New York is a destination to which many Indian tourists love to travel to. And why not? When this city of the United States has so much to do in such close proximity, what’s not to like? In this article, we’ll take you through 7 days in NYC – a comprehensive guide of the coolest things to do here! Please note that you do need a passport and USA visa to travel here, so if you wish to obtain a USA visa online (or as online as possible), contact Visa2Fly today!
Land in the Kennedy International Airport – the infamous JFK! We hope your flight was pleasant, and you didn’t have any hassles with your USA visa (unlikely if you got one from us!).
Visit The Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA, as it is usually called) first, a landmark that is home to works of contemporary and avante-garde paintings, film, multimedia and sculpture that have paved the way for the new generation of art. After you’re done marvelling at the artwork on display here – which might take a while, there’s so much to see – head on to your next destination: Times Square. Check out Times Square in the evening, with its neon-screened buildings and iconic crossways. A good end to the first day, without too much running around or activity after a tiring flight!
Start the day renting a bike in Central Park Zoo, where you can visit a myriad animal species in their 6.5 acre space. If you rent a bike, you can take a nice tour around the zoo and park whilst working up a good sweat as well. New York (and American) food portion sizes are said to be generous, so a small workout wouldn’t hurt! The Metropolitan Museum of Art is next on the list, a towering building that is the world’s largest (and arguably finest) collection of artwork to date. It is also famous for the Met Gala, an annual themed fundraising gala attended by big names across industries. We come back to Central Park in the evening: and there’s quite a few photo-worthy spots here. Visit the Belvedere Castle, from where you can walk up and see a panoramic view of the surrounding park. You can also walk towards the Alice in Wonderland statue next, a cute sculpture of Lewis Carroll’s characters.
Spend the morning at Morgan Library and Museum. If you think this is just a regular museum, think again: it is home to some of the most priceless objects in American history, including 1 of the 23 original copies of the Declaration of Independence, Mozart’s (handwritten!) score of the Haffner Symphony, Charles Dickens’ manuscript of The Christmas Carol and Phillis Wheatley’s collected works. To name a few. This might take up a good chunk of your morning, so keep the afternoon free to check out all the cool landmarks in the vicinity. Madame Tussauds, The Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Centre, Radio City Music Hall and the Chrysler Building are all a stone’s throw away from each other. Make sure to visit these interesting sites in the day, so that the streets are less crowded! You can even catch a small bite or a filling lunch at the Grand Central Terminal, said to be “a window into old New York”.
To end the day on a good note, a sunset is always best. A former New York Central Railroad was repurposed and opened up to the public as an elevated park, greenway and rail trail around 2009. It’s called the High Line, has free access and a great view of the sunset along the 2.3 km walk!
Have an early morning jog at Washington Square Park, a great place to work up a sweat and tour the park’s historical connection to America at the same time. Visit the impressive arch and listen to some local live jazz music in the place where the first public demonstration of the telegraph was undertaken. In the afternoon, Dover Street Market is where you can go. It is a place to look around and marvel at the showcases of the highest-of-high end fashion brands and avant-garde styles. Many love to pass by these streets because of the feel – you can try it out as well! After that, you can choose to get lost in fictional worlds at the legendary Strand Bookstore, home to 2.5 million books. It is also a New York City landmark (because of its 92 years of business). At the end of the day, a good history lesson is sure to make you sleep well 😉 Whitney Museum of American Art is the place to go for an authentic local artistic experience (especially of the 20th and 21st century). It is also extremely close to the Classic Harbor Line, so the offer stands to end the day with a Classic Harbor Line sunset cruise – the name speaks for itself!
Travel across the famous Brooklyn Bridge to the next part of New York on the list today: Brooklyn. Although you are crossing a body of water, you do not need a separate US visa since you are still in New York and the USA. Our first stops are the hipster areas of Williamsburg and GreenPoint. Greenpoint is hip to the point of having a laundromat that doubles as a bar (psst: it’s called Sunshine Laundromat. You’re welcome!). And Williamsburg is its older brother – the home of hipster culture in New York City. If you’re feeling particularly indie, you could even travel along to Bruswick and marvel at the edgy, creative street art that lines the walls of the streets.
Spend the afternoon mesmerised by performances at the BAM Opera Houses and Theaters, opened in 1904. The arena has seen visiting acts from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Ibsen and Wilde, to name a few big industry players. After your performance, take the late afternoon and early evening on Governor’s Island – a small island off the coast of Brooklyn that is home to many pop-up music festivals, diners, dance performances and art exhibits. When you’ve let your hair down long enough here, take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty – whether you know of other monuments in New York, you’ll definitely have heard of this one!
Today, we move towards the Bronx. The first stop is, of course, Bronx Zoo, which is one of the most famous places to visit here. It is one of the largest zoos in the United States by area – containing 265 acres of land dedicated to conservation. In the afternoon, make your way to the New York Botanical Garden, a 250-acre campus with over a million types of plants. Its perimeters include activities for all ages – from kids’ play areas to relaxing getaways. Lastly, the evening sees us at Broadway – known as the home of musicals and commercial American theatre, the most obvious thing to do here is to watch a rendition of your favourite musical. Animals, plants and culture all packed into one day in the Bronx. Broadway may captivate you into staying until late at night (with how cool Broadway is), so make sure to catch a yellow cab or private transport and make your way back to the hotel.
The great thing about New York is that almost everything is either a stone’s throw or a ferry away. Staten Island is our last (but not least!) stop in New York. We can reach here through the beautiful Staten Island Ferry, which is free of cost and also the main source of commute for many working people in this city. For lunch, check out Marie’s 2 for some scrumptious deep dish pizza, and go in search of some good New-York-style cheesecake for dessert! Check out the Snug Harbor Cultural Centre in the evening, with a 19th Century sailor’s home full of events. If you’d like, end the evening at the Staten Island Children’s Museum’s interactive exhibitions for your kids.
Day 8 is for travelling back. Whether you’re exiting NYC and coming back home, or making a few more stops in America before you leave, we’re sure that you had a golden time here. A conglomeration of new and old, classy and edgy, timeless and in-the-moment… New York truly is a vibrant mix of a city and its surroundings has something for everyone.
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