Midtown NYC feels like the center of the world, and when you live at The Buchanan, the world within reach is even bigger than you might realize at first. Poised geographically between Grand Central Station, with its convenient access to the quaint country towns of New York and Connecticut, and the United Nations, the map of possibility around these Midtown East luxury apartments is doubly expanded by an atmosphere of international movers and shakers who are shaping the world. The choices are always sophisticated for the residents of The Buchanan.
Hop on the Hudson Line from Grand Central, and you can be in Beacon, NY, in just over an hour—a distance so short you can go for a day trip to a town that combines the hip and the pastoral so beautifully, you will want to stay longer. In Beacon, which is famous for its upstate outpost of the DIA Art Center, you can spend the morning looking at masterpieces of contemporary art by Agnes Martin, Roni Horn, Louise Bourgeois, and Donald Judd and then hike by a waterfall in the afternoon. Make a weekend of it with a one- or two-night stay at The Roundhouse, whose décor echoes the minimalist-industrial chic of DIA, and whose rooms overlook a waterfall.
For a straight shot from your apartment near Grand Central Station to deep nature, you can catch the train that makes special weekend stops at an entrance to the Appalachian Trail, or for a nature experience that also includes a sweet dose of pampering, head to Westport, Connecticut. Book a room at The Inn at Longshore, right on the water, and then spend the day taking in the beautiful scenery of Sherwood Island State Park or cruising in a boat on the Long Island Sound.
Once you’re refreshed from your trip, you can take that explorer’s spirit back to Midtown with you. Walk over to the United Nations to put your finger on the pulse of world diplomacy. You could play tourist and take a guided tour or go for the insider experience by making a reservation for the prix-fixe lunch at the Delegates Dining Room, where you can feast on Salmon tartare beside ambassadors, delegates, and dignitaries on a sprawling patio overlooking the river.