8. The Brooklyn Bridge
Have you seen it on “The Sopranos”? Did Tony and Johnny Sack really seem all that impressed by it? Sure, it’s a majestic structure and a real marvel of engineering, even after 130 years. But it’s a bridge. You drive over it in your rental car. Then you drive back. If you don’t have a car, you can use the pedestrian walkway to go for a jog. Good luck getting to the walkway without getting flattened by a taxi cab.
If you really want to see the city from the vantage point of public engineering, try the High Line. It’s a brand new public park which is situated on some ancient remnants of the classic Elevated railway, running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District all the way down to West 34th Street. It’s newer, cleaner, and above all, safer. Check out the High Line Facebook page for special events.
7. Times Square
Much like the Las Vegas of Frank and Sammy’s day, Times Square ain’t what it used to be. That is to say, it’s no longer crawling with speed dealers, hookers, pawn shops, and low lives that defy description. What replaced it? Respectable free enterprise in the form of over priced tourist traps (yes, even more of them). There’s even a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. Don’t fall for it.
Instead, go see the Statue Of Liberty. It’s the one obligatory landmark in New York City that you’ll actually find worth the trip.