I will most definitely be going! I'm localish (I live in/near NYC) so I probably don't need the hotel shit, but I'm TOTALLY down for going.
I really wish they'd done the convention in legit NYC rather than NJ (cuz Jersey... is Jersey), but eh. I'd totally be willing to show y'all around NYC though!
Well, the only reason they had it in Newark in the first place was because Distant Worlds was being held there the same weekend, so they changed the location to the Robert Treat Hotel which was right across the street from the concert hall.
Also Channy, things like the Statue of Liberty need to be booked well in advance--especially if you want to go up in the head.
But yes, touristy places. Macy's, Times Square, Ellis Island, all that jazz. I ain't going to Chinatown though.