We took a red-eye from Hawaii to JFK in New York, and spent a day in Brooklyn and a day in Manhattan. I was super jet-lagged and was having caffeine withdrawals so 50% of the time I was grouchy and half unconscious.
We rented bikes from a sketchy bike shop on 58th street and rode around the ENTIRE park on accident, which was exhausting but we couldn't figure out how to get out of the park so we made the full loop. We also stopped at "The Mall," which is that famous Central Park photo.
We went up to the top floor at 10:45, which is the last elevator you can take. The tickets were kind of expensive but the view at the top is worth it- you can see all the city lights and the Empire State Building.
At midnight it was packed with people. In this photo you can spot a sickly looking Statue of Liberty on stilts.
We visited the neighborhood my dad grew up in (Flatbush) and ate breakfast at Uncle Marty, Aunty Liz, and Chloe's super artsy Brooklyn apartment. Prospect Park is also really nice and has a big fountain and a lot of joggers and moms with strollers.