FIVE DAYS IN NEW YORK: ITINERARY FOR A FAMILY TRIP - PART 5

May 28, 2019


Our Family Trip Itinerary

1.Madison Square Garden

2. Madison Square Park

3. Lego Store

4. Flatiron Building

5. Chinatown

6. Little Italy

7. SoHo, Greenwich Village and Chelsea

8. High Line Park

9. Galleries in Chelsea

10. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum


With incredible speed we reached the last day of our trip to New York. As we already knew, it would never be possible to see everything we wanted but we still had many plans for this day. The trip was tiring, but it was a weariness we easily forgot because of all the magic we were seeing.

Our days were being full and we felt that the programmed days allowed us to make the most of life in the city. Of course, as it was a family trip, we ended up not really getting to know New York's nightlife, which must be fabulous, but during the day we tried to make the most of it.

Madison Square Garden

This complex is world-renowned for its memorable musical performances, as well as being the "home" of four of the city's professional teams, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL Ice Hockey Team) the New York Liberty (WNBA) and the New York Titans (NLL lacrosse team).

Unfortunately we did not have the opportunity (for financial reasons) to watch any show in this mythical room, but we did not want to miss the chance to walk around and see its exterior.

As the exterior is not extraordinary, we leave here a delicious video of a concert of the LCD Soundsystem in this room, to see how special it is.


Madison Square Park

Then we took a short walk to Madison Square Park. When we talk about parks in New York, we always think of Central Park, which is really fabulous. But Madison Square Park turned out to be a beautiful surprise. In the midst of the tall buildings of New York and the bustle of its streets, it is an ideal place to rest, to look at nature and, of course, the squirrels, as we have also found them here. It is a garden full of trees and very well cared for, frequented by both locals and tourists, and also by many dogs, because there is a Dog Park there.

In addition to this oasis in mid-Manhattan, if you are looking for a place to eat, we can not forget that there is a Shake Shack in this park, which we loved when we went on our second day in New York (see HERE).

Lego Store

The previous day we had visited the Lego Store of Rockefeller Center (you can see HERE our visit to the store) but when we were walking towards the Flatiron Building, we had the nice surprise of finding a new one Lego shop, which we had to visit, something that cannot fail in a family trip.

This store was not as impressive as the one at the Rockefeller Center, maybe because it is the second one to be visited and the desire to visit it at first was enormous. But this is a very large store too and as it was not so crowded, it allowed us to play with laos in a more relaxed way and have a great time.

Flatiron Building

Our next step was to see the Flatiron Building, which was right next to the Lego Store. This was one of the first skyscrapers in the city and its name is due to its shape, which resembles an iron ironing board. 

It's not allowed to visit its interior but it is well worth the walk next to it, because it is one of the unique images of New York. It is also great for taking your photos, we just wish for good luck to get you done without having people to pass in front of you.

Chinatown

Although we were able to walk all the way, as the distance was still great, we took the subway to Canal St to Chinatown. Before we refer to Chinatown, just a word about the Metro in New York, This is an experience you have to do, even though we have already traveled by metro in several countries around the world but walking in New York is different. It is difficult to explain, we can ensure that we always feel very safe and that we strongly recommend this experience but it is difficult to put into words, we just say the classic Just Do It.

Another unique experience is entering Chinatown. Here it seems that he entered another world, in another country. You will enter the middle of an immense confusion, in which in the first moments you will feel invaded by multiple sound stimuli, visual, olfactory ... Many people love it, others hate it. It is true that you will find a very disorganized place, even dirty but the truth is that we loved it, and the huge offer of restaurants led us soon to look for where to have lunch, needless to say, in a restaurant of Chinese food. It is also possible to find other gastronomic offerings, incidentally, even a McDonald's exists there, with Chinese characters.

But we went after the Chinese meal and we loved it. Prices very good, dishes immense and full of flavor, we loved it. After lunch, we got lost in the streets, where you will find hundreds of little shops that sell everything you can imagine. If you want to buy counterfeit goods from famous brands, here is your place.

Little Italy

After our visit through Chinatown we walked towards Little Italy. Here we were a little disillusioned. It is true that the streets are more beautiful than Chinatown but, Little Italy seems to be being invaded by Chinatown and, aside from beautiful, nicely decorated streets and some restaurants, the experience ends quickly.

As we were not going to eat there because we already had lunch, the tour was fast and we quickly headed to Soho, which is a short walk away.

 SoHo, Greenwich Village and Chelsea

Then we took a walk through SoHo, Greenwich Village and Chelsea as we headed for High Line Park. This tour, of about 2 kms we take to know where the New Yorkers live and, reveals how the city managed to modernize and restructure, maintaining its old charm. These neighborhoods have been subjected to enormous architectural regeneration, which makes it perfect for living or, in our case, to walk through it.

It is in this area of ​​the city that several artists have lofts, and we find several art galleries, which mix with fashion shops of international companies and countless restaurants for all budgets, where the will to enter is enormous. This is an area of ​​the city that, unlike others, allows us to have a picture of what it's like to live in New York.

High Line Park

This is one of New York's newest parks but it is already an image of the city and it is perfect in the city. The idea itself may seem strange but, it results in perfection. The idea was to build, in an old railway line, a park that stretches along several streets of the city and, truthfully, it was beautiful.

This park is suspended in the air and, along its route, you can enjoy the art facilities around it, the various stalls, small markets and sales, enjoy the extraordinary view through the middle of Manhattan and, whenever you want to sit will have numerous banks for this purpose.

This park is situated in an area that stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 30th Street between 10th and 11th avenues, as you can see here on Google Maps.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Well, this was an issue that left us a bit sad but we were already telling it to be difficult to achieve. Neither of us had ever been able to see an Aircraft Carrier closely and we wanted to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. But we also knew that it would be very difficult to have time on this last day to do it, and we were already prepared for the impossibility of visiting it, not least because the museum closes at 5pm. But one of the reasons we did not prioritize this visit was because we had other plans for the next step of our trip, namely in Washington, which we will talk about soon on our blog.

For it was near the closing hour that we arrived. The Museum is right next to the Hudson River and we made it about 2 kms walk to the Museum (good thing we took the stroller, our salvation) and, although tired, we were happy to have done it, because we loved it see the Intrepid, even if only on its outside.

For those who can see the museum as a whole, know that besides knowing the Aircraft Carrier, you can still see the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype used by NASA, as well as the Growler submarine.

To better plan your visit, click HERE on the official website of the museum, where you can see their schedules and prices.

After this visit, we made the walk to our hotel, having bought on the way a pizza to eat in our room. The rest of the night was dedicated to rest and pack, for tomorrow we would go to the next stage of our family trip in America, Washington.

So this ware the 5 days of our Family Trip to New York. We hope our tips help you to program you trip to this great city. Do not forget to leave a Like, and to comment and share our Non Stop Family blog.

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