Anything you do in NYC can be a Hoot. Just be safe, always look like you know were you are going, even if you are lost. Have fun, and visit the Dakota. This is were John Lennon lived when in NYC. If you sit in the park across the street you may hear him play, I am told.
You will have a blast! I lived in NY w/ my brother and I had the best time!! You will meet tons of people. Hope you have a fabulous time!!
I went to Strawberry Fields the last time I was in NYC. Very nice place. I’m amazed a place like Central Park can exist in a place like Manhattan.
Yeah, just be careful with the speed dating. Don’t break anyone’s hearts!
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No reason why you shouldn’t try it. Though I’ve never tried it, sounds like it could be a fun way to meet new people while enjoying a cool drink on a hot summer day. You options for summer activities are almost limitless and many are free or at little cost, depending on your interests. You’ll probably have a really great time. Try to visit the outer boroughs if you have the time. I recommend Brooklyn and Queens.
anything you do in the city will be alot of fun, but i also agree that you should try to always look like you know where you are. remember, if you are lost you can always get a cab, so dont worry if you dont know where you are. you will have a great time!!
I have never tried speed dating, but I am sure it would be a lot of fun. NY is SO much fun. Don’t be afraid to take the subway EVERYWHERE…they have visitor passes for (I think) $7/day or maybe it is $7 for 3 days…I forget the rates, but the METRO card is the way to go and the trains are easy to figure out even if you are only somewhat familiar with public transportation. Don’t rent a car or try to find parking!
Don’t know if you are into museums, but if you are—be sure to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
And if you are wanting to see a Broadway show for a not-so-broadway price—you can check with the theatre for standing room only tix (usually $15) or go to tkts in time square or try to win a lottery—if you win, you pay $20 for a ticket, if you don’t win, you simply make other plans for the night!
My sister lives in Brooklyn…and I don’t recommend taking the train out there. I mean, there’s cute coffee shops and neighborhood cafes and parts of Brookly Heights feels like Philadelphia (which is nice) but other than that and a few good lesbian bars—in my opinion, there’s nothing to do in Brooklyn. And Queens!! Why would anyone go to queens unless they were going to school there or going to see a game?! Seriously.
Funny… I thought Philly was real run down and kinda scary. My boyfriend and I came to NY for my brother’s wedding, and we walked all over NY, and went to queens and brooklyn but on our day trip over to Philly, we were confused because all there was were a lot of hospitals and a lot of construction. And constant police sirens blaring!
I agree though, there isn’t much reason to go to brooklyn or queens except maybe to stroll across the brooklyn bridge or see a mets game (yay mets!). Unless you’re a jazz fan, then the Louis Armstrong house in Queens is Awesome :)
I am not from Philly, but I lived there long enough to consider myself to be a Philadelphian. I LOVE Philly. Hmmm…hospitals, sirens, and construction!? Where in Philly did you go? I admit, Philadelphia is not lacking in any of those areas, but that is funny that you left with that impression. I see Philly as full of coffe shops, theatres, and museums. I love the fountains here and I never get bored with all of the old architecture combined with all of the new buildings. It is a very small-BIG city. And I love it for that. You should give it another try. This time with a tour guide who’s a local and a list of must-try restaurants!! :)
I went all over Philly. I don’t remember the street, but there was one cool little street with a bunch of restaurants and bars and stuff, but the central city area was all dug up and very very dirty. Kinda like NY back in the 80’s. It gave my boyfriend and I the impression of being a city that was maybe once awesome (I remember it from when I was a kid as being all historic and pretty) but has become depressed and neglected. Except for that one street. The one thing we really liked was driving up the river up past the art museum (The Rocky steps one…) it was quite pretty, and then we turned into a neighborhood of beautiful old houses (which were all near-condemned or turned into multifamily houses). Dunno… we really wanted to love it. But we didn’t.
I really should’ve called my friend who lives there. Oh well!
Well, if you ever want to try Philly again, send me a message…I will certainly be able to give you suggestions and ideas that will hopefully make you love the place!!
Since you asked in “New York State” I’m going to have to ask you where in the state you’ll be.
My suggestion is that you don’t try to speed-date your sister, but aside from that what have you got to lose? An hour, in seven minute increments?
NYC for 1 week … staying @ the Wellington near Times Square for a week … seems as though u have seen a bit & i’ve read ur entries & tips :-)
Rent a bike in Central Park! It’s like 8 bucks and the only real was to see the whole park.
You won’t need the speed dating. NY guys are great at chatting up girls. :) But if you try it, have fun and be careful!
Don’t go up the Empire State Building (two hour waits and the staff aren’t that friendly), go to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Centre/NBC Studios) Better view! Unobstructed view of the whole city and best vantage point to take pics of the Empire State Building!
5 weeks from now… august? It’ll be hot. Prepare to sweat your butt off. The subways will ROAST you, but it’s okay, everyone else is dripping too!
Go to Little Italy! Chinatown! Get your statue of liberty security park pass thingy online in advance (or else you may not get in).
NY is my home, but I live overseas. I brought my boyfiend back with me in april and loved his wide eyed first timer view of NY. Too cute!
If you can get out there, go to Jones Beach. Yay :)
Coney Island (before they take the rides away)!
Macy’s! Oh man…the shopping.
Have fun! Sorry for all the exclamation marks!!
Thanks for the tips & enthusiasm!!! And the exclamation points … u show your passion of NYC … yes, completely aware of the hot summer … wanting to escape the Sydney winter & i won’t need to bring tons of clothes! Btw, where can i get the yummiest (homemade is available) icecream?
I live in New Zealand….it’s strangely warm in Wellington tonight, but yeah, the rest of the place is blanketed in snow.
Oh I don’t know about ice cream, stone cold creamery is pretty popular. Try some Italian Ice! I ate so many of those as a kid.
You won’t need to bring ANYTHING with you actually. If you’ve got money, just buy stuff. My Kiwi boyfriend went a bit nutty at Roosevelt Field Mall (on Long Island) and at Macy’s in Manhattan (34th street) and bought so much stuff my mother gave him an extra suitcase to put it in. If you’re buying for the opposite season it’s even cheaper! But coming from NZ, everything seems cheaper wherever else you go.
The food in NY is the best food of anywhere I’ve ever been. Eat a lot, you’ll sweat it out. 40C and 100% humidity is the easiest weight loss program ever. :)
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I have a suggestion for ice cream that should be a good experience. First you’ll need to get over to Brooklyn. I suggest you walk across the Brooklyn bridge. You’ll be rewarded with a great birds eye view of the NYC skyline. Once your across the bridge, find your way to the Fulton Ferry Landing (you can search the web for directions). It’s just off the bridge by the water. Once you’re there you’ll see a small self standing building (looks like and old house). That is the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Go right in and order something off the menu, then go back out and enjoy! it’s a great place to see a view of downtown Manhattan, though try not to get too distracted and let the cone melt in your hands.
Oooh… good suggestion!! :)
I don’t really like ice cream and haven’t lived in NY for 8 years, so I was clueless about how to respond!
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