Boston is the most shallow, pretentious city I've ever been to. And my wife is from there, she took me all around
Yeah, LA, Chicago are a lot more spread out.One can pretty much traverse the entire city in a few hours. I'm saying people have this idea of New York in their head like it's some massive place, but it's really not.
I've been to New York five or six times. I think Seattle and even Los Angeles felt larger. New York is dense, but it feels small.
It won't be my only time in NYC. I'll reserve the hidden gems for later trips. I'll cover the essentials first.I don't know what the essentials are, but you could get a lot done in 5 days depending on what you want to do, the time of year, and if it's just you or if you have a family in tow. However, some places, like the Bronx Zoo, are so big and time-consuming that you'll spend nearly the entire day there trying to see everything, but decide to "tap out" and leave. The American Museum of Natural History is another offender; think you're just going to look at some dinosaur bones, but then you ending up buying tickets to some 3D nature documentary.
I was born and lived here all my life, so my opinion is skewed, but if I was visiting NYC for the first time, I would avoid the well known touristy locations (with the exception of Times Square) and check out areas like Downtown Brooklyn, catch a show at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) instead of Broadway, and do niche stuff like watching artists sculpt/paint/sketch at the Art Students League.
You could also look at some tour videos on YouTube for ideas.
Solid 1.5 hour drive out of NYC.
I don't drive. There's a train. I was actually planning on going to Princeton by bus but I figured this is more interesting and closer.
Yeah just Brooklyn heights bec it's pretty.
Looks like you're looking to spend a day exploring over there. Not sure you'll have time to go there and spend time exploring the city in one day.
I'm hoping to go last week of April
I will never forget that day but it’s certainly not anywhere close to being the best thing to do in NYC.
You reminded me about the food. Best Thai food I have had outside of Thailand and best ramen I have had outside of Tokyo was in Manhattan.I will never forget that day but it’s certainly not anywhere close to being the best thing to do in NYC.
For food..bacon/egg/cheese roll for breakfast at $3-$5, decent pizza slice + beer at $15 or Burger + beer at $20, dinner Thai for $15-20, Chinese for $10-20...
Alternatively, salad bowl or ramen for lunch $12-$20.
Or just eat forever at Xian Famous Foods, our best chain and no one can take that away from us....$12 bucks a meal, tips not needed.
Ramen, absolutely. Thai...yes, over the last 5 years. Prior to that, we had bad Thai. Now...very good Isaan as well as other regional authentic Thai available, but you have to search for these and not just walk into any "Thai" restaurant in Manhattan, most which are very generic. Som Tum Der in LES is very good. The best is Sripraphai in Woodside, Queens. My hood, Kensington, BK is a HAVEN for regional Thai. But you wouldn't know!
You'd wanna go to Dumbo then. Take the East River ferry from the Williamsburg station to Dumbo, it's the best way to see the bridges and the skyline. Also Dumbo is right under the Brooklyn Bridge so you can decide to walk it going back into Manhattan, just please stay off the bike lanes when you're on the bridge ;-)
I went there first thing in the morning and the wait wasn't very long. I took the stairs rather than the second elevator which made it even shorter, though my legs didn't appreciate that. When I left the line was out of the building.One of the craziest things I've seen in NYC is the line for the Empire State Building observation deck in July when I took some people visiting there.
The wait was like 6 hours. Imagine if you didn't make much money and saved up your whole life for a 5 day NYC vacation and half of one of your days was standing in line for 6 hours in the lobby of a building.