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48 Hours in NYC in Photos

In New York, Travel, United States by Katelyn8 Comments

This past weekend I spent a little over 48 hours exploring NYC. I’ve only been to the “city that doesn’t sleep” once before back in 2008 on my way home from my summer in Montana. I’m not much of a big city person, but I’ve had the urge to visit NYC recently and decided to pull the plug when I found a good deal on a plane ticket from Portland to JFK.

I did NYC on the cheap focusing on free activities and eating at food stands and coffee shops. NYC is notoriously expensive and my focus at the moment is to save money for my big Europe trip in 2015. I also probably walked the entire length of Manhattan twice and by time my return flight left JFK Sunday night I don’t think I could walk another step without my hip giving out on me! Without further ado here is my 48 hours in NYC in photos. More detailed posts are coming so stay tuned about how you can do NYC on the cheap too!


1. Wall Street


2. Chasing ghosts in the Trinity Church cemetery

trinity church cemeter

3. Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge with Free Tours by Feet

brooklyn bridge

4. Checking out Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO

mattahan skyline

5. The free Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty

statute of liberty

6. The 9/11 Memorial

9/11 memorial NYC

7. Times Square

Times Square

8. The New York Public Library

New York Public Library

9. Sunset on The Top of The Rock

Top of the Rock


10. Breakfast in Washington Square Park

washington Square Park

11. Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment stoop on Perry St. in the West Village

carrie bradshaw stoop NYC

12. Walking The Highline

The Highline NYC

13. Grabbing brunch at the Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

14. Taking in the chaos at Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station NYC

15. The Gapstow Bridge in Central Park

Gapstow Bridge Central Park

16. Harlem Tour with Free Tours by Feet


17. Exploring the rest of Central Park

Central park


Have you been to New York City? What are your favorite things to do?




  1. That’s quite a bit for 48 hours! I recently visited NYC too and some of my highlights were the Cloisters, Bryant Park, and a bit of museum-hopping. 🙂

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      Oh, the Cloisters sounded fun! I hope to head back to NYC in a few months and explore more of the city. There’s so much to see!

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