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QG: New York City's QuickGuide
Btw the East & Hudson Rivers, below 23rd St.
The Southern sections are chockablock with trendy boutiques and flagship mega-stores, artisinal coffeehouses and eclectic eateries, engaging exhibitions and interactive attractions.
West Side, From Chelsea to TriBeCa
» 9:30 a.m.
O Café 482 Sixth Ave., at W. 12th St., 184.108.40.2063. Invigorate with a cup of coffee brewed from sustainably grown, fair-trade Brazilian beans and homemade pão de mel, a dark-chocolate-dipped honey cake.
» 10:15 a.m.
TekServe 119 W. 23rd St., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 1.212.929.3645. Browse the service provider's new and used Apple products, catch a free daily class on organizing iPhotos or mastering the latest operating system and check out rotating artists' exhibitions.
» 11:00 a.m.
Hudson River Park West Side, from Chambers to W. 59th sts., 1.212.627.2020, enter at W. 24th St. Leisurely stroll south along this waterfront path and enjoy riding on the carousel (W. 24th St.), people watching and gazing at the horizon.
» 12:15 p.m.
Tipsy Parson 156 Ninth Ave., btw W. 19th & W. 20th sts., 1.212.620.4545. Indulge in classic Southern fare—spicy catfish, fried pickles and hush puppies—and wash it down with a refreshing frozen julep.
» 1:30 p.m.
Lulu Guinness 394 Bleecker St., btw Perry & W. 11th sts., 1.212.367.2120. Take a walk on the witty side with the British designer's whimsical handbags, umbrellas and jewelry.
» 2:50 p.m.
Statue Cruises Battery Park, Southern tip of Manhattan, nr. Battery Pl. & State St., 1.201.604.2800, www.statuecruises.com. Board a ferry (departs every 40 minutes) and spend a few hours immersed in history at the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
» 6:00 p.m.
Kaijou 21 So. End Ave., at Battery St., 1.212.786.9888. Devour Japanese dishes, including scallions and red pepper wrapped in grilled slices of beef, ramen noodles in a rich pork-flavored broth or the New York signature sushi roll with soft-shell crab, tuna and avocado.
» 7:75 p.m.
Pole Position Raceway 99 Caven Point Rd., at Bayview Ave., Jersey City, N.J., 1.201.333.7223, www.polepositionraceway.com. Take the Liberty Landing Ferry Service (World Financial Center, North End Ave., at Vesey St.) to Liberty Landing Marina, then a Pole Position shuttle bus (reservation required) to the raceway. Race high-performance go-karts up to 45 mph on a quarter-mile indoor course.
» 10:30 p.m.
The Basement at Macao Trading Co. 311 Church St., btw Walker & Lispenard sts., 1.212.431.8750. Wind down with Drunken Dragon's Milk, a cocktail with green-tea-flavored vodka and coconut puree.