The annual ePharma conference, scheduled for March 6-8, brings hundreds of the pharma industry’s top executives together in the heart of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. This year, organizers have planned three days of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and The Times Center. The conference will keep you busy during the day, but be sure to save some time for after-hours fun in the city that never sleeps.
On the West Side
We’ve had some unseasonably warm weather in the Northeast this winter, and the famed Highline is just a subway stop away from the conference venue. Opened to the public in 2009, the former railroad line has become a landmark of revitalization projects, attracting natives and tourists alike. Come hungry, because it’s also dotted with specialty fare. Dive into a milkshake confection at Sugar Factory, a pork sandwich at the Rocket Pig, or some of the best tacos around at Los Tacos No.1, located inside of Chelsea Market (insider tip: pair it with LTN1’s tamarindo juice).
Further downtown you’ll find the Freedom Tower, and One World Observatory is an unparalleled experience when visiting the city. Home to the 9/11 Memorial, the World Financial Center, and a hub of New York City transportation, it’s a piece of American history that offers reflection and progress. The views are spectacular, and if you can hustle out of the last session quickly enough, you may be able to catch a sunset while sipping a cocktail at One Dine (reservations required).
Harlem has been bursting at the seams with multicultural development in recent years, but its crown jewel is the legendary Apollo Theatre up on 125th Street. Rich with African American history, educational programs,and performance arts, artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Prince all left their indelible mark on its stage, and it continues to be an artistic beacon of the community. A healthy walk from there is Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and while it’s not exclusive to New York City, even food snobs are flocking to the brisket and beans.
These days the only place cooler than Manhattan is Brooklyn, and while getting crosstown can be hell, the borough formerly-known-for-families has a huge food scene. Right now, the kitchen at Williamsburg’s All Hands is run by Executive Chef Pete Lipson, who specializes in locally sourced ingredients. Supporting local businesses are the pop-up food spaces at Gotham Market at The Ashland, featuring Brooklyn-based purveyors preparing menus from the South, craft cocktails, and traditional meals from far corners of the map. And, if you happen to be here during another one of our warm fronts, check out DUMBO, which is an acronym for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” and boasts incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River.
Here’s to a productive conference, and an exciting, whirlwind tour of NYC!