Out and about in NYC

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Marge_Simpson, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Cachoo

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    Marge - I've always wanted to see NYC at Christmas and specifically the creations in the shop windows. Is there any you like or is that too "touristy?"
  2. Marge_Simpson

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    Yes, it's seriously touristy. :rofl:
    I try to avoid midtown at all costs this time of year, because of all the slow-moving tourists that ogle the windows and clog up the sidewalks.

    In fact, I think this was a great idea:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKx0aek1T0w&list=UUTrtA2LyW7gie0o8hY4efXw&index=36

    OTOH, I think anyone who lives or works in NYC and claims they don't look at the windows is lying through their teeth. :lol: We just do it during the week and early in the day when they aren't so mobbed. And I've always been partial to Lord & Taylor's window displays. :)

    I am still waiting for someone to enlighten me about what goes on in a Mitzvah Tank. And since no one has advised me if I should go to see Rocky Horror, well, I'm just going to take the plunge and do it. If some twenty-something hipsters think I am a virgin and try to initiate me I will sneer and tell them I was attending the show before they were even born. :HA!:

    BTW, I was in Williamsburg earlier in the day and came across the Mast Chocolate shop:
    http://mastbrothers.com/
    There is a diabetic coma in my immediate future.
  3. Cachoo

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    Twelve miles an hour? Great video! :lol: I actually think that is a good idea as I like to stroll.
  4. Marge_Simpson

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    I found something truly off-beat happening later today: a live ice-sculpture demonstration:
    http://www.artsbrookfield.com/new_york/grace_building/event_384.htm

    As I'm off tonight I just may go see this for myself.

    BTW, the Unsilent Night was really cool. :)
    We passed tons of Santas, many of whom joined our procession. By the time we got to Thompkins Square Park our original group had more than doubled. It was strangely hypnotic being in the middle of all the music.

    Edited to add: Guys, the demo was fascinating and they are going to be there Tuesday, so go have a look if you are in the area.
    I had no idea how ice sculptures were made and had the idea that people would be chipping away at blocks of ice with hammers and chisels. Mais non! Their equipment looked like props for "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" :lol: I hadn't meant to spend much time here as it had gotten rather nippy out but I got so absorbed I was there over an hour. There was a polar bear, a sea lion, a whole flock of penguins and an incredible sea dragon that was about 12 feet long. Check out this video:
    http://www.okamotostudionyc.com/video/graceful-ice/
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  5. BigB08822

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    We are in NYC! Today we wandered around the Financial District since we had to go down there for our marriage license. We ended up eating at a great restaurant in Chinatown called The Great New York Noodle. Excellent and very affordable. We also went and saw the 9/11 tribute. No idea what's on the agenda tonight or tomorrow but I'm taking notes from this thread!
  6. BigB08822

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    Marge, if you happen to be reading this, any recommendations for a place to eat tonight? We are staying right near Rockefeller so it is very touristy and hard to find the good local spots.

    Have you ever eaten at a place called Tree? It's in the lower east side I believe. We ate there last trip and I remember it fondly. You should add it to your list.
  7. victoriajh

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    i just got back from nyc- and i loved all the windows and decor in the city! macy's bloomies- the tree at rocerkfeller center is fabulous- as are all the buildings done up on 5th ave- 34 street also had a buch done up and byrant park- i can go on and on..... you really have to see it!
  8. BigB08822

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    We tried a place tonight called Fresco and it was just ok. I did have an amazing drink called a Green Jacket that was vodka, lime and basil! Yes, basil! Delicious. I wouldn't recommend for the food, though.
  9. Marge_Simpson

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    The RC area is full of horrid restuarants that cater to tourists. Walk over to 9th avenue instead, where there are more locals, fewer tourists, and much better food. Some favorites of mine:
    Cara Mia, on 9th and 45th, has delicious pastas, reasonable prices, and very good service:
    http://nycrg.com/cara-mia/

