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New York is one of the most spectacular cities in the world with an incredible variety of things to see and to do. The most populous city in the United States, scenery of hundreds movies and a destination which is able to please all tastes. No matter how many times you go, there is always something new to explore and there are plenty of reasons to come back!
This 6-day itinerary has the main sights and must-see places that the city where dreams come true has to offer.
Start the day at the Battery Park, where the ferries leave to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. We recommend to reserve at least two hours for this ride. There are two ways to go to the Statue, the free ride (passing a ferry across the island) or the paid tour which costs $ 17 per person and the boat goes with you until the island statue and back at Ellis Island, home to the Immigration Museum. On the way back take pictures at the Charging Bull, the bull made of bronze – famous sculpture of the Italian-American artist Arturo di Modica, and walk along the Wall Street, the financial center of New York. It is worthwhile to note the historical architecture of the area where the city was born. Keep walking northbound and exploring sights such as the Trinity Church, a historic Anglican church, and the legendary buildings such as the . From there visit the Ground Zero, where the Twin Towers stood. The Memorial built is beautiful, quiet and impressive. Here is the Memorial & Museu Nacional do 11 de Setembro, built in the basement of the towers. Finalize the day exploring all of SoHo area, which is one of the hottest neighborhoods of New York.
For the second day, we suggest the Grand Central Terminal as a starting point. One of the most amazing buildings in the city in style beaux-art features three enormous large windows for natural light 23 meter high. Continue by the 42nd Street toward the east side. You will see the Chrysler Building, the building that reflects the economic strength of the automobile industries of the time. Take the 42nd Street again, but now towards the 5th Avenue. You come to the New York Public Library, famous public library and scene of several famous movies that take place in NY. Next attraction is the observatory Top of the Rock Observation Deck, located at the Rockefeller Center. You can enjoy a 360 degree view of New York, in addition to the chance to take a beautiful photo of Central Park. One block away is located the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the United States. Admission is free and the church is beautiful inside. Continue by the glamorous 5th Avenue and further up you will find the iconic glass cube of Apple Store, a store that is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Nearby is located the The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, one of the most important and influential in the world, with many works of famous artists. If the night fell already, take the Broadway and head up to the very famous Times Square. Hundreds of giant lights, huge advertising screens, many shops and restaurants – all this is Times Square. The region is also home to the wax museum Madame Tussauds and the delightful shops Toy “R ” Us and M & M, they are worth visiting depending on your mood. To close the second day, the tip is to have a dinner at the nice restaurant Bubba Gump, which is close to the Times Square. With the theme, all based on the movie Forrest Gump; the place offers great service, good food and reasonable price.
Start the day with the Chelsea Market. It is a charming gallery with fairs, shops, markets with fresh food, in addition to numerous cafes and restaurants to suit all pockets and tastes. You can have breakfast there and then go to the The High Line, which is a walkway suspended in the middle of Chelsea neighborhood, with a lovely garden. The tour also allows you to see the works of artists who enjoy the buildings and walls around to expose their arts. Then head to the Madison Square Garden, home to major basketball teams and events in a variety of attractions. You can visit the place with a tour. Then go towards the Bryant Park, that’s cute and has skating rink in winter. If you are going in the summer, also well worth it, because it is one of the nicest places in town. Be sure to visit the Empire State Building and buy tickets for the two observatories (one is on the 86th floor and the other is on the 102nd). We recommend visiting the Empire State on a sunny day and buy entry for a 17:00, thus you’ll have time to see NY still at the day and also see the setting of the sun and at night. To finalize, watch a show on the Broadway. Buy tickets in advance online or look for the tickets at the TKTS discount booths that sell them for the same day.
Take the morning to rest and explore at least part of the huge Central Park. This vast green area of Manhattan involves more than 50 blocks and each piece is charming. Nearby is the American Museum of Natural History which is near of the 81st metro station. This museum is a hit with both children as with adults, it has giant collection ranging from meteorites, vast collection of fossils, stuffed animals to dinosaur skeletons. After visiting the museum continue the walk through the Central Park and visit the Strawberry Fields, a rose of the winds conceived by Yoko Ono in honor of John Lennon, it is in an area where the singer liked to walk. Then go to the Sheep Meadow, which is a large open lawn, go to the lake and walk The Pond at “The Mall ” to arrive at the Terrace and Bethesda Fountain, which are some of the most visited places in the park. Ending the visit, go down to the Columbus Circle, well-known roundabout of the city, located in one of the Central Park entrances. If you have some energy left, enjoy the night, you can appreciate an opera in the Metropolitan Opera House or watch a jazz band in the Village club. Whatever would be your interest, it is for sure that you will find in the city that never sleeps something of your taste.
We suggest starting the day visiting one of the 10 largest museums in the world and the largest museum in the United States – The The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has almost 2 million works, a collection ranging from Egyptian art, objects with more than 50,000 years to contemporary exhibitions. It is a giant museum, much like the Louvre and worth visiting, it should take more than 3 hours. Then take a stroll through the Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York. You can cross the Brooklyn Bridge, go to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, go through the Barclay’s Center and eat at some of the great restaurants in the area. Explore the Brooklyn Heights, the historic neighborhood of Brooklyn, which has an ancient architecture and lots of trees and yields a very pleasant walk. To end the day you can go to one of the parties of Williamsburg, which is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, and where are the most funky dining options and bars.
On the last day of this route, the tip is to know the Chinatown and Little Italy neighborhoods. These regions are small, and it is quiet to walk around looking at the shop windows, shopping of typical products and have a break for lunch. If time permits, the afternoon can be spent exploring the West Village, one of the oldest and most iconic neighborhoods of New York. For fans of TV shows, the building that was the Friends facade is located here.