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User currently offlineHenks From Sweden, joined Jan 2000, 632 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2727 times:
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Sorry about the flames. I can't get rid of them, but I guess the topic says it all... it's not a critical announcement.

I might have some spare time in New York, and I wonder if you have any good tips on what to do there except for the "usual" tourist things. More like something the local's enjoy doing. Unusual things are appreciated  Big grin

Henrik

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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

go to dinner at peter luger's steakhouse, the best steak house on the east coast! other than that, i don't really know. i do my thing but i don't really know what a tourist does here in the city. i know every time my buddy comes up from austin he's usually looking to go shopping. there's tons of that here. also, there are broadway shows to see.

if you want unusual then when i was in high school (years ago) my gf and i would spend a day sitting in the park, either union aquare or washington square, just watching people and trying to guess what they did for a living, where they were going etc... i know, it sounds corny but it wasted our days. then again, we were usually wasted when doing so.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

Are you gay or straight?

N


User currently offlineHenks From Sweden, joined Jan 2000, 632 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2688 times:
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Well, very straight... was looking for some models to date over there, but they all seem too busy  Big grin

User currently offlineFutterman From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1301 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

Broadway shows, dinner, museums, or just walk around...you can't really go to Manhattan and NOT do touristy things.

The other four boroughs can get boring real fast, unless you're there for something specific. There's also Shea and Yankee stadiums for some all-American baseball. If you've seen Men In Black (first one), you might get a kick out of seeing the two towers/UFO out in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

As for 'unusual' things, there's a strip club around the corner from my elementary school. If that strikes a chord, I don't know.  Big grin


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Brian



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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

1. Stay out of the Bronx. Don't even go to see Yankees Stadium unless there is a game going on right then.
2. Central Park (during the day)
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art. How many days do you have?
4. Guggenheim Museum, at least to see the outside.
5. Eat lunch at a museum cafe.
6. Eat dinner in Chinatown.
7. Stay out of the Bronx.
8. If you have more time, check out Flushing Meadows where they had the World's Fair and the current location of the Tennis Hall of Fame.
9. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
10. Take the Staten Island Ferry, just to get close to the Statue of Liberty (which you can't really go up in, anyway) and to see the city from New York Harbor.
11. Coney Island, if you have time.
12. I mean it, STAY OUT OF THE BRONX!



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User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2674 times:

Make the 5.5-6 hour drive to Sorrycuse my friend. We would love to have you. Might would even get the Godfather to join us.  Big grin

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

I recommend dinner or brunch at Pastis. Its on 9th Ave at Little 12th St.

There's a little restaurant called Jane's on Houston near Macdougal that's also nice for brunch.

You might enjoy a club called Pravda, on Lafayette between Prince and Houston. Very different, you should try to go.

Definitely walk through Central Park, and spend some time looking at Times Square, even though they're touristy. Don't eat at the Square though.

N


User currently offlineHenks From Sweden, joined Jan 2000, 632 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2665 times:
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Is avoiding Bronx an activity?

Thanks for the tips! I'll be here for another 24 hours or so... landing on EWR on Thursday.

Strip clubs are not that interesting. Bronx by night sounds interesting.


User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

You know, for some reason, i get the sneeking suspicion you should stay out of the Bronx... I AGREE!!!
-future  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

As for 'unusual' things, there's a strip club around the corner from my elementary school.

you have no idea how funny that sounds to me.




rengold, never thought of the SI ferry like that before. but yea, it's free and it offers great views of the city from the harbor. come to think of it, i'm going to go on it my next day off just to get shots of the city. and what do you ahve against the bronx? lol... i don't even go there without police escorts. also, find a local to show you around. it's probably going to be easier for you then. that's what my buddy from austin does every time he comes here.



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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

Staying out of the Bronx can be a tourist activity, albeit an unhappy one, should you end up on a bridge approach without a map. Watch out for the guys with sticks and bottles at the end of the ramp in the Bronx... If you don't want to pay them, turn on your windshield wipers... but if they get any water on your windshield, they'll want money.

redngold



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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

have you thought about spotting? and i mean girl-spotting.


