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1. Posted by missness (Budding Member, 5 posts) 29 Mar '05 03:21

ok here goes.... I am going to NYC on april 6th. I will be there till the 12th. I made a reservation to stay at Manhattan Inn Hostel. But only for the nights of the 6th, 10th and 11th. My sister will be there from the 7th till the 9th and I will stay wherever she does,where I don't know!!! :) Anyways, I wanted some help on what there is to do around that hostel.It's on West 30th. See I will be alone and I have not been to New York since I was 10. And I am now 21! So I want to go to the best bars and clubs. Also during the day... I don't really know what to do.... So if anyone could give me some tips I would be eternally greatful!!!
Thanks alot!!!!!
Vanessa

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 29 Mar '05 06:31

Hi Vanessa, I wrote this to another person traveling to New York this month. I will change some things that will suit your interesst. 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 pictures) 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, it is a beautiful view of NW from there).

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

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 tourists 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.

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/

Now, I hope I dont get in trouble for this but if you want 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. Take the 1, 9, 6, N or R train to Canal Street.

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.

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. It is a bit pricy but if you can afford it, do it.

Lastly, check out the Circle Line. This is the way to see all of NY, even New Yorkers do this all the time. It will be a great thing to do when you and your sister are together in the city. 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).

Ok, I hope this helps. I have a cousin visiting from Germany with her husband in May and we are taking them to NY for few days. What I gave you is exactly what I am going to do with them. Good luck!

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 areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 29 Mar '05 06:32

I forgot, go to your nearest subway station and buy a prepaid card for $10-$20 dollars. Each ride is $2.00 so you will need at least 2 rides per day. That will be the way you get around from place to place. Cabs are not exactly cheap. Go to the subway booth and ask the attendant for a map, get familiar with it and take the trains all around...you wont get lost.

4. Posted by vagabond (Full Member, 104 posts) 29 Mar '05 07:24

Thats a great list you 've got there.

A few other places to take a walk are Little Italy/Chinatown area, Union Square, East Village (around St. Marks - get off at Astor place (on 6 train) and walk east)..

As far as clubs go... these are a few famous and ofcourse packed ones. Avalon, Webster Hall, Spirit, Cielo.. Bars, try the area around Bleeker and McDougal.. lots of places with cheap live music and lots of fun

5. Posted by missness (Budding Member, 5 posts) 29 Mar '05 22:58

Thanks! I will definately try to do as much of that stuff as possible! :) If anyone else has suggestions PLEASE let me know! I need as many as possible!! :)
PS: what time do most clubs close/ stop serving drinks in NY???
Vanessa

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 30 Mar '05 13:47

Quoting vagabond

Thats a great list you 've got there.

A few other places to take a walk are Little Italy/Chinatown area, Union Square, East Village (around St. Marks - get off at Astor place (on 6 train) and walk east)..

As far as clubs go... these are a few famous and ofcourse packed ones. Avalon, Webster Hall, Spirit, Cielo.. Bars, try the area around Bleeker and McDougal.. lots of places with cheap live music and lots of fun

McDougal, yes! Ck out this place. This place is fun fun fun!

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 30 Mar '05 13:49

Quoting missness

Thanks! I will definately try to do as much of that stuff as possible! :) If anyone else has suggestions PLEASE let me know! I need as many as possible!! :)
PS: what time do most clubs close/ stop serving drinks in NY???
Vanessa

NYC is the city that never sleeps !! I dont remember ever having a club close its doors before 5 or 6 am...and I've been to enough clubs in the city. I dont think you have to worry about that part.

8. Posted by vagabond (Full Member, 104 posts) 30 Mar '05 15:13

guess, the "official" time for many bars is 4:00 am. but I 've sat till 6 in bars and had drinks.. have fun in NYC,

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 31 Mar '05 07:07

Yes, I think that as long as there is someone there, they dont close the doors...gotta love the city!