48 Hour New York Itinerary
One of the first times I ever New York City I was a snot-nosed kid out of Brooklyn. I took my cousins
Central Park + John Lennon (The Dakota, Strawberry Fields, Imagine Mosaic), Bethesda
Spreading across 843 acres of land, Central Park is New York City’s greenest, natural setting. The massive park offers all sorts of attractions such as: Strawberry Fields, which is a magnificent 2.5-acre section of Central Park that is dedicated to the late musician and peace activist John Lennon; the world famous Great Lawn; the Bethesda Fountain, which is one of New York City’s largest and most iconic fountains, and many other famous sights.
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Considered to be one of the world’s priciest shopping streets, 5th Avenue is one of New York City’s main shopping destinations. 5th Avenue runs for 6.2 miles starting at Washington Square Park and ending at 142nd street in Harlem. Along 5th Avenue you will find famous high-end retail stores such as Tiffany and Co., Louis Vuitton, Takashiyama, Fendi, and many other well-known retail stores.
100 years ago John D. Rockefeller Jr., of the prominent Rockefeller family, envisioned a facility in Manhattan that would be “city within a city”. Rockefeller Jr.’s vision became a reality in 1930 when construction of the Rockefeller Center began. By 1939, the Rockefeller Center was completed and to this day, Rockefeller Center is one of New York’s main hubs of extraordinary art, panache, and entertainment.
•The Empire State Building
This famous 102-story skyscraper is located in midtown Manhattan between West 33rd Street and West 34th Street. It has two observational decks: the first on the 86th floor and the second on the 102nd floor. Not only is it an American cultural icon, the Empire State Building also serves as an office space for companies such as LinkedIn, Walgreen, and Bank of America. Did you know that the Empire State Building’s comes from New York’s nickname, the Empire State?
•Radio City Music Hall
Nicknamed “the Showplace of the Nation”, Radio City Music Hall is the main entertainment venue of the Rockefeller Center. With 85 years to its name, Radio City Music Hall has been used for concerts, the world-famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Cirque du Soleil: Zarkana, television shows, and sporting events such as a New York Liberty basketball game, the 2000 Roy Jones Jr. boxing match against David Telesco, and the NFL Drafts from 2006-2014.
•Grand Central Station
Dubbed “the busiest train station in the United States”, Grand Central Station welcomes over millions of visitors a year and embodies New York’s “restless and innovative energy”. This 150 year old terminal is one of the world’s most famous attractions and serves as a main junction for train transportation to outer-city New York counties and to the state of Connecticut.
•The High Line + Bubby’s High Line
Created in 2009, the High Line, also known as High Line Park, is a 1.45-mile long elevated outdoor promenade running along the Lower West Side of Manhattan. This outdoor promenade offers some of the best views of the Lower West Side of Manhattan, as well as beautiful foliage, an urban theatre, and neat benches to relax and enjoy a nice New York day City day!
The Whitney Museum
The innovative Whitney Museum is home to a wide variety of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a concentration on works from living artists. This unique and contemporary museum is believed to have the world’s finest collection of twentieth-century American art.
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is one of New York City’s most famous public parks. The 9.5-acre park welcomes visitors with its iconic Square Arch, located at the park’s northern entrance. Aside from the Washington Square Arch, Washington Square Park has an equally iconic fountain that is located in the center of the always-busy park.
Designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, this beloved New York City building has captivated the hearts and cameras of people all over the world. This 22-story New York City icon is located on 5th Avenue between West 22nd and West 23rd Street in Manhattan.
If there’s one part of Manhattan that comes to minds of every tourist and local, more than likely it’s Times Square. Sometimes referred to as “the Center of The Universe”, Times Square is one of the busiest intersections for commerce, entertainment, and tourism. The bright lights of the billboards and the restless spirit epitomize the soul of New York City- the city that never sleeps.
World Trade Center & Memorial Site
One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, is the main structure of the World Trade Center complex. Standing at 1,792 feet tall, the Freedom Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth-tallest building in the world. While this building is an architectural feat, it must not be forgotten that the Freedom Tower and the memorial site stand as commemorative edifices for the events that took place on September 11, 2001.
Statue of Liberty
Designed by French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, French engineer Gustave Eiffel (the architect of the Eiffel Tower), and American architect Richard Morris, the Statue of Liberty is one of the world’s most monuments. The Statue of Liberty, formerly known as Liberty Enlightening the World, was completed in 1884 but wasn’t dedicated to Ellis Island until 1886, as a gift from France to America in honor of their alliance during the American Revolution.
Wall St., Charging Bull
Home to the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQS, and the famous Charging Bull, Wall Street is one of the world’s epicenters of commerce. This originally Dutch-owned territory has always served as an industrious market place for businesses from all over the world. Did you know that Wall Street is believed to have gotten its name from a wall built by the Dutch in order to keep out Native Americans, the British, and pirates?
When it comes to the best Chinatown in America, New York City’s Chinatown takes the cake. Chinatown combines all aspects of Chinese ethnicity with the gritty pace and cultural diversity of New York City. Chinatown borders four NYC neighborhoods: Tribeca to the west, the Lower East Side to the east, Little Italy to the north, and the Civic Center to the south.
The Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn and Manhattan from Adams Street in Brooklyn to the City Hall area in Manhattan. Its open-air promenade offers one of the best panoramic views of New York City.