cking from Boston and love it, but yeah, it's really not a question. (I also do live in NY now).First of all you should get a good guide book. As far as things to do in NYC, I can link you to some good hotels. I don't have the info right now though. Midtown is the main spot for hotels (there are plenty of good alternatives though), but you might not want to stay there. That's where Times Square and all the Broadway musicals are, but it's extremely busy and loud and annoying. You might want to visit it, and I wouldn't recommend against that because it is unique and exciting, but it gets old after about 15 minutes. What are your interests? There are some gorgeous parks, amazing buildings and museums, brilliant restaurants, etc. Those are the things I'd recommend more than neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little Italy and the Bronx. Definitely don't go to the Bronx unless you are going to Yankee Stadium to see a game, there is nothing else there. Don't listen to anything El Guapo says. Some more random thoughts:- Chinatown is great in some ways, terrible in others. The only thing you will enjoy there is the food, if you like Chinese food. Other than that it's just Chinese people and smelly fish markets and almost unfathomably crowded sidewalks. And terrible souvenir shops.- Little Italy is even more disappointing. It's...interesting, but it's also very weird and very touristy with souvenir shops every 3 feet. If you want amazing Italian food, let me recommend this restaurant: Becco
. It's not hard to get a reservation even on weekends (but definitely call for a reservation at least a week ahead), the service is outstanding, the food is amazing, and it's not too expensive for what it is (amazing). It's owned by Lidia Bastianich, who has a cooking show on PBS and cookbooks and such, so you might know her. Get the pannacotta for dessert. Becco is near Times Square, so like I said the neighborhood isn't terrible. It has tons of other great restaurants too, for the theater goers. - I know you're into cross-country running, so maybe you also like parks and outdoors stuff? Central Park is awesome. The Cloisters
is also awesome - it's a big, gorgeous park that has a castle in it, which is now a museum with ancient tapestries and stuff, so you can wander through this ancient mysterious castle. It's also way at the top of Manhattan (way north of Harlem), so it's never crowded. Probably about 45 minutes each way on the subway from midtown. - There'll be all sorts of concerts and outdoor events and things in the summer. - Rockefeller Center is way better in the winter, cuz there's a massive tree and they set up ice skating and it's all very jolly. Not sure if it's worthwhile in the summer. - I'll think of more stuff.