In addition to checking out NYC blue, consider the list on this page--ideas for fun in NYC--with links to the Web sites of the places and events where available. Do you know other ways to have fun in New York? Please let me know, and send the URL.
- Chelsea Market: Get on down to Chelsea for bread, flowers, wine, cookies, brownies, cheese, soups, fruit, lobster...
- Essex Street Market: Historic Lower East Side market: seafood, butcher-quality meats, ethnic groceries, ethnic baked goods, farmstand produce, and candies, nuts, and bulk-food items.
- The Manhattan Art and Antiques Center: Over 100 galleries showing antiques, period furniture, jewelry, silver, paintings, American, European, Asian, African, and other objects of art
- Zabar's: At 80th Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan; a blend of a gourmet market (offering smoked fish, cheese, bread, deli meats, and more), institution (founded over 70 years ago), and tourist attraction (go just to watch the people).
- Strand Book Store: Venerable bookstore offering used, new, rare, out-of-print; boasts of its 29 kilometers of books. Broadway and 12th, near Union Square.
- New York Fire Store: FDNY t-shirts, caps, outerwear, pins, patches and collectibles.
- Century 21 Department Stores: Discounts off designer merchandise; locations in the metro area; Manhattan store in the Wall Street area, Cortlandt Street.
- Dean & Deluca: Gourmet supermarket--foods, kitchenware, wine; Broadway & Prince in SoHo
- ABC Carpet and Home: Broadway at 19th Street, Manhattan: patterned after an African marketplace, ten floors of stuff.
- NYC Books: order online and save.
Unique Restaurants and Clubs
- Hello Deli: Say hello to Rupert Jee in Mr. Letterman's old neighborhood.
- Sardi's: In the heart of Broadway's theatre district, famous for its celebrity caricatures lining the walls.
- Russian Tea Room: Opened in 1926 as a tea room by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet, the Russian Tea Room has become a New York icon.
- 21 Club: A Manhattan landmark, famous for its celebrities.
- Forent: Round-the-clock (on weekends) bistro in Greenwich Village.
- Blue Note: World famous jazz club.
- Terra Blues: Famous Bleeker Street club featuring live music.
- Irving Plaza: all ages club; music acts on their way up or down; east of Union Square
Unique Attractions and Flavor
- Big Apple Greeter: This service matches travelers with volunteers who show off New York. A free service that lets you see New York with someone who loves the city.
- Gotham Walking Tours of New York City: tours from a native New Yorker who has been reading, researching and writing about what she loves best--Manhattan and Brooklyn--for the past twenty years.
- Kenny Kramer: While not running for mayor, Kramer provides a great tour of NYC sites made famous by a certain television program.
- On Location Tours: This company takes you on tours of places made famous by television programs and movies.
- Carolines Comedy: get some laughs at this famous comedy nightclub.
- Comedy Cellar: catch some big name acts at this Village comedy club.
- Gotham Comedy Club: highly rated, roomy (300 square meters), in the Flat Iron District, well-known comics, comedy classes
- Stand-Up NY: This upper west side club; classes in comedy.
- Spirit Cruises offers a variety of cruises around the NY/NJ harbors including gourmet cuisine, live jazz and views.
- CityPass: A ticket for many popular attractions at a discount
- Open your home to a special friend from Bide-A-Wee animal shelter.