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laorfamily
post Jan 17 2008, 11:10 AM
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When you say New York to people most immediately think of New York City in general, and Manhattan specifically. New York City is a unique city not only in the world, but in the United States as well. There is a lot of good information out there on NYC so I will not spend a lot of space on it since it is so diverse, complex and changes often.
New York State has a lot to offer besides NYC even though I’m sure most visitors would like to see Manhattan.

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New York City:
The largest city in the United States, most populous and probably the most famous. NYC compromises of five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the most famous – the island of Manhattan. All the boroughs are accessible through the subway system.

The Bronx:
The northernmost borough which used to be very upscale in the 1920’s and has suffered severe setbacks – however a revitalization movement is currently occurring and The Bronx is actually a nice place to visit. You can go see the famous Bronx Zoo, which I recommend highly, the Edgar Allen Poe cottage, NY Botanical Garden, the Woodlawn Cemetery where many of the rich & famous are buried, take a tour of Yankee Stadium – or just walk around The Bronx feasting your eyes on incredible architecture.
By the way – the name is “The Bronx” not “Bronx”.

Brooklyn:
One of the best things to do is to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll get to see wonderful views of both boroughs and meet great people. Once in Brooklyn you can go to Coney Island, Green-Wood Cemetery or the NY Transit Museum.

Queens:
If you arrive in NY by plane, you will probably arrive in Queens where the two major airports are located (JFK & LaGuardia). Once here you can go to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (home of the annual U.S. Open), Shea Stadium (where your humble servant saw Eric Clapton & Elton John perform together), Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silvercup Studios (“Highlander” anyone?), Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and Queens Center (the most profitable per-square-foot mall in America).

Staten Island:
There are several wonderful museums in Staten Island such as the Alice Austen House Museum or take a tour of the Staten Island Zoo.

Manhattan:
There is nothing to do in Manhattan.

Yeah, right!
I’ve lived in the area for over 20 years and haven’t scratched the surface of Manhattan yet – so have a game plan.
I’m sure you are familiar with all the famous sites, and they are famous for a reason – they’re great but here are a few other options which we took and enjoyed:
- Walking food tourshttp://www.foodsofny.com/] http://www.foodsofny.com/[/url]
- FREE Central Park walking tours http://www.centralparknyc.org/site/PageNav...ms_walkingtours
- On Location Tours - http://www.screentours.com/ (Never done those but they seem like a lot of fun)
Manhattan has events year round – and almost everyday.
If you are on a budget, it might be hard to find a place to stay in Manhattan, there are several hostel and inns in other boroughs which are much more affordable.

The “other” New York:
New York City is a small part of New York – if you venture north (“upstate”) you’d find lakes, rolling meadows, farmlands (I kid you not) and other large cities.
Some of the most popular are:
- Lake George
- The artisan village of Sugar Loaf
- Tour the Finger Lakes region (with a wonderful 120 mile wine trail)
- Go to the American side of Niagara Falls (a lot less touristy and kitschy then the Canadian side).
- Take a tour of the United States Military Academy (West Point)
- Go to the famous village of Sleepy Hollow
- Take a cruise down the Hudson River
- Visit the “National Baseball Hall of Fame” in Cooperstown
- Cruise the Great Lakes

And many more – the options are almost endless. Give me a shout if you intend to be in the area and what you are interested in, and I’ll try to help (also give you my contact info in case of emergency).


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post Jan 29 2008, 11:22 AM
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Cool, there's lots of great tips here. I have been to the Finger Lakes and it was just beautiful, I'm glad it's on your list!


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post May 11 2008, 01:41 AM
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if you go there try to fly on jetblue
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post May 12 2008, 09:54 AM
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Why's that?


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post May 12 2008, 05:39 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ May 12 2008, 10:54 AM) *

Why's that?

They have great service
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post May 13 2008, 08:35 AM
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What kind of service are you referring to exactly?


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post May 13 2008, 05:16 PM
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What kind of service are you referring to exactly?
Nice and clean planes.
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post May 14 2008, 02:35 AM
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Great job laorfamily!! awesome tips there too biggrin.gif


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post May 14 2008, 08:05 AM
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QUOTE(andy123456789 @ May 13 2008, 06:16 PM) *

QUOTE(starlagurl @ May 13 2008, 09:35 AM) *

What kind of service are you referring to exactly?
Nice and clean planes.


Can you describe this service? Because I've never been on Jet Blue and I can't justify paying the higher price...


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post Sep 2 2008, 10:19 AM
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Wha? Baseball is easy to understand. Hit the ball run to the bases...


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post Sep 5 2008, 09:07 PM
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Two t'ings youse can't miss in Nu Yawk: a Grimaldi's pizza & an' a Nathan's hot duog. Pizza an' hot duogs -- Dat's Nu Yawk right der.


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post Sep 8 2008, 09:39 AM
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I've been lots and never had either of them! I'll have to make sure I do that someday.


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post Sep 30 2008, 11:44 AM
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If anyone needs help on NYC nightlife, just ask. Probably one of the only things I can do to help out around here. I'm the wikipedia of NYC nightlife so let me know.


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post Nov 3 2008, 02:35 PM
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I've never been to either of those places, what's Woodstock like?


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post Nov 18 2008, 08:08 AM
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QUOTE(polydemic @ Sep 5 2008, 09:07 PM) *

Two t'ings youse can't miss in Nu Yawk: a Grimaldi's pizza & an' a Nathan's hot duog. Pizza an' hot duogs -- Dat's Nu Yawk right der.


lol I just noticed this.
Was never a fan of Nathan's. It's not as fun going there since everything nearby is basically closed down. Just chill at the beach. And the train ride is pretty long from Manhattan to just eat a hotdog. If your going to Nathan's, just make sure it's during the day. It gets pretty ghetto there.


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post Nov 21 2008, 11:44 AM
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Grimaldi's pizza...oh my...looks delicious

http://www.grimaldis.com/


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post Nov 21 2008, 12:35 PM
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I know this place in hoboken.. Although I've never tried it, it gets packed on weekends. Looks amazing too.


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post Dec 19 2008, 12:57 PM
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Does anyone have ideas of websites where I can book a broadway show?


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post Dec 19 2008, 01:05 PM
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Ha! I need one too!
I found this one, it tells you where you can get super discounts on the tickets if you don't really care which one you see.

www.tdf.org

What are you thinking of seeing? I'm thinking about Avenue Q


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post Dec 19 2008, 03:36 PM
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I'm not sure whats on there at the mo, I just know that I want to go and see a show on Broadway - I'm gonna take a look later and see what I can find.

Also, does anyone know of a Blues bar/club where we can go and listen to some live music?


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