I'm looking at spending some time in NYC later this year (october) and I was wondering if you thought 4 days would be long enough to get through the Major sights?
How long you think I would need to see the following:
Central Park, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, Staten Island, Grand Central Terminal, Empire State Building, Chinatown and finally the Natural History Museum.
Any advise would be much appreciated!
THIS IS WHAT I MANAGED IN 3 DAYS A FEW YEARS AGO.
MY NEW YORK BLOG
BUT - YOU COULD SPEND A LIFETIME THERE & NOT SEE IT ALL - NEW YORKERS DO.
On a bicycle, I managed to visit nearly all those sites in a day. but I'm rather crazy. Did get hit by a car. hmmm.
I would recommend 3-4 days so you can really enjoy it. Central Park and Times Square should be a day in themselves, Could probably fit in Grand Central or Empire State aswell. You always want more time in New York. I also recommend trying to go early October if you can, much nicer before the cold comes in.
If you have to drop one, China town is not so exciting. I mean it's cool.. but not much specific stuff to see.. .maybe a saturday/sunday market.
I might also add; New Jersey boardwalk during the evening one of the nights.... no better view of the NY skyline. I was just there in October. WOW!
BTW, it's the best time of the year to be there imho (see photos: http://www.wabyder.com/juan). And add Washington square to the trip if you can, you'll be right by there if you do go to china town. Really nice park, very famous and New Yorky cool.
If you do decide to go see Chinatown, visit Little Italy at the same time--they are literally less than one block away from each other from each other. (Little Italy is north of Canal Street, Chinatown on Canal Street and south of it).
I agree it could all be done easily in 3-4 days--you could even do it all in 2 days if you started early, though I wouldn't recommend that as rushing through Central Park and the Natural History Museum isn't what I would do. Also, you should take time out to visit the Metropolitan Museum, the Gugenheim, and Bryant Park near the Library. Also, don't forget the UN building and the World Trade Center site (now where the near Freedom Tower is almost completely built). Lastly, how could you plan to go to New York and not take in a Broadway show and visit Times Square--these should be on your must-do lists.
I spent 3 months in New York a few years ago.
If you want to get to all the p exhibits your to do list..... I work recommend not less than 4 days. If you really want to enjoy everything you need time to see everything properly.
Times square and brooklyn bridge for example are on opposite ends of Manhattan. I therefore recommend that you plan carefully and do things in order.
There is so much to do in central park you could spend a whole day there. The lawn, the zoo, the rink, the fountain, castle, the pond and the reservoir.
If you are going over a weekend remember that subway schedules change and there are fewer trains... so you may need to rather take cabs, which will work out more expensive.
You probably need a whole day for ellis island and statue of liberty to actually get off thr boat and take the tour of the inside of the statue.
coney island is far from everything.
Natural History museum is awesome but definitely a whole day. For the special exhibition and movies you need time. There are 3 floors so takes time.
also remember it is great to see everything at day and night. Whole different experience.
Try the hop on hop off buses... also great way to get around.
after 3 months still didn't see everything... its an awesome place....
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I agree with everything said so far, but I think you're missing a few worthwhile visits. While the view from NJ is quite nice, it's NOTHING compared to the (closer) view from DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). You can take the East River Ferry at 34th street. You can buy a hop on and off ticket, but in your case, you might want to buy a one way ticket to DUMBO where you can get off and visit the area, namely, the parks along the water. From there, you could walk back to the city over the Brooklyn Bridge which will lead you straight into Chinatown. Not much to see in Chinatown, but you can get some very good cheap food and...
You should not miss The High Line. This also starts around 34th street but on the opposite (west) side of Manhattan. You might walk the High Line down to Gansevoort Street, then take the subway to the World Trade Center if you want to see the (impressive, despite all the security) 9/11 Memorial. From there you could continue down to take the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Personally. I don't think you need to climb the stairs of the statue... If you're a history buff, you might like Ellis Island which can be combined with the Statue.
Since the Museum of Natural History is on your todo list, you can walk through Central Park over to the East side after.
You can take the subway to Coney Island. I hope you won't be disappointed...
Buy a subway card and walk the rest. There's too much traffic to waste precious time on the bus,
Reserve tickets online in advance for sites like the Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial, etc.
Broadway shows are expensive. You can line up at TCKTS for same day tickets at half price, but check to see whats on offer before.
4 - 5 days is good. In any case it will be exhausting and exhilarating!
I have a bit about New York on my blog if you like: spicechronicles.travellerspoint.com
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Manhattan is very walkable, and the NYC subway is a great way to get around - download map here
The Staten Is Ferry is free, but honestly, that's the best part of SI
If you arrive at JFK, I think the best way into Brooklyn or Manhattan is to take the Airtrain and Long Island RR (ends at Penn Station W.34th Street, Manhattan). You can also take the subway, but it takes forever and stops at least 30 or 40 times!
If you arrive at EWR, I like the NJ Transit train into Penn Station (beware, because there is also another Penn Station in Newark).
Bring plenty of the green - the most expensive US city!
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You can also rent Citi bikes at various points around town. Kind of pricey in my opinion but don't remember how much. ($10 for half an hour?). But it's a super fast way to get around the island if you're in shape.
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