Long story short: our 19-year-old son bought himself a concert ticket at the Beacon in September. I stared blankly when he told me this and asked if he had a plan of how to get up there or where to stay. Well...sort of. As he knew I had expressed an interest in seeing NYC, he thought we could all go together (although he didn't buy his father or I tickets to the concert; kids these days.) I said, "...okay, that sounds fun, your dad and I will let you stay in our hotel room, sure." And then I started looking at hotels. Ouch. So my initial plan to have three nights and four days in NYC shrank down to a single night and parts of two days.
Anyway, we'll be coming up on the train from DC into Penn Station, probably early afternoon the day of the concert. I found the Four Points by Sheraton in SoHo; for one night, right at $400 without taxes. We'll leave in the early evening the next day. We'd like to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building, Central Park, Time Square, and...what else? My question is (finally): what is the best way to do this? Seems like getting up to Central Park the first day would make sense, given that's where the Beacon is, but is that ALL I should plan for? The concert is at 7:30. Whatever we don't see the first afternoon has to be crammed into the next day.
Thanks for any advice...this is a bit more of a project than I'd planned on.