There is no better way to get a fresh look at our home city than by seeing it through the eyes of a tourist. It is all too easy to visit the same restaurants and bars and have the same nights out, so now is the time to shake things up and try something new!

Why not channel your inner tourist and visit that art gallery that you have been intending to go to and try that new restaurant that you have always passed by — but have never gone into. Imagine that you have just 24 hours to spend in downtown NYC; here, we’ll show you how to spend your time wisely.

Bearing in mind that you’ll probably eat a lot throughout the day, why not start it off with an invigorating run before breakfast. One of the most popular routes for tourists to run in Downtown is over the Hudson River Greenway, which is also a favorite for dog walkers, runners, and cyclists alike. The pathway takes you from The Bronx all the way down to Battery Park where you can enjoy the city’s best sights while en route.

Made it through your run? Congratulations! Now you can take a well-earned rest and relax in one of the best coffee shops in Battery Park: Inatteso Café. While you’re there, treat yourself to a delicious cinnamon roll or a cheddar-thyme scone with a cup of coffee and take a break from it all to watch the world go by.

How about a stroll down to SoHo and Little Italy where you can visit some of the many interesting shops. Make like a tourist and head to It’s Always Christmas in New York, a Christmas-themed shop that is open all year round. And don’t forget to pick up your novelty bauble, too, as every good tourist knows souvenirs are everything!

Speaking of tourists, did you know that there are some New Yorkers who have never made the trip to visit the Statue of Liberty? If you have never been, don’t write it off as just another tourist attraction, it’s so much more than that.

For lunch, head over to Eataly, which aims to bring a little piece of Italy Downtown. Choose from either a classic pizza or go for a coupling of fine cheese and wine from one of the many cafes and eateries within this bustling market.

Sure, it’s a little cheesy, but what jaunt through downtown doesn’t include a brief sojourn on one of New York’s finest sightseeing tours? All you need is a bus buddy and you’re ready to hail a ride on a downtown tour, which takes you through the likes of Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Financial District, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. Hop on and off as often as you like, and don’t forget to people watch. as well as take in those iconic sights!

After a delicious dinner at Kosaka in the West Village, have a drink at Brass Monkey — an incredible rooftop bar with amazing views of the Hudson River. From there, don your tux or little black dress and head to one of the Downtown casinos or poker rooms where you can expect to mingle with some of the city’s top rollers.

Looking to have some fun? Of course, you are, so what better way to end your day than by having a couple of drinks and do a little dancing? Le Bain has it all: cocktails, dancing, and of course, breathtaking views of the city from the rooftop bar.

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