A Guide to Spend your first 24 hrs in New York City

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Brooklyn Bridge New York City

New York City is one of the most exciting cities in the entire world. Many people come here in pursuit of dreams, to work, or to simply enjoy being a tourist. It is known as a melting pot so it is just as diverse in people as it is in activities to take part in. There is something for everyone in this city. New York City has so much to offer that it’s near impossible to see and do everything in one day. Luckily, there is plenty to keep you entertained if you only had a limited time in the metropolis. Check out a great way to spend 24 hours in NYC.

Statue of Liberty

9:00 am: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Visit

When most people think about NYC, they think about the Statue of Liberty. This is a very iconic statue that is a big attraction for visitors. The statue is located on Ellis Island. There are ferries from Manhattan that run frequently to the Statue of Liberty. The boat ride itself is worthwhile. You will have a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty as well as an amazing view of the NYC skyline from the water.

11:30 am: Brunch at Union Square

After arriving back to Manhattan, it’s time to make your way uptown. Along the way is a great place to find great dining is around Union Square Park. The park itself has a lot of entertainment in itself. This area is where you’ll also see dining options. It’s nearby to New York University so you’ll come across a lot of modern and trendy restaurants with great atmospheres.

Times Square

2:00 pm: Times Square

One of the most famous places to begin sightseeing is at Times Square. Times Square is a central location of the city that’s known for its bright lights and huge crowds. This area is the typical NYC scene that you’ll see in movies and pictures. Large advertisements surround the entire square. There are shops, restaurants, theaters, etc. all located here. The popular Red Stairs in Times Square will give you a great photo opportunity while being elevated above the entire area.

3:00 pm: Shopping in Midtown

You can’t visit New York City and leave empty handed. Shopping is all around you as you journey around the city. Souvenirs are on every corner for visitors sold by street vendors. There are also a lot of tourist shops in the Times Square area. It shouldn’t be hard to find that “I Love NYC” shirt or hoody.

New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world. All of the top retail brands want a presence in the city. You can find a lot of these shops along Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue has several blocks of many of the top designer brands in the world. This is where you can find the original Saks Fifth Avenue which is ten floors of a high-end department store.

Central Park

6:00 pm: Relax in Central Park

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps. From the time that the sun rises until well into the night, you will always find the streets filled with people on-the-go. The city life can get hectic especially after venturing around it while sightseeing. In a city that has it all, you shouldn’t be surprised that there are a few ways to escape without even having to leave the city.

Central Park is the premier location for relaxing in New York City. This is one of the largest parks in the world and covers a significant portion of Manhattan. The park is so large that it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a concrete jungle. This park gives space to enjoy outdoor activities such as bike riding, fishing, baseball, or having a picnic. The park is where you can also find the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Central Park Zoo.

There are always lots of people hanging out in Central Park. It’s definitely a large enough park to find some quiet in the bustling city.

7:30 pm: Dining in Hell’s Kitchen

New York City is a haven for foodies. The dining options here are as diverse as the people living here. Immigrants who came to the city in the past began to open restaurants from their respective countries. All around the city you can find food options from cultures all around the world. It’s said that there are so many restaurants in NYC that you can eat at a different place for each meal every day and it will still take years to explore even a fraction of them.

Hell’s Kitchen is a popular place for dining. This area has upscale dining options to fast food and everything in between. It’s even spawned a popular TV cooking show of the same name. Hell’s Kitchen is one of New York City’s upcoming neighborhoods so you’ll see a lot of people lining the streets waiting to get into some local restaurant favorites.

New York Times Square

10:30 pm: New York City Nightlife

In a city that has so much to offer, you can’t overlook entertainment. New York City is a place where entertainment can be found anywhere and at anytime. Even just a walk down the street or in the subway you will always see a variety of performers from musicians to dancers and even artists doing live paintings.

Nightlife in NYC is also one of the most exciting things about the city. If you thought the city was active during the day, you should see how it is at night. There are bars and clubs all around the city. You’ll easily find a place with music or an audience of your interest. A top destination for nightlife is an area called the Meatpacking District. You will find a lot of the top clubs in the city here as well as a variety of nightlife events.

4:00 am: Sleep

A typical night-out done the right way in New York City will have you out all hours of the night. Most places won’t even close till very early in the morning. If you happen to make it to the final call, kudos to you. You’ll actually find the streets still active with people making their way back to their hotels or just waking up heading to work.

New York City is an amazing city. Once the 24-hour clock starts you have to get moving if you plan to see as much of the city as possible. There is so much to do that it’s good to get an idea before arriving what you would like to see. If you have a plan of where you’d like to go it will be much easier getting around and save time traveling between attractions and activities. You’ll surely fall in love with the city and after 24-hours, you’ll probably be planning a trip back to NYC.

Bryan Shelmon is a digital nomad and a global personality promoting the appreciation of culture around the world. Thanks to frequent traveling and growth of his company Anthem Culture, he has been involved in projects across multiple industries including writing, film, music, and fashion.

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