(Closed) UK Bee seeking NYC trip advice!

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
59 posts
Worker bee

DGN85 :  ahhh lucky him! I’ve been to NYC twice and absolutely love it. There are pros and cons to going in both summer and winter. Be warned that the summers can be oppressively hot with the humidity but as long as you take plenty of breaks and drink plenty you’ll be fine. Unfortunately i can’t give any accommodation recommendations. I stayed with a friend both times. However everywhere is so well connected by the subway that I can’t imagine you could go that wrong. A friend of mine once stayed in a Marriott hotel just off Fifth Avenue and Bryant Park was on her doorstep. She loved it there. 

Things to do…I spent a whole day in Central Park, took a picnic, people watched, went to the zoo and saw the Bethesda Fountain and the rememberance gardens for John Lennon. I went to a couple of random comedy nights (love live stand up comedy), ate at an amazing Ukranian place called Veselka, had THE BEST pastrami sandwich from the bar where THAT scene in When Harry Met Sally was filmed. Natural History Museum is a must, queuing at the TKTs booth for a last minute broadway show, buy tickets to a sporting event if either of you are into sports. The US Open tennis will be on at the end of August-beginning of September. I think it will be Baseball and college football season then too. 

Hope that helps a little 🙂 I’m going back there next summer with my boyfriend so i’ll follow this thread with interest xx

Post # 3
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I was in NYC in October some years ago and weatherwise it was perfect. Comfortable in jeans and T shirt and not too hot to walk for miles. From what I understand, summer is prohibitively hot.

Post # 4
1424 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Following! We’re going as part of our honeymoon in April and I’m really excited.

Post # 5
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY

I would say a long weekend is NOT enough to get everything done in NYC. Everybody I know who has come to visit me (I live in NYC) has always said (no matter how long they stayed- 5 days to 2 weeks) that they wished they had more time. Being in NYC during the summer is a lot of fun but as PP said, it’s VERY hot most of the time and the city particularly gets very stifling. Things you’ll want to do:

 – See a NYC Broadway show (there are sooo many good ones ALL the time) 

– Top of the Rock and/or Top of the Empire State Building

– 9/11 Memorial

– NY Mets and/or NY Yankees baseball game (do NOT skip this. If possible, do both- stadiums and crowds and neighborhood that each one is in are SO different and SO much fun) (AND on my second read through of your post I see a PP mentioned this as an idea so yay for you PP! You won’t really find anything good in terms of football- college or otherwise- around this time in the city unfortunately. The US Open is LITERALLY the same subway stop as the NY Mets Citi Field- but they are in Queens as a heads up. You could easily take the railroad or the subway to get there.) 

– Central Park and Bryant Park (Bryant Park is right next to the famous Main Branch of the NY Public Library, which recently reopened the Rose Main Reading Room… haven’t been yet as it opened last month but it is the BIG reading room where the scene from The Day After Tomorrow takes place… will be stopping by on our next visit to Bryant Park during their Winter Village in December and can let you know if it’s worth it. [Spoiler Alert- I’m pretty sure it will be!].)

– Museum of Natural History (even if you’re not interested in museums… this one is an absolute must)

– if you’re into museums in general, I’d say also stop by the MoMA (Modern Art)

Smorgasburg (website obviously says closed for the season but you’ll be coming in July so you’ll be fine) (You could make this a Brooklyn excursion!) 

– Go to a concert somewhere in NY, PREFERABLY at Jones Beach Nikon Theater. This is out on Long Island, but it’s an amazing venue. You could spend the day at Jones Beach (it’s an actual beach- my family abroad insists on always spending 1 day here no matter what) and then see a concert at night. In the summer there are a LOT of concerts lined up throughout the week so keep an eye on it to see who is there. There’s also Forest Hills Stadium that opened up again in the last 2 summers and has been attracting a lot of great talent. And, there’s usually concerts in Central Park as well if you’re looking to stay more local to Manhattan.

