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Going to NYC in November,besides the 'biggies' what to do?

Going to NYC in November,besides the 'biggies' what to do?

Old Nov 5th, 2008, 07:28 AM
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Wow, Many thanks to you all for such a wonderful selection of things that I might never have thought about ! I appreciate the time and effort you took to really dig deep and mention some unusual things that make New York well New York. I have added several of them to my must see list and hope to get to more of them.

I leave for the big apple in 11 days!
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Old Nov 5th, 2008, 07:34 AM
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Cicerone says: I know you walked the Brooklyn Bridge last visit, but did you spend any time in Brooklyn? Try the Park Slope area, or Brooklyn Heights area, both with charming houses, shops and restaurants. Easy to get to by subway.

We went to Brooklyn to see DUMBO, but must have gotten confused because we did not see anything terribly interesing or even very much of anything, but I assume we missed something? We did eat pizza at Gimaldis and loved that, but where were any shops? We saw a few but they seemed very sparse and it did not seem like this was what the books meant when they said to do DUMBO. So please tell me what we missed and how to go about seeing it this time?
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If you are on the Upper West Side visit St. John the Divine Cathedral. It is stunning. For Upper East Side, I love the Frick. Beautiful collection and you can easily see it in under 90 minutes. I would skip Tavern on the Green. If you want a neat NY experience, perhaps Cafe des Artistes?
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beba, sorry, I did not mean to imply that one would walk from the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bride to Park Slope, my comment was more about whether the OP had spent any time in the borough. To get to Park Slope, even from the bridge, you want to take a taxi, bus or the F train…you could, however, easily walk from the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, not sure if you tried that on your last trip. The best walk is along the Heights Promenade for the nice older houses (and the great view of the river, city and bridge). Lots of restaurants in the interior streets, including the hilarious Chip Shop that offers traditional fish ‘n chips but also battered and fried versions of virtually everything (including stuff like Mars Bars, Twinkies and macaroni and cheese, see http://www.chipshopnyc.com/. Really, only in America!)

For Park Slope, my Aunt lives on President Street in Park Slope, so I have spent a good deal of time in that neighborhood. It’s quite pretty with brownstones and the nearby Sunday farmers market, and worth a stroll, and Prospect Park is really lovely. A quite good French restaurant there is Moutarde (239 Fifth Ave, 718-623-3600), but Fifth Avenue has a lot of other restaurants as well. You may want to take a look at http://nymag.com/visitorsguide/neigh...lope-prospect/ for a lot of info on the area, much more concisely written than I could put together.

I have not been to the DUMBO area, but I would agree that I don’t think that there is a whole lot there architecturally. It was actually a factory and warehouse district, it was never a brownstone neighborhood with homes, churches and schools like Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights (much of that area is now expensive loft apartments).
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You should check out City Food Tours (www.cityfoodtours.com).

They have three guided tasting tours: Lower East Side, NoLita, and Upper West Side Dessert and Wine. They are a fun, affordable, and delicious way to explore New York.

I love the Upper West Side Tour. The combination of wine, chocolates and six ounce cookies makes this tour the perfect afternoon treat.
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In response to Dohlice's comment:

"If that Christmas Lights tour someone mentioned is in Dyker Heights I would skip it. It is a mess trying to get around those blocks and if now some moron is going to bring buses through it will be even worse. It will take a lot of time to do that and I think you could use your time more wisely."

Yes, it is in Dyker Heights and I would be that moron. My company, A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours, has managed to show folks around this wonderful borough for the past three years through guided bus tours that go where no other bus tours go in Brooklyn.

For the Christmas lights tour, we park the bus a few blocks away and personally escort folks around the blocks with all the elaborately decorated homes while explaining their origins and the stories behind the home owners who decorate their homes so lavishly.

Last year we received numerous 5-star reviews from folks who took the Christmas lights tour. My other tour, A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour, has also received rave reviews on Fodor's as well.

In the future, I suggest you think before you type.

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Old Dec 6th, 2008, 02:28 PM
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I'm bookmarking this - we're going November 2009.
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Old Dec 27th, 2008, 03:43 PM
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bookmarking, thanks, great tips,
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Old Dec 28th, 2008, 06:46 AM
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I am glad you brought this up. I can read up on some things I'd like to do.

Check out the Botanical Gardens if you can.
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Old Dec 28th, 2008, 08:10 AM
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so, beba, have you taken your 2nd trip yet? Reports please!
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Old Dec 28th, 2008, 08:11 AM
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ps-relooked at title and you said November-did you do it?
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Beba's trip is presumably over and I hope it was a big success.

I'm guessing the topic will interest others so a few ideas:

DUMBO - see what is playing at St Ann's Warehouse, and if something appeals to you, that's the focus of your tirp to DUMBO. Then look on Yelp for a place to eat if you want to.

Shopping: 9th St between 1st and 2nd Avenues has a lot to offer in the way of little shops to walk in and out of, including some excellent retro and consignment stores as well as ooak boutiques.

Great activity: to to Wall St on the 4 or 5, go east to the river, toe Pier 11. (Or - take a taxi to Pier 11). Take the FREE WATER TAXI ride to Ikea. Every 20 minutes.

Go have lunch, or coffee, or buy some paper napkins, or a whole set of furniture. The boat ride is surrealistically lovely.
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A couple of my favorite outtings are:

-brunch at The Boat House in Central Park (then a walk through "The Ramble" part of the park afterward... take the trail through the woods from the back of the restaurant around to the Bathesda Fountain). Then rent a row boat by the Boat House and paddle around the pond.

-rice pudding at Rice to Riches - sooo good! It is located two blocks East of the Spring Street subway stop/6 train.

-Knicks games! Its neat to see Madison Square Garden and these games are always fun. The Knicks also has some of the best dancers in the NBA (I'm a dancer so I think they are fun to watch). All in all a fun night. If you're here in summer Mets games and the US Open are also very fun.
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