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New York City Nostalgia

‘Will I miss the culture of New York when moving to Palm Beach?’ 

It’s no secret New York City offers unparalleled opportunity, unyielding energy and unending inspiration. As both Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z have said, the Empire State is where dreams are made. But dreams are also forged in Palm Beach, the idyllic vacation hub for these same Manhattanites. However when weighing the options of where to live, the Sunshine State may score more points than you think.

Palm Beach’s rich history was born when railroad scion, Henry Morrison Flagler, crafted what would become one of the world’s most exclusive retreats from literal swampland. Originally, his infamous railroad ran straight down the coast from New York to Palm Beach, delivering passengers almost directly to the front door of his legendary Royal Poinciana Hotel, at the time the largest wooden structure in the world. When the Royal Poinciana Hotel was eventually abandoned, Flagler’s second island hotel, the Breakers, became the epitome of 1920s glamour where New Yorkers and other northerners flocked each winter.

New York and Palm Beach are so interconnected, Palm Beach may as well be dubbed a ‘mini-Manhattan,’ and not just for the sheer volume of well-acquainted New Yorkers moving or maintaining second homes here, but also for its abundant culture offerings and sophisticated living. 

Last year the local performing arts destination, the Kravis Center, produced several award-winning shows for their annual ‘Kravis On Broadway’ program, including Hamilton, Book of Mormon and Les Miserables. In addition to theater, the Kravis regularly collaborates with the Miami City Ballet and Palm Beach Opera to showcase a variety of performances.

The Norton Museum of Art has been freshly refurbished with a multi-million-dollar overhaul by acclaimed architect, Norman Foster. With revolving exhibitions —many touring straight from New York museums —you don’t need to travel far to see a slice of home culture. NY-based Pace and Acquavella galleries as well as a Sotheby’s private sales unit are opening satellite locations in the Royal Poinciana Plaza. During previous Art Basels in Miami, Palm Beach has welcomed a slew of curators and artists with events such as New Wave Art Wknd, founded by gallerist Sarah Gavlak, an ex-New Yorker herself. Collector and curator Beth Rudin deWoody’s Bunker Artspace in West Palm Beach houses her substantial collection and is visitable by private tour. 

Dining options in Palm Beach have evolved substantially from the bygone days of country club luncheons and burger diners. With La Goulue soon opening its doors on Palm Beach and Soho-staple Sant Ambroeus happily ensconced in the trendy Royal Poinciana Plaza, what more welcome could a New Yorker ask for? 

With no shortage of cultural events, luncheons and charity balls during the high season in Palm Beach, New Yorkers can be just as busy as they are up north if they desire, though their preference may be to remain in sandals and short-sleeves, rosé in hand, and enjoy what Palm Beach truly excels at: relaxation. After a year like 2020, who doesn’t deserve the respite?