I’m already counting down the says until I return to my favourite city in the world; New York. If you don’t know already, I’m heading to America for nine whole weeks at the end of the year. I’ve totally not being banging on about it 24/7. If all goes to plan, I’ll be visiting in New York TWICE. New York will be my first stop before heading off on Trek America. Then at the beginning of December, I’ll be back and I’ll be fulfilling one of my dreams of visiting at Christmas.
As you can imagine I’m planning like a crazy lady to create the most amazing itinerary for every place I visit. I’ve teamed up with Net Flights to think about what my perfect 48 hours in New York City would look like. They have just put together a really nifty tool to show you What Happens in a New York Minute and proving that it certainly is the city that doesn’t sleep. I can’t believe over 1,000 hot dogs are eaten per minute!
I could literally spend weeks exploring Manhattan and the surrounding areas. There are so many neighbourhoods to explore with incredible sights, museums, shops and the most incredible food to be eaten. It’s hard to condense all the best bit’s into 48 hours but here’s what I would do…
Start your trip in New York as you mean to go on… with delicious food! Grab breakfast at a classic American Diner such as the Tik Tok Diner. You can’t visit New York without visiting the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center. My personal favourite is going to the Top of the Rock as it offers incomparable views of Manhattan, Central Park and the incredible skyline featuring the Empire State Building. Rockefeller Plaza is also home to NBC and they’ll most likely be filming live for The Today Show. Just around the corner is Radio City Hall which is also worth checking out. When I visit at Christmas, I really want to get tickets to see Christmas Spectacular with The Rockettes.
Stroll up Fifth Avenue and *try* to resist splurging your pennies. You can, however, save a lot of money checking out American brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister as they are considerably cheaper. You can read my Shopping Guide for NYC here. Just a short walk away is the beautiful Central Park which spans across two and a half miles. When you wandering through the park, it’s hard to believe you are in New York. Many movies have been shot in the park such as Stuart Little, ELF, Enchanted and When Harry Met Sally. When I was in New York in 2012, we saw them filming the final episode of Gossip Girl.
Visit The Loeb Boathouse for some seriously good Lemonade and fries or if you want to splash out, The Lakeside Restaurant is pretty incredible and in such a picturesque location. There are so many sights you’ll recognise in Central Park from the Bethesda Fountain, Alice in Wonderland Statue, Belvedere Castle and Strawberry Fields. I’m pretty excited to see the insane Ice Rink which is in the park during the festive period. I certainly won’t be giving it a go though as I’m a terrible skater. We don’t need any broken arms!
On my previous trip to New York, I absolutely fell in love with Greenwich Village. Not only is there the most incredible cupcake store; Magnolia Bakery but there’s plenty of boutique stores and the prettiest townhouses. Think Carrie’s apartment from Sex and the City – which you can actually find! On my trip to New York, I’m making it my mission to check out The Highline; an elevated park overlooking some incredible sites.
I just find Time’s Square so magical, it’s always so busy and bustlin’. It’s the epitome of New York for me and if you’re looking for somewhere with good food and good entertainment, Ellen’s Stardust Diner is the one for you. All of the staff in the diner are incredibly talented they sing whilst they serve! I’d finish my first day in the city by seeing a Broadway show. They are argubly some of the best shows in the world. Aladdin, Book of Mormon and Hamilton are very high on my list of shows to see!
On my second day in the city, I would head down to Battery Park to catch the ferry over to the Statue of Liberty. I visited on my last trip but you were unable to actually go inside Lady Liberty which you can now. Liberty Island offers some insane views over the Manhattan Skyline. Since my last visit to New York, you can now visit the One World Observatory which is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. This would also be a great opportunity to visit the 9/11 World Trade Centre memorial which is incredible moving but a mus-visit.
I’m desperate to make a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge which I didn’t get a chance to on my last visit. I did, however, check out South Street Seaport which is currently being renovated until Summer 2018 and offered amazing views of the bridge. On my next trip, I want to make sure I make it over the bridge to DUMBO for some good food. I hear there are some incredible pizza and ice cream which can be enjoyed whilst taking in views of the skyline.
Before the 48 hours comes to an ends, you could probablt squeeze a few more sights. The Flat Iron Building, Grand Central Station and New York’s Public Library are just a couple worth checking out. After writing this post, I’m feeling pretty excited about my trip. The countdown is on with just 5 months to go! Also, do excuse the old photos. It’s hard to believe it was only 5 years ago I went with the quality of these snaps!
Have you ever been to New York? What would you do if you had 48 Hours in New York? Do you have any recommendations for my trip? Any fab restaurants or hidden gems?
*This post is in collaboration with NetFlights.