Today in Tweentmedia we bring you things to see in New York in 7 days, a very special and very complete guide to a city that both Pablo and I fell in love with and fascinated with like no other. For me, going to New York was fulfilling one of the dreams of my life and it is, without a doubt, the best of all the trips that I have been lucky enough to do.
Things to see in New York in 7 days
1. Times Square, the most special place to see in New York
Times Square was the place that impressed and liked me the most in New York. I expected a square similar to Piccadilly Circus, but I found a show of lights, colors and advertisements that did not leave anyone indifferent. What you experience on that street cannot be explained, you have to feel it and live it. It is without a doubt the most special place to see in Manhattan.
It is important that you go at least twice, once during the day and once at night to compare the difference in environment. Although we went every day, as he caught us on the way to the hotel.
On the red stairs of TKTS you can take the best photos, since there is a great panorama of Times Square. And we personally recommend that you enter the Disney store because it is fantastic.
2. Fifth Avenue (5th Avenue)
The Fifth Avenue is the most famous street in New York. It stands out for the large number of shops in it, the skyscrapers and its very long length. There are luxury stores like Tiffany & Co and stores that are sure to drive you crazy like Apple or Victoria’s Secret. There are also the Nike or Adidas stores, the Lindor store or one dedicated to the NBA.
The best streets to walk are between 34 and 59, which is where the most famous shops are and their windows are worth seeing. It is so long that it is quite difficult to cover it all.
There are also very famous buildings such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral or the Trump Tower , which is a very peculiar skyscraper.
3. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The St. Patrick ‘s Cathedral is located on Fifth Avenue opposite the Rockerfeller Center. It is the largest Catholic church in North America.
The Cathedral, dedicated to the Patron of Ireland, contrasts between the skyscrapers that surround it which is worth admiring. Its style is neo-gothic and we recommend you go inside. It is a white marble church with the sculpture of the Pieta and giant organs.
The cathedral can be visited every day of the week from 7 am to 8 pm .
4. The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is located on one of the sides of Bryant Park and is a building that is worth visiting to see it both inside and out.
Upon entering, its Astor Hall stands out , in which the white marble stands out, and the Rose Main Reading Room , the star of many films and a very curious space to see.
You can enter daily from 10 to 18 hours .
5. Central Park, the most famous park to see in New York
Who has not dreamed of walking through Central Park and finding a squirrel ? To see the contrast between skyscrapers and nature? For a seamless outdoor picnic? Central Park brings together all that and much more.
In the largest park in New York you can see squirrels, walk, play sports, relax, have a picnic, see gazebos, statues, gardens, admire the lakes and the wonderful nature. It is a unique place.
In addition, there are key points of the bridge that you cannot miss: a walk along the shore of The Lake where the buildings of the Upper West Side are reflected, the Strawberry Fields memorial dedicated to John Lennon, crossing the Bow Bridge and Gapstow Bridge ; see the Belvedere Castle located in Vista Rock, see the Bethesda Fountain, see the Alice in Wonderland sculpture and stroll through The Mall .
6. The Neighborhood of Harlem
The Harlem neighborhood is a multicultural neighborhood found across Central Park. It is also the most musical neighborhood in New York where you can listen to Latin music, Caribbean, jazz …
Among the best plans to do in this curious neighborhood, we suggest eating southern food such as fried chicken with waffles, listening to a live jazz concert , attending a Gospel mass , visiting the historic district of Mount Morris , walking along Malcom X Avenue. , enter the Apollo Theater , eat cookies from the Levain Bakery , go to the Malcolm Shabazz market , see the Saint Nicholas Historic and see the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine .
7. The Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is one of our favorite museums for its works and for its architecture. Upon arrival, its peculiar exterior architecture stands out, a cylindrical building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Its art collection is made up of impressionism , modern art and contemporary art with works by such authors as Van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Picasso and Kandinsky , among others.
The way you move inside the museum along the spiral ramp that also has works on display up to the top where there is a dome with a skylight is striking.
The museum’s hours are from Friday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and closes at 7:45 p.m.
8. Top of the Rock
The Top of the Rock , located in Rockefeller Center , is one of the two mandatory viewpoints that you have to climb. We recommend that you go there during the day, since you can see the Empire State from it.
Its panoramic views are impressive: on one side the Empire State Building stands out and on the other Central Park. The entrance is included in the tourist cards of the city New York Explorer Pass, CityPASS, and New York Pass. We recommend that you take some of them because it is much cheaper than the price of accessing each monument separately.
