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27th Apr 2003, 20:12
Turning once again to my well-travelled companions on this forum, I'm after suggestions for Things to do in New York. Obviously I'm aware of the usual tourist attractions: Mrs Liberty, Grand Central, Central Park, the various big museums, Times Square, Empire State Building, Statten Island Ferry...

But are there any smaller museums easily missed, and gems tucked away in corners? Any of the tourist places really not worth going to see? Nice little bars tucked down side streets? Top places for plane spotting?

All suggestions appreciated. Keep it clean please. ;)

27th Apr 2003, 23:50

The Fick museum which is if my memory is any good catty corner (sorta) to MMFA on Fifith. There was a cool little bar of Grand Central station, you accessed it from the street, I suggest a stroll around GSS looking for doorways near construction. Ney York magazine has a very curent list of out and about for restaurants. There is always the Oak room bar at the Plaza. I'd offer access to the floor of the NYSE but 9/11 closed that trip down maybe permanently. Enjoy your trip

28th Apr 2003, 00:26
The Tenament Museum is well worth a visit. Lower Manhattan somewhere near to Brooklyn Bridge, but I can't remember the address.

Also check this out: New York City Real Ale Pub Crawl (http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/real/nycrawl.html)

When are you going AB? I'm off there next Sunday - honeymoon, yahay!! :) :ok: :D

28th Apr 2003, 00:45
Erm... going next sunday PFLs... :D
Not for honeymoon though.

Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming!

28th Apr 2003, 01:59
I think Battery Park (near where you board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty) is worth a wander round. The actual battery that gives the museum its name is interesting also, if your interested in that kind of thing.

remember Roller Disco's? Well in central park, there is a hippy guy who mixes his own music, and everyone on roller skates comes round and has a bit of a dance. might be worth a look.

Near the Flat Iron Building, there is a very nice park, where you can just sit and watch the squirrels in peace and quiet.

Times Square is always a good bet, there is a place you can go where (for a fee) you can get your picture on one of the big screens in Times Square. Go on a night though, its more impressive.

Helicopter Tour? will cost you though (was $45 for 30 mins i think when i was there in feb)

Have a good trip AB, bring back some good Photos!


DC Meatloaf
28th Apr 2003, 02:02
A link to some of the things that might be going on when you're in town is the New Yorker's Goings On About Town (http://www.newyorker.com/goingson/) page. It's all pretty "too cool for school" type stuff, but maybe that's intriguing.

28th Apr 2003, 03:55
If you want Italian food in the world, Minetta's Tavern in greenwich village is it. Old tavern, popular for decades with glossy piccies of old stars like Marlon Brando and such. Incredible. Never miss it when i'm in NYC. Can't remember address, but will dig round for it.

28th Apr 2003, 05:04
Try MOMA..they now have Picasso among others...except they had to move to Brooklyn due to construction. If you want a real flavor of the Big Apple, go over to the Bronx and catch the Yankees or go over to Shea Stadium in Queens and see the Mets...can reach both locations by Subway.

As for a special treat, go to Grand Central and catch a train up to Poughkeepsie on Metro North (MTA). The leaves are coming into bloom now, and the train parallels the Hudson River all the way up. New York on one side and New Jersey on the other...takes about 90 minutes one way and around $40:00 for the round trip. Bring a sandwich if you go though. No food on board.

If you're coming in May, let me suggest a day at the races in beautiful Monmouth Park along the Jersey Shore. Swim in the morning, watch a few races and then swim in the late afternoon. Atlantic City, while having a nice beach, should be avoided at all costs..one wrong turn onto the wrong block and it's all over.


28th Apr 2003, 15:35
Check out "Ellis Island" on the way back from Ms Liberty.

Try hanging out in a couple of Irish Bars....



28th Apr 2003, 17:45
I'm just back about 3 weeks and I had a wicked time. Get a copy of Time Out (I believe that's what its called). That'll give listings for whatever you want to do. When I was there, we hired a car to visit a friend in Providence, Rhode Island. Its a lovely bit of the country, and gave us a chance to see a bit outside the 'Big Apple'. But, whatever you get up to, enjoy!

LGW Vulture
28th Apr 2003, 18:29
If you're into Pizza, then Grimaldi's is a must.

Situated just under the Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn side) - frequented by Sinatra apparently, although I can see why!

Museums yes, bridges yes, buildings yes....go to them all but, don't miss Grimaldi's.

28th Apr 2003, 22:33
If you are of an Arty Farty inclination then you could try Guggenheim on Fith Ave.

http://www.guggenheim.org/new_york_index.html (http://)

Have a nice time

29th Apr 2003, 03:09
Need an escort or bodyguard AB?


29th Apr 2003, 03:22
The Cloisters.
Staten Island ferry ten times in a row :O but without the Twin Towers, it's so :(

CarltonBrowne the FO
29th Apr 2003, 05:46
A mate went recently, there's a good museum of aircraft on an old aircraft carrier.... dunno where exactly, but I assume that an aircraft carrier isn't that easy to hide... :p

29th Apr 2003, 06:49
USS Intrepid - Pier on the west side (thinking around 38th)??

