Moving to NYC. Need things to do!

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    Jan 19, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    I've visited NYC a few times and loved the city. I recently found a job that is going to send me to NYC for about 10 months. I am totally stoked since I thought the only way I can make it there was on my own dime. I will be there in about 3 weeks.

    I don't know anyone over there. Well, actually that is a dirty lie cause I know about a dozen people there but they taken me to all their usual spots during my visits. I need some recommendations on things that I must do that most locals enjoy. I've done all the tourist stuff during my previous visits. I am open to almost anything, outdoor, indoor, and whatever. Recommendations of places to fine would be great too. I need a gym too. I currently have 24 hour fitness sport but I know most of the 24 in nyc are ultra sport and far from where I work. I don't want to go over $100 a month and if possible a month to month membership.

    I will be staying near midtown since that is where I will be working.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Jan 19, 2011 9:02 AM GMT
    icon_cry.gif But I want to move to NYC too! Am planning on it this year.
  • gaydocalex

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    Jan 19, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
    I have tons of ideas for you. I live on the upper west side.
    Drop me a note.
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    Jan 19, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    There are so many things to do in NYC it's difficult to give recommendations. Most things depend on your income and your interests. I love the museums here, but many people get bored silly after five minutes. I've taken visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, two of the best in the country (world?), and they were ready to leave in about an hour. However, if you like museums they all have a free night - usually Friday but sometimes Saturday. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art all have a "suggested" admission price so you can give what you want. Most people don't realize that.

    If you want to go out and party, it depends on what kind of crowd you like. Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, the East Village, and Brooklyn attract different clientele.

    If you like Broadway shows, you can get cheap tickets at TKTS or go online and get them at BroadwayBox.com.

    There are a ton of movie theaters and if you like foreign or independent films, you can pretty much see any of them - plus all sorts of classics at IFC, Film Forum, or the MOMA.

    The best thing to do is to get the magazine Time Out New York every week and it has a rundown of great things to do and see. It's more targeted to locals.

    In the summer, a lot of people head to Fire Island on the weekends. You can also rent a car and explore the East Coast.

    I love going to the parks in the summer, too, especially Central Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. It's close to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which I like better than the NY Botanical Gardens.

    Of course, NY has great restaurants with any type of food you like. If you're willing to explore the boroughs, you can get great meals that cost less.

    Be sure to check out DUMBO in Brooklyn and Governor's Island - there is a free ferry on the weekends when it's open in the summer.

    We also like taking the water taxi to IKEA in Red Hook, Brooklyn. You get a great view of Manhattan and if you purchase something at IKEA your ride is free (only on weekends).

    Any of those sound interesting?
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    Jan 19, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
    what he said.....It would help up all out if you could give us a smaller ballpark of your interests otherwise our recommendations will probably be generic and not to helpful. Also, are you brining wheels because thats a major factor...
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    Jan 19, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    Hmmmm, at last count, I think there are 5,629,702,431,827,401 things to do in NYC.
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    Jan 19, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    Congratulations man!

    Midtown is a great area. Will you be finding a place there too?

    I would suggest living in the city since its your first time to move there. A lot of people would suggest finding a place in brooklyn since its cheaper but hey, if you think you can manage.. I say do it! Thats what I did lol..

    Its really nice to have friends who are already living in NY since that saved you a lot of time of places to see.

    Like lissenup said Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea and the East Village are great places for food and a night out.

    When I moved there for a while a friend gave me Next Magazine. Its a weekly info on all the happenings around the city. Whether it be events, clubs, food or what not. (http://www.nextmagazine.com/)

    As for the gym, I would suggest NYSC. Its pretty decent and reminds me of 24hr fitness. Equinox, Club H and all the other ones are a little bit more pricey.


    Lastly, getting lost and exploring the city is always fun. You never know what you might run into. Its a great city and you'll definitely have a lot of fun.


    Oh yea, and could you eat a Shake Shack burger for me? its so good!! lol..
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    Jan 19, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    I forgot to mention New York Sports Club. You can get a membership that allows you to use all clubs, or have a main club and use others at off-peak hours. Mine's about $80 a month for a main club + use of others on off-peak hours.

    This site is very helpful for navigating the subway: Hhttp://www.hopstop.com/. There are maps you can download to your phone as well.
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    Jan 19, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    Actually, most guys who live in NY simply get into their routines and don't really go to museums, shows, galleries, etc. even though when asked, that's what they say they love to do!:-) I have never been to the Statue of Liberty. The only time I was in the Empire State Building was about 20 years ago. I maybe saw the Xmas tree accidentally while in a cab passing by. If I didn't live near Times Square I never had a reason to be in the area.

