What do you do when you traveled all the way fro London but only have 1/2 of a day to spend in New York? Where would you go and what would you see?
New York is a city with an estimated population of 8,537,673 and the most populous city in the United States. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park, Broadway theatre, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Bridge and the list goes on! One would think 12 hours in New York is not enough time to do much.
That wasn’t the case for me! I had been in the Big Apple for the first time in my life and i was determined to make the best of it. My plan was to pick the one thing i wanted to do mostly and then build my day around that. And so i did!
On the top of my list was The MoMa (museum of Modern arts) in Manhattan. Planning the rest of my day was pretty easy from there as MoMa is in the heart of Manhattan and has plenty of popular things to do around without using any transportation (everything on my list was in walking distance). Avoiding using public transportation in this case saved me a lot of time. After visiting the famous museum I just mentioned, I also saw the Rockefeller Center, Time Square, St Patrick’s Cathedral and of course tasteed the “flavors” of New York at the well known Bouchon Bakery. My friends believed that I was too ambitious with this idea and that 12 hours is not enough to complete my list of “places to see and things to do” .I proved them wrong! At the end I actually had a couple of hours to spare once the list was finished and enjoyed a cocktail (or two) in a beautiful little cocktail bar before heading home.
A fantastic experience and something I would do all over again in the blink of an eye.
Below you can find more info on all the places I visited.
The MoMa is one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. It is located in Manhattan on 53rd str between 5th and 6th Avenue. The museum first opened to the public in 1929. In 1958 a fire in the second floor had caused dramatic damage to the building and a number of paintings including an 18 foot long Monet Water Lilies painting.
MoMA’s collection includes modern and contemporary art, works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media. I can say with certainty that here you can find the most thought-provoking contemporary and modern art.
2) Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center has not only been described as one of the greatest projects of the Great Depression era but also was declared a New York City landmark in 1985. It is well known for it’s Radio City section and its ice-skating rink as well as for it’s Art Deco buildings and its annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
3) St. Patricks Cathedral (Manhattan)
St. Patricks Cathedral is a breathtaking building in Midtown Manhattan (east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets) directly across the street from Rockefeller Center. This international landmark, dedicated in 1879 is now one of New York City’s most spectacular architectural sights.
The cathedral which can hold up to 3.000 people is the largest decorated Neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral in North America. The famous 339-foot-tall chapel holds some of the most prized art, music instruments and more inside its walls. More than five million people of every different nationality and faith visit this Cathedral yearly.
The beauty of this building is beyond words.
4) Times Square
Times Square, also referred to as “The Crossroads of the World”, is a popular tourist destination in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Approximately 330,000 people pass through Times Square daily (over 131 million a year,) therefore it is considered one of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas.
Times Square (formerly known as Long Acre Square) was renamed after The New York Times moved its headquarters to their new Times Building in 1904. has been featured countless times in literature, on television, in films, in video games, and in music videos.
Filled with flashing neon lights and giant digital billboards, costumed characters and musicians Times Square is definitely one of NYC’s most frenetic neighbourhood i have ever seen.
5) Bouchon Bakery
So if you are in midtown Manhattan and fancy a coffee or a snack you MUST visit the popular Bouchon Bakery. Open since 2003, Bouchon Bakery has been Chef Thomas Keller’s unique take on a French boulangerie. The menu includes sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as a wide range of artisanal viennoiseries, confections, pastries, tarts, and cookies both influenced by French and American cuisine. You can find this mini paradise in Rockefeller Plaza (1 Rockefeller Plaza) directly across from the studios of The Today Show. Another thing that fascinated me was the magnificent smell and fresh taste of custom-blended Equator Coffees &Teas (by Chef Keller’s longtime partner). It is a very busy place so best thing to do is order take away. Remember you only have 12 hours!!! 😛