11 Top Things To Do In NYC For A Day

Good Morning it's time to wake up and see the awesome city that is New York! Here's how to see Manhattan in a day when you’re on a tight time frame. Start at the top of 5th Ave on the Upper East Side and work your way Downtown. I’ve put these in order of location for you and mapped it out so you can spend some time on 5th Ave. Plus here are a few hints and tips along the way so you can see some other famous landmarks. So, let’s get started (I hope you’ve had a big breakfast because today you’re going to need it!). 


1. The MET


The Metropolitan Museum of Art is not only the home to some of the most amazing art and historic relics, this grand building has been used in many movies and TV shows like The Thomas Crown Affair and Gossip Girl where Blaire often has lunch with her friends on Gossip Girl. This is one of finest, and largest art museums in the world with over two million works of art on display.

Location: 1000 5th Ave, New York

*From The MET you can walk along 5th Ave and Central Park and wander into the park at any of the entrances.


2. Central Park


This park and the sidewalk that runs down 5th Ave are famous and have been filmed so many times from so many movies and TV shows such as Sex and The City, Bride Wars, Gossip Girl, Law and Order to name a few because the list is so long! Those who are fortunate enough to live on the Upper East Side with views overlooking Central Park are extremely lucky. Here you will see the locals exercising, nannies walking prams, dog walkers, and other tourists. You can also see The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park where many movies have been filmed think When Harry Met Sally! Here is more information on things to see and do. Here is more information on things to see and do.

*Boarding Central Park, W59th St and 5th Ave you will see the Pulitzer Fountain and The Plaza Hotel is located behind that.


3. The Plaza Hotel


There’s a reason it costs a fortune to stay at this hotel! And when it comes to the iconic Plaza Hotel I think about how many movies have been filmed in this hotel which includes Bride Wars, Crocodile Dundee, Big Business, Home Alone 2. Arthur, It Could Happen To You, Brewsters Millions, Sleepless in Seattle and the list goes on. Opposite The Plaza, you will see the Pulitzer Fountain which has been in many movies. Because it’s opposite the hotel it’s featured regularly in movies and TV shows like Gossip Girl.

Location: 768 5th Ave (at the beginning of Central Park opposite

*Walk back long 5th Ave and you’ll walk past Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, The St Regis New York and Cartier before seeing St Patricks Cathedral Manhattan.


4. St Patricks Cathedral Manhattan


Has been in many movies such as Spider-Man and TV shows like Gossip Girl. This beautiful and historical building is one to be admired, it’s simply beautiful. I walk past this magnificent old building every time I’m in NYC. It can be seen from both 5th Ave and Madison Ave and if you check out the Madison Ave side it’s opposite Lotte New York Palace a famous filming location more information of my 16 Famous Filming Locations around New York from Movies and TV Shows blog here.

Location: Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st

*From here you can walk to Rockefeller Center


5. Rockefeller Center


Take a walk around the Rockefeller Center where TV morning shows such as Today film. You will see the ice skating rink, the NBC studios, and Radio City. This is another major tourist attraction in NYC! Think TV shows like 30 Rock!

Location: between 48th and 51st Streets

*From here you can walk to Times Square and if you want you and stop by Magnolia Bakery at Rockefeller Center at 1240 Avenue of the Americas aka 6th Ave and 49th street.


6. Times Square NYC


Famous from so many movies this is also a major tourist attraction of NYC, well to be more accurate the world! This is where the Naked Cowboy made himself a name. You will be surrounded by flashing billboards, restaurants, shops, and more visual stimulation than you have experienced before.

NYC Times Square is home to so many movies there are too many to list! Movie's that springs to mind are Friends With Benefits and the flash mob scene, New Year's Eve and The Devil Wears Prada… I could go on and on, just like I’m sure you can think of so many different movies too!  

Around here you will find the Theatres so you can catch a show, or if you are around for New Year’s Eve you can watch the Times Square Ball Drop!

Location: Seventh Avenue, 42nd Street, and Broadway

*From here you can walk to Bryant Park


7. Bryant Park


Bryant Park has been seen in many movies and tv shows like Sex And The City, Glee, Person of Interest, Jessica Jones, Spider-Man, The Out-of-Towners, Head Over Heels, Loser, Law & Order SVU so on and so on… This famous landmark also used to be the home of NYC Fashion week!

Now it’s a place where shopping, eating, and ice skating has moved in. There is something here for everyone from adults to children and you can spend many hours here walking around and shopping.

Location: Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets

*From here you can walk to New York Public Library it’s directly behind Bryant Park


8. New York Public Library


This is famous for some many reasons, but if you are from the original Ghostbusters era then you will remember this library where the first ghost was found! Ha ha ha 

Location: 476 5th Ave (behind Bryant Park)

*From here you can walk to Grand Central Station



9. Grand Central Station


Many movies have been shot in this famous landmark like Friends With Benefits, remember ‘Closing Time’ flash mob ending scene? Others include Men in Black, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Switch and the new Arthur to name a few…

Even though this busy station transports many people, it’s a great place to visit even if you are not going anywhere. The building is just beautiful with so much history and really worth seeing!

Location: 42nd Street and Park Avenue

*You can then catch the 4 or 5 subway train down to Wall St station and walk to The World Trade Center which will cost you $3USD one way if you don’t want to take a taxi.


10. WTC 9/11 Memorial Pools and Plaza


This memorial is a place of respect to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and now have their names engraved on the surrounding two pools. It’s a tribute in remembrance and honouring to those who lost their lives on that day. Thousands of people visit this site to pay respects. Whilst seeing the Memorial Pools is free, you need to pay to go inside the World Trade Center (One World Tower Observatory) and also the museum.  Here’s my blog on One World Tower Observatory. If you have the time and energy left I highly recommend checking it out!

Location: 180 Greenwich St, New York

*If you have time and want more to do once you have finished at The World Trade Center you can check out the new Westfield (Oculus) and then grab a bite to eat at Eataly located on the 3rd Floor in Westfield, it’s so good! Otherwise, keep going and walk down to the Staten Island Ferry.


11. Staten Island Ferry


You can take the free ferry over to Staten Island and see the Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty. For more information, here is my other blog on Best Ways to See the Manhattan Skyline for Free.

The ferry is located at the bottom of Manhattan - The Whitehall Terminal at 4 South Street, Manhattan.


Here is the map for 11 TOP THINGS TO DO IN NYC FOR A DAY

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To me, these are some of the most well-known landmarks of Manhattan, and if you are limited for time then I would consider doing these.

Until next time I travel, I see, I share... This is Character 32 doing her best to help you!


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