Depends on what you like to do, but here are my favs:
Walk around Times Square for a day (eat at the street carts for a cheap lunch) and go to Toys R Us.
Take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty
Check out the Empire state Bldg
Visit the Brooklyn Bridge
Bike through Central Park (or hike if you don't want to rent a bike)
See a Broadway Show (or see Blue Man Group)
Visit Ground Zero
ride the gondola at night to queens - AMAZING skyline views
Check out Chinatown
Hit some night clubs
And of course, ride the subway.
Last edited by Shaun D; 11-07-2012 at 15:44.
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I could just walk around NYC for 10 days and be happy. It's amazing.
It is what you should do though, spend some time just walking around Manhattan, every square inch is covered in coolness. (Possibly avoid Harlem) you can just stumble upon grand central and the library and just be gobsmacked by the size of the buildings. You can also explore chinatown and Little Italy etc.
You'll want to spend a couple days doing all the touristy stuff such as the Statue of Liberty, Rockerfeller Centre and the Empire State Building. You MUST go up the empire state building AT NIGHT. It is such an experience.
Oh, and GO TO CONEY ISLAND. You can take the subway straight there (it's in Brooklyn I think), it's a beach with fairground rides and stuff, it is beautiful on a sunny day and is where Requiem For a Dream is set (look for the pier). It's a big photography spot if you're into that sort of thing.
There's a museum of sex, though I didn't go in it so I don't know how good it is, and obviously you can spend ages shopping.
Go to bars and stuff at night if you're old enough, sadly I wasn't
Have fun, I'm jealous.
PS. I recommend Ellen's Stardust Diner for food, it's in Times Square, look it up, the staff sing to you!
Last edited by salad_fingers; 11-07-2012 at 16:01.
If you want to see the statue of liberty but aren't bothered about actually going to liberty island, get the Staten Island ferry instead of queueing for hours to get the official liberty island one. It's free, has a great view of the statue of liberty and you don't have to queue!
Also, if you ride the subway, make sure to ride the 6 train until its last stop (Brooklyn Bridge I think), then stay on. Don't get off, and you will be taken to the City Hall 6 train station. It's a gorgeous building that used to be a proper stop, but it was closed. It was supposed to be a transit museum, but after 9/11 the idea was scrapped and the station remains 'secret' (everyone knows about it, but it's closed to the public. I think they filmed TMNT there...)
The trains go there to turn around, so if you stay on, you'll get to ride around this amazing station, then get taken back along the 6 line.
DO IT. It's beautiful.
If you're into books, go to the Strand in Greenwich Village. It's the most incredible book store I've ever been to (not by appearance really, just the atmosphere is awesome). If you know where to look, the books are ridiculously cheap (got a book that should have been $20 for $3.50, no tax). They have merchandise and everything. It's the best store in New York.
There's also the NFL store right next to Bryant park and the NHL store near the Rock. I can't remember where the NBA store is.
(and don't forget to ride the ferris wheel inside Toys r Us in Times Square!)
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