A short New York City travel is almost impossible, as each day will tempt you to see and feel more of New York. The city is a melting pot of cultures, arts and districts, each unique in its style and character. Indeed, a short New York City travel (at least five days) allows you to visit major historic and cultural sites and to get an understanding of the New York City life and culture.
What to see first? Visit New York historic landmarks, architectural wonders and artistic triumphs like the Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal, Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Certainly, the highlight of the New York City travel is a ferry trip to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island and an exploration of the Wall Street area with its beautiful colonial-era Fraunces Tavern, mid-19th-century Trinity Church and Manhattan's oldest surviving church St. Paul's Chapel. There are also such treasures as the neo-Gothic Woolworth Building and the City Hall, located nearby. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History are renowned museums, while the Carnegie Hall or the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a venue of the world-class entertainment.
A walking tour is a must for the New York City travel. Organize a walking tour in Green Village that shows some of the most spectacular real estate. At the Waverly Place, there is Three Lives (No. 154), which is one of the city's best small bookstores. Across the busy intersection of 7th Avenue South, there is the Village Vanguard, one of many notable music venues in this neighborhood.
The Abingdon Square is famous for numerous modern clothing boutiques, antiques shops, small restaurants and the popular Magnolia Bakery at the corner of West 11th Street. In fact, it is possible to walk throughout the district in two hours and see many interesting things, characterizing the New York daily life. It is also wonderful to wander through New York China Town for genuine Chinese dining and East Village for unique experiences of vintage stores and shops. SoHo and NoLita are districts, famous for galleries and elegant boutiques and restaurants.
The best thing about the New York City travel is that there is the annually Open House in New York (Openhousenewyork, Inc), which opens the doors of numerous sites for tours free of charge. The first Openhousenewyork was held on October 11 and 12. For two days, the visitors explored the City Hall, the Tweed Courthouse, the Gracie Mansion, the Grand Army Plaza Arch, the catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery, the turn-of-the-century Pratt Institute power plant and dozens of other important buildings.
The event's distinctive feature is that it gives a free access to major New York attractions, ranging from famous landmarks to new achievements and landmarks unavailable to public; it is also the largest architectural and design event. For instance, in 2003, both New York visitors and residents, for the first time in its one hundred and sixty five-year history, could tour the catacombs of the Green-Wood Cemetery that has a majestic park-like setting, decorated with elaborate mini-palaces, stunning views and a century and-a-half of the rich and famous. This year the Openhousenewyork will be held on October 7-8, 2006.