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New York City 101

If you have never been to New York but can’t wait to book your flight, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our three-day New York City itinerary and get ready for a long weekend in the Big Apple.

DAY 1: Times Square, Broadway and New York Cheesecake

A trip to Manhattan would not be complete without a stop in Times Square.  It’s busy and bustling during the day and spectacular and fun at night. Here, you’ll also find the TKTS booth. It looks like a space ship and is a great place to get last minute Broadway show tickets.  Be prepared to stand in line though!

After the show, there’s only one place to go. Nothing ends the evening better than a big slice of new York cheesecake.  My favorite from Carnegie Deli comes with a side (more like a gallon) of vanilla ice cream.

DAY 2: City Tour, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island

A hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to see the city.  Choose which loop you want to do, or get the combination and cover the entire city without having to pay for cab fare. Don’t forget to check out the street food. There’s more than just hot dogs and falaffel these days.  From Vietnamese to Vegetarian, and Lobster Toast to Lamb Sausage, today’s food carts and trucks are a culinary experience in themselves. If you’re not up for the street food, South Street Seaport is a great stop for some shopping or a delicious fresh seafood lunch.

After lunch, do some island hopping. The Statue of Liberty (on Liberty Island) is opening to tourists again on July 4, 2013. Only a very limited number of people are allowed up into the crown each day so we’ll help you get tickets in advance.

If you’re feeling up to it, cruise over to Ellis Island and take the audio tour. Listen to detailed stories of how so many people came into our country while viewing the display of luggage brought over and left on Ellis Island. You can look up relatives in the archives as well.

DAY 3: Shopping, Central Park, and Iconic Views

Visit the world’s largest Macy’s store for some good old-fashioned shopping. Above the main entrance to Macy’s, look for the two gold angels that are said to represent Isidor and Ida Straus, the original owners who died on the Titanic. Then gather up your bags and head to Central Park, where you can spend the afternoon riding a horse & carriage. You can pick them up at 5th Ave and Central Park South.

End your day with a few iconic building views. Visit the area around the Flat Iron building, home to many businesses in the toy and garment industry. Then, for a gorgeous (and less crowded than the Empire State Building) view of the city, go to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center).

For more recommendations, check out some of our favorite places to eat in NYC neighborhood restaurants.

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