If at some point in your life you find yourself with thirty minutes to spare in Manhattan after a torrential downpour, here is what you must do:
(1) Make your way to the West Village. Run, if you have to. Do not walk.
(2) Wander, with no real direction. This is the very best way to see the city.
(3) Take a moment for banana pudding. Or a donut. Even a cupcake will do.
(4) And do not check your phone. Do not listen to music. Trust me, there's enough to see and hear.