It is important to know that you have to reserve the time before or you may run out of place. Also note that at Christmas time the impressive and large Christmas Tree is mounted in the Rockerfeller Center plaza along with the Ice Skating Rink .
The schedule is from 8 hours to 24 hours (last access at 23:15) every day.
9. The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building was one of the things we liked the most about New York. It is the most famous skyscraper in the world, the tallest building in the world, and this honor is certainly justified. Book a Free Tour of New York here!
From the Empire State there are two viewpoints , one on the 86th floor and the other on the 102nd, and we can assure you that they are the best possible views of Manhattan . We recommend that you go up at night and admire how the Big Apple lights up.
The price of general admission to go up to the 86th floor is $ 36, although it is included in the city’s tourist cards ( New York Pass, CityPass, or New York City Explorer ) and another option is to book it in advance to avoid queues.
The skyscraper is open every day from 8 to 2 hours.
10. Grand Central Terminal
Another essential visit is the main train station in New York, the Grand Central Terminal . He is more than 100 years old and his hall falls in love. He’s been the star of movies like Superman, and for Gossip Girl fans , it sure brings back many memories from the beginning of the series as well.
Among the elements that stand out are the three windows, the beautiful vault , the imposing clock in the central part and its marble floors.
11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) is on Fifth Avenue and is one of the most important art museums in the world due to its collection.
We will find the Temple of Dendur in the area of Ancient Egypt , very valuable treasures of antiquity in the area of the Old Roman Empire and works of the quality of painters such as Picasso, Velázquez, Rafael, Monet and Van Gogh , among others.
On its terrace, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Central Park. The $ 25 entry is included if you have any of the tourist cards ( New York Pass, New York City Explorer, or CityPass). The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from Friday to Saturday until 9:00 p.m.
12. The Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is located across from Central Park and is one of the best museums in New York and in the world.
It is a museum in which you will spend a very long time, since it is in 27 interconnected buildings with 46 rooms with 35 million pieces from its extensive collection. Among them we found dinosaurs , which was the one we liked the most along with the blue whale, minerals and meteorites.
The schedule is 10 hours to 17:45 hours every day. It has a suggested price of $ 23, although you can enter for free or pay at will.
13. The MoMA, essential on your trip to New York
Forgive us the rest of the museums in New York, but the MoMA was the one we liked the most and the one that impressed us the most. We went because of my insistence on seeing modern art because I had studied it recently and in the end Pablo liked it more than I did, because he was not very interested in entering.
It is considered a temple of impressionism and surrealism , proof of this are the works of authors such as Pollock, Andy Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso, Frida Kahlo or Dalí . If you like this type of art, you will freak out and if you don’t like it, it will surprise you.
The museum houses world-famous works such as The Starry Night (Van Gogh), The Ladies of Avignon (Picasso), Campbell’s Soup Cans (Warhol) or The Persistence of Memory (Dalí).
The entrance is free on Fridays from 16 to 20 hours. The $ 25 admission is included in the New York Pass .
The museum hours are from Saturday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Friday it closes at 8:00 p.m.
14. The Flatiron Building
The Flatiron Building is another of the essential monuments of the Big Apple due to its peculiar appearance that we could say is almost unique in the entire planet. It is on Fifth Avenue, although at the other end, quite close to Madison Square Park.
The Flatiron stands out for its triangular shape and its 2 meter wide end. It is 97 meters tall and has also been the protagonist of famous films such as Spiderman .
It was first called the Fuller Building, but New Yorkers renamed it The Flatiron because it resembled the plates of the time . We recommend eating or at least entering Eataly which is next door and is an Italian shopping center.
15. Madison Square Garden
Whether or not you are a basketball fan, Madison Square Garden is a must-see in New York that will surprise anyone. A non-basketball fan tells you. To see this stadium you have two options.
The first is to buy a ticket to a Knicks game and have the full experience. This was the option we chose. It was the first basketball game I had ever seen in my life and I couldn’t have a better time. The stadium is beautiful and worth it just to see the show at the beginning and the time-outs . It is an unforgettable experience .
In addition, celebrities tend to go to games, in fact when we went there was Ronaldo, the former Real Madrid player, among others. We recommend that you book your tickets in advance.
It should be noted that in this five-story stadium and with a capacity for more than 20,000 people, the New York Rangers also play ice hockey. The second option is to visit it inside, for which you can book a guided tour in Spanish.
