I stumbled upon this forum today and have been reading for hours now. You are all so very helpful. I am looking to plan my third NY trip in the May time frame, so I'm getting an early start this time.
Here's the background:
Trip#1: Dec 03- last minute trip planned about four weeks in advance. Complete culture shock. shopped, saw Rent and Hairspray, and shopped more. Stayed 4 nights and ran out of money on about day 2. Ha!
Trip#2: July 04-planned not so much last minute (two months or so). Decided that I would do it right this time and planned other things to avoid so much shopping. Saw Hairspray (again), Phantom, Mamma Mia (can't say that I liked it), and Chicago. Got tickets to Regis and Kelly to my complete surprise. Spent 6 nights and stuck to the budget this time.
Now, Trip #1 was with one friend and Trip #2 was with another, both of whom had never been before; so I basically did the same deal twice over. So the trip in May will be with my mother, who has never been and will be absolutely be in culture shock and I needed advice on what other things we can do. Here are my interests to help you out...love broadway, shopping, Soho, fashion, etc. not so much on the whole museum, touristy things that seem popular to the masses. Another thing, food and restaurants are not that critical to either of us. We eat enough down here in Louisiana.
Those of you that can give me ideas on the non-traditional things to do and see, I would be most appreciative. I love the city and can't wait to return, would move tomorrow if I could.
Best of wishes for this new year to all.