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1. Posted by T.J. (Full Member 85 posts) 11y

hey im goin round the world but in new york i havent booked any tour's/ guides.
I will be in the magical city for 5 days so i am wondering how much money i will need for entertainment and food and where to go and what to see!
please any help possible will be great
thanks alot
tom

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Hi TJ, I posted this for another member some time ago...I hope it helps. You should be able to get a lot done in 5 days.

This would be if you are arriving in JFK:

- Arrive at JFK, take a cab to your hotel (you can find a good one reasonable in Brooklyn and you can get around the subway, public transportation in NY is the greatest). (Or take a bus, it will be a lot cheaper).
- Once you arrive, go to the Subway (although in Brooklyn, most of the trains run on top, not underground) and get a Metro Card, for a week.
- Things to do would include:

Nice touristy walk on 5th Avenue (between 59th and 34th Street).

The Empire State Bldg is on 34th Street and 5th and the NY Public Library is on 42nd and 5th.

Check out Columbus Circle (good pics) at 59th Street and Central Park South. Once you are there walk down on 7th Avenue (from 59th) and you will get a great view of Times Square from afar.

Go to City Hall in Downtown and you can do a walk on top of the Brooklyn Bridge (you can see a pic of me on the Brooklyn Bridge here on my profile).

Down below the bridge, you can see South Street Seaport, that another place to check out that has nice shops and great views of the Harbour.

Go to one Broadway show at least, that is what NY is all about but do what locals in New York do. Go to the half price stands, there is one on Times Square that is a landmark but that is where all the tourist go and you will be in line for hours. Go to the one near the South Street Seaport. Here is the link:

http://timessquare.nyctourist.com/broadway_tkts.asp (Duffy Square is the one on Times Square by the way, dont go there)

Actually this website will give you a good idea of the things to do in NY, I guess I am telling you what things are worth checking out.

Go to Central Park really quick, see how New Yorkers get their exercise on the weekends, it is packed on Sat and Sun. Not so crowded in the winter though.

Take a tour to the Statute of Liberty. Now that there is more security you have to buy a timeline for when you want to go on top. Check out this website for prices and timetables:

http://www.nps.gov/stli/

If anyone wants a fake Gucci, Fendi, LV, Christian Door purses, you can find those in Chinatown (canal street) but you have to discretly ask the people, it is an "underground" purchase now.

Another place worth seeing is the former World Trade Center site. It is getting rebuilt but you can only get the true meaning of what has happened when you know what used to be there. If you have been to NY once before and saw them there you will get the idea. Go to a church next to the site, that has all the "history" of what happened that day.

One full day should be allocated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That is on 5th Avenue and 79th Street. It is sooooo worth seeing especially for the kids. They may be bored to tears but they will appreciate it when they get older.

Check out another landmark, the Radio City Music Hall on 6th Avenue and 49th Street (or 50th??).

If you want to go extravagent, of course you can do a helicopter ride around the city, that will be amazing.

Lastly, check out the Circle Line. This is the way to see all of NY, even New Yorkers do this all the time. Ck this out:

http://www.circleline42.com/index.ihtml

I have done this at least 3 times while I lived in New York and it never gets old. They have shorter tours instead of going around the entire island of Manhattan by the way. (Check out the Intrepid, next to the Circle Line, it is war museum).

PS. If you have time and patience go to the top of the Empire State Blg. It takes too long to get up there now, about three hours, without the WTC, it is now the only high place to visit.

3. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 11y

when i was in NYC i booked 2 tours a helicopter tour -- $100 and a boat tour. i was there 7 days.

The rest of the time i toured around without a guide and got around easily using my feet (i also used taxis which were cheap in 2002). The subways is easy enough to use which i highly recommend.

Times Sq at night is a must see as is Central Park.

there is a great place called Hollywood Diner (574 6th Ave)which in my opinion captures the true NYC vibe.