Here's how I'm doing on a few things the list:
(Done it/Haven't done it)
Tourist trap things you should definitely do (according to the article):
Metropolitan Museum of Art - pretty cool, lots of walking. Wear comfy shoes
Statue of Liberty - Went there but didn't get to go up. Plan to go back. Go when it's warm.
Ellis Island - not my cup of tea, but neat if you're into that.
Article says, don't: Eat at Tavern on the Green.
Article says, do: Eat at River Cafe or some other places I haven't been.
Don't: Take a pedicab.
Do: Take the subway.
Don't: Eat a hot dog from a cart.
Do: Eat at some other places I haven't been to.
Don't: Go to the top of the Empire State Building. (I still plan to do this anyway at some point.)
Do: Go to the Rainbow Room or Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Center. Top of the Rock is first on my list.
Don't: Get cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery.
Do: Get cupcakes and or a cannoli from other places I haven't been to. I also highly recommend Crumbs.
Don't: Take a Central Park carriage ride.
Do: Go early and walk. I have walked in Central Park. But not early. I don't do early.
Don't: Eat in Times Square. We knew it would be a zoo, but we did it anyway.
Do: Eat in Hell's Kitchen. (This sounds counterintuitive to me.)
Don't: Shop at Herald Square Macy's.
Do: Shop at Lord & Taylor.
Hmm...I've still got a ways to go, huh?