There are a ton of options - NY is a foodie paradise - and lots of good options. Never heard of Blue Ribbon, but I am sure it's great.
Originally Posted by eric
Once place (Only if you like Cheese A LOT) is Artisanal at 35 West 64th which specializes in ... you guessed it, cheeses. Great Bistro. Can be crowded, but we were there on a Holiday weekend and ended up without a big wait which we found out later from a friend was a fluke.
My wife likes glassmaking as well, so we went to Brooklyn to Urban Glass - only good if you like glass, as the exhibitions are medium to small, and it is mostly an d educational center.
B & D
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Unfortunately, yes, a lot of folks do this. Americans mostly. *sigh*
Originally Posted by copake_ham
You can have a hell of a better time in NYC is you are willing to SPLURGE!
When I go there, I try to stay near Central Park South (Mid Town) - preferably at the Ritz if the budget allows. And blow what I would do for an "adventure" vacation that some do scuba diving or something else like that. If you have the budget, NYC is WAY better!
You want cheap? Go to Chicago!
B & D
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NY next summer
Oh, thank you everyone im taking notes so i can remember everything you have written.
someone said it would be nice to know other intressts besides photography. I like things like Eating good food (who does not?) music, playing a listening, nice clothing and drinking coffe. And my friend who is buying a bass guitar probably wants to hang around in music stores. He is also into sports so we will probably go to Yankee stadium to whatch a game (he did this last time he was there).
And if we plan things right we have talked about taking the plane to Florida to whatch a space shuttle lift of.
I have no intention on doing this on a budget i plan the possibility of getting an 11x14 while in NY. And with the money i have saved over the last year of working i have a fair amout to sped, the plane ticket is payed with coins i have collected is jars :P
Keep coming with sugestions if fun hearing what locals and other ppl that know the town do, i dont want to follow the tourist routs like a slave, but obviously we are going to do that too. Like visit the statue of liberty and so on.
And going on a budget, next weekend im going to London on a budget to visit my brother and sister.
If you're looking for a bass guitar, try Rudy's on 48th St. near Times Square. And if your friend wants to hear Les Paul himself, he has a regular gig at the Iridium Monday nights.
11x14"--call ahead. PhotoGizzmo or Lens and Repro and maybe Bruce's Field Cameras (check his ad in _View Camera_ magazine--you need to call for an appointment) are the most likely places to find one in stock.
For music listings, I also recommend _The Village Voice_, which covers lots of venues and genres.
There are some things in New York that are expensive, but there are also many enjoyable things that aren't. There is not necessarily a correlation between the amount of money you spend and how much you'll enjoy the city, unless you particularly derive pleasure from spending money.
If you will be here for a week, get a weekly MTA pass that will let you ride subways and buses anywhere in the city until it expires.
In the summer, for instance, keep an eye out for the Summerstage performances and Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park, and there are also interesting free performances in other locations like the plaza at the World Financial Center and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Take the Staten Island Ferry (free), just to get out in the Harbor--this is a much better way to see the Statue of Liberty than to go there, unless you have a particular interest in entering the structure.
Visit the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for one of the best views of the city and walk around Brooklyn Heights with an AIA guide to appreciate many fine examples of 19th-century architecture. You might also see what's happening at Arts at St. Ann's, Bargemusic, and BAM if you want to take in some interesting performances in Brooklyn.
If you are interested in experimental theatre, skip Broadway, which is 90% commercial kitsch. See what's happening at Arts at St. Ann's and BAM (also music at BAM) in Brooklyn, LaMama in the East Village, and the Wooster Group in the West Village.
Take the subway out to Coney Island. Pick up some Russian delicacies in Brighton Beach and stroll along the boardwalk.
And of course there are great events at the obvious places like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note and even Broadway, but the vitality of the city is everywhere, and some of the most interesting things don't involve a $100 ticket.
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Originally Posted by eric
Being a structural engineer I always give the structural tour of NYC. Subway to Wall St, walk down Broad St to see the canyons that finance half the world, continue on to the Staten Island Ferry (best deal in NYC since it is free) and get a good view of NY Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge. Take the boat back to Manhattan and walk up South St to the Seaport. Ignore the crappy tourist stuff and head up and over the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge's promenade is my favorite place in the city. On the Brooklyn side head down to the new Brooklyn Bridge Park for the view of the East River bridges. Make your way up hill and head back to Manhattan over the Manhattan Bridge. into Chinatown. From Chinatown head north past all the cast iron buildings, past NYU and up to Astor Place. Hop the subway up to Grand Central Terminal (my second favorite place). Walk north to Central Park and it's lovely bridges and Annapolis Fountain. Hit the Met Art Museum.
Originally Posted by bherg
All along the way are fine establishments serving cold refreshing beer. American beer has improved significantly over the last 20 years, so long as you avoid the mass market stuff.
As for fine food, there's no more American experience than downing huge quantities of prime steak at Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn. It's not cheap, but it's worth it. There may be (slightly) better steaks in the city, but nowhere else has the ambiance of Luger's. It's tough to argue with a place that has a half-inch thick slab of bacon as an appetizer.
I'll second the recommendation for Peter Luger's, but also while you're in Grand Central Terminal, don't forget to stop for lunch at the Oyster Bar. If you've got your tripod, visit the Station Master's office to pick up a photography permit in the Terminal (good for most times except rush hours).
It's not so much that people want to know what's 'cheap', as it is that they don't get ripped off. There used to be electronics stores on the avenues that had screaming banners in their windows: "GOING OUT OF BUSINESS...SALE!!!". They were, of course, totally scammy, scummy businesses, but they must have had their share of takers. Comming to anyplace you don't know would be a lot more comfortable if you had some native's guidance. I think it's a pretty reasonable request to find out what you can before you arrive.
CAMP AND SHOOT
I have been camping a few times near Schroon Lake in NE NY just outside the Adirondacks and their High Peaks region, not far from Ausable (?) Chasm, Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga. I camped at Medcalf Acres on Schroon River. Cold in the summer, perfect after a hot two hours making camp.
It's never too early to panic.
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