Second to the subway for most of us (save messengers and Olympians), bicycling affords the quickest transit around Manhattan. We have seen people leaving black tie affairs at the Plaza and the Waldorf on bike, and we dodge (and sometimes join) masses of bikers in Central Park. We have also seen plenty of bike accidents. With caution we recommend bicycling in and around Manhattan to the visitor. For the die-hard, a helmet and a horn, bell, or whistle are a must. Plan your route in advance, and be alert for opening car doors and swerving cars. Heed my grandfather's three favorite adages: "easy does it", "better safe than sorry", and "not all the nuts are in the nuthouse."
If you have a laptop with wi-fi, you rarely need to be without
My Urban Sherpa. More and more of the city's private and public spaces have free wireless access. Bryant Park has long been a laptop scene, more recently joined by Union
Square Park, Dag Hammerskjold Park, eight locations in
Central Park, and a variety of other spots will in town.
A Starbucks often has a private wireless connection floating
by, and some residents have been known to sidle up to big
co-op buildings and play the odds: odds are, someone has
a connection you can hitch-hike on.