 – The Bronx Zoo is HUGE and is an amazing place but it will need a whole day alone. The Central Park Zoo is nice as well but it is significantly smaller with a LOT less animals. If you’re looking for an experience in another borough I recommend the Bronx Zoo. (Side Note- Yankee Stadium is also in the Bronx so this isn’t your only Bronx excursion option lol)

 – South Street Seaport and/or ferry to the Statue of Liberty- when I was little my parents used to take me here all the time and it was my favorite thing… there are a lot of amazing bars and quick places to grab a bite and music and more. 


I’m sure if I sat down to think about it, there’s a thousand things I could add to this list. I’ll try and remember to come back to it but I’ve got to run an errand now. 🙂


Post # 6
1011 posts
Bumble bee

DGN85 :  I also live in NYC, and for hotels, it really, really depends on your budget. I wouldn’t go for anything that seems super cheap/too good to be true – you’ll run the risk of bed bugs. 

If you’re going in the summer, make sure you have plans to be indoors at times. It can be super hot, and it smells sometimes (it’s the NYC smell – just roll with it). Manhattan is awesome, but don’t rule out Brooklyn!

– Go to Brooklyn Bridge Park and you can see Manhattan from an awesome angle. 

– Go to Grimaldi’s on Old Fulton Street (Brooklyn). 

– Smorgasburg in Prospect Park – this is the Brooklyn I love. No offense to WIlliamsburg, but old Brooklyn (DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Propsect Park) is where it’s at. 

– I also recommend the Met in Manhattan – yes, it has a bunch of old art, but it’s really cool, they have food, and AC and the steps are super cool. It’s also where they have the Met Gala every year, which is kind of fun. 

– The Reservoir at Central Park is awesome.

I also agree that a long weekend isn’t really enough time, but if that’s what you have, then I recommend not trying to cram everything in. Just be in the city, enjoy it, and have a good time. When I see angry tourists, it’s usually because they’re trying to do too much, and it’s just not worth it. 


Post # 7
1556 posts
Bumble bee

A long weekend is not enough, I was there for two weeks and it was a jam packed trip! Also was there in summer, end of August and it was sooooo hot and humid. So just be prepared for that. 

Post # 8
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I personally really like the soho area but that’s more downtown (only a train ride away so no worries!) 

There’s a really good pasta place Il Corollo Trattoria around there– awsome spot.

A long weekend is okay if you’re only planning on a couple of areas, or jam packing activities, which to be honest wouldn’t be the worse thing since the subway makes everything so accessible. 

ETA: 4 days doesn’t sound so bad

For places to stay, check out AirBNB.

Have fun! Try to come earlier and avoid August if you can which is when it really will be super hot and unpleasant to be traveling– esp crowded sweaty ppl on the train lol

Post # 9
73 posts
Worker bee

DGN85 :  

1. It’s too early to plan for 2018. There aren’t even any flights yet. Doubt you can book hotels this early.

2. Booking 6 months in advance is enough.

3. A long weekend is NOT enough AT ALL! 

Post # 10
6272 posts
Bee Keeper

We went for 5 nights in October. 

My tips would be check Expedia. It turned out there were deals with hotel included that were cheaper than flights/hotel separately.

we got a great hotel just off Times Square as part of the deal.

Diamond district is fun!  We bought our wedding bands there.

someone gave us this tip and we did it and it was a brilliant idea…

we got up early one morning and got the subway to Brooklyn. Had a lovely breakfast there and then walked over Brooklyn bridge as the sun was rising and then walked though lots of different districts, china town, tribecca, stopped for bargain pizza in the Italian area, headed up to broadway stopping in shops as we fancied though the day. We ended up on the south end of Central Park. A great way to see lots and get your bearings. 

We also spent some time in Central Park another day but there’s so much going on, free entertainment too. We said if we’d had more time we would have spent the whole day exploring there. 

Post # 11
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

DGN85 :  We stayed at the Andaz on 5th Avenue and I really recommend it. Just opposite the NY Library and so close to Times Square. Quite in the middle (vertically) so not difficult to get to Central Park or down to the Statue of Liberty.

I haven’t read the other comments, but the 9/11 memorial is an absolute must. I cried so much. 

We were there for 6 days and I think that felt good. We didn’t have to rush anything and we had a day to go shopping at the Woodbury Outlet which is about one hour (bus ride) from NY. Friday – Monday is probably a bit short for my liking, considering the time it takes to fly there.

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