Yesterday I received this question via twitter:
Naturally, I turned to my now 14YO daughter, who was 13 when she and I visited the city together last summer.
Admittedly, she is not a theater girl, but still she loved the city and can't wait to return.
Here, in no particular order, are her top 5:
Girlfriend spent so much time shopping! She had saved some hard-earned dollars and was thrilled to spend them on 5th Avenue, particularly at H&M and uniqlo. And she didn't just have one shopping day, she tried to go shopping most days we were there - it was both her fallback and her priority.
2. Central Park
In her words, "It's just really pretty there. I like walking around there, and I like that there are plays in the park. It seems like there's a lot to do in the park, playing frisbee or whatever."
3. The Food
"Shake Shack, Carlo's Bakery, and the waffles in the park." (The waffle trucks can be found in different places throughout the city, but when we ate them it was always in Central Park.) Her favorites reflect, maybe, how little money I wanted to spend on food, but still: yummers.
4. Getting Around Town
"I like using the metro card, but the subway system could get a little confusing. It's really cool that you can walk pretty much anywhere you have to go. I love taking taxis, but they're so expensive." I asked what she likes about taking taxis: "It just makes me feel like a grownup. And getting a nice cab driver is the best."
5. The Sights
The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square all fall under the, "I just thought it was so cool to be there, in these places I had only seen in pictures and movies," category. "I loved being able to see so much from the top of the Empire State Building." Also, the 9/11 memorial: "It's such an important part of history, it was so special to see all the names listed by the beautiful waterfalls." She keeps mentioning, "I love being able to say, 'I was there.'"
Top on my wish-list right now is to take a family vacation to New York City, so if you have anything to add to the list of what teenagers/kids MUST do in the city, please say the word!