Looking to add some big city stops on my Amtrak/Bicycle (folding) trip this summer and I wanted to know if NYC would be a good place to get off the train to spend an afternoon or day exploring? I can spend one night there as well. Mainly, I am interesting in sights to see (just being in the middle of such a high density area will be sight enough for me I'm sure!) and whether or not this would be a good trip with respect to facilities to ride on safely. I don't mind traffic, but if it is crazy then I might not consider it. In addition, I will have a 13 year old daughter with me and that might change your opinion.
If we need to bike a block or two and get a hotel so that we can explore by foot that would be fine as well. Just trying to get a feel for this option. I hate to ask this too for fear of offending anyone from that area, but what about personal safety in this area as well? Although it is not quite "city mouse' vs. "country mouse" I am concerned enough to not just drop in and see what its like without asking (if I was alone I might).