Traveling to New York is one of those things that must be done more than once in a lifetime. Why not just one? Because New York changes every season – in fact, it changes every minute. And, of course, every year, there is always something new: exhibitions, buildings, restaurants … Sara had already been to the Big Apple before in summer and knew, from experience, that New York is extreme: the heat was then suffocating and the cold, on our winter trip, polar. But there is always something to see that only happens at that time.
We have already said that we visit the city that never sleeps at Christmas – we have our essentials to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve in New York – today the itinerary of those nine days that we knew little by little in an incredible city. Wear your most comfortable shoes because, even if you do not stop getting on the subway, you will walk a lot in Manhattan and the rest of New York boroughs following our steps.
One last tip: leave some space in your luggage, because there will also be time to visit the New York outlets.
VISIT THE NEW YORK NEIGHBORHOODS: OUR 9-DAY NEW YEAR’S EVE ITINERARY
First day. Flight Madrid – New York
The fact of flying following the Sun makes it possible to take advantage of the first day of travel. We arrived at about four o’clock and, after leaving the backpacks at the Chelsea International Hostel, we went out for the first contact with the Big Apple. We wander Broadway, climb the Empire State – what to expect? – and, at night, we approach Times Square and its dozens of neon signs for the first time.
With the seven-day subway voucher, we begin the visit to Manhattan for its most recognized icon: the Statue of Liberty from South Ferry. Then, we entered the immigration museum on Ellis Island, the building through which more than 12 million immigrants spent 62 years trying to enter the United States.
On our way back to Manhattan, we approached Wall Street – outside, as it was impossible to enter – and, a few years after Sara climbed the twin towers, the Ground Zero – with the memorial museum and the church of Saint Paul–.
Dinner at Pier 17 overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge.
Metro to Grand Central Terminal where we ended up eating cheesecakes at Junior’s before going to see the Bryant Park ice rink. We visited the MoMA, Museum of Modern Art – our first NYC museum.
We went up to the Top of the Rock, the roof of the Rockefeller Center, and when we went down we photographed the ice rink with Christmas lighting and the Christmas tree. Already at night, we approach the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and stroll along Fifth Avenue with its luxurious shops. Dinner at Elephant & Castel.
Fourth day. December 31 We
take the morning to visit the Guggenheim Museum – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum -. We crossed the Williamsburg Bridge on the way to the Bedford neighborhood in Brooklyn, with its art galleries and hipster atmosphere, before it was called hipster. We didn’t like it very much, but the main reason to go to Brooklyn was to eat at Peter Luger Steakhouse: delicious.
After resting a little in the hostel we went to Times Square to see the New Year’s Eve party – although we couldn’t get closer until 53, Times Square is at 42.
Despite being festive, there are many things to do in New York on New Year’s Day. We continue with a brunch at Elephant & Castle. And we ended up at the Natural History Museum – the Night at the museum – including the planetarium.
We had pastrami dinner in Katz after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge at night and returning to Manhattan.
Shopping day at the Secaucus outlets. Dinner at the Dallas Bar-BQ.
Markets: Annex / Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, on West 39th st, between the ninth and tenth avenue; Garage Flea Market, on West 25th st, between the sixth and seventh avenue; and Chelsea Market, 75 of the ninth avenue. The building of the former National Nabisco Cookie Factory. Brunch in Pastis.
Afternoon of very popular neighborhoods in New York, from the Village to TriBeCa – TRIangle BElow CAnal street -, passing through SoHo – South Houston – Little Italy – nothing more than a decoration without Italians – and Chinatown – the most populous Chinatown in the USA with more than 200,000 inhabitants.
On the second we took the night photo from Brooklyn with the bridge and the Manhattan skyline.
A Sunday in New York involves a visit to a church to hear a gospel mass in the Bronx. There are many and you can enter several with time. After the masses, we went to the Metropolitan Museum – closed on January 1 – and spent the whole afternoon in its rooms. Dinner at Bistro Corner.
At that time I was still running and could not go through the city without running around the Central Park Reservoir first thing in the morning. On the way back, we had some muffins for breakfast Magnolia Bakery and returned to Central Park for a stroll.
Our last meal in New York had to be up to par and we made it in three places: pastrami sandwich in Katz, a tortilla in Elephant & Castle and cheesecake in Juniors.
Bus to the airport and flight New York-Madrid.
SLEEP IN NEW YORK
Our trip coincided with one of the moments with more tourism in New York of the year: the Christmas holidays. Although we arrived after the 25th, New Year’s Eve in Times Square is still a great tourist attraction that fills the hotels of the Big Apple. A hostel quite well located and economical.
Of course, there are also hundreds of hotels in New York of different categories and all neighborhoods and districts. If the Chelsea neighborhood is the one you like, here you can check the prices and availability of the hotels in that neighborhood. In any case, you can see here all the hotels in Manhattan. If you don’t mind crossing the bridge, here you can see the information about the hotels in Brooklyn or here all the boroughs of New York.
THE BEST TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR NEW YORK
We already talked about the fact that health in the United States is very expensive and that any small health problem can spoil the whole trip – not to mention robberies – so you cannot go on a trip without travel insurance. To help you choose, we write a specific article on how to choose the best travel insurance for the United States.