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Trip to New York


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It took a long time to organize my trip to NYC. I have tried to narrow my options so that we didn’t miss anything from the city, didn’t spend any of our valuable time and also not destroy our travelling budget. We actually did it! We found out, after a few months, that we had a very successful trip, visiting the highlights of the city and not wasting one second looking at the map. This guide can hopefully do the same for you. We were in NYC 5 days, and we love to eat and we are a couple in love. If you fit this, just take a look and also check our blog for more experiences: www.dearsmallworld.com. Pack your bags and enjoy the most amazing city of the world!


Day One Friday: Midtown & MOMA Museum


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New York Times Bulding

The New York Times Building is a skyscraper on the west side of Midtown Manhattan, New York City that was completed in 2007. Its chief tenant is The New York Times Company, publisher of The New York Times as well as the International New York Times, and other newspapers. Construction was by a joint venture of The New York Times Company, Forest City Ratner (Forest City Enterprises's New York subsidiary), and ING Real Estate.

Times Square

Had a Great time. Stayed in the Time Square Area. Went to TKTS Booth for 1/2 price tickets, went for Breakfast at Junior's, Shopped a bit, Had Picture taken with "The Cowboy" (again) and autotographed. Went to the "Heartland" across the street from the theatre and then Saw "Beautiful" which was absolutely Excellent!! All with my longtime Friend Ceil. All in all, the Day was 10+❣❣

Theatre District

Your options certainly aren't limited to Restaurant Row or luxury restaurants. Obviously in Times Square, the crossroads of the world, you’ll find the chain restaurants you see all over America, some with supersize versions such as Chevy’s and Red Lobster.

Rockefeller Center

The most famous building in this area is GE Building ("30 Rock"), which is home to NBC's New York studios, where "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon," and the "Today" show are taped. It's also where you'll find the NBC Experience/Studio Tour and Top of the Rock, the refurbished observation deck that re-opened in 2005 after being closed for 20 years. Nearby on Sixth Avenue is the "showplace of the nation," Radio City Music Hall, home of the Rockettes, the Mighty Wurlitzer, the annual Christmas Spectacular, and various concerts and performances. Tours are offered seven days a week from 11am to 3pm.

Lego Store

Children have a creative imagination to build exciting things, and the LEGO Store is the perfect place to capture that creativity. With locations in Rockefeller Plaza and the Flatiron District, people will be amazed to see the elaborate LEGO sculptures on display, including the torch of the Statue of Liberty and of the Greek god Atlas. Whether you are a child or an adult, The LEGO Store makes everyone want to play with the famous building blocks.

Top of the Rock

Going on the Top of The Rock was one of the highlights of my New York Trip. I would recommend to get the Day/Night pass. This way you are able to see the city in both lighting. If you do only want to choose one then go for the sunset hours. Make sure you plan to get there one hour prior to sunset beginning. You don't want to rush and it does become very crowded as it is a very popular time.

St Patrick's Cathedral

A place of serenity amid a city that is constantly moving. A place of peace in a world that is full of strife. This is an amazing sanctuary for humanity, and for Christians a place of hope and rest. I was able to enjoy attending Mass here in the summer of 2012. This is a beautiful place, and I highly recommend visiting while in New York, NY.

MOMA

Friday 16-20 free

Grande Terminal Central

Magnificent building that changed from 1870's to 1900's, when it was build to look like today, is a place where you can take guests from out of town (especially if it's late and they are not 21). It is one of the most visited touristic places in the world, 10 min away from Times Square, and 20 min away from Central Park. There are many spots to observe busy travelers, and a huge American flag that people like to use as photo background. Also, there is Apple store inside, to make it very American


Bryant Park

Lovely and convenient little park. During the winter they offer many pop up shops and food stands here as well as the skating rink. In the warmer months less of an option but they show lots of free movies on a huge screen and on certain days and hours you can lay on the lush green grass. Lots of tables and chairs. Wonderful place in midtown to just relax and take in the city. :)

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Exterior architecture is very similar to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Interior is impressing with its width, height and peaceful atmosphere. It is in a very central location that you can visit a few touristic place more around.

