Kevin McCallister, played by MacCaulay Culkin, was New York City's most famous tourist in 1992. Luckily for most, New York City is their actual destination, and thanks to post 9/11 airport security, the chances of an ornery, cheese pizza eating, little boy getting separated from his family are pretty slim. But there are still possibilities of layovers or weather delays affecting flights and other means of transportation. So depending on how long your time is in New York City, you can spend as little or much time on a "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" excursion around the city. New York is overwhelming for even the most experienced traveler with anything from nature to nightlife and from art to architecture. But the best thing to do is be like Kevin and jump right in!
First thing Kevin does is go to the airport taxi stand and get one of New York City's most famous four wheeled icon, a yellow cab. While the subway would have been a cheaper choice, he was well armed with daddy's credit card. First place he gets to see is the Queensboro Bridge. While this bridge is not as famous as the Brooklyn Bridge, pedestrians can still walk over it and see views of the Upper East Side, Queens, and the East River.
During Kevin's first day in the Big Apple, he is a typical, camera carrying tourist as he's seeing some of New York's most famous sites. First he sees the outside of Radio City Music Hall, home of the Rockettes. Kevin's time in New York was very limited though as it was only a matter of time before his family realized he was missing and came looking for him, so he had no time to take a tour inside. He then sees Empire Diner, which is now sadly closed. He takes a stroll through Chinatown where one can really feel like they are in Beijing. He then goes to Battery Park and sees the Statue of Liberty from a distance instead of going to it or riding the Staten Island Ferry. He walks around downtown and admires the World Trade Center. which tragically, is no longer there. He then walks through Central Park to get to the Plaza Hotel. Hosteling International, on the other side of Central Park, would have been cheaper, but once again, Kevin had his father's credit card!
On the second day, Kevin goes to Duncan's Toy Chest, but people outside of the movie will have to settle for Toys R Us since Duncan's Toy Chest is fictional, and it is based off of a real store called FAO Schwarz. There is also a church with a choir where Kevin sees an old man being reunited with his granddaughter. That church is also in Illinois.
The last New York City landmark in Home Alone 2 is the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree. Kevin's perfect Christmas must have a Christmas tree, as he stated over and over again in the beginning of the movie. So what a perfect landmark for Kevin and his mother to be reunited in front of towards the end of the movie.
Considering the circumstances, Kevin was pretty burnt out from being away from his family and fighting burglars at Duncan's Toy Chest. Most people who visit New York in such short timeframe already make plans to come back in the future since it's impossible to see New York in a week, let alone a day. But Kevin showed the world that if one is in a rush, it's still possible to see the highlights just to say it was done.