as you may have noticed, i spent 4 fantastic days in New York with 2 great friends, so I decided to write a small guide for you.. I hope it will be useful!
Day 1: If, like me, you’re staying in Soho, apart from visiting the famous little streets full of shops between Spring Street, Mercer and Broadway, you should also try and reach Gramercy Park… It’s one of the most exclusive places of the city, but it’s definitely worth seeing because it’s exactly in the heart of the Big Apple, and it’s close to many other places: take a walk in Flatiron District and Union Square.
Day 2: Starting from Battery Park, take a walk up to the financial district…. Wall Street has always been fascinating, and it’s becoming one of the coolest areas of NYC; it’s very close to the World Trade Center Memorial, to the Oculus (the amazing structure built by the great architect Calatrava), to the Century 21 department stores and to Saks 5th Avenue, that just opened inside the new luxurious Brookfield Place. Of course, after that you have to take a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge ( the most spectacular thing you could do) and grab something to eat in the Dumbo area, on the other side of the bridge… you’ll be able to enjoy a fantastic view, and your kids will also have some fun while staying there.
Day 3: If you wish to see more than just skyscrapers and streets with numbers, than you should visit the Greenwich, West Village and Tribeca area…. it’s my favourite one! Here you will find a more friendly and less chaotic atmosphere: take a walk along the famous Bleeker Street, until you reach Perry Street, one of the streets that I love the most. After that, continue towards the meatpacking district to see the Whitney Museum of American art and to walk on the amazing High Line (an above-ground park from where you can see most of the city) that goes more or less from the 12th to the 32nd avenue. Close to the High Line you can find Pier 54 (where many ocean liners used to dock in the past), the Chelsea and Gansevoort markets… there you can grab something too eat, and, why not, have your meal on the High Line! While on your way back, you could stop and have a drink at Catch, a restaurant-bar with a fantastic rooftop.
Day 4: Well, on your last day you definitely have to visit the Midtown area, so you can have a look at the Empire State Building, the colourful Times Square and the Moma Museum, one of the the most famous art museums in the world. Going towards uptown, take a walk on the 5th Avenue, and if you haven’t done it yet, go and visit the Guggenheim modern art museum (with its nice architecture) and the Metropolitan museum, the biggest in Nyc. Walk by all the most important shops in the world to feel like you’re in Sex and the City, but at the end you must go in the most important green area of Nyc: Central Park…. I still find it very romantic, and when I take a look around, all I think about are the great movies that were shot in this place… I have to take Mia there: she wants to see it because this park is the setting for a great part of one of her favourite cartoons: Pets! Have fun 🙂
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