How to see Manhattan in 72 hours – Day 3 on foot

So you’ve had the overview and you’ve hit the main attractions.  Now it’s time to wander. And more importantly, time to shop.I walked out of my hotel, turned left, strolled a couple blocks and ran into this:

The Chrysler Building. Often within view from any given CSI: New York crime scene but it took me three days to find it and when I did it was by accident. It's a very pretty building though.

The Chrysler Building. Often within view from any given CSI: New York crime scene but it took me three days to find it and when I did it was by accident. It’s a very pretty building though.

That’s how Manhattan rolls, people. Turn around and there is something spectacular to see.  We wandered a few more blocks and came across a piece of heaven.

New York Public Library is 102 years old. The lions guarding it are nicknamed "Patience and "Fortitude".

New York Public Library is 102 years old. The lions guarding it are nicknamed “Patience and “Fortitude”.

Directly behind the library is Bryant Park, one of the few slices of greenery in midtown Manhattan. It is a very small slice but it counts. When I was there in November, they had a skating rink, which I understand is a seasonal thing. I also read it had a carousel but didn’t see it.

AND I got to see a parade down Fifth Avenue. It was Veterans Day.  We caught it at Rockefeller Center.

Rockefeller Center the week before they put up their tree. Interesting complex to explore.

Rockefeller Center the week before they put up their tree. Interesting complex to explore.

After the parade, my posse headed up Fifth for some serious window shopping.  Clothes, purses, shoes, jewellery.  Unfortunately I was there the weekend before Thanksgiving and most of the stores had their windows covered as they prepared their Christmas displays but Harry Winston’s was on the ball. They had beautiful sparkly stuff. I do love my bling.

Harry Winston. 'nuff said.

Harry Winston. ’nuff said.

We didn’t go in but we did visit Tiffany’s.

The Tiffany Diamond. A nice little bauble. And yes, when you are in the store, if you have to ask, you can't afford it.

The Tiffany Diamond. A nice little bauble. And yes, when you are in the store, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

 

For the record, they do not serve breakfast. If you want food you have to find it in a place like this.

King Papaya. Awesome hotdogs.
King Papaya. Awesome hotdogs.

I think it’s something in the water. But I had authentic New York hotdogs, bagels and cheesecake and they were all divine. Unfortunately I missed the pizza, but I did get some great Italian and Chinese food as well. Don’t worry if you visit the city on a diet; you’ll walk off anything you eat.

My only other advice is that if you are going to see a Broadway show (which I didn’t), plan your weekend around that. Don’t try and see if you can get tickets at the last minute.  You need to make time and not find time to add an experience like that.

Timing wise, October would be perfect but early November was still a great time. You can walk around in jeans and a sweater. I don’t know how it would be in the heat and humidity of the summer. If you plan to go any later you are risking some serious snow.

And that was it. The Big Apple in three days. I’d do it again and suggest it to anyone as a destination, although I would recommend not doing it after a crippling natural disaster.

Bon voyage.