Challenge! You’re breezing through New York for one night and need to catch a flight to London the very next day! Can you see all the major sights and get a goood feel for New York in the next 24 hours? This is actually a real life scenario we faced a while back and essentially had to cover a huge bit of sightseeing over this period. It was really tough and… oh who am I kidding? The only thing better than 24 hours in New York is 24 days in New York… or even 24 weeks… but I digress! We’d spent quite a bit of time in Canada and on the West Coast of the US before this (which was relaxed as there was enough time to do everything at a relaxed pace) and so we had to make every minute in New York count. Here’s how it went and in the order in which it went!

Base Camp: The Andaz on Wall Street – an amazing hotel! We’ve stayed there everytime we’ve been in New York since then! Loved it everytime! Location, decor, wine and snacks reception in the evenings and free mini bar – this is always an easy yes!

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First things first, explore the immediate neighbourhood by popping down Wall Street to see the NYSE and other sights.

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Next: Hop on a boat to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island but before any of these, pop into a local Starbucks for a LARGE cuppa coffee as hadn’t slept on the red-eye flight in and had to deal with a time difference of 3 hours.

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Then: Hotfoot it to a taxi to take us to the New York Public Library (which we explored in more detail upon alighting from said taxi)

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Then made our way to Times Square where lots of gawking at signs and photos were taken (in addition to grabbing a coffee! Not sleeping on the red eye flight into New York was slowly starting to get it’s revenge)

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Followed by a brief trip to Madison Garden Park (in truth, stopped for a coffee again here – I actually fell asleep on the chair at Dunkin Donuts – only for like a minute or two – can’t tell you how refreshing it was though!)

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Then gawked at the Flatiron building (which I personally find quite impressive)

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Got a taxi to Central Park…

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Walked into The Plaza Hotel (had to see where Home Alone and other great movies were set!)

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Then walked down Fifth Avenue, stopping briefly at Saks Fifth Avenue and a couple of other stores for a mini-shopping break…

Stopped to check out St Patrick’s Cathedral

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Then walked across to the Rockefeller Centre at 30 Rock! (I can’t say 30 Rock without the theme of the TV show playing in my head! Hehehe!)

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Checked out Radio City…

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Headed over to Grand Central station (again, a scene of many-a-movie)

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Took a taxi back to base camp (i.e. the Andaz Hotel) and had a quick 2 hour nap! It had to be done – Lloyd was so cranky at this point!

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Post nap, checked out more of Wall Street (after some wine at the hotel of course!) and took the mandatory photo next to the Wall Street Bull

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Then headed over to the Empire State Building for a great view over all of New York (which looked so amazing at night!)

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Then walked to Times Square to get a taxi to back to Wall Street (i.e. my new home now, I was really starting to settle in to New York waaaay too easily)

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At the last minute, remembered that we hadn’t been on Brooklyn Bridge so quickly headed over to Brooklyn Bridge and slowly ambled back to the hotel.

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And there you have it! 24 hours in New York! I think we did great and covered most of the sights! What do you guys think? Was there anything obvious left off this list?


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