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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 20, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    I'm going to be in NYC next week from Thursday 6/26-to-Tuesday 7/1.
    I haven't been to the city in several years. Anybody have some tips on new "must see" things to do while there -- restaurants, hot spots, shopping, etc? I'm staying on the west side at The Standard/High Line. I'm told I need to behave myself in the elevators there (i.e. Solange Knowles vs. Jay Z). icon_lol.gif I got a week pass to Equinox, so I'm set on the gym front.
  • tj85016

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    Jun 20, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    go to Susan Sarandon's ping pong bar SPiN on E23rd, it's different if you don't want a typical bar, Flatiron/Union Square is fun anyway.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 20, 2014 6:59 PM GMT
    owl_bundy saidyou should take the f train to 21st street in queensbridge. go up to 41st ave and make a left. walk through the blocks. heard over there is a popular tourist attraction.



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    Jun 20, 2014 8:33 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm going to be in NYC next week from Thursday 6/26-to-Tuesday 7/1.
    I haven't been to the city in several years. Anybody have some tips on new "must see" things to do while there -- restaurants, hot spots, shopping, etc? I'm staying on the west side at The Standard/High Line. I'm told I need to behave myself in the elevators there (i.e. Solange Knowles vs. Jay Z). icon_lol.gif I got a week pass to Equinox, so I'm set on the gym front.


    The Standard is a great place to flash people on the Highline. When you get there, you'll see why. Walk the Highline, it's beautiful. Go to H&B Burger on 43rd st, just east of Times Sq. Clean place, inexpensive, and outrageously delicious burgers. The Staten Island Ferry is a nice ride and free. Rent a bike and ride through Central Park.
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    Jun 20, 2014 8:34 PM GMT
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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 20, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
    Blakes7 said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm going to be in NYC next week from Thursday 6/26-to-Tuesday 7/1.
    I haven't been to the city in several years. Anybody have some tips on new "must see" things to do while there -- restaurants, hot spots, shopping, etc? I'm staying on the west side at The Standard/High Line. I'm told I need to behave myself in the elevators there (i.e. Solange Knowles vs. Jay Z). icon_lol.gif I got a week pass to Equinox, so I'm set on the gym front.


    The Standard is a great place to flash people on the Highline. When you get there, you'll see why. Walk the Highline, it's beautiful. Go to H&B Burger on 43rd st, just east of Times Sq. Clean place, inexpensive, and outrageously delicious burgers. The Staten Island Ferry is a nice ride and free. Rent a bike and ride through Central Park.



    Thanks, Blake --- H&B sounds right up my alley, as does the Central Park bike ride.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 20, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    Why not travel and discover the rest of the great state of New Yorkicon_question.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 20, 2014 9:11 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidWhy not travel and discover the rest of the great state of New Yorkicon_question.gif


    I would like to see Niagara Falls sometime...but not this trip.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 20, 2014 9:24 PM GMT
    owl_bundy said
    CuriousJockAZ said
    roadbikeRob saidWhy not travel and discover the rest of the great state of New Yorkicon_question.gif


    I would like to see Niagara Falls sometime...but not this trip.


    hope you're talking about the ontario side. icon_lol.gif bypass the new york side.
    Exactly, if you visit Niagara Falls, go to the Canadian side. It is much cleaner, safer, and it is very beautiful. In addition, the best views of the falls are from the Canadian side of the Niagara. Avoid Niagara Falls, NY at all times. I often refer to it as "Gary Indiana on the falls" because it is decrepit, disgusting, and dangerous. Niagara Falls NY is a horrendous urban embarrassment to our great country.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 20, 2014 10:58 PM GMT
    Wow! That's so sad that they've let the New York side get so run down.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 21, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidWow! That's so sad that they've let the New York side get so run down.
    My friend, Niagara Falls NY was always a screwed up, fucked up place since its incorporation as a city on March 17, 1892. The city had a horrendous reputation for brutally corrupt politics, rampant prostitution, bootlegging during prohibition, heavy toxic industry that polluted and dumped all over the damned place, and one of the fiercest organized crime families in the Western Hemisphere- the Stefano Magaddino clan. Niagara Falls NY along with Youngstown OH were at one time considered the two most corrupt and uncontrollable cities in the US. When destructive urban renewal hit both cities and the industry began to pack up and leave for better and greener pastures both Niagara Falls and Youngstown have both literally collapsed on hard times. Abandonment, decay, violent crime, drugs, and single parent welfare families are the norm in both cities. A very sad and sickening situation indeed. But it will take years for both Niagara Falls and Youngstown to start recovering from their urban trauma, that is how bad it is in both cities. If you should ever decide to take a tour of ghettos and urban decay in both Niagara Falls and Youngstown, trust me on this one it will be very sobering and heartbreaking. You will return home to Phoenix and kiss the pavement downtown being deeply thankful that you live where you currently live.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 21, 2014 6:01 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    CuriousJockAZ saidWow! That's so sad that they've let the New York side get so run down.
    My friend, Niagara Falls NY was always a screwed up, fucked up place since its incorporation as a city on March 17, 1892. The city had a horrendous reputation for brutally corrupt politics, rampant prostitution, bootlegging during prohibition, heavy toxic industry that polluted and dumped all over the damned place, and one of the fiercest organized crime families in the Western Hemisphere- the Stefano Magaddino clan. Niagara Falls NY along with Youngstown OH were at one time considered the two most corrupt and uncontrollable cities in the US. When destructive urban renewal hit both cities and the industry began to pack up and leave for better and greener pastures both Niagara Falls and Youngstown have both literally collapsed on hard times. Abandonment, decay, violent crime, drugs, and single parent welfare families are the norm in both cities. A very sad and sickening situation indeed. But it will take years for both Niagara Falls and Youngstown to start recovering from their urban trauma, that is how bad it is in both cities. If you should ever decide to take a tour of ghettos and urban decay in both Niagara Falls and Youngstown, trust me on this one it will be very sobering and heartbreaking. You will return home to Phoenix and kiss the pavement downtown being deeply thankful that you live where you currently live.


