When you wake up all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on your first day in New York City, remember this: wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in. This cannot be stressed enough. Sure, you could put on those fabulous pumps, but New York is a city for walking. You can jump on the subway or hop in a cab if your feet get tired, but you will be doing your holiday a grave injustice and missing out on some epic sights.
View of Manhattan — Photo courtesy of Lucy Walters
Make your way uptown and start your NYC pilgrimage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This incredible museum boasts a stunning Beaux-Arts façade and is jam-packed with impressive artwork from around the world and throughout the centuries. There is something for everyone, but definitely take the time to check out the Temple of Dendur.
From the Met, potter along to the 79th Street and 5th Avenue entrance to Central Park. This vast historical landmark could eat up your whole day, but you have numerous other places to go. Use the park as your breath-taking perennial pathway to Columbus Circle at 59th Street.
Locate 7th Avenue and make your way down to Times Square. Love it or hate it, you have to visit. Everyone who comes to New York should definitely try and catch a glimpse of the Naked Cowboy, and Times Square is his living room.
Empire State Building — Photo courtesy of Lucy Walters
Onwards and upwards, make your way south to the Empire State Building on 34th Street. The observation deck is definitely worth a visit. On a clear day, the views are magnificent.
By now, you might be feeling a few hunger pangs, perhaps? Head South on 5th Avenue to 23rd Street and pop into Eataly. This place is full of delicious, fresh and diversely flavored food and is located in the shadow of the impressive Flatiron Building, a wonderful piece of architecture that truly exemplifies Art Deco.
Flatiron Building — Photo courtesy of Lucy Walters
Finally, your feet get a reprieve. Get on the R train subway heading downtown to the City Hall stop. Exit the train and walk south towards the water. In this area, you can pay a visit to the triumphant One World Trade Center and the moving 9/11 Memorial. Make sure you go to the website first and reserve your pass.
You're right in the area to follow the famous Wall Street all the way down to the river. Yes, you will see the one and only Charging Bull.
Finally, get aboard the Staten Island Ferry. This free service will give you an awesome view of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan. On your return, pop into Battery Gardens and soak up the incredible views, while sipping refreshing cocktails.
If you still have more “go” in you, jump in a cab and catch some live music at the legendary Village Vanguard in the West Village.
Retire to bed. Sweet dreams.
Freedom Tower in NYC — Photo courtesy of Lucy Walters