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heading to new york..tips by onaught on 8 September 2004 3:50pm
heading to new york for a long weekend in october..
thursday to monday...
any tips on places to see, things to do...

first time there..
Re: heading to new york..tips by Helen on 8 September 2004 4:30pm
oh my. A lot to do there.
Go to the Metropolitan museum of Art. People watch. Have sushi. Get bagels. Have a horseback ride through Central Park. go to CBGB's. Shop. Celebrity spot....
Last time I was there, i saw Ron Perlman buying bagels.
And go for a thrilling cab ride or two...
go through Chinatown, Little Italy...
but above all, have fun and keep your money in your sock.

Re: heading to new york..tips by Valarie on 8 September 2004 9:32pm
If you go to the Met (as Helen rightly suggested), make sure you go to the roof garden. It's one of the best views in town. And it isn't always easy to find, so ask a security guard. Plus, there's access to Central Park right outside and the Guggenheim is right up the street.

I'd also suggest going to the Bloomingdale's area (E. 59th or 60th) on the east side. If you go all the way to the water, in the shadow of the 59th St. bridge, you'll find the little garden area where Diane Keaton and Woody Allen sit in Manhattan. You can also ride the Roosevelt Island tram (E. 60th and 1st Ave, I think) for another stunning view of Manhattan. It costs the same as a subway ride. And get a frozen hot chocolate (or some other dessert) at Serendipity, just across the street from the tram. It's a charming restaurant where the famous tend to take their children. It's also where Andy Warhol had his last public meal, but that meal had nothing to do with his death!

And save plenty of time to go walking in the Village, particularly the West Village. Lots of good places to eat over there, plus it's a little calmer and quieter and has more independent stores, rather than massive chains.
Re: heading to new york..tips by peripatetically on 9 September 2004 12:30am
If you're going with a friend, or lover, by all means , take a ride through Central Park in a horse-drawn carraige and then eat at "Tavern on the Green" (or vice versa). Very romantic and memorable things to do.
Re: heading to new york..tips by irishtraveler on 9 September 2004 2:07am
The village is a great place to wander around on a Sunday afternoon, lots of record shops and funky thrift stores. If you like Italian food try Manetta's on McDougal Street.
Re: heading to new york..tips by peripatetically on 9 September 2004 9:25am
I forgot to mention the little "shrine for John Lennon. Enter Central Park on the southwestern side, near the Dakota Hottel where he lived and walk along the path to a circle where flowers and people are always paying tribute to him. There's a circular memorial inbedded in the ground where he was shot, referred to as Strawberry Fields. Ask a local, I'm sure they can direct you once you are at the park on that corner.

Visit Trump Tower too, if you happen to be right there! Ride the escalator to the amazing shops. In the lobby you can grab a bite to eat and watch the people! A good place to make a pit stop too, for a rest room!!!!!!
Re: heading to new york..tips by cameragrrrl on 21 September 2004 4:30pm
So many things, so little time.

Well, there's the (good) touristy stuff:
Top of the Empire State Building (around dusk/early evening is ideal), Staten Island Ferry (make sure you get a good view of the Statue of Liberty & Skyline -- don't bother getting off in Staten Island), Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (again, dusk is very nice for this -- then watch the sun set from the Brooklyn Heights promenade). Eat at Katz's Deli (pastrami on rye with a knish, sour pickle, and a U-Bet chocolate egg cream), see a Broadway musical (Wicked or Avenue Q), and visit the MET, Guggenheim, Natural History, and/or MoMA (all great).

Here are my personal recs:
Buy yourself a copy of Time Out NY.
Get a Gray's Papaya "Recession Special" (don't ever eat street vendor 'ratdogs'). Explore the northeastern section of Central Park (go fishing for free in Harlem Meer and stroll around the beautiful Conservatory Gardens), go up to the Cloisters. Have a burger & shake at the Parker Meridian Burger Joint and a burger & beer at Corner Bistro. Ride the Coney Island Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone. See a Yankee game (cheap bleacher seats). See an improv comedy show @ the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. See a cult/foreign/indie film you'll never see in your home town at either the Quad, Cinema Classics, the Film Forum, the Landmark Sunshine, or Angelika Theater. See Stomp off-Broadway. Go to the International Center for Photography, the Skyscraper Museum, the Freakatorium, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum (eat at nearby Tom's Dinner), P.S.1 Art Center (in Queens). Try to stand in one place in the main terminal of Grand Central Station during rush hour without touching anyone. Shop at the Strand Bookstore, ABC Carpet, Pearl River, B&H Photo, window shop along 5th Ave. Ride in a subway, bus, and taxi at least once....
You know, there's more but this is already long enough.

I can offer more suggestions if you tell me what you're interested in.
Re: heading to new york..tips by cameragrrrl on 21 September 2004 4:30pm
(Argh, having computer issues!)

Whoever is going to NY, feel free to contact me offlist for a full treatment of things to do, geared towards your specific interests: [email protected]

Re: heading to new york..tips by mackney on 1 February 2005 12:31pm
thanks for the tips..
had a great time cant wait to go back..

got the staten island ferry,
rode the subway lots
got taxis at night for some cool drives through the streets....
and walked lots....
the old wooden water tanks on the roofs of the buildings was something i didnt expect...

great great city..
Re: heading to new york..tips by jess on 7 February 2005 9:59pm

You have to go to the Jekyl and Hyde restuarant in Greenwich village. Its amazing, it is pretty much burgers and stuff but there is anamotronics all over the place and it has talking gargolyes and frankenstein that comes to life on the lab table. The host is a vampire and you have to find the toilets by feeling along a fake bookcase. All the eyes in the paintings move and there is so much to look at, you forget to eat your dinner. Well worth a visit and have fun.
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