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    7 Days in New York Itinerary: Plan to visit the city in a week

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    Among the many questions that will haunt you during the organization of a trip to Manhattan, you cannot miss the following: how many days do you need to visit a large metropolis like New York?

    This question is one of the most difficult I've ever answered, because there are so many things to see in the Big Apple: for long-time lovers of the city and for those of you who wouldn't want to miss even a square centimeter. a month may not be enough! However, it is necessary to deal with reality, and often the time available is what it is: so what is a reasonable time to dedicate to the city? And how to make the most of it?



    In my experience, the most common visit period is to be quantified in 5 days, but there are also those who are satisfied with 4 days or less and there are those who manage to visit New York in 6 days or even 8 days ( in both cases with a visit to Niagara Falls included).

    Obviously, among the various possibilities, there is no lack of those who can dedicate an entire week to the city: New York in 7 days it can really be enjoyed fully and without any risk of leaving out important attractions and more: a week's visit will also allow you to take one of the classic excursions in the surrounding area, without taking time away from visiting the metropolis. So let's see how to organize an itinerary.

    Index

    • 7 days in New York: how to divide them?
    • New York in a week: useful resources
      • Tips for choosing a pass
    • What to see in New York in 7 days: detailed itinerary with excursion
      • Day 1: Times Square and Midtown
      • Day 2: Lower Manhattan (Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Ground Zero, Wall Street and Brooklyn Bridge)
      • Day 3: 9/11 Memorial Musem, Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy
      • Day 4: Greenwich Village, West Village and Chelsea
      • Day 5: Central Park, Museum Mile
      • Day 6: Niagara Falls and return to New York
      • Day 7: Harlem and Museum of Natural History
    • 7 days in New York without excursion: Brooklyn and Coney Island
      • What if I go to New York in the winter?

    7 days in New York: how to divide them?



    In my opinion, to have a good experience of the city it is not strictly necessary to spend a whole week in New York without ever leaving it; I would rather include a day trip in the surrounding area. For this reason, my ideal itinerary is divided as follows:

    • 6 days to spend in the city
    • 1 day to dedicate to an excursion to a destination on the East Coast (Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Niagara Falls etc.). I recommend Niagara Falls, both for their prodigious beauty and to detach a little from the metropolitan context, however, even choosing one of the other cities in the surrounding area you will not be disappointed

    The day by day itinerary that I propose you to follow is therefore divided accordingly, however, if you prefer to dedicate 7 full days exclusively to the city, at the end of this article I will also give you some tips on what to see in New York in a week without hiking.

    One thing is certain, however: in none of these cases will I recommend exhausting routes, in the unlikely claim to see EVERYTHING (absolutely everything) of a city infinitely rich in reasons of interest. Of course, to visit New York profitably there will be trots, but I happened to read itineraries that are definitely too ambitious, so much so that 48-hour days would not be enough to do them (and even in that case the superpowers of Flash would be needed). We have 7 days, let's enjoy them and prepare a realistic itinerary!


    New York in a week: useful resources

    Before going to see in detail how to organize the individual days of your New York stay, here are some preliminary reading tips.

    • How much does a 7-day trip to New York cost?
    • What is the best time for a city break?
    • Where to sleep in New York?
    • How to get around with the Metro?
    • What to do in New York?

    Tips for choosing a pass

    I have deliberately left the question of tourist passes to deal with it in a slightly more specific way. As you may know, the offer for New York is quite varied, which is why in our section on New York passes we have decided to publish reviews for each individual product (there are both for the number of days and for the number of attractions).


    To get a general idea of ​​the differences, read our article Which New York pass is really worth it; if, on the other hand, you want to make an immediate comparison between the various passes, seeing instantly which one is the most suitable for your needs, use our ComparaPass.

    A recommendation that I make to you concerns the number of days of your pass: You may not have to take a product that covers the entire duration of your stay in New York. From my itinerary you can get an idea of ​​how many and which attractions you want to see and calculate the number of days you will need to see them all. Probably, depending on your needs, a pass that only covers you for 3, 4 or 5 days might be enough.


