Toys R Us giant ferris wheel in side the multi-story toy store in Times Square
Times Square, center of theater, music and dance
New York City Walking
The first walk could start on the Great White Way once you descend from the Empire State Building and head north for a half-mile on Broadway through the heart of the Theater District. The New York Times Newspaper, winner of 79 Pulitzers, built its headquarters a hundred years ago at the merge of Broadway and Seventh Avenue: Times Square.
Music, dance, and theater rule this once gritty intersection This slice of New York City nightlife recently struggled through rebirth as a gleaming family entertainment center. Good lodging nearby particularly the moderately priced Milford Hotel will put you in the heart of the entertainment district.
Not just Good Morning America broadcasting live each morning while a sidewalk audience of cell phone-junkies peers through picture windows, or David Letterman romping through this neighborhood torturing Rupert G. during his evening show from the Ed Sullivan Theater, Times Square is the ESPN Zone Sports Bar hosting every rabid fans fantasy: big screen TV game coverage throughout, even in the lavatories; it is the Broadway City Arcade featuring not just for kids virtual reality, and it is the gigantic windows at Toys-R-Us welcoming kids with a ride on the indoor Ferris wheel.
Rockefeller Center's 11-acre Art-Deco style complex on 5th Avenue and 48th Street, home of the Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes hosts one hour NBC guided tours of the TV studios where the Today Show, NBC Sports, Conan's Late Night, Dateline, Nightly News, and Saturday Night Live broadcast.
Three blocks north to West 53rd Street brings you to the Museum of Modern Art's Renoir Water Lilies and Van Goh Sunflowers.
For dining try Oceana on East 54th Street and Madison lunch: four-star, elegant.
Four blocks south on Madison you will find Saint Patrick's Cathedral, built in 1858, its 330-foot spires top the largest Gothic style cathedral in the country.
The Chrysler Building, New York's second tallest, looms in art-Deco extravagance seven blocks south on Park Avenue not far from the United Nations Headquarters and its tours of the complex so often seen in the news. No longer on US territory, your U. N. guides will explain in many languages the work done at the UN to improve the lives of people around the world.
If you return to Broadway by cab at dusk you'll see Times Square gleaming as brightly as day and feel its New Years Eve excitement again in the brilliance of multi-story ads and blazing billboards.
24 Hour City
New York City
Four Walking Tours
New York's Big Apple too big
Not when you divide the New York City into four bite-sized pieces: Museum Mile in uptown, the Great White Way in midtown, Fifth Avenue Boutiques in lower midtown, and the River Walk in lower Manhattan
Views of the city from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building will show that you can easily halve and quarter the Big Apple into four simple day-space chunks during your vacation.
Look north to the mile of museums that cluster along Central Park while below you shine the lights of Broadway's Great White Way. To the south, Fifth Avenue touches the Flatiron and Little Italy, and further south, the Riverwalk beneath the Brooklyn Bridge leads to the meeting of the East and Hudson Rivers at Battery Park and the ferry for the Statue of Liberty.
Dining is a great experienced in New York City because of Italian, Chinese and many other ethnic neighborhoods.
New York City Dining
Enough glitter, a short cab ride down 7th will take you to the landmark Carnegie Deli noted for its Pastrami and Cheesecake. Too Plebeian, take Broadway to the Trump Tower on the southwest corner of Central Park and end your day at one of only six New York restaurants consistently worthy of four stars and a place on a special New York Times "extraordinary" list: Jean Georges: French dining in an exquisite setting.
The next day's walking tour, the Museum Mile, starts at 843-acre Central Park, designed in 1858 by Fredrick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. Offering 58 miles of pedestrian, bike, and rollerblade paths with nature centers, a pond with Gondola rides, a wildlife center, a strawberry field memento to John Lennon, a zoo, and a carousel with 58 hand-carved horses, the park also offers the Museum Mile: natural history, photography and art museums that would take days to explore.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art stands above all the rest with its Egyptian, Greco-Roman, and American Art and its extensive collection of Impressionist and European paintings. Unable to see the entire two million pieces, take a romantic afternoon interlude: wine and cheese on the Met's rooftop patio with a splendid view of Central Park.
Also on the border of the park, the American Museum of Natural History and its Hayden Planetarium, the International Center of Photography, The Jewish Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum.
Grand Central Station is one of the busiest places in New York City
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Guided Tours at the United Nations building
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New York City For Walkers
Times Square at dusk
New York City is a great place for walkers. Divide the city into four sections: Uptown, Midtown, Riverwalk, and Battery.
Walk a section each day for entertainment, museums, dining and boutique shopping.