16. New York’s SoHo
The SoHo is one of the most famous neighborhoods in New York. It is very beautiful thanks to its low buildings with colorful facades and stairs on the outside . In addition, it is quite curious to see a different neighborhood, contrary to the skyscrapers that New York had us used to. In this neighborhood there are modern cafes, cast iron lofts, shops and art galleries .
17. Take a tour of contrasts
Although we will talk more about this tour in our next article about the best tours in New York, we recommend that you take this tour, since it is the most famous and complete excursion that almost all tourists book when visiting the Big Apple. Book here a Tour of Contrasts with a discount!
The reason is that it covers very important places in the city in 4 hours that are quite difficult to visit if it is not through a tour. This tour takes you to the neighborhoods of Harlem, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn .
In the Bronx it stops at Yankee Stadium , Fort Apache , Grand Concord Avenue, and the South Bronx area , where famous street graffiti is found.
In Queens you can see the residential area of Malba, the Flushing Meadows Corona Park , where the Mets Stadium , the National Tennis Stadium and the Museum of Queens are located .
In Brooklyn you walk through the Jewish neighborhood of Williamsburg and the famous Brooklyn Bridge.
18. Chinatown and Little Italy
China Town is another of the typical neighborhoods that all tourists usually visit. If we are honest, we did not like it and I only recommend it if you are very interested and have enough time. In China Town, yes, you can find counterfeit bags at a good price, souvenirs and Chinese restaurants.
Little Italy is right next door and is a street full of Italian restaurants and nice looking graffiti.
19. The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge or Brooklyn Bridge connects the Brooklyn neighborhood with the island of Manhattan. It is the bridge where we all take our photo blogger because the views of the Manhattan skyline are impressive and, in addition, the bridge is very photogenic.
There are two incredible viewpoints as you cross the bridge and past Manhattan, at Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the Empire Fulton Ferry Park. It is also highly recommended that you see it both day and night if you have time. Walk through it because it is really worth it and, if you have a partner, they told us that a kiss in the middle of the bridge would seal love forever.
20. The DUMBO Neighborhood
Dumbo is a neighborhood that is just across the Brooklyn Bridge, where you can walk through its streets and see the beautiful Manhattan skyline from the Time Out Market or from the East River. The view is impressive and the photos are amazing with all the skyscrapers on the other side of the shore.
21. The Statue of Liberty, the icon of New York
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous monuments in the world and the quintessential icon of New York City.
This statue, an icon of liberty, is located on a small island south of Manhattan. It is 46 meters high and was a gift from the French in 1886 to commemorate the centenary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. Book a discounted guided tour of the Statue of Liberty
You can get the best views from Staten Island, which can be reached with the free ferry that leaves from Whitehall Terminal, or from the Hudson River.
To visit the statue you have to go to Battery Park (subway station) and to the departure dock for the boats that go to the island where the statue is and to Liberty Island (with an immigration museum). This boat is usually included in one of the tourist cards (CityPass, New York City Explorer, or New York Pass ) that we have already told you about previously.
To climb to the crown you must be very attentive, since you have to reserve that ticket well in advance .
22. The One Word Trade Center
The One World Trade Center is in the 9/11 memorial area and stood in place of the twin towers. It is the tallest building in the city and the seventh tallest skyscraper in the world .
You can go up to the One World Observatory, located on floors 100, 101, and 102, with a 360º panoramic viewpoint. The views of Manhattan Island and the bay are breathtaking. Buy tickets for the One World Trade Center here
The viewpoint is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
23. The 9/11 Memorial
The 9/11 Museum is another of the essential museums to visit in New York and is in tribute to those who died in the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
In the place where the Twin Towers were, there is a Memorial where the names of the 2,753 deceased are located and where there is a rather strange atmosphere that is difficult to explain.
In the museum, whose entrance fee of $ 26 is included in tourist cards ( CityPass, New York Pass or New York City Explorer ), you can see videos with the testimonies of the survivors, objects of the victims, souvenirs, audios and material of the towers. It is very emotional.
You can visit it from Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday it closes at 9 p.m.
24. Wall Street
Street Wall Street is the financial street in New York and is one of the best known of the world. Few people are unaware of what Wall Street is.
In it are the Stock Exchange building, the Federal Reserve, and the famous Wall Street bull or Charging Bull. Tourists line up to take a picture with the bull and touch its testicles because it brings good luck.
Map of things to see in New York in 7 days
We hope that this article on things to see in New York in 7 days has been useful to you and you have really enjoyed your visit to the Big Apple. We will bring you much more of the United States, a country that both Pablo and I are truly in love with.