    What is the most suitable pass for this itinerary? If you decide to follow my suggestions on attractions and activities to do during your 7 days in New York, then I recommend that you choose the Sightseeing Unlimited valid for 5 days or on Sightseeing Flex with 10 or 12 attractions. For this type of program they are the most suitable, especially because they include the Freedom tower and all other attractions listed. The Empire State Building is missing, but you can purchase separate admission.

    What to see in New York in 7 days: detailed itinerary with excursion

    Here is the detailed day by day program with advice on what to see and where to eat:

    Day 1: Times Square and Midtown

    Grab your Metro ticket or pass and go to Times Square – 42 Street or 49 Street. Your itinerary starts from the square (if we want to call this "crossroads") of Times Square, the glittering and hypnotic tourist hub of New York, the symbolic image of Manhattan that we all have in mind (together with its unmistakable skyline).


    The fact that you see Times Square for the first time in the morning doesn't mean you don't want to go back at night: yes, because to truly understand the crazy spirit of Times Square you have to come when the sun has gone down and the blinding neon light makes it. from mistress, in a total chaos of noises, sounds, voices, smells, images and different faces.

    During the day you can get a simple taste of what is rightly called the city that never sleeps: listen to the constant noise of voices and sounds, look up at the skyscrapers, let yourself be struck by the huge advertising posters, take note of the musicals that will be held in the following days in the Broadway theaters that multiply in the streets around the square.

    Times Square's electricity will still flow through your veins when you leave it behind, so why turn down the voltage? Head to the famous 5th Avenue, of which you will only travel the stretch from 50th Street to 23rd Street (up to Madison Square Park), leaving for the following days the northern stretch that goes towards Central Park.

    Before reaching the gothic cathedral of St. Patrick for your first contact with the famous Fifth Avenue, take a leap to the Rockefeller Center, just to get acquainted with the place. You will find yourself at the foot of Top of the Rock, one of the tallest skyscrapers in New York: I know you want to climb it immediately, but don't spoil the surprise that awaits you on the very evening of the first day, that is to see New York at sunset right from up there.

    From St. Patrick Cathedral to Madison Square Park you can also go on foot avoiding taking the subway, there are many things to see (even only from the outside or with quick visits):

    • Grand Central Terminal: the most beautiful station in New York. To reach it you will need to turn left as soon as you cross East 42nd Street.
    • Chrysler Building: located a stone's throw from the station. You won't be able to go up it nor will you see much from street level, so you can skip it or visit its nice lobby to be able to say "I've been there".
    • New York Public Library and Bryant Park: Returning to Fifth Avenue you will find yourself in front of an imposing neoclassical building, the New York Public Library. If you are a bibliophile or you remember the Ghostbuster scene you can enter and visit it, but don't forget to stop in the adjacent one as well Bryant Park to get some rest.
    • Lunch in Virgil’s Real Barbecue (152 W 44th St, 5 minutes from the square), to enjoy some grilled meat before leaving. If, on the other hand, it's not time for lunch yet because you are speeding up the stages, continue to Madison Square Park and have a nice burger at Shake Shack.
    • Empire State Building: This historic skyscraper needs no introduction. If you had had fewer days I would have told you to choose between this and the Top of the Rock, but in this case I would say that there is no doubt! You will be able to go up to one of the various levels available and enjoy the surrounding landscape, knowing that the same evening you will be able to enjoy the lights of the Empire State Buidling watching it at night from the top of the Top of the Rock. 
    • Flatiron Building: The last skyscraper you will see is located right in the corner of Madison Square Park. The iron shape has made it famous, but unfortunately it will not be possible to climb to the top: you will just have to observe it from the outside.

    After a (half) day like this, you just have to go back to the hotel to rest for a while. Don't take it too calmly, though! The spectacular awaits you sunset over the city from the top of the observation deck of the Top of the Rock. 

    If you are scared of finding too many people, you can choose to go even later, as last admission is at 23:15 pm and New York at night is quite breathtaking. At the link indicated you will find all the info on the observatory, including the pass list which include it. For dinner, I recommend you try the Bar SixtyFive, for an unforgettable dinner overlooking New York.

