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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4430 times:

Before you start replying, please read what I have to say first as I know that it is a big question

I'm going to New York next monday and want some advice from you about what to do.

I've been there 10 years ago where I went up inside the statue of liberty and visited Ellis Island. I also went up to the top of the WTC. I went to Harlem to experience some gospel in a church. I also went to Central Park and saw the Guggenheim museum from the outside but didn't see the exhibition so I am thinking of doing that this time.

I have one week in New York and I am staying close to Times Square. Do you have any other suggestions to what I might do? I know that there are lots and lots of stuff to do but I'd like some advice on what is a must see.

Thanks!  Smile

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User currently offlineArtieFufkin From United States of America, joined May 2006, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4419 times:

You need to go to the Time Out Magazine New York website. That will tell you all the best bars, restaurant's, etc. Also you will get a list of all the live music going on that week, Broadway plays, cabaret singers, festivals, etc. The New York Times website also covers this. My personal favorites restaurants are Nobu, Next Door Nobu, and Balthazar's (Went there as the only hetero male in group of 6 gorgeous flight attendants, drinky, drinky..LOL, eat your heart out guys) . Also there is a good Moroccan club/resteraunt downtown on the corner of 1st and 1st.

User currently offlineLorenz From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4417 times:

I was there one week ago, just for 4 days but nevertheless. We went to see the "Norwegian Festival" in Central Park, were we also went every other day since we had very nice and warm weather. We also spent some hours down in Battery Park watching the cruise ships and having a look at Ground Zero.

For shopping let me recommend Gant @ 5h Avenue.. really nice store... left behind some cash there  Wink Macy's, Bloomingdales is also worth a visit. Other than this, the usuall places you already mentioned.. Virgin Megastore on TS, Planet Hollywood - the time flies in the city that never sleeps!


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

Quoting ArtieFufkin (Reply 1):
Broadway plays,

Good idea!

And thank you for the tip regarding that website! I'll check it out

Quoting Lorenz (Reply 2):
We also spent some hours down in Battery Park

I was there as well the last time I was in NYC, but I think I'll go there again, because it is a really nice park  Smile

Quoting Lorenz (Reply 2):
For shopping let me recommend Gant @ 5h Avenue.. really nice store... left behind some cash there Wink Macy's, Bloomingdales is also worth a visit. Other than this, the usuall places you already mentioned.. Virgin Megastore on TS, Planet Hollywood - the time flies in the city that never sleeps!

That's the dangerous part Big grin
I'll check the Virgin megastore out for sure  Smile


User currently offlineScamp From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4382 times:

Welcome to New York!

Please go back to the World Trade Center site and also visit St. Paul's chapel across the street.



If it pisses off the right, I'm all for it.
User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4378 times:

I would have said "Go to a Yankees game", but they made that decision for you last night.  sarcastic 

If you can't sleep at night, there's a nice diner two blocks west of Times Square. Enjoy an afternoon in Central Park - hopefully the weather will be decent and will still be sunny. Make sure you get some fresh fruit in the morning and some hot dogs in the afternoon from the vendors by the street. Some of those guys can really load those hot dogs (got those down in southern Manhattan). Enjoy your trip  thumbsup  .

-R


User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4368 times:

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 5):
I would have said "Go to a Yankees game", but they made that decision for you last night.

Ahh yes, it's never a bad day when the Yankees lose  wink 

All the Atractions in Manhattan are well known. Make sure you cross the bridge over into Brooklyn, there's a whole other world over there.



"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." Frank Zappa
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4363 times:

Go to the top of the Empire State Building and throw... uummm. What is it they throw again? Oh, yeah... ball bearings. Throw ball bearings off the side.



Mark


User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4361 times:

Went to Planet Hollywood years ago..to satisfy the kids..it was full of kids from Ohio all wearing their baseball caps backward to show their individuality.  Yeah sure You might want to write ahead to the networks and see if you can get tickets to any shows that are in production. We saw Conan before he was as popular as he is now..saving grace was Jay Leno as a guest. Check the same day ticket brokers (think there's one at Times Square) to see what's available while you're there.
Enjoy--it's one of the best places on earth..
TPAnx



I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

If you feel the need to eat a sandwich the size of small Volkswagen, be sure to hit the Carnegie Deli at 7th Ave and 55th, just a few blocks above Times Square. Characteristically sarcastic/borderline rude service is no charge. Classic.

