Photo: Adam Friedberg
1. Nolita: At Uncle Boons (7 Spring St.; $$$), home-style Thai dishes from two Per Se veterans include charred blowfish tails.
2. Nolita: At Mother’s Ruin (18 Spring Street), we order a Banana Hammock cocktail with rum, vanilla, and, yes, banana.
3. Civic Center: Looking for a pied-à-terre? The top floors of the 100-year-old Woolworth Building go on sale in 2014, including the penthouse in the copper cupola—estimated at $24 million.
4. Financial District: You’ll be able to take a 60-second elevator ride to the 100th-floor observatory at One World Trade Center when it opens in 2015.
5. Tribeca: Move over, SoulCycle. Aqua NY (78 Franklin St.) is taking spinning to water—call it biking with a splash.
6. Tribeca: An antidote to the summer heat? The lantern-lit pool at Greenwich Hotel, now open to the public when you book a spa treatment.
7. Soho: Style-conscious men find slim-fit blazers by Ian Velardi and sneakers from Our Legacy at Carson Street Clothiers (63 Crosby St.).
8. Bowery: Once upon a time in this former YMCA: Mark Rothko painted a series of murals and writer William S. Burroughs entertained Mick Jagger and Lou Reed in the “bunker.”
9. Lower East Side: The Art Production Fund and the New Museum are brightening the neighborhood with “After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery,” paintings on closed shop shutters.