There’s so much to see and do in New York City that you could be there for a month and still wish for more time to explore. But what if you’re only there for a flying visit? For the latest in our ‘48 Hours in’ series, we head to New York and uncover what you must see, do and eat during a brief stay in the city that never sleeps.

MUST SEE

Central Park

You could spend an entire day exploring Central Park if you wanted, but as time is of the essence on this trip, pick a few areas you’d like to take in. The Alice in Wonderland Statue, Bow Bridge and Strawberry Fields are all favourites among tourists. If art’s your thing, then the park is also home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which exhibits works by Monet, Vermeer and Rodin.

National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

In downtown Manhattan take some time out to visit the 9/11 memorial fountains. Sitting in the former location of the Twin Towers, the two fountains are inscribed with the names of those who died in the attacks; while nearby, you can visit the museum which documents that fateful day.

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty can be viewed from many locations, however, one of the most popular is by boat. If you want to dedicate some time to see Lady Liberty up close, then opt for a specialist boat tour; while those in more of a hurry can jump on the Staten Island Ferry. The ferry runs around the clock and is a free source of transport between Manhattan and Staten Island.

MUST EAT

Pastrami Sandwich

To make your sandwich truly memorable head to Katz’s Deli; not only has it been in the business since the 1880s and become a firm favourite among New Yorkers, but it was also the setting for that scene in 'When Harry Met Sally'. The ever-popular deli does a wide range of goods, but their pastrami is the stuff of legends.

New York Slice

Grab a slice of New York’s famous pizzas while you’re on the go. Often served on a paper plate and the size of your hand, it’s the perfect fuel for exploring the city – that’s if you haven’t filled up on pancakes and bacon at breakfast!

Cronut

NYC is the original home of Dominique Ansel’s infamous cronut, and although the queues are often round the block, some would say it’s more than worth the wait to try this croissant-doughnut mashup.

MUST DO

Rockefeller Centre

Head to 30 Rock where you might be lucky enough to bump into a celeb on their way to NBC studios. If not, console yourself with a ticket to the observation deck where the views of Central Park and the Empire State Building will more than make up for it. When you’ve finished admiring the view, why not take the short walk to the bright lights of Times Square?

The High Line

Created on the former New York Central Railroad, the High Line stretches 1.45-miles along the Lower West Side. You can join the park at various points and enjoy views of the city and the Hudson River, interesting architecture, street art, flowers, and even stop for a bite to eat or drink.

Brooklyn Bridge

Take a stroll across the longest suspension bridge in the world which stretches from Manhattan to Brooklyn. On your walk across stop to admire the views of lower Manhattan, Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Planning a trip to the Big Apple or have any suggestions we’ve missed? Oh and of course if you're heading that way, be sure to check out our New York Airport Transfers to get your trip started the right way! Let us know in the comments below.

 

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