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.
--If it helps, below is a list of things to do/places to see in NY that I've already added myself. Please edit, or even add to it-- Thx!
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)
I was a massive fan of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, its like a little forest in parts and big rolling meadows in others. Brooklyn in general is pretty fantastic and full of intersting litlle pockets to photograph plus great galleries and bookstores etc.
I used to go to the Hong Kong Cake Company in Chinatown on Mott Street. It is a small building built onto the outside wall of another building. It is only wide enough for the elderly Chinese lady to sit by her hot plate and cook the "cakes", and only about 10 feet long, if that. The "cakes" are small fried dough balls served in a wax paper sleeve. They used to cost a dollar and made an excellent snack to munch on while wandering through the back streets of Chinatown.
As I am a sucker for anything pickled, I really like the Pickle Guys on the Lower East Side on Essex Street. It can be busy with curious tourists at times, but the pickles are awesome.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 11, 2007, at 8:09 AM by S_Paradise ]
You might also want to eat at a couple of the quintessential New York delis. In Manhatten a few worth considering are Katz's, Carnegie, and 2nd Avenue.
Your list is okay, but you should definitely go to the Rockefeller Center, which will give you a nice view to the Central Park and to the Empire State Building as well. From there you can also take nice pictures of the St. Patrick's Cathedral.
So. You wrote that you want to see the St. Patrick's Cathedral and when you are there you should walk 2 min. to the Rockefeller Centre and go to the top there.
Empire State Building itself is also very nice - you can get there a nice view as well, but there are more people than at the Rockefeller Centre and you may have to wait long there.
You should also go to Chinatown - a very special place and walk through Little Italy, Soho, Greenwich Village, where you can get real good food.
Don't forget to visit the Times Square during night.
The Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum are also a MUST SEE.
I would definitely try to go to the Cloisters. It's an extension of the MMA all the way up at the tip of Manhattan and is the branch dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The park surrounding it is pretty and a great get-away from the city. The Museum building is built with pieces from five different medieval French cloisters, and is really great along withe the collection. If you go the Met just keep your button for same-day access to the Cloisters. Hope this helps you out!
would definitely visit chelsea peers at night or early morning when the sun rises.
rent a bike a ride along the Greenway path by the Hudson River (which also takes you straight to Chelsea and Battery Park).
Walk through Soho, Chinatown... check out the industrial warehouses in williamsburg, brooklyn.
maybe even visit Wave Hill Botanical Gardens in Riverdale (Bronx)...