Chrysler Building

One of the most beautiful buildings in New York. The architecture is reflected through quality and finish, and it is one of New York's many symbols.

Paley Park

A decent little park in the middle of the city with a cascade waterfall at the back. It's similar to Greenacre Park a few blocks over and is a great alternative for a lunch goer like me. I would give this 5 stars, if it wasn't for even better parks nearby. But nonetheless it's a great spot.


Day Two Saturday: Chinatown and a view to Italy


Luna park

This amusement park looks and feels different than it's former self! When I went here it was a very crowded and the rides were kinda loud, but that gives it ambience! Sorry this park is not for everyone cause I know people that are totally opposite of thrills and that outdoorsy experience. There are some attractions here but like the old cliche goes go at your own peril! It's also better than other places just don't believe your in a rocket ship here that may ease the excitement!

Museum of Modern Art

If you can deal with crowds which, if you've been in NYC any length of time you know you must, then this is must-see Museum. Just to gaze at Pollock, Matisse, and Picasso, not to mention the often extraordinary installation works, like when a Chinese man organized and displayed his hoarder-mothers belongings. It was beautiful, ineffable. ***PRO-TIP: go in summer on the Target Free Fridays. Plan to stand in line about 30+ minutes. But save money.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

The most romantic view of the city. This place offers an incredible scene of the Manhattan skyline, it is beautiful during the day time and magical during the night. From up there you can see the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, The Rockefeller, One World Tower, and so much more. If you live in this city and have not seen this you must, and if you come to visit you definitely should, it is a great view, perfect for pictures, marriage proposals and fashion shots.

Hook & Ladder 8

Iconic building. Great to see in person and remember the original ghostbusters movie. It's a pity it was under construction at the time of our visit.

Columbus Park

This park is a must visit for the atmosphere generated by the Chinese men and women playing Chinese Checkers and Chess. There is also a great musical quartet of Chinese men playing the erhu (a two-stringed violin-type instrument), banjos and flute. The banjos and erhu are covered with snake skin. Chinese tunes are not the only ones they play. Sometimes they are accompanied by singers. You will leave the park with a smile on your face.

Museum Moving Image

one of the coolest museums in NY. It was really awesome to see costumes from famous movies as well as how they make them. They have a section with old arcade games and game systems, which is fun. This is a really cool date place to go to. Street parking isn't that bad, depending on the season.

The Standart, East Village

Great winter garden bar. What could be better than sitting in a tepee have some drinks with your colleagues? Good bar service and menu.

Grand Street

Grand Street is a street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It runs west/east parallel to and south of Delancey Street, from SoHo through Chinatown, Little Italy, the Bowery, and the Lower East Side.

Soho NYC

SoHo, sometimes written Soho, is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, which in recent history came to the public's attention for being the location of many artists' lofts and art galleries,

Lower East Side

Once a notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary slum, the Lower East Side is now one of Manhattan’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Most of the bargain-clothing stores and pickle vendors have given way to indie boutiques and some of the best restaurants in NYC, though there are a few cherished survivors of the former Jewish stronghold, including venerable smoked-fish purveyors Russ & Daughters and pastrami legend Katz’s Delicatessen. The Tenement Museum keeps the neighborhood’s history alive in a series of restored apartments visited via themed guided tours, but most of the area’s cultural draws are contemporary including the numerous art galleries on the LES.


Greenwitch

Greenwich Village, often referred to by locals as simply "the Village", is a neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, New York City.

Baxter Street

Baxter Street is a narrow thoroughfare that runs in a north–south direction in the borough of Manhattan in New York City in the United States. It lies between Mulberry Street and Centre Street. It runs through Little Italy and the edge of Chinatown. Today, it runs one-way southbound from Grand Street to Hogan Place, and one-way northbound for its southernmost block from Worth Street to Hogan Place.

