My 4 days trip to New York City
Selected Hotel
Park Central New York Hotel

Location.
Located in central New York, Park Central New York is a business-friendly hotel within walking distance of Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle, and Ed Sullivan Theater. Nearby points of interest also include Rockefeller Center and Broadway.

Hotel Features.
Dining options at Park Central New York include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. Recreational amenities include a health club. This 4-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and limo/town car service. Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). This New York property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is limited, and available on a limited first-come, first-served basis (surcharge). Other property amenities at this Beaux Arts property include multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and currency exchange.

Guestrooms.
934 air-conditioned guestrooms at Park Central New York feature safes and complimentary newspapers. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer multi-line phones with voice mail. 32-inch flat-screen televisions have premium cable channels, video-game consoles, and pay movies. Rooms also include windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains. Guests may request hypo-allergenic bedding and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.



Notifications and Fees:

  • Children 11 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • All guests staying in hotel guestrooms must be registered with the hotel.

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Valet parking fee: USD 55 per day
  • Fee for wireless Internet in all public areas: USD 14.10 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 14.10 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
  • Breakfast fee: USD 25 per person (approximately)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 75 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Selected Sights (Day 1)
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Brooklyn Bridge
New York, NY, United States, +1 347-647-087, 8:00 - 19:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
From its intersection with Park Row (just east of City Hall) you can walk (takes about 20-30 minutes each way), bike, or drive across the historic and iconic bridge to Brooklyn. The view from the bridge is quite lovely, with excellent views of Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn and good views of Midtown and the New York Harbor in the distance.
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23 Wall Street
23 Wall St, New York, NY 10005, USA, , 8:00 - 19:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
Located across from the Stock Exchange is this imposing office building which was constructed in 1914 and served as the headquarters of JP Morgan. The Wall Street Bombing of September 16, 1920 damaged the building, with shrapnel blasting several holes in the limestone facade. The holes are still there for any to see.
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National September 11 Memorial
entrance at 1 Albany St, +1 212 312-880, 10:00 - 20:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
On the site of the former World Trade Center towers, the memorial consists of two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools set within the footprints of the twin towers, lined with bronze panels with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of that fateful day inscribed. The surrounding plaza holds a grove of trees. A museum is under construction nearby - for now only the glass pavilion which will serve as the entrance is visible, with two large artifacts from the towers within. Due to construction on new towers and facilities on the WTC site, access to the site is currently restricted - a timed reservation system is being used and you must reserve your tickets in advance. Go to the website to reserve a pass.
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New York Stock Exchange
18 Broad St, +1 212-656-300, 8:00 - 19:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
A historic site, not least because of the Black Thursday crash of the Exchange on 24 October 1929 and the subsequent sell-off panic which started on Black Tuesday, 29 October, precipitating the worldwide Great Depression of the early 1930s. The present Exchange building opened in 1903, recognized from the first as an example of masterful architecture, with the six massive Corinthian columns across its Broad Street facade imparting a feeling of substance and stability and, to many, seeming the very embodiment of America's growth and prosperity. The building has been closed to the public since 9/11.
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National Museum of the American
One Bowling Green, +1 212 514-370, 10:00 - 20:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
Housed in the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, this Smithsonian museum is the New York branch of the National Museum of the American Indian (the other branches are in Washington, D.C. and Maryland).
Broadway Shows
729 7th Avenue #6, New York, NY, United States, +1 212-541-8457, 8:00 - 19:00, GBP, Transit: NA
Selected Sights (Day 2)
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Trinity Church
74 Trinity Place #4, New York, NY, United States, +1 212 602-080, 7:00 - 18:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
An Episcopalian (Anglican) church and parish was first established on this site in 1697 under charter by King William III. The present Neo-Gothic Revival church building (the third incarnation) dates from 1846 and remains a significant landmark within Downtown. The original burial ground at Trinity Church includes the graves and memorials of many historic figures, including Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, Robert Fulton, and Albert Gallatin.
