El Nueva York clásico: guía para un fin de semana

Por Danielle Contray

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With an iconic skyline, a bounty of museums and galleries and a thriving food scene, New York is arguably the world’s most exciting city. While it’s impossible to see all it has to offer in one weekend, this 48-hour itinerary for first-time visitors packs in the best of the classic sights. Bonus: you don’t even have to take a full day off work.


Noche - Haga una escapada

With frequent flights to New York from London departing every day, the British Airways schedule means you can be flexible. Catch the 19:00 flight from London Heathrow to JFK. You'll land just after 22:00, meaning you can be in the city centre around an hour later – in time for a nightcap, or a good night’s sleep – it’s up to you.

The panoramic views from Top of the Rock mean you’ll see both Central Park and the Empire State Building

As it’s your first time in the city, base yourself in Midtown Manhattan for easy access to the iconic sights. The InterContinental New York Barclay is synonymous with old-fashioned luxury – classic features from its 1920s legacy include art deco furniture, geometric furnishings and a glamorous parlour serving vintage tipples.

  • El Met es uno de los museos de arte más grandes del mundo. © Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Deje que el arte le inspire

    El Museo Metropolitano o Met alberga más de dos millones de obras de arte de todas partes del mundo y que abarcan un marco temporal de cinco milenios. Si desea disfrutar de algo más actual, acuda a la galería hermana Met Breuer, donde antes se alojaba el Whitney Museum. Se encuentra a un corto paseo de Madison Avenue.

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  • Enjoy an idyllic stroll or bike ride through Central Park © NYC&Co
  • Nueva York: la ciudad que nunca duerme © Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

    Si quiere disfrutar de más vistas

    La gente de la ciudad le dirá que las vistas desde lo alto del Rockefeller Center son mejores que desde el Empire State Building, y es posible que tengan razón. Consejo de viajeros expertos: reserve con antelación y evite las colas.

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07:30 - Combata el desfase horario

You’ll probably be up early, so start the day with a hearty breakfast. Parker’s, located in the Thompson Central Park New York on W 56th Street opens at 06:30, with a menu of decadent twists on classic dishes, including the All American, featuring Norma's potatoes, and the everything bagel.

09:00 | Hora de devorar cultura

Pasee por el maravilloso Central Park hacia el norte para llegar al Metropolitan Museum of Art, la institución más extensa de la ciudad. Las puertas abren a las 10:00 y por lo general a esa hora ya hay una fila que llega hasta el final de la manzana, así que es recomendable llegar un poco más temprano. Una vez dentro, la mayoría de la gente se dirigirá directamente a las galerías de las colecciones egipcias del primer piso. Por tanto, le recomendamos que ponga rumbo al piso de arriba, donde atravesará un laberinto de pinturas y objetos en relativa paz.

14:00 - NYC 360

Now that you’ve seen the park from the ground, it’s time to see it from above. If you don’t fancy queueing for the Empire State Building you can get a better view from Top of the Rock , which has observation decks (both indoor and outdoor) on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of one of Rockefeller Center’s art deco buildings. The panoramic views mean you’ll see both Central Park and the Empire State Building.

  • Times Square es la atracción más visitada del mundo. © Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

    ¿Sabía que...?

    Anteriormente llamada Longacre Square, la zona fue renombrada en 1904 después de que el New York Times trasladara su sede al edificio Times Building, que ahora se llama One Times Square.

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15:30 - Que empiece el espectáculo

Broadway is always booming, and if you are set on seeing a certain show, you’ll need to secure tickets before your trip. If you are flexible, now is the time to head to the TKTS booth in Times Square to see what same-day tickets are on offer. Gawk at the surrounding scene, then head back to your hotel to freshen up for the night ahead.

18:00 - Pique algo antes de asistir al teatro

You’ll need to make your dinner reservations in advance as well – the hours before curtains-up are the most popular. Joe Allen is the most iconic of the Theater District restaurants, and for good reason. The cosy space on the ground floor of a townhouse attracts Broadway stars of today and yesteryear. The solidly American menu includes dishes such as crab cakes, Caesar salad and New York strip steak.

  • The Plaza opened in 1907 © The Plaza

    Lounge in luxury

    The Plaza – a Fairmont Managed Hotel promises a luxurious stay in New York.

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  • Juliana's, votada la pizzería número uno de los Estados Unidos por TripAdvisor © Biz Jones Photography

    Por porciones es mejor

    No use nunca cuchillo y tenedor para comer una porción de pizza en Nueva York; está mal visto por los lugareños. Lo mejor es doblar el trozo de pizza por la mitad y así no solo duplicará la cantidad de pizza que consume de un solo bocado, sino que también evitará que se caiga el queso derretido, la rica salsa y los demás ingredientes.

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  • One World Trade Center © DelensMode/Getty Images

    Recorrido por la Zona Cero

    El National 9/11 Memorial es un impresionante y conmovedor monumento situado al pie del edificio más alto del hemisferio occidental: el One World Trade Center. Un guía con conexión personal con los hechos del 11-S le acompañará durante un recorrido de 90 minutos de duración por la Zona Cero y el monumento homenaje a las víctimas.

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Mediodía - La hora de degustar una porción de pizza

After a jam-packed Saturday, treat yourself to a Sunday lie-in – but be sure to be up in time to take the A train to High Street in Brooklyn to sample Juliana’s coal-fired pizzas – locals will tell you they are superior to the adjacent (and much hyped) Grimaldi’s. It opens at 11:30 on Sunday, and you can expect a crowd gathering for the Margherita pies and white pizza topped with sausage and broccoli rabe. The pedestrian entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge is just a few blocks away, so you can cross the iconic span, taking in the Manhattan skyline (while also burning off that pizza).

14:00 - Pasado y presente

As you leave the bridge on the Manhattan side, you’ll be at the southern end of the island. The sights of Wall Street, including the Stock Exchange and the Charging Bull, are just a few blocks away. It’s quiet on Sunday, since the exchange is closed, but you’ll be able to see the historic buildings mixed with newer landmarks. Head west and you’ll happen upon a striking building: The Oculus is an amazing, $4 billion train station, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Next door is the One World Trade Center, where you can take a tour of the reflective 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

16:00 - Regreso a casa

You probably won’t be ready to say goodbye to New York, but for now, it’s time to head back to the airport for your flight home. Catch the 19:25 from JFK, which touches down in Heathrow at 07:20 – and after a relaxing flight, you’ll be ready to breeze into that Monday morning meeting.