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Old 02-03-12, 11:55 AM   #1
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Vacation in NYC. Help Please...

First time vacationing in NYC later this year. I was hopeful that some of you could provide me with a brainstorming list of your recommended "must see" or "must do" or "stay away from" items while we are there. There are lots of travel sites with info but I was wanting to take advantage of conversing with people with direct knowledge. Thanks in advance for your input. It is very much appreciated.
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Go the the Metropolitan Museum of Art if you have a kernel of culture in your entire bike weenie being. No museum like it in the world. I've been going there for 40 years and it still blows me away. While you're there, take in Central Park, it's right there. Ditto for CP, gorgeous, the true jewel of NYC.

Also, take in a Broadway Show. You'll love it, and it will be the highlight of your trip.

By the way, NYC was recently ranked as being 'most rude' or something like that. Perhaps, but I find New Yorkers tend to be uberfriendly and helpful, particularly to tourists. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
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Go the the Metropolitan Museum of Art if you have a kernel of culture in your entire bike weenie being. No museum like it in the world. I've been going there for 40 years and it still blows me away. While you're there, take in Central Park, it's right there. Ditto for CP, gorgeous, the true jewel of NYC.

Also, take in a Broadway Show. You'll love it, and it will be the highlight of your trip.

By the way, NYC was recently ranked as being 'most rude' or something like that. Perhaps, but I find New Yorkers tend to be uberfriendly and helpful, particularly to tourists. I'm sure you'll have a great time.

Thank you very much. I have added all three to my list.
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Enjoy. Hope you're coming after the weather gets warmer.
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Depending on your art tastes, some travel also takes you to Dia Beacon and Storm King. MoMA and PS2 are also worth the visit.
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yes to what Pcad said about rudeness - Nyers are no more rude than anywhere else- however, there are more people here than most places and everyone is moving fast in all directions - often misread as rudeness but usually just a faster pace. I've worked near major travel attractions for years and I help tourists all the time and see plenty of others doing it too.

If you'll be riding here, take note - Central Park has a great 6 mile loop but at times the police will be out ticketing for ridiculous reasons. so proceed with care till you suss out the current conditions. There are lots of other rides too. This site has PDFs of maps (hard copies also available at most bike shops here). Following the new bike paths here will make it easy to explore the outer boroughs; there are some incredible ethnic foods, gorgeous views of Manhattan and colorful neighborhoods within a short pedaling distance. Queens, for example, has a velodrome not far from the site of the 1939 World's Fair/original UN headquarters/tennis/hall of science/etc...and there are insanely good empanadas and the Lemon Ice King of Corona right near a cute Italian park a few blocks away. All of this is a short ride from the 59th street bridge. If you venture far enough and get tired, you can take your bike on the subways and enjoy a ride back home for a few dollars.

Brooklyn also has awesome views - such as Empire park , right under the brooklyn bridge, and if you want hipster heaven just ride over the Williamsburg bridge and make a left on Bedford Ave.

Let me add NY has a reputation for crime, etc. There are still some 'not-so-great' areas but almost all of NYC is generally very safe, especially if you are with someone else and not roaming around deserted areas at 4 AM. Common sense will take care of you just fine.

If you send some PMs I am sure some Foosters will be happy to meet up for a drink and a ride. Also post in the Regional sections under "Northeast"
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yes to what Pcad said about rudeness - Nyers are no more rude than anywhere else- however, there are more people here than most places and everyone is moving fast in all directions - often misread as rudeness but usually just a faster pace. I've worked near major travel attractions for years and I help tourists all the time and see plenty of others doing it too.

If you'll be riding here, take note - Central Park has a great 6 mile loop but at times the police will be out ticketing for ridiculous reasons. so proceed with care till you suss out the current conditions. There are lots of other rides too. This site has PDFs of maps (hard copies also available at most bike shops here). Following the new bike paths here will make it easy to explore the outer boroughs; there are some incredible ethnic foods, gorgeous views of Manhattan and colorful neighborhoods within a short pedaling distance. Queens, for example, has a velodrome not far from the site of the 1939 World's Fair/original UN headquarters/tennis/hall of science/etc...and there are insanely good empanadas and the Lemon Ice King of Corona right near a cute Italian park a few blocks away. All of this is a short ride from the 59th street bridge. If you venture far enough and get tired, you can take your bike on the subways and enjoy a ride back home for a few dollars.

Brooklyn also has awesome views - such as Empire park , right under the brooklyn bridge, and if you want hipster heaven just ride over the Williamsburg bridge and make a left on Bedford Ave.

Let me add NY has a reputation for crime, etc. There are still some 'not-so-great' areas but almost all of NYC is generally very safe, especially if you are with someone else and not roaming around deserted areas at 4 AM. Common sense will take care of you just fine.

If you send some PMs I am sure some Foosters will be happy to meet up for a drink and a ride. Also post in the Regional sections under "Northeast"

Thank you. Great info. The regional post suggestion is also a great help.
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Enjoy. Hope you're coming after the weather gets warmer.
Thanks, actually coming for the NYC Marathon on 11-4 but will be staying an extra 10 days to see and enjoy the area. Really looking forward to it.
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Depending on your art tastes, some travel also takes you to Dia Beacon and Storm King. MoMA and PS2 are also worth the visit.
I got the first three but what is PS2?
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One more great ride - the first Friday of every month is an awesome ride in central park at 10 pm - a guide-led, marshaled and very safe, super slow ride on foot paths through areas bikes are not usually allowed. It draws families, kids and bikes of all types with especially huge crowds in the summertime- they also hold one at Prospect park in Brooklyn the 2nd Saturday every month - highly recommended way to see the city in a special way.

More rides here and here. Some useful tips here.

