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    My sister, nephew and his wife, and I are coming to NYC in early March - yea! I would like to go to a comedy club, but not if they are real raunchy. (We are not prudes, but I really don't want to hear a long string of F-bombs and dirty humor for an entire hour.) Looking at the Citizens Brigade in Chelsea. Anyone know if the shows are generally rated PG, R, or worse?

    Thanks for all the info on different activities! This thread is extremely helpful!

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    I love Leela Gilday's music. I wish I could be in NYC today.

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    Bumping this up because I will be making reservations for the comedy club fairly soon. Is the best option to just call the club and ask about how raunchy the particular performers for that night get? Gotham seems to alert you if the show is "dirty" (their words), but the others don't say much.

    Also, the ticket prices are pretty low, but they all have a 2-drink minimum (for a 1-hour show?). How does that work? Just buy small drinks/shots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCC View Post
    My sister, nephew and his wife, and I are coming to NYC in early March - yea! I would like to go to a comedy club, but not if they are real raunchy. (We are not prudes, but I really don't want to hear a long string of F-bombs and dirty humor for an entire hour.) Looking at the Citizens Brigade in Chelsea. Anyone know if the shows are generally rated PG, R, or worse?
    I went there on my last NYC trip, on a Sunday night for their improv show. Amy Poehler et al. Very cool. There was the odd bit of PG content but it was clever rather than gratuitous, definitely not OTT.

    For their standup shows it would depend on the comedian I guess. I find that checking YouTube clips for a particular artist gives me a good sense of their style.

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    Artemis, Thanks for the response! Do you recall how the drinks were done? Mostly looking for budgeting purposes, since I am paying for most activities on this trip, for four of us. Seems like each activity is $100-150 and some days there are 2-3 activities. Might need to spread the wealth.

    Also, I heard that the shows were back to back and that people could stay for more than one show. How is seating done, then? I don't want to divide the four of us if possible.

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    It was snowing most of the day and I planned to spend my evening doing laundry, but my friend nagged me out of the house to go downtown and get some dinner. So I have a new restaurant to recommend, Eatery, in Hell's Kitchen.
    All the waiters were good looking but much too skinny. Ours was nice enough, though, and recommended the ricotta meatloaf to my friend. That sounded boring, but it came with roasted tomatoes and parmesan sauce, my friend was nearly in ecstasy over it. I had the Mac and Jack, which sounded equally boring to her, but I think I've already mentioned that M&C is like an exotic treat to me. It was yummy, as was the flourless chocolate cake with walnut ice cream.
    The drinks were good but not very strong; I actually swilled 3 mojitos and didn't need to clutch the table for support when I got up to leave.

    http://www.eaterynyc.com/Home_Page.html

    Once I had 2 mojitos with dinner at Empanada Mama; their drinks are rather strong. This was a colossal mistake because I was headed to the ballet afterwards and alcohol tends to make me very happy. By the time I walked up to Lincoln Center I was finding everything hilarious and therefore spent the first act watching on the monitor in the lobby. I did not want to get evicted for breaking out into hysterical laughter.

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    I was poking around for things to do on the Lower East Side, and came across some fun sounding things, including a rugelach making class. Scroll down for info:

    http://www.eventbrite.com/o/museum-a...eet-1843958987

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    I'm going to NYC for a 2-day conference in May and OF COURSE I'm going to stay a week and check out ALL THE MUSEUMS! I haven't been in years, and I've never been to NYC without a relative dragging me around.

    Alf has a friend who lives in Manhattan, pretty close to a subway station so I was either going to stay with him (Alf isn't sure if he's coming) or Airbnb it. The conference is at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge which is $470 a night so hell no.

    I am sad that the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum is closed for renovations until sometime-in-2014-probably-December. :

    I'm definitely going to hit up the Guggenheim, MOMA, MAD, God what else is there?!

    And of course, I'll be going through this thread, but I'm afraid Marge has listed so many yummy food places that I can't hit them all! Man I wish I could though!

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    What type of museum do you like in your museum? Art, or history, or etc?
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    There's a decided lack of design museums in LA, so I was gonna try to hit up some in NYC. (Hence my sadness at the Cooper-Hewitt being closed for renovation.) But I'm really open to anything, maybe less history unless it's got some art attached to it. The Tenement Museum actually sounds pretty interesting, I'll have to check that out.

    Are there any cool science museums with things I can play with? My sister and I are like little kids at SF's Exploratorium.

