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. www.moma.org

9/11 memorial – get free tickets online (specific time reservation is required) in advance on the website. www.911memorial.org

TKTS – last minute discount broadway tickets, with a few locations around manhattan. www.tdf.org/tkts

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

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

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

century 21 department store – people love the bargains here! designer fashions for less! www.c21stores.com

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

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

spin nyc – ping pong tables and a trendy bar. newyork.spingalactic.com

other resources:

time out new york – your perfect weekend: good suggestions for your stay. www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/your-perfect-weekend-1