NYC in a week...

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    Jul 26, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    Hi, I´ll be in nyc at the beginning of September for about a week.
    What´s there to do;)?
    What do I have to see/do, which museums to go, which shows to see?
    Where are the good parties and clubs to have a good time?

    Btw, if somebody knows of cheap places to stay in Manhatten it would really be helpful, dont want to waste too much money on a accomandation.......;-))
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:04 AM GMT
    It really depends what you like to do.

    Look at Time Out's website and see what shows and parties and stuff will be going on that you like.

    As far as shows, go to broadwaybox.com or look at stubhub and see what you can get. Your chances of getting cheap seats for something like The Book of Mormon or Jersey Boys are slim. If you're interested in Spanish theater, see what the Repertorio Espanol has playing. Check out the Miller Theatre at Columbia University. If you're up for a baseball game, sometimes you can score tickets as low as $5 off stubhub or from an email list.

    As far as museums, you have to do the Met and the Museum of Natural History. Besides them, there are so many to pick from, such as the Tenement Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image or the Museum of Sex. There's a photography museum at 43rd and 6th which is pretty nice.

    I wouldn't bother with the Empire State Building. If you want to do an observation deck, go to 30 Rock.

    Do you like shopping? Definitely take a walk around SoHo, Union Square, 5th Avenue, and the Village. Other than Macy's, shopping sucks around 34th Street.

    Go down to Wall Street. Take a picture grabbing the bull's balls. Everyone does.

    Stop for a sandwich at 'wichcraft, Tom Colicchio's place.

    Definitely do Chinatown. And go look at Times Square. I don't have to tell you about Chelsea, do I?

    Go to Brooklyn. Hang out in Williamsburg, go to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and check out the view (there's also a good ice cream place around there, but I'm blanking on the name), maybe head down to Coney Island.

    I don't think there's any reason to go to the Seaport.

    Grand Central Terminal is one of my favorite places. It's just a beautiful place.

    As far as accommodations, see what you can score on Hotwire. Or try airbnb.com if you don't mind staying in someone's spare room.
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    Jul 26, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot, that was already very helpful.

    Anybody has some additional ideas?

    What are the best gay clubs, where are they located?

    What else is there to do to have fun?

    Anybody made positive / negative experiences with couchsurfing?

    Thx!
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    Jul 26, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    As far as clubs go it depends on what u consider the "best" lol.

    There is Industry which is fairly new it's on 52nd street btw 8 and 9th ave and right across the street is Therapy. Other places in this area is Bartini, Ritz, Vlada

    If you are more into Sports Bars there is Gym bar on 8th ave btw 18th and 19th street or Boxers on 20th street btw 5 and 6th ave. In that area is also G lounge on 19th and 8th.
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    Jul 26, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
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    Anybody made positive / negative experiences with couchsurfing?



    I couch surfed in NY a few weeks ago. The guy planned ahead to get me drunk, which he did, he may have put something else in my drink too because it really did hit me all of a sudden. Anyway he took sexual advantage of me.

    And that was my NY couch surfing experience.
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    Jul 26, 2011 7:49 PM GMT
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    Iamme said

    Anybody made positive / negative experiences with couchsurfing?



    I couch surfed in NY a few weeks ago. The guy planned ahead to get me drunk, which he did, he may have put something else in my drink too because it really did hit me all of a sudden. Anyway he took sexual advantage of me.

    And that was my NY couch surfing experience.


    But is that positive or negative?
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    Jul 26, 2011 7:52 PM GMT
    Cash said
    Ariodante said
    Iamme said

    Anybody made positive / negative experiences with couchsurfing?



    I couch surfed in NY a few weeks ago. The guy planned ahead to get me drunk, which he did, he may have put something else in my drink too because it really did hit me all of a sudden. Anyway he took sexual advantage of me.

    And that was my NY couch surfing experience.


    But is that positive or negative?


    Oh I prefer not to bias that with a value judgement, leave it up to each RJer's discretion whether they want to opt to have the same experience as well.
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    Ok, sounds creepy I hope I have better luck or at least that the guy is freaking hot....;-)) j/k
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    Forgive my naivete but I have never couch surfed and I assumed it meant staying with friends without a very formal plan.

    Do you mean trying your luck with strangers or people you barely know?
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:41 PM GMT
    As far as I understand the concept of the site is to find a place to crush for a few days or just some people in a town you visit to hang out, show you the city and the sights and you should offer a place to stay for travellers as well in return.....
    I like the concept and think it would be amazing bc I´ll travel alone and actually don´t know anybody in nyc so it should be cool and give me the possibility to see stuff besides the usual tourist attractionseverybody visits...

