My husband and I had a short weekend planned in NYC, which was cut even shorter when our flight was delayed. Here I'll try to give the down and dirty how to make the most out of NYC in less than 48 hours.
We landed at LaGuardia airport around just before midnight Friday and took a cab to our hotel, Gotham Hotel, in midtown. Great location! Very close to Grand Central Station, Times Square and the shopping on 5th & Park Avenues. Had we landed at 9 like we were supposed to, we would have grabbed a drink and appetizer at the hotel bar or at the nearby Hotel Library rooftop bar.
Saturday morning we went next door to the local coffee shop. We walked a few blocks to Times Square, which was great to do early before it got too busy. If you want to catch a matinee show, now's the time to get in line at the TKTS booth for discount show tickets. We wanted an evening show & tickets don't go on sale until after 3 pm for the night performances. After an hour or so exploring Times Square & Midtown(and stopping for a Bloody Mary), we hopped on the subway to Madison Square Park to get lunch a the NYC staple Shake Shack. After lunch, a nice walk into Chelsea and on the Highline taking in the sites. We also grabbed a beer (I think it was called Half King). Otherwise, check out Pier 66 Maritime on the Hudson. When we went, the line was way to long.After a little walk we took the subway back to Times Square to get our evening show tickets (Mama Mia) and had an amazing sushi dinner at Sushi Yasuda. It was a great Japanese sushi restaurant that follows Japanese customs and doesn't allow tipping. The miso soup and edamame was delicious as well as the various rolls we ordered. After the show let out, we did some more walking around NBC studios, Rockefeller center & Times Square.
Sunday morning we got up and the hotel held our bags for us since our flight was at 6 pm. We took the Subway to Liberty Park. We saw the Statue of Liberty, 9/11 memorial, FDNY 10 house and then walked the first portion of the Brooklyn Bridge. No time for tours, but still neat to see it all. Back on the subway to Little Italy for lunch and some more walking, then continue on the subway to Central Park and some shopping.
All done in time to get back to the hotel for our bags and take a cab to the airport.It was tiring, but very fun and we made the most of our short trip. That, my friends, is how you do NYC in a New York Minute!