I have booked up 8 days in New York during the summer with my DD. We are both really excited!
I'm looking for tips on things to do while there especially in the evening but other things we might not have thought of too. So far we are thinking of going to see a show (any reviews on Matilda?) and a baseball game. As well as all the usual touristy things, we were also thinking a day to Coney Island.
We want to eat in bubba gumps (dd loves forest Gump) and in the diner with The singing waitresses (Ellen's?)
Also debating Woodbury commons a day for shopping (tho not sure if this would be a waste of a day?)
Anything else we should be looking at or fab places/things we might not have thought of?
Matilda is brilliant in London and almost certainly cheaper!
In NY, go to Ellis Island use the Staten Island Ferry for a trip past the Statue of Libery. Go to MoMa and the High Line. Definitely do Radio City Music Hall and go over the Brooklyn Bridge. Stroll around Central Park in daylight. Go up the Top of the Rock and go inside Central Station and look at the roof. Shop in SoHo and go to Greenwich Village. I have been to a baseball game - seriously boring and the audience just eat, drink and talk. No-one takes much notice of the game! Coney Island is a bit seedy but some people like that sort of thing!
Shopping at discount malls in the USA can be very hit or miss. We have never found them any use at all and generally if you buy US brands, they are cheaper anyway and the sales might be on when u go, so this is a lot more fun.
and empire state (having watched sleepless in seattle first) Toys R us in times square is quite special, natural history museum then in to the park for the john lennon memorial china town/little italy/broadway/ground zero. take your walking shoes! there are also tours that take you around all the sites where famous TV series happen (friends, spiderman etc) which may sound a bit naff but we have found with teens a private tour is a really easy way of knocking the city on the head and then you can just people watch and wander and enjoy the rest of the time.