I got my tickets two months prior to departure via Cheapoair.com which I accessed via the Ebates. The initial cost of the tickets was $286 and I ended up paying $258 a total savings of $28. The plane ride was horrid we were delayed coming and going so I would advice not to make plans for the time the plane is "supposed" to arrive.
An outdoor 365 a year fair meets mini amusement park. There were all types of Spiderman and Princess Jasmine dressed up people among the common tourists. It's a long strip with food, beach, and beer.
Are a completely beautiful rendition of an urban museum. There are basically walls of different art spread around a corner of Coney Island, available for public viewing from 12 PM - 7 PM.
Another artsy place but instead the art is all over the buildings and walls of the neighborhood. For blocks you can walk around and see portraits of Biggie Smalls, the smurfs, a painted out Scooby van, everything. It's art, art, art, and it's completely free.
It's a beautiful park that is totally Hollywood and urban. I saw it at night so rather than seeing kids and play, I saw live music and long walks at night. It's definitely a tourist place and not too far from the Lower East Side in Manhattan. Which is the up and coming hip night life with bars and what not. If you go during the day you can also check out the little zoo that's in the park.
Another classic display of of art but in the form of advertisements. There's vendors everywhere with great foods and New York tourist merchandise. Good place to go to at night when you leave the bar being as there is always people and food there.
I was in New York for about 3 full days and I was definitely tuned into sight seeing and the art culture. I think to get the entire New York feel you have to go for either more than 3 days or go again. I plan on going again sometime next year with a focus on nightlife and food. The key to happy travels: go long enough to experience a different culture, but short enough to not feel home sick!