    Nizza, on 9th and 44th, is a bit trendier and service is a bit slower. But the pizzas are nice and their socca is divine:
    http://nizzanyc.com/

    Balkanika, on 8th and 48th, has yummy Balkan food, very reasonable prices, and a great selection of wines. They also do take-out:
    http://www.balkanikany.com/index2.html

    If you just want dessert, try Holey Cream on 9th and 52nd. Their homemade ice cream is delicious and their specialty is an ice cream sandwich made with a doughnut.:
    http://holeycreamnyc.com/food-deliv...8.r?QueryStringValue=VMmqwG 45lq8Hr7RLKf8cQ==

    A short walk from RC, but in the opposite direction, La Bonne Soupe is a cute place with good food at good prices. The service can be a little slow, but the crepes are yummy:
    http://labonnesoupe.com/

    Don't forget to visit Magnolia Bakery! There's one right near RC, on 6th Ave and 49th:
    http://www.magnoliabakery.com/

    If you need a nice place for dinner on the LES, try Kuma Inn, at 113 Ludlow (between Delancey and Rivington, not far from San Marzano)
    The food is fabulous - Asian tapas dishes. make a reservation before you head down there, as the place is rather small.
    http://www.kumainn.com/main.htm
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  10. Marge_Simpson

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    I was in the vicinity of the Joyce Theatre (I saw the Trocks, who I mentioned in a previous post, and if you are in need of a good laugh you should get a ticket ASAP) and was scouting for a new place to eat dinner. I came across this terrific little place, Tea and Sympathy:
    http://teaandsympathynewyork.com/
    It's cute and cozy and the food was nice - but the desserts are even better. It was hard to choose, but I went with a banana cake with Nutella filling. Afterwards I checked out the food shop next door. The prices are much too high - if you are really craving any of that stuff, take the train up to Woodlawn, where you can get most of the same stuff right in C-Town at much lower prices. However, I did see something in the shop that C-Town does not carry, so I HAD to buy it. I will send a genuine NYC souvenier to the first person who guesses what I purchased. :lol:
    The same people also own A Salt and Battery, on the same block:
    http://www.asaltandbattery.com/home
    I wouldn't eat fish on a bet, but the place was packed with people getting takeout, so they must be doing something right. I'll have to stop by another time and try the deep-fried Mars Bar, though.
  11. Marge_Simpson

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    Anyone who lives here and hasn't checked out the High Line should be ashamed to call themselves a New Yorker. :p

    http://www.thehighline.org/
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    I am cursing you for sending me to this place. :lol:
    I was completely bamboozled by the chocolate selection and could not decide which ones to buy. The owner, who, btw, is quite friendly and charming suggested a cookie instead....as there was not such a huge selection. Fine, I asked for a chocolate chip, which was large and looked full of chips and quite delicious. But wait! What was that lucious looking cookie next to it? Why, a chocolate covered chocolate chip cookie. I bought one. It was incredible. I will need Weight Watchers before the year is up.

    Incidentally, if you are a licorice freak, this is the place for you. They've got about 50 varieties in there. Personally I think licorice is gross and I don't understand why anyone would want to eat it. But my dad adores the stuff, so I got him a nice selection. We can join Weight Watchers together. :lol:
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  13. Marge_Simpson

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    If you'd like to join the loons, err, the people, who inaugurate the new year by taking a dip in the ocean, information is here:
    http://www.polarbearclub.org/

    Fantastic museum on W 107th St that you've probably never heard of:
    http://www.roerich.org/index.html
    I'd never heard of Roerich myself, and was shamed into checking this out by my Russian coworker, who was shocked at my ignorance. The museum is fantastic, and they often have free concerts, check their events schedule.
    If you are in that neck of the woods, you really should visit the Cathedral of St John the Divine:
    http://www.stjohndivine.org/
    I am Catholic, but have been known to attend Evensong here because they have a lovely choir. :) The "Vertical Tour" is not to be missed.

