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Things to do in NYC: A one-day tour packed with picks from Manhattan to Brooklyn

The sun is out and New York City is in bloom.

Spring into all the outdoor action in NYC with amNewYork’s Melissa Kravitz and "Today’s" Alex Ficquette.

From tasty bites to perfect New York people-watching, the best places to soak up the spring breeze to where to find great city views, we’ve planned our ideal springtime day in the city.

Early morning: Midtown

After visiting the TODAY plaza (30 Rockefeller Center)
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After visiting the TODAY plaza (30 Rockefeller Center) bright and early, soak up the sun on a trip up to the Top of the Rock for some of the best views of the city. As opposed to traveling to the top of another building, on this rooftop you can get the best view (and selfie) of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, and beyond. Tickets start at $26 and can be booked in advance.

For those who prefer to drink their admission fees, save this view for sunset at Bar SixtyFive at The Rainbow Room, where you can grab cocktails and small bites and luxuriate in the views on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center -- no elevator tickets needed!

Late morning: Meatpacking

Escape the midtown morning rush and head west
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Escape the midtown morning rush and head west to the High Line. Walk south from the entrance at 33rd Street and 10th Avenue to take in a bit of nature and New York culture.

After getting a rare glimpse of both the Hudson and East rivers from the elevated lawn at 23rd Street, descend to street level for a self-guided, totally free gallery tour. Be sure to stop into the Gagosian (555 W 24th St,), Gladstone (515 W. 24th), David Zwirner (533 W. 19th) and Petzel (456 W. 18th) galleries and keep a look out for many more that will likely catch your eye on the walk south.

Lunchtime: Chelsea

Stop in Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave.) for
Photo Credit: Jeenah Moon

Stop in Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave.) for the ultimate lunchtime feast --there's something for everyone. Seafood lovers can indulge in freshly shucked oysters and one of NYC's best lobster rolls at Lobster Place; those in search of a kick of spice should order a plate full of stir-fried noodles at Chelsea Thai; cheese addicts need to sink their teeth into grilled cheese at Lucy's Whey; and folks looking to warm up from a spring breeze can do so with slurpable Korean ramen from Mokbar. And if you have a sweet tooth, follow your nose to Doughnuttery for fresh mini-doughnuts or stop at Ronnybrook for a fresh milkshake.

Visit Artists & Fleas at the 10th Avenue entrance for totally unique gifts -- you'll definitely be doing some shopping for yourself. While this isn't your typical flea market, don't be afraid to ask for a (realistic) deal.

Back on 9th Avenue, stop for an outdoor cocktail; we endorse the whiskey float, because of the homemade ice cream plus booze, and relaxing among the people-watching opportunities.

Afternoon: West Village

Ready to walk off that multi-course lunch? Head
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Ready to walk off that multi-course lunch? Head down to Bleecker Street for some casual window shopping and, OK, snacking. Start at Hudson Street and head west, and be sure to peruse Magnolia Bakery (401 Bleecker St.) -- the cupcakes are tempting but opt for the banana pudding -- and southeastward to Goorin Brothers Hat Shop (337 Bleecker St.), Bleecker Street Records (188 W. 4th St.), Murray's Cheese Shop (254 Bleecker St.), Porto Rico Importing Co. (201 Bleecker St.) and The Market (159 Bleecker St.) for even more gift and thrift shopping.

Head south on Sullivan Street to Melvin's Juice Box (130 W. Houston St.) -- just across the street from Alex's first NYC apartment, and near a former residence of Anna Wintour's -- where some fruits and veggies juiced by Melvin Major Jr. himself will help you refuel as you rest your feet. For a sweet drink with a Caribbean kick, try the Sweet & Dandy ($9.50), which blends apples, beets, lemon, ginger, carrots and pineapple in one bright-red creation.

Late Afternoon: Brooklyn Bridge

Want another great view of Manhattan? You'll have
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Want another great view of Manhattan? You'll have to leave the island. Hop in a cab to or take the A/C train to High Street, where you'll find the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. Stroll across this historic landmark for views of two boroughs, other great bridges and of course plenty of photo opps.

Watch the sun set over the city as you sit on the Fornino rooftop at Pier 6. Order a glass of wine and pair it with the Al Roker pizza, topped with tomato, mozzarella, fontina, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, sopressata, piccante and rosemary.

Evening: Williamsburg

Williamsburg gets some of its notorious cool
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Williamsburg gets some of its notorious cool back after dark. Check out the schedules at Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave.) and Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.) to laugh the night away at a comedy show or dance and bowl at a live concert.

Cheers to a great day with a rooftop drink at The Ides at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave.) and one last great look at the Manhattan skyline.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a complete day in NYC without a great New York bagel. Stop by Bagelsmith (189 Bedford Ave. and 566 Lorimer St.) for a bagel with schmear or a made-to-order breakfast sandwich at any hour of the night.

Miss your bedtime? Head back to Rock Center to get in line for a taping and do it all again ...


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