New York in Three Days
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New York is one of
the leading modern day capitals. Anyone who visits the city for
the first time has a preconceived idea, shaped by film and TV
images that have made it the planet's number one movie location.
And New York does not disappoint, it meets everyone's expectations
and mesmerizes visitors, welcoming them and making them feel at
home, like one more of its millions of residents. The city that
never sleeps is endless, because no matter how long you stay there,
it is never enough to discover all its wonders and secrets. So
many return, in pursuit of the highest number of odd little corners
hiding beneath its skyscrapers.
Luckily, most of New York's attractions can be found in just one
of its districts: Manhattan, the big apple; an island defined
by the East River, Harlem River and the Hudson River, and communicated
with the rest of the city by bridges, tunnels and ferries. For
those with limited time in the city we propose a tight schedule
for getting to know the most emblematic locations in just three
days. You'll have to get up early and not sleep much, but it's
worth it. The Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square is in the
very heart of the city, from which any destination is easily accessible.
First of all, you need to be well-organised. As Manhattan is traditionally
divided into three zones, we will spend one day in each. Get hold
of a decent map or have markers for the points we suggest on your
GPS, and you'll see that reaching them on foot or by metro is
a matter of just a few stops, so make sure you're wearing comfortable
shoes, and let your adventure in NYC begin!
Day 1: Midtown
See the Skyline
New York City is defined by its skyline, and all city skylines
are measured against New York'sthe silhouette created by
Manhattan's buildings is nothing short of iconic. In fact, NYC
is home to more than 100 buildings measuring 500 feet or taller.
While you can feel
this immensity everywhere in NYC, it's best experienced from the
observatories at the Empire State Building and at Rockefeller
Center's Top of the Rock. (After you've enjoyed the scenery from
atop a skyscraper, you might long for a grounded vantage point
that gives you a wide-angle perspective on Lower and Midtown Manhattan;
you'll find that on day three of this itinerary, when you cross
the Brooklyn Bridge and have a choice of lookouts from Brooklyn
Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.)
Walk Through Times Square
Times Square is where it all happens. Twenty-four hours a day,
seven days a week, the bright lights, big screens and bustling
crowds perfectly embody the excitement of the city that never
sleeps. For the greatest effect, visit after sunsetall that
wattage will make you think it's still light out. And now that
much of the area is closed to vehicles, you can safely stroll
in the streets. While there, dine at one of the popular eateries
on Restaurant Row (46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)
and shop in the huge flagship stores with spectacular extras that
are attractions on their own (H&M, for example, has a fahion
runway). Still daylight? From Times Square, it's just a 15-minute
strollheading north on Sixth Avenue, past classic sights
like Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hallto the
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where you can visit one of the world's
finest collections of contemporary art.
Give Your Regards to Broadway
Nobody does live theater like NYC. Whether you're into dramas,
comedies or musicals, you'll find them all in the City's Theatre
District, where Broadway shows burst with eye-popping sets, A-list
celebrities and, above all, pizzazz. You can choose from long-running
shows like Chicago and The Lion King, newer smash musicals such
as Kinky Boots and The Book of Mormon and projects featuring big
Hollywood stars. All of the performances demonstrate why this
famed NYC thoroughfare has become synonymous with theater itself.
Visit the TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square for discounted tickets
to some shows, and climb the red steps for an unmatched view of
Day 2: Uptown, The Bronx and Queens
Stroll the Museum Mile (Upper East Side)
The storied Museum Mile actually measures a couple of blocks longer
than a mile. Regardless of its precise length, this Upper East
Side stretch of Fifth Avenue may have more culture per square
foot than any other place in the universe. Your tour starts at
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at East 82nd Street, where you
can view limited-time exhibitions as well as objects in the museum's
permanent collection, which consists of more than 2 million works
of art that span the breadth of human history. Walk uptown to
the modern and contemporary artwork housed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum, at 89th Street. The journey continues up to East 104th
Street, where two museums vie for your attention; the Museum of
the City of New York has special exhibitions about local history
and, across the street, El Museo del Barrio showcases Caribbean,
Latino and Latin American art. All told, the mile boasts eight
world-class NYC museums.
Go Wild (The Bronx)
The City is known for its cultural offerings, famous skyscrapers
and Central Park, but many don't realize that NYC is home to North
America's largest urban zoothe Bronx Zoo, located in Bronx
Park and operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The zoo's
more than 250 acres house 6,000 animals representing in excess
of 600 species. Visitors can marvel at the tremendous diversity
of life on earth and learn about all kinds of creatures: Madagascar
hissing cockroaches and king cobras, snow leopards and sea lion
pups. Architecture buffs will be impressed by the structures here:
Rainey Memorial Gates, the Rockefeller Fountain and the beaux-arts
buildings of the zoo's Astor Court are all landmarks.
Those visiting the
Bronx will find that it is also paradise for flora fanatics. The
New York Botanical Garden, located in another section of the expansive
Bronx Park, is a National Historic Landmark, and its 250 acres
are home to more than a million plants. The garden features the
largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere, a renowned scientific
research program and an extensive schedule of fascinating programs
In Season: Catch a Ball Game (The Bronx or Queens)
The Mets and Yankees both play in relatively new stadiums that
juxtapose cutting-edge amenities with homages to NYC's unparalleled
baseball history. The plaques at Yankee Stadium's Monument Park
reveal this rich past with tributes to all the greatsBabe
Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and many more.
Citi Field's majestic Jackie Robinson Rotunda salutes the renowned
baseball hero and civil rights pioneer.
Day 3: Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan)
The Brooklyn Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge
when it was completed in 1883. Though that record has long since
been surpassed, the bridge is still an iconic structure and an
inspiring symbol of humankind's ability to invent and achieve.
The landmark also provides one of the most dramatic walking routes
in New York City. You can cross in either direction, but consider
taking the subway to DUMBO or Brooklyn Heightseach worth
visiting in its own right, for arts venues and brownstone-lined
streets, respectivelyand then walking back over the East
River toward Lower Manhattan, snapping photos of downtown and
New York Harbor along the way.
Ride the Staten Island Ferry (Lower Manhattan and Staten Island)
This 5-mile, 25-minute boat ride from Lower Manhattan to the northern
tip of Staten Island is freeand the views are priceless.
Throughout the journey, you'll take in magnificent vistas of Lower
Manhattan and New York Harbor. At the end of the trip, ferry riders
are transported to the historic St. George Districthome
of the Staten Island Museum and the magnificent St. George Theatre,
now in its ninth decade.
Celebrate American History (Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor)
For more than a hundred years, the Statue of Liberty, with her
raised torch lighting the way to a better life, has symbolized
the promise and opportunities of the United States. Looking up
at the statue during a ferry ride in New York Harbor still provides
an emotional jolt. Also, another boat ride away is historic Ellis
Island, with exhibitions that commemorate the thousands of immigrants
to the City who passed through its famed Main Hall.
Come Back Soon
There's only so much you can do in three daysso we hope
you'll come back soon and explore even more of the City. For suggestions
of more things to in NYC, visit nycgo.com's other sections for
an in-depth look at everything the five boroughs have to offer.
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