Don't always be looking up at the height of the buildings.
Even if you don't know where you are going walk with determination and you will seem like you do.
It is ok to people watch, but only when THEY walk into your line of sight. Don't follow them with your eyes. Better yet just wear dark glasses.
If someone that you do not want talking to you begins to do so do not even acknowledge their existence. Just keep walking like you don't see them.
You give an inch and they'll take a mile.
Do not hesitate in the least. If you are going to cross the street then don't freeze in the middle or miss a beat. If you are uncertain then always
position another crossing pedestrian between the oncoming traffic and yourself. If the car hits the first person then you will have time to react. No,
I'm not joking!
If you get on the subway, make sure you are aware of the train's stops. Even though it may be the train that you want there are ones that stop at
every station and ones that only stop at the major stations.
whatever you do, do not attempt to turn the 'Art Cube' over on Saint Mark's Place. That is the utmost tourist thing you can do.
Chinatown: Panda Pagoda (asian department store), Octopuss Kingdom (bootleg anime store), Woo Hop (cheap but decent chinese food)
8th street (right by the 9th St. Path station) all the way to/from Saint Mark's Place: This is about a 7 or 8 block stretch of clothing, accessory
and a few record stores. Just imagine where all the punks, goths, cybers get their clothing and that's the place.
Dojos resturant over on Saint Mark's Place is decent and affordible. There is also another one over by Washington park.
As for music, I would only suggest one place. Generations over by Washington park.
All of the stuff that I mentioned is within walking distance as it use to be my old haunt over ten years ago. All of the things that I have mentioned
are still there as far as I am aware.
God, now I feel old again!