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Posted on Sunday 5 July 2009 at 11:48 am

Do My Planning For Me

If you were leaving in one week for a month-long research trip to New York City what would you put on the following lists:

(1) Things to make sure you do before you leave
(2) Things to make sure you pack
(3) Things to do in NYC while not researching ;)


lady_bracknell at 4:11 pm on 05 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Things to do in NYC while not researching

Have you been to NYC before? When I was there I did 2 days uber-tourist stuff (which is enough to see most of the Manahatten sites on foot) and then 5 days cooler things. Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Tiffany's etc was all cool to see, but the best thing we did was unquestionably go up the Empire State Building at night. The city looks amazing all lit up, and there's a great pub in the bottom that serves micro brew beer for when you get down again. MoMa was my favourite of the art galleries, and the Met is unmissable, but you could easily spend a week in there and not see everything, so pick up one of the guides and hit what you really want to see first.

SoHo is a great place to just go and hang out - lots of neat little shops and cafes, and I loved walking around China Town. Central Park is really beautiful, and there's so much to see there it might take you all month to find the bit you want.

For bars and entertainment I loved Arlene's Grocery and the Bowery, but they might not be your thing.

Can't think of anything else right now, but if you want a guidebook rec, I took The Lonely Planet one and it was great.
bratty_jedi at 6:00 pm on 05 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the tips. There is so much to do and I'll have limited time in the evenings and weekends so I'm trying to narrow it down and knowing what friends enjoyed the most definitely helps. I've been to NYC once, for a day and then for half-a-day, when I was 16. We went to the UN, a museum on news media, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty. We were at Times Square long enough to say "So, we're here" and that's about it so that doesn't really count. I'll definitely keep the night trip up the Empire State Building in mind. When I did it before, it was during the day.
lady_bracknell at 6:03 pm on 05 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I know Times Square is tacky as hell, but I loved it there at night too. Big novelty for me to see the steam rising out of the manhole covers (although that may be a winter thing), lol. I found a neat chilli place around there.
bratty_jedi at 9:37 pm on 05 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
They just recently made Times Square into an all pedestrian district. I'm definitely planning to check it out. How can you not?
labellerose at 7:48 pm on 05 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Are you staying with a friend or in a hotel?

Havent't been to NYC in yonks, but could give better input if I knew.
One thing that helped me BITD is to carry plenty of singles, to have tipping$$ handy.
bratty_jedi at 9:38 pm on 05 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I'm staying at NYU student housing. I got an apartment type rather than a dorm so I will have a kitchen, which I'm hoping will help with expenses some. I think it is a shared bedroom with one other person and then the kitchen and living room are shared with another bedroom of two people.

Singles for tips. Check.
drumher at 4:21 am on 06 July 2009 (UTC) (Link)
3) See a Yankees game. Met's would do in a pinch. Or an off-broadway show.

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