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  • Some sidewalk etiquette: On stairs and escalators keep right unless you're in a hurry. Don't stop just because the flashing sign says "Don't Walk" -- it really means hurry up. And don't stand gawping at skyscrapers -- or, worst still, the anti-spectacle of Ground Zero -- on busy street corners like you just arrived in town from Kansas.
  • Chelsea Market is a hidden gem for food lovers and the birthplace of the Oreo -- the quintessential American cookie. Housed in the former headquarters for Nabisco, the market has a range of delis and gourmet food stalls all under one roof. Follow the cobbled path at 88 10th Avenue.
  • Get an unusual look of Manhattan from the Roosevelt Island Tram. Traveling from 59th Street and 2nd Avenue, the aerial cable car costs $2 each way and gives great views of the Manhattan east side by day or -- even better -- at night.
  • In need of some focused retail therapy? Then get yourself a copy of The Red Map. It has details of stores and restaurants in all of the main shopping areas of the city.
  • If you've ever imagined yourself sipping cocktails with Carrie Bradshaw or swapping wisecracks with Tony Soprano, then On Location's TV toursexternal link are for you. The Sex and the City Tour leaves from the Pulitzer Fountain at 11am and 3pm daily, while The Sopranos Tour runs at weekends at 2pm from the Garment District's Button.
  • It would take years to work your way through everything the New York art scene has to offer. If time is short, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is the one to see, followed by MoMA, followed by the Guggenheim.

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