A Weekend Getaway in New York City

By Halal Trip | 25, May, 2015
A Weekend Getaway in New York City

Located at the mouth of the Hudson River, New York is one of the most popular cities in the United States. The city is the centre of culture, media, fashion, art and finance and a great place to spend some exciting time. It is also called as the city that never sleeps due to the hustle and bustle that encapsules this energetic city.

Itinerary

Day 1

After Fajr: Early Morning to Mid- Day Destinations

  1.     Cruise: Take a 2-hour cruise to get a better view of Manhattan.
  2.     Empire State Building: A 102 storey skyscraper with an observation deck. Spend half an hour.

Mosques (masjid): Ar-Rahman Foundation, Masjid Usman Bin Affan, Islamic Cultural Center of New York.

Halal Restaurants: Halal Guys, Bombay Masala, Chandini, Chickpea.

Afternoon: Afternoon to Evening Destinations.

  1.     Metropolitan Museum of Art: Largest art museum in United States with excellent collection. Takes about 1-2 hours.
  2.     Central Park: Walk through the Central Park, one of the most popular places to hang out in the city. Lots of attractions to see such as Central Park Zoo, Belverde Castle, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the Carousel. Takes 2-3 hours.

Mosques (masjid): Ar-Rahman Foundation, Masjid Usman Bin Affan, Islamic Cultural Center of New York.

Halal Restaurants: Several halal carts can be found around the Central Park.

Evening: Evening Destinations and Dining Options.

  1.     Times Square: Commercial and theatre district with lots of shopping and exciting things to do.
  2.     5th Avenue: One of the most famous streets in the world for shopping.

Mosque (masjid): Masjid Ar-Rahman

Halal Restaurants: Halal Guys, Afghan Kebab House, Pita Grill.

Day 2:

After Fajr: Early Morning to Mid- Day Destinations.

  1.     Statue of Liberty: Reserve tickets in advance at www.statuecruises.com. Can take 4-5 hours if you wish to see both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

Mosques (masjid): Islamic Centre at NYU, Ar-Rahman Foundation.

Halal Restaurants: Lutheran Halal Café, Curry Heights, Al Noor Halal Deli.

Afternoon: Afternoon to Evening Destinations.

  1.     Museum of Modern Art: Beautiful art pieces. Takes 1-2 hours.
  2.     Rockefeller Centre: Huge commercial complex with over 19 buildings. Takes 2 hours.

Mosques (masjid): Islamic Centre at NYU, Ar-Rahman Foundation.

Halal Restaurants: Bombay Masala, Halal Guys, Pita Grill.

Evening: Evening Destinations and Dining Options.

  1.     Brooklyn Bridge: Cross the bridge to get the best views of the city.

Mosques (masjid): Islamic Centre at NYU, Ar-Rahman Foundation.

Halal Restaurants: Curry Heights, Taj Tribeca, Curry Heights

Miscellaneous:
  • If you have an extra day, visit the New York Public Library and the Grand Central Terminal. Good halal restaurants around the terminal.
  • Restaurants: Try kebabs at the halal carts that can be found at all popular places around New York City.
  • Souvenirs: Snow globes, mugs, keychains, chocolates, scarves, cosmetics, souvenir plates, etc.
  • Transportation: New York is best explored by taking the subway or buses. Taxis and car rentals are also available in the city but the traffic can get congested. Walking is also a good option of travelling around.