Also, check out the West Village - Washington Square Park, and some good rock clubs: The Bitter End, Kenny's Castaways, to name only two. Cruise up and down Bleeker Street. If you prefer jazz, check out the Mecca of jazz, the Village Vanguard, on 7th Ave near 11th.

In the East Village is McSorley's, on E. 7th Street, just east of 3rd Ave. More beer than you could even dream about.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4340 times:

Quoting Scamp (Reply 4):
Welcome to New York!

Please go back to the World Trade Center site and also visit St. Paul's chapel across the street.

Thanks, and I definately will pay ground zero a visit, and also visit St. Paul's chapel. Have they begun building those new skyscrapers yet?

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 5):
If you can't sleep at night, there's a nice diner two blocks west of Times Square. Enjoy an afternoon in Central Park - hopefully the weather will be decent and will still be sunny. Make sure you get some fresh fruit in the morning and some hot dogs in the afternoon from the vendors by the street. Some of those guys can really load those hot dogs (got those down in southern Manhattan). Enjoy your trip

Nice!  Smile What's the name of that diner?

Quoting MKEdude (Reply 6):
All the Atractions in Manhattan are well known. Make sure you cross the bridge over into Brooklyn, there's a whole other world over there.

Okay thanks for the advice! I might post a trip report when I get home  Silly

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 7):

Yeah that's something I need to do. The reason why I didn't pay the Empire State Building a visit the last time I was there was because we already had seen the view from the top of the WTC. Unfortunately that isn't possible anymore  Sad

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 8):
Went to Planet Hollywood years ago..to satisfy the kids

Haha I used to go there as a kid with my father and my sister as well  Smile

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 8):
Enjoy--it's one of the best places on earth..

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Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 9):

Thanks for the tips! I'll note it down and pay those places a visit. I have plenty of time while i'm there. Live jazz is really nice  Smile


User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 10):
I'll note it down and pay those places a visit.



Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 10):
Live jazz is really nice

Go here for a listing of NYC jazz clubs, with many links to the club websites:

http://www.ny.com/clubs/jazz/

I just noticed in your profile that you're not yet 21, so getting in may be an issue at some of these, I'm not sure. McSorley's is out, I'm afraid.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 11):

I just noticed in your profile that you're not yet 21, so getting in may be an issue at some of these, I'm not sure. McSorley's is out, I'm afraid.

Damn. Yeah I'm 19, but hopefully I can get in at other jazz clubs.

I'm going to NYC with my father and my sister but my father needs to attend a few meetings so I'll have to find something that my sister and I can do while he's working. She'll turn 22 while we're there, so age will only be an issue with me then I guess

[Edited 2006-10-08 23:47:53]

User currently offlineScamp From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4302 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 10):
Thanks, and I definately will pay ground zero a visit, and also visit St. Paul's chapel. Have they begun building those new skyscrapers yet?

Sorta-kinda...Tower 7 has been rebuilt, and I think they have broken ground on what they're calling the Freedom Tower, but you can't really tell it by looking at the site. St. Paul's has many touching displays in the sanctuary devoted to September 11...it's where many of the workers sought refuge while picking up the pieces, so to speak.

Have a great trip.



If it pisses off the right, I'm all for it.
User currently offlineTurbo7x7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4302 times:

Welcome back to my beautiful city!  Silly

You should definitely walk across the Brooklyn Bridge as previously mentioned above. Also, taking the Staten Island Ferry (now free) is another nice excursion besides the boat excursions around Manhattan that charge you the tourist price. If you have the buck$, a helicopter ride is even better than the Empire State Building observatory.

I highly recommend the "Lion King" or "Phantom" for a Broadway show to check out, I've seen those with family from Spain and IMHO, you can't go wrong with either one even though they're now supposedly "corny" or "played out."  Wink

South Street Seaport and the Cloisters are two nice parts of town. They are not close to Times Square but I think they're worth the trip. The Cloisters is a nice, peaceful area, even more than Central Park but it's all the way in the north part of the island. The "seaport" is all the way downtown, near the Wall Street area. You can walk there after checking out Ground Zero which is now a requisite part of every tourist's visit to NYC.

For "high culture" there are plenty of museums as already pointed. Here's a little secret I rarely mention: you can buy a standing-room ticket for the Met for just $25.50 the same performance day starting at 10:00 AM either online or at the box office. Get there no later than 9:15 AM if going in person; remember, only ONE ticket per person!

