This summer I had to travel to NYC for work quite unexpectedly. It was a short trip to attend some meetings with the UN, among which was the High-Level political forum on sustainable development.

I arrived there on Sunday afternoon, I settled at my Airbnb place and walked around the Murray Hill neighborhood. This particular area of the city, and especially the apartment where I stayed, were a very nice discovery.

From Monday to Thursday, I was at meetings in town, mostly at the UN headquarters. It was great to see colleagues and feel the vibe there, so different to the one in Geneva. HQ is much more political and fast-paced, just like NYC. I also had the chance to catch up with an old friend from DC and to meet a new friend with whom I went to a speakeasy and an original Korean restaurant (see below).

See some pictures below:

Trip details


Airbnb (231 East 35th Street, New York)


Jackson Hole Burgers (521 3rd Ave, New York)

Mimi’s (984 2nd Av): Italian restaurant

The Smith (956 2nd Av, at 51st St)

Please Don’t Tell (113 St Marks Pl, New York): speakeasy in the East Village

Thursday Kitchen (424 E 9th St, New York): casual spot for Korean cooking with French & Spanish influences, plus playful drinks & desserts. I have to admit their Kimchi paella was surprisingly good!