We spent a week in NYC and had a blast. I did a lot of planning ahead of time so we could focus on a different area of the city each day.
We loved walking around Chelsea on the High Line, having lunch in Chelsea Market, seeing the Vessel; a gigantic walkable sculpture recently discussed on Sunday Morning, however, it is no longer walkable. We didn't get any real details but, from a security guard, word is that the sculpture is not structurally sound enough for lots of people to be walking on it simultaneously - bummer! It is still worth seeing close up, as is The Edge, a clear promontory high up a skyscraper where you can walk out onto it and look at the tiny, tiny people below.
We used Seat Geek to get cheaper tickets to an NCAA basketball game at Madison Square Garden and tickets to The Book of Mormon on Broadway. The game was a squeaker so really fun to be part of the crowd even though we really didn't have a favorite team. The acting, singing, and dancing at the Broadway show was great, but the storyline was ridiculous; interspersing a bunch of vocabulary words designed to make 12 year old boys giggle; stupid and would not recommend that particular show.
We also got tickets (free) to be in the audience for a taping of the Seth Meyers Show. It was really fun to go behind the scenes and see how this all happens. The down side? Start to finish it took about four hours for a one-hour show. It was totally worth doing, but just know an entire afternoon is lost in the process. Just go to the NBC website to sign up for tickets.
We also spent time looking at some very cool buildings and art, etc.; the NY Public Library is very cool and free, Grand Central Station is gorgeous. The Chrysler Building is NOT OPEN to the public since the start of COVID. The poor security guys have to tell hundreds of tourists daily that they may not wander around the Art Deco building since tourist websites have not been updated to reflect the buildings closure - bummer.
We rode the bus to the tip of Manhattan to see the sites along the way, walked around the World Trade Center memorials; stunning, sad, thought provoking. We took the subway back home for that experience. It was easy and efficient, though the concierge at our hotel did tell us not to take the subway at night.
In all, we had a great trip and needed to come back home to get some rest!