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Things I must do in New York?

posted 11-11-2018 @ 08:49 AM www
Things I must do in New York?

Hi everyone, I'm off to New York and Las Vegas next week. In New York for 10 days and am after some extra suggestions of things to do and see. I'm travelling with my daughter who has been there several times, but I have never been.

The Christmas tree is up at the Rockefeller centre so we'll check that out (and the skating rink). We have lunch booked at the Russian Tea Room and brunch at the Plaza. We also have Thanksgiving lunch booked at our hotel (big food theme so far!) The Black Friday sales start 2 days after we get there so we'll definately be all over that!

I'll do all the usual stuff like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and World Trade centre memorial etc. There is a day trip to Amish country which I'm interested in.....Just after some extra tips!

My daughter flies home after New York and I fly to Vegas to meet up with a girlfriend. We have a show booked every night for our week there and a helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon. I've been there before and there is no shortage of things to do.

posted 11-11-2018 @ 09:00 AM www

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posted 11-11-2018 @ 09:04 AM www

Originally posted by Andrew
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posted 11-11-2018 @ 09:51 AM www

While you're at the Rockerfeller Centre, go up to the Observation deck on the 70th floor. You will have to pay and expect airport type security to get in but well worth the view. We went at night.

Helicopter scenic flight. We did the big one, 30 minutes, because it goes out further, but the shorter ones are cheaper if you're watching your budget. You get to experience all the sites from the air, including flying around the Statue of Liberty, and you really get to see the expanse of the city.

And don't forget to do a little shopping at Tiffany's.
posted 11-11-2018 @ 10:10 AM www

I always enjoy going to Ellens Stardust Diner near Times Square.

Fun place to eat. Try and get a booth. The waiters and waitresses are all actors working there until the next big gig comes up for them.

They all take it in turns to sing during the meal.

My sister did a two or three hour tour on the back of a motorbike which she enjoyed. They stopped at various places along the way.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Visit Central Park at night. The lower section.

Go to a basketball game at Madison Square Garden. I was dragged there by friends and ended up loving the atmosphere. It's quite a performance.

posted 11-11-2018 @ 11:44 AM www

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posted 11-11-2018 @ 12:07 PM www

I was in NYC last week! I recommend visiting The Frick collection which is a private artwork collection in a spectacular house opposite Central Park. It was amazing (and free on a Wed evening). Westaway Diner in the midtown area is a great diner experience. Great prices, it's where all the locals go. You can book online to beat the line up. Also walking the Highline was a highlight for me. We went to 4 shows, the standout was Come From Away. We went to box offices and got ticket from $55 to $100 (obviously not the best seats in the house but unobstructed views and much cheaper than online or the TKTS box office). Enjoy!
posted 11-11-2018 @ 12:36 PM www

Horse and carriage ride around Central park, the guy who took us was so informative, we found out so much more than if we had just walked around.
posted 11-11-2018 @ 12:59 PM www

Originally posted by Somer
I was in NYC last week! I recommend visiting The Frick collection which is a private artwork collection in a spectacular house opposite Central Park. It was amazing (and free on a Wed evening). Westaway Diner in the midtown area is a great diner experience. Great prices, it's where all the locals go. You can book online to beat the line up. Also walking the Highline was a highlight for me. We went to 4 shows, the standout was Come From Away. We went to box offices and got ticket from $55 to $100 (obviously not the best seats in the house but unobstructed views and much cheaper than online or the TKTS box office). Enjoy!

OMG how good is the Frick! Highline wasnít built last time I was there but would love to do that. Made the train trip to the Botanic Gardens for a special exhibition.
I love, love, love The Met.

Gilda, so much to do but obviously need to tailor for your areas of interest.

Stated Island Ferry (free) at sunset is wonderful
posted 11-11-2018 @ 01:06 PM www

We have been about 6 times. Some suggestions other than the ones you have mentioned:

go to Eataly - there are two in NYC. You can just go in to have a look or get a (good!) coffee, gelato, wine or italian groceries or you can have a meal in the many restaurants. You can even learn to make pasta or bread.

If you like Jazz there are some iconic jazz clubs and they don't cost a lot,,,

Walk across the brooklyn bridge.

