Our trips start on a Sunday in New York which means you can always arrive early and spend a bit of extra time in The Big Apple. This “48 hours in New York” blog outlines a few options you can do before you start your East Coast America group tour. New York is a teeming metropolis filled with a whole array of fun things to do! Whether you’re seeking a big night out, incredible food, cultural discovery, city views, amazing walks, historical interest or a combination of them all- then N.Y.C is the place to be. On the first couple of days of the East Coast Adventure and the Full Coyote – we take in the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, the Highline, Freedom Tower and the 9/11 museum so we’ll focus on some other attractions in the city.
This is a quintessentially New York experience and we’d recommend taking this walk as both an experience in itself but also a way to experience Brooklyn. The bridge itself is iconic, impressive and provides sweeping views. A brisk walk across it will have you feeling like a New Yorker. If you take the route from Manhattan (we stay at the Pod on that side of the water) and then reach Brooklyn- we’d definitely recommend taking in the trendy area of DUMBO. This district is in the shadow of both Brooklyn and Manhattan and well worth a visit. It’s filled with hipster coffee shops, urban warehouse bars and boutique shops all nestled nicely amidst its cobbled streets. You can also chill out in the Brooklyn Bridge Park and take some pictures of the Manhattan skyline on the other side!
East Village Bars
If you’ve arrived before your Coyote Trip – you might well fancy a couple of celebratory drinks. When you are with us- we go to the buzzing Williamsburg district so it’s a good idea to try somewhere else and you are spoilt the choice. Whether you fancy a dive bar, a delicious craft ale or a classy cocktail joint- then there’s a whole plethora of options. One of our favourite places in East Village which is absolutely teeming with bars. Wander along Avenue C and A and you’ll see a tonne in close proximity. For a classic experience- check out Please Don’t Tell– this homage to the prohibition-era speak-easy is a great experience. You’ll enter through the secret doorway in the hot dog store and then be treated to an awesome array of cocktails. Do make sure to reserve beforehand though as this place is popular! If you are looking for a cheaper and cheerful way to start your night then kick things off with Happy Hour at the Boilermaker.
As with all things new York- there’s a whole array of options for sports fans. The city is home to two of the biggest baseball teams on the planet: The Yankees and the Mets and you can watch them compete in the Major League. However, if you want the experience but less pressure on the wallet- then the minor league is a fun option- the Brooklyn Cyclones play at Key Span and that’s a fun, affordable way to experience this sport. The season runs through April to October.
Basketball is another integral aspect of N.Y.C life and there’s nowhere more iconic than Madison Square Garden- home of the Knicks. Marvel at the stadia, take in the atmosphere, cheer on the players and the spot the celebs on celebrity row. Also at Madison Square Garden- there’s the New York Rangers who are the city’s premier ice hockey outfit. Games take place throughout the winter – ending in April. There’s also several professional football (soccer) teams and if you are in town in August/September then check out the tennis at Flushing Meadows which hosts the US Open.
New York has some truly awesome markets that pop up over the weekend and if you have time before starting our tour then it’s well worth checking some of these out. We meet at midday on the Sunday so you’d be able to pop over to the Upper West Side and visit the Grand Bazaar. This mecca for creatives contains an array of handmade goods, antiques, one of a kind art along with some delicious food options. This is the city’s largest weekly market and helps support 4 local public schools.
If you have time on the Saturday then you could start your morning at the lovely Farmer’s market in Union Square. The oldest market is Essex Street which has been offering diverse food to New Yorkers since 1888! For something bigger and buzzier then the Pennsy – next to Madison Square Garden- has events, bars, food stands and a whole load of entertainment. Our Coyote favourite is Gansevoort Market which offers a slice of retro Americana alongside some delicious food, chilled vibes and industrial architecture.
Ready to travel to America? After 48 hours in New York- you could start our East Coast Adventure, Coast to Coast or the Full Coyote. Drop us a message in the chat box below or send us an email at email@example.com to find out more!