    And, since I have trouble posting about an attraction without mentioning a place to eat nearby, check out the Hungarian Pastry Shop, right across the street from the church:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/hungarian-pastry-shop-new-york

    If you want a real meal, Turkuaz is in the same area. The food is really nice and they have belly dancing on the weekends ;)
    http://www.turkuazrestaurant.com/
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  14. BigB08822

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    We ate at an amazing place called Diablo Royale. It is Mexican. I can't remember exactly where it was located but I think it was more the lower west side near Greenwhich? The grilled fish taco was amazing. I never eat fish but they brought me one by accident instead of steak so I tried it. I highly suggest it. Very loud place but good food and margaritas.
  15. Marge_Simpson

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    It's the West Village. I'm putting it on my bucket list.
    http://west.diabloroyale.com/

    The Big Onion has the best walking tours in NYC, and I recommend them for tourists and natives alike. I've taken about a dozen, and usually I'm the only native, which is kind of sad. I always learn new stuff on their tours. My favorites are the Chinatown tour, Immigrant NYC, and the best - the multi-ethnic eating tour.
    http://www.bigonion.com/tours/

    Doesn't anyone want to venture a guess as to what British food item I purchased? :lol:
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  16. Marge_Simpson

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    Yesterday I went to the Guggenheim Museum. I go to events AT the Guggenheim often, I hadn't actually been IN the Guggenheim in around 10 years. So a visit was overdue. Unfortunately the place was mobbed, half of NYC had the same idea I did: go to a museum on a snowy day. :mad:
    The Guggenheim is a must-see if you enjoy modern art (alas, I really don't) and the building itself is amazing. However, the best reason to visit is for Works & Process.
    These are performances/discussions, usually by dance companies, but also opera and theatre. The auditorium is tiny, so you really get "up close and personal" with the performers. The performances sell out quickly, so you usually need to buy tickets the day they go on sale. The website doesn't tell you this, but after the performances there is a free buffet (wine, finger sandwiches, cookies) and the performers usually mingle with the guests.
    2013 schedule is here:
    http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/calendar-and-events

    I recently discovered this tiny but delicious place, which is within walking distance:
    http://www.latarteflambee.com/
    2 years ago when I was in Obertsdorf, I ate this amazing thing called flammenkuchen, and was highly peeved that I could not find it in NYC. But then I discovered that it goes by another name, tarte flambee. :) So I had to investigate this place. Yum, yum.
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  17. BigB08822

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    Hey, now I feel like I got robbed at the Guggenheim! We went into the some of the Works and Process rooms but it was just art being displayed by other people. No performers and certainly no food! :lol: Were they still doing the Black and White Picasso? I was happy to see real Picasso's but I was very disappointed that the entire museum was all his work (minus those extra rooms) and even worse it was all in black and white. After about 10 minutes I was done and ready to race to the bottom. At least I was smart enough to know to start at the top and work our way down. :) I learned that modern art is not for me. Next time we are going to the Museum of Natural History. Our friends went and said they liked it and they said they could have easily spent an entire day in there and not seen it all, much more bang for your buck. We were in and out of the Guggenheim within 30 minutes, easy.
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    The Picasso black and white is still there. While I think Picasso was a genius, I would never hang any of his paintings on my walls; they would give me nightmares.
    I'm not sure what else you saw (the Kandinsky thing?) but W&P's take place in the downstairs auditorium, there weren't any scheduled yesterday.

    I used to adore the Natural History museum when I was a kid; I remember taking lots of school trips there. About 2 years ago I decided to re-visit and see if it was as good as I remembered, but it wasn't. It was boring and fusty and in need of a facelift. The planetarium is pretty cool, though, and they usually have good films in the IMAX theatre. Info here:
    http://www.amnh.org/
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    I'd find space for this one. :shuffle:
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    If you've never seen the 3 Kings Parade, you should! Info here:
    http://www.elmuseo.org/en/event/36th-annual-three-kings-day-parade

    And don't forget the Chinese New Year parade next month:
    http://betterchinatown.com/

