You can see The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, Grandmaster Flash, etc at Stephen Colbert's festival on the WWII aircraft carrier Intrepid on August 10th.
Oh My Rockness is a good resources for concerts. August does seem uncharacteristically sparse, though.
There are Broadway (and off-) shows you could see such as the Book of Mormon, Silence! The Musical (off), etc. Shakespeare in the Park's production of Into the Woods in Central Park continues for a few more weeks. Tickets are available by lottery or waiting from very early in the morning (incidentally this is how many cheap tickets for Broadway shows can be obtained).
The Mostly Mozart festival is going on if you want to see classical music.
I liked Grant's Tomb and still want to visit the Cloisters. I really enjoyed the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens but I went when the Jim Henson exhibit was on (they currently have a special exhibition on MiB 3). They also do film/TV screenings, so you could, say, see Cosmopolis with David Cronenberg or episodes of the Muppet Show or whatnot. There are other great films and screenings; I still haven't found a way to hear about them all but you can check out Nighthawk Cinema, Lincoln Center, etc if that is what you are interested in.
There are many lovely parks that may be fun to explore when the weather is nice; I have been to Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park recently and enjoyed my time.
I am rambling a little, there are so many things that it can cause option-paralysis. What might you want to do? What might you want to see? The list of things you saw on your last trip are cool but don't seem to narrow down your interests any, which is why my suggestions may seem all over the place.
I am going to be in NYC next week. Unfortunately, I will be busy with work stuff pretty much morning noon and night. John I will be in your neighborhood so if I get some free time I may call you out of the blue if that's ok.
I go home Friday morning which is pissing me off because I would really really love to go to Colbchella, which I didn't know about until just now.
Fui quod es, eris quod sum. I once was what you are, you will be what I am - epitaph carved on Roman gravestones.
Nintendo Store... /nerd.
Do you have a favorite place to eat in Manhattan? Thank you very much for your reply!
The Nintendo Store is fun! And depending on how that week goes I may see Screaming Females too; I have not seen them since I've moved to the area!
My favorite restaurant may be Totto Ramen. They do meal-sized bowls of hand-pulled noodles with fantastic broth. It's a small place with only 20 seats so there can be a wait.
Empanada Mama is also great; I could eat their empanadas several times a week. The Brasil and the Greek Sausage Pie are my favorites. The Romeo & Juliet is my favorite dessert empanada.
I am excited to go back to Wechsler's Currywurst & Bratwurst which has fantastic sausages, fries and beer.
A friend recently visited and wanted to go to Defonete's Sandwich Shop after seeing the place on some TV show. I am glad we went; their sandwiches were delectable.
Little dragon is performing at prospect park this sat. $3 suggested donation.
Also, Vanessa's Dumplings in china town are a must.
The show last night was phenomenal.
If you guys see anything on this list from now to Sept 5th that's worth while please let me know. I'm not too familiar with most of the stuff that is there.. perhaps some research is in order.
Grand Central Station- Lots of tourists looking around taking pictures, not much to see there.
Waffle and Dinges Food Truck- o.O
The MoMA- Hit and miss with me. I liked the abstract art the best.
St. Patrick's Cathedral- Breathtaking. I'm a non-practicing Roman Catholic. I've always been interested in Missions and Churches because it is a huge part of my Mexican heritage.
Nintendo World Store - Ahahaha, the store was playing the soundtrack to SNES - Secret of Mana (which I just sit and listen to on repeat sometimes). And my bf bought me a Mug. They had some cool display cases of old Nintendo Power mags that I used to have.
Taping of The Daily Show- Was pretty much what I expected.
Walking the streets of Manhattan at night- Best! So easygoing.
Still need to visit:
Central Park, The MET, The Cloisters, The Botanical Garden (Not sure which one to go to. There's one in Queens and one in the Bronx)...
After that stuff I may just trek back and forth to the parks and chill.
I appreciate your feedback, sir. Your city has been kind to me.
I got drawn for tickets to see Shakespeare in the Park's Into The Woods tonight!
Reports from the previews was that it was still quite rough but it seems like things have gotten much better, tightened up. There is also talk of a transfer to Broadway in part because so many shows have been closing. And while there is something lovely about this production being outdoors that would also mean better lighting, sound, sightlines, etc so it should work better overall.
Katz's Delicatessen is open all night Friday and Saturday and is a good bet if you've been drinking. Spitzer's has a good selection of beers and decent food, though you won't get the latter past midnight. One of my favorite bars in the city is across the street from Spitzer's; Motor City Bar is a pretty low key dive, with cheap booze and a DJ spinning garage rock and soul. I've introduced several forum members to the place in the past, and I think you can even read TallGuyChris' review on Yelp! from a visit prior to ATP in Asbury Park last year. I'm also fond of Manitoba's, another rock & roll spot. It's owned and operated by "Handsome Dick" Manitoba, lead singer of the Dictators.
I'm pretty sure on the weekends Vincent's in Little Italy (Mott and Hester) doensn't close until like 4am. During the week its like 1:30 or something. Amazing arrabbiata sauce... probably the best I've ever had. Great place for a big dinner with friends or a date. Forgive their ancient website, they started in 1904. I don't think they are computer savvy.
This would be a fine way to spend a Thursday evening...
THE BELL HOUSE - BROOKLYN, NY
THU 9/20 7:30pm Doors / 8pm Show / $15 adv / $18 dos
NIGHT OF THE LIVING HEAD
MONKEES HISTORIAN ERIC LEFCOWITZ
Join us for a salute to "Head," the trippiest psychedelic cult film of all-time. Written by Jack Nicholson and starring the Monkees, with guest appearances by everyone from Frank Zappa to Annette Funicello, this brazen and bizarre 1960s musical comedy must be seen to be believed. The evening will feature a screening of the 86-minute film in high-definition sound and picture, followed by a panel moderated by Kurt Loder ( "The Good, the Bad and the Godawful") and featuring Monkees historian Eric Lefcowitz (author of "Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-For-TV Band"), author and podcast host Julie Klausner ("I Don't Care About Your Band", "How Was Your Week"), author and music journalist Rob Sheffield (Rolling Stone), and other special guests. The ultimate tribute to a cinematic milestone, "Night of the Living Head" is the acid flashback you've been waiting for.
** Please note this event will be mixed seated & standing. Please arrive early for best seat selection.
I have not been there but Jin is on Orchard at Broome (near Delancy). They're open until 1 am.
Restaurants in the area that I've actually been too and loved are Thai Son, a Vietnamese place in Chinatown and Wechsler's Currywurst & Bratwurst, a German sausage/beer house in the East Village.
Another place to consider is Proletariat in the East Village, a little bar that specializes in rare, new and unusual beers. Not cheap but damn. I had no idea what any of the beers were (the beer list changes frequently) but the bartender was eager to help us find options we liked.
I wish we would have been able to purchase the metal ones.