I'm 16 years old and my very good friends and I started talking about New York. I randomly shouted her lets go to New York City in the summer of 2009. That is the summer before my senior year in high school. I've never been the type to ever want to visit New York because I honestly never really liked it. My best friend told me that he had always wanted to visit New York and he'd live there if he could just to say that he did. Needless to say that rubbed off on me and I now my heart is absolutely set on going to New York next summer. We came up with a list of about 9 or 10 people that we'd like to go on this trip with. I would love some help with this from people who have been to New York since y'all would be the ones who can give me a first hand point of view.
Thank you so much for anything you have to say.
Sounds like a great trip. Lots to see and do in NYC. There is the obvious tourist sites of the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Times Square. I liked the areas South of Houston Street - SOHO, little Italy, Chinatown, Tribeca, lower East Side, etc. Lots of character in those areas. Bring your shoes for lots of walking, and get a MetroCard. $10 gets you $12 in credits, which is a free subway ride.
Accommodation will be you biggest problem, both because it's expensive and you (and presumably your friends) are going to be under the age of 21. I don't think you'll be able to rent a hotel room. Check around with Youth Hostels - some might have some restrictions, but you should be able to find a place that will take you.
I spent a week in NYC in Feb and really enjoyed it. Greg is right about walking - you need to do lots of it, although we got metrocards that lasted five days for about $20. Plus there is a CityPass which gets you into six different museum & attractions - you need to do at least four for it to be worth it though.
Only problem I can see with a large group is that you will probably want to do different things. So build in the flexibility to split up from time to time and get back together later - Grand Central is an excellent meeting point.
you and your friends will have a blast - I actually live in NYC and there are alot of affordable things to do in the city
check out the following two websites for your trip for a place to stay and things to do - museums in nyc are availabe to everyone you pay what you can afford - there are plenty of wonderful exhibits right now - the museum of modern art I believe is free on Fridays if you guys don't mind waiting on line but you should definitely call and verify
You will have a great time in New York! Although it (rightly) has a reputation for being expensive, there are a lot of things to do that don't cost much, or anything at all. I love Central Park, which offers great concerts in the summertime: http://www.summerstage.org/
You can get student discounts on admission to many museums, too. Just walking around the city provides great sightseeing; my favorite neighborhood is the lower east side, which has great shopping, food, and nightlife!