Start your day early with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island . Grab a slice or a simple lunch from a vendor’s cart to enjoy in the High Line Park  and take in the latest art installation. Browse through quirky boutiques and galleries or take a self-guided walking tour through Greenwich Village , SoHo , or other unique Lower Manhattan  neighborhoods before finishing the night off in one of the area’s top restaurants  or hot Chelsea clubs .
Spend the morning at the Museum of Modern Art , before dipping into beautiful Central Park . When the park ends at 59th Street, continue south on 5th Avenue , shopping or window-shopping along the way. At night, brave the Times Square  madness to take in a Broadway show and dinner in the Theater District . Visit the Empire State Building , open until 2 a.m., to end the day with the lights of the city laid out before you.
In the morning, hit the Upper West Side  to pay a visit to the iconic blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History , stock up on road trip goodies at Zabar’s , or swap sides of the park to fill your classic art tank at the Guggenheim Museum  or Frick Collection  on the Upper East Side . Check for free evening concerts at Manhattan School of Music , like Café Jazz featuring student jazz combos in an intimate setting or the school’s impressive 19-piece Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra.