A town so nice they named it twice. New York has a lot to offer (though sometimes that is forgotten because it’s so expensive to live there.) New York has museums, restaurants, beaches, restaurants, a massive public transportation system, restaurants, and a multitude of sports teams in the major sports. (Not to mention restaurants).
New York is a melting pot of culture. If you are from another country besides the United States, you will find a neighborhood where people come from your country. It seems that every nationality has their own festive parade. In many cases, the parade in New York City is larger than any parade in the motherland.
New York seems to have a parade or a food fair every weekend. In addition to the parades celebrating various nationalities, there are also parades for heroes and winning New York sports teams (The New York Giants were honored with a parade a few weeks ago.) and they throw the best Halloween parade on Halloween night. (Not the Saturday or Sunday afternoon before or after Halloween).
Even if you hate museums, beaches, restaurants, sports, diversity, or parades, New York City still has a lot to offer. There’s Broadway (with the latest and hottest plays and musicals) and “off-Broadway” with even more musicals and plays (but without the hefty Broadway ticket prices).
My advice for smokers is this: If you don’t want to have a heart attack, then buy cigarettes, pipe tobacco, cigars, marijuana, etc. before arriving in New York City. The taxes on tobacco are higher here than anywhere else in the United States. While there is no tax on marijuana as of yet, it is still somewhat illegal. The price for a pack of cigarettes start at $11.00 and go up from there.
New York wins. It is the best place to go because there are more free things to do in New York City than things to do (free or otherwise) in any other city.