If you intend to go to lots of attractions, we found the New York Pass good value (don't get the New York City pass as it only lets you into a few). The NY Pass includes things like boat tours that go completely around Manhattan Island, tours to Harlem gospel services etc. Even if you don't get the pass, the website shows lots of things to do.

hint: if you do decide to get the pass, don't get it for the whole 10 days - you will run yourself ragged trying to see everything included. Also book the tours ahead as they do book out (especially the gospel tour)

Someone recommended the Tenement Museum to me but we didn't get a chance to go

We have also been to Amish country (Lancaster) and done a tour - it was very interesting.

It is not too difficult to get to most Manhattan motels from JFK airport - we almost always catch the Airtrain and then the E train (subway). It takes a while but you really understand that you are in NYC and it is safe. At one point on the subway you are likely to have performers board the train to sing/dance etc and they ask for money but they don't cause any trouble - most people ignore them. Do learn to use the subway - it is pretty easy, much quicker than travelling above ground and there is an app that will tell you how to get from one point to another

Macy's gives international tourists 10% off so equivalent to tax. Before you buy anything, go to the services area and ask for the card - you just need to show your passport to get it.
There are also a number of stores that specialise in cheap prices for Designer fashion - TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls. Because their seasons are opposite to ours you can often get some great bargains.

edit: If you like the Beatles and John Lennon, you can visit strawberry fields in Central Park

another edit: go to chelsea market and the highline (which starts near the markets) -

Hope these are of interest!
posted 11-11-2018 @ 03:37 PM www

Highly recommend seeing Wicked if you get a chance its magical seeing it on Broadway and they do a lottery style ticket draw twice a day where you can get tickets for $30 instead of the $120 and the seats are excellent - tip get your lottery ticket and go and have lunch or shopping and come back for the draw - you don't have to wait round once you have your ticket but you DO have to be there for the draw.

A day trip to the outlet centre is not only great but spectacular scenic drive if you want although you can go in LV too.

Highly recommend a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery and buy the cookbook - its a wonderful cake book (mine has been heavily used).

Have fun!

Good luck
posted 11-11-2018 @ 04:54 PM www

I too loved the Frick museum and I also loved seeing Grand Central station. The ferry to Staten Island is great and it is free.
Definitely walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
posted 11-11-2018 @ 05:05 PM www

Broadway Musical
Walk across the Broklyn Bridge
Horse and carriage ride in Central Park
We did a 2 day tour to Washington and Armish counrty - well worth it.
You can fly to Niagra Falls for the day.
If you sre into movies, there is a bus tour that takes you to all the sites where movies were made that feature NYC
If you are into sport, a tour of Madison Square Garden or Yankee Stadium.
Rockettes Christmas show at Radio City was a highlight for me
posted 11-11-2018 @ 05:22 PM www

We did a gospel tour it was soooo good, highly recommend. Being in that church and them all getting up singing and dancing, definitely my highlight thing we did in New York. My mum wanted to do it and I was hesitant but I clearly remember it years later.
posted 11-11-2018 @ 05:30 PM www

Spending the win? Go girl! Do not miss the Tenement Museum. It's a hidden secret but just so interesting.

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posted 11-11-2018 @ 06:03 PM www

Spend a few hours searching through the racks of designer wear and accessories at Century 21 dept store for some crazy bargains. Itís not easy shopping, you really have to focus and work hard to find the bargains but there are some amazing buys. Itís just opposite the 9/11 Memorial.

There are some great ďfreeĒ walking tours (just pay by tip).

My favourite museum in New York:
With an Aircraft Carrier, Concorde, submarine ad space shuttle they have something for everyone.

I love Washington DC but it really needs a 10 day trip by itself, so if you only have a spare day or two I would stick to New York. We spent a couple is weeks driving around Virginia and Pennsylvania in August. The poor Amish people have been really overrun by tourists. Whilst we enjoyed our time there, it was nothing like I expected, itís very densely populated, very touristy and you really need to hire a car and search out authenticity if you want to go there. The best thing we did in Lancaster County was stop by the Mennonite information centre and arrange a private guide to come with us in our car around the more traditional and less visited Amish areas. At $50 for 2 hours it was an absolute bargain

posted 12-11-2018 @ 11:38 AM www

The Guggenheim museum and the gold toilet though there may be a bit of a wait for the toilet. The building itself is worth looking at even if you don't go inside. Enjoy. Marina
posted 12-11-2018 @ 09:50 PM www

Have a look at the new york city pass which can be a good buy if you plan it well enough.

