Out and about in NYC

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  1. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

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    This ain't no party! This ain't no disco!
    I never made it to CB's, but I was a regular at the Ritz.

    The Egg Rolls and Egg Creams festival is this Sunday:
    http://www.eldridgestreet.org/june


    The schedule is up for the movies in Bryant Park. You need to get here early if you want to get a spot on the grass; bring a towel or blanket with you. If it's too crowded, you can always grab a chair and move it to where you can see the screen.
    http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html

    The Museum Mile Festival is this Tuesday. I've gone to it several times, the entertainment is always fun, more so than getting to visit the museums for free.
    http://museummilefestival.org/

    BTW, Trash and Vaudeville still exists!
    http://www.trashandvaudeville.com/index.html
     
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  2. manhn

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    As I fill out my itinerary, I have a few hours to kill between my morning sojourn in Williamsburg and dinner/NYC Philharmonic at night. I have two options--Staten Island Ferry or IKEA in Brooklyn. I was feeling guilty for preferring IKEA but I didn't know NYC forced IKEA to build a park (a nice one at that--Erie Basin Park).

    And there's a water taxi between IKEA and Manhattan?!?! http://www.nywatertaxi.com/tours/ikea

    I'm going to IKEA!
     
  3. Marge_Simpson

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    If you are going to Williamsburg on a weekend, be sure to check out Brooklyn Flea (Sundays) or Smorgasburg (Saturdays), info here:

    http://www.brooklynflea.com/

    I've never taken the water taxi, but I have just added it to my bucket list.

    The River to River festival starts this weekend:
    http://www.rivertorivernyc.com/

    Schedule is up for SummerStage:
    http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/
    I've gone to a lot of their dance events in Central Park, I'd advise going at least an hour early to get a good spot (you are free to bring food with you and picnic on the grass) and bring a towel or blanket to sit on.
     
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  4. Rob

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    Me too! Lots of good shows at the Ritz.
     
  5. Marge_Simpson

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    I saw Duran Duran there before anyone had heard of them; I think there were about 100 people in the audience. :lol:

    I went to Williamsburg (not the colonial one, the Brooklyn one) this afternoon to visit the Brooklyn Flea. But to be honest, I spent more time at the food booths than I did looking for treasures. Afterwards, since it was such a nice day, I decided to broaden my horizons and stroll around in the southern part of the neighborhood. That was interesting, to say the least; if looks could kill I'd be dead right now. Luckily I was wearing pants and a cardigan on top; I don't know what happens to people in shorts and tank tops who dare set foot in that part of town.
     
  6. JeffClair1979

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    Marge, totally off-topic, but I FINALLY got around to going to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop- the new one in the W Vil (Grove and 7th), and Holy Crap, was that good!! I highly recommend the Monday Sundae. Holy bajeezus!

    Sorry, just had to say that. :D
     
  7. Marge_Simpson

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    I'm going to check out the WV location, lately the line at the EV one is always halfway down the block.
    I will try the Monday Sundae, but you must have a salty pimp!

    I should organize an ice cream tour, if it doesn't exist already.
    I had a coffee cone from a place called Blue Marble when I was at the Brooklyn Flea, it was quite delicious.
     
  8. MorganaLefay

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    Thank you for posting the Bryant Park calendar. It's my (work's) backyard, but I hardly ever go there which is a shame. We will probably go to ET on August 19 at the Bryant Park with my son. Please join:)
     
  9. Marge_Simpson

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    I'd love to see you again, and meet your son. When I am at work tomorrow I will see if anyone else is off that evening; if not, I will request the evening off.
    If anyone else would like to join us, we could have a picnic. And I can bring my famous peanut-butter chip brownies. :)
    I saw Hudson Warehouse's "Complete William Shakespeare (abridged)" over the weekend, it's hilarious. And it is free, you don't need a ticket or to stand in line - just show up. They perform at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at W 89th and Riverside Drive, which looks like a Greek temple and is a great spot to have a picnic dinner before the show starts. Go see it! Info here: http://www.hudsonwarehouse.net/season.htm
     
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    Wonderful, I marked my calendar for Aug 19th. Picnic is a great idea--we'll bring some Russian delicacies:) We'll try to get out to at least one of the shows on the UWS, thank you for sharing.
     
