A Travel Butler's Guide to Spending 72 Hours in New York City
New York is a mystical place – the stuff of movie romanticism, retail therapy at its best, and Art Deco travel landmarks, beloved the world over. Its fame, though, means everyone's got something to say about it, a recommendation or an opinion to give. Vicky Savage, one of our Travel Butlers from the Flight Centre concierge service, is no different. Except that, she is different – she knows the Big Apple like the back of her hand. She lived in New York for just over a year and, during that time, made it her mission to experience as much of this iconic city as she could. We caught up with her for our latest USA brochure to get some insight into Manhattan, where to go, and what to see. Here she shares her experiences and tips on how to spend three days in the City that Never Sleeps...
Walk to the American Museum of Natural History through Central Park – the urban getaway in Upper Manhattan. Put together a picnic from one of the bodegas and sit in the serenity of the park away from the hustle and bustle of New York life. From 5pm head to Rockefeller Center and have a cocktail at the Rainbow Room’s Bar SixtyFive (closed Saturdays). The views over Manhattan are stunning, including the Empire State Building. As evening hits, take in Times Square before you climb the Red Stairs. While you’re here, seek out and experience Max Neuhaus’ “Times Square” sound installation hidden beneath your feet – just ask us Travel Butlers and we’ll fill you in.
Catch the Subway to the Dumbo (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighbourhood, where you can see the Empire State Building through the Brooklyn Bridge. Then walk back over the East River towards Lower Manhattan and head to the Tenement Museum. This fascinating museum, based in an original tenement apartment building, brings the 19th and 20th immigrant experience to life with guided tours. It is highly recommended to pre-book to secure your preferred date and time. Then hit the Lower East Side for dining options including Kosher, Thai and Mexican.
Grab a croissant and coffee and make your way along 5th Avenue, recreating a Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment. Continue along 5th Avenue and stroll the Museum Mile, even if museums aren’t your thing, the buildings are impressive. Afterwards, take the A train to Columbus Circle Station and head south down towards 56th Street and 9th Avenue for tapas restaurants, or how about BarBacon? As the name suggests, this spot is dedicated to all things bacon.