There’s much to see in New York City, but it is still possible to cover all the major must-see sights in 1.5 days, including Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, 911 Memorial, Chinatown, The High Line, Times Square, New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, Empire State Building and Central Park.
There are 3 ways to see the Statue of Liberty. The first way is, of course, to get on the island itself. This can be costly and time consuming. The second way to view the Statue of Liberty onboard the Staten Island Ferry. The ferry is free, but a round trip is necessary and that takes an hour or so. The third way, which I have chosen, is to view the Statue of Liberty from Governor’s Island. The view isn’t the best, but to make better use of time one has to make a compromise, and in this case I think it’s worth it. To get to the Island, one has to take a ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn (see here for schedule). The ferry ride takes only 10 minutes. We happen to be there on a weekend, so we were able to enjoy the free ferry ride (first 2 ferries are free).
The otherwise forgotten brick walls of buildings become a feature of the High Line. Murals add life to it. I’m surprised at how the loss of privacy was not an issue when they created the High Line that run right next to buildings.
The Grand Central Oyster Bar is located at the basement of Grand Central Terminal. It was our dinner place, mainly because they have the Maine lobster.
To end the day, we went to the Empire State Building. It was darn expensive and way too crowded, but you kind of have to do it just so you can say you’ve done it. If you time your visit right, you’ll get to see New York at daytime (dusk) and night time.
Central Park is another must-see attraction. It is huge, expect to spend 3 hours or more here.
If you’re into art, you can finish your Central Park tour with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is located in Central Park itself.