New York City Tour Guide
by Ann Kaczka
Planning a trip to New York City? Here’s a traceuse’s guide on where to train, eat, shop and what to see.
Where to train
Begin by checking out the NYC Hotspot map
. This maps out all the spots in the city so you can plan your days accordingly.
Thompkins Square Park
Have fun in TSP
where you’ll find a few sets of interesting, adult-sized playgrounds!
Head over to Roosevelt Island via the F train or take the tramway
for incredible views of the city (59th & 2nd Ave). There are tons of little spots on the island so you might want to spend the afternoon just walking around and discovering them as you go.
Bethesda Fountain is not only
the city’s largest fountain, but also offers some nice traversing opportunities along the walls near the steps.
in Central Park provides endless woodland training fun. Navigate through trees and boulders, I bet you’ll forget you’re right in the middle of New York City!
Where to eat
If you want a quick sandwich, panino or salad, head to Pax Foods
. There are a bunch scattered around the city, but the 42nd st. location (bet. 7th/8th ave
) is where I usually go after training in Central Park. FYI, it’s located right across the street from Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum if you w
ant to take a few photos with celebs. $7-$10, lunch for 1
New York is famous for it’s delis. There is at least one on every block, but you can check out the famed Carnegie Deli for so
me mile high sandwiches! (854 7th Ave
) $12-24, 1 sandwich
Maze by Gordon Ramsay at The London provides a hint at fine dining. It’s a casual restaurant, but you might not want to wear your sweatpants. A 3-course, prix pixe lunch menu is about $25, but if you head there for either the summer or winter NYC Restaurant Week, it’s much cheaper!
Need something sweet?
Head to Serendipity 3
for a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and enjoy the kitchy decor. They also serve lunch and dinner but it is a bit pricey. My second favorite is the Chocolate Blackout Cake. (E60th bet 2nd/3rd) $7-$22.50, dessert for 1
Right up the street from Serendipity is Dylan’s Candy Bar
, a store that will make a kid out of anyone! Even the steps are paved with sweetness. They have every candy imaginable spread across two levels, just try not to get overwhelmed! Be sure to check out the upper level and see the newly renovated candy cafe. You can get coffee, tea, ice cream and desserts there. (E60th bet 2nd/3rd) $3-$20, dessert for 1
Where to shop
Up for some window shopping? Check out New York’s famed 5th Avenue and ogle designs from Prada (bet 56th/57th), Fendi (bet 56th/57th) and Versace (bet 51st/52nd).
Everyone needs a little sparkle in their life. Check out the displays of Tiffany & Co (bet 56th/57th) and Cartier (bet 51st/52nd), just don’t look at the price tags!
What to see
Where to begin?! Spend a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (82nd and 5th Ave). They advertise suggested entrance fees of $20, but you can pay whatever you want (I usually do $5). Check out the web site to map out your visit, there is far too much to see!
From the Met, head across Central Park to The American Museum of Natural History (79th and Columbus Ave). As with the Met, the suggested prices are steep, but you can pay what you wish. Check out massive dinosaur skeletons, habitat dioramas and the hall of ocean life.
The Empire State Building is an integral part of the NYC skyline. You can head to the 86th floor obervatory for awesome views of the city. $20, admission to 86th fl. observatory
Last but not least, save the ultimate, most eye popping New York City tourist experience for the evening, Times Square (42nd-47th a
nd 7th Ave/Broadway).
Hope this guide helps you plan your visit to the Big Apple. See you soon, happy training!