Desi Girl Traveler - New York City in 3 Days - Part 1

Sue Castellino , 02 Jun 2011
Times Square
Times Square

Everybody I met said you can’t do New York in 3 days; that there is far too much to do and that I won’t get the whole experience. Well I beg to differ, not only did I do the touristy stuff but I also helped my friend look at apartments and got a real feel of some great areas in NY. So, if you plan on doing a weekend in NY here are my suggestions of how to see the most in a short period of time. Let me just warn you, you need an excellent pair of walking shoes, and copious amounts of energy!

Visit The MET or MOMA

Savage Beauty Alexander Mcqueen
Savage Beauty Alexander Mcqueen

The first thing on my list was to go see ‘Savage Beauty – Tribute to Alexander McQueen‘ at the MET, I was determined to go see it no matter what the cost (Stay Tuned for a post on that later this week). It just so happens that it cost me all of.. wait for it – $2! I have to thank my my New Yorker family, as they were the ones who explained to me that the MET gets tons of tax money and that I didn’t actually have to pay the admission fee. Not many people (besides New Yorkers) know that you just have to make a minimum donation ($2) and you get an entry pin to see the exhibits! Another insider tip, MoMA is free ever Friday from 4pm-8pm, head there by 6pm and you’ll find that you missed the long lines to get in!

Walk Around Central Park

Central Park
Central Park

After the MET I headed over to Central park as it was near by. I was blessed with amazing weather, warm and sunny but with a cool breeze. The perfect day to spend walking around central park, I am still amazed at the size of the park. If you’re very tired then opt for a peddi-cab, but be warned that it’s a bit of a waste of money.

Budget Eating – Sasta and Tikav!

Budget Eating
Budget Eating

I love food, and if you’re on a budget like I was, there are many options especially street food. My favourites were 2 Bros Pizza, there are 3 of them in Manhattan, and get this… it’s $1.50 per slice of heaven! Next is no big secret, Gray’s Papaya, the best hot dog, although I’m sure there are many more, I found these the yummiest, simple and whole some, we got 2 dogs and their famous papaya drink for $2.99! Finally Magnolia’s the shop that started the cup cake craze! I had my favourite the red velvet, it was so soft and creamy, the best cup cake I’ve eaten so far! They a bit pricey, but worth it, $3,25 per cupcake, but they have offers and specials on all their cupcakes.

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