PlaneWasted From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 558 posts, RR: 2 Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1881 times:
So, I managed to book a weekend to New York when drunk last weekend. My friends could not get away from work so I will be traveling alone. I will arrive Friday evening and leave on Sunday evening so it's very short trip. I have never been to New York before, and only visited the US for short business trips.
Where should I live?
I'm thinking about some kind of Hostel maybe? To meet other people travelling alone? Which one's the best? Or should I go for a cheap hotel?
What should I do?
I like museums (war, technology and art), nice food and beer and music. I hate shopping.
If someone dares to meet me up for a beer or something in NY I'm on! I'm 27, male, a bit shy but like meeting new people.
aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8943 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1853 times:
I do recommend a hostel, this one: HI hostel. I stayed there for a coule of days in mid-2007 and not only did I feel safe, but I met friendly people (and had nothing stolen despite sleeping in a dorm).
What you should do... hmm, take the Staten Island Ferry for a free close-ish view of Lady Liberty or pay for a tour boat. Get on Top of the Rock, which is the roof of the Rockefeller Center. Sod the Empire State Building unless you have a New York Pass, which was very helpful for me anyway.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
It's the best place to stay if you're only in for a few days. Brooklyn or Queens would be fine also, but only the parts that are close to Manhattan - not because it's not safe further out, but because you don't really want to spend that much time on the subway, since pretty much all the attractions are in Manhattan. I don't know hostels very well, but if you found something decent in downtown Brooklyn or Long Island City, I'd go for it.
American Youth Hostel is right in my neighborhood, and while I've never stayed there, it's a well-known outfit, so I'd feel good about staying there.
Sounds like a trip to the Intrepid is in order - that should take care of the technology and war parts (though the Met Museum does have a good collection of more ancient weaponry). The Museum of Modern Art is supposed to be very good if you like that sort of thing, and there are a whole bunch of galleries in Soho and Tribeca.
gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5966 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1779 times:
Quoting Mir (Reply 4):
Sounds like a trip to the Intrepid is in order -
Quoting Airstud (Reply 5): then you would enjoy visiting the USS Intrepid, a
I would like to 3rd this! Highly recommended, I was there in July last year. Mil aircraft heaven! With a Concorde thrown in for good measure. Also the aircraft carrier itself and the submarine. You could kill a whole day there, or a least a full half day, depending how deeply you are into mil aircraft.
Go to the Intrepid, Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Art Museum. The last 2 museums have suggested admission so you can walk right up to the counter and plunker down as little as 2 bucks and they will give you a ticket without a fuss.
Also, please do not ride those stupid pedicabs, they are ridiculously expensive and despised by all New Yorkers
short summary of every jewish holiday: they tried to kill us ,we won , lets eat !
zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5601 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1575 times:
This is why God gave us the Internet. Couple of ideas:
A font of valuable information written by other travelers. Some of them are rip roaringly funny and inform at the same time.
Time is going to be at a premium for you. For a first go round, I'd do the Empire State Building or, the NBC Rockefeller
Center Tour. Theres so much to do. And for food NYC is unbelievable. There are so many small local eateries of all ethnicities. You got to chow down on some NYC pizza. I have not been there for awhile but I remember even getting excellent pizza at Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. So, if the pizza is good at those places imagine a local shop. Do read up on where and where not to go. And by all means, there is no excuse for playing it safe at a chain like Mickey Dees, Applebys, Olive Garden. Eating at those chains in NYC is sacriligious. It's like reading Playboy for only the articles and ignoring the good stuff, the hotties. Have a fantastic trip.And take a NYC subway ride
to say you've done it!