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I Want To Be A Part of It…. New York New York!

Slightly different post today.

I have a trip to New York to book in the next couple of months, and I really need your advice as to where is good  to go.

I want to know where I should be heading straight for, where the eclectic little eateries are and what landmarks are totally overrated. I’m only going to be there for a week, so I would love to know where to avoid, where to head to and what to do to fill my exciting few days!

Of course when I come home I will give you the full low down on how I found the city.

Help me out people!!

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  1. Check out my blog on NYC! Feel free to ask me any questions!

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  2. Oops…www.gothamgirlchronicles.com

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  3. These are awesome pics! I have never been to NYC so I can’t really help you, but I really want to visit sometime too! Especially if I get to see sites like these!

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    • i hope to see great skylines like this too. these are just google images, not my own :)

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      • Hi Laura

        Thank you for visiting my blog at vasudha85.wordpress.com.

        If you wish to see the skyline of New York in general and Manhattan to be precise, go on a liberty cruise. Most of these cruises give a guided tour. As you cruise the Hudson River, you get amazing views of Manhattan skyline, including some of the important buildings, before you see the Statue of Liberty..

        Another place to see the Manhattan skyline is Top of the Rock Obervatory at Rockfeller Centre, Manhattan. Again the views are spectacular..

        The best way to explore New York is to take a city tour and it’s a good idea to make an advance booking with a travel agency. Do make sure that a visit to the Statue of Liberty is part of your tour. Your travelling will be taken care of by them…

  4. You must go to the East Village, & the Lower East Side both have the cutest most quaint shoppes and restaurants. Go to Ellis Island on the ferry, that’s a great way to get a piece of NY/American history. While you are downtown visit Wall street and Pearl street. Wander up through Tribecca, Soho, and the West Village. All are incredible neighbourhoods each with their own flavor and you’ll find a great sampling of restaurants, bars, shoppes. Go up to the skyline in meatpacking district- great views of the Hudson River. Go to the top of the Standard Hotel to catch a GORGEOUS sunset. And of course go to Central Park… there are plenty of free concerts and fun things going on up there all the time. Be sure you go to the Boathouse once inside the park. If you like art check out MOMA and the MET.
    HAVE FUN!!!!! A great tool is here: http://newyork.timeout.com/

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  5. You definitely have to take the circle line cruise – it’s a 3 hour cruise that takes you a full circle around Manhattan, by far the best for tourists! And even better if you catch the evening one to see the sunset :)
    I personally love walking around Manhattan, it’s the my favorite way to explore the city. If you’re here for long, pick one neighborhood each day and walk around to get the feel of the place.
    If you’re a foodie, you’ll fall in love! Check out Magnolia bakery, I’ve written about it in my post – http://pirsqr.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/magnolia-bakerys-banana-pudding/

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  6. Definitely too much info to put in a comment box :) I am a native New Yorker and can give you all kinds of tips and places to check out! Just let me know what your interests are :)
    mdivani@ladieswholunchtravel.com

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  7. Thanks for stopping by the blog :) I’m actually taking a trip to New York soon, too! Not my first time though.
    You should visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral near 30 Rock. Beautiful architecture. And of course Grand Central Station.
    NY has so many great places to eat: Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar, Shake Shack, The City Bakery, Cafe Lalo, Momofuku Milk Bar, Ippudo, Eataly, the Halal Guys, and that’s all I can think of for now. :)

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  8. Central Park is indeed amazing. If you want a great view, have tea at the Mandarin Oriental but make reservations and ask for a table with a view. For afternoon tea or brunch with more food and the best non-traditional scone (pumpkin) I’ve ever had try Alice’s Tea Cup. The waterfront near the financial district, past ground zero is also an interesting walk and less tourist-filled. I highly recommend the halal cart on 53rd and 6th for cheap but good food (http://www.yelp.com/biz/53rd-and-6th-halal-cart-new-york) and Sushi Yasuda or Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain on the pricy side. For a relaxing time almost as satisfying as a trip to the beach, indulge in a treatment at the Great Jones Spa where their ‘water cures’ are amazing. Do some browsing or shopping along 5th avenue in many of the famous brands’ flagship stores. Also, if you’ve never visited a Bouchon Bakery, it’s worth the trek to the Time Warner Center. Times Square is chaotic and probably my least favorite part of the city, but if you want to see a show at the last minute or bargain prices, start your day at the TKTS boot.

