An itinerary in Manhattan and Brooklyn for anyone in the city for a short time
9 a.m. - The ABC's
Everyone knows the name Central Park, but how can we find the best spots inside this immense green rectangle in the middle of Manhattan? A walking tour will help you uncover such attractions as Bethesda Fountain, featured in various movies (Enchanted and Hair are just two) and Strawberry Fields, a landscaped section dedicated to John Lennon. The tour continues through the very chic Upper West Side and ends with the dazzling display windows in Columbus Circle.
Walking Tour: 59th Street & 5th Avenue
12 p.m. - Official history
Over 5,000 years of art history coexist inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, aka The Met. It has items that are prehistoric, Islamic, Egyptian, and Greek; paintings by such geniuses as Renoir and Raphael; and contemporary works of art from all continents. On the fourth floor, the Dining Room offers lunch menus starting at US$38 (reasonably cheap by New York standards). You can also invest in the sophisticated tasting menu, with dishes inspired by the exhibition on display.
The Met / The Dining Room: 1000 5th Avenue
5 p.m. - High-low
The Empire State Building is the most iconic structure in New York – and this is precisely why you shouldn't visit it. It's much better going up to the observation deck at Rockefeller Center, where you view it in all its splendor. From there, it's time for a well-deserved afternoon snack. A 10-minute walk will take you to Uncle Gussy, a food truck specializing in Greek cooking, or the fast-food establishment Burger Joint – order an Oreo milkshake to go with your burger.
Rockefeller Center: 45 Rockefeller Plaza
Uncle Gussy: 375 Park Avenue
Burger Joint: 119 West 56th Street
7 p.m. - Showtime!
Broadway is renewed with each passing year, as new shows are added to classics like Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera. This is the case of the musical The Band’s Visit, winner of 10 Tony Awards, which follows the story of an Egyptian band in Israel. After the show, check out the fabulous lights in Times Square.
Wicked: 222 West 51st Street
The Phantom of the Opera: 247 West 44th Street
The Band’s Visit: 243 West 47th Street
9 a.m. - Green and art
Sitting atop an elevated train track from the 1930s, the High Line is a great place to exercise, walk your dog, and watch performing artists. There are several points of entry – start at the northern section, walk across the entire elevated park, and exit on Gansevoort Street, right in front of the Whitney Museum. One of the main references in American art, it started out as sculptor Gertrude Whitney's collection, growing so large that it became a museum, remaining on the cutting edge over the decades and reopening in 2015 in a new building twice the size of the original.
High Line: 34th Street and 12th Avenue (10 other addresses)
Whitney Museum: 99 Gansevoort Street
1:30 p.m. - Eating till you drop
It's impossible to leave the Chelsea Market with an empty stomach. The brick building is a temple of culinary perdition offering food from countless nationalities, fresh ingredients, kitchen utensils, that rare honey from northern Norway, and virtually any other thing your imagination can conjure.
Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue
4 p.m. - Time is money
“You wanna know what money sounds like? Go to a trading floor on Wall Street,” said Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. The financial district can be explored via the daily tour known as the Wall Street Experience. Stop by one of the great coffee shops in the region, like Black Fox Coffee, which provides the stock market the daily dose of caffeine it needs to function. And since this is the place to earn, it's also the place to spend. Don't forget to fill your shopping bags at the department store Century 21.
The Wall Street Experience: 15 Broad Street
Black Fox Coffee: 70 Pine Street
Century 21: 22 Cortlandt Street
7 p.m. - Into the night
Dozens of movies start with the New York skyline. The scenario is exactly the same from aboard the boats run by Bateaux New York. The three-hour cruise, which includes dinner, provides some incredible shots of Manhattan. The night can continue on at Fat Cat, an arcade bar in West Village with ping pong, billiards, board games, and live jazz.
Bateaux New York: Chelsea Piers
Fat Cat: 75 Christopher Street
9 a.m. - Crossing the bridge
Lower Manhattan is connected to Brooklyn by the marvelous Brooklyn Bridge. Whether you're on foot or bike, prepare yourself to dispute space with other tourists for the best shots and walk until the next stop: the pot of gold at the end of the road is known as Brooklyn Bridge Park. Divided into 12 areas, it features various sports attractions, gardens, a bike lane, a playground, beaches and grassy areas where you can stretch out and savor New York at your leisure.
Brooklyn Bridge Park: 334 Furman Street
12 p.m. - Brooklyn crab
Its cozy biergarten feel and good location, near where the river runs into the ocean, make Brooklyn Crab a great place for some long meals. The seafood options are served fresh to customers relaxing with their feet in the sand.
Brooklyn Crab: 24 Reed Street
4:30 p.m. - We love Williamsburg
The setting for the TV show Girls, created by comedian Lena Dunham, the neighborhood of Williamsburg is pure charm. Bedford Avenue is home to graffiti-covered walls, organic coffee houses, thrift shops (be sure to stop by Awoke), and stores selling the work of still-unknown designers, like Pema. A unique urban atmosphere that's totally New York.
Awoke Vintage: 132 N 5th Street
Pema: 225 Bedford Avenue
7 p.m. - Closing with a dance number
Brooklyn has some great spots for dancing. The House of Yes is named as such because almost everything is permitted there, where the dance floor incorporates elements of circus performance. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Bazaar features karaoke, food, drinks, and music performances.
House of Yes: 2 Wyckoff Avenue
Brooklyn Bazaar: 150 Greenpoint Avenue
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