New York City tourist in front of the Richard Rodgers Theatre, waiting to go see Hamilton

I grew up on Long Island, just an hour by train from the heart of New York City. When I was old enough, I went to The City (as we called it) as often as time and money allowed. So not all the time, but occasionally.

One thing I never did was stay in The City. I always went in for the day and then went home. Later, living farther away, I still only went into The City on day trips when I was back east to visit family.

So in 2015 I decided to make up for lost time and spend a week in The City. I centered my activities around the theatre. I got tickets for some shows both on and off Broadway. But I also did museums, galleries, sightseeing, live music in Greenwich Village, and plenty of good food.

I don’t know what took me so long to be a real New York tourist. And I can’t wait to get back and do it again!

Photos from my week in New York (271 photos)

Where do you stay in The City? (7/11/2015) - I should first make clear that New York, or more specifically Manhattan, is “The City.” This is not a statement of arrogance or superiority. It is simply tradition. I grew up in one of the communities that sprang up on Long Island in the first decade after the end of World War II. My parents, more…
Which show to see? (9/25/2015) - I’ve got tickets for five Broadway shows during my upcoming visit to New York. I have one evening still to fill, plus a Wednesday matinee. For the matinee, my mom is going to meet me in the city and we are going to do the half‐price TKTS thing. So that leaves me one night to more…
A day in New York (11/26/2015) - What is it about New York that I get a great thrill when I step out of the Port Authority bus terminal into the chaos and throngs and traffic of the city? I think it’s the chaos and the throngs and the traffic. I get that thrill, too, seeing the skyline while riding in on more…
A Week in New York: Day 1 (11/30/2015) - I have arrived in the greatest city in the world, and I’m not leaving for a week! Even though I grew up on Long Island and lived for four years in the Bronx while I was teaching in New Rochelle, just north of the city, I could probably count on the fingers of one hand more…
A Week in New York: Day 2 (12/1/2015) - A few observations about New York after my first full day: The city is more user‐friendly than it used to be. Subways have live infographics displaying upcoming stops and showing how long your ride will be. They also have instructions on how to be a courteous subway rider: my favorite is “Don’t be a pole more…
A Week in New York: Day 3 (12/2/2015) - Lin‐Manuel Miranda signed my program. Before that, there was a show called Hamilton. Some folks say it’s one of the best shows to hit Broadway in a while, but I think they may be selling it short. I went in to the theatre tonight with very high expectations, having read Hamilton’s biography and listening to more…
A Week in New York: Day 4 (12/3/2015) - Today was a two‐show day, and it was on‐and‐off drizzly all day, so I took it easy in the morning and just took a short walk from the hotel to Union Square, where the Christmas Market is underway. I enjoyed browsing through the kiosks. Then I walked up to Port Authority and met mom, and more…
A Week in New York: Day 5 (12/4/2015) - My original post is in bold. My later edits are not. I did a lot of different things yesterday. I went up to the Bronx to go to Wave Hill. I remember friends on the New Rochelle High School faculty talking about it when I was teaching there just after I graduated from college, but more…
A Week in New York: Day 6 (12/5/2015) - In most of my travels, I don’t think I’ve stayed longer than three or four nights in one place. And that has always suited me well. Three nights has sometimes left me wishing for one more, but I remember feeling, after four nights in Stockholm in 2012, that I was ready to move on, even more…