Spending a Weekend in NYC

American Museum of Natural History

New York City is a major travel destination that attracts travelers from all over the world with its exciting lifestyle, high street fashion, beautiful attractions and cosmopolitan lifestyles. It hosts a number of world-class events and festivals, one of which is the New York Fashion Week.

Considered to be one of the top 4 fashion weeks in the world, this event is extremely special and attracts a lot of attention and fanfare for it usually tends to define world fashion for the coming seasons. With the New York Fashion Week taking place in the month of September, Bookmundi thought it prudent to present the New York theme, to help you cover the best sights and attractions while visiting Big Apple.

The New York Times Travel section presents a 36 Hours column each year to help travelers figure out how to spend the most exciting 36 hours in their favorite travel destination. Their itineraries run from Friday to Sunday and let you figure out how to spend the perfect weekends. What makes these columns so unique is that they make very specific recommendations when it comes to attractions, hotels and restaurants, and usually end up getting things spot on. The Times suggested a 36 Hours in Central Park itinerary in the year 2014 and its 2015 itinerary promises to be equally exciting.

The below weekend itinerary promises a peek into what to expect while visiting New York and also introduces you to the best bars, hotels, restaurants, sights and attractions of NYC.

Friday Afternoon – American Museum of Natural History (above image)

Immortalized by Ben Stiller in the movie Night at the Museum, the American Museum of Natural History has always ranked among the very best museums on the planet. It actually requires a lot of time and its exhibits are known to be extremely detailed and interesting. Don’t try to rush your visit to the museum as it helps you learn a lot about humans and nature, and also introduces you to all kinds of interesting tidbits. Irrespective of how old or young you are and irrespective of your tastes and preferences, you are sure to find something perfect at the museum.

Friday Night – Pizzas and Night Views from the Empire State Building

New York sunset skyline from Empire State Building
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Make the most of a Friday night by sampling a few slices of the New York pizza and checking out beautiful night views of the city from the Empire State Building. Pizza can be found in just about every corner and they are really worth your while. And remember, no one in their right mind uses a fork and knife to eat pizzas while in NYC. It’s just not done. There are two things that you need to understand about New Yorkers:

  • 1) Never question their sense of direction and NEVER depend on a GPS when a local offers directions.
  • 2) Never eat a pizza with a fork and knife.

Follow these basic rules and it should be easy to interact with a few locals while in NYC.

Friday Night Alternative – The Frying Pan

Another exciting alternative is to head over to The Frying Pan. After a long and depressing flight (most flights have become quite depressing nowadays unless you spend big bucks and travel business class), the ideal way to unwind is to visit this beautiful bar on a barge on the Hudson River. It lets you enjoy a drink with the after-work crowd and watch some of the most beautiful sunset views in the city.

Insider tip – Try and get here early because it tends to get very crowded by 6 PM.

Saturday Morning – Central Park

View of Central Park
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There is no better way to spend your Saturday mornings in NYC other than visiting Central Park. Considered to be one of the largest and most popular open spaces in the US, Central Park is more or less a city in itself. It is full of all kinds of attractions and is home to some of the best NYC destinations such as the Conservatory Garden, the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle, Victoria Gardens and the Delacorte Theater. After some breakfast, visit Greenwich Village and soak up some authentic NYC atmosphere in the lower east side.

Saturday Afternoon – Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty Ellis island
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Any first timer visiting NYC simply cannot leave the city without paying tribute to the Lady in Green. And considering that the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic attractions in the US, you wouldn’t want to miss it either.

A Saturday afternoon is the best time to make your way to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We recommend getting there by taking a ferry tour from Battery Park. Enroute you are likely to want to pinch yourself to come to terms with the fact that you’re not dreaming it up. It really is that beautiful. And finally, complete the perfect afternoon by visiting Times Square and lapping up NYC chaos at its best. Have lunch at one of those overpriced restaurants, and don’t mind the extra bucks you end up paying. It’s all a part of your NYC experience. You could also pick up cheap Broadway tickets from one of the ticket stands in the center of Times Square.

Saturday Night – Broadway

Broadway Times Square at Night
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A trip to NYC is never complete without a trip to Broadway. The place is buzzing at night and the shows are among some of the very best that you’ll ever see, as long as you choose one that suits your preferences.

Sunday Morning – Grand Central Station

Grand Central Terminal
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It is impossible to enjoy the Grand Central Station on a weekday for it is extremely chaotic. It may not empty on a Sunday either, but things are “slow”, well, as slow as it would get in a city that never sleeps. The Grand Central Station is a historic train station that was saved by Jacqueline Kennedy. Famous as one of the most iconic and historic landmarks in the country, the station is a living reminder of the city’s glorious past. A few highlights include visiting the legendary Oyster Bar, exploring the Whispering Gallery or enjoying spectacular views of the concourse, from the secret elevated passageways.

Sunday Afternoon – Rockefeller Center and Museum of Modern Art

Rockefeller Center Decorated
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Rockefeller Center and Museum of Modern Art are must-dos in New York. Rockefeller Center is an Art Deco landmark that boasts of 19 buildings and covers an area of 22 acres. It is home to a number of popular events, including the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree which is broadcasted on TV each year. The landmark has been shown in dozens of TV shows and movies and is home to the legendary Saturday Night Live and NBC Studios as well. Tourists can also enjoy a chance to go behind the scenes of some of the most popular shows on television.

Museum of Modern Art is a haven for art enthusiasts. It often leaves you feeling awestruck by its breathtaking collection that includes heavyweights such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Other highlights include the 110-ft atrium entrance, the museum’s architecture, and the Sculpture Garden.

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Sunday Evening – Shopping

It is a sin to come to New York and not check out all that glorified shopping. You could spend an entire week shopping and still not have enough. Macys and Bloomingdales are icons worth visiting, but the best NYC shopping experience can be found in those unique fashion stores and hidden boutiques. Check out our NYC Shopping Guide for more ideas.

Sunday Evening – Explore the Craft Beer Scene

If you were smart enough to plan a Monday morning departure, now is the ideal time to enjoy the expanding craft-beer scene that has recently taken New York by the storm. Visit the Brooklyn Brewery, an NYC staple. Try one of the beers on tap or enjoy a brewery tour. We recommend one of the seasonal brews or the smooth brown ale.

This itinerary should have you covered for a few days. If you’re in New York just for the New York Fashion Week, you can simply take in tidbits from the above itinerary and make your own. The city has all kinds of things to keep you occupied, and there truly is no end to things you can do while in New York.

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