Definately worth checking out. Amongst other things, an A12 on the deck!

tony draper
29th Apr 2003, 07:05
Hey I used to have a link to the webcam aboard that ship,facinating to see New Yorkers going to work in the morning and watching people wandering about her decks.
Lost it last time I formated me H/D. :(

Noah Zark.
29th Apr 2003, 07:22
AB., I've been three times, twice before 9/11, once since. It's the biz. I don't know where you are staying, but the three hotels I stayed in were all excellent. The first one was right on Times Square, quite posh (We're not, we were just giving ourselves a treat!), and the other two were average 'New York', and they were fine.
From Times Square, walk down West 42nd. St., and at the end (about ten-fifteen minutes easy walk) you will cross a multi- lane road (Twelfth Avenue, I think) and be face-to face with Circle Line boat tours, who do a three hour trip round the Island of Manhattan, sensible spoken commentary on the way round, $20 each last year, worth every penny!
As you are standing in front of Circle Line, queueing for your ticket, if you look to your right, you cannot fail to see the aircraft carrier Carlton Browne mentioned. It's the U.S.S. Intrepid, which is a museum. I dont know how much, I haven't got that far yet. Next time round!
Also from your queue, if you look to the left, you can't quite see, but in that direction, on the same side of the road as you are now on, is Liberty Helicopters.
Again, it's only another five-ten minutes from where you are standing, opposite the end of West 30th. St.,and you will get a better idea of it's exact location as you set off on your boat trip, going down the Hudson to see Lady Liberty.
If you go on a heli-tour, they have differing lengths of trip, with prices to suit.
Lastly, if, like me, you like a good feed to start the day, I would recommend an establishment called "The Big Apple", which is situated in the block of shops that form the base of the Empire State Building. If I remember rightly, the entrance is on the East 33rd. St. side.
The friend I was with last year (with our womenfolk) and I can eat for England, but by the time we had had our brekky there, the ladies nearly had to roll us out of the door!!
Excellent nosh, excellent value.
All I can say to you AB, is that I envy you. I love the place, and would go every weekend if I could. We have had a good few laughs with New Yorkers, they take the p*** out of our accents.
For some unknown reason, I have twice been mistaken for a German !! I come from oop North, and have a broad Yorkshire accent, but German, for Christ's sake!
In a broad New York accent " I tort youse guys were joimen"
In return, of course, they had the p*** taken out of them, and they took it in good part.
Enjoy it, AB. Get in touch if you want any more help. Let us know how you get on.

29th Apr 2003, 10:53
USS Intrepid – an aircraft carrier converted into a museum, many aircraft onboard and interactive displays.

Mars 2112 Restaurant – a Martian theme restaurant www.mars2112.com

South Street Seaport – shops and restaurants.

Faunchers Tavern – close to South Street Seaport, lots of history, lots of class, this is where George Washington made plans to separate from England (oops!!!)

SOHO area – art galleries.

Broadway – many live shows.

Grand Central Station – try this out, ask for the location of the special area (downstairs I believe) where you face a corner and talk facing the wall, your companion is diagonally across the room also facing his/her corner, 50 feet away. The sound travels up and along the ceiling, you can carry on a conversation, it almost sounds like your talking on the telephone.

Rockefeller Center – too warm for ice skating but there is a nice restaurant there. Get your picture taken next to the Prometheus Statue.

New York Stock Exchange – take a tour, when they NYSE sneezes the world gets pneumonia.

Tavern on the Green – pricey restaurant.

Street Vendors – buys a Rolex look-alike for $30.

Plane Spotting – from the observation deck of The Empire State building you can watch LGA and JKF airports.

Unique Buildings – Pan Am Building, now called something else, Chrysler Building, art deco design, Citibank Building, had to be reinforced years after it was built when an architectural student did a study and found that a 75mph sustained wind could blow it down, The Dakota, apartment building where John Lennon was killed, also, “Rosemary’s Baby” was filmed there years earlier.

29th Apr 2003, 11:48
Grand Central Station - also a great place to eat (underneath the station)

29th Apr 2003, 15:41
If you are interested in architecture, three skyscrapers not to be missed: Flatiron Building (first skyscraper), Chrysler Building (v. interesting detailing, including gargoyles!), Empire State Building (wonderful Art Deco detailing in the lobby!).

Rockefeller Center is another one that repays a close look.

New York City Public Library: Lions by St. Gaudens.

Washington Square Park: Memorial Arch.

For something else entirely: McSorley's Old Ale House. Sawdust on floor New York version of a pub, I suppose.

Enjoy your trip!

Dr Jekyll
29th Apr 2003, 16:24

Noah Zark.
30th Apr 2003, 04:38

30th Apr 2003, 04:58
Some excellent ideas guys!!
Aircraft carrier... wonderful, I've always ALWAYS wanted to look round one.
Helicopter tour - extravagent, but hey.
Food is always important for a growing lass like myself. :O

Only wish I was going for more than 4 days.