Many of the shows have lotteries, some online just google New York show lotteries to find them. some have show up to the door, others online. I got Charlie & the Chocolate Factory for $40 when I was there last year and was in about row 10.
posted 12-11-2018 @ 10:11 PM www

We thought the New York pass was well worth it. Have a look online, and see what it includes perhaps to see if you want to do most of them. We didn't get to do everything we wanted to unfortunately. I loved the architecture of the Empire State Building and Grand Central, cycling through Central Park, MOMA and Museum of Natural History. There were a couple of exhibitions that were good but I can't remember what the venue was called sorry. I think they rotate them regularly. We had a great evening on The Ride. If you see a bus where everyone is facing outwards to the left as it drives around town, that's it. There are two hosts that give a running commentary, they ask a few questions of the queue as they line up beforehand and make up a song as they go round town. On our travels, there were short plays/acts to be watched through the windows; a street sweeper that started dancing, a back packer that danced with a ballerina. We had a great time. Enjoy
posted 13-11-2018 @ 07:25 AM www

You can actually have Breakfast at Tiffany's now (in their Blue Box Cafe) my friend went and loved it. That's on my bucket list when I finally get there.
posted 13-11-2018 @ 02:56 PM www

Meat packers market.......

The best food area ever....
posted 14-11-2018 @ 12:18 PM www

Congrats again on your win, Gilda. Everything already mentioned (especially the presents!:lol: )

10 Days is a lovely long time, so I agree with getting out of the city for a day or two if you can, just to see what's about! In the city, walk if you can.

Especially concur with the helicopter flight. Ever seen "Working Girl"? It's just like that!

Personally not a big fan of the Brooklyn Bridge. Very crowded but probably a must-do the first time! However, I strongly recommend the Manhattan Bridge going the other way. It's really noisy with thundering trains and traffic. But not many people, just families crossing for a walk/jog and photographers taking postcard views. MUCH better views of Manhattan imo.

The Staten Island Ferry is free, quick and a great way of crossing the harbour. Fabbo muffins from the cafe too!

Agree with Stardust bar, loads of fun. Never found restaurant food that good and overpriced. I'd go with picnic stuff from the deli's (delish!) and splash out on one or two REALLY good meals!

Sadly my old favourites, like the Schools program half price broadway tickets and T's steakhouses (where the NY cops always hung out) are no more. But google/ youtube things to do in New York and you'll get masses of insider info from the people that live there! Better than us tourists! :yes:

Bon Voyage!
posted 14-11-2018 @ 12:51 PM www

Just googled.
Still happening, yay! Just not as wide a range as they used to do.

Visit the "Official NYC Information Center(sic)" at Times Square and they'll probably have the vouchers and other discount coupons. Better than queuing at half-tix booth!

And no, you don't have to be a student or anything.
posted 24-11-2018 @ 12:51 PM www

Thanks for the advice everyone! We have now been in New York for 2 days (just got our luggage this afternoon, but that's another story!). It is freezing and I don't think the temperature has gone over 0 degrees yet - better weather for the next 3 days though (around 9 degrees Fahrenheit). Walked about 5 kms yesterday, went to Times Square etc and had a look around, then a Thanksgiving dinner at The Smith restaurant on 2nd avenue which was nice. We are staying at the Hotel Wellington in a 2 bedroom suite which is very comfortable. Hoping to do more tomorrow as the weather will be nicer:spin::spin::spin:
posted 24-11-2018 @ 01:40 PM www

gilda74 sounds like you are having a great time! I only just saw this post.

I recommend (probably obvious but anyway...) walking through Central Park, visiting the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum if you are an art lover, Madame Tussauds was a bit of fun, Big Bus hop on hop off tour, Ariana (Afghan food) restaurant had really good food at low prices.
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