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    Calling all NYC'ers. . .

    I'm going to be on the upper east side of Manhattan (1st and 92nd) for a week in the near future. My personal experience in Manhattan is almost exclusively downtown, so I don't really know anything about that immediate area.

    I've got no problem poking around on my own, but I'll have clients with me for part of the week. Anyone have ideas of things to do? I'm mostly concerned about places to eat. Should I stay in that area, or head downtown to places I'm familiar with?

    If it wasn't so bloody cold, I'd probably be bringing my bike. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaabFan
    I'm going to be on the upper east side of Manhattan (1st and 92nd) for a week in the near future. My personal experience in Manhattan is almost exclusively downtown, so I don't really know anything about that immediate area.

    I've got no problem poking around on my own, but I'll have clients with me for part of the week. Anyone have ideas of things to do? I'm mostly concerned about places to eat. Should I stay in that area, or head downtown to places I'm familiar with?

    If it wasn't so bloody cold, I'd probably be bringing my bike. . .
    it's not that cold now.

    i say take 'em downtown.

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    I should probably quantify my post with some expectations - these are "let's go have a fun time together" clients, not "I need to spend a billion dollars at a fancy restaurant to impress you" clients. So a cozy pub or some really awesome ethnic food would be great.

    If my cold excuse won't work, then how about this: If the days weren't so bloody short. . . . (he said, trying to hide his wimpishness about riding in an unfamiliar area. . . )
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaabFan
    I should probably quantify my post with some expectations - these are "let's go have a fun time together" clients, not "I need to spend a billion dollars at a fancy restaurant to impress you" clients. So a cozy pub or some really awesome ethnic food would be great.

    If my cold excuse won't work, then how about this: If the days weren't so bloody short. . . . (he said, trying to hide his wimpishness about riding in an unfamiliar area. . . )
    Central Park is 5 mins away. What's tough abut that?

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    Ok, I'll admit. The real reason I don't want to take my bike into the city is I'm afraid of running in to R600DuraAce.

    But really, 90% of my riding is empty farm roads, so more than anything I just don't know what to expect if I did bring my bike. Tell me what I need to know about riding in Central Park - are there specific bike paths/areas? Is it lit (I'll be working from 7 until 5 or 6pm or so, so not much daylight available. . . )? etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaabFan
    Ok, I'll admit. The real reason I don't want to take my bike into the city is I'm afraid of running in to R600DuraAce.

    But really, 90% of my riding is empty farm roads, so more than anything I just don't know what to expect if I did bring my bike. Tell me what I need to know about riding in Central Park - are there specific bike paths/areas? Is it lit (I'll be working from 7 until 5 or 6pm or so, so not much daylight available. . . )? etc.
    i'll be honest with you. i haven't lived in NY for over 5 years now.

    that said, CP is where i started riding seriously. during the winter i did almost all of my riding there at night. there used to be a pack ride, meeting at 7PM on cat's aw hill. not sure if that still happens.

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    I'm gonna be on a tri bike (most likely) so I dunno if a pack would take me on, anyways. They tend to be snooty about us multisport/tt types.

    So there's lighting for after-dark rides then? That's pretty cool. . . I'm liking this idea more and more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaabFan
    I'm gonna be on a tri bike (most likely) so I dunno if a pack would take me on, anyways. They tend to be snooty about us multisport/tt types.
    with good reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by SaabFan
    So there's lighting for after-dark rides then? That's pretty cool. . . I'm liking this idea more and more.
    there's some lighting, yes. you wouldn't be the only person trying to get some exercise in the park after dark.

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    My friend lives on 78th and york and when I'm there, we usually go to a few bars on 2nd ave in the area. Theres a decent chinese place on 2nd between i think 81st and 82nd, by decent I mean not expensive but has a good menu, not just the typical chinese restruant stuff.

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    ... JUST hop on the subway to chinatown for good cheap chinese food... or head over to k town on 33st.. for korean bbq.. plus its not cold out.. there's alot of goos eating places an bars..
    henri

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    CP's traffic free after 7 pm weekdays and traffic free all weekend. Get on the main roadway and ride in 6 mile circles as much as you want. There'll be tons of other riders out on roadies, mtbs, fixies, etc. Lots of joggers too.

    For fun, if you're clients live in NYC, they'll know where to go. Pick up a Village Voice or Time Out NY for some ideas on music, food, happenings, etc. I suggest going to Coney Island and riding the Cyclone until you're too bruised to ride anymore. Then stuff yourself w/ fried clams, cheese fries and hotdogs at Nathans. You can also do this in reverse order.
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    I believe you'll be in a rather nice residential area, and there should be plenty of good local eateries. But I still always check out Greenwich Village every time I'm in NYC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randya
    I believe you'll be in a rather nice residential area, and there should be plenty of good local eateries. But I still always check out Greenwich Village every time I'm in NYC.
    "good local eateries" around 1st and 92nd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    "good local eateries" around 1st and 92nd?
    So what do I know? What's 20 or thirty blocks in NY anyway?


