Let me begin with this, we absolutely ADORE New York! Our favorite city BY FAR!
For Yves it was his second time here but for me it was the very first time. And I can tell you, the first moment I get out of our Lyft-car I get goosebumps all over my body by seeing Time Square in it’s full glory.
Let me tell you more about the lovely 4 days we spend here! Let’s begin!
We had a flight from Miami (Fort Lauderdale) to New york with American Airlines. When we arrived we immediately asked for a Lyft driver to take us to our first hotel. You can also use Uber if you want. These are applications you really need to download when you’re planning to go to NYC. They are free by the way.
You can also take a taxi if you want but I prefer those two more because you only need to wait for like around 3 minutes before they pick you up and you also know a price upfront, so you don’t get surprised after you arrive at your destination. The only thing you need to do is insert a Visa or MasterCard in your profile. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of those, you can buy an uploading card for your account at a Walmart or Walgreens. You can also buy a prepaid Visa card at several stores, for only $2, so you have choices enough.
Our first hotel we stayed in was at Renaissance, right in the center of Times Square.
The first picture we took of Times Square (Waaaauwieeee)
After all the goosebumps I got by seeing all the sparkle and lights of TS, we check in, and go out to explore this amazing city. We walk through the Avenues and have a lovely lunch at the many food stations you can find everywhere here in the streets. And I must say that everything we tried was just absolutely delicious! We tried the Gyros platter and a Philly steak sandwich to begin with. There’s always room for a little dessert, right? So we tried a NY-soft ice, by far the best I ever had! And believe me, I’m an expert on this one.
We go to Macy’s, a big shopping mall that offers a first class selection of top fashion brands. We also bought our CityPass here. With this we can see New York’s top attractions, hand-picked and packaged into one convenient booklet. You will save more than 45% of the tickets and you don’t need to stand in the line to buy your tickets. So fast, easy and cheap, perfect!
We picked this one cause we where only there for 4 days. If you stay longer I would suggest you look for a New York Pass, with this one you can do and see more in NYC.
We payed $122 per adult and it includes 6 attractions:
- The Empire State Building Experience
- American Museum of Natural History
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
- Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
TIP: If you are at Macy’s go to the Visitors-Centre and ask for your 15% discount-card here.
For a make-up-addict like myself this is HEAVEN! While you’re here go to your favorite brand and ask for a little touch up and get some free advice.
We could not pass ‘Wafels and dinges‘ without trying out one of there waffles. They have the most ‘yummie-in-my-tummy’ toppings in the world, so check this place out!
A beautiful blue sky!
We go to back to our hotel to have a quick power nap and enjoy a drink and a little bite at the lounge of our hotel, that has an overlook of TS. Perfect!
Ready for our second round!
We pass the public library but it’s already closed, so we need to come back another time.
We also go to the Grand Central Terminal, that is absolutely worth a visit! This is the best railway station I have ever seen. The ceiling is magnificent. Ask an attendant where the whispering wall/ceiling is. Go and stand in diagonal corners. Face the wall and whisper. Look or better hear, what happens.
We enjoy our breakfast with a stunning view!
We check out and go to our next hotel that is right around the corner, Marriott Marquis. Nice room, great location again, but the Renaissance was nicer to stay (better view and more up-to-date).
First stop of the day: ‘The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘ that is located around the neighborhood of Central Park. A good walk leaving from Times Square.
- Take your time as you explore The Met’s incredible collections, comprising more than two million works of art in areas such as Modern Art, European Paintings, Asian Art, Arms and Armor, Photographs, American Art and more.
Our second museum will be the American Museum of Natural History, which we thought was the best of the two museums we visited.
- Explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe with a visit to one of the world’s most famous natural history museums!
Our highlight of the day will be The Lion King on Broadway, at the Minskoff Theatre, across our hotel. Believe me, there is simply nothing better than this one! GO AND SEE IT! You will absolutely love it. It’s worth your money! Important detail: make sure you book your tickets upfront!
Our hotel for today and tomorrow will be at Fairfield Inn, in downtown Manhattan.
We go to Battery Park, where we can take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. We get an amazing view of the skyline of NYC!
Along the way we make a turn and walk through Wall street! Wall Street is one of the world’s most famous streets. Historically known as the center of New York’s financial district.
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
On our way to the 9/11 Memorial
When you leave Liberty Island towards the 9/11 Memorial you will pass a Century 21 store . They have 10 departments in NYC, so you will definitely find at least one.
In this outlet-store you can find almost any designer you like and some you have never heard of. The prices are great on all of the clothing. They have a great selection of bags, shoes and jewelry too. For the shopaholics between us, make sure you have lots of time to take everything in.
We also went to Bloomingdales, another outlet-store you can find in NYC. Also worth a visit.
Now that we’re talking about shopping, you also must visit Saks 5th Avenue! Did you know their shoe department is soooo large it has its own zip code?
Enough about all the shopping, time for some serieus things now.
The Ground Zero Memorial Museum takes you back to 9/11, the horrible day that’s printed in everybody’s memory. The two pools, in place of where the towers were, are a place of respect now and each individual name of every victim is engraved here. It gives you shivers and makes the hairs on your arms stand up with every piece of information you read! It’s a very emotional experience.
One thing I will add though, is there were a lot of people taking “selfies”, which I thought was very disrespectful, so please be mindful of what you are doing there.
We spend more than 3 hours here so make sure you have time enough when you visit this place.
Before we go back to our hotel we go to the Brooklyn Bridge, where you also have a beautiful sight of the Manhattan bridge!
Day 4 and sadly enough our last one:
We take the subway to Times Square. You can easily get a ticket, and everybody that works here is happy to help you out if you don’t know which line you need to take. It’s a little bit dirty but the entertainment along the way makes it all worth it!
We go to the Rockefeller Center and do our last activity of the CityPass which is the Top Of The Rock. From here you have the most beautiful view of NYC, see for yourself.
We have lunch at Five Guys, one street away from Rockefeller. They sell the best hamburgers and fries in the whole wide world! They have over ten toppings you can choose, so let yourself go! It’s to die for!
Let’s burn up all those calories by walking through these amazing streets!
We pass TS and we walk to the High Line. A terrific walk in the heart of Chelsea.
It doesn’t seem like much, but High Line is simply a must-do when in NYC. Grab a coffee from a nearby Starbucks and take a stroll here along with the numerous New Yorkers. It’s a perfect walking spot for a lovely view of the city and the Hudson River.
Also go to Chelsea Market while you’re here, a very popular place for tourists and locals in the Meatpacking District. Half a block from the High Line Park, and full of stores and food vendors.
We go to Applebee’s to have dinner! Try there Perfect Margarita’s, delicious!
This beautiful adventure has come to an end. Before we head back to our hotel we make a last stop at magical Times Square. We look to each other and ask: When is the next time we come back?
Thank you New York, you were absolutely amazing!
Fun Fact: In 4 days we took 102,513 steps and stepped 74,39 km.