Activities for 16 yr old in NYC

Feb 22nd, 2009, 10:55 PM
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Activities for 16 yr old in NYC

taking my grand daguther to NYC in April for theatre. Will also be going to Ellis Island, Tennement museum and ground zero. Any other suggestions. She is into Goth so upscale shopping is out of the question....
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:01 PM
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Get your tickets for shows at the half price ticket place in Times Square. Do not order full price ahead of time. 90% of the shows are generally available for half price.

Of course he Empire State Building for the view (or Top of the Rock). Give your granddaughter a good guide book and ask her what she wants to do. In my opinion the shopping in NYC is overrated anyway unless we are talking high end merchandise.

Ground Zero for the pilgrimage.

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (OK, I've never done that but I want to).

Try some restaurants in the neighborhoods rather than the high end places or those that cater mostly to tourists. Just walk around and see what looks good and go in. You don't have to regiment your trip with lots of reservations. Personally I hate that. Maybe one "big splurge" one and then the rest eat wherever you end up.

If she likes art, certainly the Met or the MOMA or maybe both.

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Feb 22nd, 2009, 11:06 PM
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haven't been to the ESB in years but heard that there are very very long lines now. Not sure she would have the patience. thanks for the other suggestions. will def. get to the Met or MOMA. What and where is Top of the Rock?
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Feb 23rd, 2009, 03:33 AM
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Top of the Rock is the top of the Rockefeller Center. Great vantage point with timed tickets so that you don't have to wait very long and you get a great view of the ESB. I would skip the ESB and do TOTR for sure.
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Feb 23rd, 2009, 05:15 AM
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If you get to the ESB right at opening and during the week, lines aren't too bad. I think she might like the Village - sit outside at a cafe and people watch. That was one of my teen's favorite things to do in NYC. Are you signed up on Playbill? Get on their list and find discounts and good seats in advance. I have tix to Mama Mia for $67, excellent seats.
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Feb 23rd, 2009, 07:10 AM
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Top of the Rock is much better than the ESB - much shorter lines and IHO better views.

For any shows go to now and get codes you an use to buy discount tickets in advance - and not waste time standing on line while here.

She will definitely want to do downtown shopping and spend time in the East Village and perhpas (window) in SoHo.

Have a look at New York Magazine and Time Out New York web sites a couple of weeks before youcome - to see what special events there are in which she might be intrested.

And, if she's 16 and going off to college in a year you may want to have a look at a couple of the major campuses - good for finding student/bargain hangouts as well as thinking bout the future. (At least do the areas around Columbia and NYU.)
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Feb 23rd, 2009, 07:36 AM
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If she is Goth there is a new store on Avenue A and about 12th Street that specializes in Vampire gear.

The East Village and Washington Square Park attract the Goth kids.
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Feb 23rd, 2009, 10:20 AM
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There is a huge debate as to whether Top of the Rock or the ESB is the best place for the view. You pick.

One thing about half price tickets in Times Square. It is cash or traveler's cheques only. NO credit cards.
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Feb 23rd, 2009, 11:13 AM
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LaurenKahn1, From the TKTS website, a new policy:

TKTS Times Square, TKTS Seaport and TKTS Downtown Brooklyn accept credit cards, cash, travelers checks or TKTS Gift Certificates.
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Mar 10th, 2009, 10:44 PM
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Thanks for all the great suggestions.....Still not sure wether ESB or TOTR.....
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Mar 11th, 2009, 03:14 AM
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I still stand by TOTR due to the timed tickets and the fact you get a great view of the ESB.
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Mar 11th, 2009, 04:52 PM
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Yes, TKTS now takes credit cards. Thanks for correcting my information ellenem. I was just there last week but did not see any shows. However, I did note the policy had recently changed (thank goodness!).
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