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
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
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
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
- 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/)
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
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.
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.
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!