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QG: New York City's QuickGuide
From E. 23rd to E. 58th sts., btw Fifth Ave. and the Hudson River.
Times Square and Broadway shows, signs and landmarks lure visitors to these Hudson River-side neighborhoods.
Rockefeller Center & Theater District
» 9:00 a.m.
Ellen's Stardust Diner 1650 Broadway, at W. 51st St., 1.212.956.5151. Start the day the classic NYC way, with bagels and various "egg-citing plates" at this 1950s-style diner famed for its warbling waiters.
» 10:00 a.m.
Nintendo World 10 Rockefeller Plz., W. 48th St., btw Fifth & Sixth aves, 1.646.459.0800, www.nintendoworldstore.com. Enter gamer heaven at this source for all things Nintendo, from the latest games and systems to exclusive items of clothing.
» 11:00 a.m.
» 12:15 p.m.
77Kids by American Eagle 1551 Broadway, lower level, at W. 47th St., 188.8.131.5260, www.77kids.com. Shop for graphics-laden T-shirts, get a temporary tattoo and make a music video.
» 2:00 p.m.
McDonald's 220 W. 42nd St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 1.212.840.6250, www.mcdonalds42ndst.com. Grab a burger at this Times Square outpost of the chain with appropriately theatrical ambience: neon marquee, spotlights and steel/brick, backstagelike interior.
» 3:00 p.m.
Circle Line Sightseeing at 42nd St. Pier 83, W. 42nd St. & 12th Ave., 1.212.563.3200, www.circleline42.com. Upon arrival, buy a New York CityPASS (www.citypass.com), a booklet of discount admissions to six attractions. Set sail on the Liberty Cruise (seasonal schedule varies), a 75-minute harbor tour featuring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
» 4:30 p.m.
Madame Tussauds New York 234 W. 42nd St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 1.866.841.3505, www.nycwax.com. Wonder if that's really Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani—or just their incredibly lifelike replicas—at this world-renowned, multidimensional and interactive wax museum.
» 6:00 p.m.
Qi 675 Eighth Ave., btw W. 42nd & W. 43rd sts., 184.108.40.20691. Thai one on at this specialist in Bangkok bites (Burmese Tea Leaves salad, Fiery Pork curry) served amid chandelier-centric surrounds.
» 8:00 p.m.
Mary Poppins New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 1.866.870.2717, www.marypoppins.com. Gasp as the famed flying nanny sings, dances and soars to the balcony in this lavish musical adaptation of the children’s books and film.