A Weekend in New York City

A Weekend in New York City

Dorothy Parker believed “London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful”, and Ayn Rand said she “would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline.” So what exactly is so great about New York City? Perhaps this list of what to do in New York City will shed some light. To New Yorkers, New York is not just a place, it is a way of life, and you could spend a lifetime soaking up its vivacious vibe. But if a quick taste is all you have the time for, here’s a roundup of the top New York City things to do over two days. 

Day One

Enjoy a cuppa at Café Lalo 
For decades New York has been immortalised by Hollywood movies, and for most tourists, Hollywood movies and American sitcoms are the first introduction to this magical city. Naturally, it makes sense to start your New York City tour with breakfast at a café made famous by the romantic comedy classic, “You’ve Got Mail”, Café Lalo. Apart from its silver screen fame, Café Lalo also boasts a menu of over 100 lip-smacking cakes and pies, with an equally impressive coffee menu. With plenty of occasions to burn the calories during the day, there is no reason to hold yourself back. 

Stroll through Central Park
The Central Park is every New Yorker’s pride and joy and a must on every New York City things to do list. While you might think it is just another park, Central Park is filled with delightful hidden wonders that you will only discover on exploration. With 20 playgrounds, 48 fountains, monuments and sculptures and 36 bridges, this is anything but an ordinary park.

Visit the Guggenheim Museum 
Head to the Guggenheim Museum for a taste of modern and contemporary artworks. The innovative architecture of the museum, with a spiral ramp of six stories and other quirky features, has earned the building a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Explore works by Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and more, and then prepare for some more museum exploration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Browse the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Discover over 5,000 years of art from around the world at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The wealth of art exhibited here includes Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat”, Claude Monet’s “Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies” and Rembrandt’s “Aristotle with a Bust of Homer”. It’s the perfect addition to your what to do in New York City list.

Pay homage at the 9/11 Memorial Museum
Dedicated to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is a moving monument. Through insightful guided tours, explore the artefacts and learn the stories of those affected by the attacks, and the symbolism behind the Memorial’s design. A visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum is without doubt one of the top New York City things to do. 

Day Two

Watch the sunrise from the Empire State Building
Watch the sun come up and bathe the ‘city that never sleeps’ in a warm golden glow from the observatory on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. Drink in the spectacular 360-degree views of the city from this open-air observatory, and take pictures from where several iconic Hollywood movie scenes were shot. Later, grab a delicious breakfast at State Grill & Bar restaurant located in the lobby of the building. 

Visit the Statue of Liberty 
Take a morning ferry tour to visit the Statue of Liberty and take the customary New York holiday photographs with Lady Liberty. Start early to give yourself ample time to explore both the Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Visit the Statue of Liberty Museum to learn all about the Statue of Liberty in interactive and thought-provoking ways, finishing up with an up-close view of Liberty’s most iconic symbol, her original torch, held high for nearly 100 years.

Eat your heart out at Smorgasburg
Known as the ‘Woodstock of eating’, Smorgasburg is a weekly open-air food market on the Williamsburg waterfront with over a 100 local vendors serving delicious handmade fare. Attracting up to 30,000 people, it is the largest weekly open-air food market in the country. Just like the city’s cosmopolitan population, the food served at Smorgasburg sees a variety of fusion foods like a Ramen Burger or the much-loved hot dog, garnished with seaweed. 

Shop at Brooklyn Flea Market
Smorgasburg was originally a spin-off of the Brooklyn Flea market and to visit the two markets one after the other is one of the customary New York City things to do. Shop for the trendiest jewellery, vintage clothing and other quirky knick-knacks and local souvenirs to take home. The New York Times labelled Brooklyn Flea market as “One of the great urban experiences in New York”, and certainly one to add to your ‘what to do in New York City’ agenda. 

Dine at The Modern
Conclude your whirlwind two days in the vibrant Big Apple with dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, The Modern. Delight in their ever-evolving seasonal menu, complemented by mouth-watering desserts and an award-winning wine program. The wonderful 6-course dinner menu features a mix of courses of your choice, as well as some courses designed by the restaurant. 
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