What Would You Do With One Day In New York City?

12/09/2010 By Shawn Burns

I’ve been given a really outstanding gift. I was invited to New York City next week for the sole purpose of having a good time on Wednesday night, and my flight is being paid for by someone other than me. I may talk about the actual reason later, but what’s important for now is that when I told Emily about this invitation she said, immediately, and despite my own abandoning-the-family feelings, “You should go.” And then, since the event itself is on Wednesday, Emily followed up with “Why not stay until Friday?”

I love that woman.

Traveling Tuesday night and Friday afternoon leaves me with all of Thursday open to do whatever I want to do. We have a friend in the city I’ll be staying with (so, hooray for a trip without hotel bills) but who works during the day. So I find myself in possession of a Day in New York and no itinerary. (Really it’s all of Wednesday until the evening and most of Friday until my flight home, but I definitely have Thursday entirely open.)

What should I do?

Some of you who have been reading for a while might remember that I’ve been to New York before, back in my modeling days. (It’s hard to convey in text precisely how sardonically I pronounced “modeling” in my head just now). Emily went with me that time, so we did all the standard things, I think: Empire State Building, Time Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center. But this will be a different kind of visit. Just me, walking around.

I don’t really want to go to someplace romantic by myself. And I don’t want to go to the Statue of Liberty by myself: I feel like these are things I ought to save for the next time Emily and I go together. But what about everyday New York stuff? Or sorta touristy but maybe not first-run touristy?

It’s a day in New York. What should I do with it?

And, hey locals: Do you want to hang out?