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    I went to the WV location on a Saturday night at around 9:30 PM (Prime ice cream hours, if you ask me) and the line was only about 5 minutes long.

    I think we need to have an FSU Big Gay Ice Cream meetup!!
     
  12. Marge_Simpson

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    Big Gay meetup sounds excellent to me. Is Grove Street anywhere near Bleecker? (I'm blanking out on WV geography) Because if it is, we could do a taste test - Big Gay, and Cones.

    I got the evening off on Aug 19th, Morgana, so ET it is!
    I can get there early and get a spot on the grass. Is anyone else interested in an FSU picnic?

    I went to see Comedy of Errors in Central Park and it was excellent. The lines are very long, though, so if you don't pick up tickets in the afternoon, get there early, say by 6. You can always bring a blanket and have a picnic while you wait for the returned tickets to be handed out. You can also enter the on line lottery to get tickets, too.
     
  13. BigB08822

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    We passed by the Big Gay Ice Cream place. Doesn't it have a picture of a unicorn on the outside glass?
     
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    Oh, and we may be back in NYC at Christmas. We wanted to go to Europe but have not left enough time to plan and save for that kind of trip. So we think we will go back to NYC for Christmas this year and spend the next year saving for Europe. We will have to plan a meet up of some sort while there!
     
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    There is always lots to do during the holidays, and if you are still interested in seeing a ballet, you can see "The Nutcracker" while you are here.
     
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    I think an Ice Cream Taste Test is a gluttonous, sinful concept. I am SO in!

    BigB08822, yes, there is a HUGE unicorn eating an ice cream cone on the window! It makes me giggle every time.

    Marge, we'll have to do FSU Ice Cream night soon- I'm moving upstate at the beginning of August! How I will miss the NYC FSU meetups!! I'll just have to find the Rochester FSU folks and do them there!
     
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    I am free on any Friday evening except for June 28, and I work alternate weekends - so when should we have our ice cream taste-test?

    Don't forget: the Mermaid Parade takes place Saturday June 22. If you've never seen it, you must! It is totally demented and lots of fun. Get there early to get a good viewing spot, and wear your sunscreen.
    Info here:
    http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade
     
  18. Marge_Simpson

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    Did anyone make it to the Mermaid Parade? I couldn't go this year since I was working.
    Lots of photos here:
    http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=mermaid parade 2013 coney &m=text

    It is my fantasy to march in the parade, but I don't see myself as a mermaid - perhaps a crab or a lobster. I love the fact that ladies of all shapes and sizes dress as mermaids.
     
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    Several months ago I went to the New York Historical Society. I'd had it on my bucket list for ages, but I kept putting it off because, frankly, it sounded dry as dust, and their website is not exactly scintillating. However, I finally made it there and can report that it is a fascinating place filled with all kinds of off-beat collections, despite the dull website:
    http://www.nyhistory.org/
    Definitely worth a visit, and there is a very well-done film included with admission.
    I read in TimeOut NY that Saturday is International Canada Day, and there is a free celebration in Central Park. As I am off I may go check this out. Info here:

    http://www.canadadayinternational.com/new-york
     
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    Sad, I missed Canada Day in New York City by a week:). Oh well, will just have to go to Tim Horton's next week anyway for a little piece of Canada... Hope you are able to attend and I'm sure it will be lots of fun!
     
