I have recently returned from a lovely holiday to New York City, this was my first visit to the big apple and what an experience it was! Despite a fairly irritating & painful injury I incurred the holiday was a total success.
We did all the usual tourist attractions as well as chilling out, taking in the culture & atmosphere and generally having a good time! The above picture was from Top Of The Rock, a must when you visit (you should go up at least one of the tall attraction buildings). This is such a lovely old Art Deco building, as you look over Manhattan from the top viewing platform you can see such a variety of styles in the city. Lots of new, shiney & funky looking buildings, some lovely art deco designs and some old victorian-style buildings - quite a sight. We also were lucky enough to have tickets for viewing at the top of the new 1 World Trade Centre which opened that week! The tallest building in New York, not only is it an amazing sight to see but as you queue inside there are video's of the centre going up, all the people that worked on it etc and you hear how they were effected by 9/11 and their passions behind getting this new centre up for New York City, very touching indeed.
Top things for me: We saw two Broadway shows, one was a pre-book and the other a spur of the moment (If you want to catch a show make sure you pop along to the ticket booth in Times Square, they do cheaper tickets at certain times). We saw Fish In The Dark, starring Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm - we're big fans!) and An Act Of God, starring Jim Parsons (from The Big Bang Theory). Both were brilliant and funny shows so if you can catch them I would recommend it! We headed to Carolines on Broadway one Saturday night for an evening of brilliant comedy stand-up with Richard Lewis (Richard is also in Curb Your Enthusiasm). We explored a bit of Central Park (an just a bit - it is HUGE).
We ate lots of food, drank lots of coffee, did a lot of walking and generally had a jolly good time. We will be going back one day to do a few things we didn't get a chance to. I would recommend if you can get there, it's quite an experience and it is VERY busy! A tip, I wouldn't ever watch any TV, it's all very localised in a little American bubble - get out, explore and enjoy!