    This website has great info about NYC's Chinatown:
    http://www.explorechinatown.com/

    Do you like cream puffs? Then you MUST visit Beard Papa's (no, not a typo!) when you're on the Upper West Side:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/beard-papas-cream-puffs-new-york

    Schnipper's, near Port Authority, has pretty decent food, considering they are basically a fast-food joint. But the real reason to check them out: they make purple cows. If you don't know what a purple cow is, you must be much younger than I am. :)
    http://www.schnippers.com/
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  21. Marge_Simpson

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    Ask someone how many ballet companies there are in NYC, and they will usually say 2 - NYCB and ABT. But we actually have 3. :p
    New York Theatre Ballet is mostly aimed at kids, but the dancers are actually pretty decent, and some of their programs appeal to adults as well as kids. Info here:

    http://www.nytb.org/

    Do you like cheese? then check out Murray's, in Greenwich Village. You should check them out even if you don't like cheese, they sell all sorts of other goodies like sausages and breads and sweets. They make their own ring-dings which are delicious and nothing like those horrid Hostess ones you ate as a kid. And they give cheese-making classes.
    http://www.murrayscheese.com/
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    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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  23. JeffClair1979

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    I am so late to this party, but I'm glad you took our suggestion!!! Love the ideas of stuff to do! Now if only it would warm up so I can do them! :cold:
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    And Dance Theatre of Harlem is back too I read.
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    I ate dinner here tonight with my friend and her husband, and all 3 of us gave it 2 thumbs up. Delicious food and we liked the atmosphere. None of us tried the espresso but I can report that the Irish coffee is quite potent. :lol: And the almond tart was divine. Thanks for recommending!

    On our way there we passed a rare book store called "the Complete Traveler", on Madison and 35th, which I had never noticed before. Since I can't pass a bookstore without taking a peek, I dragged my friends inside. I saw some fabulous things but the others were anxious to eat and cut my browsing short. But I'm definitiley coming back here.
    http://www.ctrarebooks.com/?page=shop/index
  27. JeffClair1979

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    Marge, we must get together soon!! I'll leave you up to the ideas though!!
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    If you leave it up to me we'll end up doing a dessert tour. :lol:
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    Well when we come back to NYC next year I would like to meet up with as many of you as possible. I wont have any friends or family to worry about and no wedding to prepare for so I would love to get together!
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    You say that like it's a bad thing.
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    Just coming back to this thread in a while... You're welcome, Marge. ;) The best thing about Myzel's is that you can probably scoot over there during intermission of City Centre programs too (or pocket a couple of cookies before shows).

    Also, next time someone heads to Greenwich Village, with the aforementioned Tea and Sympathy, A Salt and Battery, and south of High Line Park (where NY Export: Opus Jazz was filmed - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE5JL71elgk - the abandoned parts of the park anyways), check out Li-Lac Chocolates (http://www.li-lacchocolates.com/) and though not NY exclusive, Two Boots Pizza has a location in the neighbourhood (http://www.twoboots.com/TW2008/West08/West08.html).

    Also, for those passing through Washington Square Park, don't forget to check out the 2007 Vendy Award winning tiny food card of Thiru Kumar and his dosas: http://www.nyindia.us/new-york-vendy-awards.html
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/ny-dosas-new-york
    My Sri Lankan friend approves.

    Sticking to that neighbourhood, I'd add as locations on my to visit list:
    * Peanut Butter & Co http://ilovepeanutbutter.com/
    * Stand4 http://www.standburger.com/, apparently famous for its Toasted Marshmallow milkshakes

    Oh and for those mentioning a dessert tour :D, affogato: http://nymag.com/restaurants/features/48916/
    I got hooked on affogato from the now sadly closed Nina's Argentinian Pizzeria. *sniff*

