2nd trip to NYC what to do?

Apr 19th, 2005, 09:32 PM
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JFK now has a monorail system that runs from the airport to Jaimaca, Queens for about 5 dollars. from Jamaica you can either take the Long Island Rail Road about 10 min (all together from airport to Penn Station, which is about 8 blocks from your hotel is 15 minutes) for another 5 dollars or take the subway for a dollar and fifty cents. the subway ride is about 40 min to an hour.

for more info click on www.mta.info

You may want to consider a wine tasting at the wineries out on eastern long island as a day excursion.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 03:20 AM
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Lucy
I too am heading to NYC but unlike you this will be my 1st trip
I am in Adelaide and will be in NYC in december but will be arriving by train/bus havent decided yet
would love to hear from you when you get back as to the things you did and what worked
thanks
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Apr 26th, 2005, 06:07 PM
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I've now got a great seat booked for Avenue Q to go with my Spamalot one - very happy about that!

Unfortuatnely according to NY Waterway's website they won't start running their daytrips up the Hudson River to Kykuit till late June which is after I'll be there - I understand the train goes there as well but I really like idea of going by boat so are there any other companies that run similar trips?

I haven't heard of the Tenement museum -so I'll look into that as well - thanks!
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Apr 26th, 2005, 07:41 PM
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Try www.hudsonrivercruises.com

Have a good time at the theater -- I liked Avenue Q a lot.
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Apr 27th, 2005, 07:16 AM
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Question for anyone who knows the layout of the theatre in which Avenue Q is playing...would tickets right orch. approx. 20 rows from stage be good seats for this production?

Also, for Lucy, if you check out the website given before www.nymetro.com, they have some great visitors info on the city's best tours - walking tours, eating tours, shopping tours - you name it, it is there.


Thanks.
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Apr 28th, 2005, 04:19 PM
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How did you get Spamalot tickets? I am going to be in NYC in July and really want to see this. I only need 1 ticket.
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Apr 28th, 2005, 05:19 PM
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I'll do my best to help you out. I live in Manhattan, btw.

1. MOMA - I went there post-renovation. Go there in the morning. Even on weekdays, it's very crowded in the afternoon. Lines are long for their cafeteria. Suggest go across the street to Thai restaurant for their lunch special (around $8). You can come back after lunch to finish the tour. Guided tours recommended at MOMA. Some pieces are too avant garde.

2. Usually, the wait at TKS booth to get discount tickets is around an hour. Look for Naked Cowboy. He's famous/infamous. Going to Time Sq at night is fun. Have a drink at the rotating bar/restaurant called the View.

3. I also recommend Cooking!, a new interactive, culinary show. Koreans make music and theater out of cooking. You can participate and taste some food, too. Fire, smell, knives in the air, utensils making rhythmic noise, etc. This is off broadway. Not too expensive.

4. If you have a budget to taste the finest, go to Per Se. $150/pp 4 star restaurant (there are only 4 of them in NYC per NY Times). Reservation is hard to get, so you have to call 2 months in advance at 10 am sharp. It's at Time Warner building. Or, you could go to Jean Georges at Trump Int'l Hotel and Tower. $90 tasting menu is pretty good. It was featured in the Apprentice show. Next to Central Park.

5. For great Indian food, go to Jackson Heights, Queens. If not, Indian row in downtown will do.

6. Love going to South Street Seaport. Cuban restaurant called Cabana makes great food and great view of the harbor, ships, financial district.

7. Grimaldi is a brick oven pizza parlor right below Brooklyn bridge. It's the original Patsy's. You'll see photos of major politicos, celebs on the wall. After your pizza dinner, walk down a bit to the pier and go to the River Cafe and have dessert. It used to have the view of WTC, but now they're gone...

8. 1/3 of the tourists go to Harlem and do a walking tour. Gospel brunch is a popular item.

9. Brooklyn has underground transit museum that's interesting. I saw people come out of a man hole and thought there was some major train issue. Nope, it was the exit of the museum. BAM is a good museum where the latest artists' works are shown before they make it to MOMA.

10. If you are a foodie, you gotta try Brazilian BBQ, Korean table BBQ (make sure that you go to a place w/ wood charcoal not gas/electric grill) on 32nd st and broadway, and dim sum and bubble tea at Chinatown (hot pot, too).

11. Soho is great for art galleries. Tribecca for fine dining. Chelsea is residential and boring (shopping malls) - don't go there. Nolita is a small place. I recommend Greenwich Village - so much history there and so many famous writers come from there.

12. For a list of happening bars, try Sex and the City website. Any cocktail will start at $8 minimum. Try Mojito, one of my favorites. Hear that W hotel has a decent bar. Downtown (Tribecca, Soho, etc.) is best bet.

13. In the summer, they have 2 hour happy hour & dance cruise around Manhattan.

14. Cute Belgian restaurant in Soho (I think, not the one in Chelsea) is called Petit Abeille (sp? -little bee). Loved their sausages w/ mashed carrot/potato dish.

