A New York expert trades the Central for Prospect Park, a trendy Japanese restaurant for the typical foods and tight tables of Japan Town, and a musical for a hype on Broadway. Anyone who knows the city well goes after new angles to see the Manhattan skyline and also the neighborhoods that will emerge in the future.
This 48 Hour New York for Experts guide gives tips and suggests different places and tours for anyone who wants to explore the Big Apple as an experienced (or almost New Yorker) tourist. However, if you are visiting the city for the first time, opt for the basic beginner roadmap.
Day 1 – Manhattan and Queens
It has no New York experience to begin the day with a big meal with coffee, eggs benedict, gourmet sandwiches and cocktails on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Always offered on weekends until mid-afternoon, the brunch moment is perfect for meeting friends, a date or gathering the family. Sarabeth’s (339 Greenwich Street), with 5 units in Manhattan, and the funky 44 & X (622 10th Avenue) in Hell’s Kitchen, have well-rounded brunch menus with different omelet options and breads and freshly baked cakes.
Do you know the crumb of Manhattan from top to bottom? Then take a stroll through the Hudson River Park, on the west end of the island, a sprawling region less traveled by tourists. There are race tracks and bike paths that line the river and from where you can see the Hoboken and Jersey City skyline in New Jersey. Head south on the island towards the One World Trade Center, the newest and tallest building in the city, still under construction (scheduled to open in early 2014), which can be seen throughout the trip. Attractions along the way include lawns for relaxation, monuments, blocks, pier and restaurants. Many free events take place in these parks, from yoga and kayaking to concerts, open air cinema and performances (especially during the summer).
The Hudson bike path terminates in the area known as Lower Manhattan, which has received incentives from the city government to attract more tourists. This is where the already known 9/11 Memorial, the famous Wall Street, the stone streets of South Street Seaport and Pier 17, where 9 million visitors pass each year. In the same area, two less-explored museums are Skyscraper Museum, the only museum of skyscrapers in the world, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, dedicated to the history of Jews in the 20th and 21st centuries, whose marble structure alone is worth the past
How about taking advantage of the afternoon to jump in Queens? Take the East River Ferry NY Waterway for $ 4 on Pier 11 (toward 34th Street), close to Wall Street, and get off at Long Island City. The “water bus” operates every day of the week (check the times on the NY Waterway website) and takes the Wall St-Brooklyn-Queens-34th Street East route in less than 30 minutes – the tour makes for breathtaking photos of the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridge.
Long Island City (or LIC as New Yorkers like to abbreviate) has one of the most beautiful views in Manhattan. New hotels and restaurants are opening up in this region, which also undergoes rapid real estate expansion. To take pictures, head to the Gantry Plaza State Park on the river’s edge, where the famous Pepsi-Cola sign is, and be sure to check out PS3, MoMA’s funky brother. Nearby, in the neighboring Astoria neighborhood, it’s worth visiting the Museum of Moving Image, a museum dedicated to the visual and sound arts, which has a collection of more than 1,400 objects such as cameras, video projectors, costumes and masks used in famous movies, in addition to several “interactive toys” for anyone who wants to experience dubbing and post-production techniques, sound effects and stop-motion.
For a coffee, lunch or dinner, explore Vernon Boulevard, one of the region’s main avenues. The Tuk Tuk (49-06 Vernon Blvd.) serves Thai food at very reasonable prices and the L.I.C. Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd) has live music and stand-up comedy (Thursdays).
Have you tired of conventional musicals and want to upgrade? To have a different theatrical experience and enjoy a cool hit from New York go to Sleep no More. The classic tragedy of Shakespeare MacBeth is told through small scenes, which take place simultaneously in various environments of the McKittrick hotel in Chelsea, and visitors receive a mask that should be used until the end of the performance. Unmissable!
Day 2 – Brooklyn and Manhattan
Get down to Brooklyn? Dumbo and Williamsburg, neighborhoods near the East River and a subway station of Manhattan, have become almost a must stop for tourists who want to see vintage clothing stores and modern design products and cafes. The expert in New York, however, enters more in Brooklyn and explores parts that conventional tourists usually do not get.
That Central Park is the largest park and the heart of Manhattan, we are already tired of knowing. But there is such a nice park in the “middle” of Brooklyn, well, that’s just for the most discerning. Prospect Park has a jogging track, cycle path, and giant picnic green areas and even grills for those who want to barbecue. During the summer, the music event and outdoor performances Celebrate Brooklyn! takes care of the place. Also in the vicinity of the park are the Brooklyn Museum, the second largest in New York, the Brooklyn Library and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of the most important and recognized botanical gardens in the USA.
After enjoying the neighborhood as a brooklyner, head back to Manhattan and head to St Marks Pl., One of the streets of Japan Town, in the trendy East Village. You will feel in a kind of New York Tokyo: the restaurants are usually tight, the tables are small, but the food is very traditional (no sushi) and very good. Three addresses that make the fame of the neighborhood are: Kenka (25 St Marks Pl.), The busiest, Oh Taisho (9 Saint Marks Pl.) And the Village Yokocho (8 Stuyvesant Street), on the first floor of a predatory in Stuyvesant Street.