    Christmas Atmospheres If your trip is around Christmas time, consider yourself lucky, because in the Rockefeller Plaza (inside the Rockefeller Center of the same name) you can also see the illuminated Christmas tree and the famous skating rink (The Rink).

    Day 2: Lower Manhattan (Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Ground Zero, Wall Street and Brooklyn Bridge)

    Photo from the ferry to Liberty Island

    If you visited most of the attractions of Midtown New York on the first day, the second day will be dedicated to Lower Manhattan and its many attractions. Wake up early: it will be one busy day and the Statue of Liberty is already waiting for you! You will have to reach by metro Battery Park, the park where it is located Castle Clinton, from which boats leave for the two historic islets south of Manhattan: Liberty Island e Ellis Island.

    Since the queue is a constant at the pier, my advice is to arrive even before the opening (not after 8 in the morning) possibly already having the pass. If you don't have the pass, you will have to do double tail: one for the purchase of the ticket, the other for the entrance to the boat. Result? An irritating waste of time, considering that most of the morning goes away between queues, crossings and visits to the islands.

    In our article dedicated to the most famous statue in the United States you will find all the information on the various types of access to the monument. Before returning to Battery Park by boat you will have the opportunity to get off at Ellis Iceland, the islet where the offices of the Immigration Station were once located. It is not compulsory to go down, but I highly recommend it for the historical importance of the place.

    After taking a walk in the green space of Battery Park with a Spartan snack Liberta Market cuisine (17 Battery Plaza), a very important stage awaits you: Ground Zero. It is impossible to arrive in this part of Downtown with a light heart, as it is impossible not to be moved by the poignant tribute to the dead of September 11, 2001: to be silent in front of the abyss of the central pools of the 9/11 memorial it is an experience of indescribable depth that unites everyone in the sign of the hope of a rebirth, well symbolized by Survivor Tree, a tree miraculously recovered from the rubble.

    A more visible sign of revival at Ground Zero is the recent One World Trade Center, also known as Freedom Tower, the skyscraper that should replace the Twin Towers in the New York skyline. The main reason you will have to visit the Freedom Tower is theOne World Observatory, an exceptional 360 ° observation platform. In the article indicated you will find all the information to visit it, but I recommend that you read with particular attention the in-depth information on the passes with the Freedom Tower, because only some allow you to save on the expensive entrance ticket.

    We postpone the visit of the 9/11 Memorial Museum until tomorrow: now is the time to enter the heart of the Financial district, Wall Street. The charm of this area - once New Amsterdam - is unique: I recommend that you take some time to stroll around making your way through the crowd of investors who roam around the area from 9 to 16. New York Stock Exchange (New York Stock Exchange NYSE). As you can see in the article linked above, there are many places of interest. Here's what to see starting from the Freedom Tower on a walking tour:

    • Woolworth Building: on Barclay Street, in the Tribeca district - with reservations required - you can visit the splendid lobby of this majestic skyscraper inaugurated in 1913; not far away, at the intersection of Broadway and Fulton Street, is the St. Paul Chapel.
    • A couple of blocks further south it is located Liberty Street, where you can admire the ancient skyscraper Liberty Tower and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a key place for American finance.
    • Walking along Broadway, you will come across Wall Street proper, anticipated by the profile of Trinity Church, which carves out its space between the skyscrapers. Take the road: you will be able to see the Federal Hall (where Washington was sworn in as president) and the building of the Bag.
    • You will finally see the bull of Wall Street, symbol of the neighborhood. It is located along Broadway in Bowling Green, the oldest public park in New York. In front of the bull, you will see the Fearless Girl, a more recent statue that remembers the importance of female leadership in the field of finance and business.

    From here, since you will probably be a bit tired, I recommend you take the red meter (Wall Street Station stop) to Clark Street Subway Station a Brooklyn, for the last stop of your day: the Brooklyn Bridge with a view of your Manhattan to the stretch.

    From the station, reach the access to the pedestrian promenade (Tillary Street), following it until you reach the actual bridge. This will allow you to make a triumphal entry into Manhattan as the sun goes down. If you still have some energy, before starting the walk, from the same station walk towards the East River and reach the Brooklyn Bridge Park for an exceptional view of the skyline + Brooklyn Bridge (see here).

