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3-Day NYC Sprint!

A condensed itinerary for getting the full NYC experience in just 3 days

by parkerswhiteAbout Me:I’m an account manager in the healthcare industry from Atlanta, GA who loves music, sports, and spending time in the great outdoors! I’ve traveled much of the US and Europe, and I recently visited South America for the first time as well! ... read more

North AmericaUnited States3 days / June 2019

Highs & Lows

The food (all of it, but especially bagels :))

Everything is incredibly expensive (even for American standards)

Itinerary Overview

  • 1 Night: Times Sq
    Sight-seeing and the conventional NYC experience
  • 1 Night: West Village
    More sights and wonderful eats
  • 1 Night: Brooklyn
    A slower pace and outdoor food parks

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I wish I could have stayed longer - I was very pleased with how much we squeezed in three days, but there's too much more to see and do in New York. Try to stay a week if you're going for the first time and want to see all the sights.

  • How was the food?

    Muzzarella, Rupert's Deli, Bagels and Shmear (bagels in general - better than NYC pizza in my opinion).

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Don't focus too much on seeing all of the sights - there are simply too many, and you miss the forest for the trees if you zone in on them too closely.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Go ahead and get a 10 trip subway pass. You'll use it. The subway is incredibly convenient.


  • We stayed in Times Square, which I was skeptical about (and I'm not sure I'd do it again for subsequent trips), but despite being perhaps the biggest tourist trap in the world, it is a very central and convenient location for a quick trip in NYC. We stayed at the Marriot Times Square, and it was quite nice and very clean.

  • We stayed in the same hotel the whole time, so previous comments apply. As long as you're not too far from a subway station, Midtown is a great place to stay if you plan to spend time downtown.

  • Staying in Midtown wasn't incredibly convenient for going to Brooklyn, but NYC is huge - it's tough to find a place that provides easy access to every neighborhood.