|2-Day or Weekend Plan
If you are
visiting New York City for a weekend or for 2 days, you will have many more
options to engage in different activities and enjoy the diversity that the
city has to offer. Now that you are on this page and have not considered
an itinerary, perhaps you will consider the frenetic pace of the 1-Day Plan
(or "better than nothing" plan). The Big Apple deserves a longer visit!
First, do the 1-Day Plan, bearing in mind that you will have another day
to enjoy shopping or a boat trip. You may choose to forego a sightseeing
tour, or, if you enjoy having it done for you, you may also enjoy a more
extended sightseeing tour, or even a different sort of package that might
encompass a night tour.
Other recommended things to do for the 2-Day Plan:
- If you are here on a Sunday, you could go to Chinatown, either
catching the eateries for a "dim-sum" (literally "a little bit of heart")
brunch before the church crowd comes out of services, or else, after
your religious services. There are different places that offer dim-sum,
where those who are not so familiar may enjoy the sight of the carts
being rolled to you with different types of dumplings and small eats,
from which you select what looks good to you! It's definitely
an activity for a family or larger group, and not for a single visitor.
This could impact on your decision as to where you have dinner on Day
1 or what you might like to do after your Staten Island ferry trip.
But a stroll through the bustling New York City Chinatown is a must,
full of its unique sounds of commerce and Asian color and culture.
- Top on the list of worthwhile things to do and just slightly
off the Museum Mile, is the Frick Collection. This beautiful Renaissance-style
building with peaceful courtyard houses a wonderful collection, and
offers a glimpse not just into the art itself, but the superb taste
of the collector. The museum itself is open all days except on Monday,
and is the perfect size for a 1-2 hour visit, before the eyes and attention
tire. For more information, go to http://www.frick.org
- Without going too far afield, you could also take a ride up
north to a peaceful area with wonderful views called "The Cloisters."
A division of he Metropolitan Museum of Art, this houses a European
Medieval collection, appropriate to the setting. (N.B. If you really
enjoy museums or wish to enter the top attractions as opposed to the
quick overview, and are planning to spend more time in museums if you
are in the city for 2 or more days, consider getting a a pass to the
top attractions for a single price, and avoid waiting in line. Check
For directions and information for The Cloisters, go to http://www.newyorkled.com/cloisters.htm
- You will probably want to take in an evening show or play.
You can get discount theater tickets at Times Square on the day of the
performance, and while it involves waiting in line, the people-watching
is spectacular. The Times Square Theater Center, on 47th Street &
Broadway is open Monday through Saturday (for evening performances)
3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday & Saturday (for matinee tickets)
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday (for matinee & evening tickets)
11:00 a.m. to evening (varies with show times). For more information
on theater tickets or for a CBS show, check online at
- Another interesting option is to get tickets to the taping
of a TV show e.g. the David Letterman show, just one of many hosted
in New York City. For information on these, see http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/live_on_letterman/
- Or, go to a sports event, weather willing, always good for
family bonding time: http://www.nyc.gov/html/sports/html/home.html
- There is ample opportunity for any type of shopping your heart
might desire, from the major department stores to specialty shopping
e.g. in the Garment District. It all depends on the wallet and the time
constraints. A good site to browse: http://www.nyctourist.com/shopping_menu.htm
Really, if you want
to rest your feet and soak in a bit of a very quirky side of the city,
stop by Washington Square Park, play a Scrabble game, read, or watch the
chess players. It is superbly entertaining, as well as being in the middle
of something historic. For a little background, see http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=7
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