Un cocktail sui rooftops di New York
Dopo aver passato tutto il giorno con il naso all'insù (o all'ingiù studiando Inglese), la sera è bello guardare la città dall'alto. A New York sono di gran moda i rooftop bars, locali elegantissimi (spesso all'ultimo piano di grandi alberghi) da cui si godono vedute spettacolari dello skyline. Oggi, in collaborazione con Speak Up Italia vi spieghiamo come aggirare il buttafuori e passare una serata da VIP. Pratica il tuo reading leggendo i consigli del newyorkese Sanel e esercita il tuo listening cliccando sul link in fondo all’articolo!
New York has many fine bars, but if you go to a “rooftop” bar you can also appreciate the beauty of the Manhattan skyline. And for tourists there is even an organisation that picks the best rooftop bars for them. It’s called SP & Big Apple, and its CEO, Sanel Huskanovic, talked to Speak Up:
Sanel Huskanovic (Standard American accent):
The spectacular thing is that when you first arrive in New York City it overwhelms you1 because it’s a vertical city and you feel like you’re an ant2 in the city because everything is so, so, so mighty3, and the streets really are like stone and steel4 canyons, and you’re just walking through these canyons, and all of a sudden5, you go up on top, and the whole thing reverses. All of a sudden you’re the giant looking down on this magnificent city, and it’s an experience that no widescreen television or movie can replicate, it is a breathtaking6 experience that is only to be had on a rooftop bar.
We asked him to list the best examples:
The Ph.D at the Standard Hotel, which is pretty incredible because they have a pool in the summer, so you, all of a sudden, get to go to a beach in the middle of Manhattan, which no-one realises that they can. 230 Fifth Avenue because it has the fantastic Empire view, and in the summer they have a palm garden up on top, so you would never think that you would get a tropical view of the Empire State Building, but you get a photograph of the Empire State Building surrounded by palm trees. It’s incredible, there’s nothing like it. The Monarch is absolutely fantastic because you get a view up and down Sixth Avenue, so that is part of the fashion district, you get a view of Central Park and all those beautiful Rockefeller Center buildings. At the Sky Room you get a fantastic view of the West Side skyline, which is pretty much iconic, and at the Skylark that is really fantastic because you are in the centre of the fashion industry, it looks like it’s a designer showroom, so you’ve got already the industry people7 who are there, but on top of that it looks like it’s something out of a movie set or a designer showroom, so you’ve got absolutely everything right there.
THE “IN” CROWD
And if you go on an organized tour, you don’t have to deal with the classic New York problem:
If you’ve ever watched any television shows or movies, you’ll always see – especially in the nightclub scenes – you’ll always see there’s a big bouncer8 standing outside, and he’s got “The List” in his hands, and if you’re not on “The List,” you don’t get inside, and you stand there all night hoping to get in. Well, the really great thing, the advantage is that, if you’re with newyorknightlife.com, you’re already an insider, you’re on “The List,” you are already part of the “in” crowd. You don’t have to stand, you get out of your car, you get in, you walk in, you’re immediately a VIP, which is a fantastic experience, and it’s the ultimate New York experience: you don’t stand outside, you already are in: fantastic!
1 it overwhelms you: ti schiaccia, ti travolge
2 ant: formica
3 mighty: imponente
4 stone and steel: pietra e acciaio
5 all of a sudden: all’improvviso
6 breathtaking: mozza il fiato
7 the industry people: la gente del settore (della moda)
8 bouncer: buttafuori (v. Speak Up explains)
SPEAK UP EXPLAINS
West Side skyline. Il profilo dei tetti della West Side. The Manhattan skyline è famoso e the West Side skyline ne fa parte. La geografia di New York è relativamente semplice: c’è downtown (Wall Street, SoHo, Greenwich Village ecc.) a sud, midtown (Times Square ecc.) al centro e uptown (Harlem) a nord, ma tra midtown e uptown c’è Central Park.
Bouncer. Buttafuori. Il verbo to bounce significa letteralmente “far rimbalzare” ma in passato nello slang americano significava anche “colpire, picchiare”. Quindi il bouncer era il “gorilla” che ti picchiava (se non rispettavi le regole del bar).
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