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Hank’s 4-Day Weekend City Guide

Following are a few affordable suggestions for the first time visitor.

Keep in mind, the day suggestions would require a 48-hour day, so choices will need to be made based on your interests.
WHEN: Spring and fall are the best times of year. Avoid the summer heat and Thanksgiving through the New Years’ holiday with extra crowds and up charges.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Stay anywhere south of 96th Street
East or West Side, Midtown or Downtown
Check Trip Advisor, Expedia, Travelocity,, and

Put these three on your list for under $200 (avg) per night:
Look for AAA discounts and show your card.

Tip #1
: Google NYC subway and street maps for your trip.
UPON ARRIVAL Get street and subway map at NYC Visitor Center (several around town)
Times Square Visitors Center – 1560 Broadway (btw 46th & 47th)
Pick up NYCs Original City Guide plus other info/coupons

Tip #2: Buy it at first attraction.
Six famous attractions $79 (valid up to 9-days)
Empire State Observatory/Museum of Natural History/Metropolitan Museum of Art /Guggenheim or Top of the Rock/Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise or Statue/Ellis Cruise

Tip #3:Transportation – Subway is much faster than bus
$20 Metro Card (subway) 10-trip or $27, 7-day unlimited ride Metro Card to get around.
Purchase at subway station from machine or attendant and don’t forget to ask for a subway map.

OPTION: To see all the landmarks, consider New York Sightseeing (double-decker bus) 2-day, hop on/hop off “All Loops” $44. Times Square, Broadway (btw 46th & 47th)


Madison Square Garden/Penn Station – 32nd and 7th
Local West – 33rd St, 1 Penn Plaza
Empire State Building – Observatory, 33rd and 5th
Stout, NYC – 33rd, btw 7th and 6th

city imageThe Gingerman – 36th, btw 5th and Madison
Houndstooth Pub 8th Ave, btw 36th & 37th

Rockefeller Center / St Patricks Cathedral – 50th Street and 5th
Radio City Music Hall – 50th Street at 6th

MOMA – 53rd St, btw 5th & 6th
Cancun Restaurant, Mexican – 8th Ave btw 55th and 56th
PJ Clarks – 55th St at 3rd Ave
FAO Schwartz -5th Ave, btw 58th and 59th

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – W 46th St and 12th Ave (Pier 86)
Restaurant Row – 46th and 9th (many eateries and bars)

Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building – 42nd Street, Park & Lexington
NY Public Library – Bryant Park 5th Ave at 40th St

Times Square – 42nd Street & Broadway, Great at night!
Limitless options from Heartland Brewery to the Hershey Times Square Store,
BB King Blues Club & Grill to Planet Hollywood,
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. to Disney’s The Lion King

TKTS Discount Booths
The Times Square Booth sells day-of-performance tickets only.
The South Street Seaport Booth sells tickets to evening performances on the day of the performance, and matinee tickets the day before.

DAY 2 – UPPER WEST SIDE (1/2 day)
American Museum of Natural History – 79th St and Central Park West

79th Street Boat Basin Café
Interesting Grill in Park, on Hudson River
Happy Hour M-F, 4 7p.m.

guggenheimOR UPPER EAST SIDE / MUSEUM MILE (1/2 Day)
Guggenheim Museum – 5th Ave at 89th
Jackson Hole – 91st at Madison

Metropolitan Museum of Art – 5th Ave at 82nd
Mustang Grill (Mexican) 2nd Ave at 85th
Mimi’s Pizza Kitchen – Lexington Ave btw 84th and 85th
Whitney Museum – Madison Ave at 75th
J.G. Mellon, 3rd Ave at 74th

Finish the day in CENTRAL PARK (1/2 day)
Central Park path near 72nd St – Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial
59th Street and 5th – The Pond, Carousel and Central Park Zoo
Also see Alice in Wonderland, Belvedere Castle, & Boathouse, enter at 72nd & 5th (row boat and bicycle rental). Check

Union Square Park – Broadway & 14th St/Restaurants and Bars

Fuerza Bruta, Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E 15th St at Union Square E
W F 8 p.m./Sat 7 & 10 /Sun 7 p.m.: $25 Rush tickets at Box Office/2-hrs prior to show

brooklyn bridgeOR EAST VILLAGE
Blueman Group – Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St ($55 Wednesdays on line)
Swift Hibernian Lounge 4th St btw Bowery and Lafayette
Puck Fair, Lafayette St btw Houston and Prime

Cooper 35 Asian Pub, 35 Cooper Square – cheap drinks and apps
Agozar Cuban Bistro Bar – Bowery, btw Bond and Bleecher

WEST VILLAGE (evening for music)
Café Wha? 115 MacDougal St or The Back Fence 155 Bleecker Street
Many 70s bars that are still popular today

The Original Vincent’s – 119 Mott Street

Joe’s Shanghai – 9 Pell St “Original Soup Dumpling”
Fun gift shops, bakery, etc.

statue of libertyLOWER EAST SIDE
South Street Seaport (Pier 17) – Water and Fulton St
Brooklyn Bridge – Take a walk all, or half way across

World Trade Center Site – St Marks Church
9/11 Memorial – 20 Vesty St
Wall Street

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Statue Cruises $12, 1-877-523-9849

So get out there, pick your neighborhoods and have fun!
And afterwards, please let me know what you enjoyed, and share your NYC finds.


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