Take the train. it's $13 one-way or at least it was when i was there not so long ago. it's comfortable and runs at regular intervals.
Also, a good hotel to stay in is the Madison Hotel on E27th street. it's cheap and cheerful and is in a great location. we stayed there last december and of all the times i've visited NYC, it has been the best hotel i've stayed in. it's 5 blocks from Empire State Building, has a delicious deli at the corner of 28th and is close to the tube. hope this helps.
If architecture is your thing, you have to wander sown Fifth to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The horse and carriage ride in Central Park is a must.
Fondest memory: The first time i visited the Statue of Libery and Ellis Island and saw all the exhibits from the past.
i miss the pace of life, the great food and shopping and the wonderful architecture. also the nightlife is pretty good!
St. Patrick's Cathedral, on 5th Avenue, is probably the most famous cathedral in the United States. The preffered NYC church for many of America's most famous Catholics (the Kennedys come to mind), St. Patrick's has hosted many historical events. (Jacqueline Onassis' funeral, etc.)
As with the great cathedrals of Europe, the architecture of St. Patrick's is awe-inspiring, and represents a style of building much rarer on this side of the Atlantic. It's certainly worth a quiet thirty-minutes' visit.
Favorite thing: A big city journey is not complete without a visit to a church :-) Well, we didn’t really have any intention of looking for a church but one day when we were walking around we came across Saint Patrick’s cathedral. It looks out of place located on Fifth Avenue next to skyscrapers and shops. It sure does stand out when you walk past it because it is huge. It is supposed to be the largest Catholic church in the USA and we took a closer look inside. When we got inside we ran into the usual problem…how do you browse around a church without interfering with the people that are there to worship? Well, it was possible for tourists to walk around in more or less the entire church and it was a nice looking church. I do find it a bit strange to find the American flag inside the church but that’s just me I guess. Our “problem” is that we have been to some pretty magnificent churches during our travels…like the Duomo in Milan and it is of course hard to surpass place like that. But Saint Patrick’s is nice and it has some very impressive bronze doors and a huge organ.
Now dwarfed by surrounding mid-town buildings, the classic French Gothic style cathedral was considered "out of town" when it was constructed in 1879. It is currently the 11th largest church in the world.
Adress: Fifth Avenue at 50th Street.
SAINT PATRICK's CATHEDRAL
It is the seat of the Archbishop of New York and it is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States.
Fondest memory: St. Patrick Cathedral is located along the 5th Avenue, the upmarket shopping street in NYC. It is the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States and has a seating capacity for 2,500 people. The building of the Gothic style cathedral was completed in 1878 but the twin spires were added later.
Favorite thing: Beautiful Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth at 50th St. One of America's finest Gothic style buildings, constructed 1858 - 79, in the midst of modern skyscrappers and busy downtown Manhattan.