Posted 02-16-2005 at 18:57:10
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I have been there a few times for business and for fun.
Personally, I like the "people" part of NYC. I spent a few hours in Grand Central Station just watching people run from train to train and others are sleeping on benches. Its a strange but interesting place.
Chinatown is something you cannot miss. Its the South part of Manhattan Island. Right next to Little Italy (more on that down below). In Chinatown get there early in the morning. Its really neat to talk to the shop owners as they set up for the day's business. You get fresh "stuff" that time of the day too. Don't pass up a good Almond Cookie - they are really good from a Chinese bakery.
Little Italy - Next to Chinatown. The best cigars in NYC are available. The best Italian pastries. Talk to the shop owners, they are funny with that "Sopranos" talk.
SoHo - Which is South of Houston Street (the street that divides northern and southern Manhattan. SoHo is really artsy. Great art stores and people on the sidewalks. Don't miss SoHo. No more Twin Towers but there is still great attractions.
If you like museaums (like I do) you cannot miss the MOMA (Museaum Of Modern Art) and the Gugenhiem Museam. NYC has more museams that are worth visiting than anywhere in the world I have been.
Of course there is Broadway. I am not a fan so I cannot tell you much about it. Its quite a place though ... at least walking through it.
Be careful where you decide to eat. Its expensive. Food is great but costly. Hotels are unbelievable for what they charge.
Stay away from Harlem (northern Manhattan) - there is nothing good up there that I found. Its dangerous too.
All of what I described is Manhattan Island.
NYC is a great place to visit - wouldn't want to live there though. Great place to "people watch".