New York City Guide: Offbeat destinations for adventurous visitors

Discussion in 'New York/US' started by editor, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    why do i get logged out every 5 minutes?)
  2. moonsi til

    moonsi til worked it out now!

    Lonely Planet (November 2011) has a article on The Highline that is worth a read.
  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

  4. Katelyn S.

    Katelyn S. New Member

    When I visited New York I took a great class at ----. I learned how to use my camera better and took amazing pictures of the city skyline. It was something fun and different from just "sightseeing"
  5. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    First Post and spamming us with a commercial operation. The images I can make out on that website don't excite me a great deal either.

    Hope its free courses for all Urbanites who want to visit NY after this then?
  6. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Really tacky spam. Be off with you.
  7. keitheddy007

    keitheddy007 Banned

  8. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  9. Diamond

    Diamond The Red Baron

    Aside from this thread, which is the best guidebook to New York (in your opinion)?
  10. Mapped

    Mapped London town

  11. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I'll be there for a few days on the July 4 weekend. I've been before but taking the wife for the first time who's never been.

    I was wondering if anyone had any reconsiderations to view the 4 July fireworks from the Empire State Building? I know they can be seen for miles but I wanted to get a choice view so I was thinking the top of the Rockefeller Centre, which I was going to go to anyway so could kill two birds with one stone there, but I'd be welcome to any other suggestions.

    I've also got a day doing the sights and being taken round by a proper old school new yorker cabby, one of the few original new yorkers driving the cabs. He's gonna drive us about in his yellow cab seeing as much of NYC as possible for fixed fee which I'm well looking forward to.
  12. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    If I was there at the right time (unfortunately I'm gonna miss it) - I'd go to Coney Island to see the Roller Derby. Gotham Girls Roller Derby host matches at the Abe Stark Arena, and it looks like a blast.
    They recruit volunteers to help set up the arena, sell merch, etc. That would be a great way to meet new yaawkers, and there's always an after-party. :cool:
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  13. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I would say the best way to see New York is to walk. It's a fantastic city to walk around.
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  14. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    We'll be doing plenty of that too. I've been laods of times before so I know where to go.

    But this is a chance to ride around for one day with a proper cabby up to places I wouldn't get time to see otherwise, and learn a lot of things I didn't already know from a real new yorker. Plus he gave me an absolute steal of a rate in return for some PR.
  15. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    We're going in October and again will be using some of the great tips here.

    I'm not a great person for taking photos but the only ones I wish I had taken were of past trips to New York. I've been in 1992, 2006 and 2012 and it seemed almost a different city each time. I'd love to have the photos to compare the different times.
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  16. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Booked for middle of next month. Staying in Jersey for 2 nights and Manhattan for 3 nights. Any Jersey tips besides going to the Cake Boss shop :D?
  17. artyfarty

    artyfarty A shed on a ditch.

    Where in Jersey? It's a big, long state, used to go there for work three or four times a year.....
  18. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I'm hoping to get over there soon as I've got enough soon-to-expire airmiles for the journey.
  19. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Artyfarty we're in Bridgewater, the reason is because my wife has to do a little bit of work and we stay on for a break in Manhattan. I freeload along to the free hotel.

    Editor - That's brilliant to get a free flight. We're going because we have 2 nights free and a free flight. We have splashed out for a place called Ace Hotel near Korea Town which I'm excited about. The hotel looks so arse clenchingly hip it's probably got a mouser and a bow tie :D
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  20. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Leaving on Thursday. Any last minute tips for good bars? Last time I spent a lot of time in Grassroots Tavern in St Marks place mainly because of lack of bullshit and the bar tenders were really nice. I like the area too.
  21. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Three Cups, Home Sweet Home bar and Double Down saloon were all places I liked (all lower Manhattan/Lower East Side).
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  22. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    The Raven was a great recommendation from the U75 guide so I will definitely check out those. Thanks
  23. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

  24. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The Raven sadly burnt down and is no more :(

    It was my favourite bar in NY.
  25. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Found a great bar last night called "Braggards" on west 35th street. I guess it's what is now known as a Dive Bar (a description that irritates me for some reason). It's just a typical old school Manhattan bar full of people being themselves. Highly recommend.

    Up with the jet lag at 6am, I had a diner breakfast (yay!) and Then walked all around Penn and Port Authority Bus Terminal etc and it's great just to get the atmosphere of the rush hour. It's like being on TV.

    Walked along 42nd street for the first time in 20+ years. "The Duece" is a bit different to what I remember. With its inexplicable queues for places like Madam Tussaud's and massive fast food franchises I can't see how it's an improvement. But I guess I'm speaking to the converted.
  26. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    :D Funny enough, corny as it may be, that's the number one thing about NYC, IMO. :cool:
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  27. kittyP

    kittyP schmeeer

  28. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    I must be the only person who was slightly underwhelmed by the High Line. Maybe I was expecting too much, or maybe I just went on a bad day (it was quite crowded). I mean it was okay, but I won't be going out of my way to return.
  29. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  30. editor

    editor hiraethified

    If it was really crowded I could see its appeal being limited.

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