Patricia Pepperell works as cabin crew on wide-body aircraft, which fly intercontinental routes. She began at Iberia in 1998, initially as cabin crew on short- and medium-haul routes, but has worked on long-haul flights since 2006. Of all the cities of the world, her favourite is New York. “It is a versatile, cosmopolitan and dynamic city in change,” she says. “It’s a place to return to again and again, because you always discover something new. It has an immense wealth in terms of culture and the arts, which offers an infinite number of ideas for all tastes.”
THE BEST VIEWS: I’ll go with two: the viewpoint at the Rockefeller Center (the Top of the Rock), and crossing the Brooklyn Bridge from the other side of the Hudson River where – by the way – a new sculpture by the Spanish artist Plensa has just been installed.
A STROLL: Undoubtedly, a bike ride through Central Park. It is 4km long and 800m wide, and is designed for biking. It has three lanes: one for pedestrians, one for authorised vehicles and one for bicycles. Spring is the best time to enjoy your ride and do a bit of exercise at the same time.
A MUSEUM: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. It’s located just where the Twin Towers stood. You’ll get goose bumps when you visit it.
DELICATESSEN: I wouldn’t say they’re a delicacy but, if you’re going to New York, eating a burger or hot dog from a street stand is a must, as is visiting Little Spain, the trendiest market in the city, headed up by the chefs José Andrés and the Adriá brothers.
WITH THE FAMILY: You have to see the Statue of Liberty. The ferry to Staten Island sails very close and it is free.
DON’T MISS: Travelling on the Subway and people-watching. I’d pick a station near the Brooklyn Bridge. Truly, the Subway is an attraction all by itself !