    I'm glad I won't be going there to ruin my trip. I think I'll stick to Manhattan where I always have a great time when I visit but, YES, it's always great to get back to Phoenix which is definitely the best place I have ever lived.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 21, 2014 12:12 PM GMT
    owl_bundy said
    CuriousJockAZ said
    owl_bundy saidyou should take the f train to 21st street in queensbridge. go up to 41st ave and make a left. walk through the blocks. heard over there is a popular tourist attraction.



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    why would you not want to visit a place like this?????

    icon_lol.gif just joking. nyc has too much shit. plus that's like pride weekend so eyyyyy...... explore the city, just avoid the bad parts like queensbridge, even though i heard that over there isn't that bad anymore where tourist walk through there like nothing. you'll be safe even if you walk pass there. if i really wanted to get you killed, i'd tell you to go to brownsville, east new york, soundview, south jamaica, or far rockaway.
    Please, the Queensbridge neighborhood in New York City is a neat, clean utopia when compared to the battered, broken down, drug infested cityscape of Niagara Falls, NY.
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:10 PM GMT
    i grew up in the Buffalo Niagra Falls area. NYC vs NYstate are two separate things, let it be. I think the OP didnt intend to see the falls.

    if the diamond district in NYC not up to standards visit an antique jewelry store http://pippinvintage.com/
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    i liked a consignment shop (maybe liking this because we have one locally in Denver) but the Buffalo Exchange in Chelsea was functional:
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    Jun 21, 2014 4:12 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI'm going to be in NYC next week from Thursday 6/26-to-Tuesday 7/1.
    I haven't been to the city in several years. Anybody have some tips on new "must see" things to do while there -- restaurants, hot spots, shopping, etc? I'm staying on the west side at The Standard/High Line. I'm told I need to behave myself in the elevators there (i.e. Solange Knowles vs. Jay Z). icon_lol.gif I got a week pass to Equinox, so I'm set on the gym front.

    make sure to do the roof top bar at your hotel.
    if you are in nyc during saturday go running with front runners gay club on saturday morning. they start running at 10 am thru central park.
    visit the metropolitan museum. it also has a roof top bar.
    are you looking for designer stuff for or just good prices? avoid china town unless you are looking for fruit and vegies. if you have the time and you like to shop Century 21 is the place to go. Visit early in the morning or an hour before closing else it will be crowded. avoid Century 21 on the weekends.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 21, 2014 4:35 PM GMT
    Not new and different, rather old and iconic, but I always find time for a scotch in the Oak Bar at the Plaza. Pre theatre. And a martini at the King Cole bar at the St Regis.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 21, 2014 6:13 PM GMT
    Thanks for the tips everybody...I can't wait to get to New York!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 21, 2014 8:25 PM GMT
    owl_bundy said
    roadbikeRob said
    owl_bundy said
    CuriousJockAZ said
    owl_bundy saidyou should take the f train to 21st street in queensbridge. go up to 41st ave and make a left. walk through the blocks. heard over there is a popular tourist attraction.



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    why would you not want to visit a place like this?????

    icon_lol.gif just joking. nyc has too much shit. plus that's like pride weekend so eyyyyy...... explore the city, just avoid the bad parts like queensbridge, even though i heard that over there isn't that bad anymore where tourist walk through there like nothing. you'll be safe even if you walk pass there. if i really wanted to get you killed, i'd tell you to go to brownsville, east new york, soundview, south jamaica, or far rockaway.
    Please, the Queensbridge neighborhood in New York City is a neat, clean utopia when compared to the battered, broken down, drug infested cityscape of Niagara Falls, NY.


    don't sleep on queensbridge. it's the largest projects (96 buildings) in the united states or north america. heard that it was really bad in the 80s and 90s where crack was big. people are saying that they cleaned it up BUT there was a recent stat chart of high crime housing projects and queensbridge made the top 10 list.

