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Old 05-11-2019, 01:51 PM
 
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South Street Seaport.. do The Beast or The Shark speedboats for a great wild ride!
Have lunch then subway uptown by to Bway show and dinner.
Empire State Bldg is unforgettable but WAY TOO MUCH HASSLE.
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:54 AM
 
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Maybe they arenít into sports. I love baseball but sitting at a ball field in August heat sounds miserable.
Really? Do you think that's maybe why I included "Not saying they would work for your kids either but might be a consideration."

Your personal distaste for warm weather is irrelevant - 35,000 people prove that at every game.
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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Why aren't the guys going to a musical? I hope it's not because they think musicals are for girls. They're missing out! There's so much out there that any music lover could enjoy. It doesn't have to be Phantom of the Opera or My Fair Lady. (I won't suggest Hamilton b/c I know tickets are ridiculous)

Guys LOVE Book of Mormon (written by the same duo who created South Park). Beetlejuice is a new show that should be really funny. And I challenge anyone who claims to not like musicals to sit through Come From Away and not leave the show dancing! It's a true story, and really renews your faith in humanity.

Harry Potter isn't a musical, and it's one that a lot of teens would enjoy, but it's two shows in one day, so it may eat up too much of your day in the city.

And I don't know much about it, but there's an off-Broadway show that is a musical parody of Big Bang Theory.
Who said anything about going to a musical? She said she was going to a matinee with her daughter - didn't mention which one. Maybe the guys just don't want to go to a show at all.

Someone else said that it would take too long (an hour) to go to Chinatown after the matinee. I disagree. If you take the subway, it doesn't take all that long. I think your kids might really enjoy Chinatown and Little Italy is right there next to it. Both places are fun to shop and also many great places to eat in that area. They would also probably enjoy riding the subway.

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You say they are older teens, right? Why ask strangers who know nothing about the interests your kids have instead of asking your kids? Ask them to do some research and each, independently, give you and their father a short list of things they'd like to do with one or two things highlighted as "must sees." I suggest they should do this independently to see if anything shows up on both lists and maybe after preparing separate lists they should corroborate before giving you the results.

I see nothing in any of the suggestions above that would be universally attractive to all teens and see a few that would be excruciating for some. I also saw not one sporting event suggestion. In August on any given day there will probably be a Mets or Yankees game in New York and on the weekends the Jets and Giants will be playing pre-season games. Not saying they would work for your kids either but might be a consideration...if they show up on their list. Even if it's not your favorite.
The part I bolded is a great idea IMO. But since you do want suggestions, maybe tell us a little about the types of things they are interested in. It would also help to know your budget for dinner, if you have one. There are so many wonderful places to eat that we could suggest, but it doesn't make sense to suggest places that might be way out of your price range. Also, what types of food do you like? I'd hate to spend a lot of time suggesting places for sushi only to find out that none of you eat sushi, etc.
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I'm kind of surprised at some of the suggestions here. Disclaimer: I don't have kids.

Every single suggestion has merit and would certainly produce a great day (as long as the weather cooperates).

But shouldn't a one day visit to NYC be all about something you CAN NOT DO OR SEE anywhere else? I think so.

Zoo's, Parks for picnics and speed boat rides can be found in tons of places. Professional sports arenas are in many cities (including Tampa - one hour away from OP's Sarasota residence). I'll agree that Southstreet seaport is lovely, but not entirely unique to NYC.

Things that I think of that ONLY occur in NYC: (In no particular order and there may be a few I've missed)

* Statue of Liberty (via Staten Island Ferry or hosted tour boat. I'd suggest the latter to get the full, hosted tour)
* 9/11 memorial and museum
* Museum of Natural History or art museums (especially MOMA) if one is really really into that stuff.
* Times Square and Broadway Show

Yes, the bus tour is good, and IF they had two days, I'd suggest it. But you'll spend a significant amounts of time in traffic viewing other buses, taxis and limos. That's why I left it out.
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:48 AM
 
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Who said anything about going to a musical? She said she was going to a matinee with her daughter - didn't mention which one. Maybe the guys just don't want to go to a show at all.

Sorry, you're right. That was my own bias in assuming the matinee was a musical.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:06 AM
 
Location: NYC
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One day w. a matinee show built-in?

Walk the High Line in the early a.m., a very unusual park & the earlier the better for August crowds & weather; Times Sq should be seen at dark or dusk, very dramatic the first time.

If the heat is too oppressive: 1- Central Park walk 2- Circle tour around Manhattan or for a cheaper version just grab an East River ferry & tour the water getting off in Williamsburg or Brooklyn Bridge to eat & then downtown exit (Wall St, Chinatown, 9/11 museum), would be nice to end downtown at sunset. (The matinee would take the bulk of the afternoon heat though.)

Don't bother with "sights" with lines: Empire State bldg, Statue of Liberty, etc... not worth the time or money at all.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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Sorry, you're right. That was my own bias in assuming the matinee was a musical.
Well, you are right that there are a lot of really good musicals!
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:36 AM
 
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Yes, the bus tour is good, and IF they had two days, I'd suggest it. But you'll spend a significant amounts of time in traffic viewing other buses, taxis and limos. That's why I left it out.
OP's son and husband could do just the downtown bus tour which is around $19 a ticket while she is at the show. It doesn't include hop on-hop off, but just an 1.5 hour or so tour staying on the bus.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I think just take the teenagers into the subway system, especially around the PABT or Penn Station so they can see/hear underground musicians, Hare Krishnas, crazy people, all that makes NYC interesting. Hours of entertainment that you can't get anywhere else.
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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What I would have thought was cool, if I was a teen, would be to find the childhood home of some great person and walk in his footsteps. Like, go and see where Lou Gehrig played ball in the streets when he was a kid. (309 East 94th Street)
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