How to see Manhattan in 72 hours – Day 2 subway/on foot/taxi

You’ve seen the city that never sleeps from a distance on a bus; now it’s time to get up close and personal.

Take the subway to Central Park West.

 

I may have been more excited than the average subway goer as I've never been on one. What I didn't know from the movies - there are level after level of subway tunnels running through Manhattan.

I may have been more excited than the average subway goer as I’ve never been on one. What I didn’t know from the movies – there are level after level of subway tunnels running through Manhattan.

Get off at the Museum of Natural History.

Teddy Roosevelt waits outside to welcome you at the American Museum of Natural History. Ben Stiller was not inside to greet us.

Teddy Roosevelt waits outside to welcome you at the American Museum of Natural History. Ben Stiller was not inside to greet us.

Walk a few blocks to the Dakota, then enter Central Park at Strawberry Fields.

The Dakota. Across the street is Strawberry Fields, a memorial set up by Yoko Ono in memory of John.

The Dakota. Across the street is Strawberry Fields, a memorial set up by Yoko Ono in memory of John.

Central Park is 2.5 miles long and 0.5 miles wide. Wear your walking shoes because you could easily spend all day in there. Well, you could take a horse-drawn carriage but then you miss some of the sights because you never get onto the paths less travelled.

View from the lake. If you've seen a movie with rowboats on a lake in Central Park, this is the place.

View from the lake. If you’ve seen a movie with rowboats on a lake in Central Park, this is the place.

 

Belvedere Castle. Once an actual lookout, now it looks like child's play castle in the middle of the park.

Belvedere Castle. Once an actual lookout, now it looks like child’s play castle in the middle of the park.

 

View from the castle.

View from the castle.

There is so much I didn’t get pictures of.  The zoo.  Cleopatra’s Needle (yes, there is an actual Egyptian obelisk in Central Park. Who knew?)  A pond for sailing motorized model boats. Amphitheatres. Softball diamonds. Oh, and Jabberwocky sightings.

Alice in Wonderland statue. Obviously, child friendly.

Alice in Wonderland statue. Obviously, child friendly.

When you come out on the other side, you’ll be on Fifth Avenue at Museum Row.  Pop into one of them.  Then, when your poor feet just can’t go any further, catch a cab home.  They are hard to find but you might get lucky.

This was a quintessential NYC image for me. Line of cabs outside the Met.

This was a quintessential NYC image for me. Line of cabs outside the Met.

Then check out the night life in Times Square.

Times Square. It defines "teeming mass of humanity". It's also very cool.

Times Square. It defines “teeming mass of humanity”. It’s also very cool.