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new york by Napoleon on 26 January 2007 10:53pm
ok people, after nye on 40 years ive finally bit the bullet, after having always wanted to go to the big apple.
my wife has booked it for my 40th. ive researched it for years, dreamt about it for decades and come the summer i am finally going to experience it.
ive got what we think is a good deal. doesnt matter really, cant afford it but hey its my 40th and i could drop down dead tomorrow.
im sure lots of you have been there, i am going to be staying near central park, im a huge movie fan and have loads of sight s in mind but if you can help me with the cheapest places to eat and the cheapest ways of getting around and some of the must see places then bring it on, over whelm me
Re: new york by peripatetically on 27 January 2007 12:47am
Oh, you won't find it hard to find things to do and see in NYC.

SInce you are staying near Central Park, be sure to see Strawberry Fields if you are a John Lennon fan. It's on the west side a few blocks from Columbia.

Also, celebrate big at Tavern on the Green and take a romantic carriage ride through the park at night fter your meal.

Not far from 67th and Columbia, near the park, is Lincoln Center (a couple blocks to the west).

These are just a few sights in the vicinity where you are staying and within walking distance of each other.

I'm not a New Yorker so others will have to chime in on the rest.
Re: new york by johnnythemonkey on 27 January 2007 1:48am
Don't be a cheapskate!You say you have dreamt about it for years.Well at 2 $ to the £ (if you are British),now is the time.Enjoy.Sorry I can't give any advice on where to go,as I have never visited the home of the great Satan.
Re: new york by tucsonmike on 27 January 2007 6:11am
I grew up there, Napoleon. Will answer in more detail tomorrow.
Re: new york by sighthound on 27 January 2007 12:11pm
You can't go to New York without seeing a Broadway play. The TKTS booth in Times Square is the best place to get tickets. A couple of hours before curtain, unsold tickets go on sale for half-price. There is a list telling you what is available that night. I've often gotten a great seat to a supposedly "sold out" show when unused house "comp" tickets are turned in to TKTS just before showtime.

My favorite museum in the world is the Cloisters. Not many people get to it because you have to take the A train to almost the end of the line so most people just go to the museums closer in.
Re: new york by Caty on 28 January 2007 6:12am
I agree with sightbound on the whole Broadway thing! Hey, you should try and get ticekts to Spamalot!

Best way to get around New York? Walk. That's how I feel anyway, it's the BEST way to see the sights firsthand and actually be around the people and magnetic hustle and bustle of the city. Plus, you feel like a "real" New Yorker if you take to the wild streets! haha! It's also the best exercise in the world, and everything to see is basically within walking distance in the city. All I can say is, don't sit in a cab for your whole trip! I hope you have an amazing time!
Re: new york by tucsonmike on 29 January 2007 2:55am
OK, the transit system is $2 and covers the entire city. If you buy an unlimited Metrocard for your stay, you can ride all day.

What kind of restaurants did you have in mind? I can steer you to all sorts of places.

Lodging is not cheap. Then again, I stay with Mom and Dad, so I do not pay attention to lodging.

Chinatown has some good still somewhat inexpensive places. Dim Sum on the weekend at the Nice Restaurant on East Broadway is a treat.

I don't know where you would be traveling from, but see if you can get some sort of package deal for shows.

If you think of anything specific let me know.
Re: new york by cameragrrrl on 29 January 2007 9:17pm
Hey Napoleon...you got a while to plan! I am a native, and still live here, so I can look into stuff pretty easily.

As you know, and many have mentioned, NYC has something for everyone, so you'll need to be specific if you want to build an itinerary of sights/activities/eateries tailored to your tastes.

How long are you staying, what is your budget, and what are your interests?

Here are some places to start, until I hear more from you:

http://www.bigapplegreeter.org/ (Big Apple Greeters is a non-profit organization that offers free, personal tours around the city -- they match you up with a Greeter & neighborhood based on your interests)

http://www.movingimage.us/site/site.php (since you love movies)
Re: new york by Napoleon on 29 January 2007 9:52pm
Thank you everybody this is great, accomodation is sorted, were staying in a hotel near central park near the natural history museum. Budget im afraid is probably at best whatever it takes to do the things you got to do but not rich, not extravagent. yes i will take in a show on broadway, restaurants have to be in the happy afforadable pizzerias and snack joints. etc. what about a base ball game or football game, wrong time of year, empire state, statue of liberty, chrysler building, ground zero, china town, greenwich village, queens, times square, guggenheim, maddison sq garden etc, were there, for a sat, sun mon, tue wed and come back late thurs.
spamalot sounds good havnt seen that one yet, also there is a new one coming out with niles from frazier in it that looks good, yes ive got plenty of time to plan and plan i will, what about the plaza any chance of spending the 29th there which is my birthday or is it really 200 quid a night. keep helping me out youve been great thus far.
Re: new york by cameragrrrl on 30 January 2007 4:28pm
The summer is the right time of year to take in a baseball game: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/ticketing/seating_pricing.jsp

Re: staying at The Plaza -- that hotel is undergoing renovations and a change of management; I'm not sure it's open yet or what the rates are. You could try the Waldorf-Astoria, NYC's other landmark luxury hotel: http://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/content/NYCWAHH/index.jhtml (their rates are about $300-400/night)
However, I would recommend treating yourself to an obscenely fancy dinner (rather than unrooting to a luxury hotel for one night):
(if you're really on a budget, treat yourself to the prix-fixe pre/post theater dinner menu at the Rainbow Room Grill -- you get the view, and the elegance, for only $60/person)
http://www.fourseasonsrestaurant.com/index2.htm (Tavern on the Green -- they also have a prix-fixe dinner menu for about $45/person, but that might change in the summer)
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