I think a year and a half is sufficient recovery time since last I was there. Sort of like King Kong returning, only it will be King Penguin. I will be going to New York December 5th through 10th. I have many, many, many ways I wish to terrorize this city but unfortunately I only have five days. Last time, I did the major museums, walked around Little Italy, Chelsea Market, FAO Schwartz, Central Park, and Chinatown. I plan to go back to Chinatown, FAO Schwartz, and Chelsea Market. My must do/not-impossible-at-all list: Chelsea Market Freedom Tower/World Trade Center Ellis Island FAO Schwartz Rockefeller Center Xmas Tree Chinatown Ice Skating at Sea Port--it's walking distance from the bratling (supposedly) and I'm hoping less crowded than Rockefeller. Macy's Crumbs Cupcakery The Strand Bookstore American Folk Art Museum Institute for Study of the Ancient World Frick Collection Museum of Biblical Art FIT Asia Society Brad Graduate Center Union Square Shops at Eataly Torture the Bratling (younger brother, though I only have my mother's word for it) If there's time, I'd like to re-visit the Met and MOMA. Maybe see Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes. I would love to see a Broadway play again. I think all that's doable, right? I'm arriving at 10:00 Tuesday morning and leaving 6:15 Thursday evening. Some of these I don't really need to go in--I can just look at the Window Display at Macy's and FAO Schwartz and take a picture of the Rockefeller Tree from a distance. The bratling lives in the financial district very close to the World Trade Center, so I don't think it will take all that long. I do know I have to call early and get security clearance. The biggest issue from starting to come up with a vague itinerary is I actually think time wise it IS possible to do everything, if everything kept normal hours business hours, or different hours--all the stuff you want to do is all opens at 11 and closes at 6! Even though it's my must-do list, I am somewhat flexible. I cannot do anything high, so that lets out a few things. I think all that's possible right, I need to sit down and look at open/closing times, how far places are from each other, and basically pour over a good guidebook...but then I thought, nah, I'll let FSU do it for me. Come on, you know you want to... I'm also looking for suggestions for food trucks/mid-priced restaurants. The last time I was there, the bratling was in his first Uber High Power Job and looking to show off, so a meal for two in the two hundreds was nothing to him. Now he's matured, has a serious live-in girlfriend, and is secure enough that he's not doing any grandstanding . We will probably go to ONE nice-ish restaurant--the bratling is itching to go to some Bobby Flay restaurant. I want to try Marcus Samuelson's restaurant. We'll probably end up compromising with Les Halles. I love Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Thai, French, tapas, Mexican, Spanish, Polish, Russian, and Indian. I do not like Chinese or dim sum (yes, I know I'm weird). I can tolerate Japanese food. We might go to the Prime Grill (upscale Kosher) because I worked in a limited capacity on the publication of their cookbook. I also need a GOOD place for coffee--this is a problem when I was there before as the only place that served a decent cup was Au Bon Pain. I do NOT want to spend any more than $40 for dinner and $20 for lunch except my one nice-ish night out. I'm looking for $40 to cover an entree, one alcool drink, and the majority of the tip. I need the $20 to cover a drink (non-alcool) and the meal. Any app/twitter (subway/bus schedules, food trucks, anything that shows when museums will have late hours) suggestions would be really appreciated, as I think a lot of my ability to cover a lot of ground will depend on how long it takes me to get places. When I was there before, I had one day where I managed to do five things and another where one museum took up my entire day. On a braggy note, I have lost 40 pounds since the last time I was in New York but I might actually be in worse shape, as last time I chased unruly kiddies around and now I sit at a desk. Any recommendations to build walking stamina would be helpful that does not involve running. I do like to walk, but I am not built to be a runner and I look odd doing it. I'm also looking to build stamina because of the weather. Even by Southern standards, I cannot tell you how much I HATE being cold. HATE IT. So I figure going around will be difficult for me from that aspect as well. It's in the high 60s here, and I'm wearing two long-sleeved shirts and heavyish pants and am perfectly comfortable.