Thursday, 30 October 2014

New York City Intinerary 5 nights, 6 days

I am sharing details of how I spent my 6 days (5 nights) in New York City as I found it useful viewing other peoples itineraries when trying to plan my own trip.  It is down to personal preference but hopefully it will give you some ideas and help you decide what you would like to include in your trip. 

Day 1: We arrived in the afternoon, dropped off our cases at the hotel and headed out to get our bearings.  We had a look around Grand Central Station, went in some stores and scouted out the dining concourse.  I have never been in a Bath & Body Works and found there was one just along the road from our hotel, I had to have a look around immediately.  On the list of eateries we wanted to try was Five Guys so we headed in there for some fast food.
Grand Central Station

Day 2: We saw the Chrysler building (we also had a view of the top of it from our hotel room).  We visited Bryant Park, Times Square, Macys, and various shops on 5th Ave during the day.  
Times Square

We watched the Columbus Day parade outside H&M on 5th Ave.  

We had a hot drink and snack in Dunkin' Donuts.  Then we headed on up to Madison Square where we found a new Lego store that had opened that day and they were building a Statue of Liberty out of Lego in the park .
Madison Square
Flat Iron Building

Day 3: As it was a once in a lifetime opportunity we visited the Friends Central Perk pop up cafe.  It was in SoHo for a limited time only to celebrate the Friends 20th Anniversary.  We had to queue for 1.5 hours but it was worth it  to sit on the actual sofa they used in the show.

Afterwards we went to the 9/11 memorial, New York Stock Exchange, Wall St and Battery Park with a view of the Statue of Liberty in the distance.  Battery Park is currently being redeveloped so parts of it resemble a building site at the moment.  In the evening we went to Times Square and saw the flagship Lego store, M&M World, Disney store etc.
9/11 Memorial

Day 4: We ventured to the flagship Apple Store, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch.  We strolled up through Central Park taking photos, stopping at various benches and having a cuppa and a muffin at The Boathouse cafe.

Central Park

Day 5: As it was raining it was the perfect day to spend in the American Museum of Natural History, unfortunately most of New York had the same idea!  We booked tickets for Top of the Rock at a specific time that would let us see the New York skyline in the day, sunset and at night - it was beautiful, and offered such amazing views across the whole city.  
View from Top of Rock

For dinner we headed to the widely acclaimed Shake Shack in Grand Central Station.  I had a 'shroom burger which was sooooo good.

Day 6: For our last day we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ended up in Brooklyn.  It takes about 30 minutes to walk it depending on how much you stop to take pics. 

Brooklyn Bridge
Welcome To Brooklyn - 'How Sweet It Is!'

We then did some last minute shopping in Bloomingdales, Macys, Hollister etc.
Then, as soon as it all began, it was time to go home :(

Hope you find it interesting/useful!  Let me know in the comments below.

Check back soon for my New York shopping haul!

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