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User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

Try the Intrepid museum and Get on to a Concorde.

Also ive been to the Bronx once when my other English mate was driving and got us lost Never again that place is SCARY! Even in daylight!


User currently offlineHenks From Sweden, joined Jan 2000, 632 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2636 times:
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I guess my days will be booked with - walking and eating... as everyone recommends...

I might end up somewhere spotting planes, who knows. Just to check the places out and perhaps meet some people I've been working with. I'm not a spotter myself.

Spotting girls.. well.. I'm single, so who knows. Some nice clubs or bars to go to would be nice, meeting and talking to people. I'm staying in upper west.

(Yeah, I guess I shouldn't go to clubs in Bronx... right??)  Big grin


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2616 times:

Nothing wrong with going to Yankee Stadium, even if they're not playing. A tour might be a pretty fun activity...Yankee Stadium is one of the most famous sporting arenas in North America...just take the subway there...there are places in the Bronx that are a lot worse than Yankee Stadium (this is coming from a former New Yorker, and driving out of the Bronx, while a little challenging, is nothing compared to Boston traffic...just go for the 3rd Ave Bridge...).

As for things the locals do, hmmm...I would say Broadway shows do attract a mix of locals and tourists, depends on the season. The aforementioned baseball games are mostly locals.

As for eating at Times Square, there is one restaurant that I do like there...Foley's Fish House in the Renaissance. It's semi-formal (collared shirt and slacks should do), the food is excellent, and the view is great (overlooking Times Square by the NBC tv monitor). I would avoid the more touristy (Planet Hollywood, ESPN, etc.) for meals if you're looking for a real New York dining experience (my take is I could go to those places in any number of cities, so why go in New York when there are countless options).

And for The Bronx, basically, just use common sense. There isn't a whole lot to do there (the only major attractions are Yankee Stadium and Fordham University), and I have never felt unsafe on the subway.

Jeff


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16885 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2573 times:

Check out the new Time Warner Center and Shops at Columbus Circle, nice place to have lunch is Whole Foods on the lower level. Awesome views of Central Park South, especially from the Lobby of the new Mandarin Hotel.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/aol/shops_columbus_circle.htm

http://www.wirednewyork.com/hotels/mandarin_oriental/default.htm

The lobby of the Mandarin hotel is actualy on the 35th floor of the complex, but you don't have to be a hotel guest to go up stairs and check out the view from the lobby. There's an awesome bar/lounge up there, though the drinks might be expensive.

Another favorite place of mine to visit is Grand Central Terminal , there's a great dining concourse on the lower level.



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

See the World Trade Pit.


You know you will. Just like I did and everyone else does.


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Henks- Just take it all in. New York is a helluva town, with never a dull moment if you enjoy watching people.

And never buy the claims of those who would tell you New Yorkers are rude; they're not rude, they're just... New Yorkers. They might not want to "make nice" for you, but given the opportunity, a New Yorker will bend over backwards to help.

Enjoy yourself!



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User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

I will second the suggestion to visit the USS Intrepid, particularly seeing as how you are an A.netter. The museum was closed for a while, but it's now open as of last week, I believe. Go to: www.intrepidmuseum.org/ for info. Regards..Jack


all best; jack
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Sccutler is right... Just don't ask two New Yorkers to help you at the same time... They will get into an argument about the best way to help you (best directions, best time to go, best place to get tickets, etc. etc. etc.)  Wink/being sarcastic


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21681 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

Just don't ask two New Yorkers to help you at the same time... They will get into an argument about the best way to help you (best directions, best time to go, best place to get tickets, etc. etc. etc.)

ROFL. But, it's funny because it's true.



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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

Check out the new Time Warner Center and Shops at Columbus Circle, nice place to have lunch is Whole Foods on the lower level. Awesome views of Central Park South, especially from the Lobby of the new Mandarin Hotel.


By all means, yes. The buildings are beautiful.

If I was going to be there, I'd give you a tour of the rest of the building. But alas, I don't make it to New York as often as I'd like.

