Trip to New York

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    Sep 09, 2013 8:53 AM GMT
    Hi all

    I know there's been posts like this before but things change so quickly in New York it's always good to get some fresh ideas.

    I'm coming for a week later this month and was looking for new things to see and do. I've been a bunch of times before so I've done all the really obvious touristy stuff in Manhattan (haven't really strayed outside yet). Any ideas for offbeat and quirky/outdoorsy/cultural stuff/walks to do while I'm there would be great. Pretty open to anything.

    Thanks!
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    Sep 09, 2013 1:21 PM GMT
    check to see what kind of local festivals are going on. NYC is so huge, there's bound to be something local/random going on.
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    Sep 09, 2013 2:38 PM GMT
    The Feast of San Gennaro starts this week and goes until the 22nd. If you're here during that time you should go. The street food and the eye candy are amazing! ;-)
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    Sep 09, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    I ate at this delicious and busy oyster bar. I think it's called the mermaid. I wanted to go to Coney Island I was sick though
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    Sep 09, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    Great thanks :-)

    I get there on 24th
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    Sep 09, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
    Highline Park is incredible if you haven't seen it before. Rent a bike and ride around Central Park. Eat a burger at H&B Burger on 43rd St, just east of Times Square, it's inexpensive and delicious!
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    Sep 11, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    If you haven't been to Harlem in the past ten years you haven't been to Harlem. NYC is famous for its ethnic enclaves with "Little" in the name - Harlem now has "Little Senegal." It's centered around Frederick Douglass Blvd and 118th St. Not only Senegalese immigrants, but newcomers from many West African nations, are settling there. You should see the gorgeous loose-fitting gowns many of the women wear as everyday clothes, complete with matching scarves. Unlike Asian languages and Spanish, the native dialects spoken by these arrivals are music to the ears.

    Except for tour bus excursions to see the Apollo Theater, eat at Sylvia's, and invade church services, White people generally didn't go to Harlem. That is, unless they were associated with Columbia/Barnard and needing to transact business at the post office, or "up to no good." No more! Gentrification has gotten well underway but so far isn't messing things up much beyond all the national-chain franchises displacing local businesses along 125th St. It's almost unbelievably safe to amble around the neighborhood no matter what the hour, at least in Little Senegal and between 110th and 125th. Quite a few persons of the pale persuasion have even started moving in there to live.

    I spent an awesome weekend last June in NYC and ended up passing over half that time right in Harlem. My home base was the ironically named, Gay-owned, "Harlem Flophouse." What a place! It's a brownstone row house which was completely restored without turning "cute," on a quiet block a short distance from express subway stops. The owners are jazz musicians who just might be hosting a jam session while you're there (I wasn't so lucky.) They stay "in the background" so much that you're not prone to see them after you've checked in. And their black-and-white, rescued stray, young cat "Phoebe" is a sweetheart. icon_smile.gif Best of all, it's crazy cheap for New York, barely $100 a night.

    "TL;DR" means "I liked, a lot" in this case. Can't recommend Harlem or the Flophouse enough!
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    Sep 11, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    It's a great town. Just avoid it's inhabitants.
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    Sep 11, 2013 7:47 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidIt's a great town. Just avoid it's inhabitants.


    We'll avoid you too, don't worry.

    And it's "its inhabitants," not it's.
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    Sep 16, 2013 1:14 PM GMT
    MCB_ said
    Scruffypup saidIt's a great town. Just avoid it's inhabitants.


    We'll avoid you too, don't worry.

    And it's "its inhabitants," not it's.


    Indeed. I know we don't have anything to match the unrivaled sophistication and "friendliness" of New Orleans, (let alone ITS inhabitants' command of English), but for a little of that old-world New York charm, try my two favorite places to meet people for drinks:

    1)The lobby bar at the legendary Algonquin Hotel (the north side of 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth). It's now a Marriott (never mind), but it was one of the first buildings in Manhattan to have electricity and, although somewhat refurbished, those light fixtures on the wood columns are the originals from 1902.

    It was also the home to the legendary Algonquin Roundtable. The bar is still one of the very few places left in New York where you really will see famous actors, bankers, bohemians, Supreme Court justices, and hoi polloi all at the same time.

    (Factoid: 44th Street is sometimes called "Club Row": You'll find the Harvard Club, the Penn Club, the Cornell Club, the New York Yacht Club all there, the Yale Club is at the (east) end of the street, around the corner on Vanderbilt Avenue).

    2) Bemelman's Bar, at the Carlyle Hotel (Madison Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets). It's not cheap $, but it is fun, and the live music is great (get in before the music starts and you won't have to pay the cover).

    If you really want to splurge, Monday nights Woody Allen and his band play in the Café Carlyle (walk out of Bemelman's, right across the small hallway). But that's $125 just to sit at the bar and listen.

    Have fun!!!
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    Sep 20, 2013 1:15 PM GMT
    Oh wow some great ideas. Thanks all. Was planning to explore Brooklyn a lot more but will definitely take a look at some of the other suggestions.
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    Sep 20, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    Junior's of Brooklyn is a well known restaurant that serves American standards and its very good. I think it goes all the way back to the 30s or 40s. Another famous Brooklyn restaurant is Spumoni Gardens, if you like Italian food. If you go to Coney Island, check out all the freaky side-shows, in which Aristoshark is the main attraction.