New York City in 72 Hours

By Go City Expert

This post originally appeared in Chaus Adventure a blog by a couple from London, travelling the world.
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New York is one of the most popular cities in the US and it is easy to see why. Known as the City that Never Sleeps, is it possible do to New York in a weekend? The answer is yes and we will show you how! We spent a total of 96 hours in New York, of which 24 hours was spent at a wedding and with friends. So in reality, we only had 72 hours to explore! We travelled with the New York Pass and this is one of the main reasons why we were able to do so much in so little time! The New York Pass has over 90 attractions to choose from and it allows you to fast track some of the busiest attractions.
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What I loved most about the pass is their free app. This app allows you to plan your trip in advance, setting your own budgets and has all the details you need about each attractions. We planned our itinerary on the app before we travelled. The New York Pass cost: 1 Day Pass- $109 2 Day Pass- $189 3 Day Pass- $199 5 Day Pass- $249 7 Day Pass- $279 Overview of our itinerary and cost without the New York Pass Day 1 (10 hours)
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • New York Public Library
  • Flatiron Building
  • Madison Square Park
  • The High Line
Day 2 (full day)
  • Big Bus Tour ($60)
  • New York Water Taxi Tour ($31)
  • Brooklyn Bridge cycle ($45)
  • Brooklyn
  • 9-11 Memorial
  • Oculus Shopping Mall
  • Empire State Building ($32)
Day 3 (full day)
  • MOMA ($25)
  • Central Park cycle ($49)
  • NY Natural History Museum ($22)
  • Top of the Rock ($32)
  • The Ride ($74)
Day 4 (14 hours)
  • Madame Tussauds ($37)
  • 9-11 Museum ($24)
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We were able to squeeze most of New York City into 72 hours as you can see! We absolutely loved the New York Pass. Without the New York Pass, we would have had to spend $433 per person on attractions alone on this trip...!! Even if you consider the cost of the pass ($199- 3 day pass) we saved a massive $234 each, $468 in total! We have reviewed many city passes before and hands down, the New York Pass is the best one so far. The card itself resembles a chip and pin card and all you have to do is hand this card over at each ticket counter and you can get your tickets for free. A lot of other city passes do not give you free access to the most popular attractions or they only offer tickets at a reduced price. The New York Pass included everything we wanted to see in New York (and more) and when they say FREE, they mean free! Some of the queues (or ‘lines’ as they say in America) were horrendously long... We were so glad have fast track tickets because it literally saved us hours of waiting. If you are planning to visit New York, seriously consider this pass. Unless you have no interest in saving money or time... Stay tuned for more on our trip to NYC. On our next post, we will show you more photos and tell you more about each attraction we visited! You can get yourself a New York Pass HERE, there is a sale on right now!

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Best Art Museums in New York City

Every year the world celebrates International Museum Day on May 18th. Art and knowledge lovers gather all over the world to celebrate museums and their invaluable contribution to the betterment of society and the development of communities. In New York City, we enjoy the presence of some of the most amazing art museums in the world. When visiting the Big Apple a trip to a museum or two (or twelve) is an essential itinerary item. Metropolitan Museum of Art The Met The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the most visited museums in the entire world. The Met boasts with an impressive collection of art across all periods, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to the most avante-garde contemporary pieces. The Met consists of three separate museum spaces, The Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue, The Met Cloisters, a stunning space dedicated to medieval Euorpean art and architecture located in Fort Tryon Park in Harlem and the brand new Met Breuer, space dedicated to modern and contemporary art, located in the Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue. The Met Fifth Avenue: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028 The Met Breuer: 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 The Met Cloisters: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040 MoMA (photo by mikeoregon via Flickr) Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) This famous museum in Midtown Manhattan boasts with one of the most impressive collections of Modern Art in the world. The museum is full of recognizable pieces by artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne or Salvador Dali, as well as many pieces and exhibitions from lesser-known modern and contemporary artists. Visit the museum to see the current Edgar Degas: A Strange Beauty exhibit and explore the lesser-known print pieces by the French Impressionist artist known for his whimsical exploration of movement and perspective. Visit MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens for a bigger dose of contemporary art. MoMA: 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497 MoMA PS1: 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.Long Island City, NY 11101 The Whitney by Timothy Schenck Whitney Museum of American Art Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns and many other American artists have found their home at the Whitney. This cool, Meatpacking District museum attracts visitors to its brand new, ultra-modern building, as well as its location in one of the hippest neighborhoods in Manhattan. The Whitney is located at the tail end of the High Line, one of the most popular and innovative urban parks in the world. The permanent collections is full of recognizable pieces by American artists, and the temporary exhibits are always fresh and though-provoking. The layout of the new building flows very well and the rooftop offers great views. Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014 Panorama of the City of New York The Queens Museum Located in the magnificent Flushing Meadows Park, Queens Museum is one of the most popular attractions in the borough. The museum is home to many famous pieces of art from a wide variety of artists, but perhaps the most notable is the Panorama of the City of New York (pictured above). Flushing Meadows Park has been a sight for many important events in New York City history, including the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair. The New York State Pavilion located in the park served as a setting in the 1997 film, Men in Black. Address: New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368 The Guggenheim (photo by F11 Photo) The Guggenheim Named the World's Most Photographed Attraction, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is truly one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The Upper East Side staple was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and attracts millions of visitors annually. Its signature rotunda is a piece of art in an of itself and photographs beautifully from every angle. The museum hosts a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art as well as provocative temporary exhibits. Address: 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128 Brooklyn Museum (photo by Mark Lennihan/AP) Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn Museum is located in the heart of Brooklyn in the cross section of different residential neighborhoods in the borough, close to other Brooklyn attractions such as Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park and Grand Army Plaza. The French-inspired Beaux-Arts building is majestic and impressive and hosts the third largest museum in New York City. The permanent collection is diverse, with works from classical Europe as well as contemporary America. The temporary exhibits celebrate the diversity of the borough. Address: 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238 You can visit all of these (and many more) museums for free with your New York Pass.
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A Guide to New York City Points of Interest

