I’ll say now, this isn’t going to be the most comprehensive post about spending the day in New York City – more a diary if anything. Our day was pretty rushed, very hot and quite touristy! It was my third trip to the city, and I took the job of tour guide as I visited with someone who had never been before, and two who hadn’t been since the mid 80s.
I asked them their top spots and created an itinerary. Throughout the day, we scrubbed a couple of things off the list as we were struggling to get around on time but we got to the main three that we wanted to. We started with the Top of Rock – a great way to see the views over Manhattan. I’ve done this before as well as the Empire Stare Building and would say they’re as good as each other. Obviously full of tourists but a must for a first timers and great to see in day light, to get your bearings. We booked a time slot online upfront so walked straight in. After around 40 minutes there, we headed down 5th Avenue, towards Central Park.
After a wander through the park, we skipped our trip to Chelsea for lunch at the market/the Highline, but that’s something I’d love to do on my next visit. We headed straight down to the financial district where we grabbed a sandwich before visiting the 9/11 memorials. We were booked (again, upfront online) into the museum so had around 30 minutes to take in the memorial pools where the names of the victims are displayed in bronze. As you’d expect, it was quite overwhelming and prepared me for what to expect from the museum itself. Hugely interesting and of course, quite tough, the museum is incredibly well done and there is so much to look at and read. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in the city and although sceptical about the portrayal beforehand, it was very sensitively done.
After the museum, we took a short walk over to the Brooklyn Bridge, which I’d not actually visited before. Packed, as you’d expect, we battled our way to the halfway point for photos before deciding to call it a day. We jumped in an Uber (a godsend on such a hot day!) and headed back to the bus station to catch the coach back upstate. I always forget how crazy New York City is and I’ve definitely had my fill for a few more years. There’s no other place like it, and it’s fascinating to visit…and great to get home after!
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