And if you are looking for specific types of foods, activities, shopping etc. just give a yell.
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One more great ride - the first Friday of every month is an awesome ride in central park at 10 pm - a guide-led, marshaled and very safe, super slow ride on foot paths through areas bikes are not usually allowed. It draws families, kids and bikes of all types with especially huge crowds in the summertime- they also hold one at Prospect park in Brooklyn the 2nd Saturday every month - highly recommended way to see the city in a special way.

More rides here and here. Some useful tips here.

And if you are looking for specific types of foods, activities, shopping etc. just give a yell.
Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants? San Francisco had some amazing ones. I'm sure NYC will too.
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I got the first three but what is PS2?

Errr my bad. PS1. It's an offsite gallery for MoMA.
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The classic; Empire state Building, close to Times Sq. a place where the sun never sets. The Circle Line tour around Manhattan, you'll learn a lot about NYC in an hour and a half. Take a walk on the High Line, it's an elevated liner park made from an old rail line. You'll almost forget your in the city, almost. The Statue of Liberty and Elis Island. Many of our ancestors came to America with this island as the first stop, we owe it to them to visit. Greenwich Village, the Cast Iron section, SOHO, spend a day walking around south Manhattan. Finish at the Peculier Pub on Bleeker St. Go to Wo Hop in China Town, downstairs if you can. Go to Little Italy, you can get some good meals there, but the guys trying to get you into places can be annoying. Take the path from WTC, or a water taxi across the Hudson to the Jersey City water front, you'll get a good view of lower Manhattan, and the Twin Towers where. Take a ride on the subway, just to say you did it. Ditto for the Staten Island Ferry. Go to Wall St, stop at Federal Hall, it's where Geo Washington was sworn in.
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Errr my bad. PS1. It's an offsite gallery for MoMA.
Got it. Thanks.
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The classic; Empire state Building, close to Times Sq. a place where the sun never sets. The Circle Line tour around Manhattan, you'll learn a lot about NYC in an hour and a half. Take a walk on the High Line, it's an elevated liner park made from an old rail line. You'll almost forget your in the city, almost. The Statue of Liberty and Elis Island. Many of our ancestors came to America with this island as the first stop, we owe it to them to visit. Greenwich Village, the Cast Iron section, SOHO, spend a day walking around south Manhattan. Finish at the Peculier Pub on Bleeker St. Go to Wo Hop in China Town, downstairs if you can. Go to Little Italy, you can get some good meals there, but the guys trying to get you into places can be annoying. Take the path from WTC, or a water taxi across the Hudson to the Jersey City water front, you'll get a good view of lower Manhattan, and the Twin Towers where. Take a ride on the subway, just to say you did it. Ditto for the Staten Island Ferry. Go to Wall St, stop at Federal Hall, it's where Geo Washington was sworn in.
You'll have a good time.
Thank you for the great recommendations. I've put them on my list.
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Visit Grants tomb,Rays pizza shop, then get the hell out of there as soon as possible
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Based on your posted location, was the Grant's tomb suggestion made to show some Ohioan favoritism? : )
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What pcad said. Don't forget the Guggenheim, Empire State Building and Dean and Delucas (sp) as well. NY is the best city on earth. The various districs are great walking, shopping, pubbing etc. The people in NYC are really friendly but with a hard edge. You can't help but to love them. You will have a great time.

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The most fun I had in New York was wandering around China Town at about 1am. Yeah... I'm weird.
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PS1. It's an offsite gallery for MoMA.
Moma itself is also great; if you decide to do PS1, take the 7 train from Grand Central - in a few moments, you'll be treated to some jaw-droppingly good graffiti shortly after the train emerges onto the outdoor elevated tracks in Queens.
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Lots of vegan eats in NYC, just search on yelp and see what's near where you'll be...here's a safe place to start:

Angelica Kitchen



desserts - this place is very cute, tasty, but also quite pricey.
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If you wander down around Battery Park, Staten Island Ferry, Wall Street or the WTC site, also check out nearby Pearl Street and Stone Street - very cute cobblestone blocks with lots of quaint historic buildings, nice places to eat and drink, and they're a bit less crowded/off the beaten path. All of this stuff is super close and easy to explore on foot.
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I was going to suggest a trip to Maxilla and Mandible on Columbus in the low 80's but the internet rumor is that it's closed.

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Great view of the top of Manhattan from Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Plaza (NBC building), good alternative if the lines at the Empire State are around the block. More room on top to wander as well.

Vincents Clam Bar on Mott St., just north of Canal. Terrific soft shell crabs with hot sauce. Sapporro Japanese, 49th between 6th and 7th, south side. Cheap, decent food, fast service, good soups. My wife ate there all the time when she worked Saturday Night Live. Fast service.

Ditto Wo Hop downstairs, 17 Mott in Chinatown, just get there at an odd hour as there's often a line out the door, which is generally about 1/2 hr., but worth it. Or take the subway out to Flushing and go to Red Pot (Chinese). Totally different. NW corner of 41st and Main St., block from the #7.

Museums, pick one. Museum of Natural History is my favorite. Ditto art galleries, MMoA is always terrific.

Staten Island ferry at night. Free.

Check the schedule, but Governors Island from Battery Park is a great afternoon on a nice day, former military fort and Coast Guard base on an island just off the southern tip of Manhatten. Open Fridays, Sat and Sun. Free ferry. Bring lunch and liquids as no real choices of facilities, yet. Terrific views of the harbor. Wander around, take a Nat'l Park Service tour of one of the buildings.

Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, or at least onto, not far from Chinatown. As BTW, Battery Park area (Staten Island Ferry, Governors Island), is a moderate walk to the Brooklyn Bridge, then not too far to Chinatown.

Ellis Island, especially if any family entered the US that route.

The West Village, any area NW of Washington Square Park. Great at night.
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