As an Au Pair in New York you get a lot of visitors from home. Unfortunately, they don’t always have enough time for a proper tour of the city. To ensure they still get to experience a lot in a short amount of time, I have listed my tips for a perfect day in the “Big Apple” below.
7:00 am Breakfast
You better start your day early since you have a lot planned for today! Enjoy a big breakfast, so you have enough energy for the day.
8:00 am Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center
To get a great view of the city, you should visit the observation deck “Top of the Rock”. It’s on top of Rockefeller Center and way better than the Empire State Building’s observation deck. You get a perfect view of Central Park and the Empire State Building. Rockefeller Center is always worth a visit. Even more so during Christmas time, because they put a gigantic christmas tree and an ice rink in front of the building.
9:30 am Fifth Avenue
Since you only have a day in New York, there won’t be a lot of time for shopping. However, you should walk southward on New York’s famous 5th Avenue. On your way to your next stop you will pass the Public Library and Bryant Park.
11:00 am Brunch at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar
Time for brunch! My favorite place for an amazing brunch is “230 Fifth Rooftop Bar”. It’s on top of a skyscraper, so you can enjoy a great view of the Empire State Building and a delicious meal at the same time.
12:00 pm 9/11 Memorial
After dessert, you should go visit the 9/11 Memorial. It was built to honor the victims of the terrorist attack on September 11th 2001. A white rose next to a victims name means that today would have been their birthday.
1:00 pm Statue of Liberty
You can see the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park. But you only get a view from quite a distance. If you want a better view, you would have to take the ferry to Liberty Island. It’s not worth it though if you only have 24 hours. The wait can be very long and the boat ride itself is time consuming, too.
2:00 pm Brooklyn Bridge
Next stop: Brooklyn Bridge! In summer, a walk on the bridge can be beautiful. You do need about half an hour, though. You should really think about whether it’s worth your time or not. You get a fantastic view of Manhattan from Brooklyn.
3:00 pm Grand Central Station
From Brooklyn Bridge back north to Grand Central Station. New York’s central station is really extraordinary. The ceiling in the entrance hall features gorgeous constellations and the giant windows fill the hall with sunlight. It also has a “Whispering Gallery”. If you stand in one corner and someone else in another, you can communicate through whispering. The sound is effortlessly carried across the room.
4:00 pm Central Park and Dinner at the Boathouse
On to Central Park! On your way you can see the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During your walk in Central Park you might just forget you’re in big city! If you’re hungry, consider having dinner at the Central Park Boathouse. Here you can enjoy delicious food while being surrounded by nature.
6:00 pm Times Square
If you’re lucky, it’s dark by now. Times Square is far more impressive at night. While New York might be dark everywhere else, Times Square shines bright as day no matter the time. The luminous advertisements are probably the best known sight to see in New York.
8:00 pm Broadway Show
The best way to end a day in New York is seeing a Broadway show. You can get cheap tickets with the help of apps like TodayTix. You can also get tickets directly at the theater. Even if you usually don’t like musicals too much, you should go see a Broadway play. Every show is unique and I promise there is something for everyone’s taste in music.
How to make your day more pleasant
Invest in a MetroCard. Most of the sights in this article are close to a line 6 subway station. If you want the typical New York experience you can also hail a taxi. Should be aware that this is going to be more expensive than taking the subway, though. Bus tours are a great way to get to know more about the city’s history, they’re not worth investing in as a pure means of transportation. They are usually very expensive and take a long time from point A to point B.
I hope you enjoyed reading my tips for a busy day in New York as much as I enjoyed writing them!
Until next time,