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Markieboy  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 198)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 6:56 AM

ON THE TOWN........

Going to be in NYC next month - never been before, thought I'd make the most of the dollar/pound situation can't beat 2 for 1! Any recommedations/tips/hints from Stateside (NY based or otherwise) Sploofusers or anyone else.



Surreyman  (Level: 272.5 - Posts: 2771)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 7:11 AM

I'm sure you know the obvious sights.
The best thing I ever did in NYC was the low-level helicopter trip around the entire circumference of Manhattan - below skyscraper level - stupendous! Then, anyway, they took off from somewhere by the UN Building. Hopefully, they still operate, with security 'n' all?

Achad  (Level: 212.2 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 7:52 AM

Staten Island ferry, Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim museum and pitchers of beer! Have fun!

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 7:59 AM

We went this summer. Apart from the museums, shows, and landmarks, my favorite parts were Little Italy and China Town, but I was all about the food.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.9 - Posts: 6773)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 8:24 AM

museums and galleries?
design museum on 5th avenue museum mile
arts and crafts opposoite MOMA on 5th and 53rd are both underseen/overlooked.
Museum of TV is also excellent.

Check out time out for plays and theater. off broadway is often affordable.
do check out TKTS for half price performances (its moved a block from its usual site) on the day of the action.

restaurants; Zagat has the best lists; Chinatown, Indiatown and Little italy all mnore than affordable. Good Thai as well.

Fine Bridge clubs as well (!) ask me for details.

DO remember; NYers are fiendly but they walk fast. Subway is 100% safe. Do walk through Central Park in daylight -- if you dont you'll miss NY'ers favorite site.

Markieboy  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 198)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 8:59 AM

Thanks Garry - don't worry about walking fast - I live and work in London - we don't hang around when it comes to walking either....! Any personal recommendations for eateries etc?



Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 9:17 AM

It's a great eating city. The delis, the pizza, the Italian food in Little Italy, the Chinese in Chinatown, ... it will be hard for you to go wrong. Also, spend a nice day just walking along a Midtown avenue ... really gives you the feel of the city.

Surreyman  (Level: 272.5 - Posts: 2771)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 9:56 AM

I remember a great evening eating and clubbing in Greenwich Village - but I'm maybe 25 years out of date!

Markieboy  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 198)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 11:47 AM

Hey and if any NYC based Sploofusers want to buy me a beer - then it could be the first (as far a I know)international Sploofus get together......

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 12:20 PM

Markie, Don't know if you've made your hotel reservations yet but have a wonderful suggestion for you, and everybody for that matter. There is a tiny hotel called The Leo House. It's at 332 W 23rd St. NYC 10011 It's run by one of the Catholic groups, but in no way restricts itself to Catholic visitors. I stayed there in 2001 while visiting NYC. It is not fancy, but offers a pleasant stay, very clean, nice people, and the price is right, $70.00 to $100.00 per night. There is a site you can look at...go to The Leo House NYC in your search area. They do not have a web site or the internet. You can only call or fax them. Phone # is 212-929-1010, fax is 212-366-6801. A friend stayed there as recently as Nov and loved it. It is now air conditioned. There is a charming courtyard/garden area where you can smoke if you want, otherwise it's nonsmoking. Subway is only a block away, busses are nearby as well. Plus I think breakfast is still on-the-house. You will love it. Frannie

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 12:55 PM

We saw Spamalot and loved it, if you are a MP fan.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 5:01 PM

My mom was up last year and saw Mamma Mia

It's been years for me (since before the SOL Restoration) - but you can't do one of the coolest things I enjoyed anymore - but the OTHER 2 cool things were Southside Seaport - and walking in and grabbing a Slice then walking down the street eating it.

UNLIKE down Har In Tex-ASS - that jar of white stuff was not parmesean but garlic (just a warning)

Diva305  (Level: 152.7 - Posts: 1655)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 5:18 PM

Oyster Bar in Grand Central
Wo Hop-Mott St. Chinatown
Papaya King-2 hotdogs and a papaya milkshake-$3.50 (there's a couple of them)
Don't miss-Rockefeller Center!
Times Square of course!
Think museums are closed on Tuesdays

Diva305  (Level: 152.7 - Posts: 1655)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 5:21 PM

Diva305  (Level: 152.7 - Posts: 1655)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 5:35 PM

Surreyman  (Level: 272.5 - Posts: 2771)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 5:49 AM

Sorry Markie.
Allena and I hosted the first International Sploofus Convention just below Windsor Castle, England, last November!
He did buy me a pint - but, then, he's not from NYC!

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 7:10 AM

Markie - If you do not already have your theatre tickets, be sure to go to the Theatre Development Fund discount booth the same day that you want to see a show. At the moment the booth is in the Marriot Marquis Hotel at Broadway and 46th St. Here is a link to the TDF site so that you can see which shows tend to be available each day:

If you have time to leave Manhattan (there is more to NYC!) take a ride on the 7 train. It has been designated a National Landmark as each stop on the train takes you into a different nationality neighborhood. I personally recommend getting off at the 74th St Station and walking along 74th St to see Little India. Many inexpensive excellent restaurants (go to Jackson Diner for lunch - it's not a diner) and sari shops and jewelry shops selling bright gold Indian necklaces. Fascinating.

Be sure to go downtown to Greenwich Village. Take a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. And visit Ellis Island.

Have a great visit!


Markieboy  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 198)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 10:46 AM

Hey Allan,

You guys met in Windsor and didn't invite any other UK based sploofusers..... tis but a short jaunt to Windsor.


Markieboy  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 198)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 10:47 AM

Thanks Alice - will look into that, sounds pretty interesting.

Surreyman  (Level: 272.5 - Posts: 2771)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 11:56 AM

Sorry Markie.
It was at the back end of Allena's stayover, returning from Jordan en route for DC.
Took quite some arranging - coincided with both of us having commitments on that Remembrance Sunday.
We squeezed it in, just, with emails that morning!
It was only afterwards we realised we might claim the first International!
Does a couple of hours in a pub count??!!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 10:00 PM

Perfect timing for this thread, as I'm planning a NYC trip in March with the city Girls Choir. I'm not a chaperone, though, so I don't have to stick with the kids.

My biggest question is for New Yorkers in the know. What areas should we stay away from? (We took the wrong exit in Brooklyn one dark and stormy night a few years ago, and it took a few tense moments to find our way back.)

Where is the best/safest area near Long Island MacArthur airport to get a 3 star motel/hotel?

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