    Too tired? The day is very busy: if you can't make it all the way across the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan, after visiting Wall Street, take the metro verde da Bowling Green a Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Station and take a short section of the walkway over the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn: there will be less road to go and you can settle for some nice photos of the bridge without walking it all.

    After two days of American food and frugal lunches, you could go to for dinner The Brigand in 214 Front St, a cobbled street not far from the Bridge: good Italian cuisine, prices fairly in line with Manhattan restaurants.

    Day 3: 9/11 Memorial Musem, Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy

    After two quite tiring days, here is one with a little less fast pace, to discover a beautiful museum and some very interesting New York neighborhoods, one of which you will even be vaguely familiar with. After a good breakfast, take the tube (Chamber Street or Fulton Street stations) and head back to Ground Zero. The previous day you will have noticed that, right between the two pools, is the glass building that houses the 9/11 Memorial Museum: taking a couple of hours to visit it is an opportunity to relive the dramas and renewed hopes of that disastrous day.

    First stop after the museum is Soho, a neighborhood characterized by the presence of exceptional people cast iron and red brick buildings, typical buildings of the most memorable New York settings in the history of the stars and stripes cinema. Plus, if you're planning on doing a little shopping in New York, Soho looks like a minor version of Fifth Avenue, making it suitable for a stroll through the most elegant shop windows.

    Begin your Soho tour by taking the subway from Cortland Street Station to the Prince Street Station: from Prince Street head towards Greene Street, the beating heart of the so-called Cast Iron District, where you will find a beautiful series of historic buildings and curious attractions, such as the Trompe L'Oeil wall, a well-known mural in the area! If you want to get an idea of ​​how the most fascinating buildings in the neighborhood are located, read our article dedicated to Soho, where you will also find some information on Art gallery present in the area.

    Well yes: at the turn of the sixties and seventies, Soho was also the destination of many artists, who made it a sort of art headquarters. For lunch reach Fanelli Café at 94 Prince Street, a historic place where you can eat American cuisine.

    Ghostbuster fan? South of Soho and west of Chinatown, in the neighborhood of Tribecais located Hook and Ladder, the headquarters of the Ghostbusters (at 14 North Moore St). It's just off your route, but if you're a true Ghostbuster fan you'll find a way to get there on foot or by tube (the closest station is Franklin Street). (

    Soho is bordered to the east by Chinatown, the second neighborhood you will visit today. To reach Canal Street, the main street in New York's Chinatown, you can take a 15-minute walk from Prince Street, or take the subway to the station of the same name.

    There are various ways to get into the atmosphere of Chinatown, and one of them is to immerse yourself in two of the most vibrant and colorful streets: Pell Street e Doyers Street. In addition to these two roads - where the cultural meltin pot is evident - the advice is to also reach twicked Buddhist of Mahayana to Canal Street and, a little further south, the Columbus Park, meeting place of the Chinese population.

    Needless to say ... walking through the neighborhood your attention will be attracted by the numerous souvenir shops, boutiques, shops and typical Chinese restaurants: in order not to lose your orientation, I refer you to our in-depth study on Chinatown!

    During a visit to New York, given the proximity, Chinatown e Little Italy they almost always go hand in hand. Of course, the Spanish neighborhood of New York has lost much of the atmosphere that characterized it at the beginning of the last century, but following our advice you can also do a little full-immersion in this corner of Manhattan where the original spirit of Italianity tries to survive the tourist traps and cultural and gastronomic clichés.

    The main artery of the neighborhood - very small also in terms of extension - is Mulberry Street, a side street of Canal Street: here, on the corner with Grand Street is theItalian American Museum, which can help you get to know the history of the emigration of Italians to the New World up close. If you want to eat something or visit some shop where you can feel at home for a moment, read our article dedicated to Little Italy.

    And for dinner? My advice is to go back to the area Times Square to see it at night, when it gives its best. Don't miss a dinner show at Ellen's Stardust Diner, where waiters sing songs from famous musicals between courses.

