New York City, off the beaten path.
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jun 11, 2007 12:17 AM Last Post By: kodasp
Jun 10, 2007 1:06 AM
New York City, off the beaten path.New York City, off the beaten path.
I am looking for places to see, and areas to visit in or around NYC. My criteria is pretty specific to the following. If you would like to vouch for something, please do so here (but only if you have visited the destination).
-viewpoints, panoramas, sunsets
-the outdoors, (i.e. hikes with a view)
-specialty/unique local cuisine
-and anything else unique, mysterious or original to the local area.
What are your personal recommendations (that you've experienced & can vouch for)? Please exclude the obvious, or any tourist traps, ripoffs, and overrated attractions.
view of Manhattan atop Sunset Park, Brooklynn
Near to sunset, Go to Brooklynn Heights Promenade, eat Pizza at Grimaldi's Pizzeria, 19 Old Fulton Stand, walk down to Fulton landing, then walk back over the Brooklynn bridge (looking back at Manhattan), end at City Hall
Viewpoint opportunities around Manhattan (other ferries leave Pier 11 on the Eastside, sweep around Lower Manhattan and up the Hudson OR NJ commuter ferry)
Staten Island ferry at Sunset (leaves Battery park)
Sunset at Riverside park
Flatiron, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Citicorp, Chrysler buildings, 42nd @ Lexington
Lincoln centre fountain (at night)
Jun 10, 2007 1:21 AM
1Just walk the streets.
You will meet the nicest people in the USA.
the buildings are beautiful......and I have to point out that you plan on seeing some very touristy places, but that is NY.
you can get get good pizza almost anyplace that sells a slice so don't be so set on Grimaldi's.
Central Park will cover everything on your list.
have a great trip
Jun 10, 2007 3:01 PM
2Here are just two special places to visit. The Cloisters, which is a branch of the Met at the northern tip of Manhattan. A must see, for the architecture and the flowers. The Tenements Museum, which is the history of immigrants into NYC from approx 1850 to 1930. Very close to Brooklyn Bridge. If you google both you can get all info regarding times maps.
Enjoy NY, it really is awesome.
Jun 10, 2007 3:08 PM
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Jun 10, 2007 6:23 PM
6Both the Botanical Gardens are pretty (Bronx and Brooklyn).
I am not into zoo's, but a lot of people find the nyc zoo nice.
Take the tram to Roosevelt Island.
Walk through the Manhattan Bridge.
Go to the Union Square market.
Have stroll along the west side of lower manhattan, from Battery Park to Robert F Wagner Park to the South Cove to the Esplanade to the North Cove up until Chambers Street.
If you have not spent enough time in these areas, explore at a slow pace the Greenwich and the East villages.
There's plenty of awesome museums, but you should not miss, at least, the MET, the MOMA, the American Museum of Natural History.
Staten Island can be interesting. Take the train to the last stop and enjoy the view.
Have a view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the South Street Seaport's balcony, 2nd floor.
Central Park can keep you busy for days.
Go up to St. John the Divine, walk around the Columbia University area, come back along the Riverside Park passing through the General Grant National Memorial.
Experience Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Jun 10, 2007 9:49 PM
7Walk along Roosevelt avenue in Queens, in Woodside and Jackson Heights. Best place in NY for all kinds of ethnic food -- Indian, Thai, Colombian, Mexican... and a window into the gorgious mosiac, to quote David Dinkins, of NY.
Jun 10, 2007 11:34 PM
8I second the Brooklyn and Bronx Botanical Gardens. For unusual cuisine walk over from the Bronx Botanical Garden to Arthur Avenue and find an Albanian restaurant. (I'm not saying it's terribly interesting cuisine, but not one you see everywhere.)
From Brooklyn Heights you could walk down to an Arab restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, and then east to Montero's bar at the corner of Hicks.
Also in Brooklyn consider Green-Mount Cemetery, not far from Sunset Park where you are planning on going anyway. The neighborhood Sunset Park is Brooklyn's Chinatown as you may know, so there will be lots of food possibilities.
If you go to Jackson Heights (for the cuisine most likely) consider also the Louis Armstrong house & museum in nearby Corona. Off the beaten path for sure but worth the detour. You get a real sense of what he was like and what he was like was a lovely man.
Jun 11, 2007 12:09 AM
9I have to second many of the above.
Spend some time on Columbia's campus. It's truly an architectural masterpiece. I especially love it at night.
Grand Central Station is one of my favorite places in the city, too.
The Lower East Side, after you're done with the tenement museum, is full of tiny little shops, restaurants and bakeries. It's a cute quirky neighboorhood that has gentrified over the last few years, but hasn't yet been invaded by the big chains (though there is a Starbucks on Delancey and Allen).
I used to live in Park Slope and I loved it. Lots of old pretty brownstones, fantastic restaurants that are considerably less expensive than they would be in Manhattan (Tempo, Al Di La, Blue Ribbon, The 12th Street Bar & Grill were some of my favorites). And you can walk to Grand Army Plaza and then Prospect Park.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is just wonderful. It's that famous for a reason.
Same for Central Park. Rent a boat on the lake. There's something so surreal about being in a lake, surrounded by trees and greenery, surrounded by skyscrapers.
Are you going to be in NYC over the summer? If so, google free events in the park. There's Shakespeare in the Park (they're performing Romeo & Juliet and a Midsummer Night's Dream this summer). There are symphonies and operas and Summer Stage as well. Bryant Park shows free movies everynight on a big screen at sunset.
Whatever you do, just walk until your feet can't take it anymore. What makes NYC so great is how different each neighborhood is: The different people, feels vibes, food, architecture. There's such energy exuding from the pavement, and the city is the safest it's been in my lifetime (and recently voted the safest big city in America) so just wander. You'll be amazed by what you find.
(Can you tell I love my hometown?)
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