The cool part is if you get a standing-room ticket at the orchestra level, you have a decent chance of grabbing a seat in the rear section after the first intermission. In other words, you can get a $100+ seat for just a quarter of the price. I've seen many great singers (Placido Domingo!) and performances this way. Plus, it's always cool to rub elbows with New York's rich elite!  Wink

I work in an office building just opposite Rockefeller Center so PM if you're in the area or have any other questions! Enjoy your trip!


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26785 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4288 times:

Go to the 102nd floor observation room in the ESB. The 86th floor deck is cool and touristy, but the 102nd is truely the top of New York. The old man who runs the hand crank elevator is a riot. Also, I recommend a restaurant called Duvet in the Flatiron, near Grammercy. Good food and you eat on beds.


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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4268 times:

This is one of the best resources about everything NYC on the web, to read other visitors posts or to ask a question check out the NY for visitors forum.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/guide/

For books the best book about NYC is called the Not for tourist guide for NYC.



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4265 times:

Quoting Scamp (Reply 13):
Have a great trip.



Quoting Turbo7x7 (Reply 14):
Enjoy your trip!

Thanks!  Smile I am sure I will!

Quoting N1120A (Reply 15):



Quoting STT757 (Reply 16):

And thank you for all your advice!

I'll check out the websites and note the names of the plays at broadway and restaurants down. There'll be a lot of things to do, and I'm definately looking forward to the trip!
I can't wait for the flight to from the US either Big grin


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4249 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 10):
and I definately will pay ground zero a visit, and also visit St. Paul's chapel

And while you're there, do some shopping at Century 21, a brand name outlet close to Ground Zero...if you stand in front of the new subway station, look to the right across the street...hard NOT to see! To shop there may save you quite some bucks  Wink

Oh and if you love Dim Sum...on Mott Street you'll find some of the best Dim Sum restaurants outside of Asia, maybe even including Asia. My favorite is Mott 20, doesn't look like much, down the stairs, and then try the variations on prawns...and don't say I didn't warn you Big grin



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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4240 times:

Murphy's Pub on 52 and 2nd. The bartender's name is Joe, he is from Ireland. Talk to him for a while and he will hook you up with some drinks.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4226 times:

Get the hell out of the city is my advice!!

Take a bus tour up the Hudson Valley and enjoy the fall foliage scenery.

Don't do any shopping in the city (unless it happens to be tax-free week) Go over to Harmon Meadows in Seacaucus.


User currently offlineLorenz From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

One more thing, if you dont wanna stay in line to the Empire State Building all day long you might wanna try "Top of the Rock" which is on the 84th level in Rockefeller Center.. some great views from there aswell.. and not to bad with the people  Smile

If i recall the ticket price was some 30 bucks..


User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4219 times:

I'm going to NY this Thursday and leave Monday. Great time for this thread as I have never been. Flying into ISP on WN. Could'nt beat the $99 o/w ticket price, plus I am staying out in the Hamptons for 2 nights and Manhatton for two nights so ISP is kinda in the middle.

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4177 times:

Try taking the full Manhattan Island Cruise. I like to do this when I'm in NYC. It's a relaxing way to pass a couple of hours watching the world go by from the back of a boat. The bus to the ferry is free too.

Here is a link to the bus map :-

http://www.nywaterway.com/tour/free-service.shtml

Here is a link to the cruise :-

http://www.nywaterway.com/tour/midto...n-cruises/90-minute-complete.shtml

I also like the Mexican food and cocktails at Caliente Cab Company on the corner of Bleeker Street/7th Avenue.

http://www.calientecab.com

I've done the 15 min helicopter tour with Liberty Helicopters too. If you are in the airline industry and show your id card, you get discount. We paid for the 5min flight and got the 15 min flight !!!. Although you need to sit next to the window for the best views. I was sat in the middle, but I spent as much time looking at the instrument panel as I did looking out of the window !!!.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 15):
Go to the 102nd floor observation room in the ESB. The 86th floor deck is cool and touristy, but the 102nd is truely the top of New York. The old man who runs the hand crank elevator is a riot.

What level is the gift shop and the bit where you stand outside ?. Thats as far as I've been. I'd heard that you could go higher into the airship mast, but never found out how to get up there and when I asked they said it was closed permanently.

