I'm a software developer at a web startup called SideTour. We're an online marketplace for amazing things to do in the city - like lunch with an investment banker turned monk, a tour of graffiti art in Queens, or wine tasting with a blind sommelier. So, it turns out if you want to know what to do in New York, I may have a few suggestions. =)
I've been living in Hell's Kitchen with my boyfriend for about a year. Before that, I lived alone in a small apartment in Brooklyn, so I know that area pretty well. If you're coming to New York just to see Manhattan, I'll definitely try to persuade you to spend at least a few hours in Brooklyn.