New York is often described as the World’s Capital city and it’s among the destinations that I would definitely recommend you to visit. The Big Apple is so cosmopolitan and full of life. During our visit, I got a sense that something wonderful was about to happen. Ah, how I wish to feel that again 🙂
New York for a day … Maybe this sounds strange, but it can happen to everyone and you have to be prepared.
We arrived by bus around 10 a.m. in the morning. It was in July and the humidity was still lingering (I think it never leaves the place). My hair was so messy and I couldn’t do anything about it. But soon I forgot about my vanity, New York is worth everything.
From Times Square to Battery Park
The bus arrived at Times Square from where we could easily get to many different places. We stayed a while to take a look at the commercial square, a real small jungle with passing cars, crowds and a permanent light.
We didn’t have much time to waste because we had only seven hours to spend in Manhattan. We decided to take the subway to Battery Park to see one of the American symbols – the Statue of Liberty. A few blocks away from Times Square we found a subway station and it took us several minutes to get to the Down Town. The New York’s subway system is one of the largest in the world but very easy to use and we didn’t have any difficulties (you can download a subway city map from here).
Around 11 a.m we were in Lower Manhattan. I love the places which are close to the water because that makes everything look so romantic and charming. From Battery Park, there‘s a wonderful view of the Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We headed straight to buy tickets for the ferry, but the huge line stopped us very quickly. We decided that it makes no sense to spend the whole day just for these two sights. They’re definitely worth it, but we would have another opportunity.
We had a Plan B. We went back after Dido offered to go to Central Park. A walk in the park is such a great idea to spend the afternoon. So we took the subway up to Central Park.
Picnic in Central Park, New York
When we arrived in Central Park it was already around noon. Time for a lunch. We decided to make a picnic in the park. We found Whole Food in Williams Sonoma’s Home. Better than some fast food restaurant, right? We bought some food and the result was so yummy!
We stayed in the Central Park for about an hour. Recharged after the meal and the good rest, we walked to our next destination – the Empire State Building. This usually takes about 30 minutes but for us, it took more because of shooting, some small itinerary changes etc.
Empire State Building
When we got there it was around 3 p.m At 5 p.m. we had to catch the bus to go back. We’ve decided to finish the tour with a view from above. But first, we had to wait a bit – first for the tickets and then for the elevators. We bought tickets to the 86th-floor and began our historical climbing. Everything looks so different from the top, the endless views were revealed in front of us. We stayed there a lot, taking pictures, laughing. We had a lot of fun.
The seven hours passed so fast, but the result was more than satisfying! What do you think?
Here are some tips:
- If you have only a few hours to spend in New York, stay in Manhattan. You’ll hardly have time to go somewhere else. Besides, you will need quite different planning.
- The island has a bunch of interesting places and top sights and you’ll have great fun exploring them.
- Some places are in a walking distance. For example Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Grand Central Terminal which are close to each other. If you decide to go to Down Town, there are plenty of locations – Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Soho, Wall Street and New York Stock Exchange, the Brooklyn Bridge, which also can be seen for in a day.
- It takes more than four hours to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty (this includes buying tickets, ferry ride and handling of both locations).
- To avoid the lines, you can buy tickets on-line, if not – prepare yourself to wait.
- We prefer to walk. Of course, the subway is always a good idea, just take a map in advance.
- Be prepared for changes. The plan does not always work as you wish. Just never get discouraged and go to the next place.
- If you love to buy souvenirs and small gifts, you can find quite cheap shops in Manhattan. I also never miss gift shops at the museums and touristic sights as they always offer very interesting and fancy things.
- A tip for your visit to the Empire State Building: there are several elevators for visitors from the lobby to the 80th-floor, but from 80th to 86th-floor there is only one. My advice is to use the stairs, one of my favorite pieces of exercise equipment 🙂
See you soon,