N


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

I visit NY at least twice a year, usually for business, and I ALWAYS make sure to add on a few days of leisure time.

It's one of my favorite cities worldwide (with London and Berlin), just being there makes me feel good!
Be there, walk around, breathe in the city, day and night!!

Intrepid seems like a good idea, if weather is fine, go on a boat trip around Manhattan by WaterTaxi (those yellow boats), it's cheap and fun and nice way to get from Intrepid to the Upper East Side (which is a world of its own, and nice, too).

Should you want to see a show, try to get a ticket on the same day, you can buy these at 2 ticket outlets (sorry forgot the name) on Times Square (that would be Broadway and 46th or so) and close to Pier 17, they sell tickets on the day of performance for as much as 50% off.

Oh and btw: You don't want to go to the Bronx...did someone mention that already?  Big grin Big grin



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User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

It's one of my favorite cities worldwide (with London and Berlin), just being there makes me feel good!
Be there, walk around, breathe in the city, day and night!!


Yep. It sure is fresh air you get in the Big Apple  Big grin hehe

No honestly There are so many things to see. I would suggest you buy a travel book about NYC. I have one. They are great. All attractions and every kind of information is mentioned in there.


25 Andreas : Yep. It sure is fresh air you get in the Big Apple No, it's New York what you get there...if you want fresh air go someplace else!
26 Post contains images QIguy24 : Well, I have been to some place else as well. But I must admit that NYC is my favorite city as well. I have been there 5 times now. Everytime leisure
27 Post contains links WellHung : http://www.legzny.com/home.asp http://www.lakesidelounge.com http://www.brotherjimmys.com/ For an afternoon football game, wings and a few cans of Pab
28 Csavel : So much to do. There are something like 12,000 restaurants, so I'd stay away from the tourist areas. I also think that if you've been to NYC a couple
29 Logan22L : The was (and hopefully still is) a great restaurant just off the west side highway called Gulf Coast - a bit of good old Louisiana cuisine. Can't rem
30 Captoveur : What to do in New York? KROC Signed, JCS17
31 Jcxp15 : what's all the fuss about the Bronx? As a native New Yorker, born and raised in NYC and who spont most of my time in the Bronx between school and frie
32 Blackbird1331 : If you visit ground zero you will find the new PATH station. It will take you under the Hudson River to Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ. If you get off at
33 Post contains images Jaspike : Sorry about the flames. I can't get rid of them.. Yeah yeah, you just want the attention Tom
34 Post contains links and images DL_Mech : Have a good Italian dinner at Carmines just off Times Square. http://www.carminesnyc.com
35 PIA747SV747 : hewy futterman are you talking about WIGGLES!!! LOL on Quns Blvd!! NY has tons do to!! Try the US open!
36 Jcs17 : Carmines isn't as good as it used to be. I've been going there with my family (and extended family in Manhattan) nearly every Thankgiving eve for the
37 Aa61hvy : I still gotta vouge for Tonic Lounge. And of course a JCS favorite- Flash Dancers.
38 Tiger119 : When are you going to NYC Henks? I am going next week, but only for a day, going to watch The Braves beat The Mets one night and head home the next da
39 Post contains images Henks : Hi all, Thanks for all your suggestions! I've been walking way too much! Met some celebrities, and visited lot's of places. The most fun part I guess
40 AGC525 : Visit a fire station
41 Post contains images Espion007 : Try the Intrepid museum and Get on to a Concorde. yea theres nothing like boarding the concorde and taking a short walk through that cabin. Honestly t
42 Tiger119 : "Visit a fire station" - AGC525, I'm going on a Safari in Queens with my camera on Thursday next week. Do you know of a web site that I can hit on to
43 Post contains links AGC525 : Tiger119 try http://www.fdnytrucks.com/files/html/queens.htm this has a bunch of pictures (for fire truck buffs, our aviation counterparts) and adress
44 Tiger119 : "....I have never heard of anyone ever having a bad experience stopping in(not that you feel like your just walking in on them). Especially in the out
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