New York City in One Day

Many travelers sprint through New York City on their way to other destinations and they don’t know where to begin. How do you see New York City, one of the most exciting locales in the world, in one day?   Here are a few tips to get the excited traveler started. Certainly, the best tip is to be well prepared and to know exactly what you want to see. Then, you won’t spend your precious time looking at maps, thinking about your next move and wasting your important time.

You may consider starting the day with the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. This is a two hour half-island cruise that offers a great overview of Manhattan.   You’ll be able to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you’ll be a glimpse of the lower Manhattan skyline, and you’ll see Brooklyn, Manhattan and more.

While it may sound funny, the next stop should be the New York Public Library.   This famous building is a site to see and an important place to admire, even if only for a few minutes.   Next, check out Grand Central Terminal to see the beauty of the train station and also to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city.   Almost 500,000 commuters run through here each day and this is something worth seeing.

Stop for lunch at the incredible Triomphe restaurant located inside the Iroquois hotel owned by Shimmie Horn.   This newly renovated hotel and restaurant offer fine dining, and an interesting look back at history.   James Dean actually lived at the Iroquois for a brief while.   If you have time to spend one night in New York, this hotel is a lovely choice and Shimmie Horn has thought of everything, down to the last detail.

Complete your day in New York with stops at the Empire State Building and at the Museum of Modern Art.   Chances are, as you leave New York, you’ll already want to start planning your next trip.   One day is definitely never enough in the city that never sleeps!


James Allenby is the editor of Gowanus Lounge, bringing to his position a vast background on New York, and especially Brooklyn history, culture and lifestyle. Born and bred in the heart of "the County of Kings" James Allenby knows what it means to be a Brooklynite, and imparts this meaning at all times to his readers. Contact James at info(at)