Re: New York City for a day
I agree with the people who said to research your own interests, go on the web and pursue what you like.
For example, if you like needlepoint, there's probably a needlepoint museum, or a ball-and-thread gallery of some sort. It's a huge city.
For example, my wife had relatives who immigrated into the city and lived as very poor people in the garment district. So, for us, the Lower East Side Tenament museum was fascinating. Some others might say, wtf would you go there?
I do think that Times Square is a must see. Preferably at night for the lights and stuff, esp. if you've never been to Vegas, Tokyo, Hong Kong, or somewhere with that many lights (which I have not).
I rarely disagree with Pedro on this board, but I would NOT recommend the Cloisters museum for a one-day trip unless that's your thing (see my first paragraph). Don't get me wrong, it's really cool. I lived in the neigborhood, and used to go to concerts (gregorian chants, etc.) there. However, the neighborhood, quite frankly, scares the living crap out of the average tourist. And even if you're brave about it, it's kind of out of the way of the other stuff you'll probably do (hour subway ride from the Ferry to Staten Island; 30-40 minutes or so from midtown).
In some ways I feel the same way about Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo. If you've got just one day, Manhattan has PLENTY. No need to mess with the boroughs.
I agree about the doing Staten Island ferry. It's a great view of the city and is a cheap way to get a good look at the Skyline and the Statute of Liberty from reasonably close.
You won't be too far from the 9-11 stuff when you get off the boat back from Staten Island.
If you want to blow a lot of money on one meal, I'm partial to the Gramercy Tavern.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids