- Ellis Island, if you are coming from jersey, go to liberty state park, same ferry service as from new york, but little to no lines. You can stay on the boat at the statue of liberty, currently you can't go up to the crown anymore, just to the pedestal at her feet.
-Ground Zero, just remember the meaning of the site, and show proper respect, as so many tourists don't
-St. Paul's Chapel, by ground zero, used by workers at ground zero as a refuge, big displays about what it was like to work there. George Washington went to church here.
-J&R, across from St. Paul's. big electronics store if you're into that.
-Metropolitan Museum of art- Pick what you want to see before you go, extensive Egyptian and armor collections in addition to the "regular" art.
-museum of natural history, Rocks, stuffed animals, and a giant planetarium,
-Central Park, just take a couple of hours or more and wander, i still do that from time to time.
-Lower east side tenement museum. - I haven't been, but i heard it's good.
-new york transit museum. Lots of old subway stuff. Cool if your into that kind of thing.
-broadway shows. Playbill.com
is a good place to check things out.
-waterfalls - a temporary art exhibit, giant 120 foot scaffolding with waterfalls from the top, they're along the east river, one is under the Brooklyn bridge.
-Brooklyn bridge, you can walk across, and then the Brooklyn ice cream factory is close to the brooklyn side, pretty good ice cream. subway isn't too far if you want to ride back.
-Lombardi's Pizza - Spring at Mott (spring st stop on the 6) first pizza license in the city, coal fired brick oven. best pizza you will eat.
-La Bella Ferrara - 108 Mulberry Street, 5 to 10 minute walk from lombardi's, amazing italian bakery, they do have small stuff too if you're watching calories, the smell alone is worth the trip.
-Arriba arriba, 762 9th Ave @ 51st st. Pretty good mexican, great margaritas, and normally a lot of cute boys. Not a must, but if you're looking for a place to eat close to times square.