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Off To New York

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Gary D, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. Gary D

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    i'm off too the Big Apple soon. :D First time, very excited.

    recommendations on places to visit, eat, buy DVD's etc :D


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    Here's the advice given to me by a New York cop when I first visited NYC (and it's stuck with me ever since): just remember to turn right - NOT LEFT - when you come out of Grand Central station.

    I was staying with a friend who lives about an hour from the city. On my first day trip into the Big Apple, I walked straight out of the station and found a cop sat atop a HUGE motorcycle: his job for the morning was standing guard over the chalked-out figure of a body.

    He spotted me - the tourist - immediately and beckoned me over. "Remember to turn right," he said. When I asked why he told me that about a week before a German tourist had come out of the station, turned the wrong way, and had wound up dead and robbed of his suitcase.

    Other than that little incident, I absolutely love NY. Friendly people, great places to eat and shop, and of course SO many sights to see. You'll have a ball...and if you fancy getting scared sh*tless, try taking a Yellow cab after about 11:30pm from Lower Manhattan back up to Grand Central, and tell the driver that you've a train to catch. Fun, fun, fun!

    Check out the McDonald's on Wall Street - I had my cheeseburger served to me on a silver tray! Central Park is also really nice, but again you've got to be sensible about when and where you visit. The Village is also a great place to eat and drink - very friendly.

    Not sure if the baseball season is on...I saw the Yankees while I was there and really enjoyed it (although I wasn't entirely sure of what was actually happening!).

    Have fun - I'm sure you'll love it.
     
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    baseball season is indeed on basketball just over. i had a holiday planned there, we were all set, i dont know what happened but now we're going to newquay! im very jealous never left europe myself, desperate to go to new york! can i come?! :D

    have a good one
     
  4. Gary D

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    New York / Newquay its an easy mistake, maybe someone turned left ?

    i've lived in Birmingham all my life - by any standard a large city - and i'm going to feel like a hick! :D

    a mate has told me to go to the plantarium - its a trip.

    Gary
     
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    Nebby,
    Does this apply to all fourteen entrances / exits at Grand Central ?
    If just one - is it 41st Street or 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 45th, or 46th ?
    Could it be on Lexington, Madison or Park Avenue ?
    A direct entrance or through shops or a hotel ? :D

    Gary - try www.tripadvisor.com
     
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    In all my trips to New York I've never visited a garden cent/re/er...!!!
     
  7. Gary D

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    i think i may have meant planEtruim :oops: :D


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    I can recommend Ben Bensons steak house.

    Fantastic food, amazing service and a beautiful setting - all polished brasses and all that.

    When we went, they even had the obligatory huge fat bloke being fed by a skinny Italian woman. It was like being in a Mafia movie.... :thumbsup:
     
  9. Gary D

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    i've arranged a day with a "Big Apple Greeter" - i'm being taken round New York Movie locations :thumbsup:

    Gary
     
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    Take travellers cheques in US dollars. Shops take them like cash, and it's safer than taking cash around with you. Don't take any other currency with you - Americans won't want to know.
     
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    Take the Staten Island ferry (free) for great views of Manhatten. Also suggest you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Heights.
    The Natural History Museum is great.
    Do a walking tour around Greenwich Village - lots of great quirky shops (there is one street just full of chess shops), and some good jazz clubs.
    Didn't rate the Gugenheim, but it all depends on what they have on show when you go.
    Also, we went to the David Letterman show - they tape it in the afternoon for showing either that night or the one after. Again, it's free - there are normally a few people giving out passes around Times Square. They ask you a question about the show, but you will probably be able to blag your way in.
    It's really taped 'live' ie a half hour show takes half an hour to record (unless there are any cock ups).
    Would suggest you buy a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide, as they have good walking tours etc.
    Impossible to recommend a restaurant - you will eat well wherever you go!
    Phil

    PS Where are you staying?
     
  12. Gary D

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    the metro hotel i think, its in the shadow of the empire state building. :D


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    yep! thats the one :thumbsup: got no excuse for not going up the empire state!! i'm so excited i could pop!!


    Gary
     
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    Hi gary is that near the Planetarium
    just kidding, have a good time
     
  16. Gary D

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    :D this one:

    http://www.amnh.org/rose/?src=footer

    Come on what self respecting forum member would want to see it:

    "The level of technology and scientific content presented here has never been so readily available to the general public. With its high-definition system — capable of combining real-time visual simulations with pre-rendered graphics — the new Hayden Planetarium is the largest and most powerful virtual reality simulator in the world, matched only by the supercomputers used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), or the largest of military research facilities."


    Gary :D
     
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    Go and see a Broadway show - I've seen The Producers and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the last 15 months in NYC. Both are excellent.

    If you go to Bloomingdales or Macy's before you buy anyhting go to the Visitor Services desk and get a free discount card.

    The foodhall in the basement of Macy's is excellent.

    Try some of the smaller diners for lunch - often very good.

    Definitely go and see the Yankees but don't wander round the area afterwards - it's not particularly safe. Have a look at the Yankees website to see upcoming games and make bookings. They often have special offers on with free gifts, etc for midweek games.

    If you like art, then go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and think about going to the Frick Collection.
     
  18. Gary D

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    well, i'm off in the early in the morning. thanks for all the advice :smashin: it would seem the whole planet has been except me.

    i'm going too try and post a picture of a large HDTV purely for Razor :D and try and get a picture of Spiderman for a friends son.

    thanks again


    Gary
     
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    He's too busy solving crimes to pose for a picture mate. I know Peter Parker, so I might be able to get him to e-mail you a picture if that's ok?

    Have a great time there anyway, just don't pump too much money into G.W. Bushe's economy! :thumbsup:
     
  20. gringottsdirect

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    If you read this before you go -

    You'll find the biggest one here....

    http://www.creativematch.co.uk/viewnews/?90611

    The Samsung Experience at Time Warner, Colombus Circle.

    Check out the new Qualia basement at Sony Style too.

    Have a great time in NYC ! :thumbsup:
     
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    :hiya: Have a good trip mate. [​IMG]
     
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    One piece of advice would be if you want to go over to Liberty Island, make sure you first buy tickets from the round brown building and don't, as we did, queue up in the long line outside the ferry terminal. There is only one poor sign indicating this on one side of the terminal. No good if you approach from the other side. Also go early in the morning as it tends to get very busy.

    Also get yourself a Metro card. $21 gets you 7 days unlimited travel on the subway and buses, and it's so easy to find your way around.

    One last thing, if you've never had eggs benedict for breakfast, try it and never look back.

    Enjoy.
     
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    If you're still reading this and youre hotell is near the Empire state GO TWICE we only went once during the day which was really great. BUT, it is just as great or even better at night when the city is lit up. We tried to go back up at night but they had closed it :(

    -Neil
     

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