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Delamar Day Trip: One Day in New York City

Even when you escape to scenic seaside and tranquility of Connecticut, sometimes you also want to infuse a little bit of big-city excitement into your stay. And at DELAMAR, you can do just that: We’re an easy drive (or train ride) into New York City – the perfect location for a convenient day trip into the Big Apple.

What to Do on a Day Trip to NYC

Even New Yorkers will admit to not having done everything there is to see and do in their beloved city. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few favorites, especially for first-time visitors. And, while you probably won’t have time to everything on our list, the way we see it – that’s what repeat visits are for!

Times Square

If you can brave the crowds and pell-mell pace of Times Square, then you shouldn’t miss a visit to this iconic NYC site. Really, you could spend hours (perhaps, a whole day!) perusing the shops, sampling the food, catching the entertainment, and generally people-watching all around Times Square, but since we’re on a tight timetable, try to keep it to an hour or two. Check out the “Cheat Sheet” to best optimize your time here.  

The Brooklyn Bridge

As NYC selfies go, few are as iconic as the Brooklyn Bridge, a one-mile suspension bridge that stretches from Manhattan into Brooklyn. Happily, pedestrians are welcome to walk across the bridge – be careful to stay to the right of the dividing line –  and observe the center stone column and its accompanying bronze plaque, which reads, “Erected by the cities of New York and Brooklyn.” Yes, Brooklyn and New York were once two separate and great cities! 

The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Lady Liberty needs no introduction: This French gift (to mark the bicentennial of the United States) has offered a warm welcome – and safe harbor – to new arrivals for over 130 years. Crafted from now-oxidized (and therefore green-tinged) copper, the Statue of Liberty stands guard over Ellis Island, once an immigrant’s first point of entry to a new life in a new land.

The Empire State Building

What’s a visit to New York City without seeing (and even climbing) The Empire State Building? This iconic building is a Manhattan centerpiece for dining, history, and of course, views: the 86th-floor Observatory is the highest open-air observatory in New York  and the most famous in the world, offering 360º views of the city and its surrounding scenery, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and all the other photo-ops on your bucket list.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

One of the most recognizable places of worship in the United States, if not the world, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is now more striking than ever, thanks to a recent 3-year and $177-million restoration. Built in the late 1800s, this splendid cathedral – astonishingly funded primarily through the scrimping and saving of poor Irish immigrants – is known as “America’s parish church” and is open to the public. The magnificent stained glass and soaring proportions are worth the visit.

Top of the Rock

Time your departure for a sunset view from Top of the Rock, New York City’s iconic observatory at the top of Rockefeller Center. (Get it? Top of the Rock…) From its 70th-story point of view, the three-tiered observation deck offers sweeping and unobstructed panoramas over Manhattan’s midtown, Central Park, and other points of interest, offering a one-of-a-kind experience and breathtaking (literally) view as the sun sets over the horizon.

 Getting to New York City from DELAMAR

DELAMAR Greenwich Harbor is just 45 minutes by car and less than an hour by train to New York City, with the Greenwich Metro-North station a short walk away or quick drive in our complimentary Tesla shuttle.

From DELAMAR Southport, New York City is just 90 minutes by car or a 75-minute train ride from Grand Central Station.

And from DELAMAR West Hartford, we’re about a 2-hour drive or under 3-hour train ride into NYC.

Enjoy your NYC day trip!

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