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    That's the one I was going to suggest! If you're going to see one historical museum in NY, make it the Tenement Museum.
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    Ice sculptures for Valentine's Day! If you're going to be in lower Manhattan on the 13th or 14th, check these guys out. I saw them when they did a demo in midtown and was totally fascinated. Info here:

    http://brookfieldplaceny.com/IHeartIce

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCC View Post
    Artemis, Thanks for the response! Do you recall how the drinks were done? Mostly looking for budgeting purposes, since I am paying for most activities on this trip, for four of us. Seems like each activity is $100-150 and some days there are 2-3 activities. Might need to spread the wealth.

    Also, I heard that the shows were back to back and that people could stay for more than one show. How is seating done, then? I don't want to divide the four of us if possible.
    (sorry for the delay, I forgot about this thread!)

    It was rush seating. We went to the earlier show and didn't stay for the later one -- I'm guessing you could do the coat-on-chair thing to reserve seats if they kick you out between shows, but it was a very casual atmosphere so I wouldn't be surprised if they just let you hang out between shows if you have tickets for the second.

    IIRC, drinks weren't too pricey, but also pretty unremarkable -- I seem to recall some very pedestrian beers, so I didn't bother. But them I'm very fussy with my beers: I only like craft beer, and I don't do lager. There was probably wine too, maybe highballs as well. Not a fancy cocktail place.

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    I think I've mentioned that I'm nosy by nature. So, I was in the East Village, walking down 9th Street, when I spotted what I thought at first was a cat café. I walked in and said "What IS this place?" to the twenty-something guy that let me in.
    It turned out to be an animal shelter, Ollie's Place for cats, which is affiliated with Mighty Mutts.
    I was not looking to adopt a cat (I already own one) and said so straight out, but the guy said I was welcome to walk around and pet the cats - he introduced me to about a dozen of them. What a charming place!
    If you read the reviews below, it seems they are not too anxious to actually find homes for the cats. But everyone who worked there was very friendly, and they said anyone is welcome to drop in and play with the kitties.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/ollies-place-new-york

    Why was I in the East Village, you ask? Well, I'd read in TimeOut NY about a group called the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. My knowledge of Native American culture is pretty woeful, but I love any kind of dancing, so off I went. I was mesmerized. The director of the company, who was a great speaker, introduced each dance and explained about its meaning and what part of the country it came from. they did a round dance where the audience was asked to get up and join the dancers, what fun! At the end the dancers came over to the audience (it's a very small auditorium) and thanked us for coming (!!!) and posed for pictures with the kids that were there.
    They are there this weekend and next, at the Theater for the New City on 1st Ave and East 9th. And the tickets are only $10. So check them out. Info here:

    http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/thunder.htm

    Earlier in the evening I ate dinner at Dirt Candy, which I've posted about before. But this place is the bomb, so I'll link to it again. The popcorn pudding was orgasmic.

    http://www.dirtcandynyc.com/
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    Planning out my May trip to NYC. All the museum admissions are going to ruin me. (Of course, I'll be going for MOMA's free Fridays! That's the biggest chunk besides the Tenement Museum.)

    I'm planning to stay in Brooklyn, close to the Marriott where the conference is going to be. Any cheap-yet-yummy food places I should check out?

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    Anita - and anyone else who's interested - the Rubin Museum, which mainly has Himalayan art, is free on Friday evenings. I visited several weeks ago because I had it on my bucket list. That sort of art is not really my thing, but what the hell, it was free, and the café looked interesting.
    When I got there I was peeved to find out the café doesn't serve the regular menu on Friday evenings, but I perked up considerably when I discovered they turn it into a lounge of sorts with a DJ and a special drink menu. Very nice atmosphere in there! It was mainly thirty-somethings, but there were enough people my age that I didn't feel like a dinosaur.
    I looked at the drink menu and thought the "spicy Thai Margarita" sounded interesting. I should have changed my order quickly when the bartender said, "Whoa! I hope you can handle it!"
    I thought that was because he seemed to be sloshing in an awful lot of tequila, but the joke was on me.
    I felt like I'd taken a dose of Pepperup Potion, I was sure I had steam coming out of my ears. That baby was HOT.
    I did the free guided tour; our guide was a charming, chatty guy from Brooklyn who is a neonatologist. He was very enthusiastic but didn't get me fired up about the art; I'm more of an Impressionist sort.
    However, the gift shop is lovely, they also have films on Friday, and I will definitely visit the Friday lounge again. (Although I will not order any drink with the word "spicy" in the description)

    http://www.rubinmuseum.org/
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    I saw Cirque du Soleil's "Amaluna" on Friday and it is FABULOUS. So fabulous, I've decided I must see it again. And everyone should see it. They are in NYC until May 12. (Anita, this means you can see it while you're here!)
    Info:

    http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/sho...a/default.aspx

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