I was in NYC w/family for a few days in spring break.
My two bits: Statue of Liberty...good but takes the whole day. Security Checks were Murder.
Empire State: didn't make it...lines too long..2hrs Plus. More security checks.
Rockefeller Center has an observation tower. Try that.
Sony Building 55th/Madison tour and or NBC studios tour...alternatives for a
Theater: if you can get to TKTS (46th and broadway)...get some 50% off tickets and see a show...THAT day. Wicked is sold out..but there are plenty of other shows (We saw three...enjoyed all).
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I have been to NYC many times for a day. I like to take an early train in, walk around with my traveling companion(s) to compare NY experiences, see a matinee program (you'd be surprised by how many early theatre performances, music events, etc. are scheduled) or go to a museum for a few hours, eat dinner at one of the incredible restaurants (budget and location are usually the determining factors) and then get a drink at either an old haunt or a new place I've read about. Take the last train you can to get home and savor the time you spent in this great city.
Go to the "Goings on about town" section of the most current New Yorker to see who's playing at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Beacon Theatre, Blue Note (whatever type of music you like will have a fascinating venue in New York).
The Cloisters are a great destination, as is the Guggenheim, Brookyn Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National design museum, the Frick Collection.
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FYI, Abesolutely, the day pass starts when you use it. It expires sometime the next day, like 4 am or something (much later than you'll probably be using it). So, buy it at 6 am and it's good for 22 hours; but it at 11 pm and it's good for five.
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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.
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you're probably right about the cloisters chili. we used to blow off high school and go into the city and that was one of our favorite places to go. then again, I was 16 and very stupid.
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That's a neat little part of Manhattan to see -- weird mix of old squallor (especially when you've just left the museum and are feeling all immigranty) and new hipsterdom. Some great bars around there and good places to eat too. Schiller's Liquor Bar is a relatively new good foodie place; that's very close. There's also a restaurant near Max Fish called Grilled Cheese, which serves many types of Grilled Cheese and only many types of grilled cheese.
Apart from the Tenament Museum and maybe Schiller's, these are not things I'd recommend for a day trip...but it gives you and idea of the specificity of the things out there.
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Chili is entitled to his opinion, but the New York restoration project really cleaned up the area in the middle/late 90s. Just as Times Square was cleaned up (to me it is so reductive and materialistic now - blech), many other parts of NYC were invested in and regained their former glory.
If you have money to burn and want to hit a phenomenal restaurant...two words: Il Mulino. Not sure if you can still get reservations. And if you can, it will only be at 5 or 10 or awful hours like that. But it is a great eating experience.
This is helpful. I've lived in Manhattan for about 30 years and I haven't been to most of these places. Sounds like fun. I'd stay away from Times Square though, all tourists and Bridge and Tunnel people.
I'd be careful around the Empire State Building too: