Out and about in NYC

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

  1. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

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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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  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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  3. 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:
     
  4. Rob

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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
     
  7. JeffClair1979

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    Marge, we must get together soon!! I'll leave you up to the ideas though!!
     
  8. Marge_Simpson

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    If you leave it up to me we'll end up doing a dessert tour. :lol:
     
  9. BigB08822

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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!
     
  10. oleada

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    You say that like it's a bad thing.
     
  11. DustPuppyOI

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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.
     
  12. Marge_Simpson

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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/
     
  13. 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:
     
  14. Jenny

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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.)
     
  15. Marge_Simpson

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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. :)
     
  16. KHenry14

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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!
     
  17. emason

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    Subway - it's the fastest way to get around by far.
     
  18. BigB08822

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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.
     
  19. 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.
     
  20. DustPuppyOI

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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.
     
  21. Marge_Simpson

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    I went to Roosevelt Island last summer to look at some apartments; a former coworker became a real estate agent and had some places for sale there. I was not really interested in living there, but I needed an excuse to ride the tram. I've lived here all my life and had never been to Roosevelt Island. Living here would NOT be my thing, the place seemed infested by young couples with dogs. :lol: But the tram ride was cool, although I'm sure the thrill would wear off rather quickly if I lived there and took it every day.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS4whF5pcQ8
     
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    ^this
    once you understand that downtown is 911 (wtc) and uptown means the other way- you can figure it out
    I did however find that the subway system was no where near as user friendly as the tube or metro (paris) - it IS confusing!! but when we looked lost a local was ALWAYS coming to our assistance- another tip NONE of the subway stops had maps of the whole system (which was a MUST) i did manage to find one and cut it down to the 4 squares i needed that consiststed of the main mid and downtown stops i needed- so if you are going maybe source out one online first..... cabs were everywhere and not hard to get- so in a pinch or if you have a large group very cost effective. the 29.00 7 days pass fro the subway was a great deal though-
    have fun!
     
  23. BigB08822

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    We also downloaded a NYC Subway app for free which really helped. Some trains had the maps and upcoming stops listed in the car and others didn't so have the app was like always having a map.
     
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    I'll be visiting in February (brrr, right?) and staying at Park Central (870 7th Avenue). It is supposedly right above the 57th St. subway stop (NQRW) -- advice as to what is the best application for figuring out how to use the subway to get from there to, say, the Metropolitan Museum, the Tenement Museum, or the Frick? If the weather is good, is hiking the route that goes through Central Park ok to do?

    Any Korean BBQ restaurants of note?
     
  25. Marge_Simpson

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    For the Tenement Museum: from your hotel, walk one block east to 6th Ave, and take the F train to the Second Ave stop. When you exit, you'll be on East Houston Street. Walk east (towards the building with the giant statue of Lenin on the roof, there's no way you can miss it) and then walk south on Orchard Street.
    If you like knishes, make a pit stop here first:
    http://knishery.com/
    the staff are all surly, but the knishes are fabulous.

    For the museums on 5th Ave ("museum mile") you are better off with the bus. Walk east to Madison Ave and take any uptown bus.
     
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    Barb-- I've stayed at that hotel MANY times. Let me know what you need-- The 1 line is at 59th and Broadway (or 50th). You can get most anywhere from the N, Q, and 1.
     
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    Thanks MargeSimpson & Jayar.

    Good to hear about the hotel, Jayar. I'm going with girlfriends, and we were thrilled to find the pricing they had.

    Haven't had a knish in 45 years, Marge_Simpson. Mmmm. Next: finding a really good grilled corn muffin. (Funny the things we remember from childhood. Unfortunately some, like the Automat, are long gone.) And my NY crumb cake. And a pastrami sandwich that has never seen a microwave.
     
  28. Marge_Simpson

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    If you are going to the Tenement Museum, you can get a pastrami sandwich at Katz's, which is a few minutes away on foot:
    http://katzsdelicatessen.com/
    If you still have room for dessert, try the gelato here, directly across the street from Katz's:
    http://www.laboratoriodelgelato.com/index.html
    Very close by the Tenement Museum is an adorable shop called Hello Sari. Besides saris, they have costume jewelry, pillows, and all sorts of knick-knacks, very reasonably priced:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/hello-sari-new-york
    Don't forget to visit Kossar's bialys, the Pickle Guys, the Doughnut Plant and Economy Candy (links in previous posts) while you're in the neighborhood, they are all in walking distance of the museum.

    Another place to visit nearby is the Eldridge Street Synagogue, whic has been restored and is quite beautiful inside. You can find info about it, and other historic LES sites here at the LES Jewish Conservancy site:
    http://www.nycjewishtours.org/sacredSites.htm

    Also check their tour schedule, they run wonderful walking tours of the neighborhood.

    Scroll down for the building with the Lenin statue:
    http://artnerdnewyork.com/category/east-village/

    Your hotel is right near Carnegie Hall. Even if you have no interest in attending a concert there, I highly recommend their guided tours. Info here:
    http://www.carnegiehall.org/Tours/

    The Martha Graham company will be at the Joyce Theatre the same time you are here:
    http://www.joyce.org/

    I like this restaurant/tea room, also very close to your hotel:
    http://radiancetea.com/

    You asked about Central Park - yes, definitely take a walk there, and don't miss the zoo. The zoo entrance is also very close to your hotel, near 63 St. The zoo is small but nicely set up, and they have a penguin tank. (Penguins crack me up)
    http://www.centralparkzoo.com/

    From the zoo, it's a short walk to the carousel. I rode on it last spring, I was the only adult not accompanied by a small child, but I didn't care. Even if you don't want to ride on it, go have a look, it's really very pretty.
    http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-see/south-end/carousel.html

    There is a branch of Alice's Tea Cup fairly close to your hotel, at E 64th, right off Madison. Stop by and pick up a scone, even if you don't want to sit down and order. They are heavenly.
     
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    If the hotel is near Carnegie Hall, then another bet for a good pastrami sandwich is the Carnegie Deli, 7th Avenue and 55th IIRC.
     
  30. Marge_Simpson

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    Lincoln Center is a short walk from your hotel, and NYCB will be performing "Sleeping Beauty" from Feb 13-34 (I'm going on the 18th, btw!)
    http://www.nycballet.com/Season-Tickets/Season-Highlights/TSCHAIKOVSKY-CELEBRATION.aspx

    The American Folk Art is directly across the street from Lincoln Center. Admission is free, and they have quite a few musical events, also free. I wouldn't make a special trip here (unless you're a huge fan of quilts and such) but if you're near LC, pop in and have a look:
    http://www.folkartmuseum.org/

    If you are crafty, check out Lee's Art Supplies, on 57th and 7th:
    http://www.leesartshop.com/

    City Center is also a short walk from your hotel, check their schedule to see if there is anything you're interested in:
    http://www.nycitycenter.org/
     
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