Church of the Transfiguration, Episcopal

known as the Little Church Around the Corner , Transfiguration Episcopal Church is so historic ,quaint and quiet! It contains many beautiful religious works of stained glass,paintings and sculptures.There is a classic garden and fountain at the 29th st entrance.

Aji Ichiban

Didn't purchase anything because I was a bit short on cash (and the average price in there is $12 for a pound of candy), but they have a very unique selection of goodies - even things such as dried fish and fruits! There's also samples to try, which is nice. In my opinion, they have a larger selection of candy than "It's Sugar." There's something for everyone in here.

32 Mott St

Today this stretch of Mott Street is lined with souvenir shops, tea houses and restaurants, including Wo Hop restaurant at 17 Mott Street and 15 Mott Street, all catering largely to tourists. In 2003, the 32 Mott Street General Store closed due to the effects of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Chinatown economy. The proximity of the attack along with street closures in lower Manhattan (especially the ongoing closure of Park Row under 1 Police Plaza) had cut off much business to Chinatown. 32 Mott had been the longest continuously operating store in Chinatown, established in 1891.

Peel Street

Narrow street movies

Chatham Square

Chatham Square is a major intersection in Chinatown, Manhattan, New York City. The square lies at the confluence of eight streets: the Bowery, Doyers Street,

First Shearith Israel Graveyard

Built in 1682, it's the only remaining 17th century structure in all of Manhattan. You won't find anything that ancient anywhere else. Worth a visit!

Eastern States Buddhist Temple

Have come here for years to meditate and hang out with the nuns. Great place to turn off your brain and regroup. Buy incense (best in town), make an offering, and get on with it! Have brought the kids here since they were small.

