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Falling in Love with New York in 3 Days

New York is a city to love.

We only had 3 days to explore the city so we spent every waking moment wandering around the streets of Manhattan.  In that brief period, I can already imagine myself living in NYC.

New York - Manhattan SKyline

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, New York has a lot to offer.

*Check out our itinerary at the end of this post.

1.  Food

New York made its way to my heart because of the food. ♥  You will never run out of excellent food options.
Check out my NYC food post here.
New York - food

2.  Amazing Sights

As if the food is not enough to convince me to move to this city, it also offers countless amazing sights.  In 3 days, we were able to visit 15 of NYC’s famous sights.

*Check Official New York CityPASS for discounts on packages or multiple NYC attractions (SAVE 40% OR MORE on the 6 top attractions)

Statue of Liberty
New York - Statue of Liberty
Did you know that the original color of Statue of Liberty is not green?  It’s made of copper that was oxidized through time.
Famous Charging Bull
New York - Charging Bull
Or should I say, Tourists Charging the Bull?
9/11 Memorial and MuseumNew York - 911 Memorial
Wall Street

New York - Wall Street

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

New York - MoMA

Rockefeller Center
New York - Rockefeller Center
During winter, the sunken plaza is transformed into a skating rink.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

New York - St. Patrick's Cathedral

Grand Central Station
New York - Grand Central
Visit the Whispering Gallery.  It’s the archway in front of Oyster Bar & Restaurant.
Times Square
New York - Times Square
Times Square is one of the most visited tourist spots in the US with an estimated annual visitors of 41.9 million. (Source: www.travelandleisure.com)
Flat Iron Building

New York - Flat Iron Building

Brooklyn Bridge

New York - Brooklyn Bridge

New York - Brooklyn Bridge

New York - Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in US.
Central Park
New York - Central Park

New York - Central Park

New York - Central Park

New York - Central Park

There are so many things to do in Central Park.  If you get overwhelmed by its immense area and not sure what to prioritize, there are several Central Park Sightseeing Tours.

To give you an idea:

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)

New York - MET free

American Museum of Natural History

New York - Natural History Museum

High Line

New York - High Line

New York - High Line

New York - High Line

New York - High Line
High Line is a beautiful elevated park that was once a railroad.  There are still some train tracks visible along the park.
Manhattan Skyline
New York - Manhattan Skyline
View from my friend’s roof deck

3. Fascinating Structures and Parks

Cities with densely populated buildings have never looked this good.  NY managed to fill the city with timeless and elegant buildings.  Each building seemed to be meticulously designed with carvings.  These buildings are balanced by beautiful parks and plants.

New York - photography

New York - Photography

New York - Photography
Even the apartments are charming.

New York - Photography

New York - Photography

New York - Photography

In 3 days, we were able to visit 15 famous sights, try 10 highly recommended NY food, and stay at the luxurious St. Regis Hotel.

How did we manage it?  With lots of research and help from our local friends  🙂

Check out our itinerary:

Day 1 – Friday  
10:00-10:30 AM Ride the ferry to Statue of Liberty
10:30-11:00 AM Brunch at Statue of Liberty
11:00-12:30 PM Tour: Statue of Liberty
12:30-1:00 PM Tour: Battery Park & Charging Bull
1:00-1:15 PM Tour: Wall Street
1:15-1:45 PM Wafels & Dinges (food truck in Wall Street)
1:45-2:20 PM Tour: Wall Street
2:20-3:00 PM Tour: 9/11 Memorial
3:30-5:15 PM Tour: MoMA
5:30-6:00 PM Tour: Rockefeller Center
Magnolia Bakery (Banana Pudding)
6:10-6:20 PM Tour: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
6:30-7:45 PM Tour: Grand Central Station
Shake Shack
8:00 PM Tour: Times Square
Day 2 – Saturday
10:00 AM See the Flat Iron Building
10:30-1:30 PM Tour: 9/11 Museum
2:10-3:20 PM Lunch at Bob White
4:00-5:30 PM Tour: Brooklyn Bridge
5:50-6:15 PM Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy (Lobster Tail & Chocolate Cannoli)
Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
7:25-8:00 PM Tour: Central Park
8:00 PM Noreetuh (Teriyaki Chicken)
Day 3 – Sunday
10:15 AM-12:30 PM Tour: MET
12:45-1:20 PM Luke’s Lobster (Lobster Roll)
1:40-4:00 PM Tour: American Museum of Natural History
5:30-7:30 PM Tour: Central Park
7:50-8:20 PM Artichoke Basille’s Pizza (Artichoke Pizza)
8:30 PM Tour: High Line

It was difficult to leave NY.  I fell in love with its lively atmosphere, fascinating structures, lovely sights and unlimited food choices.  This is evident in the amount of pictures I’ve taken during our trip.

Mr. C and I agreed that this is only the first of our many travels to NY.

So, see you again NY!

For more great tips, check out the 13 Untold Tips for Tourists Visiting New York.
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10 thoughts on “Falling in Love with New York in 3 Days

  1. Hi! We really like this post, it’s really interesting.
    When we read it we were able to imagine everything you’ve written. The photos did the remainder 😉
    You’ve included in few words the essential things to see and to do. AND WE LOVE NYC!!!

    1. That’s nice! I’ll check your post now. We’re planning to back to NYC very soon! 🙂

    1. Thanks Bruna! I really hope you can visit NYC. You won’t be disappointed! I’m heading to your blog now. 🙂

  2. Thank you, Eppie! We were also very tired but we decided to make the most out of the trip like you did. 🙂

  3. I lived in NYC for a little over a year and it is embarrassing how few of these activities I did. I’m glad you included the High Line–one of my favorite spots in the city– and will definitely have to check out a few of the food options you recommended next time I visit.

    1. Don’t worry, I have friends too who live in NYC but haven’t gone to some of the sights. High Line is also one of my favorites! Check out the post “13 Untold Tips for Tourists Visiting NYC”, you might like it too. 🙂

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