I will be traveling to the heart if New York City on January 4th 2013 and will be there for about 5 days with my girlfriend. Our main purpose of travel is it visit my mom in Massachusetts, but our stay in NYC will be our little mini vacation prior to all the family time up north.
I have been to NYC once before in January about 5 years ago, but only for a single day, and didn't really get to do much other than freeze my ass off. It sucked cuz I had no freakin clue what I was doing. This trip will be much more enjoyable and well planned out. I'll arrive by plane, have a hotel for 4 nights, then take the train to MA.
I am looking for advice anywhere I can get it:
Recommendations on things to see and/or visit.
Specific places to eat or check out. Any bars, clubs, restaurants, etc.
Places of interest.
What types of clothing to bring to stay warm.
Any items that are essential to my comfort/enjoyment that I may forget or not think about.
Best ways to get around (rental, cab, bus, subway, walk, etc)
Anything else that is a must see or do before I leave.
Weather is forecasted for about 39° daytime high and around 28° nighttime low. Unsure about rain/snow as its still a little too early to tell, but as of now, the chance of some rain and slush is probable.
Any suggestions, ideas, requests, assistance, etc is great. New airline restrictions limit your check-on baggage to under 63" (L+H+W) and 50lbs or else your charged $175 for oversize baggage. Normal check-on baggage is also no longer free... $25 for your first bag and $35 for a second bag (within the limits). Small carry on is still free. So with that said, I will be extremely limited on what I can bring since my heavy coats and shoes will quickly consume what little space I do have available.
Thanks in advance. Plenty of pictures to come (if anyone cares )