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06-13-2008, 12:52 PM
So I am leaving for New York City tomorrow. For anyone who's been or lives close, what's not to miss?

The list already includes...
Times Square
Statue of Liberty
Yankees Game
Ground Zero
Central Park
Rockefeller Center

What else should we not miss? (keep in mind Jacob is 7)

06-13-2008, 01:11 PM
Hey, I was born and raised in NYC... so somewhat of an expert here lol

I would add Metropolitian Museum of Art to that list (you can go there and explore Central Park on the same day). I would also throw in Ellis Island if you're going to the Statue of Liberty, since one boat takes you to both, but order your tickets in advance online (I dont have the website at hand, but you can google it).

I would also add Greenwich Village to that list.

The one thing I'm iffy about is Ground Zero... I feel it's been turned into a tourist trap and imo that is not good. I think it shouldn't be visited "to be seen" with the list of other attractions... I'm not saying thats you intention, of course, but I'd be wary of it... if you see anything that comes off as disrespectful or inappropriate while there (i.e. t-shirts with the words "I BEEN TO GROUND ZERO!" or something) please flee with a quickness...

So I am leaving for New York City tomorrow. For anyone who's been or lives close, what's not to miss?

The list already includes...
Times Square
Statue of Liberty
Yankees Game
Ground Zero
Central Park
Rockefeller Center

What else should we not miss? (keep in mind Jacob is 7)

06-13-2008, 01:20 PM
I had heard that at ground zero they have a really nice memoriblia area downstairs that has kids drawings. That's what I want to see. Plus, I want Jacob to understand. I get you about it being "touristy"

thanks for the tips, they have been added to the list!

06-13-2008, 01:23 PM
I would second the metropolitan museum of art. I had a great time when I went there.

06-13-2008, 01:47 PM
I'll add a few!

Empire State Building
Central Park Zoo
Natural History Museum

You might want to look at the passes you can get. You can buy a pass and it will get you into 40 or so places. http://www.newyorkpass.com/

06-13-2008, 02:11 PM
I'd add the Brooklyn Heights promenade. It is a waterfront park/boardwalk area with a great view of Manhattan in a very nice historic neighborhood, and it'll give you a chance to see one of the other boroughs. If you're interested, take the 4, 5, 2 or 3 subway train downtown to the Boro Hall stop (1st stop in Brooklyn) and walk a few blocks toward the river to get to the promenade. While you're in Brooklyn Heights, check out Montague Street (nice shops and restaurants), especially if you're a Bob Dylan fan!

Hope you have a great trip to NYC.

06-13-2008, 02:22 PM
We went in Jan for the first time. You should take Jacob to FAO Schwartz. I loved the Apple Store that is right in front of the toy store. Even not really being into the whole Apple/Ipod thing the store was really cool. Have fun!

06-13-2008, 02:26 PM
No, I absolutely think it's worthwhile to visit -- just be wary if you see anything inappropriate. Granted, I haven't been there in a long long long time, so probably a lot has changed and they've added actual worthwhile elements, like children's drawings, etc.

But HAVE FUN! New York is pretty great (most of the time). I would also suggest (to save money AND get the experience) riding the subway a bit. Many of the things listed are on the 5/4/6 train lines, which will bring you all the way from The Bronx (Yankee Stadium on the 4 line) to the State of Liberty, etc.

Also, suggestion: if you're really into seeing a zoo while here, come to The Bronx; The Bronx Zoo is one of the best in the world.

I would also do a dinner one night in Little Italy/Chinatown downtown. But for an even more, um, colorful Italian dining experience, again, come to Arthur Avenue in the The Bronx (sorry to push my home borough so hard, but The Bronx is as real NY as it comes).

So many suggestions! lol Have fun!

I had heard that at ground zero they have a really nice memoriblia area downstairs that has kids drawings. That's what I want to see. Plus, I want Jacob to understand. I get you about it being "touristy"

thanks for the tips, they have been added to the list!

06-13-2008, 02:39 PM
I second the Museum of Natural History. It was my favorite museum as a kid, and I was always asking to go. The Met I just found boring. I went to the Natural History recently, and it was interesting on a different level. I think that one's good for the whole family.

