How to spend 3 Nights in NYC
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Start your holiday right with a big American breakfast. There are a number of traditional diners across Manhattan where you can pick up plentiful breakfast fare. If you’re looking for a breakfast with a New York difference, head to Ellen’s Stardust Diner where the waiters sing Broadway’s biggest hits while you eat.
A few blocks up the road you’ll find Central Park. Take a walk around the world’s most famous park, taking in its beautiful gardens, ponds, and even a zoo. For fans of The Beatles, a visit to the Strawberry Fields memorial is a must.
In Midtown you’ll find some of New York’s biggest entertainment landmarks, including Radio City Music Hall and the Rockerfeller Center, home to some of America’s biggest TV shows. Or just take in the view from above; both the Rockerfeller Center and the nearby Empire State Building have excellent viewing decks looking out across the city.
Finish up your day as you started it and head to Times Square to take in the big city lights, before heading to one of the many nearby theatres and catching a Broadway show. If you haven’t seen it in London, we highly recommend Hamilton!
New York is famous for its vibrant cultural and arts scene, and there are so many ways to explore it. A morning at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) guarantees access to some of the hottest exhibitions in the world. If galleries aren’t your thing, head to the trendy Meatpacking District where you can check out markets full of locally crafted goods.
This brings us on to… shopping. Incredible shops and the Big Apple go hand in hand, and it’s very easy to spend an entire afternoon browsing. For fancy boutiques head to the pretty streets of Greenwich Village, for designer labels go to the famous 5th Avenue, and for everything else make your way to 34th Street where you’ll find one of the largest department stores in the world, Macy’s.
For a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a walk along the High Line – an old elevated railway track turned into a park on Manhattan’s West Side. Alternatively, board the Staten Island ferry and take in excellent views across New York City’s harbour, including an uninterrupted view of the Statue of Liberty. When you return, head to nearby South Street Seaport for an excellent selection of shops, restaurants and bars to round off your day.
It’s very easy to spend a week exploring Manhattan alone, but New York’s other boroughs are definitely worth exploring. Take a scenic walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and on the other side you’ll find the trendy neighbourhood of Williamsburg. Here, you’ll easily find an artisan brunch to start off your day in one of the many independent cafes. It’s also home to lots of rooftop restaurants and bars, many of which boast incredible views of the Manhattan skyline.
The USA has a huge sports culture, and there’s no better way to experience it than getting tickets to a game. Head north of the city to the Bronx, home of the world-famous Yankee Stadium. Grab a beer and a hot dog and enjoy some of the world’s best baseball.
For a completely different New York experience, go further afield to Coney Island. Popular with young families, this is a proper seaside town with sandy beaches, funfair rides and attractions for all ages. Take a walk along the boardwalk and soak up the great American seaside, before catching the subway back to the city centre and spending your last night taking in the big lights and sights of the Big Apple.
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