Confucius Plaza

The gates of chinatown

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Best Flea Markets in NYC

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Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg Get ready for changes: After nine years in Fort Greene, Brooklyn Flea is shuttering its original location and moving back to its former home at East River State Park in Williamsburg. Arguably the granddaddy of the borough’s slate of bazaars, the flea has its spring awakening the first weekend of April. The market is jam-packed with more than 150 vendors selling everything from retro jewelry to tchotchkes that you don’t need (but want anyway). You’ll also find great vintage clothing from the ’20s through the ’90s and antique housewares on the (folding) tables. Every Saturday 10am–6pm. Opens April 1. Brooklyn Flea, DUMBO Last year, Brooklyn Flea moved farther down the waterfront to Pearl Plaza, providing yet another reason to explore Dumbo. But a new location wasn’t the only major difference: The market shrunk down to approximately 75 vendors that will display their wares underneath the Manhattan Bridge. You’ll still find a familiar assortment of goods. In the past, we saw Champion and Superfussy vintage clothing, artwork from Boomerang, A. Franck’s rugs and antiques, and popular eats like Big Mozz pizza and its famous mozzarella balls. Grand Bazaar NYC This Upper West Side year-round bazaar is one of NYC’s oldest and largest marketplaces that goes all out every Sunday. Buy vintage, antiques and more goodies from more than 100 local merchants, with photographers, jewelers and furniture designers selling their best. In addition, this weekly mainstay hosts a series of special events around the holidays.. Open every Sunday 10am–5:30pm. Artists & Fleas This popular shopping joint is open all year round and recently expanded to host live performances and 100 sellers every weekend. Make sure to snag some merch—vintage from Thriftwares ranging from the 1950s–1990s, downtown-cool jewels by Wicked Heathens and hats from ALIENSofBROOKLYN. Open Saturdays and Sundays. Artists & Fleas - Chelsea Market In 2003, Artists & Fleas first opened in Williamsburg, but thanks to owners Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer, you can shop awesome vendors in Manhattan's Chelsea Market. Just like the original location, this version of Artists & Fleas features goods that run the gamut from art and design to fashion and vintage. There are more than 30 independent designers hawking their goods everyday, so stop by to check out our personal favorites such as menswear brand Curated Basics, baubles from Brooklyn Charm and ready-to-wear designs by Avalove. Open daily. Bushwick Flea Tired of all the tourists snatching the best retro threads at well-known fleas before you even have a chance to dig? Bushwick Flea joined the area’s market a few years ago on the corner of Willoughby and Wyckoff but is moving off the Morgan stop at 16 Harrison Place this year. Some vendors from Brooklyn Flea sell their goods, so you can sift through their prime loot and avoid the masses. Other sellers in the past have run the gamut from Julie's Vintage and Zingara Vintage as well as antiques and collectibles by Dave. Bonus: There's usually live music! Open Saturdays and Sundays. March 18. Rock N’ Shop Thanks to members of local rock band, The Bushwick Hotel, there's a kick-ass flea market in Bushwick for music lovers. The indoor bonanza—held inside The Paper Box—features live music from local bands, craft goods (handmade jewelry, vinyl, rock apparel and more), delicious grub (Santo Burrito, Traze pizza, City of Saints Coffee) and a designated spot where you can get a real tattoo and a haircut or a beard trim. Only in Brooklyn, right? Open every Sunday. Chelsea Flea Market Cooped up near the Cathedral of St. Sava, what was once The Antiques Garage, showcases 135 vendors selling mostly historic collectibles. If you love eclectic costume jewelry ($200–$2,000) and vintage press photos from the 1940s ($5–$800), you’ll spend hours combing for treasure here. FYI: There is a $1 entry fee.Open Saturdays and Sundays. Hell's Kitchen Flea Market Tucked between the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority bus ramps, this unlikely slice of city street is closed to traffic every weekend when dozens of vendors unfold their tables full of goods. Vendors tend to compensate for the out-of-the-way location by offering lower prices than found in the Chelsea lots, which makes it worth the trek.Open Saturdays and Sundays.Nolita Market Though the list of sellers at this under-the-radar market is small, the variety of budget-friendly finds is massive. Expect to see loot like dainty pendant necklaces ($30) and graphic tees. But you’ll want to revisit the flea each month to scope out new—and temporary—additions, before they’re gone by the end of the month. Open Saturdays and Sundays.


Day Three Sunday: Central Park Leisure or a nice bike day


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Abyssinian Baptist Church One of the highlights of New York trip. Attending a ceremony is something you will never forget. The Gospel choir is impressive and the prayers are so committed.Worship is sacred. Tourists wearing tank tops, flip-flops, shorts or leggings will not be allowed to enter the Abyssinian Sanctuary. Women and men are required to cover their shoulders upon entering the church. Photos and video is not permitted.

