Classic New York : guide pour le weekend

par 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.


Soirée - Planifiez votre programme évasion

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.

  • Le Met est l'un des plus grands musées au monde. © Metropolitan Museum of Art

    L'art et la manière

    Le Met abrite plus de deux millions d'oeuvres d'art du monde entier couvrant cinq millénaires. Pour des oeuvres plus contemporaines, rendez-vous à la galerie Met Breuer, qui abritait auparavant le Whitney Museum, etvqui se trouve à quelques pas, sur Madison Avenue.

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  • Enjoy an idyllic stroll or bike ride through Central Park © NYC&Co
  • New York : la ville qui ne dort jamais © Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

    Davantage de vues pour vibrer

    Les habitants du coin vous diront que la vue du sommet du Rockefeller Center est plus belle que de l'Empire State Building, et il se pourrait bien qu'ils aient raison. Pour en profiter au maximum, réservez vos billets à l'avance et évitez les files d'attente.

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07 h 30 - Plus fort que le décalage horaire

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 h 00 - Une cure de culture

Promenez-vous au nord de Central Park jusqu'au Metropolitan Museum of Art – la plus grande institution de la ville. Lorsqu'il ouvre ses portes à 10h00, une longue file d'attente s'est généralement déjà formée, donc veillez à arriver tôt. Une fois à l'intérieur, la plupart des visiteurs se rueront vers les galeries égyptiennes du premier étage. Allez plutôt directement en haut, où vous pourrez traverser le labyrinthe de peintures et d'objets dans une paix relative.

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 est l'attraction la plus visitée au monde. © Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

    Le saviez-vous ?

    Anciennement nommé Longacre Square, cette place a été rebaptisée en 1904, lorsque le New York Times a installé son siège dans le Times Building, aujourd'hui appelé One Times Square.

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15 h 30 - Sus aux spectacles !

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 h 00 - Encas d'avant spectacle

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, désignée meilleure pizzeria par TripAdvisor © Biz Jones Photography

    La bonne tranche

    Nul besoin d'utiliser de couteau et de fourchette pour dévorer une part de pizza new yorkaise (les locaux vous regarderaient de travers). Pliez simplement votre part en deux dans le sens de la longueur afin de manger plus de pizza en une bouchée et d'éviter de mettre du fromage, de la sauce et de la garniture partout.

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  • One World Trade Center © DelensMode/Getty Images

    Tour Ground Zero

    Le National 9 / 11 Memorial est un monument remarquable et extrêmement émouvant au pied du plus haut bâtiment de l'hémisphère occidental : le One World Trade Center. Un guide personnellement lié aux événements du 11 Septembre vous fera visiter le Ground Zero et le Mémorial en 90 minutes.

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Midi - Une tranche de saveurs

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 h 00 - Passé et présent

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 h  00 - Retour chez vous

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.