New York City in 1,5 day
Next to Toronto I also had the oppertunity to travel to New York for business combining with some pleasure. This was my second time in New York so I had seen most of the highlights already but I wanted to see it all over again and was really excited to visit the 9/11 museum. There wasn’t a museum yet when I last visited New York about 9 years ago.
What to see?
I arrived at 13:00 in the hotel and started to explore around 13:30. Took the metro to the main attractions in midtown Manhattan. From here you can walk to all the highlights and stop for a drink/ snack along the way.
- Grand Central Station (amazing!)
- Public Library
- Time Square (by day and by Night)
- Rockefeller Center (you can go to the top for an amazing view over the city)
- Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
- Plaza hotel (from the movie “home alone”)
- Central Park (when you enter the park from the plaza hotel you have a rock on which you can climb for amazing views!)
Around 09:30 I walked to the 9/11 monuments with the huge waterfalls and visited the museum which is underground where the former towers were standing. This is really impressive and a must to visit!! When you are done at the museum you can walk towards the St. Paul’s Chapel.(When the World Trade Center buildings collapsed just across the street, there was no damage to St. Paul’s Chapel, earning it the nickname “the little chapel that stood.)
- You need about 3 hours for the museum & monument
- Admission is $24 (adult)
Then walked via the City hall towards the Brooklyn bridge. When you walk on the bridge it give you a nice view of all the high buildings at Lower Manhattan/Financial district. By this time your legs and feet will hurt and you can crash at a nice coffee shop to reload. Then I did some shopping at Westfield World Trade Center and Century 21.
Where to sleep?
There are a lot of hotels to stay. Midtown is close to a lot of highlights but when you stay at other area’s like lower Manhattan, upper east side and upper west side you can easily take the underground.
- Holiday Inn Manhattan Financial district
From this hotel it was about 15 minutes by metro to Grand Central station.
Where to eat?
Off course there are many more nice places to eat/drink which I will explore another time. Below the places where I enjoyed the food and/or drinks!
- Pret A Manger
- Joe & the juice
- Magnolia Bakery
- Le Pain Quotidien
- The Little Beet
- My Belly’s playlist (amazing sandwiches)
- Cafe Bravo at 94 Greenwich St (breakfast/lunch/dinner) my favorite!
- Bill’s Bar & Burgers (eating a burger and watching sports)
How to get there?
From La Guardia you can take a shared shuttle to Manhattan <airlink>. You stop at certain hotels to drop of people so it takes a little bit more time but worth it to safe some money. Taxi’s are more expensive and the public transportation is not ideal when you travel with luggage and it take much more time.
$18 per person – to Holiday inn Financial district