there is such a nostalgic feel to it. It feels very old skool in the most refreshing way possible and legend has it that James Dean watched movies there in the 1950’s. What is it about the Paris Theatre that people love? The people, its small and quaint space, the way the velvet curtains open up on stage to reveal the movie screen before the film starts, and the fact that it is the only one screen theatre open in Manhattan. The Paris Theatre aura is one that has a signature character.

The Plaza Food Hall – 1 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019
Located directly across the street from The Paris Theatre on the concourse level of the Plaza Hotel is The Plaza’s very own food hall. Yes, it is as upscale as you can imagine. The food hall offers a plethora of food vendors and sit down dining options. When it comes to eating in the midst of a jet set environment without having to break your wallet, this food hall is the better choice. Good luck trying to decide on what to eat, it’s all very delicious!

Central Park
The idea of finishing breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and taking a walk around Central Park to relax is thrilling – especially on an airy summer night. Wind in hair and all. Try it! Take a long walk, take notes of the different walks of life you come across, enjoy the horses and enjoy the scenery. You deserve it!

The Creed Boutique – 794 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
As stated earlier, the Upper East Side is a go to for some of the finer things in the city. The House of Creed is no exception. Adorned with signature scents that are set to transcend time, the Creed boutique is a great place to shop for a new fragrance – for yourself or for someone special. My personal favorite is Royal Oud.

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