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Your 24-hour itinerary: The Main Eventer

There’s something to do at every hour of the day in New York, and we’ve got the proof right here


New York! The Big Apple! The City That Never Sleeps! This is the city of your dreams, and you want to experience the absolute best of everything it has to offer. And why the hell wouldn’t you? New York has the best shows, the best museums, the best food, the best parks, the best everything! By checking out your personalized itinerary below, you’ll find the cream of New York’s nightlife, food, cultural institutions and more. What are you waiting for? Get out there!

New York attractions
Photograph: Ilenia Martini

8am-10am—walk the High Line

Attractions Parks and gardens Chelsea

Starting at Gansevoort Street and newly extended to 34th Street, this elevated walking path (converted from a freight rail line) is a lovely slice of nature in the city. And the earlier you go, the less likely you’ll be stuck in a single-file line of tourists with selfie sticks.

10am-12pm—get lost in the exhibits at MoMa

Museums Art and design Midtown West

The world-famous modern art museum could keep you captivated for hours—especially considering the current Bjork retrospective, featuring three floors of sounds, video, costumes and more. Make sure to hit both gift shops (one’s across the street) for eclectic kitchenware, cards and much more.  

Angus McIndoe
Photograph: Andrew Fladeboe

11pm-1am—eat and actor-stalk at Angus McIndoe

Restaurants American Midtown West

Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Mel Brooks are all investors in this Theater District restaurant, so you’ll often see them and other hot performers dining here after shows. Play it cool!


1am-2am—grab a drink at the NoMad Bar

Bars Hotel bars Flatiron

Feel fancy among the mahogany walls, spiral staircases and warmly lit bookshelves at this NYC classic, where the only thing better than the décor is the classic cocktails. No, it’s not lame to order a Manhattan.

2am-4am—catch jazz at Nublu

Bars Lounges East Village

Late-night jazz is a hallmark of the New York nightlife scene, and this unmarked spot (look for the blue light and smokers outside) is the place to see it. Be prepared to pack into a tiny space, which spills out into a backyard garden on warm nights.


4am-6am—eat at classic 24-hour spot Cafeteria

Restaurants American Chelsea

As seen forever ago on Sex and the City, this restaurant—a sleeker take on a 24-hour diner—has still got serious street cred. From fried chicken and waffles to mac ‘n’ cheese spring rolls, you can’t go wrong.

The Castle at Central Park, New York
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6am-7am—go for a run in Central Park

Things to do Walks and tours

The iconic green space closes from 1am-6am. Head here at opening to watch the city wake up alongside its most hardcore joggers—and fit in a run without having to dodge horse carriages and kids.


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