1) Even with all its faults NJ Transit is still probably the best (and one of the most economical) ways to get in and out of the Big Apple. The off peak trains get the job done.
2) The New York subway system works and clearly marked maps and helpful New Yorkers (and there are many of them) make it easy to get around.
3) The Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is till one of the best places to view the city skyline almost any time of the year but particularly in the summer. Right now, you can also enjoy artist Roxy Paine's Maelstrom installation on the roof [pictured].
4) The Met's "Model as Muse" exhibition in the Costume Institute is a great show that's worth seeing. Hurry, it closes August 9!
5) Cap your day at the Met by viewing Michelangelo's first painting.
6) The Boathouse in Central Park is still our favorite place to lunch as we watch the water shimmering in the sun. The waiter told us that Leonardo DiCaprio was a recent diner at the famed eatery. But go for the food and the seductive ambience, and hope for the celebrities.
7) Central Park remains an exquisite national treasure. And now you can enjoy audiophone tours.
8) Rockefeller Center's legendary channel gardens seem like a tropical paradise this summer with dreamy palm trees and island plantings.
9) Herald Square has never looked better as it has been reborn as an urban oasis where one can sit, sip and people watch.
10) It's hard to imagine New York without Macy's, the world's largest store and America's last great department store. Macy's IS New York!