Off the beaten path in NYC

Old Sep 29th, 2009, 11:23 AM
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Off the beaten path in NYC

We leave in a week. We have all sorts of things on the planner:
Museum of the City of NY
DUMBO flea market
Chelsea galleries
Conservatory(across from Museum of City of NY)
The High Line
NY Botanical Garden and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

in addition to things like MOMA, God of Carnage and LES food bonanza

Any other "off the beaten path" gems folks care to recommend?

Someone just told us about The Neue Gallery which I think we will take in.
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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 11:43 AM
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Strand Bookstore
Watching basketball in "The Cage" on Sixth Ave and 4th Street
Washington Mews
Seeing residential houses on 9-12th Streets between 5th and 5th
Visting designer/owner clothes stores bewtween East 9-12 Streets, Ave A through Second Ave.
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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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Pomander Walk
http://curbed.com/tags/pomander-walk
The New Museum (the building not the art)
http://www.newmuseum.org/
The NY Historical Society
https://www.nyhistory.org/web/defaul...or_information
Flushing Mall Food Court, Queens
http://www.villagevoice.com/location...-court-146519/
Hoboken Ferry Ride
http://www.nywaterway.com/Home/Ridet...le.aspx?ID=104
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The Cloisters
The Museum of Sex (5th Ave and 26th or 27th ST)
Fraunces Tavern and Museum
St. Marks Place in the East Village
Holocaust Museum or Jewish Heritage Museum (not sure of the official name)
St. John the Divine Cathedral
Stree Fairs (Sat and Sun)
Battery Park
Richmondtown Restoration (Staten Island)
Veniero's (for the BEST pasteries)
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The best thing about the Neue Galerie is the cafe, which serves excellent Austrian-style pastries. It's a really good lunch spot. Or you could also stop by the Morgan Library; it too has a nice restaurant that is only open during museum hours. If you are into books and printing (and also some art), the latter is a great place and has a new modern addition.

I like the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. It's on the grounds of Kaufman Astoria Studios. There are some good Greek restaurants at the Broadway stop of the N Train, which is within walking distance (not close, mind you, but doable ... perhaps 20 minutes away).
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Old Sep 29th, 2009, 01:39 PM
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Keep 'em coming and thanks.

Doug~we are headed to the Neue because I heard the cafe has great viennese coffee and pastries.
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I thought this exhibit in Chelsea looked interesting.

http://www.stevenkasher.com/html/home.asp

From the DUMBO flea market, make sure you walk to the park along the Edge of the River between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

I am also a fan of the Folk Art Museum which is next to the Moma.
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the Cloisters - was so beautiful and serene - you didnt feel like you were in NYC at all!
the park and hudson river views are gorgeous too!

we really enjoyed a Food Tour of Greenwich village as well - that was a highlight and a fun 3hr tour!
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The Neue pastries are scrumptious! If it's a nice day.. afterwards you could walk over to E 86 and Madison and take the M86 crosstown bus over to York Ave. From there it's a block east to Carl Schurz Park (a little gem) where Gracie Mansion (the mayors' residence) is located. The park promenade also will give views of the East River, Triboro Bridge, Roosevelt Island, etc. and Astoria (Queens) across the way. It would also give a taste of a residential neighborhood.
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The Rubin Museum in Chelsea 17th St. and 7th Ave - has lots of cool events on the weekend, good music, talks and movies, a gorgeous space and lovely cafe. The art is the art of the Himalayas - very interesting collection.

http://www.rmanyc.org/

The Housing Works Thrift Store is across the street - always fun to peruse. Also, perennially hip "cafeteria" - glorified diner food; the flagship store of Loehman's discount designer duds, on the same block, and then on 18th and 7th Ave, and Barney's Co-Op nothing near discount duds. Combine this block w/ your yoga, Chelsea market and a walk on the High Line, you have a nice day!
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Yonah Schimmel where they still make hand made knishes and they have not changed the decor or washed the windows since 1909.

Go the first car of the subway and look at the front window, you will see the lights and the stations pass. Kids love it so do adults.

When you take the 6 train, Lex local south to Brooklyn Bridge, do not get off when they tell you to. The train will turn around, stay on the right and you will pass the elegant City Hall stop which is currently not in use but was one of the original stations in the system. If for some reason the train heads to the yard or something else, either blame me or tell them you are a tourist who just didn;t understand the message. (This rarely happens.)
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I've always wanted to go to one of the soul food restaurants in Harlem.
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Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Gallery has the absolute BEST coffee!!!!!!!!! What joy in a cup!!!!!!

Get the apple strudel with whipped cream. And try to snag a booth because those chairs at the marble-topped tables are not comfortable.

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http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/ and the Dominican Restaurant across the street. (Queens)

http://www.roerich.org/ Near (sort of) St John the Divine if you go there - Rack and Soul and Mamie's Spoonbread too are good restaurants near by.

www.noshwalks.com

http://thewoodlawncemetery.org/ (Bronx)

http://aliceausten.org/ (SI)
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Old Oct 1st, 2009, 07:37 AM
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"House" museums:

http://www.nps.gov/thrb/index.htm

http://www.merchantshouse.com/

http://morrisjumel.org/
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since there's two threads started by the same person? Why? So I'm pasting my response:

First family trip to NYC was when my daughter was starting her freshman year at Columbia several years ago. My wife and our 16 year old Italian exchange student wanted to go to Times Square and the Empire State Bld. So my son and I waited until we got that out of the way (on the way back late from TS the line was short for the EMSB so we got that done in one day) and then we took over for the next couple days.

We'd got the local event papers, fliers, newspapers, and magazines - he read up on the Upright Citizen's Brigade comedy club and it was great. I found out about the Howl Festival in Tompkins Square Park, so we went there and heard great jazz and saw interesting new art all over the fence. My son found out about the Graffiti warehouse in Brooklyn (and we hiked the bridge back). We were later in the northern part of Central Park and smelled fried chicken - a group of very large Black men were eating and when I said that looked good they all said I was right and they pointed out the corner chicken place so we ate great fried chicken in Harlem - then later we found Strictly Roots, a vegetarian rastafarian restaurant on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and someone told us about the Lenox jazz club and we went there. I had on a black martial arts hoodie and jeans and the people there all had on cocktail dresses and suits. We obviously were tourists (we're from Utah), but everyone was nice and the drinks and music were great. And expensive!

So as I do everywhere, I talk to locals and read up some and don't plan too much.

Oh, and my daughter (who's a vegan) on the next trip got us to the Vegetarian Dim Sum House (24 Pell St. in Chinatown), amazingly good food, and like the Strictly Roots, very healthy.
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The Rock and Roll Museum in Soho. Very fun and not at all crowded!!
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I haven't seen anyone mention the Tenement Museum, which is another off-beat, terrific slice of NYC history. It's near the New Museum (which I agree is better for the building than for the art, no offense, don't know what's on offer there at the moment,)
Lower East Side is where they both are.
There's an awful lot of off-beat stuff in NYC and I'm learning a lot here myself. thanks.
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Federal Hall National Memorial ("the birthplace of American Government")
http://www.nps.gov/feha/index.htm
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