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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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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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Jul 9th, 2019, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by IMDonehere View Post
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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Jul 9th, 2019, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by gardendiva View Post
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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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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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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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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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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Jul 11th, 2019, 11:28 AM
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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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Jul 12th, 2019, 07:50 AM
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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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