Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline
An Amazing Guide To Spending One Day In New York City
New York has plenty of iconic breakfast places, from independent doughnut shops to famous pastry haunts, and starting with a filling meal is a good start.
Fuel Up
Russ & Daughters on East Houston Street has been in business for over a century, with fresh bagels, cream cheese, and seafood. Aim to get there at 8 a.m.
From Russ & Daughters, take the southbound M15 bus from the stop nearby on Allen Street to its final destination, South Ferry, and head to the Staten Island Ferry.
Set Sail
The ferry is free and has splendid views of Downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn waterfront. After arriving, return to the city on the first ferry back.
After disembarking, it's time for some serious walking. Head north up Broadway to the Charging Bull statue, an icon of the financial district and nearby Wall Street.
Walk north to historic Trinity Church, then stroll up to One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States, and the austere, reflective 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
Next to it is the Oculus, a transportation hub, retail center, and grand piece of public artistry. Movie fans might recognize it from a sequence in "John Wick: Chapter 2."
It's a 10-minute walk from the Oculus to the Brooklyn Bridge entrance. You're on a tight schedule, so only walk to the midway point before turning back.
Span Decks
The bridge was the longest suspension bridge on the planet when it opened in the early 1880s. The views include three of the city's five boroughs and several NYC landmarks.
Return from the bridge and walk west to the cobbled streets of Tribeca. Once warehouses and factories, large-scale renovations have turned them into chic apartments.
Tribeca is a lovely place to walk around, sometimes feeling like it belongs in another era. You'll find plenty of places to eat along Greenwich and Hudson streets.