If you only have a long weekend to explore the Big Apple, make every second count. Museums, towering edifices, monuments, and shopping will keep you busy during the daytime, while fine dining, Broadway, and all-night clubs beckon you in the evening hours. Are you ready for a dizzying adventure in the city that never sleeps? Here we go:
The Downtown Loop Sites and Attractions
First-time visitors to New York City should make the Downtown Loop their priority. Start your tour by choosing between the Empire State Building or the “Top of the Rock”—Rockefeller Plaza—to take in the incredible views of the city. Next, plan to get the ferry to the historic Ellis Island, or, if you’re in a rush, simply catch a view of the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park. Head back toward Downtown to visit the bustling Times Square, where in addition to window shopping and photo snapping, you can buy discounted tickets to an evening performance of a Broadway show at the TKTS booth, located “under the red steps” in Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street. Finish off your evening by enjoying a show—whether it be on-Broadway or off—later on in the evening.
When it comes to shopping in NYC, nothing beats an afternoon in SoHo. The district’s shopping diversity—from avant-garde fashion shops to big brand names like Hilfiger, Levi’s, and Guess—will keep you busy all afternoon. Shopping in Union Square/Flatiron District will also give you access to some big names. If you’re looking to do some bargain shopping, head to Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, home to some of the city’s best boutiques.
Of course, you’ll want to look stylish even before you arrive in NYC. Shop for bags at Avenue 32 for the world’s leading luxury bags.
A short holiday in NYC can easily turn into a whirlwind, so make sure to add in a few activities to slow down the pace of the trip. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Central Park, where you can visit Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, or Belvedere Castle, rent a bike for a few hours or rowboat around the Lake, or simply people-watch from your spot on the Great Lawn. For some addition R&R, pamper yourself at one of the city’s finest spas—Ohm’s on Fifth Ave. or Jeunesse on West 22nd—or scour TimeOut New York for the latest best value offers.