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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    "good local eateries" around 1st and 92nd?
    So, what - there's nothing worth eating at in the immediate area?

    My clients are from the south. They're "excited" to see snow and can't wait to take pictures to show the friends back home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randya
    I believe you'll be in a rather nice residential area, and there should be plenty of good local eateries. But I still always check out Greenwich Village every time I'm in NYC.
    Yeah.... there's that KFC with the rats scampering about.

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    the truth about Central Parks 6.3 mile road course

    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    i'll be honest with you. i haven't lived in NY for over 5 years now.

    that said, CP is where i started riding seriously. during the winter i did almost all of my riding there at night. there used to be a pack ride, meeting at 7PM on cat's aw hill. not sure if that still happens.
    Nah, the ride used to start at Tavern on the green and the finish (sprint line) was below Strawberry Hill.
    It had been 'outlawed' several years ago. The same tyme local police implemented a 15 MPH speed limit for cyclists.

    The 'Cats Paw' hill above the boathouse was/is the start finish for all sanctioned races in Central Park.

    If you ride, early morning or late evening weekends only is your best bet. It has become quite conjested
    now all other tymes, not to mention the cars are allowed to foul the air and roadways most of the weekday hours now.

    There are many really good restraunts on the West side, Copper Kettle on 86th street was a regular for me. East side of Manhattan had always been 'old money' and quite stuffy and $$.
    Stay on the Westside for more upscale trendy places and not really crazy prices.

    For more ethnic flavour and plethura of choices try the West Village, a must see if visiting N.Y.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRACKMAN
    Nah, the ride used to start at Tavern on the green and the finish (sprint line) was below Strawberry Hill.
    It had been 'outlawed' several years ago. The same tyme local police implemented a 15 MPH speed limit for cyclists.

    The 'Cats Paw' hill above the boathouse was/is the start finish for all sanctioned races in Central Park.
    i suppose it had changed in recent years, but the pack ride DID in fact meet at cat's paw hill.

    it's a pity that it's gone, but then again the ride was always dangerous, and probably got a hell of a lot more dangerous with so many lance wanna be's getting into the sport.

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    Just spoke with my daughter in NYC.
    Try the Zabu Grill, upper east side.
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    mention me ( Spencer) he will 'hook you up' :0)
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    Thanks again for the tips, everyone.

    I brought my bike down. One final dumb question - is the park well enough lit that I won't need lights on my bike? I hope the answer is "yes" because I don't have any. . . Didn't think of this till now, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    "good local eateries" around 1st and 92nd?
    Walk 1 or 2 blocks west, then 6 blocks in either direction (North or South). If that fails, walk another 1 or 2 blocks west & try again. Repeat as necessary. If you're not sitting cozy with a hot meal & a cold brew in front of you within 20 minutes, I'll eat my hat. 3rd & 91st should have half a dozen pubs and Asian restaurants on that intersection alone.

    I have *never* had difficulty finding a charming & tasty eatery on the upper east side.

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    Hate to be such a pest short of identifying myself.....

    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    i suppose it had changed in recent years, but the pack ride DID in fact meet at cat's paw hill.

    it's a pity that it's gone, but then again the ride was always dangerous, and probably got a hell of a lot more dangerous with so many lance wanna be's getting into the sport.
    If the finish was below Strawberry fields why would
    the ride start half way around the park?


    Having trained there for almost a decade
    since returning from Europe 86'
    when Hincapie was a junior riding for TOGA
    before switching to Mengione.
    ( even pushed him up 104th street hill a few tymes)
    Mike McCarthy, the Carney brothers just to name a few.
    It was a serious training ride Monday through Thursday
    for years.
    With the exception of Wednesdays when we would ride
    to race at the veldrome in Kissena Queens and Friday being
    our 'rest' day before Saturdays races.
    The'Boathouse' crew or as you refer to 'Cats Paw' area
    were the wanna bees which would jump in after the fact
    and for the most part were the spoilers that got the ride
    banned.
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    there is light

    Quote Originally Posted by SaabFan
    I'm gonna be on a tri bike (most likely) so I dunno if a pack would take me on, anyways. They tend to be snooty about us multisport/tt types.

    So there's lighting for after-dark rides then? That's pretty cool. . . I'm liking this idea more and more.
    the only dark portion would be on the east side by the reservoir ( long straightaway )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross
    Walk 1 or 2 blocks west, then 6 blocks in either direction (North or South). If that fails, walk another 1 or 2 blocks west & try again. Repeat as necessary. If you're not sitting cozy with a hot meal & a cold brew in front of you within 20 minutes, I'll eat my hat. 3rd & 91st should have half a dozen pubs and Asian restaurants on that intersection alone.

    I have *never* had difficulty finding a charming & tasty eatery on the upper east side.
    I knew I was right.


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