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1. Posted by JackBauer (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

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I'll be in NYC this coming Thursday , its my first trip there and i'm really nervous about it.

Has anyone got any good tips about the City ?

2. Posted by BryanG (Full Member 19 posts) 8y

Jack,

No need to worry! NYC is busy, and the people there are focused, but they are some of the nicest, most helpful people I have come in contact with in my travels. I live in Washington, DC and travel up to New York for business or pleasure at least once a month.

Taxi's are reasonably priced, clean and efficient, but the subway is amazing too. If you ever get stuck, just ask someone for help - the place recieves millions of visitors a year - New Yorkers are used to it!

One other stat, when it comes to crime, based on population, NYC in one of the safest cities in America - you will be fine anywhere in Manhattan. As with any city, be careful in deserted neighborhoods late at night, but there are very few places on Manhattan that are ever deserted...

If you are interested in the history of New York, consider the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Website here:
http://www.tenement.org/
You have to make a reservation if you want to tour some of the restored buildings, but it is worth is.
Also right across the street is a fantastic gelato place called "Laboratorio Gelato"

Just down the street is a traditional pickle distributor that will sell you crunchy Koser pickles right out of a big barrel. A few blocks over is China Town, a few block over stil is Little Italy. See, you can travel the world in just a few blocks!

Enjoy!

Bryan

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

Well there a few things to clear up as BraynG said. New yorkers are friendly and helpful but they are focused. If you ask a businessman on friday morning at 7-9am where things are they may not be as helpful. Just one thing to consider. Overall they are more than willing to help people out on the subway or buses, so don't hesitate to ask. Not sure what you plan on doing or how long you will be there for so if you give a few more details then I can help out a bit more. Such as: are you there for 3 days, a week or two? Food: there a plenty of places to eat but knowing which ones can save you a lot of money and have a better dining experience. Nightlife: do you want to go to a good wine bar, beer bar, club, ect.. Also what area of the city you are staying in can help narrow down some good places to eat and drink. So if you could give some more information that would be helpful.

4. Posted by JackBauer (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Quoting boreal2673

Well there a few things to clear up as BraynG said. New yorkers are friendly and helpful but they are focused. If you ask a businessman on friday morning at 7-9am where things are they may not be as helpful. Just one thing to consider. Overall they are more than willing to help people out on the subway or buses, so don't hesitate to ask. Not sure what you plan on doing or how long you will be there for so if you give a few more details then I can help out a bit more. Such as: are you there for 3 days, a week or two? Food: there a plenty of places to eat but knowing which ones can save you a lot of money and have a better dining experience. Nightlife: do you want to go to a good wine bar, beer bar, club, ect.. Also what area of the city you are staying in can help narrow down some good places to eat and drink. So if you could give some more information that would be helpful.

Thanks for replying guys.

I'm going to be staying in NY for 4 weeks, i'll be going tommorow Thursday 31st and then i'm leaveing on the 29th Feb.

Do you guys know any good bars that i can go into and have a drink day or night ?

I've also heard alot about the unlimited metro card, where can you buy that in the city ?

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 30, 2008, at 1:40 AM by JackBauer ]

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

Any subway station will have a Metrocard Vending Machine that accepts cash or credit cards. In Midtown, on 8th ave between 44th and 47th streets, there are a few bars and clubs, and then further uptown on west 79 th to 84th street on Amsterdam Ave. you can find several bars open until 4 am. Have fun.

6. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

Since you'll be there for a month buy the month long unlimited subway card. Beware that some trains don't run late nights or may be shut down weekends for repair. Overall the subways aren't too hard to figure out, but that part can be a bit tricky, so just ask someone.

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

I agree with the month long metro card. I believe it is $81 for the month unlimited. You can get them in any subway station. Bars I would check out Hop Devil at 129 St. Marks. Great beer selection. College style bar with cheap beers there is Brother Jimm's on 77th and 2nd ave. or 93st and 3rd ave. The Big easy on 93rd and 2nd ave. Good Irish/sports bar is Jack Russels on 82nd and 2nd ave. For great burgers there is JG Melons on 74thst and 3rdave.
Down town there is a dive bar called Patriot Saloon at 110 Chambers st.

These are just a few places that should get you started. Most are on the upper east side because I used to live there but they are great bars. Enjoy

8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 8y

Hey Jack,

I'm a native and in the city. PM me anytime if you have questions or need some advice. I can steer you to some decent places and help you if need be.

9. Posted by Craig73 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Hi guys,

I'm also heading to NYC for 8 weeks by myself & any advice would be great.

For my the first 7 weeks I'm staying in two different Hostels located on 39th st & 42nd St.... My last Hostel for 9 days in up in 95th St.

Looking for advice on the best places to eat that are pretty cheap & will save me some money.

The same with bars & nightlife, mostly beer bars & clubs / British bars. Places that are pretty cheap but nice.

Also the best way to get about the City for Sightseeing, I just read you guys mention a month long unlimited subway metro card... I guess thats whats best for me?

Theres been a few places/bars people have mentioned to me, I'm sure you guys will know them... just wondering if they are any good?

I'll leave a list below of places people have mentioned & what I've found myself looking online.

St Andrews Restaurant
120 West 44th St (Between 6th & Broadway)

Nevada Smith's
74 3rd Ave

Clancy's
978 2nd Ave

McCormack's Bar & Restaurant
365 3rd Ave

The Scratcher
209 East 5th Ave

Swift Hibernian Lounge
34 East 4th St

Red Lion
151 Bleecker St

North Star Pub
93 South St

John Street Bar & Grill
17 John St

Fiddlesticks
56 Greenwich Ave

Bulls Head Tavern
295 3rd Ave

Off The Wagon
109 MacDougal St

Telephone Bar & Grill
149 2nd Ave

British Open
320 East 59th St

Tea & Sympathy
108 Greenwich Ave

T.G Whitney's
244 East 53rd St

Black Bear Lodge
274 3rd Ave

The Black Finn
218 East 53rd St