i am heading to new york on the final leg of my rtw trip and was wondering what would be the best way to spend a couple of days in the big apple before i get home.i know the statue of liberty ect. but how much time do these things take with queues and so on ,to be honest i think i need a travel plan .
any help would be greatfully recieved
I visit NY frequently. I have always found that enjoyed it best when I didn't try to do too much. I would pick out a few must sees and spend the rest of the time just hanging around in some of the neighborhoods of NYC. My choices would be the Metropolitan Musuem (great museum with frequently changing special exhibits). Don't miss the roof deck. A great tree top view across central park and the city. Museum of Modern Art and Whitney a couple of my other favorites. If you like views, Empire State building is great if you can stand the lines. Walking on the Brooklyn Bridge is great too. The best view of Statue of Liberty (by far and away) is riding the Staten Island ferry through NY harbor. I highly recommend this. (If you are down at the ferry there is another great museum of the american indian in restored custom house). Other places I like to hang out: Chinatown for lunch or dim sum; Greenwich Village for unique shopping and interesting restaurants; Soho for galleries and street art; Chelsea for art and what seems to me to be more and more new restaurants. And you can't leave NY without going to Times Square at Night to see it lit up. Get a Village Voice (free on the street) and check the listings for music/shows. More famous musicians playing on any given night than you can believe. I would try for a show or music at least one night. Buy a subway day pass. Unlimited rides for 24 hours. You won't kill yourself walking or cabbing. I love NY.
You can also try the Rockefeller Center, Chelsea Pier, Trinity Church <from National Treasure movie>, Broadway, Wall Street. As Bobbyjoe said that you can't miss going to the Time Square =P Besides, Chinatown.. you can also have great chinese food in Flushing, Queens.. and they're about 20-30 mins <Subway Express line> away. They have a lot of good quality oriental foods there on the Main Street. Oh, try the street foods like peanuts or pretzels in NYC coz they taste pretty good and very New York =)