So it appears that I will be going to New York and Boston for the first time next week. I’ll be in NY (Manhattan) with a friend, couch-surfing, I believe. After that, my friend goes to DC, and I’m going to go to Boston alone.
Stuff I definitely want to do in NY:
Yankee Stadium tour, Phillies @ Shea (seems like that would be a rivalry, no?), visit a few of these places and these places, visit the WTC site, try to see Letterman. Conan & TDS optional, as they’re not going anywhere. Might as well stop by the Hello Deli. Also, see what I can get through TKTS Take pictures from the Empire State Building, or something else that offers photo-friendly views. Famous Ray’s pizza, and bagels. Lots of bagels. McSorley’s .Boat tour?
Any recommendations for bars & places to get the local brews would be welcome. I’m a fan of the dive/beer bars (Zeitgeist, Lucky 13 in San Francisco, Delilah’s, Sheffield’s in Chicago). I’ll be with a friend in NY so I’m not too worried about keeping busy, but I figure the more I have to do, the better.
Now Boston’s a little stickier- I’ll be alone, and I know very little about it. I suppose a hotel would be the first thing to figure out. I don’t want to spend more than $100/night if I can help it (I do have AAA). I know I’ll want to tour Fenway and check out the MIT campus, but that’s about all the specifics I have. I’ll want to check out the local brews and the Irish pubs.
So yes, Dopers, any help with either town would be appreciated. I’ll be out there August 3-10, though I’m not sure when exactly I’ll leave NY for Boston. Ooh, speaking of which, what’s a good way to get there? I’m willing to be in transit a little longer if it’s a particularly pretty ride, though I wouldn’t want to spend more than five or six hours in any seat.
Sorry this post is disjointed, I keep thinking of things as I type. Many thanks for your help, dear Dopers.