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#2056659 - 01/04/16 11:07 PM New York City advice
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My daughter and I are planning a girl's trip to New York City this summer. We have a few things in mind that we'd like to do but I'd love input from experts who either live there or travel there often. What are some must-sees and dos that maybe aren't the typical destinations (Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, Wicked are all on our list)?

We were thinking about getting a hotel in Times Square--- anyone have any thoughts on that?

Any restaurants that are to die for?

Unfortunately, cost IS an object so, you know, a hotel room on Park Avenue is probably out of the question as is a meal at The Russian Tea Room (is that even a place?).

Thanks for your help!
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#2056666 - 01/05/16 12:45 AM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Tenement Museum at 123 Orchard Street - there are multiple tours you can take for a different slant each time. They have a great bookstore as well! Lower East Side - off Delancey Street, just down from the Williamsburg bridge. We have been there multiple times and will return again!

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#2056668 - 01/05/16 01:27 AM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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#2056675 - 01/05/16 11:29 AM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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#2056676 - 01/05/16 11:41 AM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Serendipity will be a long wait for average food. (sorry)

Head down to little Italy most of the restaurants are very good and not overpriced. ( If they were bad they would not last long)

If in the area this is better for desert (there is not much in the area but..)

http://venierospastry.com/

in little Italy

http://www.ferraranyc.com/

There are two locations I usually go to the one on Mulberry street as it is less crowded.
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#2056680 - 01/05/16 01:36 PM Re: New York City advice Moman
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Originally Posted By Moman
Tenement Museum at 123 Orchard Street - there are multiple tours you can take for a different slant each time. They have a great bookstore as well! Lower East Side - off Delancey Street, just down from the Williamsburg bridge. We have been there multiple times and will return again!

Then stop in at Pop Karma next door for some great gourmet popcorn.
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#2056681 - 01/05/16 01:37 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Arthur Avenue, for the best of Little Italy!
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#2056693 - 01/05/16 02:00 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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I've been to New York thousands of times. Well, there are some things you should know. First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It's not free candy. Second, there are, like, 30 Ray's Pizzas. They all claim to be the original, but the real one's on 11th. And if you see a sign that says "peep show," that doesn't mean that they're letting you look at presents before Christmas.
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#2056699 - 01/05/16 02:14 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Be mindful that it will be hot in the summer. We went to NYC a few years ago and LOVED it - walked around Central Park, saw the Statue of Liberty, saw a Yankee's game, the obligatory trip up the Empire State Building, went to a show, etc. It was easy to ride the subway and we walked A LOT. Have comfortable shoes.
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#2056702 - 01/05/16 02:20 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Food from the many carts can be your friend (if you stay away from the dirty water dogs).
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#2056709 - 01/05/16 02:37 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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I live close enough to NYC that I usually go down and back in one day but I have stayed a few times. Once at the Waldorf (My B-day present from my Aunt) and I have also stayed at the Sheraton on 53rd and 7th and the Hilton at 54th and 6th. they are in a good location and clean. As far as things to see, I would recommend the Museum of Natural History on the upper west side. Also a walk along the High Line would be nice in the summer. Like someone else mentioned it could be very hot and humid so dress comfortable.
NYC is a great city so whatever you do enjoy!
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#2056711 - 01/05/16 02:44 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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There is usually free concerts in central park
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#2056715 - 01/05/16 02:54 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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We went to NY for the first time a couple years ago. The first thing you should do, probably before you get there, is to understand how the subways work and get an app with a subway map. One you know how to get around, it makes it a lot easier to see all that you want to see. We stayed at the Element on 39th near 8th. Tiny room, but in our budget. I recommend the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then walking around Central Park. I had to see the Imagine memorial to Lennon and the Dakota Hotel.

We were there for only five days, but saw the 9/11 memorial, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, saw the Cardinals beat the Mets, ate bagels for breakfast, pizza for dinner, went to Macy's, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, had lunch in China Town, Wall Street, High Line, saw Carrie Bradshaw's brownstone, and saw a play and a musical. You can cover a lot if you plan ahead.
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#2056718 - 01/05/16 03:02 PM Re: New York City advice MyBrainHurts
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#2056720 - 01/05/16 03:07 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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my wife took it and found it to be good (but expensive)
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#2056726 - 01/05/16 03:47 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Originally Posted By Justin Case

We were thinking about getting a hotel in Times Square--- anyone have any thoughts on that?


The Row NYC, 44th and 8th. Nothing fancy, but clean, quick and handy.
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#2056737 - 01/05/16 04:12 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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I'm going to offer you some sound advice that I hope you follow. If possible, push your visit back to September. The summer is very hot and sticky and lodging is through the roof. Take it from someone who lives in Manhattan.

Do not stay in Times Square. It's overpriced and there is literally nothing there but buildings, street performers and neon lights. I get the need to see it, but there is no need to stay there. I live downtown, so if you can, you visit the Memorial and if you're up for it, the 9/11 Museum. Be warned, if you go to Museum, it can be a rough visit.

As someone else already stated, download a subway app and get a general knowledge of how they work. Life will be a lot easier. I'm not a fan of Wicked, but I understand. If you don't mind spending the money, you should see BoM. I would also recommend a trip to the Met and the Cloisters. There are so many restaurants offering so much good food, it's hard to recommend just one. However, I really do love Del Frisco's.

I'm not sure how old your daughter is, but if you're really looking for something that will blow you away and your open minded, I highly encourage you to see Sleep No More. You'll never forget it. Fee free to PM me if you have any questions about NYC.
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#2056766 - 01/05/16 05:37 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Thanks everyone for the recommendations.

ACBbank, the only thing we can't do is visit in September. It will have to be June, July, or August. Of those three, which do you think would be the best?

I will definitely look for a hotel not in Times Square. From what I've heard, it's not something we would enjoy. Any suggestions on a decent hotel somewhere else that's centrally located?

My daughter will be 15. Too young for Sleep No More? I looked at some info on that and it sounds fascinating. But I'm not sure if she would like it or if it would be appropriate for that age.

We will definitely check out Little Italy. Real, good Italian food sounds like a treat!
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#2056786 - 01/05/16 06:12 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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At 15 the restaurant Jeckell and Hyde may be fun it is a little pricey (average for NYC) and stay away on weekends

http://www.jekyllandhydeclub.com/
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#2056787 - 01/05/16 06:14 PM Re: New York City advice #Just Jay
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Not sure if 44th and 8th is centrally located but, JJ did suggest it.

Originally Posted By #Just Jay
Originally Posted By Justin Case

We were thinking about getting a hotel in Times Square--- anyone have any thoughts on that?


The Row NYC, 44th and 8th. Nothing fancy, but clean, quick and handy.
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#2056789 - 01/05/16 06:20 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Justin - we went in June and it was hot; however I'm sure it's even hotter in July and August. Also - while we were there they were filming Men In Black III and we got to walk through the streets with the old cars and the older street signs. Obviously didn't see anybody, but it was interesting.
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#2056793 - 01/05/16 06:28 PM Re: New York City advice Buddy the Elf
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Dresses are popular in NYC in summer for a reason. They are a lot cooler!
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#2056795 - 01/05/16 06:30 PM Re: New York City advice ACBbank
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.... you should see BoM.


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#2056796 - 01/05/16 06:33 PM Re: New York City advice Cornfed Turtle
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Originally Posted By ACBbank
.... you should see BoM.


OK, ACB....I gotta know what this is.


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