Golden Hour Guide to NYC

Golden Hour Guide to NYC

There's something about the hours just before sunset that make it seem like anything is possible. Known as the golden hour, the city looks softer and warmer thanks to the slowly fading sunlight, and every passing moment feels a bit more magical than usual. It's as if the evening can take you anywhere—and, with the right outfit, it can.

Enter: Cinq à Sept. The brand's sophisticated, effortless pieces were meant to evoke the Golden Hour feeling, when work is done and the night is full of promise. The French name refers to the hours between 5 and 7 p.m., and that's exactly the time of day the brand's sophisticated yet effortless pieces were meant to evoke. In other words, it's the ideal wardrobe to take you from your desk to drinks to wherever else the night might lead you.

And since the perfect outfit begets just the right place to see and be seen, we've created an INTERMIX–approved Golden Hour itinerary of four places to go in New York City, all between the hours of five and seven.

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5:00 p.m.: Cocktails at the Jane
The Jane Hotel used to cater to sailors, but its old–world charm is open to the public today. Head to the roof, where you can sip on a "West Street Sunset" while enjoying the first glow of the golden hour.

5:30 p.m.: Check out the view from the Whitney Museum
Just a few short minutes from the Jane is the Whitney. Skip the line by buying your tickets ahead of time, then head up to the museum's top floor. In addition to checking out the latest exhibition, you can visit the eighth–floor terrace and soak up the views of the Hudson River and the Highline.

6:00 p.m.: Dinner at Santina
Around the corner from the Whitney you'll find Santina, where the whimsical décor and glass walls overlooking Washington Street make it feel like magic hour all day long. Order the "Amalfi Coast," a tasty mix of bourbon, orange, peach, and ginger, and don’t miss the squash carpaccio.

7:00 p.m.: Watch the sun set on the High Line
The High Line is a former railroad track that was converted into a 1.45–mile long elevated park that starts conveniently above Santina and runs north the West 34th Street. Because it's located above street level, you'll have superb views of both the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan just as the golden hour comes to a close.

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