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Central Park Spots

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Check it by bike! The Pond – This serene body of water at the park’s southeast corner offers an immediate retreat from the bustling city streets. The forested hill above the pond is the Hallet Nature Sanctuary, which is occasionally open to visitors (check the park’s website). The pond’s northern point is spanned by the famous Gapstow Bridge, which you’ll likely recognize from photos and films. The bridge over the pond, with the Plaza Hotel and skyline as backdrop, is a classic NYC view. The Mall – this celebrated promenade is lined by towering elm trees, creating a green canopy. The walkway is flanked by statues of renowned authors and benches for taking in the scene. The Mall is a preferred spot for street performers and vendors and there are often roller skaters and skateboarders whizzing through the plaza near the band shell. Sheep Meadow – this vast green expanse is a favorite of New Yorkers, who flock there to picnic, play Frisbee and soak up the sun. With the midtown skyline forming a dramatic backdrop, this great meadow is one of the most astounding vistas in the city. Bethesda Terrace – the park’s only formal architectural setting, this remarkable gathering place is certainly a park highlight. Its centerpiece is the grand Bethesda Fountain (aka “Angel of the Waters’). The walls and pillars of the terrace are adorned with intricate sculptures by Jacob Wrey Mould which depict the seasons and the times of day. The terrace’s arcade features a ceiling of Minton tiles and it’s wonderful acoustics draws many of the city’s finest street musicians. Conservatory Water (aka Boat Pond) – this famous cement pond is favorite spot for kids (of all ages) to operate miniature remote-controlled sailboats. It has been featured in photos, films and books (Stuart Little memorably sailed on the pond). Nearby are the Hans Christian Anderson and Alice In Wonderland statues, which are beloved spots for city kids. The Lake – this large, man-made lake is a centerpiece of park. At its eastern point (just past Bethesda Terrace) are the Boathouse Restaurant and the kiosk to rent rowboats for a glide on the waters. The lake is spanned by the celebrated cast-iron Bow Bridge (you’ll likely recognize the iconic structure) before opening up to an expanse of water and skyline. Strawberry Fields – the peaceful retreat that was created in memory of John Lennon, who lived (and was murdered) just across the street. Its centerpiece is the Imagine Mosaic, which is often decorated with flowers by devoted Lennon fans. Unfortunately, the small space is often swamped with tour groups, making it far less peaceful than intended. The Ramble – northeast of the lake is this hilly woodland. Filled with winding paths, streams and ponds, rustic structures and a dense forest canopy, an amble through the Ramble feels like escaping to the Adirondacks. It is also a favorite spot for birding, particularly during migration seasons. Belvedere Castle – perched high on a hill, this stone castle offers magnificent views of the park and the cityscape. Inside the castle is a visitor’s center and the surrounding terraces offer spectacular vistas. If you’re seeking information about the park, its events or a free map, visit The Dairy, the park’s primary visitors center. The Dairy is located north of the Pond and south of the Mall. The Central Park Conservancy offers a free mobile app that includes interactive maps, audio commentary and up-to-date listings of events


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Day Four Monday: Take to the water / Lower Manhattan


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Despite recent stories of hapless tourists being charged $200 a ride by alleged scammers, the Staten Island ferry is still as free as it has been since 1997 and offers a dazzling view of the southern tip of Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty as it chugs out across New York Bay to the fifth borough and back again. The area below Chambers Street is no longer a food desert (thankfully), and three new venues exemplify the vibrancy and freshness of the area's food scene. Tapping into the nouveau food hall trend are two multi-pronged eateries at Brookfield Place. The first, Le District, lets gastronomes wander through four areas that include a cheesemonger, rotisserie, delicatessen, wine bar, butcher, fishmonger, and bakery, plus three full-fledged French restaurants. The second is Hudson Eats, a collection of casual stalls that includes Black Seed Bagel, Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, and Umami Burger. Just up West Broadway, there’s Andrew Carmellini’s jam-packed Little Park, where the kitchen churns out seasonally driven dishes like beetroot risotto and ramp-and-duck sausage. The Staten Island Ferry leaves from Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan.

Bowling Green - Evacuation Day Plaza

Quaint and only a few steps away from Wall Street's famous charging bull, this little teardrop shaped park offers quiet refuge from the tourist trap that ensnares dozens at any given moment. The real centerpiece of the Bowling Green is a lovely fountain. This is a highly energetic place. It is the oldest public park in NYC and is really a nice oasis. Plus theres the bull

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

A must place to visit when in the Wall Street are to take a break from the throngs of people. Its a beautiful building including a small Museum of the Native Americans and free

South Street Seaport

Often filled with tourists, but still a nice place to go for varied food options. There's also a movie theater you can get table service at, just nite it's really expensive. You can also find a good food court that has been expanding.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

This was a great museum! We spent about two and a half hours in here, the exhibits are nicely detailed and the progression is perfect. The first floor goes through Jewish traditions, the second floor is about the horrific events of the holocaust and the third floor details life for Jews after World War Two and what they have done to rebuild their lives and their valuable place in society today.

Fraunces Tavern

Such history in this place. The whisky bar is so very pleasant to sit in and to know that George Washington came through there is something special. Even more, the history of the original owner is enough for everyone to stop by for a quick dram of whisky.

