A Day Out in NYC
April 3, 2014
One of the advantages of living at The Waypointe is that you are only just under an hour away from one of the biggest cities in the world, New York City. While we love all that Norwalk has to offer, a day trip to New York City is the perfect recipe if you are craving a fun day out! NYC has unbelievable sights, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment that cater to every age and taste. Here are some of our recommendations for how to get into “the Big Apple” and what to do once you are there!
Getting to NYC:
Whether you drive or take the train, getting to Manhattan couldn’t be easier from The Waypointe.
To get to the city by car, head southwest on West Avenue for 0.4 miles, turn left to get on the I-95 South until you reach the I-278 W. Then all you need to do is take the I-278 W for a few miles until the Manhattan/FDR drive exit, and FDR drive south offers many different entry points to Manhattan.
If you don’t have a car or just don’t want to deal with NYC parking, South Norwalk station offers direct links to Grand Central Terminal (mistakenly referred to by most as Grand Central Station) in the heart of the city, which take just over an hour. South Norwalk Station is a 5-minute drive, 10-minute bus ride, or 25-minute walk away from The Waypointe. Check out Metro North’s website for details of train times and fares. As its name suggests, Grand Central Station offers links by subway, bus, or taxi to any and every part of Manhattan or the other boroughs.
Sights and sounds:
Grand Central Station: Even if you aren’t taking the train, Grand Central is absolutely worth a visit. It is the sixth most visited attraction in New York, was described as “the world’s loveliest station” by Travel + Leisure magazine, and has been the setting for countless movies and tv shows (including North by Northwest, Men In Black, and and The Avengers). If you’re feeling a bit hungry after your train ride, check out Grand Central Oyster Bar in the station, which has just reopened this March and serves some of the freshest seafood in the whole city!
One World Trade Center/World Trade Center Memorial: New York’s newest skyscraper and the tallest building in America, One World Trade Center (or the Freedom Tower), is a symbolic 1,776 feet of shimmering glass curtain walls that rises over the already impressive Manhattan skyline. Also located on site is the national 9/11 Memorial and Museum (museum opening in May) dedicated to the over 3,000 people who were killed in the horrific attacks on the original World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001. Advance reservations for the memorial are recommended, but tickets are free. Tickets for the museum will cost $24 once it opens in May.
Broadway: If you are a theatre lover, Broadway is simply heaven. From long-running classics of the stage, such as The Phantom of the Opera, to new smash-hits, like The Book of Mormon, Broadway has it all for theatre lovers of all ages. Seeing A-list stars such as Bryan Cranston and Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t mean you have to stay the night either, trains run from Grand Central back to South Norwalk station until 1:45am.
Union Square/the Flatiron District: New York City is the perfect day-trip destination if you love to shop-til-you-drop or a serious foodie as well. There are a number of different places around the city where you can indulge in both, but right now Union Square has emerged for the hottest area to shop, eat, and hang out. From large stores, such as Forever 21 and Banana Republic, to the one-of-a-kind Strand Bookstore, there are shops of every kind in this area. And if you get hungry, you can venture into Mario Batali’s newest venture, the 50,000 square ft. high-end Italian food emporium Eataly, check out one of New York’s best beloved burgers at Shake Shack, or visit one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood.