- April 24, 2019 at 7:13 am #841758
Hello! I will be in New York May 3-6 for the first time for a mother/daughter weekend. My mom has been before. We plan on seeing a Broadway show, but that is the extent of our plan. We will be staying in Times Square.
I’d like to see the 9-11 Memorial, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty but would like to also like some ideas on must-dos and places to eat!
Thanks for any help!April 24, 2019 at 7:13 am #841759
NYC BumpApril 24, 2019 at 8:15 am #841763
Grand Central Station is really beautiful and it’s got that hidden bar that’s like a time warp of the 1920s (used to be some rich railroad guy’s actual office). It’s called the Campbell, I think.April 24, 2019 at 8:18 am #841764
Also this thread: https://dearwendy.com/topic/nyc-recommendations-needed/April 24, 2019 at 8:19 am #841765
I was just there in early April. If you are keen to stay on the island (Manhattan) I highly suggest getting a pass for the subway, as you end up doing a lot of walking, always worth it to kick some time. They have a 7 day unlimited pass for $32. My BF and I just paid as we went and spend at least $30 more. So totally worth it for the time you are there.
Sights to see on the island, definitely check out Central Park, I also suggest making the trip to Harlem to check out the MET Cloisters, which you can get a pass for $25 and use it at all the other MET museums (which I also suggest the MET by central park) within 3 days of the time you buy. So $25 for 3 museums, great deal. While up in the north check out riverside park, it runs along the Hudson River side and should be in fuller bloom than when I was there in April. The Riverside Church is gorgeous as well, although tours are dependent on if a show or practice are going on inside. Columbia University, another cool place to check out for architecture, and you can hop over to check out Levain bakery which makes the BEST cookies (trust me, we tried a lot on our trip).
South/central Manhattan, I would recommend going to Greenwich Village area and walking around, Little Italy and Chinatown are cool places too. Although China town can be overwhelming with crowds and such. We went to tasty hand pulled noodles for lunch in Chinatown. Really divey, but absolutely delicious hand pulled noodle dishes.
I also recommend walking the High Line, it would also be in full bloom now, really nice way to get from Greenwich to Hudson Yards, where you can see the infamous Vessel. Also look at Pier 25 on the Hudson, very cool dock with a nice view of the Jersey Skyline and you can see Lady Liberty from there as well. I would also recommend in addition to the 9/11 memorial that you go down into the WTC subway platform, super cool place with an amazing view from the bottom up of the white rib like structure that you can see outside by the new WTC building.
We also visited Grand Central Station, Brooklyn Bridge (at night), St Patricks Cathedral is gorgeous as well, inside is just as amazing. I wish I had more time in Central Park, had a chance to go to the Natural History Museum, and a chance to see the Flatiron, which is in around Greenwich area.
Also make sure you have good shoes, you do a ton of walking, so make sure you are comfortable!April 24, 2019 at 8:25 am #841767
Hey, that was my thread from before! Yay. We had a great trip. I’m bookmarking this one too, as we’re planning to take our soon-to-be-6-year-old to New York in the fall! Every time I go to NYC/Chicago/Philly, I’m reminded how DC is not, like, a “real city”. Lol.April 24, 2019 at 9:10 am #841772
Well you’ll be on the west side so you’ll be near a ton of great restaurants near the theater – don’t eat near Times Square -most of the options are heavy or chains.
About 15 blocks north is Lincoln Center – check the schedule to see if there are any shows worth taking in. There is also Century 21 – mecca for discount shopping (they carry super luxe designers like Gucci). The Craft Museum is there, next to the LDS church.
Further north on Amsterdam and Columbus the west side still has a lot of independent shops that have disappeared from most of the city. Decent restaurants and eventually you hit the Museum of Natural History which is amazing and has an IMAX theater (as does one of the theaters near Lincoln Center).April 24, 2019 at 9:15 am #841774
+1 for The High Line. I used to visit my sister in NYC a few times/year and that was always one of my favorite things to do.April 24, 2019 at 9:20 am #841775
The Highline is charming! A must see! If you get hungry for a snack or a meal — hit Chelsea Market which is right off the Highline.
The Ferry to Staten Island is FREE and offers great views of Lady Liberty…
Central Park will be gorgeous right now. So many flowers. Fun to explore.
PS — The subway pass is a real steal. I always do that.April 24, 2019 at 9:52 am #841777
Thanks everyone! And Kate that’s for that thread!!
I almost feel like 3 1/2 days isn’t enough time. We’ll have to take another trip!April 25, 2019 at 9:30 am #841830
BOF*, who grew up in the outer New York suburbs loves to go to Serendipity whenever we’re there. She and SOF** will usually get the frozen hot chocolate.
*Bride of Fyodor
**Spawn of FyodorApril 25, 2019 at 10:10 am #841834
What is THIS Frozen Hot Chocolate? It came up recently as a prop in a yet another x-mas movie I art directed and caused me several sizeable headaches as the actress was vegan and blah blah blah.
The very name alone irritated me. 😉 Frozen Hot Chocolate. What next? Steaming Hot Ice Cream?! 😉