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    I planned to go to Central Park but something intervened. :lol: I was making my bed and thought, "I hate this quilt, why did I ever buy it?" Then I looked at my curtains and decided I hated them as well. Last year I bought one of those ruffly, girly quilts at Anthropologie, and then went the whole hog by making frilly curtains and flowery throw pillows.
    I had an epiphany while making the bed and realized I am not a ruffly sort of person. I said, "Out, damn quilt! Out, I say!" and bundled it up to donate. I pulled my solid color spread out of the closet and realized I needed new curtains ASAP. So I headed to City Quilter.

    http://www.cityquilter.com/

    If you quilt or sew, this store is the bomb. They have every designer quilting cotton you've ever heard of (and plenty that you haven't) and tons of gorgeous batiks. They also have a huge schedule of classes. I ended up with a beautiful bright blue batik for my curtains.
    Since it's nearby, I stopped at the Marimekko store, on 23rd and 5th Ave. I adore their fabrics, but balk at paying upwards of $50 a yard for them. I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of them are currently on sale. So I have some non-ruffly throw pillows waiting to be stitched up.
    http://us.marimekko.com/

    Eataly is next door, but I don't recommend a visit as it's grossly overpriced and swarming with tourists.

    http://www.eataly.com/

    Later in the afternoon, a coworker that I often get together with called me and asked me to meet her at Lincoln Center; she had a free ticket for something but wanted it to be a surprise. I am very wary of her "meet me at such and such place, I have a surprise" offers, ever since the time she had me meet her in Times Square for a free Nicky Minaj concert. :shudder:. I insisted on knowing what she was up to, but it turned out she was supposed to do Midsummer Night Swing with her hubby, but he decided he didn't want to go.
    I am not much of a dancer but last night's band was Calypso and I didn't disgrace myself too badly on the dance floor.
     
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  22. manhn

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    I'm here! Last night, I was met with a torrential rain storm but it has since cleared. But muggy as hell.

    Last night, had pho at Xe Lua. Cheap and good portion but too much MSG.

    Did the 10K in Roosevelt Island this morning. The Tram was really cool and lovely. A very good turnout for the race (10K and 5K). Even little kids. Muggy as hell, which I'm not used to, so my time was off. The last mile, I lost it. I could not find my kick. A pretty scenic route (the park was closed due to Sandy), but the highlight was the Costco across the island. I love your use of waterfront! And instead of bananas, we got popsicles from Main Street Sweets. My lime was heaven on a stick. Shut up, UMBS.

    Got coffee at Birch Coffee. Either it's due to me not having a hot cup of coffee in days (I was in Cabo San Lucas for a few days) or I just finished a hard race, but that was one fantastic cup of mocha. Loved it.

    Then Eataly. Very fun and clean place. Still early in the day so not too crowded yet. Bought myself an overpriced jar of locally made mayo. Looking forward to putting it on my sandwiches!

    The subways have been pretty easy to follow. I'm liking its ease of use.

    Then Chinatown. Typical Chinatown--crowded, smelly, dirty, hot and smelly. Little Italy was okay if not particularly memorable.

    New Yorkers are so nice! Already four people have come up to me and asked about my race (I still had my bib on). So nice!

    Back to hotel to change. Next--Greenwich Village!
     
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    Oh man, one long day of walking. Started off walking to the Tribeca area. I'm pretty sure I also went to the Financial District and Wall Street. Completely lost. Seemed to have passed Lafayette and/or Broadway 5 or 6 times. I have no desire to see another bank, courthouse or government building. Finally figured things out. Went to Laughing Man Coffee--extremely tiny but AIR CONDITIONED. Mocha only okay.

    Checked out Ground Zero, the 9/11 Monument and best of all, Century 21! Not as crazy as I was thinking (hoping it would be) but fun nonetheless. Bought a tie for ten bucks.

    Then went to the Chelsea area. I have to say, it was my favourite neighbourhood I saw all day. It had a nice vibe--laidback. However, the Highline was rather overrated. It's a path full of plants (gave me Butchart Garden nightmares) that is situated above ground. Maybe if I knew what it was before I would have a greater appreciation for it but nope. Chelsea Piers is big and cool. Chelsea Market is a very upscale food market, esp. compared to places like The Ferry Building, Granville Island and Pike Place. Had coffee at UR Cup (Cafe Grumpy was closed--boo!), which was nice, bright, had excellent wifi (I have been having wifi issues my entire trip in NYC) and the coffee was nice and smooth.

