Posted on 01/11/2018

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24 hours in New York City

New York is the city that never sleeps, but sometimes you have to! If you only have 24 hours, follow this itinerary for an unbeatable time.

Bodega breakfast

Your trip starts bright and early in Manhattan with a bodega egg and cheese sandwich. It may not look like much, but bodega egg and cheese sandwiches are a New York City institution. A bodega is a small convenience store-slash-deli that can be found in every neighborhood in New York. Pretty much any bodega will do, and you have your choice of either a roll or a bagel. If you're feeling really fancy, add bacon. - Amrit Silja Karau/123RF

A walk in the park

Take yourself and your breakfast to Bryant Park. Grab a chair or sit in the grass and watch people go by. Bryant park was refurbished in the 1990s after years of decay and disrepair. It's now a lovely green space where you can attend everything from jazz concerts to poetry readings. - Roman Babakin/123RF

Pitstop in Times Square

It's unwise to brave Times Square on an empty stomach, so once you've savored your breakfast, you're ready. After just a five minute walk, you'll find yourself surrounded by the screens and sounds of one of New York's most iconic landmarks.

But don't dawdle. The magic of Times Square wears off fast, especially as the day wears on and people start to rush in. If you arrive around 9 a.m, the other tourists won't have made it yet and the real New Yorkers will already be at work. Check off the box and be out of there quick. There's still so much to see. - Karl Bloch/123RF

More More MOMA

The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art has one of the best collections of modern art in the world and it's just a short walk from Times Square. If you spent too much time ogling the giant screens or if modern art isn't your thing, just decompress in the sculpture garden and see the works of Alexander Calder, Auguste Rodin and Pablo Picasso just to name a few. - Anton Havelaar/123RF

A green oasis

A five minute walk from MOMA will leave you in Central Park. This 843-acre park was built in 1857 and has been a New York City landmark for over a century. If you have more than just 24 hours and are visiting in the spring or summer, you can wait in line all day for free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park.

If you're pressed for time, visit the Conservatory Gardens in the northeast corner of the park for a taste of Versailles, and see if you can find Cleopatra's Eye, an Egyptian obelisk placed in the middle of the park. Central Park is an oasis in the middle of Manhattan, and you'll feel far from the hustle and bustle of the city even though it's all around you. - Marco Rubino/123RF

The Met

The idea of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is to go inside and actually see the art, but many people just stand on the steps and pose. This massive building was first opened in 1872, and it's the largest art museum in the United States with over 2 million works in its permanent collection. 24 hours might be too little time for a full visit, but for fans of art and history a quick peak is worth it. - Karel Miragaya/123RF

Empire State of Mind

On your way downtown, you'll pass the Empire State Building. Completed in 1931, it was once the tallest building in the world reaching 1,250 feet not including its antenna. Because it opened at the beginning of the Great Depression, much of the building was empty for the first few years of its existence. Now it's a National Historic Landmark.

If you're looking for a panoramic view of New York, the observation deck at the Empire State Building is good, but you might be better off trying the top of Rockefeller Center near Times Square or One World Trade Center. - Andrey Bayda/123RF

A triangular tower

When this oddly-shaped building was erected in the 1900s, bets were placed about how long it would take before the wind knocked it over. However, the Flatiron Building is still standing and is one of Manhattan's most interesting features. - Songquan Deng/123RF

Lunch time

It's time for you and everyone else in this city of eight million people to eat lunch and lucky for you, New York is full of amazing food.

If you're looking for something different, go for dim sum (pictured). For those looking for something a little more upscale, Golden Unicorn won't disappoint.

Katz's isn't the only deli to be found in New York by a long shot, but it is considered one of the best. If you're hankering for a classic pastrami sandwich, you can also try Pastrami Queen, 2nd Avenue Deli or Mile End.

If you want to try a little bit of everything, head to Chelsea Market and you'll be spoiled for choice. The building was the originally home to the Nabisco factory, and is where the Oreo cookie was invented. - paylessimages/123RF

Walk the line

The High Line opened to huge success in 2009. This abandoned railway in the meatpacking district near Chelsea Market stretches just over a mile, and was lying in ruins until the city decided to turn it into a public park. Take a walk and admire the flora and public artworks. - Oleksandr Prokopenko/123RF

Recent history

A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to Wall Street. Stop by the bronze Charging Bull installed by Arturo di Modica. It's meant to represent the strength of the American people in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash. One World Trade Center is a sobering experience and a necessary visit, commemorating the September 11th attacks. A view from the top is also one of the best in the city. - tomas1111/123RF

Lady Liberty

For an excellent view of the Statue of Liberty, take the 25-minute trip across the water to Staten Island. While the statue itself makes for an interesting visit and is an integral part of American history, maybe visit when you have more than 24 hours. The Manhattan skyline from the water is also something to behold. - ANTONIO BALAGUER SOLER/123RF

From one borough to another

If you're feeling rejuvenated after returning from Staten Island, you can cycle or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. This suspension bridge is one of the oldest in the United States. It was conceived in 1869 and completed in 1883, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. - Roman Slavik/123Rf


At the other end of the Brooklyn Bridge is of course Brooklyn. This borough has become known as the hipster capital of the world, often at the expense of its previous residents. Many tourists will still turn around and take the subway back to Manhattan, but there's plenty to see here. There are lots of bars and restaurants in Dumbo just at the end of the bridge if you need a rest, and if you have some time left over, check out Greenpoint and Williamsburg for excellent food and drink to end your day in New York City. It also makes for an excellent place to stay while you explore. - L.Zhukovsky/123RF