new york, new york. so good they named it twice.

to do:
    all year:
visit a museum on a day you can pay what you like or it is free. go here for info. a few of my favorites are, the museum of modern art (moma), the metropolitan museum of art (the met), the frick collection. another favorite is the tenement museum (which is never free but completely worth the cost).

take subway all the way down (to south ferry on the 1 train) - catch the staten island ferry. it's free. and you go by the statue of liberty. you'll want about 2 hours for this because when you get to staten island you have to wait for the next ferry to come back to manhattan. 

take the tram to roosevelt island. it's the cost of subway fare (use your subway pass) and it's fun for the midtown views of manhattan, really. pick it up at 59th/2nd ave.

top of the rock is much better than the top of the empire state building. better views of the city and central park and you get to see the empire state building!

visit the world trade center memorial. it is open to the public. there is also a museum onsite.

eataly - an italian market - with food options as well: gelato, panini, pizza, pasta, et cetera.

go to chelsea market (15th and 9th ave), shop, eat and then walk the high line.

visit the north end of central park. i think the harlem meer is beautiful and under-visited.

take the m1 mta bus down 5th avenue - hop/on off for museums and for 5th avenue shops.

go to 339 convent avenue to see the beautiful house from the royal tenenbaums film. this is recommended for hardcore wes anderson fans - and hardcore beautiful uptown manhattan homes fans.

watch the hipsters and shop for vintage and handmade goods at brooklyn flea. (it's in brooklyn.)

    at night:
broadway shows on the cheap. and this site tells you more about your chances of getting cheap tickets.

if you want to laugh, upright citizens brigade improv theater or another comedy club. at ucb, the sunday night 7:30pm show is the best (asssscat 3000).
(i've heard comedy cellar is really great, too.)

the moth is a really cool program for ordinary people to get together and tell their stories. usually during the week.

check out a rooftop bar. there are many, they are pricey, but on a nice evening - it's one of the best things to do in nyc.

visit fort tryon park + the cloisters museum. a really beautiful haven of uptown manhattan.

visit the met rooftop between april and october - there is a new rooftop exhibit each year. 

take the $2 ferry from manhattan to governor's island (from labor day to memorial day). there are often events and exhibits during the summer, as well as historical sites to see. 

smorgasburg - a gathering of many great food places all day in brooklyn (either in dumbo or williamsburg).

when you leave smorgasburg, take the east river ferry back to manhattan. 

visit the gorgeous hudson river park. it doesn't hurt that it's just off the west village, one of the best neighborhoods for food.

shakespeare in the park is hands down, my favorite thing to do in nyc in the summer.

the bronx botanical gardens are huge and absolutely beautiful.

and don't forget the central park conservatory gardens. gorgeous (and near the harlem meer!).

and of course - what to eat by neighborhood.