2 Weeks in New York. Is there anything I am missing?
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2013 10:37 AM Last Post By: Websterella
Jan 21, 2013 6:17 PM
2 Weeks in New York. Is there anything I am missing?Hey Guys,
I will be in NewYork for almost 2 weeks. I have searched ins and outs of internet and this is what I have found out till now.
NY Harbor View
Staten Island Ferry
Classic Harbor Line
Empires State Building
Grand Central Terminal
Statue of Liberty (Its close so I will take staten Island Ferry)
I know all these are touristy places but thats what I could find out searching trip advisor, LP and other sites. Can you guys please suggest things which are more interesting to do? Museums don't fascinate me. Some great bars or places where locals go would be great.
Also I am thinking of taking an overnight trip to Niagara Falls. Do you guys think its worth it?
Jan 21, 2013 6:28 PM
1What time of year?
Do you need to be in the back in the city every night, or do you have weekends free? Why two weeks?
What about the Hamptons? Amagansett in summertime is gorgeous, as is Montuak.
Grand Central Station and the Oyster Bar
Tentament Museum LES
Natural History Museum
The Library at Bryant Park
Sunset or pool at The Ganesvoort
Rooftop happy hours in summer (Gramercy)
Jan 21, 2013 6:54 PM
I'm not much into museums, but NYC has some pretty good ones. I's also known for it's shows, they are a little pricey but it's part of why people come to NY. personally I prefer the Philharmonic to show tunes but that's all a personal preference thing.
If I were doing the Empire State Building I'd skip Rock Center (one tall building is enough).
Central Park isn't all that. Yes you should see it, but if you're travelling alone . . . well, you don't need much time there.
I live outside of NYC and have been there many many times.
1. Best thing I ever did there was to hook up with some very informal tour guide who gave my friends and I a "gangland tour." It focused on Chinatown, Little Italy and Five Points and completely blew my mind. I'm not sure how to look it up, but I selected it off some list in the Marriott at Times Square. It was the beast. The woman who led the tour really knew her stuff.
2. If you REALLY want to know NYC look up the battle of Fort Washington, the Battle of Harlem Heights and Washington's retreat up the Englewood Cliffs.
3. I have not been to the tenement museum, but it is recommended by so many travelers here it's on now my list. I find the garment district kind of a nice place to hang out and be cool. Not much to see there, but it's kind of artsy yet not pretentious.
4.Waaay upper east side, almost into Harlem along the river is pretty nice too. that's the part of manhattan that is pretty close to williamsburg brooklyn (the new cool place). The Bridge to Williamsburg is around 62nd street or so and the river walk I'm talking about 77th street or higher (sorry i don't remember the exact numbers)
Nothing I've numbered is a "must do." It all depends on your interests, time and budget.
Jan 21, 2013 7:05 PM
Yes, but you wouldn't like them. I guess because you don't like museums.
The Garment district (7th Avenue between 34th and 42nd) is a hole of crowds, tourists and people just trying to get around. I can't imagine what anyone would find interesting there and I work there. What artsy stuff do you see in the garment district?
The area around the High Line has become more interesting because of the draw. There are galleries and shops now in that area of Chelsea and the Meatpacking district. Unfortunately it's become a lot less edgy than it was.
For more interesting places to walk around I'm going to suggest the East Village. Start on St. Marks and Avenue A. And just walk around the streets.
Niagara Falls for an overnight trip? No. Unless you're planning on going to Toronto then no, it's not worth it.
Instead, take 3 days and 2 nights out of your trip and go to Washington DC.
Jan 21, 2013 7:06 PM
Jan 21, 2013 7:09 PM
5Oh SMACK DOWN!!!
I found the street merchants there interesting. It was like either the made their own stuff or knew the people who did. Most street merchants are selling you stuff you could get at wal mart if you lived in the suburbs.
Still, Websterella knows the town better than I do so I'm gonna back down from this fight.
Jan 21, 2013 7:13 PM
What street merchants? The $10 handbag guys? The fruit guys on the corner? I know you're not talking about the dirty water hotdog carts. When was the last time you were in that area? I don't know what you're talking about, so you're going to be much more specific.
Jan 21, 2013 8:10 PM
Jan 21, 2013 8:24 PM
Jan 22, 2013 3:31 AM
9Lower East Side Tenement Museum (not really a museum, a walking tour through houses of how people use used to live).
Fort Tryon Park for great river views and if you are going up that far then near 207th st there are good views over Harlem River.
Riverside Park is IMO a nice alternative to Central Park if you want to go for a walk.
Just to relay my 9-11 Memorial experience. Book tkts, print out from online, be prepared for a bit of a stretch to get through several bouts of security, there are almost no toilets inside.
I always recommend Milano's on East Houston as a great bar to meet locals. It is a dive bar but in a good way.
I'd agree with DC but some of the biggest attractions in DC are its museums so I'm not sure how worthwhile it is.
Jan 22, 2013 4:40 AM
10Even if you're not into museums very much, I would still recommend a half-day visit to The Met and a half-day visit to the Museum of Natural History - they're outstanding - and you can walk across Central Park between them. Not sure how good the Classic Harbor Line cruise is, but I can certainly recommend the Circle Line Cruise right round Manhattan - it was great - pier is at West 42nd Street.
Times Square should divert you for no more than about 30 minutes - and if you have two weeks, buy 2 x weekly metro passes for unlimited subway and bus travel - you'll use it. In terms of neighbourhoods - draw a line at about 20th Street, and explore everything south of that, is my recommendation ... midtown and upper west and upper east are also interesting, but much less so, in my opinion.
Jan 22, 2013 11:35 AM
11NYC is great for walking around neighborhoods and exploring. Once you're done with the touristy things you're checking off like Times Square and Empire State Building, just start walking around, primarily downtown between 23rd Street and Canal Street. For many visitors, highlights include walking around East Village, Lower East Side and Soho (you don't mention your interests besides not liking museums, so it's hard to say what you'll enjoy). All are near Chinatown btw.
I don't know that I would choose Bryant Park as a destination. You'll walk past it and that's about it.
You should also consider venturing outside of Manhattan to explore Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Park Slope, Prospect Park, Coney Island etc depending on your interests which you don't specify).
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