New York or popularly known as the city that never sleeps, is one of the most vibrant, lively, and exuberant cities of the world. A visit to New York is almost in the bucket list of every avid traveller. While being in New York, you want to make the most of your trip by visiting all the landmarks and fashionable destinations, try to get the real taste of a New Yorker life by doing what the commoners do.
Here are some of the few things that you can do while spending your time around Penn Station.
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New York pavement is filed with small kiosks that offer scrumptious breakfast. You can take the 1/2 line to 23rd street and walk over to Murray’s Bagels in Chelsea. Often known as the best bagel shop in the city, it is also one of the oldest. The bagel is fulfilling and an excellent start to the day.
You can start your day by exploring and cancelling off some natural yet beautiful sightings from your travel list. Try to spend a couple of hours strolling around the area, beginning with Times Square. You can also do some light shopping here.
You can then walk over to Bryant Park and adjacent to it is the famous New York Public Library. The library is a beautiful place to stop by and absorb it all before continuing your travel north toward Radio City Music Hall and then to Rockefeller Center. You can also pop into Magnolia Bakery across the street for their famous banana pudding. This is something you do not want to miss.
After savouring the indulgence, you can walk it off on the High Line nearby. The High Line extends north to the magnificent Hudson Yards and south to the bustling Chelsea Market. From here you can soak in the gorgeous views from the 1.5-mile elevated park, and when you reach near 16th Street, head straight to the stairs leading to the street level. At the end of it, you will find the warehouse-looking building that is popularly known as the Chelsea Market. Chelsea Market is a popular hotspot for both locals and tourists alike. You can do grocery shopping here, have lunch at one of the most authentic food vendors like Los Tacos No.1, famous for their cheesy “mozz bombs” (mozzarella balls filled with pesto), and very fresh Noodles where you can also witness them hand pull the noodles right in front of you. In addition to it, it’s also home to one of the most delicious brownie spots, Fat Witch Bakery.
It’s time to get your MetroCard ready and head straight to downtown to another famous New York City: Joe’s Pizza. From here you can take the A-line down to West 4th, which will take you to the Washington Square Park. However, before walking over to the park, stop inside Joe’s Pizza, the home of the most delicious pizza. While you are inside enjoying your slice, take a closer look at all of the celebrities that have visited which are displayed all over the shop’s walls; you couldn’t miss them if you tried.
Now, after a wholesome pizza, be ready to walk a lot. From Joe’s Pizza, you can walk over to Washington Square Park’s arch for a picturesque view. From here, You’ll be able to witness the grandeur of the Empire State Building. When you’ve finished walking through the park, walk south of Houston. You are on the way to the 9/11 Memorial, but we’re taking a detour through SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown.
From Chinatown, you can have a view of Canal Street, and walk over to the 9/11 Memorial. When you get to the Memorial, you’ll be able to see the large white structure called the Oculus (which also has a small station inside) but before checking that out make sure to spend some quality time at the reflecting pools. You can sit there and appreciate the moment and the sombre fact that you are currently standing at the ground zero. The 9/11 Tribute Museum is going to make you a lot emotional and nostalgic.
After you have spent some quality time at the Memorial, and walked through the 9/11 Memorial Glade— you can now step inside the Oculus Transportation Hub. It’s finally time for a Broadway show.
Most likely you won’t have time for a full sit-down meal, but if you do, try to make a reservation at the Italian restaurant Bond 45 or the new ramen spot in the area, Ichiran. However, for the show itself, take a look here for the tickets to famous Broadway shows like Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon, and Avenue Q amongst many others.
After the show, if you are not tired and you are still up for a bit more fun in the big apple, take the train straight down to 34th Street, Herald Square. You can walk around the area and don’t forget to look up at the Empire State Building. After every hour, the top of it sparkles with white lights. Once you are done watching this serene view, grab a quick drink at one of the bars or speakeasies nearby. A few of our great recommendations include the Patent Pending speakeasy, Oscar Wilde, and the Flatiron Room.
You’ll feel tired and exhausted after these 48 hours, especially if it’s your first time in New York City, but it’ll all be worth it.