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The quintessential world-wide tourist mecca, New York City is America’s most populous city, composed of five boroughs, located amongst one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Australian travellers cannot fly directly to New York City, but it is about a 5-hour direct flight from Los Angeles to the East Coast, serviced by multiple airlines. With so many natural and cultural attractions to see, you can easily spend weeks or months in the bustling capital, either on a budget or with money to spend. See the major icons or travel more underground, either way you’ll lose yourself in this giant commercial and cultural hub.
One Perfect Day Upper East Side New York
There are perfect days and not-so-perfect days when traveling. Kerry Widdup went in search of classic New York dining and drinks venues for a perfect Upper East Side day.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge
One of New York’s famous architectural icons, the Brooklyn Bridge provides amazing views of the New York Harbour and Manhattan, and leads you to a variety of attractions in the hippest New York borough. It’s recommended that you take the pedestrian walkway to best experience the bridge and take in the sights. Once in Brooklyn, visit DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) for cool, urban shops and galleries. If Danish furniture, French chocolates and avant-garde theatre performances make you tick, you could stay for a while!
Located in the west side of Lower Manhattan, you’ll discover what’s affectionately known by locals as ‘The Village or ‘West Village’, a beautiful mix of residential architecture, parks and shops. Visit historical Washington Square Park and relax amongst the live music (and squirrels!), or shop at the boutiques and cafes. Walking along the picturesque streets you’ll feel miles away from the lights of Times Square. Visit the iconic Magnolia Bakery in Bleecker Street to sample a taste of heaven from the ever-changing cupcake menu. Tea and Sympathy on Greenwich Avenue will transport you to Britain with specialty English meals.
New York Pizza
Dedicate a significant portion of your New York escape to celebrating New York’s highly reputable foods - bagels, hot dogs and of course its famous pizzas. And while you’ll find numerous pizza outlets on every street corner it’s worth researching the best and brightest offerings on the market. If you’re serious about your pizzas, you may choose to avoid the grease and favour the artisan, gourmet, pizza restaurants instead. Or simply embrace the traditional, humble New York pizza from one of the popular institutions. Lombari’s is the oldest pizzeria in America, with popular toppings being meat balls, pepperoni and clam pie. Patsy’s in East Harlem is another New York institution, famous for its thick crust pizzas and delicious desserts. Take one of the many New York Pizza tours available for an expert view on the best the city has to offer.
Staten Island Ferry
Take the 25-minute free ferry from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island for amazing views and ideal photo opportunities. Discover the New York Harbour, the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline up close, and you’ll feel dwarfed by the magnitude of New York City’s development. Being on the water is a refreshing break from walking through the city or taking the subway, and at Staten Island various cultural attractions like museums await you. Ferries run 24-hours a day and there’s no need to book.
Described accurately as ‘the crossroads of the world’, a trip to Times Square is near the top of most bucket lists. No matter what time of day you visit you will experience the lights, sounds and sensations of the city that never sleeps in full force. At night, the lights of the billboards and high-rises truly come to life in a surreal, postcard sense. While Broadway theatre shows, shopping and dining at Restaurant Row are all popular activities, simply people-watching and immersing oneself in this worldwide famous strip is free. If you want to escape the chains and tourist restaurants, head to Danji for Korean-inspired small plates, or Esca for southern Italian seafood and pasta dishes. Tip: Don't wait in line at the famous Shake Shack -- head up town and you'll find a table easily.