I first visited NYC in 2008 and got all the tourist stuff out of the way then. The city is so alive, with so much to see and do that every other time I’ve been here I’ve had no desire to repeat ‘the tourist experience’. Pretending to be a local, and acting like you know what you’re doing, even when you don’t, is far more fun. In saying that, my fondest tourist moment was walking the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s so good. It gives you a great sense of the scope and grandness of the city. I tell everyone who comes to NYC to make sure they do it. In 2008 I walked from Manhattan to Brooklyn, this time we caught the train to Brooklyn and walked to Manhattan. The experience wasn’t quite the same this time though as there’s a bunch of construction and scaffolding that blocks part of your view on the Brooklyn end of the bridge. But don’t let that put you off, the walk is still choice as.
Make sure you pick up a Mango Flower to eat on your way over. Also make sure you have someone on hand to let you know that you have lipstick all over your face once you’re finished.