I just got back from a mini vacation to New York City with a couple of my best friends from high school. My friend, Mitch, had never been, I had been twice, and Nina had visited last summer. It was a fun trip in a few different aspects. 1) We stayed at an Air BnB for our first time, 2) We are all 21 now and 3) We did a mix of touristy things and also found some local gems that we wouldn’t have been able to find without the help of social media.
We stayed in Brooklyn – which ended up being a bit of a hike to get to Manhattan (about a mile walk to the subway, then a 20-45 minute train ride depending on what part of Manhattan you get off at), but saving money to stay in Brooklyn was definitely worth it. I would recommend dealing with the commute to save a ton of money that you would be paying for a hotel.
Below are a few things that we did and what I recommend doing for people who have or have not been to New York City before.