New York , NEW YOOOORK!!!

  • bad_wolf

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    Aug 02, 2015 6:55 AM GMT
    *da da danana da!*

    I'm gonna be in NYC (if you couldn't tell from the singing) for a week in Sept.

    I've gone through Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and Time Out, and popped down some good places to see, visit and eat at.

    Anything anyone would recommend which isn't so obvious.

    I'm only about for 5 days so wanna cut out a lot of chaff. Also was travelling with my friend but she's now bringing her girlfriend. So while they're scissoring it up where can a gay go in the evenings?
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    Aug 02, 2015 7:15 AM GMT
    Get a rental car, drive a couple hours west, rent a mountain bike, and go downhill mountain biking at Mountain Creek Bike Park in New Jersey (formerly Diablo). You won't regret it. icon_cool.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 02, 2015 2:09 PM GMT
    bad_wolf said*da da danana da!*
    I've gone through Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and Time Out, and popped down some good places to see, visit and eat at.


    I never go to NYC without making at least one trip to RICE TO RICHES in Soho. They specialize in nothing but gourmet rice pudding...and it's truly amazing! My favorites --- "Coconut Coma" or "Fluent in French Toast". Both times I was there we arrived to a line out the door to order, it moves fast and well worth the wait.
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d477541-Reviews-Rice_to_Riches-New_York_City_New_York.html
    They also have a thriving mail order business, which I have used. It arrives overnight packed in this really cool rice kernel-shaped container, packed in dry ice, and tastes as cold and creamy as if you'd just ordered it at the store. Check out the flavors...
    https://www.ricetoriches.com

    A few block away is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC called "DELICATESSEN" -- don't be fooled by the name, it's not a Deli. They have a "Ginger & JalapeƱo Margarita" with cayenne pepper on the rim that is amazing. Best margarita ever.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/delicatessen-new-york

    One of my other favorite places is CHELSEA MARKET in Chelsea. Tons of really cool little places to eat -- and it's very inexpensive as well. There is something for everybody in there. Don't miss "FAT WITCH"...all they sell is every kind of fresh baked brownies you could think of.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_Market
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    Aug 02, 2015 3:11 PM GMT
    Boxers in Chelsea is a good late evening bar. They also have a location in Hell's Kitchen. The bartenders serve topless icon_smile.gif GYM bar is usually good anytime.
  • ardeerd

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    Aug 02, 2015 8:00 PM GMT
    Gays run the west side. West Village has some cool places (straight and gay) - one of my favorites is Fat Cat, which is a $3 cover and has live jazz every night, plus a bunch of games you can pay to play (pool, chess, scrabble, ping pong, etc.). It's also right across the street from Stonewall, if you wanted to see a little gay history. There are tons of gay bars around that area. I think Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is right there, as well.

    Boxers is all right, Gym is another "masc gay bar" (spoiler: Neither are). Basically, if you're anywhere between West Village and Hells Kitchen, you'll find plenty of gay stuff to do.

    My suggestion is to avoid any of the touristy stuff you don't ABSOLUTELY want to see. If you are dead-set on seeing the WTC, Times Square, etc. do it. But if you are just going to do it to say you did it, I wouldn't - they aren't that cool. WTC you can see from most places in the city and Times Square is a cesspool. Though if you go to the WTC, you can walk to the West Side Highway and see the Statue of Liberty from there. Something about that statue....

    There's tons of great food, so rely on Yelp to help you find what you're looking for. Don't go to chain restaurants unless it's something you're dying to try. NYC has too much good stuff to bother with chains.

    And the city is not that dangerous if you are in the right areas. If you're staying in Manhattan, you'll be fine as long as you're below 100th street or so. Do just keep your phone in your pocket and stuff like that if you're out late.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Aug 02, 2015 9:30 PM GMT
    I visited NYC with a friend of mine this past April. We saw the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, very moving.

    http://www.911memorial.org/



    Also, I agree with one of the other suggestions, the Chelsea Market. Also, my friend wanted to see the High Line so we did that.

    http://www.thehighline.org/visit

    And also, I liked the Queens Museum. It's kind of out of the way, but you can take the subway to get close. The exhibit "Panorama Of The City Of New York" is there, it's pretty cool. Scenes from the movie New Years Eve were filmed in this exhibit.

    http://www.queensmuseum.org/2013/10/panorama-of-the-city-of-new-york


    My friend and I were on the NYC subway for 4 days criss-crossing the city. The best and least expensive way to get around. The only thing we didnt do, that I had wanted to do, was visit Central Park. I have not done that in many years, but we ran out of time.
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    Aug 03, 2015 2:53 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said

    And also, I liked the Queens Museum. It's kind of out of the way, but you can take the subway to get close. The exhibit "Panorama Of The City Of New York" is there, it's pretty cool. Scenes from the movie New Years Eve were filmed in this exhibit.

    http://www.queensmuseum.org/2013/10/panorama-of-the-city-of-new-york


    My friend and I were on the NYC subway for 4 days criss-crossing the city. The best and least expensive way to get around. The only thing we didnt do, that I had wanted to do, was visit Central Park. I have not done that in many years, but we ran out of time.


