I’m heading out on tonight’s red-eye to New York (Manhattan) for the next three days, thanks to the contract gig. This is my first trip to NY, anyone have any recommendations for must-see attactions while I’m there?
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If you have time during the day the obvious places are Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building (lines can be long), Grand Central Station, Katz’s deli down on Houston Street (pronounced Houseton) best pastrami sandwaches you’ll ever have. A really cool and relaxing thing to do is ride the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island and then back. Only takes 2 hours and you go right past the Statue of Libery and get fantastic views of southern Manhattan. You should also go to Times Square at night, at least walk through anyway.
I sometimes catch one of the 8pm broadway shows then stroll through Times Square (Broadway is basically in TS). You can get tickets right in TS at the Tickets booth.
I’ll be busy during the day (meetings, whoohoo!), but I should be free in the evening.
You should definitely go throgh TS then. It’s really amazing, it’s litterally as bright as day time with all the lights. Empire State Building is very nice at night as well if it’s clear out. Of course there is also a nearly unlimited number of bars,etc as well. Lots of sites online for finding info on those. Heck just wander around it’s really crazy how everywhere you go you’ll run across things you’ve heard of tucked away here and there.
I agree with the above. And try not to miss Central Park, though it’s cooler in the afternoons. Museums are probably out, since most of them close around 6.00 on weekdays.
To get a sense of how different the neighborhoods can be, I’d say go to both Chinatown & the East Village/Lower East Side, at least, maybe Little Italy. Which leads to food. Cheap & brilliant: pizza, Middle Eastern, burgers, sushi, respectively:
Totonno’s: 2nd Ave (80 & 81 Sts).
Mamoun’s: Macdougal St (Minetta Ln).
Corner Bistro: W 4 St (Jane St).
Hasaki: E 9 St (2 & 3 Aves).
Better stuff: have someone take you out. There’s way too much amazing food to miss out.
And note: bars close at 4.00 a.m.
I am a fan of the chinese culture and for me, chinatown is a must see. You can tell me (here in comments) your impressions to chinatown, ny.