In my short time in NYC riding the subway, walking the streets and doing the touristy thing, a few things have become apparent.
3. Bus transfers are a little harder to figure out so take a small computer or tablet and use the custom trip planner at the NYC Metro website. It breaks it down step by step. Remember, if you don't have a printer where you are, you will need a pen and paper to write it down. WORD of CAUTION - Until you get your Metro Pass you have to pay in cash, around $2.50, but they don't take bills. That's a lot of quarters for an international tourist to come up with the first day.
8. If you go to a big hotel and one of the bell boy touches any object of yours you are charged a fee - it ranges but could be $50 or more. On top of this you are expected to tip. If you set things on the sidewalk they might charge you $15. So if you pull up with a bag keep between it and the person trying to touch it and if you have to set baggage down do it on the street!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to designer Katherine Soucie for sharing this one with me.
9. Another great thing to do that I didn't get to this time is Bike around Central Park. It doesn't need to be pre-arranged as there are vendors at all the entrances ready to take care of you.
11. The New York Pass (unlimited) and the City Pass (6 sites) are both great deals. Which you chose really depends on how you want to spend your time here.
12. Last but not least - if you are into photography, you absolutely must go by B & H photography/video - it's mecca for photographers around the world - and don't forget to bring your wallet. It's impossible to leave without something.
I will add to this if I think of more - but this is a pretty good start.