    Most of us just get into a routine of the gym, work, eating out, meeting with friends, repeat.

    Also the seasons change things.
    Right now, during these bitter Winter months, a lot of guys are hiding out. Although the gyms are packed!

    The Spring is a fantastic time. Everyone heads to the parks and Chelsea Piers.

    By June/July, a lot of guys disappear to Fire Island, P Town, Asbury Park or the Hamptons, so it gets quiet and the gyms are empty.

    Midtown, or Hell's Kitchen, which is quite the hot spot, has a ton of great restaurants and bars. There's such a concentration of it all in the west 50s I call it the "Gay Epcot Center." A LOT of theater folks and more couples than in most other areas.

    Gyms in the area:
    Gold's gym in the 50s, New York Sports Club is all over the place with about 3-5 locations within the 40s-50s area. There's a Bally's on 50th that's fairly cheap and I think the only option for a month to month. Equinox is great, but averages around $150-170 and up, so not the cheapest. (But that's where a lot of the models, actors, wannabes go). I pay $117 at Barton's, which after belonging to all of these other gyms, is the place I've enjoyed the most. That's in Chelsea however.
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    Jan 19, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    lifecast2020 saidActually, most guys who live in NY simply get into their routines and don't really go to museums, shows, galleries, etc. even though when asked, that's what they say they love to do!:-)


    Ha, I know! People would say they wanted to go with me but then wouldn't feel up to it when it came time to go. I've also taken native New Yorkers to many places they've never been before. Luckily I know enough people who are up for an adventure or trying something new.

    Another great thing about NYC is if you enjoy your own company, you can do lots of stuff on your own. I've met interesting people just going somewhere by myself.

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    Jan 19, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    As for gyms. When I am there visiting my brother, I like go to Equinox. It is pricey, but I only get a visitor pass, usually a week long, also, my brother is a member that helps.

    Gosh, there are so many things to do, that I couldn't even begin to tell you what to do! Do it all, and as much as you can afford!
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    Jan 19, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    http://livingsocial.com/cities/3-new-york/articles
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    Jan 19, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    buy a ticket to la and forget about nyc...gross place! great to visit... can't see why people live there.
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    Jan 19, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT MUSEUM, in Brooklyn at the Boreum stop?
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    Jan 19, 2011 8:34 PM GMT
    jrunner25 saidbuy a ticket to la and forget about nyc...gross place! great to visit... can't see why people live there.


    I feel that way about LA.
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    Jan 19, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    I live on the Lower East Side and if you just take the F train to Delancey there are a lot of awesome little restaurants and bars.

    Having Coffee in Bryant park is definitely one of my favorite things to do.
  • kolkii

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    Jan 19, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    walk around with Grindr on and your cross streets in profile...

    things will happen, and you will meet fine friends
  • laxdude25

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    Jan 19, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    Hey, if you live in the right place and figure out your way around town, NY is definitely a better place to live than visit. When you visit, you often don't know how to avoid the things that can making NY daunting. The best things to do? Guys have already posted a lot of good advice on gyms and stuff. Totally depends on what you're into. I am very into outdoor sports, and love the fact that you can kayak and sail on the harbor, for example. I think NY is a great biking city, although I'm sure some guys would think I'm crazy. Various gay and bi sports teams are great ways to meet guys.There is free theatre, movies, and you can even score cheap, free food at openings and things like that. Guys are super friendly, especially if you avoid high attitude places.

    Special things to do/my favorite stuff? Biking up to the Little Red Light House on the West Side Highway under the GW Bridge, bring a picnic, and just check out the river, the sights; bike to Battery Park City, walk along the river park; ice skating or a picnic in Bryant Park; bike around Central Park, walk up the Mall to the fountain, grab a beer at sunset at the Boathouse Cafe; bike up to Fort Tryon Park and eat lunch at the New Leaf Restaurant, then stop in to see the Cloisters; have brunch at Barney Greengrass, the Sturgeon King on the UWS; etc. etc. Feel free to contact me if you want more specifics, but I'm sure you will have plenty of great options.
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    Jan 19, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    lissenup said
    jrunner25 saidbuy a ticket to la and forget about nyc...gross place! great to visit... can't see why people live there.


