Even the most disgruntled New Yorker will come to Times Square to see a Broadway show. The best way to snag last-minute tickets is to hit the TKTS line in the very center of the square. Just look for the bright red staircase and get in line. (We have to break the news now, though: you're not going to get tickets to "Hamilton.") You can also use the TodayTix app, but where's the fun in that?
However, theater isn't the only artistic offering in Times Square. The pod hotel Yotel hosts film screenings on its roof in the summer, and nearby Bryant Park has outdoor ones on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Bryant Park, just a short walk away, is worth visiting all year round, though: In the winter there's ice skating and a Christmas market full of pop-up shops, and in warmer months you'll find office workers on their lunch breaks having picnics or perched on orange chairs reading paperbacks.
On the park's east side is the central branch of the New York Public Library.
The library is a celebriy in its own right--the stunning Beaux-Arts building has been a pop culture mainstay, appearing in everything from "Seinfeld" to "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Don't miss the twin lions out front (their names are Patience and Fortitude) or the recently-renovated Rose Reading Room.
While Mood Fabrics on 37th Street has long been a Garment District staple for fashionistas, the show's costarring role on "Project Runway" has made it into a tourist attraction. Stop by to gape at the colorful rows of silks and velvets, but don't miss a chance to get your picture taken with doggie mascot Swatch.