East Coast Memorial

Just when you think NYC can't surprise you anymore, it gives you another sight to behold. The names of the fallen soldiers on the 6 giant pillars with the eagle statue in the middle is what makes it special.

Zuccotti Park

Not really a park in my opinion, but more of big plaza. There's seating EVERYWHERE, which is convenient during lunch break(s). there's Halal food carts and fast food joints all around this park.The Fulton Center is nearby, as well as PATH trains to Newark and Hoboken.

26 Broadway

26 Broadway, also known as the Standard Oil Building, is a 31-story, 520-foot-tall landmarked office building located at Bowling Green in the Financial District of New York City.


Castle Clinton National Monument

Most people don't know, that this is the building which was used to process immigrants coming from other countries (1855 - 1890) before Ellis island

Cunard Building

At 25 Broadway in Manhattan’s Financial District sits the Cunard Building– a vast, 22-story limestone office building with a neo-Renaissance facade that immediately distinguishes it. However, as you will soon see, it’s the building’s marine-inspired interior that truly sets it apart.

Whitehall St Station

Clean station with 2 Island platforms and three tracks. The W normally terminates here. Transfer to the (1) train and connection to the Staten Island Ferry upstairs. Free Wi-Fi and cell service here as well.

Charging Bull

What to say here...Bull looks awesome? Or very nicely built Bull or Bulls pose looks amazing? Let's cut the crap...if you are in NYC and want to take off the world famous Wall St and the charging Bull from your checklist of things to do in NYC, go visit the area around is good to take stroll and that's it.

Battery Park

Make sure you spend at least 30 minutes (at least!) checking out this place if you're heading for Lady Liberty. Beautiful gardens with some wonderful memorials. We often spend an odd hour here passing the time. Wonderful.

Trinity Church

Surreal and spiritual experience. We were lucky enough to come here on a Sunday when church service was in session. The interior was beautiful. Definitely come here on a Sunday if you get a chance!

Federal Hall

Federal Hall where George Washington was made our first president is a beautiful ionic column building! The front of the building on Wall St. is where at one time orators would come and expound on any topic-mostly political! This was truly a pedestal of Free Speech which unfortunately is not done anymore.

New York Stock Exchange

The NYSE makes it home in a regal abode, characterized by its Westernized Greek/Roman design. It's a beauty, and it's not the huge bustle it was before the housing bubble - the need for banks to have more stable equity drove down the activity of financial and hedge fund stock bets. These days, it's more based on Big Data and predicting stock growth, so it all seems kind of surreal, not action packed. I recommend it if you're interested in economics, and I'm also going to note that it's one of a scarce number of cultural landmarks on the East Coast... The Statue of Liberty is another. No third comes to mind. The Metropolitan? I live on the East Coast, and I can't think of another.

Trump Building

Trump Tower is a 58-story, 664-foot-high (202 m) mixed-use skyscraper located at 721–725 Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Trump Tower serves as the headquarters for The Trump Organization. Additionally, it houses the penthouse condominium residences of the building's developer, Donald Trump―a businessman and real estate developer who later became U.S. President—as well as Trump's family. The tower stands upon a plot where the flagship store of department-store chain Bonwit Teller was formerly located.

Equitable Building

The Equitable Building is a 40-story office building in New York City, located at 120 Broadway between Pine and Cedar Streets in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan


9/11 Memorial

Everyone told me to go here when I was in DC next... I really didn't want to because it sounded depressing but I am glad I did. It is a magnificent tribute. The two waterflow areas that mark the location of each original tower are ideal for memorializing the lives lost in each one. A lot of thought clearly went into this. I knew someone whose sister died in one of the towers, and I vividly recall visiting my sister-in-law in the mammoth escalator/food area (between the towers?) when she still worked for Merrill Lynch (she was a stay-at-home mom by 2001). The exhibits are all fascinating and it's always astonishing how far you can go below street level in NYC--same with this place. I was especially taken with the size of the segment of the enormous antenna on just the one tower. It was only one segment, maybe 10 feet long, but it was huge. If you know anyone who died in this tragedy, you can search their name in one of computerized screens inset in one of the tables of the Memorial section. Then their memorial will play. Most of the victim's families have submitted photos, short biographies and sometimes narrations of their loved ones for these memorials.

