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    NY next summer

    Hello world,

    Me and a friend are planing a New York trip next summer. What are the must do´s besides the must do tourist stuff.

    Any Tips?


    Cheers Johannes

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    Quote Originally Posted by bherg View Post
    Hello world,


    Any Tips?
    Do NOT go to B&H PHoto
    Or Tamarkin
    Or Ken Hansens
    Or Lens and Repro
    do not do it or...you.....will.......regret.........it

    Do go to all the places where you can eat cheap (Chinatown, Little Italy, Greek places). Go to at least 1 really good restaurant (3 star)

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    Get a free copy of _The Village Voice_ anywhere in the five boroughs of New York City, look at the photo listings, and go gallery hopping. If you're interested in alt-process work in particular, check out the John Stevenson gallery.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    Do NOT go to B&H PHoto
    Or Tamarkin
    Or Ken Hansens
    Or Lens and Repro
    do not do it or...you.....will.......regret.........it
    Why not? Now I want to go. Had no real desire until you told me I shouldn't! (Been to B&H and it was a little disappointing mostly due to the scale of things in Manhattan is small, though I certainly didn't regret it)

    Do go to all the places where you can eat cheap (Chinatown, Little Italy, Greek places). Go to at least 1 really good restaurant (3 star)
    Agreed. Completely. I like finding a low key good food place. And I usually go to 1 swanky place when I go. Like Craft or something like that.
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    go to the Barr Gallery in Greenwich village for wonderful B&W images. On monday nights, go to Michaels (also in GV) to hear Woody Allan and his dixieland jazz group

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    Quote Originally Posted by bherg View Post
    Hello world,

    Me and a friend are planing a New York trip next summer. What are the must do´s besides the must do tourist stuff.

    Any Tips?


    Cheers Johannes
    While it is touristy - you could go to a play. I try to do that when I go. Pricey, but if it is enjoyable, well worth it. I am a bit out of the loop, but last time I went I saw 2: Sweeney Todd, and The Drowsy Chaperone. No idea what is on next summer, but no doubt lots to choose from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bromo33333 View Post

    Agreed. Completely. I like finding a low key good food place. And I usually go to 1 swanky place when I go. Like Craft or something like that.
    Haven't been to Craft but Gourmet Magazine usually has a spread on the top chefs and they ask where THEY go to eat. Usually, its Blue Ribbon which I recommend. I went to the one in Brooklyn last time I was there and had a great dinner.
    See if you can find that issue and try one of the places where chef's go.

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    When you get closer to the time of your trip - shoot me a PM and I'll provide you with my recommendations.

    NYC is the greatest city on the planet and there is so much to do here.

    One thing that would help would be to know what your non-photography interests are. Also, the website "NYC & Co." is a good place to start. And, when the time comes, the NY Times website will be a great source for all kinds of entertainment/exhibitions etc. news.

    Also, NYC has changed dramatically in the past twenty years. For example, the Lower East Side has chic and hip venues when just a few years ago it was really "rough". The same can be said for many other neighborhoods.

    Also, NYC is NOT a bargain town. Yes, you can do it on the cheap - but even then, ratchet up your expectations. Unles you figure to return often - consider this trip a "blow your budget" vacation and do it up right!

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    It seems so obvious I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned: Central Park!! In the summer you can easily spend an entire day and not be bored for even a moment! There are a host of sites where folks gather to: dance, drum circle, skateboard (and I mean those folks are GOOOOD!!!), run, cycle, read, sun, be entertained (well....that's everywhere, but there's some 'formal' entertainment as well), and a plethora of opportunities too numerous to entirely cover. And...it 's cheap!!
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    Johannes -

    NYC is a fabulous place to visit. As others have noted, it can be expensive. But it's also possible to enjoy a visit there without having to mortgage the house. It's all a matter of being selective.

    Actually, I suggest testing the spectrum that NYC has to offer. There are places like Le Perigord that are fabulous restaurants and ridiculously expensive, but middle of the road places are available also - one of my favorites is the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station. Its a classic old place, a bit more pricey than average, but with a wonderful kitchen. Another favorite is Kennedy's Restaurant on 57th St. This is an old fashion Irish bar with a backroom that offers very good comfort food at reasonable prices. And if you want inexpensive, there's the Chat n' Chew on 16th Street just off Union Square, or the Chelsea Square Restaurant on 23rd and 9th Ave, or Milady's Restaurant down in SoHo.

    My wife and I enjoy doing gallery crawls in Chelsea. There are a lot of photography shows, but we prefer to just wander from one place to the next and see what there is to be seen. Some very expensive art, and some very good art - and occasionally some very good, expensive art. David Goldfarb mentioned the John Stevenson Gallery on 23rd Street - that is a must see. It is a beautiful gallery in a tasteful storefront (not a loft), and the photography is always top notch.

    Shopping is always something to do in NYC - the photo places (B&H, Adorama, Calumet, etc) are there, but its actually a lot of fun to wander down to Canal Street and just go from one shop to the next to see what kind of crazy stuff you will find on sale.

    I like to wander around and watch people. Central Park is a good spot, as is Bryant Park, Union Square, Washington Square Park or a dozen other spots in Manhattan.

    If you travel with a PDA, subscribing to Vindigo is a great idea - it provides listings of restaurants, shops, bathrooms (!), banks and ATMs, together with maps to help get around. Don't be afraid of the subway - its cheap and fast. Purchase a MetroCard and recharge it as necessary - a single ride will cost you $2, but there are price breaks for putting more into your MetroCard. You can pick up The Map at any substation station with an attendant, and many hotels provide them on the rack of tourist literature.

    Have fun.
    Louie

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