New York City, the City That Never Sleeps
Each year, more than 50 million people visit New York City, making it the No. 1 tourist destination in the world. But you don’t have to mingle with the masses in order to taste the Big Apple. Here’s how we’ll take Manhattan, with a little hint of Brooklyn thrown in for good measure
Day 1: Afternoon and Evening
At some 2 million square feet, Macy’s Herald Square is the world’s largest department store, so big it has its own post office and Starbucks. Skip the stamps and the skinny lattes, and find 280,000 pairs of shoes, Vosges chocolate and Moet & Chandon bubbly at the World’s Largest Shoe Floor. Then walk your finely clad feet over to Times Square for snapping photos and trying your luck at landing tickets to The Book of Mormon or another Broadway show. Dinner is at the landmark Stage Deli on Seventh Avenue, just two blocks from Carnegie Hall. There, the Conan O’Brien and other triple-decker sandwiches are named for New York celebrities.
The best time to visit the Empire State Building is after 10 p.m., when live music plays and entire city glows like a Lite-Brite game.
Day 2: Morning
Whether or not you made it to bed last night, swing by Union Square’s Coffee Shop for a cup of joe; the iconic café is open 23 hours per day and pours 100 percent Columbian. At the doorstep is the Union Square Greenmarket, which sees as many as 140 regional farmers selling their free-range eggs, pickled jalapeños, heritage breed pork and more. You may just run into chef Mario Batali shopping for Babbo, Del Posto or another restaurant; foodies can sample his empire at Eataly, the 50,000 square foot temple to Italian food and wine in Manhattan’s Flatiron district.
Day 2: Afternoon and Evening
After lunch, head south for some shopping in SoHo; hundreds of boutiques range from Acne slim-fitting jeans to Wendy Nichol Custom Jewelry. Then walk to the 9/11 Memorial, where twin reflecting pools and inscribed bronze panels pay tribute the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terror attacks.
From nearby Battery Park, visitors can board a ferry to the Statue of Liberty, or head back north to stroll along the High Line, a mile-long park peppered with cutting-edge architecture, taco trucks and handmade ice-pop stands. Save some pep in your step, though, for crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to explore the planet’s hippest borough. Among the dozens of new foodie destinations for dinner options are two stalwarts: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Peter Luger Steak House.
Day 3: Morning
Sunday mornings in New York City mean bagels and nova salmon; Barney Greengrass on the Upper West side sells the fortifying duo by the boatload and is a short meander from the American Museum of Natural History. Gape at the barosaurus, stare at the 563-carat Star of India sapphire and get floored by the Cosmic Pathway before heading back out into daylight to see everyone biking, running and roller-skating Central Park. Look for the statues of Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Andersen, or point binoculars to the treetops to spot the famous red-tailed hawks.
On the other side of the 843-acre green space sits the Metropolitan Museum of Art, home to some 2 million works of art. Don’t leave town before you experience Gospel brunch at Sylvia’s in Harlem. Fried chicken and waffles and “Oh Happy Day”? You’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. It is New York City, so you may just have.