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Centralparkgirl Sep 26th, 2008 07:28 PM

Hi Hendrik. I went to the OHNY volunteer training session last night. Everyone is very excited. They expect 200,000 visitors over that weekend. My assignment is Saturday Oct 4th 9:30 - 1:15 at the Forbes Gallery at 5th Ave and 12th St (it's #136 in the OHNY guide). I don't know if I'll be inside or outside, but it would be great to say hello to anyone from Fodors!

The church is St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church (#200) at 124 Wadsworth Ave/179th St in Washington Heights (near the #1 Train).

My suggestion is to look online at what's available. If you are in the city before 10/4, pick up the free guide/brochure at the locations listed online. You can then plan what you would like to visit. Some sites are open Sat only, some Sun, but many are open Sat and Sun. All sites will have some guide/brochures available. The guide is so helpful because there are maps that show sites, neighborhoods, subway routes, etc. If you show up at a site and it's very crowded, you can consult the guide to see what else is in the neighborhood.

The Greek church, to be honest, is not near a lot of other sites. If I had limited time, I would stay in an area where there are a lot of options.

The sites that require reservations may be filled already, but the majority don't require them; there will be plenty of great choices to visit. Some will be very quick visits and some will be lengthier.

I hope this helps. You will have a great time!

ellenem Sep 27th, 2008 05:59 AM

Shake Shack

nstevey Sep 27th, 2008 07:25 AM

Payard and Orsay is on Lex in the low 70s. Payard has out of the earth pastries, but for my taste, the place is a little stuffy.

If it rains (I only bring it up because it rained the last time I did Open House), the old library on 42nd is not a bad place to read the paper - it's open on Sundays I think.

sheri_lp Sep 27th, 2008 01:23 PM

Now that the NYT is free online you can read it anywhere with your laptop and no newsprint-fingers.

Sheygetz Sep 27th, 2008 04:46 PM

I for one LOVE newsprint fingers! And the rustling of the pages. And the shear size of it. Imagine! A 28" screen (roughly) and that's folded down the middle ;-)

No, I ain't bringing no laptop. Even though the regulations that have you surrender everything on it are not yet in effect.


sheri_lp Sep 27th, 2008 07:50 PM

haha! I love the paper and hate the ink but anything for the best travel section ever

travelgirl2 Sep 27th, 2008 11:18 PM

Love to read the Sunday paper.

centralparkgirl - thanks for posting about OHNY. I hadn't heard of it, so checked it out online. I would just love to visit some of the private residences, to get a taste of penthouse/loft/apartment living in NYC. Unfortunately, I can't make it this year, but I will definitely put it on my to-do list! Thanks again.

Aduchamp1 Sep 28th, 2008 01:43 AM

The Week In Review is the star of the Sunday Times. It is not a re-hash of the events but a supplement to them. Currently the columnists who appear on Sunday include Frank Rich, Tom Friedman, and Maureen Dowd. Newspaper writing at its finest.

sheri_lp Sep 28th, 2008 09:05 AM

Maybe someone 'up there' at the NYT read this question, because in today's Travel section is an article about New York's Hidden Parks -

Sheygetz Oct 1st, 2008 02:43 AM

This OHNY thing is really fabulous. Although I just do not get the attractiveness of some of the offerings - probably because I ain't no indegenious tribesman ;-) (talks about renovations of private apartments e.g.). We'll most certainly go for "Moore in America at The New York Botanical Garden". I just love the combination of sculpture and nature.

If anyone should travel the Scottish Border region, there's the "Moores on the moor", sculptures on a wide open, rather wild bit of landscape near Glenkiln (see pix here ). Just adorable.

Back to NYC and the topic: And when we're done with the Moores, we can still enjoy a section of the NYT in the Botanical Garden.


Sheygetz Oct 1st, 2008 02:53 AM

I should add, that the Greek church mentioned is actually in the vicinity of the BotGdn - well at least from across the Atlantic it is - and so we may well drop in there. I've also made a note of the East End cemeteries - personal hobby of mine. Radio City MH tours were booked solid, unfortunately. I've also found that Bryant has Tai Chi and piano performances etc.. As it's quite near to our hotels (we're moving at one point, prooved the better strategy on Priceline), I'll surely drop by. So, lots of valuable information, quite a lot of it perfectly unrelated to the topic, but hey, so what :-)

Thanks all around - Hendrik

Centralparkgirl Oct 1st, 2008 11:52 AM

Hendrik - the Moore in America exhibit was wonderful. Wear comfortable shoes because the exhibit is spread out through the entire BG. You can take a tram, but it's more fun to walk. If you have a cell phone with free or unlimited local calls, you can dial a number for certain sculptures and hear some interesting details about those pieces.

'East End' - I guess you mean the cemeteries in the East Village. If you get there, be sure to visit the one with the entrance on 2nd Avenue. There will surely be a lady there who is a trustee and her family has a cemetery vault. She can give you a lot of interesting background info. I volunteered there a few years back.

Have fun!

Sheygetz Nov 3rd, 2008 12:45 AM

What we ended up doing:

We did read the Sunday Times in our hotel room after all :-) Well, actually we didn't get around to much reading, there was just too much else to do. Out of the OHNY schedule we only managed the Chrysler Building lobby - one of my favourites out of a 10-day stay in New York - and one of the mentioned cemeteries. Well, maybe I should've read the description better, I had thought one would be able to see those catacombs, but you couldn't. So all you got was a plain grass backyard with a couple of headstones on the surrounding walls - duh. But - at least that got us well into the Eastern Village, which was really nice to walk around on a late Saturday afternoon. (Try the sesame and the ginger icecream at recently opened Sundaes & Cones on 10th street between 3rd and 4th ave - so yummie.) The Moore we moved to Wednesday, which wasn't OPNY anymore, but is also free admission. It was one of the most memorable things we did during our 3-week trip, certainly the winner in the "man-made-attractions-i.e.-not-landscape" category. Thanks again to Centralparkgirl to make us aware of this!

We finished that day by taking a bus all across to Washington Heights where we had lunch at the counter of the Fish Market on Broadway near 181st St (tip from this "food-porn" blog which I love ).

Centralparkgirl Nov 3rd, 2008 04:05 AM

>> Well, actually we didn't get around to much reading, there was just too much else to do. <<

LOL - this is a frequent problem for me on weekends. And then I save sections that I think I will get back to and before you know it, I have too much paper in my apartment.

So glad you enjoyed the Moore in America exhibit!

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