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  9. Central Park is indeed amazing. If you want a great view, have tea at the Mandarin Oriental but make reservations and ask for a table with a view. For afternoon tea or brunch with more food and the best non-traditional scone (pumpkin) I’ve ever had try Alice’s Tea Cup. The waterfront near the financial district, past ground zero is also an interesting walk and less tourist-filled. I highly recommend the halal cart on 53rd and 6th for cheap but good food (http://www.yelp.com/biz/53rd-and-6th-halal-cart-new-york) and Sushi Yasuda or Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain on the pricy side. For a relaxing time almost as satisfying as a trip to the beach, indulge in a treatment at the Great Jones Spa where their ‘water cures’ are amazing. Do some browsing or shopping along 5th avenue in many of the famous brands’ flagship stores. Also, if you’ve never visited a Bouchon Bakery, it’s worth the trek to the Time Warner Center. Times Square is chaotic and probably my least favorite part of the city, but if you want to see a show at the last minute or bargain prices, start your day at the TKTS booth.

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  10. You definitely need to… get pizza, check out Time Square, go to the top of the Empire State Building, take a carriage ride around Central Park, walk 5th ave, check out Rockefeller Center, take a cruise tour that goes around the Statue of Liberty from Chelsea Pier, and see a show on Broadway if at all possible. Have a blast! ~Pam

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  11. I love NYC … just getting lost and discovering is all you need to do … and don’t forget to hit up Brooklyn we tend to spend more time over there these days. Here is a link to some fave places to eat in Manhattan http://roamandhome.com/category/eat/usa-eats-drinks/manhattan/ and here for Brooklyn http://roamandhome.com/category/eat/usa-eats-drinks/brooklyn/ OH and don’t forget the highline http://roamandhome.com/2010/12/09/high-line-new-york/

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  12. Check out Bridge Café, on Water Street. It’s a small red building right beside Brooklyn Bridge – the cutest place, with lots of history (it’s been serving New York City since 1794)

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  13. Must-Go spots: Greenwich Village & Soho for restaurants and boutiques, Tribeca, Meatpacking District(clubs), 5th Ave, Rockerfeller Center, Central Park during the day, Upper East Side…where it’s quiet with beautiful brownstones. Washington Square on a Sunday. Go to the Met on a weekday morning. One landmark you might consider is the Empire State Building, but skip The Statue of Liberty due to the time and hordes of people.

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  14. One more thing…Go see ‘Jersey Boys’ on Broadway…it is EXCELLENT. Extremely talented cast…fabulous voices. Shows are usually sold out, so consider a Wednesday matinee…day tripping tourists usually go to matinees, but you might get a better seat, so it’s worth it.

    By the way, not everyone who lives in New Jersey has an accent like the cast members :)

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  15. Was there 3 weeks back … was my first time as well. Fab place. You landed on my blog when i wrote an article about getting ready for vacation, and i was headed there.

    Here are some recommendations(based on what i enjoyed), apart from the standard ones that you can find in any guidebook

    To do:
    - A walk across the brooklyn bridge. Walk at night from brooklyn to Manhattan on a clear night to see the skyline
    - ‘Battery park’ on a hot summer day. Fan place to relax overlooking the statue of liberty in a distance. If you are lucky the waterfountains might be on in the afternoon
    - On a weekend go cycling/rollerskating in central park and stop by for the various impromptu streetside musical events. Skip the official ones, they are far too formal for central park standards
    - Skip the overrated ‘circle cruise’. Instead take the IKEA watertaxi. Its free and covers the best parts you want to see from the water including the statue of liberty
    - The best view of manhattan/NY is from ‘Top of the rock’ not the Empire state building

    Eating
    - ‘Shake shack’ at Madison garden for the best burgers in NY
    - ‘Venessa Dumpling house’, ‘Amazing 66′ for the best chinese food
    - ‘H & H bagels’
    - 16 Handles for the amazing frozen yoghurt

    Might come back with more later … these are the ones i can think of now. Enjoy !

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  16. Hey, thanks for your comment on my blog, i love some of the stories on yours so far! But more importantly, this is an article i just read a few days ago from a slightly older national geo travel magazine all about the different neighborhoods and such…written by a ative new yorker, totally worth your time i think =] http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/new-york-traveler/

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