1. Go to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller centre on a clear day, the view from the 70th floor is really amazing. It’s $20 or $30 if you want a double entry pass so you can go back at night. Some people say it’s better to do it from the Empire State building instead (100th floor) but then you don’t get to see the Empire State so…
2. Go to a Knicks or Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. I saw the Rangers and it was amazing. I’m not even into it but it’s not the point, the point is to drink beer, have a hot dog and sing along with the crowd or shout at the players 🙂
3. Go out in the Village (Greenwich Village), it’s such a cool area. I especially recommend the Fat Cat and Arthur’s Tavern. The first venue is good for Jazz (which I don’t like, but it’s a cool bar anyway), and the second one is amazing for blues,
4. Go to a Broadway show and as a tourist Million Dollar Quartet seems a must… Make sure you get your tickets at the TKTS booth on Times Square though, you can get up to 50% off on same-day shows, so anything between $40 and $60 depending on the show.
5. Go to a comedy show, I went to Ha next to Times Square and it was really, really funny. There are guys selling tickets along Times Square for just $10 for same-day shows.
6. Take a cruise to Liberty and Ellis Island. There is only the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island but the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island is definitely worth a visit, most cruises visit both islands.
7. Have a beer (or five) at the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden in Queens. I was there for Halloween and it was a tad too cold for it but in the summer it must be amazing.
8. The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) is free on Fridays between 4-8pm in case you’re into museums (I didn’t go but I wish I had).
9. Go to D.C. for the weekend or 3 days if you can, only 4 hours by train. It’s a great city and the opposite of NYC (clean, green, historic) so a nice change of scenery. Walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol and take in all the war memorials, the White House and the Washington Monument on the way. Go for a stroll in Georgetown too, which is a cute neighborhood with lots of shops and restaurants.