New York, the city that never sleeps, is jam-packed with exciting historical locations, museums, and shopping for tourists and locals. You may think you need a week to see all of the attractions, with the major hustle and bustle of this city. Well, that would be wrong, because if you have time management skills, New York can easily be conquered in one weekend.
All you need to prepare for a full schedule are a decent travel book, comfortable shoes, and a Metrocard which is easy to purchase at the nearest subway (metro) station.
It is important to arrive in New York City by early afternoon in order to be able to fit in all the sites and tourist attractions you want to see. The best place to stay would be a hostel because you only have to sleep there. Jazz on the Park, located on 106th Street at Central Park West in Manhattan, is the perfect spot, a quaint place where a room and complimentary breakfast are only $36 a night per person. The best aspect is that Europeans will be filling the place. You can mingle with the other guests and learn about foreign lands while enjoying coffee with milk.
Jazz on the Park resembles life in a college dorm. There are two community bathrooms on each floor, so avoiding the other guests is almost impossible. You are staying in close quarters, so getting to know the people on your floor can be very exciting and interesting. Who knows, maybe you will want to spend more time with them outside the hostel!
Once in New York and checked in, spend the rest of your first day seeing Chinatown and Little Italy. These bargain spots are located on the East Side of Manhattan on Canal Street. If you are lucky you can have the special experience of being offered a “real” designer handbag for a steal. You can only see the bags by heading through a secret passage accessed via a remote control similar to what you would use to unlock your car. Once up the stairs, in a hot and ridiculously small area, “real” designer bags are hung throughout. You can choose from Coach, Prada, Dooney and Bourke, and Chanel. After a certain amount of browsing, the woman will throw you out, saying, “The police are coming.” She will lead you once again down the stairs. A call is placed to make sure the coast is clear. Then she will take out the remote and unlock the door, and off to freedom you go.