New York City is the city that never sleeps. It is internationally known and loved by thousands. New York City’s vibrant night life and plethora of national landmarks and museums make it a must, at least once in your life time. You can go to New York City dozens of times, and still not do all that there is to do there.
Activity Overview: museums, fine dining, dancing, shopping, monument viewing… the New York City Pass, is a great way to see all of the main attractions and save money while doing it.
Currency: US Dollars
Modes of Transport: Taxi, Metro, Walking
Chelsea Market– $-$$ Chelsea Market is an incredible underground food and open-air artist market. From the fresh food to the hand made artist stations, it represents a more authentic New York. It is, also, a great place to find the most unique gifts for loved ones.
Highline– The Highline is an urban “Park” in the City. It is an elevated walkway that has great views of New York City’s buildings, beautiful plants, and a great way to get some exercise while heading to the Chelsea Market.
Broadway– $$ There are many Broadway shows that you can enjoy in the city. A night out on the town, with a Broadway Show, is a fun way to spend an evening. One of my favorite Broadway shows is Wicked.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn- Williamsburg is the up-and-coming place to be in Brooklyn. It’s where the hipsters be at. With it’s unique vibe, it is definitely worth a stroll and lunch. There is tons of amazing street art and coffee joints, as well.
Museums- While there are many museums that you can enjoy in New York city, my two absolute favorite are the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) and the World Trade Center Memorial Museum. The MoMa could bring you to tears with all the artist’s work that it holds. Monet, Rothko, Picasso, Van Gough, Dalí, Chagall, Warhol, are just to name a few of my own personal favorites. My favorite floors are the 5th and 6th! The World Trade Center Memorial Museum, also, brings you to tears but obviously not in the same way as the MoMa. It is the best memorial I have ever been to and demonstrates how “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, but rather, it’s the courage to continue that counts,” as Winston Churchill would say.
Times Square– is fun during the day and night. Always packed with people, it adds to it’s unique and bright flair. It is also the spot where you can see the New Years Eve ball drop. I suggest going both during the day and the night, as they are both have a different vibe.
Phillipe’s– $$-$$$ is a trendy, modern chinese food restaurant on 33 East 60th Street. There is an awesome vibe, and they are known for their “amazing chicken satays.”
Places to Stay:
The Plaza Hotel $$$- The Plaza hotel is perhaps one of the best located hotels in New York. Located on the corner of 5th Ave. and Central Park South, you are footsteps away from the famed shopping street, 5th Avenue, and Central Park. The hotel was designed after the Palace of Versailles (though do not say this to the French as they will vehemently disagree) and has a rich, but welcoming feel.
5 days in New York, Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Start off your morning by taking your breakfast to go at Le Pain Quotidien. There is one located just down 7th at Central Park South or there is also one conveniently located right in the middle of Central Park. Find a bench in central park and eat in Central Park. Once you eat, you can walk around central park and enjoy it’s ambience. Then, if you are up to a walk (or five minute taxi), you can walk down to the end of Central Park to the Museum Way. You can start at the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and end at the Guggenheim Museum. Once you are finished, and if you still have the energy, head back down Central Park and enjoy the shopping on 5th Ave.
Day 2: Start off your day by going to the High Line. Walk it’s path, and let it lead you to one of my favorites, the Chelsea Market. Shop and Dine, and then after, take a taxi to Ground Zero and the World Trade Tower Memorial Museum. You will probably need a nap after all of the action and emotion. Once you are successfully rested, you can head to Times Square to walk around, enjoy the ambiance, and see a Broadway show.
Day 3: Taxi to the beginning of the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk across and enjoy picturesque views. Once you finish walking the bridge, hail a taxi to Williamsburg. Enjoy hipster life and good food. There are tons of street art in Brooklyn. After, I would head back into the City and go to Rockefeller Center. At the “Top of the Rock” you can enjoy magnificent views of the city.
Day 4: Start off your day at the MoMa, and enjoy some of the best artwork in town. I would get there at 10am, as the museum opens at 10:30 and you can avoid lines. I would also purchase your ticket online, and if you have a smart phone, your ticket is on it. The 5th and 6th floors are my fave! Then after, I would get on a Ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Day 5: This is your last day in New York. It is your time to do whatever you haven’t gotten the chance to do yet. I suggest some time spent on 5th Ave, and in the early afternoon, go up the Empire State Building for your last views of New York. The lines are usually long to go up, so if you don’t mind paying a few bucks extra, you can avoid the lines and make better use of your time!
Words don’t do it justice, and pictures would do you better? Click HERE to see some of my pictures taken in New York City and Brooklyn!
**Note about all my “guides”: They are no where inclusive of everything possible to do in a certain city or country. They are simply places and things that I thought were really awesome, and things that I have personally tried or done. I do not put any information about things I have not done or tried myself. If there is different information in between guides, it is because I did unique activites in each place. Please use my guides only as a reference, and then discover your OWN path and Helpless Wanderlust