15. Alice's Tea Cup in Upper West Side (Amsterdam & Columbus, high 70's or low 80's st) Great scones w/ sweet fresh cream and jam. Cafe Lalo on 83rd and Amsterdam is good, too (featured in You Got Mail movie). Cafe Mozart is frequented by Juliard students who sometimes play there on a whim. Serendipity in Upper East Side (low 60's, I think) has the best frozen hot chocolate I've ever had. Pass other desserts there, not worth the money.

16. Carmines is family style restaurant -good for groups. Italian. Ceasar salad and strawberry short cake to die for. One in midtown, one in UWS.

17. Again, if you come here in the summer, check for Central Park's Shakespear at the Park. Bring wine, cheese and blanket.

18. One of my favorite restaurants in Chelsea is La Vie Trattoria on 7th Ave and 22nd st (I think). Venetian style Italian. I loooove their spaghetti w/ meatballs. Very different. Many gay couples go there, so you know they serve good food.

19. Go to Tiffany's upper floors. Tourists rarely go up there, so sales people are eager to let you try on extremely expensive and beautiful jewelry. Serve coffee. It's like a small museum.

20. If you want to shop for things to make your own clothes for some reason, check out garment district on high 30's and 7th or 8th avenue. Also fabric district downtown (Nolita, I think) for curtain/upholstery material. Wanna look at pretty flowers? Flower district in 20's and 7th ave (I think).

Rough suggestions and details. If you find anything interesting, google to confirm exact location.
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Apr 28th, 2005, 05:47 PM
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NYCdreamer - Your post has some inaccuracies and one whoppingly wierd statement.

"BAM is a good museum where the latest artists' works are shown before they make it to MOMA."

BAM is the famous Brooklyn Academy of Music - an avant garde, music/dance performance space. Are you perhaps meaning the Brooklyn Museum of Art - which I've only heard referred to as "The Brooklyn Museum of Art".

"Soho is great for art galleries. Tribecca for fine dining. Chelsea is residential and boring (shopping malls) - don't go there. Nolita is a small place. I recommend Greenwich Village - so much history there and so many famous writers come from there."

Soho still has a few high-end art galleries, but for the last ten years, Chelsea has bloomed with many (at least 40-50) galleries that can no longer afford Soho rents.

Soho is a well known shopping district now -(more of a mall than Chelsea) certainly - with Prada, Banana Republic, Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn . . . .

"14. Cute Belgian restaurant in Soho (I think, not the one in Chelsea) is called Petit Abeille (sp? -little bee). Loved their sausages w/ mashed carrot/potato dish. "

Petite Abeille in Soho has closed.

"18. One of my favorite restaurants in Chelsea is La Vie Trattoria on 7th Ave and 22nd st (I think). Venetian style Italian. I loooove their spaghetti w/ meatballs. Very different. Many gay couples go there, so you know they serve good food."

The name of the restaurant is Le Zie 2000, on 7th Avenue and 20th St.

Gay couples know good food????? I am speechless.


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Apr 28th, 2005, 05:54 PM
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1. theatre. your plans sound great. If you find you want to take the opportunity to see more shows, you might look at the TKTS website

http://www.tdf.org/tkts/#

and see what has been for sale recently at the half-price booths in TImes Square & South Street Seaport [note - same tickets both places, seaport line usually shorter].

From the current list I HIGHLY recommend Hairspray, All Shook Up (unless you hate Elvis' music), and Shockheaded Peter. I also liked HurlyBurly and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has some good word of mouth.

The Tennessee Williams plays unfortunately don't have good press.

2. Chelsea - no architectural interest to speak of, but the actual major art galleries are all there now, in far west Chelsea. Can combine with a visit to the Meatpacking District, which is very chic shopping (or looking). In that district, eat at Florent, an eccentric 24-hour French bistro.
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May 1st, 2005, 07:44 PM
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Wow! Thanks for all the new posts - all tips are much appreciated - only a month to go before I'm there - I can't wait!!

PlumeriaTattoo: I booked my Spamalot ticket on Telecharge's website - I suspect I just got lucky as that was the only performance that had any availability for the dates I searched on...the seat is up in the top balcony section though (front row at least) but I'm just so excited to be going at all!
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May 2nd, 2005, 01:12 AM
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Lucy - I saw Spamalot in March and loved it. I am not a Monty Python fan but it didn't matter. Laughed the whole time. Hank Aziria is leaving the show for a while during the summer because of a previous commitment but if you are going the beginning of June, you might get to see him. He is amazing with all the parts he plays and doing all the different voices.

I would also recommend All Shook Up. We got discount tickets for it, wasn't all that excited about it but enjoyed it alot. All the great Elvis songs and some outstanding singing by the cast members. I would also recommend Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Another show that I laughed the whole time. Don't know about discount seats for this show, though. It's getting more buzz as it gets different types of nominations leading up to the Tony Awards.
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May 16th, 2005, 03:05 PM
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Petite Abeille is still open. 4 different locations in Manhattan. mp, lighten up! Don't you ever watch Queer Eyes for the Straight Guy?
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