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Trump Building
40 Wall St, , 8:00 - 19:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
A very impressive skyscraper which was completed in 1930 and surpassed the height of the nearby Woolworth Building, making it the tallest building in the world until the Chrysler Building was completed just a month later (which in turn lost that title to the Empire State Building less than a year later). The building was purchased by Donald Trump in 1995, hence its current name.
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Wall Street
Financial District, New York, NY, USA, , 0:00 - 23:59, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
The historic heart of the Financial District and the home of the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street is a byword for American big business and stock trading (most New York financial firms are no longer headquartered on the street itself, but housed nearby in new offices). A narrow street running downhill from Broadway to the East River, Wall Street was named for the wall that was built here in 1652 to keep Manhattan's indigenous peoples out of the growing Dutch settlement. The wall was demolished by the British in 1699. By the late 18th century, traders and speculators would gather under a buttonwood tree at the foot of Wall Street to trade informally - this was the origin of the New York Stock Exchange that was established in 1817.
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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
28 East 20th Street, +1 212 260-161, 9:00 - 17:00, 3.0 GBP, Transit: NA
A designated National Historic Site, Roosevelt lived at this site from his birth in 1858 until the age of 14 years. The building is not the original - that was demolished in 1916 - but a reconstruction erected by admirers only three years later in 1919 after Roosevelt's death, and subsequently furnished with many of the original fittings and memorabilia of the 26th US President by Roosevelt's wife and sisters.
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Metropolitan Life Insurance Building
24th St and Madison Ave, , 8:00 - 19:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
A lovely building with a tall clock tower just across Madison Ave from Madison Square Park.
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Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island, New York, NY, United States, +1 212-363-320, 8:00 - 19:00, 24.0 GBP, Transit: NA
The Statue of Liberty, or Liberty Enlightening the World, a gift from the people of France to celebrate the centennial of the United States, stands upon Liberty Island and is one of the most famous symbols of the nation. Upon departing the ferry, you can visit the Visitor Information Station, which has a schedule of the day's events. Visitors can also meet at the Liberty Island Flagpole (behind the statue) for a ranger-led tour of the island. You can also visit the monument lobby, museum (where you'll see various exhibits on the statue, the old torch, and the famous New Colossus' sonnet) and outside to the promenade and Fort Wood (the 11-point star-shaped structure the statue stands upon). You can also take a trip to the pedestal observation deck (though not up into the statue itself unless you have a Reserve with Crown ticket); visitors can look upward to view the interior of the statue (there are four marked viewing locations); and the pedestal observation deck provides a 360-degree view which includes the New York City skyline. Security checks are rigorous so travel as light as possible. Backpacks and other large bags are not permitted on the tours but can be stored in lockers for a fee. On busy days there may be long waits. Visitors with the Reserve with Crown ticket are allowed to climb up a circular staircase from the base of the statue to the crown but tickets are very limited and should be reserved three or four months (up to one year) in advance. Children must be at least 4-feet tall and must be able to walk up and down the stairs by themselves and all ticket holders must show a photo ID to match the name on their tickets. Statue Cruises is the only means of access to Liberty and Ellis Islands; the ferries depart from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan or from Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Be prepared for airport like security screening with similar restrictions (no food or open liquids no knives etc.) before boarding the boat. One ticket is good for sailings to both islands and return to starting point. Tickets are limited in number and can be obtained on the day from the ferry company or in advance by calling the ticket office on the phone number above or online.
Selected Sights (Day 3)
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Empire State Building
350 5th Ave, +1 212 736-310, 8:00 - 14:00, 23.0 GBP, Transit: NA
A legend from the moment it was finished in 1931, the Empire State Building was easily the tallest building not just in New York, but the entire world for many years before being overtaken by another New York landmark - the twin towers of the World Trade Center. With the destruction of those two buildings, the Empire State Building was once again the tallest building in the city, but that lasted less than eleven years. Even as the second-tallest building, though, it remains iconic, and one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Expect long lines, and a lot of them - you'll have to wait in line to pass through a security checkpoint, wait in line to get tickets, wait in line for the elevators, and then make your way through the crowd on the outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor. One way to deal with the lines is to buy an express line ticket, which will bring you to the front of any line, but it will more than double the cost of your ticket. Another option is to visit very early in the day or late in the evening, when the lines will be considerably shorter. Despite the long lines and inevitable tourist kitsch, the views are excellent and the experience of being outdoors on top of New York City is a great one.
