How to do NYC in 6 days

Day 1: Exploring Central Park

  • Hired bikes for $25 and ride around Central Park for 4 hour
  • Visited the MET, The Museum of Natural American History, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. These all boarder different sides of Central Park.
  • Walked through Time square and Rockefeller Plaza
 
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 Cruising through Central Park
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 Time Square
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 Rockefeller Plaza ice skating rink

Day 2: Exploring Mid and lower Manhattan

Day: Walked 23KM through mid-town and lower Manhattan. This area is actually much bigger than you think – visited:

  • Chelsea Piers – golf driving range
  • Chelsea Markets – a must!
  • Meatpacking district
  • Greenwich & Washington Square Park
  • Little Italy – great italian & cute streets
  • Noho & Notlia
  • Soho –  high end shopping district
  • China town
  • Lower east side – not much to see here but try Clinton Street Bakery is a NYC must
 
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  Chelsea golf driving range
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 Google in Chelsea
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 Chelsea Markets – amazing food
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 Washington Square Park – Greenwhich
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 Little Italy
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 Streets of Little Italy
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 Clinton street Bakery – Lower East Side

Night: Went to a comedy festival. Not the greatest – got scammed and sold on the idea higher profile comedians would feature, however, we ended up seeing some pretty dud comedians but still a funny, interesting New York experience.

Day 3: Exploring Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn

Day: Day 3 was another action packed day of walking through lower Manhattan. We were pooped by the end of the day. Highlights were:

  • 911 Memorial – worth doing
  • Battery Park & Statue of Liberty from a distance
  • Running Bull
  • Wall St
  • Brooklyn Bridge – amazing view
  • Downtown Brooklyn
 
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Statue of liberty from battery park
 
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Brooklyn Bridge
 
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 Wall Street
  
Night:  Broadway to see Beautiful – the Carole King musical – best musical we’ve ever seen. Highly recommend! We got cheaper tickets by purchasing the tickets in the afternoon and luckily got great seats.

We were still on a high from the musical so we decided to jump on a 9:30 pm night bus tour around mid-town to get some more history of the area.

Day 4: Upper Manhattan & The Bronx

Day four was a quieter less packed day and rainy. We were really tired by this point so we took the bus to upper Manhattan & the Bronx. This tour covered:

    • Columbia University
    • Upper east side
    • Upper west side
    • Harlem
    • Bronx – Yankee Stadium

Night: Dinner in Soho at a french/Thai placed, called: Uncle Boons. Food was amazing and there are some really cool places for pre and post dinner drink spots in Soho.

 

Day 5: Local lunch, Top of the Rock and Central station

Feeling a little ill from the night before we decided to have a quieter day and find a trendy, local place for lunch so we walked from Chelsea to Union Square (great shopping district) and ended up at lunch at a super cool, local, organic eatery, ABC Kitchen (http://www.abckitchennyc.com/)

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 ABC Kitchen

 

It was a clearer day than the previous day so after lunch we decided to go back into Time Square and visit the Top of the Rockefeller and Grand Central Station

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 Top of the Rock
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Grand Central Station

Night: Drinks & Dinner on hotel rooftop

Day 6: Exploring Williamsburg, Brooklyn – where all the Aussies live and East Village

Williamsburg was only a 10 minute subway ride from Chelsea. This borough is real quaint and grungy – bit like Surry Hills.

We had the best brunch in Williamsburg at a place called ALLSWELL. Brunch is New York is kind of more like lunch as opposed to breakfast, where fried chicken often features on the brunch menus. This place had a good combination of egg and fried chicken type options so we were happy. Fried chicken with our eggs was AMAZING btw.

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 ALLSWELL – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

After exploring the shops in Williamsburg, we jumped back on the subway and walked back down to Soho again. Soho has all the high end shops so not a lot was purchased here but the cobblestone streets are really cute and I finally got the big arse pretzel I’d been hanging out for on a street corner in Soho.

 Soho Pretzel

Afternoon/night: We then walked up to explore East Village. I could highly highly recommend anymore – this part of Manhattan really had the old school New York charm with lots of quaint bars and places to eat. It also had a heavy Japanese influence in sections and was certainly the place to get great Japanese.  Wish we had of explored East Village earlier! We decided to do a bit of a supper/afternoon pub crawl, which ran well into the night and ended up at a place called Frankies that had been recommended to us at about 10pm. I’ve never inhaled pizza quicker in my life! It was amazing, especially after a long day of walking and a few too many drinks!

 We mainly explored the bars on Avenue C – highly recommend!
 And that was the end of our 6 days in New York!
Overall, we loved New York – we spent much less money than anticipated. We only purchased a few things and typically only ate 1-2 meals days as most of our day was spent walking the streets and trying to cram as much in as possible.
Finally, I would say, to experience the real old school New York charm, you need to get out of Time Square and key touristy areas and explore the outskirts of Manhattan – places like East and West Village otherwise you spend your time eating at the big chain style cafes.
The OYSTA Team

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