    Then in preparation for Hudson Warehouse, I went to Zabar's to grab a couple of sandwiches and veggies. Great place and the roast beef was fantastic. I was so hungry that I ate it all before the play began. I went around Riverside Park, which was easily my favourite park all day (I also saw Washington Square and Madison Square and a bunch of city parks I have no names for).

    The play (King Lear) was fantastic. I got there 20 minutes before it began and there was plenty of seating. They provide cushions, so seating is no less comfortable than sitting in an arena for figure skating. Bravo to the actors and director and stagecraft--it was magnificent. So intimate. At certain scenes, the actors were standing right next to me. You should really check it out.

    I then went to Time Square. Eh. It was alright. Then went to Union Square and eat some frozen yogurt at Yooglers. Yummy. I pretty much missed the entire fireworks, which I'm not sad about.

    Tomorrow is going to be 33 degrees! 25 in the morning! I better run at 4am!
     
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    Just came back from my run. Ran through parts of the Financial District, then over the Brooklyn Bridge (some rude cyclist shouted at me to move over even though I was on the pedestrian side) and then over to Park Slope. I really liked the Fulton Street / Fulton Mall District. Large sidewalks and good retail presence. I practically hit a runner's high when I passed a Target (lesson learned: always bring with me my Target credit card). Also, can the Barclays Center house skating events? Brooklyn seems to be perfect for a Worlds or US Nats.

    Stopped at Gorilla Coffee in the Park Slope area. Coffee pretty good, but I got actual wifi! Wow!

    When I walked back to the Target to get some incidentals, I noticed a very HUGE lineup. I thought maybe it was for Beyonce tickets as her presence was plastered all over Times Square but apparently it was for the DMV. WTF? No wonder Americans are so vehemently against the ID voting laws!
     
  25. JeffClair1979

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    Manhn, glad to hear that you're enjoying our fair city :) Be sure to check out Central Park if you haven't already- it's a heavenly sanctuary compared to the rest of the city! Canoeing on the lake is a lot of fun, as is Shakespeare in the Park if you have time to wait in line for the free tickets. Big Gay Ice Cream, either in the East or West Village is definitely worth a visit, as is Marie's Crisis on Grove St. if you like show tunes. If you're looking to drop an obscene amount of money on a Broadway show, Pippin is the way to go. Hope you have a blast the rest of your trip!
     
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    Today was my focus was shopping with the occasional architectural exploration as I walk uptown along Broadway and/or 5th Avenue (or 6th or 7th or whatever). Uniqulo needs to come to Vancouver! Besides a t-shirt, I "won" a free hand fan--yay! I also realized that I don't need to stop into every single Banana Republic or Gap or Old Navy or Forever 21 or H&M. The Apple store on 59th is fantastic. And I loved Strand Books.

    I tried to check out NYC's law school but security forbid me as I'm not a student. Hmm, not impressed, esp. since I needed to go to the washroom. Thank goodness for Whole Foods.

    Manhattan Mall was your typical mall but I thought Time Warner Building was gorgeous.

    As I intend to run Central Park tomorrow, I was more exploring the park along the outskirts (either 59th Street or 5th Avenue in the Upper East Side).

    I checked out the Paley Center. Nothing exciting, but a nice hour to keep cool and relax while watching old footage of Peggy Fleming. I tried to get into MOMA but the lineups were too long.

    I had a delicious mushroom and spinach tort at Once Upon a Tort in the Greenwich Village area. In terms of coffee, I went to Third Rail Coffee (pretty good), Dean & Deluca (quite good) and Bouchon Bakery (surprisingly excellent).