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Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center, NY, USA, , 8:00 - 19:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
The Christmas Tree, the Skating Rink, NBC studios, the shops and hubbub - you can't miss it. The Christmas Tree and the Skating Rink are naturally not year round, but in the summer, the complex is a hub for touristy operations. Within the striking Art Deco buildings of the complex are several dining establishments overlooking the area and many stores.
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Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St, +1 212 708-940, 10:30 - 17:30, 20.0 GBP, Transit: NA
One of the greatest and most popular collections of modern art, on a par with the Tate Modern in London or Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou. Exceedingly popular so be warned: queues for tickets start early and stretch long. To avoid the crowds, turn up at the door at least a half hour before opening, then take the elevator to the top floor and work your way down. The building is as much a draw as the outstanding collection; possessing arguably the best collection of modern masterpieces world-wide, MoMA houses important art works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Paul Cézanne, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, and works by leading American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close. MoMA also holds renowned art photography and design collections.
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Grand Central Terminal
42nd St and Park Ave, , 5:30 - 23:59, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
Walk in and see the main concourse, a cavernous room often filled with people and elegantly detailed, with arched windows, a lovely clock, and an astronomical ceiling.
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Times Square
Broadway and 7th Avenue, stretching from 42nd to 48th Streets, +1 212-768-156, 8:00 - 19:00, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
A place filled with video screens, LED signs, and flashing lights; a world wonder or a tourist nightmare depending on your perspective, the 'new' Times Square is a family-friendly theme park of themed restaurants, theaters and hotels, as well as a developing business district. The lights and signs can be viewed anytime, but the most enchanting experience comes when one visits Times Square at night, as all the signs and screens are ablaze with color. Times Square is also well known for its famous New Year's Eve ball drop. Those looking for the seedy Times Square of years past will find it around the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and on Eighth Avenue to the west.
Selected Sights (Day 4)
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Central Park
1000 Fifth Avenue, +1 212 535-771, 9:30 - 17:30, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
A sprawling open space in Upper Manhattan, Central Park is divided into four quadrants. Bikes are available on rent here. At the South End are the vintage Friedsman Carousel, Zoo, Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, and Strawberry Fields. The Great Lawn area houses the Belvedere Castle and the Tea Party sculpture from Alice in Wonderland. The North End has the Harleem Meer and Discovery Centre.
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Central Park Biking
New York City, New York, , 8:00 - 19:00, GBP, Transit: NA
The Park Drives, which circle the entire park, are the best place to bicycle or do in-line or roller skating, with a dedicated lane for their use. Skaters can also use any of the paved trails running through the park, but bicyclists are prohibited on all pedestrian pathways. Bicycle rentals are available from the parking lot of the Loeb Boathouse.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY, +1 (212) 535-7710, 9:30 - 17:30, 0.0 GBP, Transit: NA
Pay what you wish; includes same-day admission to the Cloisters Museum & Gardens in Upper Manhattan (suggested admission $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, children under 12 free). One of the world's largest and most important museums of art and world culture, you'll have to devote several hours; nay, an entire day (if not more!), if you want to do this place justice. This massive gothic-style building, originally opened in 1872 and with numerous expansions added on over time, holds literally hundreds of rooms on its two floors, containing thousands of art pieces from across human history and around the world, covering virtually every field of art in existence. Along with the numerous permanent exhibit halls mentioned below are several changing exhibit halls.
