I decided to book World Center Hotel in NYC (discounted price) for 9/6-9/10. It's pretty close to White Hall ferry (I'll park at Empire Outlet - Staten island ferry to Manhattan). I've been to NYC twice before covid-19 pandemic during Christmas (it was too cold for me to walk so many places). Here is my plan during stay:
day 1: I'll drive from Washington DC to Staten Island Ferry (expect to be there around 10am - take ferry to Manhattan. Drop off a small luggage at hotel (I hope they let me).
Take ferry from Dumbo back to Manhattan - check in hotel and refresh - walk around downtown and head to Chinatown for dinner. Question: is it safe to walk to Brooklyn bridge at night? (I heard it's beautiful to view city light from the bridge)
Day 3: Go to Chinatown in Flushing (Queens) for food. Then come back Manhattan to visit Grand Central station and United Nations and other attractions along the way. Back to hotel and ready for check out next morning to go back Staten Island ferry.