    For dinner, I went to the Shake Shak in the UES. The hamburger was pretty good but the 'shroom burger was friggin' fantastic! The cheese! My goodness!

    And I went to Big Gay Ice Cream at the East Village (BTW, what an awesome neighbourhood!). I ordered the Bea Arthur - soft serve vanilla ice cream doused in dulce de and covered in some type of crushed wafer cookies. Yum. Very, Very good. Although out of the way, I'm glad I went.

    I'm calling it a day. One more full day!
     
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    Today was my focus was shopping with the occasional architectural exploration as I walk uptown along Broadway and/or 5th Avenue (or 6th or 7th or whatever). Uniqulo needs to come to Vancouver! Besides a t-shirt, I "won" a free hand fan--yay! I also realized that I don't need to stop into every single Banana Republic or Gap or Old Navy or Forever 21 or H&M. The Apple store on 59th is fantastic. And I loved Strand Books.

    I tried to check out NYC's law school but security forbid me as I'm not a student. Hmm, not impressed, esp. since I needed to go to the washroom. Thank goodness for Whole Foods.

    Manhattan Mall was your typical mall but I thought Time Warner Building was gorgeous.

    As I intend to run Central Park tomorrow, I was more exploring the park along the outskirts (either 59th Street or 5th Avenue in the Upper East Side).

    I checked out the Paley Center. Nothing exciting, but a nice hour to keep cool and relax while watching old footage of Peggy Fleming. I tried to get into MOMA but the lineups were too long.

    I had a delicious mushroom and spinach tort at Once Upon a Tort in the Greenwich Village area. In terms of coffee, I went to Third Rail Coffee (pretty good), Dean & Deluca (quite good) and Bouchon Bakery (surprisingly excellent).

    For dinner, I went to the Shake Shak in the UES. The hamburger was pretty good but the 'shroom burger was friggin' fantastic! The cheese! My goodness!

    And I went to Big Gay Ice Cream at the East Village (BTW, what an awesome neighbourhood!). I ordered the Bea Arthur - soft serve vanilla ice cream doused in dulce de and covered in some type of crushed wafer cookies. Yum. Very, Very good. Although out of the way, I'm glad I went.

    I'm calling it a day. One more full day!
     
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    I also loved the neighborhood with Big Gay Icecream. Would love to live there but I can only imagine the prices.
     
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    MY gawd, it is so HOT. I ran before 8am, but I still got killed by the heat. Started from the Apple Store on 5th/59th (love that store), and went though Central Park. I tried to lap around all the lakes and ponds, but the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir was too damn large (although magnificent). By the time I left the Park, I was crawling through Columbia University (which I much prefer over NYU). Stopped by Joe Coffee. I love the BIG windows! Loved the free water! Loved the actual washrooms! Love the actual seating! Too bad the coffee was so mediocre.

    Next stop--IKEA!
     
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    Well, how devestating. The water taxi to IKEA was closed today. Apparently, it's only serviced during the week. Yuck. At least I saw Wall Street. Very imposing and the shading was a nice relief to the heat.

    Loved Williamsburg. It reminds me of the Pacific Northwest. Coffeeshops everywhere. And really short blocks. Went to Toby's Estates (apparently, originated in Australia) and Verb Coffee (love the name). Both coffees great, actual space, and they even provide newspapers! Both places are ideal during a cool rainy day (which was not today). I also went to the Smorgusberg. Thanks for the tip, margesimpson. Very nice and the waterfront views were spectacular. Got a sugar donut from a stand called Vermont Maple Lemonade (I did not get a lemonade).

    Walked along 42nd too--relaxed in the Library and explored Grand Central (got coffee again at Irving Farms--it sucked, oh well.).

    Just got some almond cookie ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Oh, so good. Loved it, even if I had to trek through Chinatown.

    Tonight, dinner and then NYC Philharmonic. Dessert somewhere, who knows.

    BTW, while in Central Park, I notice A LOT of dogs unleashed. Is that really allowed?