    Day 4: Greenwich Village, West Village and Chelsea

     

    The fourth day of New York is partly dedicated to a fascinating neighborhood of Manhattan, sometimes incomprehensibly excluded from the itineraries recommended by the guides: Greenwich Village, a key place for those who love music and art in general. The best way to understand the socio-cultural vitality of the Village is to start the itinerary from Washington Square Park, arriving by metro to one of the two nearest stations (West 4 St-Washington Sq or 8 Street Station). As you approach the square, sharpen your ears!

    You could hear the music of some street artist who has decided to cheer the public by challenging the competition of the many musicians and artists who flocked to this very popular square for their quarter of an hour of fame. The bustle of people is impressive, but you have a place to reach: head towards Macdougal Street, where you will find bars, restaurants and unmissable historical clubs of the rock and jazz scene.

    If you feel like coming back to see a concert in these parts, take note of the best ones by reading our in-depth study dedicated to the clubs of Greenwich Village. If you are feeling particularly nostalgic and would like to visit some old shops, you will also find some in the article advice on record shops and independent bookstores who continue their cultural battle in a metropolis that is constantly changing.

    Walking from the square towards the northwest, you will find yourself in the West Village, the sophisticated residential area that is a bit like the forbidden dream of all those who would like to live in Manhattan. Here there are no other skyscrapers, attractions to reach or visit: just wander around quiet and clean streets such as Grove Street, Bleecker Street, Christopher Street and Bedford Street to take some photos of the beautiful brick houses, bars, small theaters and to the ancient shops in the shade of the trees diligently lined up on the side of the road.

    You could go to 90 Bedford Street to see the apartment from the TV series Friends or at 66 Perry Street to pay homage to the residence of Carrie di Sex and the City: two not just TV series, which explain to you what kind of atmosphere you have to look for in these parts of Manhattan.

    Walk towards the Meatpacking District: what used to be the old slaughterhouse district close to the Hudson River has now changed its face: the presence of the Whitney Musem of American Art should make you understand this. You can decide to visit it if you are interested in contemporary art but, if you don't have the time, just take a look at its interesting external structure, the work of the well-known architect Renzo Piano.

    Near the museum, on Gansevoort Street, begins the Highline, the second stop of your day, also often overlooked by tourists who go to New York for the first time. What is the High Line? In our dedicated article you will find the recommended route and the history of this remarkable example of urban redevelopment that transformed an ancient elevated railway for freight wagons into a green walk in post-industrial urban context.

    The walk along the park's 2.5km is a very enjoyable experience, but I recommend that you stop temporarily as soon as you come across the Chelsea Market, a stop that will not only satisfy your palate (it's time for lunch!), but that will prove to be one of the most characteristic experiences of New York.

    You will be able to lose yourself in the forest of pastry shops, ovens, bars and restaurants offering every type of cuisine, in a total explosion of the senses: sight, smell and, of course, taste! After you've eaten, check out the other gift, clothing and souvenir shops and artistic and creative spaces there as well.

    Get back on the High Line and walk it to the junction with the W 26th St. Here you can decide to go down the stairs and venture out to discover the famous ones Art gallery of the neighborhood, which we talked about in our article dedicated to Chelsea. And if you are a fan of the NBA and / or the NHL and do not want to miss the opportunity to see for yourself the Madison Square Garden, know that you are very close to fulfilling your dream! Here's how to watch an NBA game in New York.

    From the tunnels area it takes about 15-20 minutes to reach it, as it is located at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. Every day there is an event to attend but, as you read in our article dedicated entirely to Madison Square Garden, it is also possible to visit it with a tour, whose ticket is also included in the main passes.

    As an alternative to Madison Square Garden, you can decide to reach theIntrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, dedicated to American military and maritime history. The museum is not located in the center of Chelsea, but overlooking the Hudson River, right on Pier 86. You will be able to visit, among other things, the Intrepid aircraft carrier, the spacecraft Enterprise and the Growler submarine, but remember to consult the Intrepid visiting hours on the official website: in the low season the museum closes earlier and you may not have time to enter.

    Even if you decide not to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, I still recommend that you reach the Pier 83, which is just further south, a stone's throw from the end of the High Line: most of the tourist cruises operated by the Circle Line. My advice is to end the day with one panoramic cruise at sunset time with dinner, to enjoy the Manhattan skyline at sunset: remember that there are some New York passes that include this activity! If you don't take the pass, I recommend you choose this dinner cruise in New York.

