(Closed) Best things to do in NYC?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When are you going? Depending on the weather, I’d go to the highline and Chelsea Market. If you’ll be there in the summer on a Saturday, go to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn – it’s an amazing food market on the water, overlooking Manhattan. Hit the Upper West Side for Levains cookies. Go to the Museum of Natural History, which is also on the Upper West Side.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@redheadem:  Oh the market in Brooklyn is fantastic!  Just take the ferry over (does it run on the weekends?).  Make sure you try the hibiscus doughnuts!  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Commenting because I am also going there for my honeymoon and want to see all the suggestions πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Check out the view from the Empire State Building.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I second the High Line! If you’re a Harry Potter fan, there’s an off-Broadway show called  Potted Potter that’s fantastic. Animal lover – there’s the Central Park Zoo and Bronx Zoo. If you’re into music, I’d check out to see if any of your favorite groups will be in town at the time, or jsut check out the schedule for Madison Square Garden to see if there’s something you want to see. Try to leave lots of time to just explore and walk around – there’s so much to see! Since it’s your honeymoon and all, you could do one of the horsedrawn carriage rides. There’s also tours around the city and through Central Park and around the city that are themed – you could do, like, a romantic movies spots tour. Just the general bus tours are ususally pretty good, too.

 

What show did you get tickets to? What are some of your general interests? Might be able to come up with some more stuff.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

The 8th floor at Saks- all shoes.  =P.

Its going to be very hot and humid then,  Pack accoridingly.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We got engaged in New York! I made a Pinterest board before we went and we did pretty much everything on it: http://pinterest.com/lhiester/new-york-trip/

Also, best hotel ever: The Excelsior. We got a pretty good rate from Expedia and it was realllyyy nice for the price. We were on the 14th floor looking onto Central Park. (The hotel is one block from the park, and it’s also near Zabaar’s which is my family’s staple for breakfast food and gourmet food when we’re in NY.)

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just got back from visiting some of my friends who live in NYC – it was my first trip, but my favorite things we did were the Staten Island Ferry (free, and you get a nice view of the Statue of Liberty/Brooklyn Bridge/Manhatten Skyline without a wait, plus you can bring beer on board!), and the High Line. Overall I was a little underwhelmed with NYC, but I had lots of fun just walking around different neighborhoods with my friends. When I go back in the fall to visit, I’m definitely planning on going to the tenament museum – it sounded interesting, I just couldn’t get tickets.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ticatica:   Regarding what is worth seeing – I’ve lived there 6 years, and I haven’t been to top of the rock, empire state building, statue of liberty or ellis island. I don’t want to spend the money. Rockefeller Center is good – there’s shopping and the NBC store, which is cool. But the best parts of NYC are the little restaurants and bars. Go to the east and west village, soho and the lower east side. Stay out until 4 am bar hopping, eating tapas, hearing live music, singing karaoke and seeing the wild outfits. That’s where you’ll see the “real” NYC.

ETA – If you do go to Chelsea, go to the Donught Plant and eat a salted peanut butter donut.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

For walking around/boutique shopping, I recommend Nolita (north of little italy), it’s bordered by Houston St. on the north, Bowery on the East, Broome St. on the South, and Broadway on the West.  It’s just east of Soho and offers great boutique shopping, adorable tree-lined streets, and lovely cafes.  I recommend Bread on Spring St. between Elizabeth St. and Mott St. for a nice lunch.  The neighborhood is also walking distance from Chinatown, Soho for more mainstream and high-end shopping, and the lower east side and east village, which are known for restaurants and nightlife. 

Ellis Island and the museum are pretty cool, and I think the ferry ride also allows you to get off at Liberty Island so you can see the Statue of Liberty.  You have to pay extra and plan way in advance to go up into the Statue of Liberty.  I’ve lived here 8 years and never done it, and I don’t feel like I’m missing anything.  I do recommend going to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller center.  I prefer this to the Empire State building.  It has amazing views, including views of the Empire State building, and you can buy a ticket for timed entry so you don’t waste your vacation time waiting in line.  This is a great thing to combine w/ a visit to Central Park and Fifth Avenue (more shopping!).  If you don’t mind walking, you could start on the Upper West Side (W. 79th St) and pick up picnic foods from Zabar’s, walk over to Central Park for a picnic, stroll down to the southern end, and walk down Fifth Avenue to Rockefeller Center. 

I also recommend checking out Grand Central Terminal, as it is soooo gorgeous (my fave building in NYC).  There is a cool semi-hidden bar there called Campell Apartment that is a lovely place to grab a cocktail, and will be delightfully cool on a hot July day.  But word to the wise, they don’t allow sneakers/flip flops. 

For a fun night out, the West Village has a ton of great restaurants and bars and is pretty much the cutest neighborhood ever.  Take a cab to W. 4th and W. 10th and explore from there.  I suggest staying West of 7th avenue.  The Standard beer garden is another fun nighttime (or daytime) place to check out – beer, pretzels, ping pong, all under the highline. 

And if it’s not too too hot, I recommend walking over the Brooklyn bridge, from Brooklyn to Manhattan for the best views.  I make all my guests do this, even the ones who visit in January πŸ™‚ 

For restaurant recommendations, I recommend this guide by Serious Eats http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/04/visiting-nyc-where-to-eat-in-new-york.html

And if you find yourself near 6th avenue and 53rd street in need of a cheap and quick meal, definitely hit up the 53rd Street Halal Cart for chicken (or lamb) and rice.  There are usually food carts on either side of the street, but the one with the longer line and the yellow bags is the better one.  Halal street meat is a true New York experience (much more so than the hot dogs or pretzels), and this is the best we have! 

Hope that helps for all you NYC honeymooners! 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Everything in NYC is amazing. Central Park to work off all the awesome food. The Met, which is by donation. I didn’t get to do this but I’d love to ferry to Ellis Island and also see the Statue of Liberty. Walk through Times Square, and up Park Avenue. Take a look at Macy’s and the wooden escalators. If you want to see another show, written by one of the writers of The Book of Mormon, try Avenue Q, it’s hilarious. And you can get rush tickets on the cheap, just go when the box office opens on the morning of a day you don’t have set plans. Eat Italian food and sushi… There’s a really cute place for breakfast, called Penelope Cafe. 

My FI and I went there for a vacation to visit some friends, we needed to go on the cheap and had an amazing time just wandering, and doing most of the things you see above. Since we had such a great time, the plan is to go back for our honeymoon. πŸ™‚ 

And maybe move there. πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Newbee

A couple of our favorite little places to eat were Empanada Mama for lunch and Ess-A-Bagel for breakfast. We loved walking around and shopping the boutiques in SoHo and I also recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Take the subway to Brooklyn and spend a little while at Brooklyn Bridge park and then just walk back on the bridge. The walk is a little over a mile so if you’re in a hurry, leave yourself enough time. Enjoy Central Park, especially if you can go on Saturday. Its more crowded but the vibe is great.

In terms of touristy things, keep in mind that the Statue of Liberty is bring refurbished so you can’t go in. We skipped it because of that. If you aren’t staying near the theatre district, be sure to leave enough time to get to your show. Familiarize yourself with the subway so you don’t get lost and end up late for your show. My iPhone Map app saved us because I would use our current location, put in the landmark where we were going, and then hit the public transportation button and it would show me exactly which subway lines to take. Much easier than carrying around a map!

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