New York was my first destination in US and I couldn’t wait to get of the plane! JFK airport is like a city. You need to take an AirTrain first to get to a tube station to reach your final destination, Manhattan was mine. I couldn’t stay anywhere else, there are some good backpackers hostels, well organized and remember there’s plenty of advise in such places. I reach mine walking the streets and thinking I’ve always wanted to do this. Walk the streets of New York, feel the atmosphere, smell the nighlife. NY is enormous and the surrounding buildings are overwelming. There are hundreds of things to see in NY and 2 weeks probably wouldn’t be enough. But I would give you one precious advise – do not rush! Take you time and enjoy the atmosphere instead of ticking boxes. Pick severeal things from the below list and explore. Majority of the below things you can see withing 5 days in New York.
Best things to do in New York in 5 days.
- Broadway performances and shows. New York best theatre shows – not neccesarily Broadway Show! There’s plenty of small theaters where you can experience great shows and musicals. And the tickets are much cheaper ! Whatever you choose remember to book tickets in advance.
2. Manhattan and Central Park – wish I could have one back home. There’s certainly a lot going on on streets of NY. Central Park is busy especially in the morning for early runs and other sports.
3. Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn hights promenade. Take a walk through the whole bridge, it’s well worth it. There’s thousands of people walking the bridge. It also the best spot for night panoramic view of the city. You might want to join one of the night tours for that.
4. Fifth Avenue – one of the best walks in New York! Trump Tower – I had to visit it, although it does not have anything unique for you, there are few cafeess, restaurant, small shops with shi**y souvenirs and Trump Store – where you can buy some clothing and sport gear, but the prices are killing 😉
5. Yankees Stadium and Bronx – there are 4 entry gates on matchdays: Gate 2 via Jerome Av, Gate 4 via East 161 St, Gate 6 & 8. Bronx Museum of Art is worth visiting.
6. Greenwitch Village.
7. Empire State Building.
8. Rockefeller building – same view as from Empire State Building but I was looking for a free entrance and it’s not accessible any more. Rockefeller is a very pleasant square with an ice-skating spot. There’s plenty of small food units.
9. Times Square.
10. St Patrick Cathedral – that is one of the most beautiful cathedrals i’ve seen in my life. The buidling is just squeezed between modern architecture of skyscrapers.
11. World Trade Centre – 9/11 Memorial & Museum: Ground Zero and One world observatory. The memorial itself is free to visit, but tickets are required to enter the museum. The place consists twin pools with waterfall cascades and the names of every person killed in the attacks are inscribed in bronze. For me it was more important to visit the place to observe a minute silence in memory of all victims.
12. State of Liberty – the thing is the state is much more visible from a perspective. I’m not sure if it’s worth to travel closer to find yourself next to a enormous monument where you can’t even go up.
Usefull travel information while visiting New York.
City Pass – you might consider buying CityPass, which gives you access to 14 greatest city attractions.
Tube – this will take you everywhere! First thing I always do is finding a tube map – you can get it for free from the ticket booth which are located almost on every station.
Where to eat? Best ever place for me to eat is Whole Foods Market, offering a wide range of freshly cooked food any kind! You can find there almost any type of food including amazing sushi. Small disctrict with Asian food/Asian market in NY city centre is another place I would recommend to try. Apart from the fact that asian cousine is the best in the world, these people are extremely friendly, full of positivity and smiles. This all builds a great atmosphere of the place.
Make sure you know where you walk. There are still disctricts which you need to avoid. Don’t show off late night, this sity is huge and the level of anonymity give people confidence in crime activity.
Where to stay in New York – I would definitely recommend Manhattan! There are several decent Backpackers Hostels for 80-90$ per night. This is still cheap for New York! 😉