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1. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

Hi all,

I'm heading to NYC around Easter (last 2 weeks of March) for a conference but am thinking of staying on for a few days to tour the place. Have gone through some of the older posts in TP but still hope to have some current opinions

1. Excluding accomodation and shopping, would a budget of USD50 per day be sufficient? Am definitely planning to stick to public transport as much as possible.

2. What's there recommended to see/do on Staten Island?

3. Any recommendations on tattoo parlors in NYC and what prices can I expect to pay?

Thanks in advance! :)

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 8y

I would say $50 is a good average. Breakfast can be under $5 and lunch uner $10. Dinner's can vary depending on what type of restraunts you are eating in. Also if you are going to head out for drinks on that same budget I would suggest happy hour as a way to cut down the the cost. Budget more for drinking at night.

The only thing I can think of to see in Staten Island are the botanical gardens and Fort Wadsworth under the Verrazanno Bridge.

No luck with tattoo shops..

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Well, you can always get good pizza there.

I know this sounds weird, but Staten Island is famous for their pizzas and pizzarias.

The two best places are Goodfellas Brick Oven Pizza (which won the 23rd international pizza championship for their "Smokin' Godfella, an 18 inch pizza with fresh mozarella, roasted pepper cream sauce, and fennel flakes), and Denino's (an easy bus ride from where the ferry lets off). In the summertime, Denino's has up to a 4-hour wait for their pizzas (so you know they must be good), though usually you can get seated right away since the place is large.
Their specialty is the "garbage pizza" with meatballs, ricotta cheese, and onions.

Denino's was ranked as the 5th best pizza place in New York. John's Pizzaria on 64th (in Manhattan's theatre district) which was ranked the best of all (they didn't enter the Las Vegas contest). John's (not in Staten Island, obviously--but rather a block or two from Times Square) is in what used to be an old church and does a whopping business. I was just there in Christmas with my family during our latest visit--but we decided not to wait the 90 minutes to be seated.

I know this is probably not what you had in mind--but I thought I'd mention it.

Also, consider visiting Ellis Island when down at the southern tip of Manhattan, or the Statue of Liberty, or Wall Street, or the Downtown Athletic Club (the Heisman trophy which they award to the best college football player each year is actually kept right in the lobby;--it isn't actually "given" to the player--they just win the "honor").

Enjoy

4. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

Thanks guys! Very helpful.

Yeah I read in an older post about NYC and pizzas...sounds like they might be my staple when I'm there. I don't drink alot so I'll be able to save a bit there for some shopping.

I was just wondering about Staten Island, whether people just take the ferry for good views of the statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the NYC skyline, then return to Manhattan again. Would half a day be sufficient?

Ellis Island's definitely in the list :)

Any hidden/little-known areas worth going? Any special events on around Easter? Shops open late I guess, I'm judging from Macy's opening hours.

Cheers, Z

5. Posted by tmc7427 (Inactive 42 posts) 8y

Here's what's happening around Easter in NYC

http://nymag.com/urban/articles/easter/