Times Square may be one of the worst places to visit in summer, but the same isn't true for the whole city. We suggest a course of meandering discovery: Pick a route down Manhattan's 13-mile length, starting near the Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights. Here are just a few things you might find:
225th Street Cross Broadway Bridge: Sign reads "All Persons Must Leave Draw Span When Gong Sounds."
210th Street's Style Internationale: Selling nothing but hookahs, eyeglasses, and used DVDs.
175th Street's El Malecon: Dozens of rotisserie chickens turning in the window.
155th Street's Hispanic Society of America: A grand courtyard and intimate, little-visited museum with paintings by Goya and El Greco.
120th Street: Harlem gives way to Columbia University, then deadly dull Upper West Side. Amuse self by counting the number of Duane Reade pharmacies.
65th Street and Lincoln Center: Sloping public lawn, nice place to rest.
32nd Street and the Edge of Koreatown: Dumplings at Mandoo Bar. Highly recommended.
29th Street: Awesomely junky wholesale district of shops with names like I Jewelry and All About Trendz. Marred slightly by Portlandia sketch that is Ace Hotel. Woman drives past blaring theme from 'The Godfather,' singing "LA-la-la-la-la-la-LAAAA!"
12th Street's The Strand: One of the great bookstores in the world.
Canal Street: Pleasingly seedy again. Street vendor sells T-shirts with Coca-Cola logo, reading "Enjoy My Cock . . . It's the Real Thing."
Zuccotti Park: The square has been scrubbed clean of all traces of Occupy Wall Street.
Battery Park: That is the Statue of Liberty. Have a celebratory drink at Fraunces Tavern, where General Washington bid farewell to officers at end of the war and his men wept. Tonight it's crowded with bankers. Order $7 beer. Think about how this is a remarkably small town.
Getting there: On the subway, connect to the 1 subway line and ride uptown to 225th.