    Oh and anyone going to La Bonne Soupe better get the soupe à l'oignon (French onion soup) - the gruyère quality is to die for.
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    I've added all your suggestions to my bucket list. :)
    Back in October I went to Top of the Rock and enjoyed it very much; I don't care if something is "touristy". I'm right here and I'm going to check everything out. :HA!:
    When I was there I stopped off in the gift shop to buy postcards for some friends, and the perky young clerk asked if I was enjoying my visit to New York. She looked gobsmacked when I told her I live here. Anyway, info here:
    http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/
  33. JeffClair1979

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    Although I put a thread in the US Nationals forum, it's oh-so-relevant here too :D

    NYC Not Going to Nationals Party will be on January 27 for the Men's FS, 3:00-5:30 PM at Mr. Dennehy's again! Hoping we can get as many people (if not more) than we had at last year's fabulous Worlds party!

    I just ask that those who would like to come relpy to the US nationals thread so I can get an approximate head count. The more the merrier, so bring any friends/family along who you think is strong enough to handle a room full of FSU-ers!! :lol:
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    Just jumping in here as I see mention of Tea & Sympathy and Alice's Tea Cup. If you are a fan of afternoon tea - and I certainly am! - then you must save up your pennies and go to The Pierre.

    Simply the best afternoon tea I've ever had, and that includes many very fancy hotel teas and shops in NY and other cities, including the ground zero of tea, London. Cozy setting, great service, and a VERY generous stand of sandwiches and cakes - double what one usually expects. And best of all, totally fresh - too many hotels churn out tea on an assembly line it seems, resulting in sandwiches that taste like the refrigerator, and scones that are dry and tasteless.

    I was supposed to be in NY for a conference when Superstorm Sandy struck and cancelled the event - I was :wuzrobbed that I didn't get to indulge in my planned perfect afternoon of wandering the Met by myself, followed by tea at The Pierre with a juicy book I had been saving for the occasion. (With apologies to those truly affected by Sandy - I know my loss is miniscule in comparison.)
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    One more item for my bucket list - I will check out The Pierre. I'm planning to re-vist Lady Mendl's in the next week or so, so I'll see which is best. :)
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    Quick question.....BrokenAnkle and I are taking our family East this summer, and NYC is a big part of that trip. Since I haven't been there since 1973, things have changed a lot since then, and I've got a few concerns. Mainly, I'm concerned about getting around town. We will be using a rental, but I have a feeling that driving around town isn't a good idea. So, is using the subway still a good idea? Or will we be using a lot of cabs? Based upon the locations we intend to see, looks like we will be all over Manhattan. So any suggestions about getting around would be very much appreciated.

    BTW, thanks for the tip about the Pickle Guys. Definately going there!
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    Subway - it's the fastest way to get around by far.
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    Subway! It's a little intimidating at first, especially if you don't live somewhere that has them, but once you get the hang of it you will be glad you did it. So much faster for the most part and if you are with a big group you don't have to worry about splitting up.
  39. Jenny

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    Subway for sure. When traffic is better (not rush hour, not when it's raining) cabs can be a good option if taking the subway would involve two or three trains; compared to other cities, the cost is reasonable, especially if you are piling in several people - might even cost less than the subway.

    And there's walking - what may look like a long distance on a map might actually be easily walked. Going north-south for example, you can estimate approximately one minute per block. One of the best things about NY is simply walking, when you can really get a feel for it, enjoy the sites at leisure instead of our a car window, discover shops and restaurants you might not have seen, etc.

    But whatever you do, don't drive. It's hard to get around, plus parking - if you can find it - is going to cost you a mint.
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    Always joked that the "best deal in town" is an unlimited subway/bus pass, also includes the Roosevelt Island Tram.
    http://mta.info/mta/fares/mc_value.htm

    You definitely don't want to drive (though I understand you're forced to learn quickly to deal with NY-driving... no choice) and also deal with parking woes. Only thing to warn you are the construction schedules but I hear there are a lot of apps now to make it more navigable.

    Also, if I see an old lady heading home from Lincoln Center close to midnight, I'd say you should be pretty comfortable in terms of safety, especially in the main tourist areas too.