    Day 5: Central Park, Museum Mile

    Today is the turn of Central Park, the endless green lung of Manhattan: you will stay there for about a morning, but the whole day would not be enough for you to see it all, especially exploring it on foot.

    Since for you Central Park is only the first stop on an intense day like any other, the advice I give you to enjoy it to the fullest is to rent a bike and pedal up and down the paths of the park with the carefree one of the place. In my article dedicated to Central Park you will find a recommended itinerary with info and advice on how to get there and what to see, but here are some highlights which I consider practically unmissable:

    • The Mall, tree-lined avenue edged with American elms
    • Literary Walk: the pleasant literary walk of Central Park
    • Bethesda Terrace: large and monumental terrace overlooking the lake
    • Strawberry Fields: not far from the terrace, the tribute to John Lennon of the Beatles
    • Alice in Wonderland: quick passage in front of the statue depicting the protagonists of Carroll's book
    • The Ramble: a real shady wood inside the park
    • Great Lawn: the section of the park north of the lake and the wood. Here you can see the delightful Shakespeare Garden, the Delacorte Theater and Belvedere Castle, from which you can see the New York skyline framing the green expanse of the park
    • Metropolitan Museum of Art: that's right, in these parts it is one of the most important art museums in New York! If you want to visit it by interrupting your ride, go ahead, but the itinerary I recommend includes museum activity only in the afternoon.

    When you have pedaled enough, drive back south to Grand army plaza to rejoin Fifth Avenue. Do you remember that the first day you walked it from Saint Patrick down? Well today you will visit the first part, with an interesting deviation of a gastronomic nature. But first, beware of Grand Army Plaza, where glitz prevails Plaza Hotel and towering over theApple Store's iconic glass cube.

    In the first stretch of Fifth Avenue there are some of the most expensive and fascinating shops in New York, which I mentioned in my article. You will also see the glitzy Trump Tower, that yes, it belongs to the president tycoon and that it will serve you above all as a reference point to reach the place where to fill your belly.

    Since visiting Central Park has probably made you hungry, as soon as you see the Trump Tower turn onto W 56th Street and reach the luxury hotel Le parker meridien at number 119. If I tell you that you have to go into this hotel to eat one of the most famous burgers in New York, do you believe it? What if I tell you that you won't eat this gourmet version burger on a finely set table, but in a fast food casino? To find out more about this hidden diner in a hotel, read our article dedicated to Burger Joint! 

    Fan of How I Met Your Mother? If you like to explore every corner of New York in search of the places you've seen in TV series, know that a stone's throw from Burger Joint, at 240 W 55th St, you will find the McGee’s Pub, the venue that inspired the Ted, Marshall, Robin, Lily and Barney series. Unfortunately you will not be able to see it appear suddenly exclaiming “Suit up!”, But you will still be able to relive the unique atmosphere of the place!

    The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to visiting one of the rich and famous Manhattan art collections. In the morning while exploring Central Park, you will have come across the With (Metropolitan Musem of Art), which is "just" one of the many found on the Museum Mile, the segment of Fifth Avenue where the largest number of New York museums are concentrated. At the link indicated you will find the most important, but I recommend that you stay in the area choosing between the Met, the Guggenheim and the MoMA, bearing in mind that the latter is the closest to the Burger Joint, as well as my favorite.

    We arrived in the evening, and it was time to have one of New York's top experiences: witnessing one Broadway show! To find out more, take a look at our section entirely dedicated to the fantastic musicals that brighten up Times Square evenings. Do you want a tip? Choose the historic, unmissable The Phantom of The Opera!

    Day 6: Niagara Falls and return to New York

    Get ready, because the time has come to leave the city for a day trip: as anticipated, I recommend that you choose the Niagara Falls, one of the most common choices for those who go to New York and want to change the air a bit. Check out our article on how to plan a trip from New York to Niagara Falls, especially the section dedicated to full-day tours.

