museum of modern art – the permanent collection is always amazing, the cindy sherman exhibit is thought-provokingly excellent! free on fridays. The café here has excellent food, unlike many other museums.

9/11 memorial – get free tickets online (specific time reservation is required) in advance on the website.

TKTS – last minute discount broadway tickets, with a few locations around manhattan.

central park – excellent on a lovely day, a quintessential nyc spot.

museum of the city of new york – all about nyc and its past, present, and future!

american museum of natural history - the animal scenes, the giant whale, and the dinosaur bones are a must see! a hit with kids!

century 21 department store – people love the bargains here! designer fashions for less!

staten island ferry – free view of the statue of liberty and the lower manhattan skyline.

rockefeller center – it’s more calm this time of year without the holiday tree. excellent shopping all around the perimeter of this place!

spin nyc – ping pong tables and a trendy bar.

other resources:

time out new york – your perfect weekend: good suggestions for your stay.