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Where to go and what to do in NYC (and what NOT to do!)

By Ben Landman for VroomVroomVroom
So you have one day in New York City and you have never been there before. You are so overwhelmed that you have no clue where to start. You don't want to cram so much in that you don't have any fun, but you want to get as much out of your day there as you can. Where do you start? What do you do? Where do you eat?

Get Your Morning Started

Start at Rockefeller Center. Head out early, before breakfast, and stand outside of the Today Show so you can wave to your friends and family back home. Then head over to Central Park. Stop at Fika on 58th for breakfast on the go, maybe a muffin or cinnamon roll, and enjoy as you stroll through this must-see New York City hot spot. Central Park is loaded with things to do. Take it all in with a leisurely stroll while you savor your coffee.

Afternoon Action

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Next, head over a few blocks to Museum Mile. You could spend a week here taking in all the culture, but pick one, or two, and see as much of those as you can. While in the area, grab lunch at Serefina Fabulous Pizza or Pastrami Queen. If museums are not your thing, spend more time in the park-- it won't be hard, and choose one of these fabulous lunch spots to refuel before you hit up one of NYC's spectacular shopping spots.

A couple of great shopping options include Chinatown, SoHo, or the epitome of discount department stores, Century 21. Located in the Lower Manhattan/ Financial District area, this is a destination best visited in the middle of a weekday, as it gets crowded. Don't miss it on a weekend however, if you really want to go. Whatever you choose for your afternoon activities, you will need to refuel before you hit your next stop, Broadway. You can't do New York without a street dog. Pick a vendor and grab a hotdog with your favorite toppings, then head to the show of your choice. Snacking before the show rather than having a full meal with extend your time in two ways. You can have longer at the museums or shopping because you can eat your dog on the go, and you will still have dinner to look forward to after the show.

Evening Entertainment

When the curtain falls, head out for a late night dinner. Make plans ahead of time and make reservations if needed. A great option is Sardi's at 234 W. 44th in Times Square. This is a tourist favorite that has a soft spot in the hearts of many locals. Try the signature cheese spread and crackers, split a sandwich, and keep your eyes open because it isn't unheard of for a whole cast to drop by after the show. If you have more than a day, hit up Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty, and maybe Ellis Island for a little history.

Whatever you do, do not overschedule, and stay safe. Keep your money secure, stay away from unknown areas, stick to the plan, and know the emergency contact numbers should you find yourself in need of assistance. Lastly, beware of the cops and NYC traffic laws. In the words of Isaac Abraham, Esq. “Texting and driving continues to be allowed in some states, but NY State lawmakers consider this violation twice as bad as drunk driving.” So make sure you understand how the laws work and be certain to remain compliant, otherwise, you may get more than you bargained for on your short New York City romp. Enjoy your stay in the Big Apple!

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