One of the first times I ever visited New York City was as a snot-nosed, ashy elbowed kid hanging out in Brooklyn. I took my cousins bike out for a ride, got jacked and got the bike stolen.
That, my friends, was my first taste of the Big Apple.
Well, since then I’ve grown up a bit, got a little wiser, got a little tougher, and started a travel blog. I still have and love my family out in Brooklyn – I just prefer not to go bike riding in the neighbourhood.
My New York Itinerary (Manhattan)
2 Days in the big apple…
I can’t explain it but I get so excited whenever I think about NYC and I burst with excitement as our annual trip comes closer.
This year, courtesy of the As You Stay app I’ve been invited to stay in Manhattan for a couple of days, shacked up in the very cool hotel called Row NYC formerly the Milford New York. While there, I put together this 48 hour New York itinerary. Oh and one more thing. New York is a foodie’s paradise and but with so many top chefs and restaurants, things can get a little pricey. But because I got your back I found a list of 20 Cheap places to eat in NYC. Your stomach and wallet can thank me later.
Let’s talk accommodations…
The Best Place To Stay In New York City
Here are the 3 we’ve stayed in, all are on or near The PATH line which makes getting into New York simple.
Central Park + John Lennon (The Dakota, Strawberry Fields, Imagine Mosaic), Bethesda
Spreading across 843 acres of land, Central Park is New York City’s greenest, natural setting. The massive park offers all sorts of attractions such
The world-famous Great Lawn; the Bethesda Fountain, which is one of New York City’s largest and most iconic fountains, and many other famous sights. Central Park is probably one of the most used and most recognizable filming locations in New York. Actually, Ney York, in general, is one of the most filmed cities in the world. I managed to dig up a huge list of movies that were filmed in NYC, which you can find here. If you’re a foodie then here is a list of restaurants from movies (That You Can Visit in Real Life)
Considered to be one of the world’s priciest shopping streets, 5th Avenue is one of New York City’s main shopping destinations. 5th Avenue runs for 6.2 miles starting at Washington Square Park and ending at 142nd Street in Harlem. Along 5th Avenue, you will find famous high-end retail stores such as Tiffany and Co., Louis Vuitton, Takashiyama, Fendi, and many other well-known retail stores.
Rockefeller Center | Top Of The Rock
100 years ago John D. Rockefeller Jr., of the prominent Rockefeller family, envisioned a facility in Manhattan that would be “city within a city”. Rockefeller Jr.’s vision became a reality in 1930 when construction of the Rockefeller Center began. By 1939, the Rockefeller Center was completed and to this day, Rockefeller Center is one of New York’s main hubs of extraordinary art, panache, and entertainment.
The Empire State Building
This famous 102-story skyscraper is located in midtown Manhattan between West 33rd Street and West 34th Street. It has two observational decks: the first on the 86th floor and the second on the 102nd floor. Not only is it an American cultural icon, but the Empire State Building also serves as office space for companies such as LinkedIn, Walgreen, and Bank of America. Did you know that the Empire State buildings come from New York’s nickname, the Empire State?
Radio City Music Hall
Nicknamed “the Showplace of the Nation”, Radio City Music Hall is the main entertainment venue of the Rockefeller Center. With 85 years to its name, Radio City Music Hall has been used for concerts, the world-famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana, television shows, and sporting events such as a New York Liberty basketball game, the 2000 Roy Jones Jr. boxing match against David Telesco, and the NFL Drafts from 2006-2014.
Grand Central Terminal
Dubbed “the busiest train station in the United States”, Grand Central Station welcomes over millions of visitors a year and embodies New York’s “restless and innovative energy”. This 150-year-old terminal is one of the world’s most famous attractions and serves as the main junction for train transportation to outer-city New York counties and to the state of Connecticut.
Day 2 (Option 1)
48 Hour New York Itinerary
The High Line + Bubby’s High Line
Created in 2009, the High Line, also known as High Line Park, is a 1.45-mile-long elevated outdoor promenade running along the Lower West Side of Manhattan. This outdoor promenade offers some of the best views of the Lower West Side of Manhattan, as well as beautiful foliage, an urban theatre, and neat benches to relax and enjoy a nice New York day City day!
Bubby’s is a New York City institution known for its solid American comfort food, especially the eggs, pancakes, and fried chicken served at brunch every day of the week.
The Whitney Museum
The innovative Whitney Museum is home to a wide variety of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a concentration on works from living artists. This unique and contemporary museum is believed to have the world’s finest collection of twentieth-century American art.
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is one of New York City’s most famous public parks. The 9.5-acre park welcomes visitors with its iconic Square Arch, located at the park’s northern entrance. Aside from the Washington Square Arch, Washington Square Park has an equally iconic fountain that is located in the center of the always-busy park.
If there’s one part of Manhattan that comes to
Times Square is also near the theatre district famous for Broadway shows and off-Broadway shows. You won’t be able to fit a Broadway show into your New York Itinerary but it checking out musicals in NYC is a definite must!
Day 2 (Option 2)
48 Hour New York Itinerary
World Trade Center & Memorial Site
One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, is the main structure of the World Trade Center complex. Standing at 1,792 feet tall, the Freedom Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth-tallest building in the world. While this building is an architectural feat, it must not be forgotten that the Freedom Tower and the memorial site stand as commemorative edifices for the events that took place on September 11, 2001.
Statue of Liberty
Designed by French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, French engineer Gustave Eiffel (the architect of the Eiffel Tower), and American architect Richard Morris, the Statue of Liberty is one of the world’s most monuments. The Statue of Liberty, formerly known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was completed in 1884 but wasn’t dedicated to Ellis Island until 1886, as a gift from France to America in
Wall St., Charging Bull
Home to the New York Stock Exchange,
When it comes to the best Chinatown in America, New York City’s Chinatown takes the cake. Chinatown combines all aspects of Chinese ethnicity with the gritty pace and cultural diversity of New York City. Chinatown borders four NYC neighborhoods: Tribeca to the west, the Lower East Side to the East, Little Italy to the north, and the Civic Center to the south.
The Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn and Manhattan from Adams Street in Brooklyn to the City Hall area in Manhattan. Its open-air promenade offers one of the best panoramic views of New York City.
Once you get to the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, here’s a 48 Hour New York itinerary for Brooklyn!
Taking a bite outta the big apple…
Has me hungry for more
New York, New York is the one city that I can honestly say I love as much as Toronto. It’s about a one hour and twenty minutes direct flight from Billy Bishop Toronto Island Airport YTZ to Newark Liberty International Airport EWR via Porter. With Porter offering frequent flights I can literally put New York City in my own backyard.
We’ve officially made a trip to NYC our annual Easter Long weekend getaway destination. That guarantees at least one visit a year but with so much more to see and do plus 4 other boroughs to explore we may have to already start bumping up our visits.
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