    September in NYC? The U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

    Don't you miss Central Park. See if you can go to the Met Museum's Roof Garden--an excellent way to see Central Park.

    I personally like to see the giant cube of the solar system, especially at night at the American Museum of Natural History's planetarium.
  • bad_wolf

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    Aug 03, 2015 8:20 AM GMT
    I'm not gonna be able to fit all these in 5 days.

    Gonna need a second trip.

    West side is probably were I'd spent most of my evenings.

    Mountain biking, a must.

    Chelsea Market, maybe my first stop.

    I think the apartment we're getting is near times sq , any good pay as you gyms in the area?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 03, 2015 11:50 AM GMT
    Don't forget about Macy's world famous flagship department store on Herald Square and Fifth Avenue. After all, if you haven't seen Macy's, you haven't seen New York.icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 04, 2015 1:49 AM GMT
    G Lounge in Chelsea (225 W 19th St) Great music and great guys. Drag nites and dancers. It's a lot of fun. You will get hit on a loticon_biggrin.gif. Is that okay for you?
  • bad_wolf

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    Sep 14, 2015 10:07 AM GMT
    Two BA flights between US and UK had engine fires.

    Doesn't fill me with confidence.
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    Sep 14, 2015 8:57 PM GMT
    ardeerd saidGays run the west side. West Village has some cool places (straight and gay) - one of my favorites is Fat Cat, which is a $3 cover and has live jazz every night, plus a bunch of games you can pay to play (pool, chess, scrabble, ping pong, etc.). It's also right across the street from Stonewall, if you wanted to see a little gay history. There are tons of gay bars around that area. I think Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is right there, as well.


    Haha I just walked past those places yesterday, and yes the ice cream shop is on the same corner, next to Marie's Crisis (the piano bar)

    ardeerd saidBoxers is all right, Gym is another "masc gay bar" (spoiler: Neither are). Basically, if you're anywhere between West Village and Hells Kitchen, you'll find plenty of gay stuff to do.


    Nothing says "Gym" like the playpen full of smokers outside the door.

    ardeerd saidMy suggestion is to avoid any of the touristy stuff you don't ABSOLUTELY want to see. If you are dead-set on seeing the WTC, Times Square, etc. do it. But if you are just going to do it to say you did it, I wouldn't - they aren't that cool. WTC you can see from most places in the city and Times Square is a cesspool. Though if you go to the WTC, you can walk to the West Side Highway and see the Statue of Liberty from there. Something about that statue....

    There's tons of great food, so rely on Yelp to help you find what you're looking for. Don't go to chain restaurants unless it's something you're dying to try. NYC has too much good stuff to bother with chains.


    Agreed, check out the high line which is an overhead railroad which has been made into a park. Tons of cool food, shopping and people watching both on it and underneath.

    Unfortunately chains (not just food, but clothing, etc.) are becoming more and more prevalent in Manhattan.
  • bad_wolf

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    Sep 17, 2015 10:06 PM GMT
    Looks like I'm staying on the boarder of Italy and China. Food fair on so sorted for snacks. First day, did Liberty, WTC, Times Sq and down town bus tour
    Today done rockafella, empire and booze cruise .
    Essentially anything that's free on the NYC pass.
    Tomorrow night gonna try and find somewhere to go out and truth be told, looking at Google, nothing is really selling it for me. I mean I'm from the UK and we have all sorts of Queens.
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    Sep 18, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    Right now the Feast of San Genarro is going on on Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy. Tons of street vendors with food, drinks (avoid the mixed drinks... awful) and people watching, and VERY New York.

    If you want something a little cerebral, the Tenement Museum is in that area, tells the story of how immigrants lived in NYC in the early part of the last century.

    Also the Museum of Sex is a little bit uptown, in the 20s.
  • bad_wolf

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    Sep 19, 2015 2:30 PM GMT
    That's the one
    So much meat