How to Spend 24 Hours in NYC

Let’s be honest, life for a New Yorker can get pretty mundane sometimes. That being said, even 24 hours is not enough to explore the whole of this great city, that is, when you know where to look. Keeping that in mind, the following are some of the places where you can go to do just that. Spend 24 hours in New York City, without getting bored out of your mind. So, without further ado, let’s begin with your journey.

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 7:00am— You can begin your journey through the magnificence of New York City by starting off at the Upper West Side to Sabar’s, which is Broadway & 80th Street. And while you’re making your way there, grab a bagel and a cup of coffee (don’t forget the lox!). Just two blocks west of Riverside Park will be a great place to overlook the magnificent Hudson River and contemplate on the rest of your journey.

8:00am— Now, stroll down Broadway to 72nd Street and head east to Central Park West where you will find the famous apartment block where John Lennon was killed.  A funereal place to be at any time of the day, but for a Beatles’ fan, it’s a great place to make a pilgrimage at least once while you’re in New York City.

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9:00am— Now make your way up eastward to Central Park, passing Lennon’s teardrop shaped memorial park and passed the small model sailboat crew at the Water Conservatory. Have a laugh at the kids trying to make their way to the top of the Alice in Wonderland sculpture, and then make your exit onto Fifth Ave around 79th Street. And lo and behold! The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is home to one of the world’s best art collections.

11:00am— Take the subway from 86th Street and Lexington and make your way to Grand Central Station. Don’t worry, we won’t blame you for staring at the constellations that are painted on the ceiling. Now, look back down and head downstairs to the Euro-style food hall for a feast you will not forget, (except if you’re already from Europe!).

12:00pm— And just like that, its noon. Make your way along the paved 42nd Street and take the detour at Fifth Avenue from where the marble lions are standing guard at the New York Public Library.

1:00pm— Grab a cab and make your way down to W 34th Street and Eleventh Ave to get to the High Line, NYC’s most singular park, which is a linear greenway which has been built on an abandoned train bridge. Wait a while and smell the flowers, then make your way to the colonial cobbled streets of West Village to taste some great culinary delights you won’t find any place else.

high line park

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5:00pm— Make your way down South and across Houston St. to the fashion conscious streets of the brilliant Soho. Get a taste of some real high-end boutiques and catch some fine dining as well.

8:00pm— You’ll need a post-dinner drink by now, so head out to Lower East Side and the East Village, which is simply packed with some great night spots.

11:00pm— And just like that its night time! Make your way to the West Village to enjoy some live jazz music. Venues such as, the Blue Note and the Village Vanguard are some good options when it comes to some great jazz music.

12:00am— If you’re still going strong by now, well…good for you! Grab an energy drink so you won’t pass out and head to 230 Fifth to get your groove on.

In 2014, over 53 million visitors made their way to New York City, and they did it for a reason. And we’re guessing the Statue of Liberty wasn’t the only reason. And even you are visiting NYC for just a short time, you won’t be bored for even a second.

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