We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I lived in around 2 big cities (Chicago & D.C.) in my early adult years. So I think I've 'been there, done that' enough to know it's not for me. I did not find it exciting or interesting or a great place to meet people. It was crowded, stressful and ugly. But then again, I consider myself an 'introvert,' so crowds are not my thing. I get that many extraverts get 'energy' from crowds and love to be in that environment.
Thanks for the offer scullman, but I doubt you'd change my attitude. I have no doubt that you could show me some interesting, exciting, fun, unique, amazing things. I'm sure I would enjoy them, but I would not hang around long enough for them to bore me or for me to bore them! I'm sure there is something for everybody there. It's just that whatever there is for me, I won't want it for long.
I'll take you up on that offer. But I would settle for some suggestions. I enjoy visiting big cities and exploring them. I prefer walking and public transportation except in L.A. So if I'm staying in Manhattan what is a good subway and walking tour. Something like take the subway to a specific station and walk from point A to point B and what to see along the way. To make it easy plan either for a half day or a full day with an interesting lunch stop. I enjoy architecture, would prefer to see some nieghborhoods and of course interesting sights along the way.
Entertaining. It can perhaps be summed up in two words: keep moving. The first extended time I spent in NYC, a friend and I spent a week commuting from relatives' homes in Westchester, during a high school summer. I got a little shell-shocked on the fourth day. After that, I was able to hack it.
NYC is more entertaining than one would conclude from the "unwritten rules." Though there is good advice for a tourist: keep walking fast. When you want to dawdle, find a space away from the walking lanes. Good advice from the "unwritten rules."
Regarding seeing famous people in NYC: my roommate my freshman year in college was from the Upper West Side. He told me had seen Nixon walking around. This was before he got elected in '68. Right in front of Grand Central Station, my uncle saw LBJ and Bobby Kennedy in a limo, in a "discussion." Bobby Kennedy didn't look too happy, my uncle said.
I found New Yorkers to be very helpful when I was in the subway, and appeared lost. In later years in NYC, I had enough self assurance/ apparent street savvy that tourists would ask me directions.
A great city to just walk around in. You never know what you are going to see.