New York is a very big city, if you have decided to spend a week in the big apple it is better to get organized. Organize your days because the city has a lot to offer and even in a week it is not possible to visit everything. Discover the Big Apple in an easy way, with maps and tips on where to eat. Soon a new post about What to do for free in New York.
DAY 1 THE ARRIVAL
The arrival day in New York, especially for Europeans, it will be the most difficult due to the jet lag. Don’t waste your day, it will do you good to stay awake until 22/23 at night, so your body will get used to local time faster. Choose tourist spots near your hotel/apartment and don’t stop at the hotel for a nap.
Arriving on a Friday afternoon, I chose to visit the MoMA immediately because it is free every Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm. Once I visited the museum I made a stop to try The Halal Guys street food. Would you like some advice on what to taste in NY? Read here! The second stop is the Rockefeller Center and its terrace, better to book the same day because of the weather. To finish the day we chose Time Square, to see the lights in the evening, a beautiful show.
DAY 2 SOHO & LITTLE ITALY
We continue with our tour, today is the day of Soho, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Three symbolic districts of the city, I suggest you get lost in the streets of the neighborhood unless you are a fan of some series or film and want to visit it with a guide. In the afternoon I decided to visit the Bryant Park area, 5th Avenue and obviously without forgetting the famous Flatiron building.
DAY 3 HARLEM
What better way to spend Sunday, going to a baseball game or a mass with Gospel? The best Gospel as you know is in the Harlem district. There are various ways to participate in a mass but you have to get up early because they all start more or less around 9 am. Queues always very long, with the risk of not being able to enter, try to be in front of the church around 8 am.
As for the Baseball game, depending on the season you can see the Yankee for € 27 at Yankee Stadium. Rarely stadiums fill up, buy the cheapest places you can definitely move. Watch out for beer and chicken prices, they are very expensive.
DAY 4 THE SOUTH
Today is the day to visit the famous Statue of Liberty, I chose to do it in the most economical way, that is free. Taking the free ferry that connects Staten Island with Manhattan you will have a perfect view of the monument. If you want to visit it, you have to take half a day.
Second stop, Wall Street with its famous Bull, the visit will be quick. Third stop a walk on the High Line with a visit to the beautiful Chelsea Market. You can stop and eat, if you like oysters this is the perfect place.
DAY 5 BROOKLYN
Today is the day to visit Brooklyn and its famous neighborhood. I advise you to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, your camera will thank you. Once past the bridge you can visit the nearby area or take the metro and visit Coney Island (I recommend doing it by day) and experience the 100% New York atmosphere. On the way back I suggest you stop at The Granite Prospect to take pictures, especially in the evening.
DAY 6 WASHINGTON DC
DAY 7 CENTRAL PARK
Last day I decided to dedicate it to Central Park, you have various options to visit it, on foot or by bike. Rental prices are very affordable, especially if you decide to rent only for hours. In the central park, there are various points that deserve to be seen: Belvedere Castle, Balto Statue and Alice In Wonderland Statue. Another option if you have time is to visit the American Museum of Natural History which is free (optional donation). Very close to the museum you will find Levain Bakery the best cookies of New York.