This is not so much about one favorite place, but just in general a tribute to all that New York offers. I love that it offers history & tradition, but it hangs its hat on being a center of what's fresh and new and crazy. I no longer live there, but we get back to visit my family occasionally. Mom often comes up with some new place to go check out. For example, taking the free ferry to Governor's Island, which was an unexpected pleasant surprise. Plus they had those water tower displays going. There was also this wacky David Byrne (yes, of Talking Heads fame) piece where he put this old organ in this unused ferry terminal near the Staten Island ferry terminal...and he hooked up the keys to these weird sound-making devices. Totally wacked, but scored high on the novelty scale. And part of the fun is the walking. For starters, it's great exercise, but there's always things to see all around you. One of my latest new walking haunts is down the Bowery. It's not what some people think! Plus, that's near one of my favorite food places: Eileen's Cheesecake. It's a tiny place and makes the best cheesecake in the universe. And the architecture in that area is pretty cool to look at, too. Makes me think of the history of New York, the lower East side and all that. And of course, you hit Chinatown & Little Italy, so you get the cultural experience. You can buy a fresh fish from a plastic tub right there on the sidewalk in Chinatown...I think that's cool. There's so so much stimulation to keep my 8 yr-old son entertained just by walking around...but yet he also enjoys just going to the playground, and we have one near my mom's, so we have that as well. God, I miss NY. - Paula.