I have been going to New York City, pretty much every year, since I was very young. In addition to having been there for business, I have been there many times for fun. So I have great memories of family, friends, weddings, seeing Bobby Short at the Café Carlyle, experiencing Christo’s Gates in Central park, seeing great art in museums and galleries, going to the best Broadway plays and musicals and just walking and exploring.
I always love visiting Broadway and Times Square, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. More recently, however, I have begun exploring Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, The Village, The Flatiron District, Harlem, Spanish Harlem and Brooklyn. I love seeing great architecture from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, the new addition to MOMA, the new Whitney Museum, the classic Grand Central Station to a recently finished residential tower by Frank Gehry.
Rockefeller Center: Opened in 1933, this is the Art Deco, city within a city. Here you can explore the architecture and architectural details, see the Atlas statue from 1937 and the famous Prometheus from 1934, see the Today Show from the street, tour the NBC studios, dine, shop, skate on the famous outdoor skaing rink, see the famous Christmas Tree or catch the flawless Rockettes at the famous Radio City Music Hall.
St. Patricks Cathedral across from Rockefeller Center has recently been totally cleaned and renovated and should be high on your list to visit.
If you are an architecture fan, check out the apartment building, 8 Spruce Street, near City Hall designed by Frank Gehry. It is the tallest residential tower in the Americas. It is very impressive.
Grand Central Terminal: For 100 years this train station has been the heart and hub of NYC. A must on your to-do list when in the city. It has been totally refurbished to its original grandeur from a deteriorated state in the 1970’s. The famous Tiffany clock and blue and gold zodiac ceiling mural are of particular interest. Check out the famous Oyster Bar on the lower level. 89 E. 42nd.
My recommendation is to get out and explore, ride public transportation and experience one of the great cities of the world.