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1. Posted by citylights (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

hi all

first timer here,great site with knowledgable helpful ppl

well after about 3 years of saving im about to fulfill a lifelong dream of going to NYC!(finally)
am planning to go july/aug this year.

basically im seeking some tips/advice on what to do while im there
I am definately on a budget,bring about 3000US for food/accom etc
,is that enuf?i eat cheaply and dont shop much

my interest are more into things like times square,central park and the staute of liberty,people watching
to be honest i have no interest in arts/museums etc...i much prefer things liek the city bustle,citylights,people watching

also any neighbouring cities that i should def check out as well,if so,which ones and why?

so can anyone kindly give me some tips to make this trip unforgettable?

also any advice on what not to do/avoid in nyc

thanks all for taking time to read this


2. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

definitely head south for a few days if you have the time. Go to philly for a day, eat, maybe see a ballgame. go to baltimore/D.C. for a few days. I mean D.C. is the farthest away and it' only like 4 and a half hours away. plus if you book in advance at like megabus or something you can get super cheap 5 or 10 bucks.

maybe go to boston for a couple days? idunno. I've never been there, but I imagine it's cool.

How long are you going for? $3000 should be plenty. are you going to stay in hostels or hotels?

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

well I would say to definately head to a Yankee or Met baseball game. Just head to the stadium and by a ticket off a person with an extra, not a scalper.. You will enjoy the experience.
Brooklyn: head to williamsburg and Park Slope for some great neighborhood bars and restraunts.
Queens: head to flushing for a very authentic china town experience, way better than the one in Manhattan..

Time square is worth seeing but there is no reason to spend a lot of time there..
Take a walk down in the village and get lost!!! it is a great people watching area.
For a fun outdoor bar. Head to Bohemia Hall (google it) in astoria queens.. Its a great time..

You can get to all these places by public transport. Hope this helps.

4. Posted by citylights (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


yeah i shoulda mentioned

my trip is for two weeks,

also where is a good place to stay?,i have to admit i find maps and public transport a lil confusing!so where would be a cgood,safe clean hostel in a central location?

i have NO problems walking most places btw.


5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you are a shopper (if you are like my wife then this describes you), stay near 34th street. Macy's is just down the block--and all the great spots are along this street or just north and south of it on 5th avenue.

Also, it's a very short walk from here up to Times Square--or to 40th street (Fashion district) or 46th street (or is it 47th or 48th) where the diamond district is. (it's between 5th avenue and 6th avenue).

Also, the park starts a short ways north (60th street, only a stop or two away by subway), and if you want to go south, it's a short ways to Little Italy and Chinatown--and along the west side where you get the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. The Guggenheim is along side the park up between 72nd street and 80th street (once again I don't remember the exact location).

The great jazz clubs and bistros are along 44th Street east of times square.


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7. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting boreal2673

well I would say to definately head to a Yankee or Met baseball game.

psssh...forget the yankees! go see the world champs in philly!

8. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Ah man you'll have a fab time, it's such a great city.

Wander central park, go see a ball game at either of the new baseball stadiums, visit time square, if you're into sport spend some serious time in the ESPN Sports Bar in Times Square, my favourite place EVER, A bus trip to Boston is a must, wonderful place (While there do a duck boat tour, walk the freedom trail, visit the cheers bar, go see a ball game at Fenway), get the staton island ferry, simple for the great views of NY (You can turn around and come straight back if u like), Rockafeller Centre at Sunset is amazing, i went and sat on Brooklyn Bridge for the sun rise which kicked ass.

As for accomodation, i stayed here:

cheap rooms, good location coz its about 2-3 blocks from a subway, a few food options nearby plus a nice irish bar on the corner to chill out in.
I had a room with a fridge, shower, toliet and double bed, was enough for me as i was only really in the room to sleep.

9. Posted by citylights (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

thanks for all the tips peoples

just another question,due to a few circumstances i can only go around july/aug even sept,was hoping to avoid big crows etc..i do relalise its a summer time during that period and some crowds will enivitably be unavailable but which of those months would you recomend and why?

10. Posted by oreilly (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Not sure if you already made it to New York, if not, New York is still a great time to visit well up to December. If you are not interested in the art museums or other touristy areas that is fine. New York has alot to offer. I suggest that if you want to get a good feel of new york, you should join any of the number of walkng tours. The best New York City walking tours are the private tours that take you around. -snip- If you want to know about New York and to people watch, these types of tours are good for those too. Hope you have a good trip!

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