I don't see any plays on your list, but if you're theater people, you should try to catch one. I saw my first broadway show (Peter Pan) when I was about Jacob's age, and I loved it. There are several kid-friendly shows up on Broadway and off-Broadway, so you may want to check them out. (Depending on what your schedule looks like and whether or not you're willing to wait on line for about an hour, the TDF booth offers a less expensive way to get tickets, but the choices are also more limited.) There's also Shakespeare in the Park, but they're currently doing Hamlet, which might be a bit much for a seven year old.

If you're going to Central Park, don't miss the Central Park Zoo.

It's sounds kind of hokey, but you may enjoy one of the double-decker bus tours. I've never been on one myself, but friends who've gone (who are native NYers) told me that they had a lot of fun on it.

If you want to get a taste of NY, check the NY Times to see which street fairs or festivals are going on. They can be a lot of fun, especially the cultural ones.

Are there any specific kinds of things you want to do?


06-13-2008, 03:01 PM
I mostly lurk here, but had to jump in since we recently took a trip to NYC. Being a large woman, my feet really suffered. We walked a lot when we were there which I think it is unavoidable, I did lose 5 pounds though! Get some crocs shoes, they saved us. I wear them at home all the time but didn't think to take them. After the first two days and some terrible blisters we found a Journeys store that sold crocs and we all got a pair. That's all we wore the rest of the time. The double decker buses were a lot of fun and you really get to see everything that way, they also give your feet a break. The kids got a kick out of the subways, we rode them the whole time we were there. It's so much easier to get around that way, and less expensive. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge at night, it's so beautiful! Have fun, we can't wait to go back.

06-13-2008, 03:12 PM
I haven't been there since I was a kid, but I'm going in July, so I am excited to hear all about it when you get back! Have a great time. :D

06-13-2008, 03:51 PM
Before I even read any responses first thought was Ellis Island but KLK has that covered, lol.

06-13-2008, 04:16 PM
definately visit coney island, as this will be the last season that the attractions there will be running as we now know them. you seem to like baseball, so you could go to a cyclones game there at keyspan park...tickets are less then $12. also if you are going to be in the bronx at a yankee game, or the bronx zoo...you should have dinner on city island (which is a short distance from both locations)...thats if you like seafood.

06-14-2008, 12:05 AM
I am also going to NYC this year! Very interesting to see what you are all suggesting too!

M&M store - my friend was saying you can get your initials on them, I think thats very cool.. even if I don't like them! I am thinking of getting some for presents for others!

The signs! OMG! they are too funny... I actually have one in a frame in my house it says "don't even THINK about parking here".. lol.. makes me laugh!

I know the sights I will be seeing are Times Square, Apple store of course (my family all owns apples), Google office, central park, our hotel is right there.. and the met!

Anyone got any advice on shopping??


06-14-2008, 12:44 AM
I'm going in July too! With my nanny charge (6) as her mom works right in TS and commutes from Rochester. I know we are going to what's supposed to be the biggest Build-A-Bear store and I am thinking Central Park/Zoo & National History Museum. Other than that I think her mom will plan it out. Personally I'd love to see a show and do some shopping, G.Vill too. My niece moved to Brooklyn and she works in UES and as a model so we will be hitting the town @ night! Gotta see TS @ night also, the lights! Yay- can't wait!

06-14-2008, 04:54 AM
Sandi I am prolly too late, but here's what I got from my trip:

Times Square is overrated. I hate to say it but since Giuliani cleaned it up, it's more Disneyfied--they have restaurants you can see in any city or suburb in the US. Better for Jacob, definitely, but less ...um...character. ;)

I can't believe no one said the Empire State Building. It's the one thing I wasn't gonna do. But it's the one thing the ex said I couldn't leave the city without doing. Didn't realize how well he knew me. I LOVED IT!!!

Just when you are done looking out at the landscape on the first side? There are 3 other sides to look at! It was so beautiful to see the whole city, not to mention all the waterways & bridges & everything.

I second:

FAO Schwartz
riding the subways
comfortable shoes (for me this is New Balance)

I loved loved loved the Guggenheim. I also loved the neighborhood I had to walk through to get there from the subway. I ate fresh blackberries & drank a Dannon smoothie that I got at a cute little corner market on the way there while the Sabrett's guy stared me down trying to get me to buy a hot dog.