One World Trade Center

A fantastic experience from the time you get in line to the moment you leave down the amazing elevators. More than just a view, a complete New York experience. The cocktail bar is expensive, but the service is good and we enjoyed sipping whilst watching the sunset. Well worth the money. It's not a toss up between the top of the rock, empire state and this - they are all unique experiences.

St. Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church Wall Street

Not only historic; for George Washington went here, the church was used extensively by rescuers in 9/11/2001! It is very old and beautiful as well! Unknown to many is a program for homeless that has helped many get back on their feet! The clocks give everyone the beautiful time with their historic hands not digitally!

New York City Hall

One of the biggest knocks against the New York City Government is that they often get nothing done while in session. After seeing the beauty of a building, I can begin to understand why the wheels of municipal government grind so slowly. An absolutely stunning architectural work, the most spectacular component of which is the "floating staircase", two twin spiral stairwells converging in the middle of the building without any supporting columns, giving the effect that the stairs are floating right off the ground up to the second floor. Once you get up to the second floor, head to the city council chambers, which boasts a beautiful mural on the ceiling and provides an view of government in action (or government inaction). After walking through the building, be sure to stop at City Hall Park right next door, a wonderful respite from the chaos and hustle and bustle of the busy city!

One World Observatory

Brookfield Place

I have lived in the New York area for the last 10 years. This was one of the most amazing experiences. The elevator ride up was spectacular. Once you get to the top you have the freedom to spend as much time as you want in each of the windows. The place wasn't crowded and we went on a Sunday. I highly recommend this place for a local or a tourist. Brookfield Place, originally known as the World Financial Center, is a shopping center and office-building complex located across West Street from the World Trade Center site in the Battery Park City neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City


Day Five Tuesday: Sight from above & Show Day


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The Morgan Library & Museum

High class renovations in recent years bring the old into the new. Nice cafe atrium area. Good place to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere. It's a library after all, and a beautiful one.

Organisation des Nations unies

Free Tickets - The tour is great and not too long. I recommend going around 1-2pm so that you're allowed everywhere, otherwise you might find some rooms closed to the public if there's a session going on. Also, from September until December (inclusive) is the most likely time for something like that to happen, so take into consideration!

Pennsylvania Station

The best way to enter the city if you've never been. I feel like you get a great view upon exiting from the the ground. Lots of food a some shopping even.

Roosevelt Island Tramway

Fun ride to get an aerial view of a bit of the city. Gorgeous shot of 2nd Ave on the return trip. Go during weekdays to avoid the crowd. Accessible with your metro card.

The High Line

Absolutely gorgeous park, a must see for all, New Yorker and tourist alike. It's beautiful how they were able to re-purpose an old abandoned structure, and do it so well. Whoever drew up the plans for this park is truly gifted, it changes in new and interesting ways as you walk along the path. It's a perfect respite from the concrete jungle. There are musicians, little pop up shops, and food vendors too, it's so cute! Also love how well maintained it is, and that there are always staff members present. A+++ Also, don't forget to visit the various cool and interesting places nearby including the Whitney Museum, Samsung 837, & there are often pop-up experiences in the meatpacking area too.

Greenacre Park

This place is a hidden gem in the concrete jungle of Manhattan . Absolutely amazing! Great spot for chilling out to waterfall sounds, eat your T.A. meal or just relax. The waterfall is loud enough to offer a private conversation with a person in close proximity. There's a little cafe there which serves everything from coffee to hamburgers. My recommendation is to eat your takeout from Ess-a-Bagel which is right around the corner


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