What is Larry Echaverry’s favorite way to see New York City in one day?
If you can afford a tour guide or a professional chauffeur to show you around all the spots all over New York, do that. But if you want to commute, use the train. Get a one-day fun pass and go to Battery Park, back uptown, then take the train and head to Harlem, and come back to Midtown. You can do it all in a day, believe it or not.
As a tourist, I would start off going to the George Washington Bridge. You must experience getting on the bridge — either walking or in a car. You have to go to Times Square. I would definitely go to the top of the Empire State Building, or the 30 Rock view at Rockefeller Plaza. I would stop for a great hot dog at Gray’s Papaya in the West Village. Go to Central Park — enjoy a horse ride, walk around, go to FAO Schwartz, right on 58th Street and Fifth Avenue by the Apple Store. I would have dinner at a famous restaurant in Times Square, like Carmine’s or just have a burger at the Hard Rock Café. You must go to a Broadway show and enjoy. And if I had time, I would view Ground Zero and, of course, the Statue of Liberty at night. I’d have to go to Canal Street, Chinatown and Little Italy. In between you have to go and buy your little souvenirs that you’d bring back home. I’d try to get on the trolley, which is the transfer from the city to Queens. Anyone can get on those. Also, you must go to South Street Seaport.