Oke so this may sound silly but I am planning a trip to NY for Spring Break '10. I will be travelling from approx March 22nd to March 28th. I haven't decided if I am flying or driving (I live in Columbus OH). I have found a hostel that I am really excited about and now I just need things to do. I have never been to NY before and I am very excited. I love museums and nerdy stuff like that but I don't want to be a total tourist. If anyone has any ideas at all I welcome them! There is only so much googling one girl with a full course load can do!
Okay, here's the basic tourist stuff for NYC:
(1) Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
(2) Central Park walk (do this during the day--not at night)
(3) Times Square
(4) Guggenheim Museum
(5) Metropolitan Museum of Art
(6) Little Italy
(7) Rockefeller Square (ice skating rink), Radio City Music Hall (across the street)
(8) Empire State Building
(9) Wall Street
(10) Diamond District (47th street)
(11) United Nations Building
(12) Theatre District (take in a play)--area from Times Square (42nd street) north to around 48th street along Broadway and west and east one block in each direction.
(13) Macy's on 34th street (the world's largest store--not counting the internet)
(15) 5th avenue shopping
plus the Natural History Museum on Central Park West
plus mile-high pastrami sandwiches at several Jewish Delis:
(Stage, Carnegie, Barney Greengrass, Zabar's, etc.)
plus world's best pizza at:
1. Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano* (1524 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-372-8606)
2. DiFara's** (1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, 718-258-1367)
3. John's* (278 Bleecker Street, 212-243-1680)
4. Denino's (524 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, 718-442-9401)
5. Grimaldi's (19 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718-858-4300)
6. Patsy's* (2287 First Avenue, 212-534-9783)
7. Lombardi's (32 Spring Street, 212-941-7994)
8. Roberta's (261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, 718-417-1118)
9. Motorino (319 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-599-8899)
10.LaVilla (261 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-499-9888)
[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jan-2010, at 23:07 by Daawgon ]
...last but not least, visit the new and upcoming Harlem. There is so much 2 do round there, all I say is visit Harlem and you wont regret it!
I've been into the city a bunch of times and I would definitely recommend heading down to SoHo and perhaps taking a water taxi around! It's fun and so not touristy. You also get a great view of the city and Brooklyn Bridge. The street performers there are also really interesting but bring some change because they'll be looking for a little something-something :D
As for restaurants if you're willing to spend money there is this restaurant called Ninja New York on Hudson St. It's zaggat rated too! It's a great experience and the food is top notch. They have a website too if you want to google it!
Hope you have fun!