ITINERARY: ONE OR TWO DAYS IN DOWNTOWN AND BROOKLYN BRIDGE AREAS

ESPAÑOL

Probably the best in this area is to enjoy the Manhattan skyline from different locations: the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, the ferry to Staten Island and, in my opinion the best of all, from Brooklyn Heights.

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Google Maps, marking the main attractions in this area. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be in the southwest corner.

THE STATUE

The day could start in the Statue of Liberty. The truth is that there is a tendency to prejudge it, most of the people think that is probably highly publicized and is not that much, but a visit to the Statue is a very pleasant and interesting experience because of view over the city, the Statue itself and the chance to visit the Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island. Admission $ 18, what you pay for is the return ferry. To climb to the crown, you must first book on advance online in their official website. To climb the pedestal, you can book online or be one of the first visitors to arrive in the morning, as access without reservation is only allowed in case there are leftover tickets for the day. Usually, before the first ferry is sailing in the morning, the spare tickets will be over.

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The statue and the Manhattan skyline on the background in 2011

BATTERY PARK

To take the ferry to the Statue, Staten Island or Governors Island, visitors will have to go through this small park that always seems to be under construction.

WALL STREET

From Battery Park you’ll arrive immediately at Wall Street, where the stars are the Stock Exchange Building and the Charging Bull sculpture.

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To get a picture of the Charging Bull alone, be there early or go after 9pm

9/11 MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

The memorial is a free public area consisting of two fountains set in the place where the Twin Towers used to be. There is a post about museums in Manhattan.

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One of the two fountains, Memorial 9/11

ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY

In the new World Trade Center. Recently opened, so unfortunately I have not gone yet. Open daily, tickets cost $ 32.

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Looking forward to go up there

CENTURY 21

If the visitor has time for shopping, this mall is the most visited one by tourists. You can buy all kinds of items, but the most sought are top brand clothes and accessories. Everything is messy here; most of the items, you will not find all sizes and shop assistants usually have no interest in assisting you, but if you have time and patience, will probably find the best discounts on clothes and accesories in town. For Europeans, credit card purchases can be paid in euros.

CITY HALL

Slightly northeast is the area, along with the Central Police Headquarters. There is a small park as well, and some of the most interesting buildings in the Downtown in terms of its architecture.

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City Hall Park

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

From here the next attraction is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. At the entrance from Manhattan, there are stalls with the cheapest keychains in the city, all $ 1. It takes at least 20 minutes walk the length of the bridge, so if you do not want to go and return, it is preferable to take the subway to Brooklyn and across towards Manhattan.

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Brooklyn Bridge

Let’s be honest, it is just a bridge, but its reputation is well deserved. Walk, run or bike it, is a great experience because of the bridge itself and the views of the city. In the Brooklyn end there are three main attractions.

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park: runs along the west bank of the East river,  to the south for 1.5 km.
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade. It is a elevated pedestrian area parallel to the park. In my opinion, it’s the best view of the Manhattan skyline.
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View of Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights
  • And the pizza at the base of the bridge. The queues for dinner at Juliana’s and Grimaldi’s may seem ridiculously long, but the truth is that they are two of the best pizzas I’ve had in this city where no there’s no shortage of pizzerias.

If the visitor still have time, or rather it has required you two days to see this area, yet there are two other points of interest in terms of its views over the city:

STATEN ISLAND FERRY

It is free. Good view of the city and the Statue of Liberty. It takes 30 minutes to get to Staten Island and sails off a minute later back to Manhattan, you have to get off the ferry and hurry up to get into it again.

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View of the Statue of Liberty from the ferry to Staten Island

GOVERNORS ISLAND

The ferry is free, it’s only available for the general public by the end of May till the end of September. This area is in constant renewal; it is being prepared as recreational area, the crowds still have not found it.

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View of Manhattan from Governors Island
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