alaska737
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Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:49 pm

In the next few months i will be traveling to New York via EWR on AS. i havent been to New York in a long time and i was wonering what kind of avaiton related stuff there is to do there??? Museaums, modle stores, spotting, places of interest, anything!!! its the biggest city in the US so i am sure there is something to do. help me out.

Thank you

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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:32 pm

Unfortunately, the Intrepid museum is closed for refurbishing. JFK and LGA have some good spotting (see www.nycaviation.com for more on that). You might also consider a helicopter tour (which would be expensive, but very senic).

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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:36 pm

At the end of November they are going to tow the Intrepid out of it's pier on the Upper West Side and bring it to a dry dock at the Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne New Jersey, it will be there for two years undergoing a major refurbishment.

Outside the Intrepid there are not alot of aviation tourist attractions in the immediate NYC area.

Seattle is the place for aviation tourism, as you already know.
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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:09 pm

I have to say I disagree with you STT, there is a rather decent amount of aviation related activities to do in the metro area. As long as you have a car or can arrange transport you’re in good shape. Below are just a few.

The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island.
www.americanairpowermuseum.com
All the war birds at the museum still fly, in the winter they stay on the ground but early spring they are up flying allot. Until the spring the museum is home to the very last F14 ever flown in the U.S armed forces.

Floyd Bennet Field restoration.
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the NYC area, HARP is currently restoring some wonderful old piston birds. Admission is free and the atmosphere is right out of the 40s and 50s even to the oil on the floor, its great. Plus you can drive around the old Floyd Bennet field and even drive on the old runways, I think it’s pretty cool.
ttp://www.geocities.com/harpfb/

The Cradle of Aviation Museum.
This is an outstanding museum celebrating flight over NYC and Long Island, sadly though its future is in question and it may not be open when you come over. However if it is you must go, my suggestion would be to do the American Airpower museum in the morning and then on your way back to the city do the cradle. It has a great mix of civil, military, vintage, and space.
www.cradleofaviation.org

You also have a few stores in the area as well, the pilot shop in Oceanside Long Island and the Airplane store in NJ. Not sure of the links but you could do a Google search I'm sure.

Again also check out www.NYCAviation.com and join the forums, allot of the guys there know even more what you can when you come here. If you give some of us on NYCA enough notice perhaps one of us can help you get around, it’s always a pleasure to meet new out of towners.

Tom

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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:33 pm

...and an afternoon at Teterboro watching a couple of hundred biz jets is fun too  Wink


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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:03 am

If your looking for a place where they sell models, go to the airplane shop in fairfield, nj, off rt. 46, its in an industrial area. its a small place but the models in there are awesome
 
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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:03 am

You could go to JFK and watch planes for a day (I did that a few months ago). There is some pretty good variety there and plenty of places to watch (if you don't use a camera your less likely to get bugged). Also if you go to the very top floor of the empire state building you can get good views of both LGA and JFK (besides the rest of the city).BTW I recommend the Staten Island Ferry as a must for anyone who visits NYC because you can get some great views and it's free.
 
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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:13 am

Spotting: Rockaway Tpk. outside JFK

The Cradle of Aviation museum might be out of the way since it is on Long Island (in Garden City) but it's a great little gem! Cheap tickets to enter too, I think around $9.

The Airplane Shop is great and they also have a nice Web site.

Have fun!
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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:46 pm

Quoting Alaska737 (Thread starter):
Museaums, modle stores, spotting, places of interest, anything!!! its the biggest city in the US so i am sure there is something to do. help me out.

You could try the "Flight 001" store in NYC - the address is 96 Greenwich Avenue, (Greenwich Avenue and Jane Street). The shop interior is in the shape of an aircraft interior (curved sidewalls); I think they sell mostly travel accessories and items these days but they may still sell some memorabilia stuff (when they first started, they had quite a few original Pan Am flight items for sale)

Also, you could take a peek at the Flight sculpture dedicated to the original Pan Am and its employees at the MetLife (former Pan Am) building at 200 Park Avenue. It's on the ground floor on the right side of the building (if you're coming from the Grand Central side, IIRC).
 
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RE: Aviation Related Stuff To Do In NYC

Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:59 am

There is also a good model shop on west 45th street called the Red Caboose. It opens most days at about 10:30. It does model trains, planes etc. It is in a basement. It is quite cramped but stocks all sorts of wierd and wonderful stuff. Worth having a look at.