1. Climb Top of the Rock
Source: Flickr Cebb Photographies – NYC
You will see astonishing views of Central Park, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building and Times Square.
2. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
Source: Flickr ronwired
And while you’re near Downtown Manhattan, see its famous sites — walk past the New York Stock Exchange located on Wall Street, see the Wall Street Bull (surprisingly not located on Wall Street, but on Broadway and Moore St).
3. Look up at the ceiling of the Grand Central Railway Station
Source: Flickr Lisa Bettany
Grand Central Station is one of NYC’s most beautiful public buildings.
4. Walk through Central Park
Source: Flickr Kevin Woods
If you are a jogger, go for a jog around Central Park one morning with all the New Yorkers – a lap of the whole park is 6.1 miles. If that sounds too strenuous, there is a 1.7 mile lap a loop in the southern part of the park.
5. Visit Museum mile on 5th Avenue
Inside the Guggenheim Museum. Source: Flickr Laurent D. Ruamps
Go to the Metropolitan Museum. Walk past the Guggenheim and admire Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. Visit the Frick. Other Museums include MOMA (mid-town) and the Cloisters in Washington Heights (part of the Met Museum).
6. Eat – NY style
Street Vendors in NYC. Source: Flickr SpectrumHead
Eat a bagel with cream cheese. Have an ice coffee. Try a pretzel. Or a hot dog from a street vendor (Papaya King is an institution – corner of 86th and 3rd Ave). Order pastrami on rye from Katz’s Deli, one of NYC’s oldest delis and the location of “I’ll have what she’s having” scene in When Harry Met Sally. Have a burger (try Shake Shack in Madison Park). Eat the amazing Mexican food on offer in NY.
7. Go to a play or musical on Broadway and afterwards walk through Times Square
Watch a Broadway Show or play and then see the lights of Times Square. Source: Flickr Chris Scadden
8. See a Ball Game
See the Mets or the Yankees play a game of baseball. Source: Flickr Gerardo Nava
9. Go shopping
One of the many shops on 5th Avenue. Source: Flickr Eric Wüstenhagen
Go shopping (i) in SoHo, (ii) in the West Village (Perry Street, Jane Street and Bleeker Street and don’t forget to stop in for a cupcake at Magnolia and explore the boutiques), (iii) along 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue (for fancy shopping), (iv) down town at Century 21 or (v) out at Woodbury Common outlets for discounted bargains.
10. Visit the 9 / 11 Memorial and Museum
The 9/11 Memorial Site. Source: Flickr Michael Elliott
The suburbs surrounding the former World Trade Center site / Ground Zero was avoided for some time after the 9/11 attacks, but it is now one of the busiest parts of town.