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New York 1 day Itinerary this Winters

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New York Demographics

With an approximate population of 8,398,748 in New York City, this number only increases during this time of year. According to the World Population Review, the demographics consist of White: 42.78%, Black or African American: 24.32, Other race: 15.12%, Asian: 14.00%, Two or more races: 3.33%, Native American: 0.40% and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%

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Weather in New York in Winter

Getting to New York in Winter

New York Cabs


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Accommodation in New York

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Transport in Manhattan

I love walking the streets of New York, but Winter makes the walk tricky. However, do not be surprised if you walk the streets to get from A to B, as many people will choose this option.

Yellow cabsYes, they are everywhere, but sometimes they aren’t so easy to hail. Busy times and weather conditions may see you standing on the curb longer than you hoped.

Subway The subway is the most cost-effective way of travelling through Manhattan, but it can be somewhat hectic. Outside of rush hour, you will see you moving in less crowded carriages, so take note of times.


Central Park 

Strawberry Fields New York

American Museum of Natural History

Night at the museum

Macy’s Department Store

Recommendation – Try not to take small kids if you don’t have to; this place can be busy!

Macys NYC

Top of The Rock

Recommendation: The sunset is the best time to head up there; ensure you book online before, though, as lines can be hectic in New York in Winter.

Top of the rock

Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes

The show has you entertained from beginning to end and can be enjoyed by any age. This show does make you feel like you are experiencing a New York Christmas.

Recommendation – Book as early as possible, as tickets sell out fast.

radio city music hall

Christmas Lights and Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Recommendation – Hold onto your kids; there are people everywhere.

Christmas in New York

Time Square

Recommendation – This place on Christmas Eve is crazy, with loads of last-minute shoppers (like myself), so avoid this place on Christmas Eve if you can.

Time Square New York

Pit Stops Not to miss

Serendipity 3

Recommendation – Make a reservation to avoid disappointment!

Frozen Hot Chocolate New York

The Original SoupMan

Recommendation – It is takeaway only, so if you are looking for somewhere to sit, you may want to return to the hotel to eat it.

The Original Soup man New York

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Recommendation – You can personalise your candy, which makes excellent Christmas presents.

Dylans candy

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  • Paula Barreca Barnes

    So 17 years ago, my husband and I set off with our little family in tow, embarking on a short-term assignment in Taiwan. Although without any knowledge of expat life or the Taiwanese culture, we took the chance and decided this would be an exciting little adventure; little did we know it changed the direction of our lives forever.

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2 thoughts on “New York 1 day Itinerary this Winters”

  1. Marea Anne Lanham

    I would not recommend the shuttle service from the airports, especially if there is more than one person. By the time you have paid for two or more, it is nearly the cost of a taxi. The shuttle takes you all over the place, dropping off people. A friend of mine once took nearly two and a half hours to get to our apartment on the shuttle, after a flight from Australia. At that time of day, it should have taken less than an hour by taxi.

    Times Square is a must, especially at night, but only briefly, it is so crazy and crowded. O”Donoghues Pub on 44th between 7th and 6th is a good place to go for food. Also Carmines, which is an amazing family style Italian restaurant. Best to go with a crowd though, the portions are big.

    The subway is a great way to get around but on weekends a lot of lines don’t run on their normal schedule or even their normal line. Always check beforehand. There are usually signs on the platforms.

    Never heard of Dylan’s candy bar but I guess it is probably great for people visiting with kids. Have never seen Gossip Girl but remember walking past when they were filming in some places in the city.

    Have been to the Museum of Natural History a couple of times and it was okay. The Met is the best museum in New York, have been so many times and always seem to find something that I missed before. They also have some great visiting exhibitions.

    Chelsea Market is a great place to visit, with good shopping and great food. The new Hudson Yards complex is amazing, especially The Vessel and Little Spain is wonderful if you like Tapas and other Spanish delights.

    West and East Villages both have lots of really good restaurants and interesting shops. Our Aussie friends, Callum and Morgan Sigg, from Sydney, have a great restaurant on Cornelia St in the West Village called Uncle Chop Chop. Fantastic South East Asian food.

    Hells Kitchen is another good food area. On 9th Avenue, between 43rd and 52nd Sts, there are lots of restaurants serving, everything from Vietnamese, Thai, Greek, Italian and burgers. 10th Ave between the same streets is good as well. We particularly like Anejo, which is a Tequila and Mexican Tapas restaurant, it is on the corner of 10th and 47th.

    The best place for Korean food is in Korea town on 32nd, between Broadway and Madison.

    The 911 Memorial is worth a visit, but be prepared, it is very moving and some people find it very hard, I know I shed a few tears. Tickets are best bought beforehand, online.

    Coney Island and Brighton Beach are also good places to go in the summer. The main street in Brighton Beach is full of Russian restaurants, shops and supermarkets. You hear very little English, it is known as Little Odessa. My friend and I used to go there to eat pierogis and try to get the very serious Russian people to smile, a bit of a challenge.

    There are so many other places I could recommend but would take too long. Morningside Heights to visit Grants Tomb, Washington Heights for Dominican food, East Harlem to visit Alexander Hamilton’s house. Yankee Stadium or Citifield for a baseball game, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Staten Island Botanical Gardens, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island.

    1. Paula Barreca Barnes

      Thanks so much for your great tips and descriptive post, I always love hearing from a resident rather than a tourist! How else do you find those hidden gems?

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