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New York

A Journey Through the Heartbeat of the Big Apple

New York City, a melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and creativity, pulsates with an energy unlike any other. From the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan to the eclectic boroughs that form its vibrant mosaic, every corner of this dynamic city tells a story waiting to be discovered.

As we traverse the diverse landscapes of New York City, one thing becomes abundantly clear – the spirit of New York is as diverse as its people. It’s a city where ambition meets opportunity, where tradition intersects with innovation, and where every street corner holds the promise of adventure.

Top highlights

Visit Times Square
Explore Central Park
Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Experience the Nightlife
Visit the 9/11 Memorial
Walk Along the High Line
Enjoy Views from the Empire State Building
Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Where, What and How?

Accommodation – New York City boasts a vast selection of hotels ranging from budget-friendly options to luxury accommodations. In addition to traditional hotels, there are also budget-friendly options such as motels and budget hotels scattered throughout the city. While these accommodations may offer simpler amenities and services, they provide affordable options for travelers looking to save on accommodation costs.

Food – Indulge in quintessential New York dishes such as the classic New York-style pizza, traditional bagels with lox and cream cheese, and the famous pastrami sandwiches from Jewish delis. These iconic delicacies are must-tries for any visitor looking to experience the flavors of the city.

Transportation – TThe New York City subway system is one of the most extensive and efficient public transportation networks in the world. With 24-hour service, travelers can easily access all five boroughs using the subway’s network of routes and stations.

  • In this city the selfies always from below.

My itinerary

Day 1:  We arrived at Newark airport and we took the train towards Pennsylvania train station. From there we took the subway to our hotel Wyndham Garden Chinatown. We had great views of the city from the room. After eating in Chinatown, we went for a walk and we decided to visit Dumbo because Manhattan Bridge was only ten minutes walking from our hotel. When we were halfway we got an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline with the sunset.

Once in Dumbo, we moved to Washington street looking for the classical picture of the Bridge. Then, we went downstreet to the river and we walked around Pebble Beach and Jane’s Carousel. On the way back, we went through the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. That night we took the subway north and we visited Times Square, it felt like being in a giant mall. 

Day 2: We got up early and went to Krispy Kreme on Broadway for breakfast. In my honest opinion, it’s not worth it at all; It’s expensive, there’s no place to sit and honestly, they didn’t taste any better than a supermarket one that you can eat for ten times less.

After breakfast we decided to visit the most iconic building in New York, the Empire State Building. And I would say that both the views and the history make it worth visiting. Then, we walked down 5th Avenue to the New York Public Library, which maintains an exhibition with many interesting historical items. Later, we continued along the 5th until Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. From there, we walked all the way to Columbus Circle, where we ate some hotdogs at the street food posts.

Once we were back full of energy, we began a very long walk through Central Park. Some of the places we visited were: Umpire Rock, Central Park Carousel, Bethesda Terrace&Fountain, Belvedere Castle, The Obelisk, Shuman Running Track (east) and The Blockhouse. That day my sport-app recorded 27 km in total.  

Day 3: We started our day visiting the Vessel, not because I was really interested in that building but because it was simply at the beginning of our route. So from there we began our journey across the High Line, this promenade was very nice. At the end of our tour, Little Island was waiting nearby for us. After relaxing a bit in the park, we took the subway to the World Trade Center. There we contemplate the imposing One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial.

We left the monument behind and went to see the Trinity Church, which I found a bit out of the place. The building looked gloomy, almost like a haunted house that you might expect lost in a forest, not surrounded by huge modern buildings. Later we moved to Wall Street where we stopped at the Stock Exchange building and then we went to the iconic Charging Bull. 

We left the bronze statue back and moved to Whitehall Terminal across Battery Park. From the ferry terminal, we took the boat to Staten Island and back again. On the way, we took some pictures of the Statue of Liberty. That night we decided to try the famous pastrami from Katz’s Delicatessen, which in my opinion, was dry and boring. On the other hand, the place was so loaded with photographs and picturesque staff that I would still recommend visiting it.

Day 4: On our last day we decided to visit Liberty Island and take some good photos up close with the lady. The ferry tour also brought us to Ellis Island, a nice piece of USA history. Later, we moved to Christopher St where we visited the Stonewall National Monument. Then we ate the last fast food of our trip at Zazzy’s Pizza. Finally, we headed to the train station heading to the airport.

Money Saving Tips

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The best is free Three of my favorite activities were for free, namely: The High Line promenade, New York Public Library and Central Park.
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Staten Island Ferry This boat is free and you can take it as many times as you want. And on the way you get close enough to get a nice pic of the Statue of Liberty, in case you don’t want to pay for Liberty Islan’s ferry tour.
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Choose one There are five main panoramic/scenic viewpoints; The Empire State Building, Sumit, Top of The Rock, Edge and One World Observatory. But you should only pick one if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. By the way, I recommend the Empire State (text me if you want more details why not the others).
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Fast food Don’t waste your money in “fancy restaurants”, the quality is going to be very low anyway. And after all, this is their traditional food!

 

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