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#1 Posted on 8.6.05 1217.47
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I'm going to be in NY for the next 10 days on a somewhat limited budget. Any suggestions on what I should see/do/eat/whatever?
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#2 Posted on 8.6.05 1225.43
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I spent about 5 hours in NYC a couple of years ago. Four and a half of those were spent on the George Washington Bridge.

Don't go on the George Washington Bridge.
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#3 Posted on 8.6.05 1601.05
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Being a country boy who went to college in the Bronx, I highly recommend the Bronx Zoo and botanical gardens.

NY pizza is awesome, and pretty easy on the budget. So are street vendor hotdogs.
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#4 Posted on 8.6.05 1626.59
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1) Do NOT eat the vendor hot dogs. What you save on food, you will lose on medical costs! ;-)

2) Pick up a copy of TimeOut Magazine. They'll have a good list of cultural stuff going on in the City, & a lot of it is often cheap or even free.

3) You can't go wrong with NY pizza, & I would also suggest hitting a Kosher deli at least once. You should not be in NYC without getting at least one "hot pastrami on rye w/mustard"!! ("Mr. Broadway" on Broadway & 37th is my personal favorite)

4) If you just want to relax & the weather is good, you can't go wrong just hanging out in Central Park with some friends...

Have a great time & enjoy the City :-)
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#5 Posted on 8.6.05 2046.14
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The beauty of NY is that it's a walking town. You can start all the way at Battery Park at the lower tip of Manhattan and just start north up Broadway and just absorb everything for free. You'll pass through the Financial District, then the World Trade Center site will be one block to your left if you wish to pay respects. Continuing north, you'll go through Chinatown, TriBeCa, SoHo / the Village, and then you can pick from the West side (quieter and trendier) or the East Side (more affluent and professional with better bars). Or walk smack-dab into Central Park.

And if you are feeling adventurous, you can hop on the subway and ride down to Coney Island for $2...or Rockaway or even "scenic" Shea Stadium (Mets are the only team in town right now).

The hot dogs? An integral staple of my lunch diet...those $9 for a salad and a bottle water would take too much of a toll on my wallet otherwise!
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#6 Posted on 8.6.05 2051.23
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I hear there's a great improv show going on during that time...maybe you could catch that.


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#7 Posted on 8.6.05 2205.07
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Jamie's got a point. UCB shows are universally as inexpensive as yours. And I've never seen one that was any worse than "not bad".

Also, my Yanks come back into town on the 14th. You can sit in the Bleachers and not melt if it's a night game, and the way they've been playing lately, it might be fun for an out of towner to see then wrecked.

Gotta get a bagel wit' a schmear, gotta get a knish (pronounced Kah-nish). Which reminds me, Houston Street is How-stin. If you say it like that city in Texas, everyone will think you're a tourist.

The pizza is good just about everywhere, but my personal favorites are..
Ben's Pizzeria at McDougal and West 3rd just off Washington Square
Carmine's, Graham Ave at Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn.

Hide your iPods on when you're on the subway, or better still, leave em at home.

Above all else, the only thing I recommend is to avoid doing, buying or eating anything you can do buy or eat at home. It's cheaper to do where you live, and you could be slighting yourself on an awesome experience. Why go to the Quizno's on St. Mark's Place when there's an Afghani restaurant two doors down?

And yeah, that includes the really touristy stuff if you're so inclined.
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#8 Posted on 9.6.05 0325.18
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    Originally posted by Pizza Pasta
    The beauty of NY is that it's a walking town. You can start all the way at Battery Park at the lower tip of Manhattan and just start north up Broadway and just absorb everything for free. You'll pass through the Financial District, then the World Trade Center site will be one block to your left if you wish to pay respects. Continuing north, you'll go through Chinatown, TriBeCa, SoHo / the Village, and then you can pick from the West side (quieter and trendier) or the East Side (more affluent and professional with better bars). Or walk smack-dab into Central Park.


Agree with Pizza Pasta. I have been to NYC about five times, and have done the Battery Park<->Central Park walk each and every time. Mostly going through the village though. Making a long stop at J&R Music/DVD/etc world (across city hall)

If you are into sports, I recommend doing the MSG tour.
Sure, there is no ice to look at right now and the teams are on a hiatus as the seasons are over. But still the whole history of the Garden is great. (Yadda yadda..bowling alley..yadda yadda circus..)
When you walk on broadway, there is a whole bunch of awesome shops & eateries to visit. You cannot go wrong.

IMO even the cliche things are great to do. Battery park with its monuments. Statue of Liberty. Museum row.
Strawberry Field in Central Park..
Damn I miss New York ;)
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#9 Posted on 9.6.05 0855.59
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Go cliche. You're a tourist--be one. See all the touristy stuff and do all the things you hear about on tv (museums, stock exchange, Empire State Building, etc.). I'll third the Battery Park walk.

A couple of other things--Do the Brooklyn Bridge promenade at night. There's an outstanding pizza place right by the bridge (I believe it's called Grimaldi's). Then, walk along the promenade; it's an unbelievable view of downtown. Also, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at night. Really, really cool. There are probably tours of the bridge during the day, if you're into that kind of thing. Regardless, nighttime is unreal and that was probably the highlight of my trip there.

And, I'd go to Grand Central Station, just to see the architecture. If you're there around commute times, it's pretty interesting just to see all the people.
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#10 Posted on 9.6.05 2112.34
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Okay, here's the best bang for your buck for this weekend.

The Shark Show (UCB Regulars bumped for youse Sketchfest guys)

at the Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston at Attorney Street
(I knew Houston would come up)
Saturday @ 8p

It's $5, which is more than covered by whatever Seth Herzog will be doing. Guaranteed.
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#11 Posted on 10.6.05 2033.11
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Ive been to NYC twice. Go to Times Sqaure at night and walk around. Awesome. And dont go to Hells Kitchen, felt like i was in a gang movie. You also must have a pint at an Irish Bar.
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