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Published June 18th 2011
You may have just moved to Manhattan, or you may be in New York City for only a few days (a convention or a stop-over on your way to another destination.) Whatever the reason, you have an entire weekend free to spend in Manhattan, and you want to make the best of it.
This article will give you some ideas of the best places to go and things to do, so that you can see as much of Manhattan as possible.
Breakfast and a Walking Tour
Start your day off with a good breakfast. Find a restaurant that's not too crowded, because your walking tour starts at 9:00 AM. After breakfast, you're ready to go on your walking tour. New York City Vacation Packages Company operates a walking tour that takes you around Historic Lower Manhattan. When you make your reservations, you will be told where in Midtown to meet. The location is very convenient, so you don't have to worry about not being able to find your tour group.
From there, you'll hop on the subway and ride to Battery Park, where your tour starts. For the next three hours, you'll walk up Broadway, taking a couple of detours to Wall Street and "Ground Zero" (take a minute to remember those who lost their lives in this tragedy). Your tour will end in City Hall Park.
You'll be back from your walking tour in plenty of time to grab a quick bite to eat (and head to the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street for the matinee performance of "Mary Poppins
After the show, you're headed to Carmine's at 200 West 44th Street for some of the best Italian food in Manhattan. The portions are large enough to share, and you're encouraged to do just that.
Your day will start with brunch at Balthazar Restaurant at 80 Spring Street. There you'll order your food from the restaurant's special Sunday brunch menu. The restaurant serves French cuisine, so you're in for a treat.
Now, you're ready to hit the GreenFlea Market on Columbus Avenue at 77th Street. This is a for-profit flea market, with all profits going to the public schools of PS 87, the Computer School, and MS 44. You'll be helping support the enrichment opportunity programs at these schools when you purchase something from one or more of the many vendors.
After you visit the flea market, if you'd like, you can return to Balthazar for dinner. What a fitting way to end your weekend in Manhattan.