We just returned from 10 days in NYC and I want to thank everyone who contributes to this forum. All your postings were incredibly helpful and appreciated. In gratitude I will add a few of my own thoughts/tips, in no particular order.
NYC is so welcoming, friendly, easy to navigate and might I even suggest clean! We always felt safe even wandering the streets of Midtown after midnight
We loved staying in Midtown; easy to get wherever you need to go
We used the subway (so easy to navigate; don’t be afraid) and taxis. There were 4 of us and lots of times it made more sense and was cheaper to take a taxi
I know a lot of people are in to big breakfasts but we opted to buy breakfasts to take out and eat each morning at Bryant Park under the trees. We loved the atmosphere and there are plenty of tables and chairs. Also plenty of places to pick up food right along the park. The public bathroom at Bryant Park is not to be missed.
I’d say not to buy timed tickets anywhere you want a view. Weather changes rapidly. Make sure to take an umbrella. Also know that as quickly as it can rain, it can also clear.
Two bars with views worth visiting: The Skylark @ 200 W 39th St., which has a glass enclosure. Better yet with amazing 360 degree views is The Press Lounge at the Ink 48 Hotel, 653 11th Ave. (open air so not for rain or terribly humid days).
Times Square is crazy and fun. Especially late at night! Wander around
Take time to visit the museums. They are huge and you can’t enjoy them rushing through them
Luke’s Lobster at Chelsea Market is awesome!! Not just for Lobster Rolls...it’s also a visual delight. We drooled looking at all the options. In general there are a lot of amazing places to eat; many more than the touristy ones frequently mentioned on tripadvisor. Check out Yelp too.
Little Italy doesn’t really exist anymore
If the 9/11 Museum seems like it would be too much, The Tribute Center is a great alternative.
If possible don’t stick to a strict itinerary. Be flexible. Explore. Don’t try and run from A) to B). Take time to enjoy wherever you are. And if you can’t fit in all you’d hoped to you can always return. Once you visit you will want to go back.