    i wouldn't go inside that place. might walk up 21st street going around long island city BUT not into the project like 41st avenue, 12 street, and all those other places. chances are they might end up privatizing the projects and making it into some condos since they're x'ing the poor out of nyc and make more area for rich folks.

    niagara falls is beyond reach. they might as well visit that city out of existence. that's a place that is in dire need of help. how did over there get so bad though? it's crazy how the american and canadian side differ. hell, does the canadian side of niagara falls even have a ghetto? over there seems peaceful and tranquil compared to new york where you can tell that shit is straight hood.
    Niagara Falls, Canada has a few dicey, tough neighborhoods but the overwhelming majority of that city is clean and well kept. Clifton Hill can be annoying after awhile with all its famous tourists traps. But at least there are things to see and do after marveling at the world famous falls. What the hell is there to do in Niagara Falls NY other than gawk at urban decay and dodging the occasional stray bullets from a nearby drug deal gone bad.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 22, 2014 2:49 PM GMT
    owl_bundy said
    roadbikeRob saidNiagara Falls, Canada has a few dicey, tough neighborhoods but the overwhelming majority of that city is clean and well kept. Clifton Hill can be annoying after awhile with all its famous tourists traps. But at least there are things to see and do after marveling at the world famous falls. What the hell is there to do in Niagara Falls NY other than gawk at urban decay and dodging the occasional stray bullets from a nearby drug deal gone bad.


    there's the falls and the rainbow casino though if you like to gamble. icon_neutral.gif then there's also the love canal. people that are interested in science can visit there. they should turn that spot into an educational tourist attraction like the liberty science center.
    It could be an educational center about failed urban renewal and urban policy since Niagara Falls NY was literally destroyed by careless, hapless urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s.
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    Jun 22, 2014 3:03 PM GMT
    NorthwestBoy1980 saidBe careful. New York City has had a huge increase in anti-gay hate crimes over the past 2 years. As a gay man, you are safer visiting anyplace else besides New York City.


    Stop being an ass hat. What huge increase? Less safe than Uganda or Nigeria or Russia or any place in the bible belt? Must you continue to show your stupidity? Why are right winged nuts always idiots?
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    Jun 26, 2014 10:01 PM GMT
    Hey Todd, Hope you're all set for a great week in the Big city. A few favorite watering holes & restaurants for your consideration:

    * Crown (24 E. 81st Street, between Fifth & Madison, across & down the street 1/2 block from our family co-op).

    * Bemelmens Bar at The Carlyle (35 E. 76th - between Park & Madison).

    * Daniel (60 E. 65th - between Park & Madison).

    * Dorian's (1616 2nd Avenue - at 84th Street).

    These are only some of my favorite places to go. I have a whole lot more. Ask me when we talk next.

    One thing I like doing best when I'm there is to go run the park, around the reservoir, or catch some sun behind M.M.O.A. or at Sheep Meadow. Have a great trip, whatever you do!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 27, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    Thanks, Gregg! I'm having a great time so far. The Standard Hotel (near the High Line) is a great location. There's an Equinox gym a few blocks away, lots of shopping and restaurants all around, and the views are fantastic. Here's a view from the rooftop deck last night at sunset of the truly breathtaking new "Freedom Tower" that replaces the WTC...

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    Here's a view from my room of the Manhattan skyline...

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    One of my favorite discoveries is this cool indoor food court type place called "Chelsea Marketplace" --- Ohhhh my....I'd weigh 300 lbs if I lived here. Every kind of food you could want, and so many creative ideas. My two favorites was this shop that specialized in nothing but organic teas and fabulous spices from all over the world called "Spices & Tease"

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    and this wonderful little bakery that specializes in all kinds of brownies called "Fat Witch"

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    Of course, no New York City trip would be complete without a trip into SoHo to one of my favorite guilty pleasures on earth -- "Rice To Riches"...bar none the best Rice Pudding (of any flavor imaginable) you'll ever have. This place is always standing-room-only of people all too eager to shell out $7.50 for the small dish of rice pudding. No doubt when the creator of this starts selling franchises, this will be the next BIG thing.

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 28, 2014 1:44 PM GMT
    Don't forget to visit Macy's world famous flagship store on Herald Square and Fifth Avenue.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 28, 2014 3:57 PM GMT
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    are you going to go to the little pride thing they have at pier 13 or something like that tonight?????? don't know if you have any plans or whatever since it's pride week so i'ma guess you got yourself booked for some of the parties going on but if not, you might want to check it out. there's supposed to be music artists and celebs there too.


    The crazy thing is my room actually overlooks the pier where the big party is Sunday from a few blocks away and 10 floors up. I hear Demi Lovato is performing with a surprise appearance by Lady Gaga so I'm sure it will be quite the shin-dig, however from what I hear it's totally sold out so I won't be indulging. Oh well, been there, done that too many times then I can count (though never here in NYC). Ultimately, they are all pretty much the same.