Anything cool to do in\around Manhattan? Going again this weekend.
Not car related but okay...
Bars, visit Times Square but don't spend too much time there, don't get hustled by those street rappers, The Village is fun, museums, Washington Square/Union Square/Madison Square/Bryant Park/Central Park are all nice places to just chill.
If you're looking to do some less-touristy stuff then hitting up the parks and squares is a good idea. I work a couple blocks away from Bryant Park and that's always a nice place to hang out and take in good weather and the foot traffic scenery that comes with good weather! It never hurts to just explore Manhattan a little bit, get lost, find some new things. Don't be too afraid of going off the beaten path.
Go grab a burger at the burger joint in the parker meridien hotel, and check out five pointz.. it's a huge warehouse that is covered in amazing graffiti -> http://5ptz.com/graff/
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How long are you staying?
Do you know the city at all? There are so many different neighborhoods to see and do. It's really a matter of what it is that you want to do. How 'touristy' do you want your stay?
Want to see museums? Plenty of those of all varieties. Plenty of small art galleries too.
Want to sight see? Take the double decker bus, hop on and off as you please, and take the Staten Island Ferry to go past the Statue of Liberty. Top of the Rock is great at night (midtown). I found it very expensive, but I'm local. If I were a tourist, I'd pay the $25 or so it costs per person.
See Ground Zero. It's powerful.
Seeing construction of the new One World Trade tower is impressive too.
For people coming for the first time, I tell them to just walk around. It's a city that you need to experience, and no better way to do it than walking around, looking up at the building, architecture, grab a hot dog or pretzel on the street, etc. Take the subway for the heck of it.
Day 1, starting in midtown, walk up 5th Ave along the park, go through Central Park, come down 8th or 9th, go through Times Square and do all the 42nd street / midtown stuff like Broadway, Macys, etc.
Day 2, do the same but head south. See Greenwich Village, SOHO, Little Italy, Chinatown, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and back.
Most importantly, have fun! It's a great place.
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Last edited by hipster.; 06-01-2012 at 11:10 AM.