See the essentials of New York in three days? It is possible, provided you show endurance. You will have to limit yourself to Manhattan, where there is a lot to do. Accessible in 7-8 hours of flight, New York offers the guarantee of a change of scenery and a great thrill. Here's a selection of Big Apple's must-haves. Friend's tip: stay a little longer is even better. Because you quickly become addicted to the city that never sleeps.
Day 1: southern Manhattan
Why not start where it all started for millions of Americans? Ellis Island, which was the point of entry for over 12 million immigrants to the United States between 1892 and 1924. Access by ferry from Battery Park, south of Manhattan. The Ellis Island Museum traces the history of American immigration through objects and testimonies of migrants. A must-see (and moving) visit to discover this important part of the history of the United States.
Then, focus on the Statue of Liberty. Work of the sculptor Bartholdi, Miss Liberty was inaugurated in 1886 and celebrates American Independence. From the promenade, very nice view of Manhattan. To enter the interior of the statue, it is advisable to book your pass at least 3 weeks in advance (statuecruise.com). Another tip: go there early in the morning to visit both islands.
Back in Manhattan, visit the south of the island with another part of the American dream: Wall Street, in the heart of the hive of Financial District. Two steps away, rise the new World Trade Center et the 9/11 Memorial (regulated access). Extraordinary view of New York from the One World Observatory.
Continue to the Brooklyn Bridge and cross it on foot for one of the most beautiful views of the New York skyline. In the evening, a trip to Times Square, illuminated by neon lights, is a must to end the day in style. You will feel like you have lived 24 hours in a movie.
Day 2: Museum Mile and Midtown
Ready for a day at the museum? Given the New York offer, we have to make choices. Among the largest museums in the city (and in the world): the Metropolitan Museum of Art, here could justify a trip to New York on its own.
This museum houses the richest collection of American art in the world, art from ancient Egypt (apart from Egypt), one of the most important collections of European paintings and sculptures - including the Impressionists -, without forgetting the decorative arts of the five continents. Another gem in the area: the Frick Collection, breathtaking home of collector (Fragonard, Vermeer, Titien, Gainsborough…).
You are more of a contemporary art: focus on MoMA, which houses the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world. Another must: the Guggenheim Museum, not far from the Met, for its unique Frank Lloyd Wright building and its excellent temporary exhibitions.
After the museums, breathe in with a short stroll Central Park, Manhattan's green lung, located between the chic Upper East Side and Upper West Side.
End the day with a little shopping in Midtown, where some of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the city, such as the Chrysler Building ou The empire state building. Incredible show from the 86th floor, day and night (advance reservation recommended).
3rd day: itinerary through the districts
After the musts of tourist New York, take yourself for a New Yorker by taking the pulse of the cool neighborhoods of Manhattan. Just north of the Financial District, start with SoHo, with its cast-iron buildings, restaurants, bars and fashion boutiques. Going up towards Midtown, here is Greenwich Village et Chelsea, lovely sore and trendy neighborhoods, nice day and night.
To the other side of Broadway, which divides Manhattan in two from south to north, the atmosphere is less gentrified in the East Village, and Lower East Side, which is currently very popular for its nightlife, especially in its western part, on Ludlow and Rivington St. Restaurants and bars are plentiful, giving the area a bohemian and creative feel.
In the same genre, at Brooklyn : just opposite, on the other side of the East River, Williamsburg is the bustling area with galleries, bars and restaurants on the Bedford Avenue side. And yes, it also pulsates outside of Manhattan ...
To prepare for your trip, consult our New York online guide
Official New York Tourism Site
How to get there ?
Numerous daily direct flights from Paris CDG to New York JFK or Newark. Variable prices, around 500 € in promo. Flights with Open Skies from Paris-Orly and Delta from Nice.
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- A restaurant: Tribeca Grill. In the district of Tribeca (hold on!), Robert de Niro's restaurant is always full. Classy, warm and very good Italian-American cuisine, as it should be.
- A deli: Carnegie Deli. Filmed by Woody Allen in Broadway Danny Rose and always packed for his very invigorating sandwiches.
- A pizzeria: Arturo's Pizzeria. An institution of the Village. Good pizzas and live jazz in the evening (weekends).
- A bar: Schiller's A pillar of the Lower East Side. Good brunches served every day.
- A jazz cellar: Village Vanguard. One of the temples of New York jazz, located in the Village, with the Blue Note.
- Where to go out: Cielo. THE New York nightclub, in the West Village, with excellent DJs. Cover quite expensive on weekends.
For the broke : There are plenty of restaurants to eat on the go in Manhattan, for lovers of cheesesteaks, pastrami, Asian food or pizza, not to mention… burgers. And, for the bravest, the hot dogs sold in the street!