Check in at Hotel Wales NYC, an upscale boutique hotel on the Upper East Side in Carnegie Hill with meticulous period details and a location convenient to the major museums.
Make your way south down Madison Ave, where you can shop the morning away at some of the most luxurious retail outposts in the world. The big names-Chanel, Dior, Prada, Armani and more-are all represented, as is Barney's New York, the famous luxury department store that has long been a fixture on the Upper East Side.
After shopping, cut through the park to Marea on Central Park South for lunch. A palatial fine-dining spot with starched white tablecloths and rosewood paneled walls, it serves some of the best Italian pasta and seafood in Manhattan while also offering unobstructed views over Central Park. Try the sea urchin or the cuttlefish tagliatelle.
After lunch the first stop is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You'll need several hours to take advantage of all it has to offer, as it's one of the best museums in the world. Docent-led tours leave every fifteen minutes from the Grand Hall, or you can plan an individual trip with assistance from the guest services.
Next head downtown to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, or just "The Center," the hub of LGBT activism and community service in New York. This is where, in 1987, Larry Kramer started ACT UP in response to the AIDS crisis, and today you'll find any number of workshops, seminars, and fundraisers focused on the needs of the LGBT community. The extensive archives are open to the public, and they have a rich arts and cultural program.
For dinner and a tour in one book a ride on Sea Tea, a gay dinner cruise leaving from Pier 40 in the West Village. The multi-level yacht will cruise the Hudson River giving you sunset views of the skyline, along with a full gourmet dinner, drag shows, and a DJ-led dance floor.
After-cruise drinks can be had back uptown closer to the hotel, at Townhouse Bar, a gay watering hole reminiscent of a private gentleman's club, with dark wood accents, leather club chairs, and a somewhat cruisy basement lounge. Sip some 30-year old Scotch before heading back to the room for some beauty sleep.