New York City... best and worst

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 10, 2009 11:27 PM GMT

    Hi guys. I'm heading to New York City for a week in February and I need some tips from the amazing, cultured, super cool guys of the Real Jock community.

    Now, I know that there is a similar thread running about gay places in NYC, but this is more general.

    What are your pics for "don't miss" New York attractions? What would you list as overrated/skip it? Any suggestions for a great gym to get a week pass at while I'm there? Cool little shops? Caf├ęs? Best place to score blow? (Just kidding on the last one)

    So far, I have a ticket to see Wicked, and I'm going to do a drop in class at the Improv Pitt. I'm planning to visit loads of museums and galleries, and I'm definitely up to meet a cool RJer to see the city with. I have a hot boyfriend, so only PG rated fun icon_wink.gif

    Thanks for your help with my first trip to the US

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    First of all NYC is an amazing city to visit. Very dynamic with lots to do.

    I personally love art so I visited the art museums. I especially loved the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Going to the top of the Empire State Building at night is also pretty neat. Great view of the city.

    My partner and I went to see "Jersey Boys" which was a great time, but I have heard good things about "Wicked" as well (the book was good).

    Because of the time of year you are going, a walk in Central Park may not be a very pleasant experience!

    If you are into gay history take a walk down Christopher Street and visit the famous Stonewall Inn where the gay rights movement began in earnest in 1969.

    The area where there are a lot of gay bars is Chelsea though, which is north of Christopher Street.

    Have a great time!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2009 1:42 AM GMT
    You'll have loads of fun. It's a fantastic city.

    UofTLatinBoy said
    Thanks for your help with my first trip to the US


    Whatever you do, make sure you bought health insurance (e.g. blue cross, etc) to cover you for the entire week BEFORE you leave Toronto. Maybe you're already covered with work or school but you should check to make sure

  • dhigginb

    Posts: 2

    Feb 11, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    It is always a little hard to guide people to the city without knowing that person's interests because NY has a little bit of everything. If you like modern art, then MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art) will be a sure bet. Although, if you want an experience that covers a variety of cultures and ages, then the Metropolitan Museum is best. I love the Met personally and I always take visitors to see the Temple of Dendur and then we wander through some of the many rooms. You can also walk around 10th Ave (I think) around 23 to 28th street (a little above Chelsea, one of the gay districts) and visit numerous art galleries for very contemporary work. That walk is fun and I think most of the galleries have a map of the neighborhood with the other galleries on it.

    NY teems with cool little shops of all kinds; it really depends on what you want to see/buy. The East Village is fun to walk through as is Hell's Kitchen. You also can walk around the neighborhoods below 14th street and you will see different types of shopping areas. Make sure you buy a decent map of the island that gives you a sense of the neighborhoods. Again, cafes are everywhere. I like Soy Luck Club on Greenwich near 7th Ave; there is another good one called Housing Works (google it; I can't remember the address). Be aware that cafes and restaurants in NY tend to be busy, loud, and cram packed. I don't notice this anymore but when friends visit for the first time they sometimes are startled by the intimacy of it all. If you like books, you should check out The Strand at 12th and Broadway.

    I think you can skip the upper west side (it is general shopping and residential for the most part), but go to Central Park. The weather is not that bad here, especially compared to TO.

    Enjoy!

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2009 2:18 AM GMT
    If you like art, besides the museums - gallery hop Chelsea.

    I like to just stroll the downtown neighborhoods, Chelsea, West Village, GV, East Village Soho, Tribeca... pop into whatever looks interesting.

    We took visitors from Italy on a circle line cruise last year. Very touristy, but fun and unbeatable views of the skyline - You'll see plenty taking the half circle.


  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2009 5:50 AM GMT
    Yes, the chelsea galleries are sick. and definitely checkout the club greenhouse on sundays. i go there all the time and its absolutely stunning in the way a club should be, go to greenhousenyc.com to check out pictures, and there are ALWAYS hot gay guys there as well as trannys and club kids!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2009 6:05 PM GMT
    OMG I just saw wicked last night on Broadway. IT WAS AMAZING!!! Have fun in NYC icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 11, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    If you go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Natural History Museum, the entrance fee is "suggested" - I usually give a dollar or two. Also, many of the museums have free night on Thursdays or Fridays - but get there early! I went to the Whitney a few weeks ago on free night and the line went around the block. The MOMA line gets pretty long, too.

    If you're feeling a little adventurous, take the L train to Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn and go walking around. There are some fun restaurants, cafes, and thrift stores.

    If you want a free ride on the water, take the free water Taxi to IKEA in Brooklyn. You can catch it at the South Street Seaport at Pier 11 by Wall Street.

    SoHo has a lot of great shops and restaurants and I really enjoy walking around there.

    If the weather is great, you can go to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - admission is very cheap and it's beautiful there.

    When you get to NY, pick up a copy of Time Out. It's a weekly magazine with everything happening in the city and has a section for "us".
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 12, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    Wow! Thanks for the great response guys! I'm so glad I have six full days to try to see as much as possible.

    I hope this great weather holds up next week.

    Cdn_WEbby: Thankfully, my school heath plan has me fully covered.

    Surreallife: I visited the Eiffel tower at night in December, and the view of Paris at night was spectacular. I think visiting the top of the Empire State Building at night is a great ideal. Thanks!

    dhigginb & BornToBeMild: Thanks for all the shopping tips. I'm looking forward to walking though all these great neighborhoods, seeing the galleries and tasting lots of fantastic food.

    England89: Wow! Greenhouse is an amazing club. I'll definatly be checking it out. Thanks!

    Yomamali: Thanks again for the great Restaurant Week tip!

    And lissenup: That Ikea boat tip is amazing! I can't believe those museums have a suggested donation system in place. I volunteer at the Royal Ontario Museum here in Toronto, and admission is $20.00!

    Thanks again for all the great tips guys. I really appreciate it icon_smile.gif



  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 12, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    UofTLatinBoy saidAnd lissenup: That Ikea boat tip is amazing! I can't believe those museums have a suggested donation system in place. I volunteer at the Royal Ontario Museum here in Toronto, and admission is $20.00!

    Thanks again for all the great tips guys. I really appreciate it icon_smile.gif


    I'll all about the free stuff! icon_smile.gif

    Most people don't know about the suggested donation price or the free nights at the museum. I forgot to mention the Museum of Art and Design, which recently re-opened in Columbus Circle. It's free night is on Thursday nights. I went a couple of weeks ago and it wasn't crowded at all.

    Make sure you go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art though - it's one of my favorites in the world and I usually go there once a week (lately it's been once every two weeks). If you're feeling adventurous, you can travel uptown to the Cloisters, which is part of the Met - it is beautiful there and very relaxing. It's a nice change of pace if the city gets to you.

    If you like film, there are a lot of great movie theaters that show films you can't see anywhere else. Check out Film Forum, the Angelika, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, Landmark Sunshine Cinema, and the MOMA (to name a few).
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 13, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    Oh yeah... Barney's is currently holding their warehouse sale in February... this is a must do for the fashionista in you icon_smile.gif

    255 west 17th street in Chelsea... Happy shopping icon_smile.gif