 Smile



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4174 times:

Quoting Andreas (Reply 18):

If only I had the money  Wink

Quoting Andreas (Reply 18):
Oh and if you love Dim Sum...on Mott Street you'll find some of the best Dim Sum restaurants outside of Asia, maybe even including Asia. My favorite is Mott 20, doesn't look like much, down the stairs, and then try the variations on prawns...and don't say I didn't warn you Big grin

I don't know what Dim Sum is.. going to be interesting to find out Big grin

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 19):
Murphy's Pub on 52 and 2nd. The bartender's name is Joe, he is from Ireland. Talk to him for a while and he will hook you up with some drinks.

Thanks I'll try, but remember that i'm 19.. i'm afraid they have to be alcohol free  Sad
Weird coming from a country where it is legal to drink and smoke when you turn 16, but also understandable when I think I about the hangover I had last weekend Big grin

Quoting BigOrange (Reply 20):
Get the hell out of the city is my advice!!

Take a bus tour up the Hudson Valley and enjoy the fall foliage scenery.

Don't do any shopping in the city (unless it happens to be tax-free week) Go over to Harmon Meadows in Seacaucus.

Good idea! How long is the bus trip?

Quoting Lorenz (Reply 21):
One more thing, if you dont wanna stay in line to the Empire State Building all day long you might wanna try "Top of the Rock" which is on the 84th level in Rockefeller Center.. some great views from there aswell.. and not to bad with the people

How about the Chrysler building? Do you know if it is possible to go to the top of that building?

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 22):
I'm going to NY this Thursday and leave Monday. Great time for this thread as I have never been. Flying into ISP on WN. Could'nt beat the $99 o/w ticket price, plus I am staying out in the Hamptons for 2 nights and Manhatton for two nights so ISP is kinda in the middle.

Cool!  Smile Too bad you're leaving the day I arrive.. we could have arranged a mini a.net meeting  Smile I'm coming in directly from CPH to EWR with SK

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 23):

Thank you for the suggestions! That ferry trip is something that I'll also definately do.

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 23):
I also like the Mexican food and cocktails at Caliente Cab Company on the corner of Bleeker Street/7th Avenue.

Me too!  Smile


25 Post contains images Kazzie : Im going next month! I cant wait, going to pay some visits around the city
26 N1120A : 86th floor Well, it is open now. You have to pay extra to go up, but it is well worth it. The elevator up from the 86th is the world's oldest and hig
27 Post contains images AirPacific747 : cool! would have been fun if it had been at the same time as me also. If anyone else is interested in meeting me while i'm there, please IM me and we
28 Post contains links and images Leezyjet : Forgot to mention, Take the PATH train from the World Trade Centre towards New Jersey. Get off at the first stop, Exchange Place and when you come out
29 BigOrange : Air Pacific There is a tour going to West Point which is the US Marines Academy. The bus trip is 2 hours each way but it's a full day tour. Alternativ
30 Post contains images AirPacific747 : That's really nice of you! I'm landing at EWR on monday directly from CPH, and then I'll leave the US again on sunday 22nd of october. I'll send you
31 BigOrange : Not a problem. It will have to be Saturday 21 October. I am working all week.
32 Planesarecool : I'll probably be in New York from Sunday 22nd October for a few days, I was just wondering if i would be able to get tickets to the World Series match
33 Post contains links N1120A : Sure, you will be able to get tickets. They will just cost you a fortune. Try www.viptickets.com or something of the sort.
34 UALPHLCS : Should you go be sure to see the West Point Museum, which is not only a great museum, but it's also where I work! Oh man shameless self gloss and a p
35 Post contains links KaiGywer : You could try to beat these two guys: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/446487p-375917c.html :D
36 Post contains images Comorin :
37 FDXMECH : Go west young man (to New Jersey).
38 Post contains images KaiGywer : Thanks for bringing an old 90s song into my head. I'm sitting here whistling now... lol (Go West) Life is peaceful there (Go West) In the open air (G
39 STT757 : ARMY not Marines, the Marines go to the Naval Academy at Annapolis Maryland. West Point is Army.
40 UALPHLCS : LOL I'm so used to seeing USMA everywhere when refering to the US Military Academy, I never noticed BigOranges faux pax. One never wants to confuse t
41 Post contains images BigOrange : Oops. I knew it was the Military Academy, but changed it to Marines when I typed it. Anyway what's the big deal...Marines are Military aren't they?
42 UALPHLCS : See above....
43 Post contains images AirPacific747 : I'm in NYC now.. damn I love this city! Every race, culture and religion is represented here. I went to the Guggenheim Museum yesterday and saw the ex
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