    I feel that way about LA.


    okay, ill just sit here an enjoy the 80 degree weather with the breeze, sunshine and clear blue skies. enjoy your crappy winter (:
  • laxdude25

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    Jan 19, 2011 11:46 PM GMT
    hey jrunner25, so maybe i'm crazy. but i like winter. snow, ice, cold, the whole package. even in nyc.
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    Jan 19, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    OH DEAR, i love a cold brisk air but i stop at snow! no thanks... if i want snow, ill take a day trip to big bear.
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    Jan 20, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
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    lissenup said
    jrunner25 saidbuy a ticket to la and forget about nyc...gross place! great to visit... can't see why people live there.


    I feel that way about LA.


    okay, ill just sit here an enjoy the 80 degree weather with the breeze, sunshine and clear blue skies. enjoy your crappy winter (:


    I actually like the weather here and appreciate all four seasons. I grew up in the Midwest, where it was much colder (I remember a 10-day streak of cold in the negative digits) plus there was a lot more snow. In the fall, it's nice to travel through New England. I love going to the different NY parks in the spring and summer, and also the beaches in the summer. The holiday decorations in winter are beautiful, especially the windows at Bergdorf Goodman and the tree at Rockefeller Center. I especially don't mind the snow because I don't have to drive in it. On the day of the blizzard, my partner and I went to a Broadway show and had dinner in Chinatown with a friend. It was a perfect day.
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    lissenup saidThere are so many things to do in NYC it's difficult to give recommendations. Most things depend on your income and your interests. I love the museums here, but many people get bored silly after five minutes. I've taken visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, two of the best in the country (world?), and they were ready to leave in about an hour. However, if you like museums they all have a free night - usually Friday but sometimes Saturday. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art all have a "suggested" admission price so you can give what you want. Most people don't realize that.

    If you want to go out and party, it depends on what kind of crowd you like. Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, the East Village, and Brooklyn attract different clientele.

    If you like Broadway shows, you can get cheap tickets at TKTS or go online and get them at BroadwayBox.com.

    There are a ton of movie theaters and if you like foreign or independent films, you can pretty much see any of them - plus all sorts of classics at IFC, Film Forum, or the MOMA.

    The best thing to do is to get the magazine Time Out New York every week and it has a rundown of great things to do and see. It's more targeted to locals.

    In the summer, a lot of people head to Fire Island on the weekends. You can also rent a car and explore the East Coast.

    I love going to the parks in the summer, too, especially Central Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. It's close to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which I like better than the NY Botanical Gardens.

    Of course, NY has great restaurants with any type of food you like. If you're willing to explore the boroughs, you can get great meals that cost less.

    Be sure to check out DUMBO in Brooklyn and Governor's Island - there is a free ferry on the weekends when it's open in the summer.

    We also like taking the water taxi to IKEA in Red Hook, Brooklyn. You get a great view of Manhattan and if you purchase something at IKEA your ride is free (only on weekends).

    Any of those sound interesting?


    Awesome, I think I am going to try some of these things. I've kinda heard about fire island a while ago but totally forgot about it. I am not sure what is DUMBO. Thanks!
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    islandmscle saidCongratulations man!

    Midtown is a great area. Will you be finding a place there too?

    I would suggest living in the city since its your first time to move there. A lot of people would suggest finding a place in brooklyn since its cheaper but hey, if you think you can manage.. I say do it! Thats what I did lol..

    Its really nice to have friends who are already living in NY since that saved you a lot of time of places to see.

    Like lissenup said Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea and the East Village are great places for food and a night out.

    When I moved there for a while a friend gave me Next Magazine. Its a weekly info on all the happenings around the city. Whether it be events, clubs, food or what not. (http://www.nextmagazine.com/)

    As for the gym, I would suggest NYSC. Its pretty decent and reminds me of 24hr fitness. Equinox, Club H and all the other ones are a little bit more pricey.


    Lastly, getting lost and exploring the city is always fun. You never know what you might run into. Its a great city and you'll definitely have a lot of fun.


    Oh yea, and could you eat a Shake Shack burger for me? its so good!! lol..


    Yeah, I am staying in corporate housing that is a 5 minute walk away from the office from what I've been told. I can't seem to find pricing for NYSC on their website. Are they under $100? I don't want to go over or else I have to pay for it out of my pocket.
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    Jan 20, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    jrunner25 saidbuy a ticket to la and forget about nyc...gross place! great to visit... can't see why people live there.


    I was born and raised in LA. I escaped for a good 6 years and now I am back for just a few weeks. It really isn't my type of environment.