Going to New York City

  • Moishendlishu...

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    Jun 18, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Hey fellas,

    So I'm going to NYC on June 27th through July 4. I've never been. Anyone got any recommendations for sites sounds and foods that aren't all touristy? What are your favorite haunts in the city that an out of town visitor should check out?

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    Jun 18, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Google + local references (met in real life) helped me learn the Phoenix metro area (and yes, I hang out in Scat-dale sometimes, too).

    RJ isn't going to help much.
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    Jun 18, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    Times Square is kind of nice.
    I enjoyed being on top of the Empire State Building.
    The Statue of Liberty is not interesting at all I wouldn't bother going...also the boat ride is sucky since the ocean water is...ew.

    The rest of the city looks like a third world country.
    Also watch out for aggressive beggars in the streets.
    Don't ask anyone for directions they will look at you like they want to slaughter you.

    If you're a whore there are some gay bathouses to visit.

    What I enjoyed most about it was hot tourists all over the place.

    Have a safe trip.
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    Try Wave Hill. It's a small garden estate on the Hudson with beautiful grounds and stunning views up and down the river.

    Take the Staten Island Ferry across the harbor and back, especially if it's a hot sunny day. It's free, the view is terrific, and the breeze can be a godsend.

    The Morgan Library is also amazing. Small enough to be digestible in a single visit. Same with the Frick museum. Very interesting to see what kind of houses the wealthy used to live in.
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    Jun 18, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    Check out Radio City Music Hall, theres always something going on @ that place.............Go to china town and walk down those narrow streets, you'll find the best chinese food EVER= just off the bettin path...Check out the food court at Equinox Gyms, you'll eat like a king for a lot less money......
    Rent a bike and check out the bike lane along the west side highway, ITS THE BEST...........!!!!!!!!!!!!.............Check out the soul food restaurants in Harlem, there warm and friendly PLUS the food is KICK ASS...........all my friends used to head downtown for dinner but all the really cool people you want to be seen with and around head to harlem for dinner...CHECK IT OUT...Theres a lot of FREE stuff going on in Cental Park and Lincoln Center all summer.....
  • calibro

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    Jun 18, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    no, i'm going from the 21st-25th of june... and i think there won't be much left in nyc after i break everything... though there is an rj gathering on the 29th
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    Jun 18, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    D train is closed on Thursday. This is going to piss you off very much come Thursday.
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    Jun 18, 2012 8:51 AM GMT
    calibro said though there is an rj gathering on the 29th


    which I won't be making D:
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidGoogle + local references (met in real life) helped me learn the Phoenix metro area (and yes, I hang out in Scat-dale sometimes, too).

    RJ isn't going to help much.

    RJ helps. All you had to do was forum search "New York City." The topic's been done to death because NYC's the center of the world, a gay mecca, almost everyone travels here.
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    Jun 18, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    Moishendlishus saidHey fellas,

    So I'm going to NYC on June 27th through July 4. I've never been. Anyone got any recommendations for sites sounds and foods that aren't all touristy? What are your favorite haunts in the city that an out of town visitor should check out?



    If you like sushi, DEFINITELY check out Kumo (13th/1st ave or 7th ave/Houston st). $31.95 all u can eat and drink and it's GOOD.

    Good bars (my faves) - Therapy, Ritz, Bartini, Stumble Inn. There's so much here...
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    Jun 18, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    calibro said though there is an rj gathering on the 29th


    which I won't be making D:


    that's 'cause you be makin' me a samich
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    Jun 18, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
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    The rest of the city looks like a third world country.
    Also watch out for aggressive beggars in the streets.
    Don't ask anyone for directions they will look at you like they want to slaughter you...


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    Jun 18, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    I'm going the 2nd week in August...this thread is going to be useful!
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    Jun 18, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    Moishendlishus saidHey fellas,

    So I'm going to NYC on June 27th through July 4. I've never been. Anyone got any recommendations for sites sounds and foods that aren't all touristy? What are your favorite haunts in the city that an out of town visitor should check out?



    You doing any shows in NYC? Where?

    I had posted this on another query of the same nature.


    That depends on the purpose of trip:

    Generic fun: Day time stuff: Shopping and museums. Hit Soho area for shopping, MOMA in Midtown, Guggenheim on the upper Eastside and a few blocks away the MET. http://www.nycgo.com/ Official tourism site

    Night Time: you can get discounted theatre tickets at the TKTS booth on 47th Street in Times Square area. http://www.tdf.org/web/TKTSToday/

    Or club/bar scene Late Night. Parties usually get hot after 12AM. Most Drag shows start 11PM or Midnight a few exceptions some more mature drag mommas perform earlier. LOL. You should see a Peppermint Show or Sherry Vine Show. They perform at the popular bars in HK like Industry or Therapy. Both on the same street opposite each other.

