Post # 1
I’m from the UK, and am due to fly out to see my friend next week for 4 days, she is currently living in NYC. Bit of a ‘story’, that I don’t fully want to get into… because it’s really upset me, but that’s not the actual reason for my posting!
Anyway – here’s what you need to know: I am staying up at around W 147th Street, and will be ‘on my own’ 9am – 7pm Friday and Monday and I’ve never been to NYC before so don’t know the transport system at all. I don’t mind walking, or even navagating the sub / bus system, but will need advice on this!!
Soooo…. please can you suggest things for me to do, that one – I can get to fairly easily, two aren’t too expensive and three aren’t regular ‘tourist’ stuff, like empire state building, ground zero, highline park etc. Because I’ll be doing all that stuff in our week in September. I will definately be taking a wander in central park on one of my days (probably the Friday) because I want to get a feel for where we are going to get married, how long it takes to walk to the reception, photo ideas etc etc. But if you can give me some other pointers I’d be so grateful.
Thank you in advance for you time
Post # 3
Ok, so ive found the west village and time warner centre as two more obscure places to go (if thats possible in NYC!!)
Any other suggestions?
Post # 4
I really like the Clostiers at the north end of Manhattan…it’s a replica of a monestary and has medieval art. I also like the Merchant House museum, and the Tenement Museum. Try doing a food tour of a section of manhattan as well. Chelsea Market is really great and has tons of great places to eat and shop. I think the free ferry to Governer’s Island is starting up now? If you need more suggestions, PM me. 🙂
Post # 5
LOL, you are staying on my old street!
I don’t know what cross street you are near, but if you are by the (express) D line, take it down to the Broadway/Lafayette stop, which is right on the edge of SoHo and the LES. Do a little shopping on Broadway, then walk east on Houston (pronounced HOW-stun, not HUE-stin) 🙂 to First Avenue. Get a meat pie at Tuck Shop, the walk up First and wander around the East Village. Tompkins Square Park is great for people watching (not at night, though), and the whole area is fun for daytime wanderings – it is my go-to wandering area 🙂
If you want something closer to your homebase one day, try Tonalli (149th and Broadway). Their weekend brunch is particularly magical.
Feel free to PM me if you need any additional info – I’m happy to help 🙂
Post # 6
Brilliant. Thanks ladies! Ill look into your suggestions and get back to you if I need more info 🙂
Post # 7
Actually for getting around the city you can’t get more convience than the grey bus it’s a tourist bus that hits all the stops. You pay approx 50-60 and can use it as much as you want. The buses come through every 15 minutes. But are totally worth it. Also if you can take their night tour it’s fab and you see the sights light up at night. Highly recommend this. You can buy your tickets on any corner in manhattan. Also Rockefeller center is way better then the empire state building for view of the city.
Post # 8
I was just about to post the same question…good thing I found this post! It’s been years since I’ve been in NYC but it will be FI’s first time. We will be there this week and we have been checking the weather forecast daily. How’s the weather really like…cold enough for a wool coat or light jackets/sweaters? We’re from Florida and not used to the cold weather but we love it.
Post # 9
@msfuturea: I think light sweaters and a jacket would be sufficient. It hasb’t been wool-coat cold lately (thankfully)! I walked out to get lunch in just my suit jacket today, and I was nicely warm.
Post # 10
@sarahbabs: Thank you!!! 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
Haha, I used to live on W 147th! My old neighborhood!
I definitely recommend seeing a show if possible. The TKTS booth in Times Square has great discount tickets, so be sure to check that out for a good deal. Sarabeth’s is amazing for food. Their brunches are legendary, and I love dinner there as well. The Met was my favorite of the most well known musuems, but the Tenement Museum is also fantastic. You learn so much on the guided tour, and the things you see are just amazing. Central Park is not to be missed, and the Statue of Liberty is a lot fun (though I prefer Ellis Island – it has some really amazing exhibits).
There’s so much to do in NYC! Enjoy yourself!
Post # 12
If you’re stopping by Central Park check out Belvedere Castle and the Conservatory Garden! Very beautiful. On the west side there’s the Museum of Natural History. I’m a geek so I can spend hours there. You can also walk on the Brooklyn Bridge (take the 4, 5, 6 train to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge that takes you to the entrance of the bridge on the Manhattan side) and walking across to DUMBO/Brooklyn you can walk to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which has a great view of Manhattan and the two bridges (Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge). There’s also South Street Seaport and Chelsea Market.
Hope you enjoy!
Post # 13
Like others have said go to Central Park (Belvedere Castle, too) and go to the Museum of Natural History! 🙂 If you can go to the Butterfly Conservatory while you’re there – do it!
Post # 14
Get a regular 7 day subway pass. It’s unlimited and around $35. You’ll definitely spend more money if you pay as you go. Personally I like sitting in some of the smaller parks in New York. Teardrop Park, the Irish Hunger Memorial is beautiful.
Also the Top of the Rock has a way better view than the Empire State Building. It is totally worth seeing even though it is a tourist spot. Also check out PS1 in Queens. It is an extension of MOMA. I’ve also heard that the Museum of the Moving Image is amazing.