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Old 01.07.2011, 14:31
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Things to do in New York City

I'll be going to NYC for 10 days towards the end of August. I'd like to hear from you what things there are to do. I love eating and taking photographs. I love walking and exploring cities. I love architecture and art and spend a lot of time in galleries and museums. Although I'll be doing shopping I'm not that bent on it. I'll be staying smack bang in the middle of Manhattan (5 blocks NE of Ground Zero)

Here are some things on my list.
  • Music and dinner @ Blue Note Jazz Club (or any other nice Jazz clubs)
  • Robert's Steakhouse, Penthouse Executive Club (best Steak ever according to Heston Blumenthal)
  • Ball game at either Yankees or Mets
  • Shopping
  • MoMa, Natural History Museum, Ground Zero of course
  • Dim Sum in China Town and much much more
  • Segway tours, maybe in Central Park
I have not been to NYC before and I have 10 days, so if you have any cool ideas or really enjoyed doing somethnig yourself or wished there was something you did that you missed out on, please let it here for me.

If there are any special restaurants or bars that you recommend, please post about it.

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Old 01.07.2011, 15:16
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Re: Things to do in New York City

I would just go there, at the corner of Bowery and East Second Street



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Re: Things to do in New York City

If you are interested in touristic places :
  • Statue of liberty + Ellis island (half a day)
  • Empire state building
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Old 01.07.2011, 15:37
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Re: Things to do in New York City

yea. i would walk around. alot. it is hothothot summer. talk a boat around the river if you want gorgeous pics at night of the skyline. if you want a fun different kind of visit, spend the day in coney island and see a minor league brooklyn cyclones game there, so much fun!

go to the guggenheim (sp?) central park, bryant park has free movies outside which are funfunfun. go to the bronx zoo, best place ever. go to all governors island (beautiful and lot's of events happening). if you really wanna feel the ramones, go to forest hills queens or rockaway beach (it's beautiful!)

go to the nuyorican poets cafe at night- awesome, i met my hubby there. go to alphabet city and the lower east side, china town and take pics. go to harlem and washington heights. i'm sick of people telling others to go to the museums and 42nd street. although they are very ny places and nice too, i would say take advantage of the weather and heat and nice people and walk as much as you can from top to bottom.

enjoy! i miss my ny and can't wait to be back. if you need any info, just pm
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Re: Things to do in New York City

Thanks! I had a Slam evening planned at the nuyorican . I love Allen Ginsberg and he said it was 'the most integrated place on the planet'

Great tips, thank you!
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Re: Things to do in New York City

Seconding what imagess said, I would recommend Statue of Liberty and esp. Ellis Island. It is easier to learn more about Ellis Island if you spring for the audio tour (also allowing you to ignore the noise of all the other tourists all around you ) Also, try to take in a Broadway show while there. If you are not particular about the show you would like to see, check daily the TKTS booths located in several locations around Manhattan. They sell discounted show tickets (up to 50%, I believe) for shows that evening, and their inventory changes daily.

Circle Line Cruises does a neat 3-ish hour cruise around the island of Manhattan, with a guide narrating/pointing out all kinds of interesting landmarks.

Don't miss a corned beef sandwich for lunch from the revered Carnegie Deli!
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Re: Things to do in New York City

yes the nuyorican is great. definitely check out ps1 in long island city, queens. across the street is the graffiti building (5 pointz). prospect park in brooklyn is really nice and if you are there on sept 3rd you can go to first saturdays at the brooklyn museum, definitely worth a trip- a great museum and a great event!

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

ginsberg knows what he's saying about the nuyorican- i'm a fan of his as well, saw him at a poetry project new years marathon in the village years ago.
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YES!!! Thank you :-)
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Have the Pastrami instead of corned beef at the Carnegie! Will you be sharing? That will be an extra 5 bucks!

A visit to Ellis Island is really moving and thought-provoking- especially for any whose relatives emigrated to the US.
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Re: Things to do in New York City

A guided tour of the United Nations as its outside of US jurisdiction and the only place you can legally smoke a CUBAN cigar

Grand Central Station

Ellis island (The immigration gateway)

and last but not least shopping and more shopping....
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Re: Things to do in New York City

UN is definitely worth visiting, the officer who would guide you through your visit are "ambassadors" of UN
Spend some time in Macy's and take a ride in one of the oldest wooden escalators in the world.
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Re: Things to do in New York City

Head to 900 Broadway for me to Beechers, it's a new 3 storey cheese shop just opened last week. They actually make cheese and have a cheese maturing room in the basement all behind glass.

You can have a glass of wine, a Mac & Cheese and watch the cheeses slowly maturing..

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Head to 900 Broadway for me to Beechers, it's a new 3 storey cheese shop just opened last week. They actually make cheese and have a cheese maturing room in the basement all behind glass.

You can have a glass of wine, a Mac & Cheese and watch the cheeses slowly maturing..

oh great! now i know where i can take my hubby when i go home in august! he will be so happy when i tell him about this place, thanks gg!
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Old 01.07.2011, 16:13
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Re: Things to do in New York City

I was only there a few days. The things I particularly remember are;

Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center has a nice view over Central Park.

The Staten Island Ferry is free and has good views of the city and the Statue of Liberty.

The memorial at Battery Park is quite moving.

A lovely (and huge) pastrami sandwich at Katz's Deli.

Oh, and a nice wander round Central Park. The Lennon thing at Strawberry Fields was OK.
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Old 01.07.2011, 16:18
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I was only there a few days. The things I particularly remember are;

Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center has a nice view over Central Park.

The Staten Island Ferry is free and has good views of the city and the Statue of Liberty.

The memorial at Battery Park is quite moving.

A lovely (and huge) pastrami sandwich at Katz's Deli.
amen. much prefer katz's deli to the carnegie. also, ellen's stardust diner is a fun place for waiter's who are aspiring actor's and sing 50's songs on the table's while you eat greasy food. http://ellensstardustdiner.com/

also, a bit fancy but worth the gorgeous view of nyc is going to the river cafe in brooklyn- http://www.rivercafe.com/
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if you're 5 blocks ne of ground zero, you are way downtown, if memory serves.

i'd also visit the cloisters (way, way uptown in the 200's on the west side) ...fort tyron park, i think - for the outdoor garden and unicorn tapestries.

it is freakin' hot in the summer, the city is so alive with people then, but not suffocatingly crowded.

totally get the pastrami.

have fun!
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Cafe Habana on Prince St. For some grilled corn.

Take a walk on the Brooklyn promenade one night for an amazing view of the city lights.

Have fun - I love visiting family in NY.
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Re: Things to do in New York City

Cloisters are totally worth it, so nice. Moma, fab. I think Empire State B. is overrated, or maybe it's me, don't like the hight, I was always glued to the wall, afraid to look down..Bronx zoo all the way and Central Park, too. I miss NYC.
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Old 02.07.2011, 10:36
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Circle Line - ride around Manhattan with commentary
If you can take in an event at Madison Square Garden then you'll cover another sports base

Limo from the airport - only $10 more than a taxi IIRC

SoHo/Village nightlife is always cool

Grand Central station is a must-visit as is Union Square, Battery Park.....etc

Walking is a great way to find things......last time I was there, I did not take a cab anywhere.

Oh and another thing to do is on a clear night, take the ferry over to Weehawken and go to the Chart House at Lincoln Harbor for dinner. It is a marvellous panorama of Manhattan at night.
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Re: Things to do in New York City

We are also planning to go to NYC end of August. There will be US Open tournament on between Aug 29th - Sept 11th. If you're not big fun of tennis just watch out for the crowds. Just another idea
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