    As you will see, it is better to rely on tours organized by air, because the distance between Manhattan and the falls discourages any attempt to make the day trip by land: even having 2 days available, the return trip by car would be over 13 hours and, all in all, also given the inconveniences and costs of car rental in New York, really not worth it. I realize that something like this said by a lover of on the road may sound a bit strange, but such a move is exaggeratedly tiring even for an experienced traveler… the organized tour is welcome!

    The convenience of an organized tour In the mentioned article I also reported the Viator tour, which has excellent reviews: I must say that I did not expect that such a complicated day trip could be managed in such a satisfying way. The package, in addition to the flight, also includes lunch, the boat tour to the falls, the guided tour and the transfer to the hotel in Manhattan.

    If you are not interested in Niagara Falls, you can also decide to go to one of the other major cities on the East Coast. Below are our articles on how to organize a day excursion, with related links to the organized tours available:

    • from New York to Philadelphia in 1 day
    • from New York to Boston in 1 day
    • from New York to Washington in 1 day

    Day 7: Harlem e Museum of Natural History

    If the excursion has tired you and the fatigue of this New York week is making itself felt, don't worry: today, let's lower the pace, dedicating the day to a museum and to the visit of Harlem, the African American neighborhood of New York. How to divide the day?

    It depends on which day of the week you are in New York! If your seventh day in New York falls by Wednesday or Sunday, go to Harlem in the morning to attend a gospel mass. Otherwise I advise you to go there calmly in the afternoon and stay there until the evening: you could attend a concerto jazz a New York in one of the places where jazz is really at home!

    Let's start with the museum: as you may have guessed, you are spoiled for choice here in New York! You can go back to the Museum Mile and visit one of the museums that you have not visited on the fifth day, perhaps choosing one of the free ones.

    Otherwise, and my advice, go to the famous and celebrated New York Museum of Natural History: it is also located along Central Park but, unlike the others, it is located on the west side. You can easily reach it by metro by getting off at the station of the same name (81 Street-Museum of Natural History Station). I invite you to read our in-depth study dedicated to museum tickets, where you will also find the pass which include access.

    As for Harlem, keep in mind that the most interesting attractions in this rapidly changing neighborhood are located along the W 125th St, easily accessible by metro thanks to the station of the same name. What to see near this important crossroads of the neighborhood?

    • the historian Apollo Theater, where many of the greatest talents of American jazz have performed
    • lo Studio Museum in Harlem, a small exhibition space dedicated to African American art

    Just outside the confines of the neighborhood, close to the northwestern corner of Central Park, there are two buildings that can further enrich your afternoon program: the ancient and prestigious Columbia University (116th Street / Broadway) e l’impressionante St. John the Divine Cathedral (1047 Amsterdam Ave). In neo-Gothic style, it is among the most impressive in the world.

    The possible gastronomic stops in Harlem may be the Malcolm Shabazz Market (52 W 116th St) and the famous (and somewhat inflated) Red rooster (310 Lenox Ave) e Sylvia’s (328 Malcolm X Blvd). To find a little less people, you can also try Harlem Shake (373 Malcolm X Blvd).

    7 days in New York without excursion: Brooklyn and Coney Island

    If you don't feel like taking one of the recommended excursions for the sixth day, then you will have to organize too the last day in New York. As you will have understood, in 6 days you can visit practically the whole top of New York, so you just have to add to the program two destinations that, having fewer days available, are usually not included in the classic tours of the city: Brooklyn e Coney Island.

    We already had a taste of Brooklyn earlier this week, but today we want to give this neighborhood the importance it deserves. Before starting your exploration, I recommend that you read Filippo's article on what to see in Brooklyn, to get some inspiration.

    The first stop is a DUMBO (no reference to Disney's baby elephant, it's just an acronym for Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Get off at the station York Street Subway Station and immediately go to 45 Washington Street to try the coffee of the Brooklyn Roasting Company, room obtained from an old industrial warehouse.

    Indeed, walking through the streets of the neighborhood that stretches between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge, you will understand that you are in an industrial area converted into a residential neighborhood, full of cafes, art galleries, restaurants and refined clubs. Once out of the cafe, stay on Washington Street, cross the intersection with Water Street and enjoy the panorama of the Manhattan skyline cut by the Brooklyn Bridge: if this will be a familiar image for you, it is because you are exactly in one of the most memorable locations of the film by Sergio Leone Once Upon a Time in America.