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Neue Galerie New York
1048 5th Ave, +1 212 628-620, 11:00 - 18:00, 15.0 GBP, Transit: NA
Other selected attractions
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Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave, +1 212 423-350, 0:00 - 0:00, 18.0 GBP, Transit: NA
Probably the most famous of the Guggenheim foundations (others found in Bilbao, Venice, Berlin and Las Vegas), which hold avant-garde modern art by artists such as Kandinsky and Mondrian, the New York branch is housed in a unique and famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building rendered in a rounded, organic form and completed in 1959. Be sure to take the elevator to the top floor, then follow the spiral viewing floors downwards to the street level.
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Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island, New York, NY, United States, +1 212-363-320, 8:00 - 19:00, 24.0 GBP, Transit: NA
The Statue of Liberty, or Liberty Enlightening the World, a gift from the people of France to celebrate the centennial of the United States, stands upon Liberty Island and is one of the most famous symbols of the nation. Upon departing the ferry, you can visit the Visitor Information Station, which has a schedule of the day's events. Visitors can also meet at the Liberty Island Flagpole (behind the statue) for a ranger-led tour of the island. You can also visit the monument lobby, museum (where you'll see various exhibits on the statue, the old torch, and the famous New Colossus' sonnet) and outside to the promenade and Fort Wood (the 11-point star-shaped structure the statue stands upon). You can also take a trip to the pedestal observation deck (though not up into the statue itself unless you have a Reserve with Crown ticket); visitors can look upward to view the interior of the statue (there are four marked viewing locations); and the pedestal observation deck provides a 360-degree view which includes the New York City skyline. Security checks are rigorous so travel as light as possible. Backpacks and other large bags are not permitted on the tours but can be stored in lockers for a fee. On busy days there may be long waits. Visitors with the Reserve with Crown ticket are allowed to climb up a circular staircase from the base of the statue to the crown but tickets are very limited and should be reserved three or four months (up to one year) in advance. Children must be at least 4-feet tall and must be able to walk up and down the stairs by themselves and all ticket holders must show a photo ID to match the name on their tickets. Statue Cruises is the only means of access to Liberty and Ellis Islands; the ferries depart from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan or from Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Be prepared for airport like security screening with similar restrictions (no food or open liquids no knives etc.) before boarding the boat. One ticket is good for sailings to both islands and return to starting point. Tickets are limited in number and can be obtained on the day from the ferry company or in advance by calling the ticket office on the phone number above or online.
CC Image by Mike Clarke
Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island, New York, NY, United States, +1 212-363-320, 8:00 - 19:00, 24.0 GBP, Transit: NA
The Statue of Liberty, or Liberty Enlightening the World, a gift from the people of France to celebrate the centennial of the United States, stands upon Liberty Island and is one of the most famous symbols of the nation. Upon departing the ferry, you can visit the Visitor Information Station, which has a schedule of the day's events. Visitors can also meet at the Liberty Island Flagpole (behind the statue) for a ranger-led tour of the island. You can also visit the monument lobby, museum (where you'll see various exhibits on the statue, the old torch, and the famous New Colossus' sonnet) and outside to the promenade and Fort Wood (the 11-point star-shaped structure the statue stands upon). You can also take a trip to the pedestal observation deck (though not up into the statue itself unless you have a Reserve with Crown ticket); visitors can look upward to view the interior of the statue (there are four marked viewing locations); and the pedestal observation deck provides a 360-degree view which includes the New York City skyline. Security checks are rigorous so travel as light as possible. Backpacks and other large bags are not permitted on the tours but can be stored in lockers for a fee. On busy days there may be long waits. Visitors with the Reserve with Crown ticket are allowed to climb up a circular staircase from the base of the statue to the crown but tickets are very limited and should be reserved three or four months (up to one year) in advance. Children must be at least 4-feet tall and must be able to walk up and down the stairs by themselves and all ticket holders must show a photo ID to match the name on their tickets. Statue Cruises is the only means of access to Liberty and Ellis Islands; the ferries depart from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan or from Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Be prepared for airport like security screening with similar restrictions (no food or open liquids no knives etc.) before boarding the boat. One ticket is good for sailings to both islands and return to starting point. Tickets are limited in number and can be obtained on the day from the ferry company or in advance by calling the ticket office on the phone number above or online.