    http://www.xlnightclub.com/
    http://www.splashbar.com/
    http://www.odysseymagazine.net/ny/ny.html
    http://www.nextmagazine.com/event_list
    http://www.chrisryannyc.com/
    http://www.cityallianceproductions.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/nycgaynightlife/
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/319713216690/

    other:

    I like the Cloisters museum uptown http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters/ and after you can go to a nice Dominican Restaurant not to far called "La Casa Del Mofongo" on St Nicolas Ave. If you like latino food (non-Mexican) then you won't go wrong there. Very popular with the neighborhood locals. Always crowded!

    free phone app with city map. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-map/id508925361?mt=8
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    Jun 18, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    I am in nyc now and I am loving it. You can download city apps from tripadvisor and access them offline. These apps are perfect for all the info you need. In terms of non touristy stuff, search the travel forum for nyc and just go to some nice areas such as SoHo, east village, meat packing district and pick randomly what looks great. You can trust your guts.


    Have fun in NYC! Don't mind the rude people, just smile and act dumb, listen carefully though cause they ll only shout it at you once.
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    Jun 18, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    Rockbar does a standup comedy night on Mondays. It's about the least touristy place you can go. It's great.

    And for the love of anything sacred to you, do NOT, under any circumstances, STAND STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK TO LOOK AT A BUILDING! Move to the edge, out of the way of people who are using the sidewalk to, you know, WALK.
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    Jun 18, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    I went there for 7 days over Xmas/New Year. I walked about 15 miles per day, but then I love walking in cities and the weather was amazingly good.
  • dantoujours

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    Jun 19, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    If you want to get a bit off the tourist trail, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Hts. You can get an amazing view of the city, harbour, Statue of Liberty, bridges, Governor's Island, etc.
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    You'll find lots of good food in Brooklyn Hts. as well. Walk down Henry or Clinton Street and turn right onto Atlantic Ave and there are all kinds of Middle Eastern shops selling authentic food. If you walk down Court Street another 1km you'll be Carroll Gardens, which is probably NY's largest Italian neighbourhood - also great authentic food. There are also many great brownstones in the area to enjoy as you walk around (I happen to live in one...)
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    Go see the Cindy Sherman exhibit at the MoMA, if it's still there.
    Go eat at Cafeteria - it's quite sceney but fun. Try Sarabeths's down in Tribeca. Very good food. Have Sunday brunch at La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel. Go enjoy Battery Park. Totally different feel than Central Park.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    calibro said though there is an rj gathering on the 29th


    which I won't be making D:


    Go to Barcelona bitch!!! We are having an RJ meet up there in August!!!!


    Back to your regularly scheduled program...
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
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    I have mentioned this restaurant many times in various forum threads and it is the most delicious Northern Italian food anywhere. Small place and isn't frequented by tourists (they eat at chain restaurants anyway---fools).

    Corner of 44th and 9th in Hells Kitchen. A must for you to check out!
  • Moishendlishu...

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    Jun 19, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    calibro saidno, i'm going from the 21st-25th of june... and i think there won't be much left in nyc after i break everything... though there is an rj gathering on the 29th


    Where is this RJ gathering happening? You shouldn't break everything before I get there, that's specifically why I'm going good sir. You're ruining the plan
  • calibro

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    Jun 19, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    Moishendlishus said
    calibro saidno, i'm going from the 21st-25th of june... and i think there won't be much left in nyc after i break everything... though there is an rj gathering on the 29th


    Where is this RJ gathering happening? You shouldn't break everything before I get there, that's specifically why I'm going good sir. You're ruining the plan


    you can search the threads for it... it's something like rj nyc meetup v or vi
  • Moishendlishu...

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    Jun 19, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    ayer yeah I'm doing shows out there, mostly just the mics but I'm meeting some people out there as well so we'll see if I hit it big (riiiiight)

    Thanks everyone for the info. Sorry if there are other threads out there but sometimes a guy is just lazy. This is one of those times.

    Not a big museum guy, love the cheap stuff. Brandon that sushi sounds fantastic and I'll totally check that out. Same with the italian food Mr. Turtleneck

    Apparently this thread is useful for other people as well so keep the suggestions coming.

    The goal of this visit is to see if I want to live there. It is the comedy mecca afterall and LA kinda blows and not in that good way.

    What about cheap places to stay? I'm trying to do the couchsurfing.com thing and meet people that way but what's a good plan B? This really is spur of the moment (stupid) so I hear hostels are the way to go?
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    Jun 19, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
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    Ariodante said
    calibro said though there is an rj gathering on the 29th


    which I won't be making D:


    Go to Barcelona bitch!!! We are having an RJ meet up there in August!!!!


    Back to your regularly scheduled program...

    Oh that sounds loads easier to get to than NY =D! Let me just board my magical unicorn jet ^_^!