Going to New Jersey, New York

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    Jul 04, 2008 11:35 PM GMT
    Hey guys I'm going to New Jersey/York at the end of the month. I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers on things that are worth seeing or visiting? Being from Arkansas and having a short time there I would like to visit places that are interesting that I am not use to seeing or being around.
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    Jul 05, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    - Ellis Island, if you are coming from jersey, go to liberty state park, same ferry service as from new york, but little to no lines. You can stay on the boat at the statue of liberty, currently you can't go up to the crown anymore, just to the pedestal at her feet.
    -Ground Zero, just remember the meaning of the site, and show proper respect, as so many tourists don't
    -St. Paul's Chapel, by ground zero, used by workers at ground zero as a refuge, big displays about what it was like to work there. George Washington went to church here.
    -J&R, across from St. Paul's. big electronics store if you're into that.
    -Metropolitan Museum of art- Pick what you want to see before you go, extensive Egyptian and armor collections in addition to the "regular" art.
    -museum of natural history, Rocks, stuffed animals, and a giant planetarium,
    -Central Park, just take a couple of hours or more and wander, i still do that from time to time.
    -Lower east side tenement museum. - I haven't been, but i heard it's good.
    -new york transit museum. Lots of old subway stuff. Cool if your into that kind of thing.
    -broadway shows. Playbill.com is a good place to check things out.
    -waterfalls - a temporary art exhibit, giant 120 foot scaffolding with waterfalls from the top, they're along the east river, one is under the Brooklyn bridge.

    -Brooklyn bridge, you can walk across, and then the Brooklyn ice cream factory is close to the brooklyn side, pretty good ice cream. subway isn't too far if you want to ride back.

    -Lombardi's Pizza - Spring at Mott (spring st stop on the 6) first pizza license in the city, coal fired brick oven. best pizza you will eat.
    -La Bella Ferrara - 108 Mulberry Street, 5 to 10 minute walk from lombardi's, amazing italian bakery, they do have small stuff too if you're watching calories, the smell alone is worth the trip.

    -Arriba arriba, 762 9th Ave @ 51st st. Pretty good mexican, great margaritas, and normally a lot of cute boys. Not a must, but if you're looking for a place to eat close to times square.
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    Jul 05, 2008 3:32 AM GMT
    Wow man, thats quite an itinerary. I will have to check things out. I like art so that will be a must. I have gone to the statue and ground zero back in December. I'm going to see my niece and nephews along with my sisters...
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    Jul 06, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    You'll have lots of suggestions once guys return from holiday -- BUT--

    I am not a NYer but these are my favorites if you like art:

    The Frick Collection--do not miss this guy--it is a simply awesome collection and in the collectors home. The history of Frick alone is well worth knowing--Pittsburg Steel.

    1 East 70th Street
    New York, NY 10021
    Phone: 212-288-0700

    General e-mail: info@frick.org

    For more information, see Map and Directions.


    $15, adults; $10, senior citizens (62 and over); $5, students with valid identification. On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The price of admission includes the ArtPhone audio guide. Admission is always free for Members.

    An Introduction to The Frick Collection

    A visit to The Frick Collection evokes the splendor and tranquillity of a time gone by and at the same time testifies to how great art collections can still inspire viewers today. Housed in the New York mansion built by Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), one of America’s most successful coke and steel industrialists, are masterpieces of Western painting, sculpture, and decorative art, displayed in a serene and intimate setting. Each of sixteen galleries offers a unique presentation of works of art arranged for the most part without regard to period or national origin, in the same spirit as Mr. Frick enjoyed the art he loved before he bequeathed it to the public.

    Both the mansion and the works in it serve as a monument to one of America's greatest art collectors. Built in 1913–14 from designs by the firm Carrère and Hastings, the house is set back from Fifth Avenue by an elevated garden punctuated by three magnificent magnolia trees.

    Since Mr. Frick’s death in 1919, the Collection has expanded both its physical dimensions and its holdings. Approximately one third of the pictures have been acquired since then, and twice — in 1931–35 and 1977 — the building has been enlarged to better serve the public. At the Frick, visitors stroll from the airy, lighthearted Fragonard Room, named for that artist's large wall paintings of The Progress of Love and furnished with exceptional eighteenth-century French furniture and Sèvres porcelain, to the more austere atmosphere of the Living Hall, filled with masterpieces by Holbein, Titian, El Greco, and Bellini. Passing through the Library, rich with Italian bronzes and Chinese porcelain vases, one arrives at Mr. Frick’s long West Gallery, hung with celebrated canvases including landscapes by Constable, Ruisdael, and Corot and portraits by Rembrandt and Velázquez. Vermeer's Mistress and Maid, the last painting Mr. Frick bought, is one of three pictures by that artist in the Collection, while Piero della Francesca's image of St. John the Evangelist, dominating the Enamel Room, is the only large painting by Piero in the United States. The East Gallery, adorned with works by Degas, Goya, Turner, Van Dyck, Claude Lorrain, Whistler, and others, usually concludes a visit to the galleries and leads visitors to the serene space of the Garden Court, where they pause beneath the skylight, surrounded by greenery and the gentle sounds of the fountain.

    You could spend a day here and not be bored ... but then again a day in a museum -- but this collection is simply awesome.

    This is not far from the Met either.


    Another museum near the Met is The Neue Gallery.

    Do you like KLIMT? Then run--to this place:

    The building housing Neue Galerie New York is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, in an area known as Museum Mile. The building was completed in 1914 by Carrère & Hastings, also architects of the New York Public Library. It has been designated a landmark by the New York Landmarks Commission and is generally considered to be one of the most distinguished buildings ever erected on Fifth Avenue. Commissioned by industrialist William Starr Miller, it was later occupied by society doyenne Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III and subsequently by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. It was purchased by Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky in 1994.

    (PS--Lauder -- of Estee Lauder family)

    MUSEUM: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. [closed Tuesday and Wednesday]

    DIRECTIONS: Subway: 4, 5 or 6 Train to 86th Street (at Lexington Avenue) B or C train to 86th Street (at Central Park West). Bus: M86 to 86th Street (at Fifth Avenue) M1, M2, M3, or M4 to 86th Street (at Madison Avenue) Parking: Commercial parking facilities are located on 86th Street across from the Neue Galerie.

    Gustav Klimt
    Adele Bloch-Bauer I
    1907, oil, silver and gold on canvas.
    Neue Galerie New York

    This acquisition made available in part through the generosity of the heirs of the Estates of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-bauer.

    In 1903, Klimt visited the Byzantine mosaics at Ravenna, Italy, and was impressed by these exquisite works, in which the figure of the Empress Theodora is rendered in a bejeweled setting inlaid with gold. Upon his return to Vienna, he began to work in what became known as his "Golden Style," incorporating gold elements into both his allegorical and portrait paintings. In Adele Bloch-Bauer I, one of Klimt's greatest achievements, gold is used in a variety of contexts, from the lustrous background to the shining fabric of Adele's gown. The subject seems to become one with her glowing surroundings, yet a distinctive and tenderly drawn figure emerges from the profusion of decorative motifs. Adele appears as a modern, complex woman, her intelligence as evident as her sensuality. Her hands are folded in such a way as to conceal her deformed finger, yet the gesture only adds to her mysterious grace.


    This is a great place for lunch--peferably before 11:30 on any day--long lines otherwise:

    Shake Shack
    Madison Square Park South east corner
    Madison Avenue and 23rd Street
    Food is excellent and the setting a cool park not far from Penn Station.

    Best wishes to you while in NYC. I am not from there or even near there--but I have grown to love it and never thought I would.