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Old Mar 20th 2014, 3:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Mitzyboy View Post
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Then, when in Times Square area - you might want to pop into:
http://www.icp.org/museum

It's at 6th Ave (also known as "Ave. of the Americas") and 43rd St.
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Then, when in Times Square area - you might want to pop into:
http://www.icp.org/museum

It's at 6th Ave (also known as "Ave. of the Americas") and 43rd St.
Well that will be a definite ... thanks for that
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I'd like to endorse Grand Central Terminal (not Station!). I pass through it every working day but still gawp at its sheer spectacle on occasion. If you're really interested in the architecture and history of it you can hire an audio tour from one of the ticket windows or download it to your smartphone.

Whilst super touristy and a tad expensive I would recommend going up one of the skyscraper observation decks if it's a nice sunny day. The views over Manhattan and the rest of the city are worth it. I've done the Empire State Building myself. My wife has also done the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center on 5th Avenue) and says that it's better.

I'd also endorse Ellis Island - especially if you've done the immigrant thang yourself, it's quite moving to feel that you're continuing a process that has been so key to the shaping of the city and country.

The Met and the Natural History Museum are good value in terms of having a lot to see for the admission fee - MoMA and the Guggenheim a bit less so IMO but must-sees if you like modern art. I was about to recommend the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum too but I just had a look and it's currently closed for renovation, which is a shame.
Originally Posted by rpjs View Post
Also for eating places, we've been a bit disappointed in NYC - we generally have found that the standard of eating out is better in London. However two I'd highly recommend are:

Saro Bistro at 102 Norfolk Street in the Lower East Side, which specialises in cuisine from the countries that used to form the Austro-Hungarian Empire - if that sounds a bit poncy to you, don't be put off - it's really good!

Il Corallo Trattoria at 172 Prince Street in SoHo, really good neighbourhood Italian place which we stumbled upon quite by accident but which served us some of the best Italian food we've had outside Italy.
Thanks again
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Well that will be a definite ... thanks for that
In which case.....you may want to go here next to clear your head, rest your feet , chill.....
Bryant Park - 42nd between 5th & 6th Ave (directly behind NY Public Library - a landmark building )
http://www.bryantpark.org/

I'm starting to envy you.....
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In which case.....you may want to go here next to clear your head, rest your feet , chill.....
Bryant Park - 42nd between 5th & 6th Ave (directly behind NY Public Library - a landmark building )
http://www.bryantpark.org/

I'm starting to envy you.....
Its really kind of you (all) to be so helpful. I dont like visiting places and just going to the major tourist haunts, I like to find the places that many dont go to :-) The park looks good fun, especially for some people shots :-)
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Also for eating places, we've been a bit disappointed in NYC - we generally have found that the standard of eating out is better in London.
Wow, there's a challenge!

STK (meatpacking district) - Best steak I've ever had. The sliders are also the best miniburgers I've ever had.

Shake Shack for superb burgers.

Paulie Gees in Greenpoint - fantastic pizza, try the Hellboy with Mike's Hot Honey. If that's too far, Adrienne's in the financial district is fab.

My friend's mum is the chef at Cafe Select in Soho. Amazing fondue. The crispy bits on the bottom are heaven. I don't think the restaurant advertises this, but she is Michelin-starred.

If you like to eat, NY is the place... :-)
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I've been here a couple of times and found it fascinating...

http://www.tenement.org/
It agree. It's walking distance from where you'll be. I totally disagree about the standard of restaurant being better in London but that's my opinion. I'm also in the restaurant business and a native New Yorker. I think the Top of The Rock is much nicer than The Empire State Building. .As far as admission fees for Natural History and The Met. There aren't any. There are " suggested donations" You do not have to pay what they suggest. Most tourists don't know that. Grand Central is a great building I'll come up with a list of things for you as well. The problem with recommending restaurants in March is that they might not be there in September,
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I've been here a couple of times and found it fascinating...

http://www.tenement.org/
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Did that one with my 2 teenage daughters a few years ago. One of the most interesting places I have visited in NYC. Not that many people know about it.
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Did that one with my 2 teenage daughters a few years ago. One of the most interesting places I have visited in NYC. Not that many people know about it.
I agree that not that many people know about it. I went on The Hard Times Tour and Discussion. I'd like to go on some of the other tours as well. We had friends visit from Scotland for a week last September and we went all over the place. They loved NYC and can't wait to come back.

As with anywhere when you live in a place there is so much to do and see that you just don't do.
For example I've been talking about going to The Cloisters for years and I still never have been. I'm going to make a point of it this Spring.
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I was only in NY a couple of days .My favourite thing was "Top of the Rock".
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I was only in NY a couple of days .My favourite thing was "Top of the Rock".
It is a spectacular view from there. Especially at night.
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Thanks again, looked at the Tenement tour, looks really good ... they do a similar thing in Glasgow with the tenements there
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It is a spectacular view from there. Especially at night.
We loved it at the Top of The Rock - definitely preferred it to the top of the Emipire State Building (although that is still worth doing).
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When we took my mum and dad into the city in September last year we walked the high line. Its a public park built along an old elevated rail freight line. http://www.thehighline.org/

They also have changing art installations, so we will go back again as its a different way to see art and easier than a gallery with kids. There are lots of photo opportunities.

For food we like http://thespottedpig.com/?page_id=42 Its small and the tables are close but they have great beers and lovely food with a British Chef/Co-owner. It has a Michelin Star but isn't at all fancy.

Have a great trip.
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I've done the tenenment museum tour and it is really great. I will do it again this spring just to see another apartment and hear a different family history. Amazing that they track down the ancestors of some of the original tenants and put together their story with words and pictures.

If you have the opportunity, you might want to visit the Bronx Zoo. You can get there via Metro-North Railroad and it is a super fab zoo to visit, even without kids in tow.

Do a walking tour of a particular part of New York City, i.e. China Town, Great White Way, Museum Mile, Financial District, walking ghost tour, etc. http://walkingtoursny.com/

If you have an interest in history of the US through immigration then Ellis Island might be a stop on your agenda. Statute of Liberty is so-so. Just an island with a statute on it

Do a full Circle Line cruise around the Isle of Manhattan. I did that two years ago and it was great.

Take a train ride up the Hudson on Metro-North. Get off in Cold Spring or Poughkeepsie or Beacon or Hyde Park for a waterfront stroll and lunch.

Take a subway ride to Coney Island or if you are renting a car, drive to Jones Beach or Fire Island. Absolutely love Jones Beach.

Just a few things to do that are a little out of the ordinary.
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