It takes a while to get around New York, so take public transit in between neighborhoods.
Although you might think that walking is a good idea (and you can see a lot), your feet will be killing you by the end of day 1.
In general, I don’t recommend driving or parking in New York City.
When my husband drove with me to New York, he was shocked about the cost of the bridges, which are not cheap.
You can’t really avoid them, so if you can find reasonable parking, it’s nice not needing to deal with parking and driving in New York City.
If you’re visiting New York City and you have a car, the best thing to do is to find a parking lot near a New Jersey transit station or Newark airport and park it there. If you don’t have a choice, my dad swears by the BESTPARKING app for checking deals at various parking garages to find the cheapest ones and getting coupons by reserving a spot.
Times Square at night is like daylight, so your photos will actually come out better and it’s quite atmospheric to see the entirety of Times Square lit up like its Christmas–everyday.
My insider tip is get a last minute ticket at the TKTS booth in Times Square for a Broadway production (clear your morning) and once you’re in a Broadway show, you’ll finally understand why New Yorkers endure this area.
To be fair, street food does not currently have ratings, so use your judgment in evaluating whether or not you want to eat at a place.
Simply: A non-A rating means that they do not have a clean kitchen and/or the restaurant received infractions on their cleanliness rating for something.