Unusual day in New York: a short itinerary to enjoy 12 hours in New York as a local.
From the South Street Seaport as far as the Upper West Side, through streets and historic buildings, private collections, parks, BBQ, markets and vintage stores. Info, tips and useful deepener links.
Why do we come back to New York? And why we do come back again and again?!
Because once what I define “performance anxiety” about the things we have to see and to do suggested by the paper guidebooks and the online ones – besides the tips that the usual “very expert people” impose you – have passed, you can finally enjoy it really, in the best way…your way!
For me, it has been like that for years, by now.
I wander instinctively – often without any logic sense – through the city following impulses and passions. And each time I discover – or re-discover – very beautiful locations and trails.
Isn’t this the real magic of NYC? Give everyone the dream we are looking for?!
“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”
Also during my latest stay in the city – told live as usual through my Facebook page and my Instagram Stories – I followed my instinct and passion and I gave myself a definitely unusual day in New York: vintage boats, brick buildings, the stories and the Inns of the old South Street Seaport – did you know that the Titanic should have berthed right here? – the bold and huge buildings in Lower Manhattan.
Then detouring on that wonderful private collection of the Upper East Side like the Frick Collection is (what a character Mr. Henry Clay Frick is…terrible steel tycoon and a really big fan and art collector at the same time), strolling quickly through a frozen and sleepy fragment of Central Park. And then find myself wandering among the Red Stone houses of the Upper West Side, the retailers from the world, the used books stalls and the vintage windows of Columbia Ave.
Then end the day in the best way, with a very deserved ribs and smoked beef dinner at one of my favorite BBQ in the city: Virgil’s.
Find down here all the stages with useful deepener links about the locations and alternative trails.
The South Street Seaport.
“The road of sails. It was the name the New Yorkers – charmed by the long expanse of sails of brigantines along the pier – called the South Street seaport at the end of the 1800s.
One of the most ancient populated areas in Manhattan – the old port of New York, working since the end of the 1600s thanks to its favorable position – a recovered bend of the East River, allowing the ships coming from Europe and the South America to berth safer, sheltered from winds and the currents coming from the ocean.
Since ever place of exchanges, trades, sailors and visitors, warehouses for the store of goods, taverns, pubs and affordable inns.
Silent witness of the birth and the development of one among the most ambitious engineering works of the nineteenth century: the building of the adjoining Brooklyn Bridge…continue here.”
Lower Manhattan, the most ancient inhabited area in New York City, including all its 5 boroughs.
“Everyone knows it for Ground Zero and the tragically events tied to the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001, for the memorial and the museum related, for Wall Street – the greatest financial district of the whole country – for the New York Stock Exchange and the questionable Charging Bull – a giant bronze bull appeared suddenly at the end of the 1980s after a great stock market crash.
Or even for the South Street Seaport, the heart of the old New York harbor, for the gate to the Brooklyn Bridge or Battery Park, the farthest tip of Manhattan where the tourist ferries to Liberty and Ellis Island leave from.
But there’s more and it takes little over two hours on foot – stops included – to discover some little treasures and a hidden and particular New York…continue here.”
The Frick Collection is up to now one of the most important private collections in the United States of America.
The Frick Collection is housed at the Henry Clay Frick House, the New Yorker residence dating back to the beginning of 1900 belonged to the steel tycoon Henry Clay Frick. He gave origin in all respects to the downright collection – supported then by his daughter Helen, too.
16 theme galleries where it is possible to admire the masterpieces by El Greco, Tiziano, Piero della Francesca, Vermeer, Goya, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Van Dyck, besides priceless objects and furniture.
A little precious gem in the heart of New York.
Inside it is strictly forbidden to take photographs and/or shoot videos.
Remember that on Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm, admittance is only allowed through the formula Pay what you wish.
Over this itinerary, getting out of The Frick Collection, I went throughout Central Park on foot: from the Upper East as far as the Upper West Side, at 72nd passing by Terrace Drive, rom the Bethesda Terrace & Fountain as far as Cherry Hill, until reaching the memorial mosaic dedicated to John Lennon, Strawberry Fields.
Exiting Central Park at the corner of the 72nd, you’ll find yourselves in front of the entrance of the Dakota Building, the exact location where Lennon was murdered.
Find here a complete itinerary to find your way around and visit the best of Central Park.
The Upper West Side.
“The neighborhood linking ideally the west side of Central Park to the Hudson River and extending from the Columbus Circle to the south as far as the 110th Street to the north.
An area which has a lot to tell and that has always inspired artists, writers and screenwriters for its melting pot of ethnizes, colors and extravagance.
Why not to think dedicate to it some hours’ walk to discover shades and hidden corners and maybe have a stop for an original and delicious break lunch? Continue here.”
Once reached Columbus Circle, take the Broadway southwards, enjoy the sparkling signs of the shows and get swallowed by that kaleidoscope of lights and colors like Time Square is.
Immediately after, detour on the left in the 44th Street where is my favorite BBQ in Manhattan, Virgil’s, for an unforgettable ribs and barbecue sauce dinner.
Just a tip! If you are planning to organize your unusual day in New York coming from the old and deep South, I recommend you consult Wanderu’s guide for traveling from Atlanta to New York by bus.