NYC ideas- hidden gems

Old Jul 8th, 2019, 10:36 PM
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Love the Strand!

Chicken pot pie, mash and gravy with a pint at the Dead Rabbit. A quick Japanese take out from Cafe Zaiya. Coffee from Oren’s.
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Old Jul 9th, 2019, 03:15 AM
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If you buy a ticket to the Metropolitan Museum, you can use it for the Cloisters and Met Breuer. One ticket-3 locations.
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Old Jul 9th, 2019, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by IMDonehere
I have never seen anything like the success of the Highline. From decades of dilapidated buildings in a neglected area to a very popular tourist sight and ridiculously high housing prices.
As I was walking along the way, all I could think was "what a wonderful way to get millions of people to walk over a mile." I really enjoyed my visit to the High Line. Not all cities have such great architecture.

I had lunch at Hector's Café. Great food and a great experience. While there was an hour wait at all the other restaurants in that area, I was able to walk in and sit down at Hector's. The people watching was great.
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Old Jul 9th, 2019, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by gardendiva
As I was walking along the way, all I could think was "what a wonderful way to get millions of people to walk over a mile." I really enjoyed my visit to the High Line. Not all cities have such great architecture.

I had lunch at Hector's Café. Great food and a great experience. While there was an hour wait at all the other restaurants in that area, I was able to walk in and sit down at Hector's. The people watching was great.
Glad you enjoyed a genuine NY experience.
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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 12:27 PM
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The museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, known as FIT (in Chelsea area) has interesting exhibits and it's free. My recollection is that it's near the Rubin Museum which someone further up the line recommended (I visited it too and took a highlights tour). Both very interesting and off the the beaten path.

I always like spending time in Washington Square Park - lots going on, including chess hustlers, people watching, musicians (esp on weekends). And the 4th Street basketball cage - i can while away 2 hours watching the pick up games and enjoying the player's banter.

The New Museum on the Bowery often has interesting exhibits and it's a bit out of the way.
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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 01:10 PM
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Hamilton GRange National Historic site. It is near the historic Sugar Hill section of Harlem Cathedral of St. John the Divine
https://www.nps.gov/hagr/index.htm

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

African burial ground National Monument

East River ferry
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Old Jul 10th, 2019, 05:37 PM
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Circle line tour of lower Manhattan

Columbia University campus

Any street fair scheduled
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Old Jul 11th, 2019, 11:25 AM
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Vickie mentioned the New Museum. Do some research on the exhibit. I did not do that and apparently the artist whose work I saw either loved or hated the male genitalia. lol. Fortunately i went late (forget which night) and it was free. Prince Street Pizza is nearby.
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If you like pinball, Modern Pinball has a nice selection. I didn't make it to Sunshine Laundromat in Brooklyn which is literally a hidden gem (pinball machines hidden in the store.
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One of my favorite things to do on a day with no pre set destination, is pick a direction, hop a subway and get off at every or every other stop, walk around the block and see what’s there. If it’s interesting, stay a while, if not, jump back on, and voila, you’re in a totally different place. We’ve found many places that we loved, foods, stores, neighborhoods, etc. just doing this for a day.
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I wish I'd read this thread before my first visit to NYC in September, [how did I miss it?] but I still managed to see a few things not mentioned here:

Gracy Mansion [residence of the Mayor of New York for those who don't know] - guided tours once a week on Mondays

Neue Galerie - free when I saw it as they were hanging a new exhibition, but still got to see the Klimts and the Viennese cafe is lovely

The Museum of New York Historical Society - some excellent exhibits including a wonderful collection of Tiffany lamps, a Paul Revere exhibition, and much more.

I also saw the Impressionists in the Met, the Frick, the High Line, Central Park and quite a lot more.
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Originally Posted by sf7307
“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door”. Seriously, the High Line is fantastic on so many levels - redevelopment, design, landscaping, people-watching. I can’t think of anything negative to say about it.
It's the victim of its own success. The promenade plantée in Paris and the Salesforce Park are much more pleasant. To walk the Highline on a nice day is to walk an area as crowded as any downtown NYC sidewalk. Where the new buildings exist, they are so close that one can spit onto the residents' balconies, and the buildings overwhelm the Highline.
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This past summer we went to the South Street Seaport Museum to see the Lightship Ambrose. We'd read the children's book about The Lightship multiple times, and when I realized it was based on a real ship and you could see it, we had to go. I thought it was off the beaten path, but there were definitely other people there seeing the ships. and then this fall we were reading a book about the fastest American steamship SS United States, and the lightship Ambrose was mentioned! So cool when everything links together. That ship is apparently dry docked in Philadelphia and you have to go up in the cafeteria of the IKEA nearby to catch a glimpse of it.
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Old Dec 11th, 2019, 08:01 AM
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The Jewish Museum is a favorite of mine. Not only does it cover the history of NY Jews, but it almost always has a very strong temporary exhibitions on. In recent years I've seen an excellent Modigliani, Isaac Mizrahi, Chagall, Stieglitz, Leonard Cohen, and Diane Arbus shows on there. I can't think of a recent trip to NYC that I haven't had reason to go there, which can't be said for all museums. It's just up 5th Avenue from the Met, Frick, Guggenheim, Neue Gallery, Cooper Hewitt. It's worth checking their website to see what's on if you know you'll be in the area.
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We only walked along a part of it and though it wasn't mega busy i can see what you mean, Michael. It was still fun to see though. OTOH some of the areas around it are interesting e.g. the galleries and little shops. We went into Comme des Garcons which was amazing!

Thanks for the recommendation of the Jewish museum, Amyb. I missed it this last [which was my first] time but it will be on my list for my next visit.
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Museum of Art and Design: https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...and%2520Design
It is at Columbus Circle. Had an awesome restaurant when I was there.
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