New York is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The streets are alive from day until night and it’s quite true that the city never sleeps. Its iconic skyline is one of the most recognizable with impressive skyscrapers and historic landmarks and the age-old promise of the American Dream never feels too far away. New York City points of interest are too many to count on one hand but here are top 10 places to visit in New York. In no particular order, some of the best New York landmarks are: Williamsburg Bridge While not as famous as its sister bridge, Brooklyn, the Williamsburg Bridge is a great option to avoid the crowds but still enjoy the same experience. Whether you rent a Citi bike and cycle over or take the pedestrian route, it’s a fun adventure leaving Manhattan to explore this hipster-friendly up and coming area that has fast become one of the most sought-after boroughs in Brooklyn. Williamsburg is full of quirky cafes and bars, independent boutiques, tattoo shops and vegan restaurants waiting to be found. Times Square It’s cliché, but Times Square has to be on the New York City points of interest list. It would be like visiting London and not seeing Buckingham Palace. Times Square is a vibrant, loud, bustling, exciting, overwhelming experience – a real sensory overload but that’s part of it. High story buildings loom overhead with dynamic digital advertisements, shop fronts are wide and beckoning with all manner of tourist souvenirs and you can find some of the city’s most famous Broadway shows, comedy venues and theatres a stone’s throw away. Central Park Measuring in at an impressive 843-acres, Central Park is an urban oasis amid the bustling streets of this vibrant city. Framed by skyscrapers and townhouses owned by some of the wealthiest names in the world, Central Park is one of the New York landmarks favoured by all. In the summer you’ll find visitors and locals alike relaxing with their picnics and idle rowers boating on the lake. Even in the winter you can go ice skating or enjoy a stroll through the snow-dusted paths with a hot drink. Whether you're strolling or cycling through - Central Park should be on everyone's must-visit list when in New York. High Line Perhaps one of the newest New York City points of interest: the High Line. Built along an old freight railway line, it’s a creative urban green space elevated above Manhattan’s West Side. It has become a wonderground for nature, art and design making it one of New York’s most unique cultural experiences. Take half a day and walk along the woodlands, stay a while at the sundeck and water feature, stop for lunch at the Chelsea Market food court and enjoy the buskers and artists along the way. There is also a programme of events held throughout the year such as performances, salsa dances and thought-provoking discussions and debates. Top of the Rock The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic New York landmarks but rather than wait in line to get to the top like everyone else, head over to Rockefeller Plaza instead and up to the 360-degree Top of the Rock Observatory Deck to see it from a new perspective. At night the experience is especially breath-taking when the iconic New York skyline is illuminated so you can see the Empire State Building, as well as the Chrysler Building and even over to Times Square. Wall Street’s Bull & Fearless Girl Otherwise known as the Charging Bull, Wall Street’s Bull is one of the many New York City points of interest to be found in Downtown Manhattan’s Financial District. How they managed to sneak a 3000kg bronze bull into the city is anyone’s guess, but thanks to its popularity it’s staying for good. Tip: catch the Fearless Girl by Kristen Visbal, who stares down the bull with hands on hips, before she is relocated in 2019. MOMA If you have a few hours to spare, the Museum of Modern Art (known locally as the MOMA) is an endless display of visual treats that will inspire and also challenge with their range of diverse cultural, artistic, social and political offerings. The permanent exhibitions showcase world-famous pieces from renowned modern artists and there’s a sculpture garden with works by Picasso and Rodin, as well as an art-house cinema. Tip: make the most of the Free Fridays to save on the entry fee. Statue of Liberty There aren’t many other New York landmarks that quite have the same wow-factor as the Statue of Liberty. A symbol in Hollywood films, a chance to get up close to this iconic statue in real life is on most people’s To Do list when planning a trip to New York. Lady Liberty offers unparalleled views of the city from a new vantage point, her crown, and on your way back it would be worth visiting the Liberty Island museum to learn more about her history and how she came to be here, all the way from France. Apollo Theatre Head to the Harlem institution, the Apollo Theatre. It was here that Ella Fitzgerald debuted in 1934, in 1962 the venue catapulted the talented James Brown into households around the country and a mere two years later Jimi Hendrix won first prize at an Amateur Night. Now, you’ll find headliners like Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen on stage, but you can still attend the renowned Wednesday Amateur Night to witness some of the hottest up-and-coming talent emerging from the city, too. Yankee Stadium Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, going to the Yankees stadium is a pretty big deal and one of the New York points of interest you won’t want to miss. Situated in the Bronx, the original House That Ruth Built has been flattened but the current Yankees Stadium II is just across the street. There is a museum too with memorabilia from every Yankees player to date. Fun fact: as a little tradition, they play Frank Sinatra’s New York New York after every game.
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