    Am an open minded and curious person so maybe it works out. Otherwise I have to look for a cheap hostel...icon_sad.gif(
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    You could always stay at a hostel: http://www.hostels.com/new-york/usa if you don't want to take your chances couch surfing.

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    Jul 26, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    East_Village_Idiot saidYou could always stay at a hostel: http://www.hostels.com/new-york/usa if you don't want to take your chances couch surfing.



    That´s the back up plan but I really think it´s more fun couch surfing;-))
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    Iamme saidAs far as I understand the concept of the site is to find a place to crush for a few days or just some people in a town you visit to hang out, show you the city and the sights and you should offer a place to stay for travellers as well in return.....
    I like the concept and think it would be amazing bc I´ll travel alone and actually don´t know anybody in nyc so it should be cool and give me the possibility to see stuff besides the usual tourist attractionseverybody visits...

    Am an open minded and curious person so maybe it works out. Otherwise I have to look for a cheap hostel...icon_sad.gif(


    I had no ideaicon_eek.gificon_exclaim.gificon_eek.gificon_exclaim.gif

    Thanks for the info!!!!!

    I agree - interesting idea, don't know if I would go for it myself...but interesting concept.icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 26, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    Ok, thanks guys for the input.

    Anybody else from the big apple who like to share some ideas...;-))
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    Cash saidForgive my naivete but I have never couch surfed and I assumed it meant staying with friends without a very formal plan.

    Do you mean trying your luck with strangers or people you barely know?


    Yeah you basically request to stay with strangers. It's supposed to be a social exchange program. I was assured it was verboten to try to initiate something sexual with the people you hosted, let alone inebriate them to the point where they're barely conscious so they can undress you and have their way with you.

    Not that I'm bitter about it or anything.
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Not trying to take away from your experience Ari, but I think it's much wiser to couch surf with women.
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
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    Cash saidForgive my naivete but I have never couch surfed and I assumed it meant staying with friends without a very formal plan.

    Do you mean trying your luck with strangers or people you barely know?


    Yeah you basically request to stay with strangers. It's supposed to be a social exchange program. I was assured it was verboten to try to initiate something sexual with the people you hosted, let alone inebriate them to the point where they're barely conscious so they can undress you and have their way with you.

    Not that I'm bitter about it or anything.


    Yikes ! So sorry - this one totally flew over my head. Didn't mean to make light of such a situation.

    Hopefully my reputation for being tactless and vulgar will just cover this.

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    Jul 26, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    Cash said
    Hopefully my reputation for being tactless and vulgar will just cover this.

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    But you're pretty, so it all works out. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
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    Cash said
    Hopefully my reputation for being tactless and vulgar will just cover this.

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    But you're pretty, so it all works out. icon_wink.gif


    It IS my usual back-up plan...
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    Just might have to dovetail this into an RJ meetup on September. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 26, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    lol.... In case you meant me I´m game....;-))
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    Jul 26, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    Unrelated to accomodation issues, but during that time the US Open will be running at the US Tennis Center in Queens. You can get a day pass for the grounds for about $65, which lets you see everything but the biggest matches. If you like tennis, it's really worth it.
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    Jul 26, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    cold saidNot trying to take away from your experience Ari, but I think it's much wiser to couch surf with women.


    But all the older lascivious gay men had the apartments facing Central Park =( I know I wasn't without my own wise choices in this incident :p
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    Jul 27, 2011 12:20 PM GMT
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    East_Village_Idiot saidYou could always stay at a hostel: http://www.hostels.com/new-york/usa if you don't want to take your chances couch surfing.



    That´s the back up plan but I really think it´s more fun couch surfing;-))


    Oops - I glossed over the last line in your previous posting where you said staying in a hostel was your backup plan.

    If you like museums, most have a free night (Thursday, Friday, or Saturday). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art all have a "suggested" fee but you can give them whatever you want (even $1).

    Be sure to check out the Highline Park, which was recently expanded. If you want to check out different bars/clubs, you can go to Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, the East Village, or Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Each area generally attracts different types of guys and there are usually several places within walking distance. If you don't like one, you can walk over to a different one.

    I'm not sure if it will be open in September, but if it is, check out Smorgasburg in Brooklyn: http://www.brooklynflea.com/smorgasburg/. You can get some really great food there on Saturdays, plus there's a great view of the Manhattan skyline.

    As someone else suggested, pick up a copy of Time Out New York: http://newyork.timeout.com/; there's always great ideas in there.
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    Jul 27, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    Ok, thanks everybody for the input... I´ll definitely check out the places mentioned.

    I´ll keep you posted how my couchsurfing experience goes, hopefully better then ariodante´s one.....;-))

    Anyway, thx again....