Before we left for Ireland we stopped in New York City with a 17 hour layover. Most people would say “oh wow!,” but it was on purpose. With a long layover we were able to go out and explore the city as much as possible. Some people said it would be impossible, but we managed to do a lot with a little amount of time and money!
In about 12 hours we saw
Battery park/Statue of Liberty(from afar)
and Central Park
on top of doing this I spent about $60 all day.
Let me warn you this layover came with the cost of no sleep.
Our flight landed at 12:40am we slept (or tried) on the airport floors until about 4am
4am we got up, gussied up, and dropped our luggage off at the baggage storage. Dont trust any of the workers at JFK, no one knew anything. The guy at departures told us there was no baggage storage and literally right beneath him in terminal 2 there was a baggage storage. I believe it was across from Central Diner.Which by the way is RIDICULOUSLY expensive, don’t eat there.
By 5:15am we were on the airport shuttle headed to Jamaica Station, where we had to get off and transfer. The airport shuttle is $5 and an extra dollar for a metro card, which you will need if you are going to ride the subways. I put $10 onto my metrocard and we headed off to central park.
6:15am it was still really dark outside so we decided to just walk to Times Square to see the square lit up. We saw it and got some breakfast there. We really didn’t care to shop around Times Square so we left for the memorial.
8am we had arrived at the 9/11memorial, although from the subway station it was a little difficult to find with the construction going on. You do not need to go into the underground train station just walk straight. The signs were wrong.
At 9am we walked over to Battery park, which is literally like 10 minutes from the memorial. It takes you right along the bay. Its a really pretty park and as you walk down you get closer to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue is on the other side of the bay though. You have to take a ferry to get there. We just walked along the bay and then decided to go to Chinatown.
10am From Battery Park it was about a 20 minute walk to Chinatown. We walked through Chinatown, but we really didn’t see much. So we stopped from some coffee and headed back to the subway.
11:45am we arrived at Central Park and by far my favorite place in NYC. We walked around for about 2 hours before we headed back to the airport at……..
1:30. So we ended our journey there.
It might have seemed rushed but it was actually very chill. We took our time at every place we went too.
$21.00 traveling(subways/airport train)