Gone are the days when a flight to New York would set you back well over £500. In fact in recent years it has become a much more affordable destination and the perfect place to spend a long weekend shopping, sightseeing and people watching. Flights from Shannon for a long weekend in New York as soon as November this year come in at less than £350, so to make the most of it we thought we’d put together a guide to 3 days in the Big Apple!
We’d kick off the weekend with a tour of Manhattan to get our bearings and find out where we want to revisit from there. We love THE RIDE, a brand new style of city tour which takes you around the sights on a specially adapted glass-sided tour bus. As you travel around, performers jump out from bushes and behind monuments to entertain you…it’s like nothing you’ll have ever done before.
Of course, when you think of New York, you automatically think - Empire State Building. There’s a variety of ways to enjoy this incredible sight; at night time lit up among NYC’s incredible skyscrapers, from the Top of the Rock (described as the best view of the Empire State Building) or from atop the tower itself. Whichever way you choose to enjoy this incredible sight, it will be one of the most unforgettable moments from your trip.
Personally however, our absolute favourite sight in New York is the Statue of Liberty, which we recommend you see up close. You can’t go to New York and not see Lady Liberty, it would not only be a complete crime, it would also be pretty hard to do with so many ways to see her! You can catch a ferry, take a hop on hop off water taxi, or even hover over her in a Big Apple Helicopter Tour chopper! If you’re more for keeping your feet on the ground though, you can also take in the sights of the Statue from the harbour side at Battery Park.
Many people head to New York to sightsee, but many head there just to shop ‘til they drop. Century 21 on Broadway is a popular spot for bargain hunting designer brands and the perfect place to start an afternoon of shopping. Or if you’re interested in channelling your inner Rachel Green, why not head to Bloomingdales on Third Avenue? Make sure to go to the second floor to escape the crowds and find some trendy American brands. Between these two, you can also duck into iconic Tiffany’s on 57th street to score a little blue box...very convenient, we think.
The evening is the perfect time to catch a show on Broadway, a truly New York experience. Brand new shows like Hamilton are already proving a huge hit, with tickets selling out months in advance. Hamilton tells the story of the founding father of the US using Hip Hop, jazz, R’n’B music and more and is a surprise runaway hit. Shows start at 8pm, giving you plenty of time to grab dinner beforehand. Classic U S of A burger anyone?
Much as we love Manhattan, with the freedom of 3 full days you could use some time to explore and your third day could be about that. The nearby neighbourhood of Brooklyn has recently become one of the places to see and be seen. The following day, we would suggest doing a Slice of Brooklyn tour based upon the neighbourhood’s favourite dish…the pizza! Because who wants a tour which doesn’t involve 2 slices of Grimaldis favourite New York style pizza? It’s not just pizza though, you also learn about famous film locations, land marks and born and bred Brooklyn celebrities.
Heading back over the bridge, we’d wind down our trip with a cycle around Central Park. It’s too big to take in on foot unless you have a lot of time! After you’ve worked up a bit of a thirst you could head over for cocktails at one of New York’s fabulous rooftop bars. For weatherproof fun, we’d recommend Upstairs at the Kimberley Hotel or, if you don’t want to stray too far the bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has fabulous views over Central Park.
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