New York City | Weekend Getaway | RTX Traveler Issue 14

The largest city in America, a traveler could spend a year in the Big Apple and only scratch the surface. This multicultural city of 8.5 million has everything a tourist can imagine: very tall buildings, ferry rides, walks in the park, and a whole lot of pizza! So strap on your seatbelts, and get ready for a very busy weekend in NYC.

Getting There: There aren’t many reasons to have a car in New York City, which overflows with taxis, buses, subway routes and other transportation options. Fly in to JFK, LGA or EWR and you’ll have no problem getting shuttled in to the city.

Crowded Times Square at Twilight in New York City, USA.

Day 1:

New York, USA - December 1, 2012: MoMA sign and its reflection on the exerior part of the building. MoMA is the acronim of Museum of Modern Art, one of the most famous art gallery in New York.

Start off fast right out of the gate by taking the ferry from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty, and learn about the rich immigrant experience at Ellis Island. Stop at Battery Park on your way back to the city to see street performers and the ruins of the old fort. Great harbor views and a fun overall park experience greet you at this stop. See the giant bull statue at Wall Street, then walk to Federal Hall, across from the stock exchange. This intimate museum, built in 1700, houses the bible where George Washington took his oath of office, among other American treasures. In the same neighborhood is Trinity Church, one of the oldest churches in America, which houses a colonial graveyard of many early Americans, including Alexander Hamilton. Round out your day with a visit to the Freedom Tower and 9/11 memorial and museum, which commemorates victims and has exhibits about the events of that day.

Day 2:

Bow Bridge and San Remo at autumn

Day two will take you to great heights, green parks, and ancient artifacts. Start off by scaling the Top of the Rock observatory at Rockefeller Center. It’s less crowded than the Empire State Building, plus you can get a view of that famous building from here, as well as the Freedom Tower and Central Park. Next up is the world famous Times Square, just about the most touristy spot in the city. Do some light souvenir shopping, and see some unique figures of the city’s pop culture. Central Park is next – you can tackle this landmark via foot or rented bicycle. See the famous Strawberry Fields, Cherry Hill fountain, Shakespeare Garden, and the Great Lawn. The American History Museum beckons you with natural wonders and exhibits for all ages. See everything from fossilized dinosaur bones to ocean life to gems and minerals.

Day 3:

Crane your neck upward but give your legs a rest as you embark on a double decker bus tour. Interesting narration will guide you on this uptown/downtown excursion. Your next stop is High Line Park, a free green park made out of the remains of an old elevated rail line in the meatpacking district. Walk the entire 1.5 miles, or get off at one of several stopping points, such as the artsy Chelsea neighborhood. Art lovers rejoice at the Museum of Modern Art, housing thought provoking photography, sculpture, drawing, and painting. See works by Monet, Warhol, Seurat, Dali, Picasso, Pollack, and many more. At dinner time, you’ll find yourself in Midtown, one of the busiest areas of the entire city. Bid New York a farewell in style as you stake out your choice of dinner in this diverse area.

NYC Nightlife:

While your days will be full of sightseeing and shopping, New York City is known as “the city that never sleeps” for good reason. After dark, the city lights up and the options are endless for dining and entertainment. Catch a Broadway or off-Broadway show, see live music or bar hop in one of the boroughs.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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