What are the best NYC attractions if you have only 1 day - or at most, 2 days - to explore the city?
To find expert answers to this question, Boston Discovery Guide consulted with Melissa - a 4th generation New Yorker and granddaughter of one of the city's very first taxi drivers. A true New York insider, Melissa publishes the NYCInsider Guide where she shares all the hidden secrets and cool things to do in NYC.
Check out Melissa's top recommendations for what to see and do in New York below if you're planning a short visit.
New York City's Manhattan skyline at sunset - Photo courtesy of Emiliano Bar on Unsplash
A New Yorker's Recommendations for Things to Do & See in NYC
Boston Discovery Guide: Melissa, what your top 3 must see/must do recommendations for someone who will have
about a day and a half in the city?
Melissa: For first time visitors, I suggest seeing our historical landmarks, including Top of the Rock and/or Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island, and the Museum of Natural History.
Definitely take in a Broadway show if there's time, and rather than blowing your budget on a nice dinner that you won't have time to linger over, grab a hot dog or prix-fixe meal in Times Square before or after the show.
For return visitors, I suggest taking in a new-to-you Museum. Save yourself time by getting your tickets online before you go (most give you skip-the-line access) or take a guided tour.
Explore the neighborhoods, such as Greenwich or the West Village, Little Italy, Chinatown or SoHo. Each has a different flair and culture.
Go deeper into Central Park, either with one of their free walking tours, or biking or blading. Add an Off Broadway Show, nice dinner or night club and definitely check to see what cool monthly events are happening.
Boston Discovery Guide:What's your favorite New York neighborhood - and why?
Melissa: I live Downtown, defined as anything below 14th Street. I love the Village, SoHo and Meatpacking areas, all filled with culture, nightlife, character, the arts and shopping.
Boston Discovery Guide:For a visitor to NY who loves shopping but has only 2 hours - what's the
best place to go?
Melissa: For designer shopping, Barney's, Bergdorf's and Bendel's are all near Central Park, the Plaza, and FAO Schwarz.
For discount shopping, which is always a hit or miss experience, Century 21 is near Ground Zero, Statue of Liberty and Wall Street. But there is nothing like one of our Sample Sales if you are in town when your favorite brand is there.
Susan: Thank you, Melissa! You've given us great ideas about New York tourist attractions - plus real "insider" ideas about interesting places to explore!