Nova Iorque Clássica: um guia de fim 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.


À noite - Faça a sua escapadinha

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.

  • The Met é um dos maiores museus de arte do mundo. © Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Seja "arty"

    O Met exibe mais de dois milhões de obras de arte de todas partes do mundo, que abarcam cinco milénios. Se pretende ver arte contemporânea, visite a galeria-irmã, a Met Breuer, que em tempos albergou o Whitney Museum. Será apenas preciso um curto passeio descendo a Madison Avenue.

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  • Enjoy an idyllic stroll or bike ride through Central Park © NYC&Co
  • Nova Iorque: a cidade que nunca dorme © Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

    For more views to thrill

    Os moradores dir-lhe-ão que a vista do topo do Rockefeller Center é melhor do que a do Empire State Building - e talvez tenham razão. Quer uma dica para uma viagem perfeita? Reserve previamente os bilhetes e evite as filas.

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07:30 - Combata o jet lag

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 - Eventos culturais

Wander north through Central Park to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art – the city’s most extensive institution. Doors open at 10:00 and there’s usually a line stretching down the block, so it’s best to arrive a little early. Once inside, most of the crowds will go directly to the first-floor Egyptian galleries. Instead, head straight upstairs, where you can traverse the maze of paintings and artefacts in relative peace.

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 é a atração mais visitada do mundo. © Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

    Sabia que...?

    Anteriormente designada por Longacre Square, a zona foi renomeada em 1904 depois do New York Times ter mudado a sede para o edifício Times Building, agora designado por One Times Square.

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15:30 - Hora do espetáculo

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 - Jantar antes dos espetáculos

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 – votado como a pizaria n.º 1 dos EUA pelo TripAdvisor © Biz Jones Photography

    A fatia certa

    Nunca use faca e garfo para comer uma fatia de pizza em Nova Iorque (os moradores consideram isso falta de educação). O melhor é dobrar a fatia ao meio, o que não só duplica a quantidade de pizza que consome numa dentada, como também evita sujar-se, derramando o queijo derretido, o molho delicioso e os restantes ingredientes.

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  • One World Trade Center © DelensMode/Getty Images

    Visita ao Ground Zero

    O National 9/11 Memorial é um monumento impressionante e comovedor ao pé do maior edifício do hemisfério ocidental, o One World Trade Center. Um guia com uma ligação pessoal aos acontecimentos do 9/11 irá conduzi-lo numa visita de 90 minutos ao Ground Zero e ao Memorial.

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Meio-dia - Boa hora para comer uma fatia 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 - Passado e 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 - Regresso 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.