Just because school is back in session, doesn’t mean that September in New York City is all business. Hallmarks of summer persist, with warm breezes and the sounds of ice cream trucks jingling down the street. And while vacation season may be in the rear-view mirror, many Upper West Side residents still head out of town on September weekends, decamping to the pastoral settings of the Berkshires and Catskills, riparian retreats along the Hudson, and tony enclaves in the Hamptons.

While these are certainly some of the ultimate weekend destinations on the east coast, real New Yorkers prefer to stay local from time to time. Luckily, for residents of The Astor’s luxury Upper West Side condos, spending the summertime at home is ideal with easy access to everything this classic neighborhood has to offer, but without the wait. Living at The Astor means you're in prime territory to capitalize on those weekends when the city clears out and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by sticking around for a “staycation”.

Traditionally, a “staycation” has entailed booking a hotel in the same city in which you reside. However, residents of The Astor will be hard-pressed to find a hotel that offers better services and amenities than those offered right at home. The Pembrooke & Ivesdesigned interiors and the 24-hour concierge will make you feel like you're in your private resort between Central Park and Riverside Park—the launching pad for exploration of a vibrant, sophisticated neighborhood.

The ultimate perks of an Upper West Side staycation are highlighted at The Astor. The Pembrooke & Ives-designed interiors and the 24-hour concierge will make you feel like you're in your private resort between Central Park and Riverside Park—the launching pad for exploration of your sophisticated neighborhood.

Picture it: wake up early and greet Saturday morning as the sun rises over the master suite’s double-pane bay windows. Prepare yourself a fresh cup of Oren’s coffee in your white lacquered eat-in kitchen, then head downstairs to The Astor's state-of-the-art fitness center to warm up a bit before heading to SoulCycle just up the street. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of extra seats, since the crowds of spinners are currently on the overflowing waiting list for a bike at the SoulCycle BARN in Bridgehampton.

An intense workout calls for a rejuvenating spa session; go ahead, indulge; this is your staycation. Head home to your master bathroom, where you’ll be surrounded by luxurious marbles, including Calacatta Gold, Tundra Grey, and Nero Gold. Escaping the chaos of the city is easy with this elegantly designed bathroom crafted from white oak and graciously accessorized with Lefroy Brooks polished nickel finishes. Give yourself a spa-like facial, relax with a facemask, or hop in the bathtub for a while; your options are endless.

Nearby, the American Museum of Natural History is especially quiet today, feeling almost like a private space for you and your family to commune with the dioramas, the fossils, and, of course, the giant whale. Take your time exploring this gallery of science; but you’ll definitely work up an appetite from all of that museum-walking.

Lovers of RedFarm's Chinese-Korean will be delighted when they are seated comfortably in this rustic yet refined restaurant that is usually jam-packed. This UWS outpost of the West Village gem offers up seasonal dishes like shrimp-stuffed jalapenos that fire up the appetite for entrees such-as the expertly grilled prime Creekstone rib steak marinated to perfection.

Afterward, take a stroll down Riverside Park as you breathe in the fresh air and walk off such a scrumptious meal as the sun sets behind the Hudson. Talk about a sublime aperitif! If the Upper West Side is beckoning, check out our availability and make this staycation a reality

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