~ general info and comprehensive guides
Lonely Planet guided us through the former USSR. See what they have to say about New York.
The Rough Guide is another favorite.
Time Out New York keeps us apprised of what's going on around town. TONY covers museum and gallery exhibits, concerts and other live performances, films, shopping, restaurants, bars... you name it.
The MTA's subway map and bus map (note: bus map is in PDF format; please download Adobe Acrobat Reader if you don't have it) can help you get around. If you'll be using public transportation, you can buy your MetroCard online.
Streetwise Maps (the laminated purple maps with black & white borders) are the best city maps around. Pick one up in the maps section of most bookstores.
The Convention & Visitor's Bureau's Manhattan neighborhood map will help you get acquainted (note: we live in Inwood).
~ things to do
See a great performance at Lincoln Center.
See a Broadway or off-Broadway show (or concert or dance performance) with half-price tickets from TKTS.
Art museums a go-go: The Met, MoMA, The Guggenheim, The Whitney, and our neighbor, The Cloisters branch of The Met.
Other museums: The American Museum of Natural History, Museum of the City of New York.
~ et cetera
Visit The Municipal Archives.
Keep up with local news at The New York Times.
Hear writer David Sedaris' humorous observations on New York.
New York City is 100 years old! Celebrate with this New York Times special. (Only 100 years? Here's the explanation.)
Take a virtual cab ride.
Chuckle at the "only in New York" stories of the Times' Metropolitan Diary.