I've visited New York City several times in the last five years, but always with my parents. The last time I visited NYC, in August 2008, I was able to go by myself. I visited a friend, Amanda, who was there for a summer internship. I stayed in her "dorm" with her, which was located in Brooklyn Heights. We spent a lot of time in her neighborhood, which was very family-oriented. There were a lot of cute little bookstores and shops. She also was only minutes away from a beautiful view of the Brooklyn Bridge! My favorite parts of the visit, however, were when we went to Manhattan- shopping or going out to little pubs and bars. The most fun I had during the trip was going out with Amanda and my cousins (who also live in NYC) to a beer pub called Peculier Pub (nope, that's not a typo.)