    If you have not been able to do this on the second day, after visiting DUMBO, please reach the Brooklyn Bridge Park, a newly built green space that offers fantastic views of Manhattan. How to do? Go back up Water Street, go under the Brooklyn Bridge and reach the intersection with Fulton Street: from there begins the park riverfront. Get to the big lawn (Harbor View Lawn) and enjoy the view, then return to the Squibb Park Bridge, a small pedestrian bridge that will take you to Columbia Heights, where you can begin your tour of Brooklyn Heights. 

    I advise you to wander aimlessly among the brownstone houses in the network of streets between Henry Street, Middagh Street, Montague Street and Pierrepont Street: you will breathe an atmosphere of other times, in the places where Truman Capote wrote his novels (he lived in Willow Street). When you arrive at Pierrepont Street, walk towards the river and reach the entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a splendid panoramic walk. Follow it back towards the Brooklyn Bridge at least up to Clark Street, where there is Clark Street Subway Station.

    Take Metro line 3 to Atlantic Avenue Barclays Center Station and then the N line to the Coney Island-Stillwell By Station, direction Coney Island, it will take about 50 minutes. In the immediate vicinity of the station, at 1310 Surf Ave, you will find the legendary Nathan's Famous, where to have a nice hot dog lunch, the house specialty.

    With a full stomach, head to Coney Island beach and walk the Boardwalk to enjoy an unprecedented panorama: the sea of ​​New York! If your trip takes place in the summer you can also think about taking a dip in the ocean, but remember that you cannot limit yourself to bathing activities, because a stone's throw from the beach is an attraction to visit absolutely: the Coney Island funfair.

    This is no ordinary amusement park: as you can read in our dedicated article, it was the first of its category to be named after Luna Dundy, the sister of the owner who inaugurated the amusement park in 1903. In the same article you can also find all information on prices, timetables and attractions of the park.

    For the evening I recommend that you return to the borough of Brooklyn, direction Williamsburg. This is the neighborhood where young people like to go out for an evening: wandering among Bedford Avenue and Grand Street you will see a lot of scruffy artists, hipsters, painters displaying the works on the sidewalks, musicians etc. who go from bar to bar to find inspiration.

    Between a craft brewery and a literary café where you can listen to poetry readings, you might want to pop into one of the vintage clothing stores on Driggs Avenue and the surrounding area. For dinner, go to Peter Luger Steak House (178 Broadway) one of the oldest and most popular restaurants in Williamsburg. If you want to know more, read our in-depth study on Williamsburg (Brooklyn).

    What if I go to New York in the winter?

    The stage of Coney Island it is not about who is in New York in period from November to March: at that time the Luna Park is closed and - although the view of the sea in winter is a splendid setting for disused rides - perhaps it is not worth going as far as there. In that case I recommend you move the Brooklyn visit to the afternoon (with the evening in Williamsburg) and to spend the morning in Manhattan. Here's what you could do:

    • visit another museum among those already mentioned, or go to the Madame Tussauds wax museum at 234 W 42nd Street;
    • visit a couple of interesting spots area Turtle Bay / Upper East Side.
      • You can reach and explore the sede dell'ON. Il United Nations Headquarters it can be visited on weekdays only through guided tours in Spanish that can be booked here. You get to the building by getting off at Grand Central - 42 St Station, then continuing until you reach the East River.
      • After the visit of the palace you could reach the Roosevelt Island Tramway, a cable car that connects Manhattan to the Roosvelt Island. To get to the cable car station you can take a 20 minute walk along 2nd Avenue or go back to the Grand Central subway station and get off at Lexington Avenue / 59 Street station. The short ride on the funicular is very impressive, but tourists do not know this attraction and snub the island! When you get to the Roosvelt Island, you can stroll along the W Loop Road to the southern tip of the island, where the quiet is located Parco Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, an unusual oasis of peace away from the tourists who flock to the metropolis. In addition to seeing the Franklin Delano Roosvelt memorial, you'll enjoy fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline.
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