What New York stands for in your mind could really be Manhattan. Don't worry, that goes for nearly everyone else traveling your same road. But Manhattan's not it - at least not all of what there is to experience once you are all the way in New York.
Here, I obviously won't be advocating Harlem or the Bronx or anywhere else I practically haven't made the time to see for my own eyes; but what I will insist on would be that Brooklyn deserves some bit of your attention. And maybe half of one of your days.
Here's a route for beginners:
Brooklyn's New York's biggest borough. No wonder its streets are evidently much wider.
Audience enyoying the southern Manhattan view from down below.
The city skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge Park
A familiar silhouette, anyone?