The double decker bus tours are good for seeing a lot of New York in a small amount of time. You can get on & off wherever you want, just come back to the stop to get back on another one. I didn't want to do that either, but it was really fun to see everything. Well worth the money.

Union Square. Loved it. I think they have a Farmer's Market there.

Oh & I loved Yaffa Cafe in St Mark's Place. They have the best carrot salad dressing!

I stayed in Queens & they had the BEST Greek food there, I took some with me to the airport & got some stares. Hey, no one said you have to eat that carp at the airport.

Cafe Kolonaki Patisserie
33-02 Broadway Astoria
Queens NY 11106

I would take the N to get there from Midtown, but don't quote me on that.


06-16-2008, 11:13 PM
Bronx Zoo, if Jacob is so inclined! ;)

06-16-2008, 11:30 PM
I went to NYC for the first time (or the first time really as a tourist, and not just passing through for business) back in January. The things that I really enjoyed and want to do again:

1 - the Empire State Building. I went at night and it was fantastic. The views of the city were amazing ... all the lights and the boats on the rivers and everything. I loved it. And don't focus on the top and the view either - pay attention to the interior as you walk and take the elevators up. Art Deco design at it's finest and the floor tiles are amazing. I gawped the whole way up! :)

2 - Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was cool, but Ellis Island caught me by the throat. Maybe it's because I'm an historian by education, but just standing in that big room imagining thousands of people crowded together, hoping for a better life ... scared, many of them with everything they owned and valued on their backs ... it was truly overwhelming. I loved it and want to go back again.

3 - The little church across from Ground Zero. The church has kept a lot of the notices and pictures and notes that were originally posted near and around the WTC and walking through the sanctuary and seeing the displays .. wow. I couldn't speak afterwards and needed the walk back to my hotel near Times Square to "come down" so to speak. Another location that will get you by the throat. (I didn't think the WTC site was all that much ... a lot of plans and an "overlook" into the construction area. Also I just had a hard time visiting the site as a "tourist attraction" ... I felt kinda weird and almost dirty about wanting to go see it. Very difficult decision for me.).

4 - Central Park. One day while I was there I bought some food at a little deli and just walked through the park, found a bench, sat, had lunch, and watched the people go by. I adored Central Park and could have spent my entire trip there if I'd had time.

5 - Carnegie Deli. You have to eat at Carnegie Deli. It's a fantastic atmosphere and the food is to die for. Also keep in mind that serving sizes are .. WHOA. Pick something to share - you'll never finish a whole plate or sandwich by yourself.

6 - Wall Street. I loved walking down Wall Street, seeing the Stock Exchange, the bull, and feeling the sense of history. Just very cool.

7 - Grand Central Station. Whoa. Gorgeous. Seriously gorgeous. I spent 2 hours there just taking photos. Might be one of my favorite interiors in the city. Ever. Seriously.

Those were my top favorite things. I fell in love with the city ... I really did. To the point that I'm very very seriously thinking of moving there. If it's possible in the next year or so, I will live in NYC ... at least for a few years. :)


06-17-2008, 06:22 PM
Oh Man. I soooooo WANT to go to NYC now. I went once..but it was a ONE day bus tour drive in just to go see The Lion King on Broadway. It was fantastic.

After reading this...Can't wait to go again!

06-18-2008, 12:22 PM
i never been there but i love to go.

06-19-2008, 01:58 AM
I LOVE NY and can't wait to go back again. I loved taking the subway and getting a feel for the city's pulse. I went there twice and the second time, other tourists were asking me for directions, which was awesome!

New York is a great walking city...I definitely recommend taking the water taxi to Brooklyn from South Street Seaport in Manhattan and walking the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan...awesome views of the skyline and a good walk, the bridge is over a mile long! I also recommend walking around downtown, and exploring the various neighbourhoods. Times Square is sensory overload, especially taking in the bright lights at night. I went on a helicopter tour too, which was fun. In two visits, I didn't manage to see all I wanted to see (the Bronx was the only borough I didn't get to) which warrants a third (and fourth..and fifth..) trip back to my favorite city.