We love New York: the food, the fashion, the arts, the sightseeing. But if you only have a few hours to spare, how do you decide what to do and where to go? Here, Wengage has narrowed down three of our favourite ways to get a bit of the flavour of one of the world’s great cities.
3 hours at the MoMA
Located in midtown Manhattan and home to nearly 200,000 remarkable art pieces, the Museum of Modern Art is a must-do for any art lover. Time your arrival for after 11:30am if possible to minimize time spent in line, and consider downloading the museum’s audio app to help guide you through the space. And what a space it is! You might want to choose two floors to focus on and divide your time accordingly. Head to the Collections gallery on the fifth floor to find iconic works from the 1880s to 1940s by Matisse, Monet and van Gogh (seeing Water Lilies and The Starry Night in person is a thrill). There you can also savour a glass of wine or a bite to eat at Terrace 5, overlooking the Sculpture Garden. Painting and sculpture from the 1940s to 1980s are on the fourth floor—think Lichtenstein, Pollack and Kusama—and architecture and photography is on the third floor. The second floor offers contemporary pieces from the 1980s to today. While you’re on the second floor, it’s worth a look around the newly opened Museum Store to see if you spy any cool, contemporary design pieces, as well as the curated collection at the Book Store.
3 hours on the High Line
At just 1.5 miles long, the elevated linear park and green space on the West Side captures the imagination and is a perfect place to experience some of the city’s best features: design, art and nature. Grab a smoothie and stroll the path taking in the architecture, public art, views of the city and the distinct garden zones showcasing a variety of natural plantings. You can also check the park’s free public programming to see if your schedule aligns: you can take a tour with a docent, destress with a meditation or tai chi class, or watch live, open-air theatre or music performances.
3 hours at Chelsea Market
The Chelsea Market covers a city block in the Meatpacking District and has a deserved reputation as one of the best indoor markets in the world. You can easily eat your way through the market, which has independent bakeries, restaurants and shops selling everything from chocolate to wine to oysters to Chinese-inspired tacos. Other shops offer items by creative makers, fresh-cut flowers and books, and one new venue is a music hall so you can catch a live act. Not into shopping? Bring your camera or simply sit with a latte and enjoy the people watching.
So, tell us: which of these three NYC experiences would you choose? We would love to know what you think.
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