Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial to the Upper West Side | New York City
This a full day spent exploring New York City. Starting off with a great brunch in Tribeca followed by a visit to the September 11th Memorial. After taking in the moving memorial and museum stretch your legs with a bike ride along the Hudson River Path stopping at the High Line in the Meatpacking District and eventually Columbus Circle and a cozy neighborhood Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side.
$$ | Homestyle American Cuisine in a country chic vibe
120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013 (near Moore Street)
Two blocks south west of the Canal Street ACE subway station
Start the day right with breakfast in Tribeca at one of the best chill brunch spots in New York City, Bubby's in Tribeca. It's a very relaxed country house spot serving up pancakes in half a dozen different styles, including one with Fried Chicken of course...if you like that sort of thing ;). Whatever your order make sure you also get a buttermilk biscuit and finish off your meal with a slice of homemade pie.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007 (near Liberty Street)
After breakfast you will be about a 15 minute walk or a very short subway ride south to the 9/11 Memorial. It’s amazing site to see. The space is enormous and gives you some perspective on the magnitude of that day. There is enough to see at the museum that it could easily fill up an entire day but will also work for half a day or several hours if you can spare it.
After taking in the magnitude and solace of the 9/11 Memorial you will certainly be in need of some fresh air and an uplifting activity. A leisurely bike ride along the Hudson River is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful day and get to your next destination. You can rent Citi Bikes throughout the city by paying and picking them up at a variety of docking stations. If you’re coming from the 9/11 Memorial, I’d recommend the dock at the corner of Liberty and South End Avenue. This will make it easier to get on the West Side Bike Path. You can find all of the Citi Bike locations here: https://member.citibikenyc.com/map/
Once you pick up your bike hop on the West Side Greenway and enjoy a beautiful ride north along the Hudson River. Best bet is to hang to the right side of the path if you want to take your time.
Bikes are charged per ride ($3) or per day ($12). If you’re looking to ride from 9/11 Memorial to Columbus Circle at most you’d likely need two 30 minute rides, so I’d recommend returning the bikes when you get off to explore the High Line and then renting new ones for the last leg of the trip. You can also get a time extension to find a new dock if the one near you is full.
The High Line
Free | Elevated Public Park
Citibike dock on W20th near West Side Highway
Entrance to the High Line on West 23rd
Citibike docking station near High Line
The High Line is a beautiful elevated park and walkway that meanders throughout the Meatpacking and Chelsea. The origins of the elevated tracks date back nearly 100 years to when freight trains were elevated to allow for safer travel into Manhattan and easier access directly into several factories which is why the line runs right through several buildings. By the 1980s however the line was completely unused by trains. In the last ten years it has undergone a transformation from an overgrown unused eyesore into a park and one of the more geographically and historically interesting, geo parks in the city.
You can follow the High Line north until it ends around West 34th street and 11th avenue. From here you will find another Citi Bike docking station located at the corner of 11th and 34th street. This is a pretty convenient location for you to hop back on the West Side highway bike path.
From this location it will about another 10-15 minute ride north along the Hudson to the 59th Street docking station at West End (11th avenue) and 59th Street. This is a good location to dock the bike and walk to Columbus Circle. If you’d prefer to keep biking north to the Upper West Side there are a number of other docking stations along the Riverside Park.
59th St - Columbus Circle
$2.75 per ride | Public mass transit
Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023
If you choose to dock your bike near Columbus Circle you can walk to the 59th Street subway station. Take in Columbus Circle for a few minutes. Enjoy the sights and sounds and when you’re ready either walk north on Broadway just 5 blocks to see Lincoln Center (there is also a 1 train stop at 66th Street Lincoln Center) or head into to the subway at 59th street to head directly to dinner. To get to Celeste for dinner via subway, catch the 1 train north to 86th street. From 86th and Broadway you will be just a couple blocks away from Celeste.
$$ | Cozy neighborhood spot serving Neapolitan Italian and brick-oven pizza
502 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
If you love simple authentic Italian food in a cozy neighborhood joint then Celeste is your spot. Historically this was a no reservations - cash only type of space. You walk up, put your name with the friendly and always Italian speaking host and wait for a table. They have since started allowing reservations but it’s still cash only. The prices are very reasonable as far as New York restaurants go typically $10-$30 for an entree. The seafood is very fresh and delicious and you can’t go wrong with any of the pasta and pizza.
Looking for local gems, this is one of them!
$ Fresh breads, cookies & other baked treats
167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023
If you decided against dessert at Celeste and still looking for a sweet night cap then head to Levain Bakery. It’s just 10 blocks south and is a great excuse for an evening walk in the Upper West Side one of the best neighborhoods for an evening stroll in the city. Levain bakery is home to some of the most mouthwatering cookies in the city. Enjoy!