NYC:Manhattan neighborhood and sites for Visitors

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NYC:Manhattan neighborhood and sites for Visitors Aug 23, 2009
1 or 2 days to explore:

Downtown area

-Take the ferry out to Statue of Liberty and/or Ellis Island

-Take photos around Wall Street Stock Exchange, Bowling Green, and of the Charging Bull when you get back.

-**Option** you can go to: Fraunces Tavern Museum where the American Revolutionary figures often stayed, the National museum of Indians, Police Museum, or Skyscraper museum

-Take a cab/bus/walk to Southstreet Seaport. There's a small mall with views of the Harbor, old ships, cobbled streets, usually buskers/live music, and they have the "Bodies" exhibition if you want to take a look (like $25 admission tho).

-Walk to City Hall.

-From City Hall, you have the option to walk a little bit of Brooklyn Bridge which has really great sights of Manhattan.

-Walk back to where City Hall is and go to Ground Zero (World Trade Center Site).

-Can go to Battery Park for more photos OR if it's hot or winter, go inside the "Winter Garden" (free indoors public space with palm trees, and sometimes live music or performances).

-Tribeca (recommended during period for the TOAST (free walking tour of Artists' studios or when the Tribeca film festival is going on)

-Walk/train/cab to Chinatown and Little Italy

1 or 2 days to explore

-Shop SOHO, lots of small shops, trendy designer places such as Barney's, and there's a flea market/bazaar in this area too if you're more into that.

-Walk over to East Village/Lower East Side for bars, small theaters with experimental performances, nightlife with a more grungy, rock edge. Durng the day, can visit Lower Eat Side Tenement Museum

-Cooper Union/St. Mark's square area, (also in East Village Area), there's a sculpture of a cube called the Alamo. People like to rotate it, it's heavy but it does move.

-Can hang around Washington Sq. Park (has the huge arc and fountain featured on the t.v. show Friends), plus musicians/buskers and lots of college students to meet), plus lots of entertainment in this area: comedy places, bars, pubs, live music venues, restaurants

-Greenwich village is also good to walk around, old brownstones, townhouses, cobbled streets

-Nearby is Hudson River Park (free outdoor movies and free popcorn on some days at dusk, can check on their website).

-For upscale trendy clubs/nightlife head over to the neighborhood: Meatpacking District (the neighb always featured on Sex & the City), very much the place to get dressed up.

-Chelsea neighborhood is also a great place to shop: such as iPOD store, lots of designers, or place eat: Buddhakan, Spice Market etc. but expensive, and TONS of galleries to visit for free.

-Really recommended go to the "Highline" park (http://www.thehighline.org/galleries/images/popular) It's a newly reconverted park from old train tracks, sits 3 stories aboveground, really beautiful).

-Union Square has a green market, lots of places to eat, nearby Strand bookshop, movie theaters

1 or 2 days:

-34th st. Herald Sq. for a peek at Macy's (largest department store), Empire State Building, then to Madison Sq. Garden to catch a show or sports event.

-Can also walk around "Koreatown" right next to Herald Square.

-Walk/bus/train to Times Square for Broadway (cheap tix at the TKTS booth OR can get discounted student tickets if you wake up early, are among the first in line and bring student ID), also in Time Sq. go inside the Marriott Hotel and take the elevator upstairs for a great view from inside Times Sq.

-Eat in Hell's Kitchen neighborhood

-Cab/bus to Rockefeller Center (can try to go to a live taping of the Saturday Night Live t.v. show or Comedy Central t.v. shows), and you can also go to the viewing deck upstairs for a great view of Manhattan http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/

-Head over to nearby St. Patrick's Cathedral

-Walk over to Bryant Park (really recommended during the winter) and the Grand Library

-Walk over to Grand Central Station

-Can go to United Nations (check their website for visiting hours)

-Can take a bus/train to Bloomingdale's department store for shopping

-Nearby is Serendipity, the famous frozen hot chocolate place, or Dylan's candy bar (I don't care for it personally tho).

1 or 2 days:

-go to Theater District for Lincoln Center opera performances and/or free music/dance/plays at Julliard Performing Arts school

-Can take train/bus up to the Museum of Natural History (suggested admission prices), from the museum, you can go to Delacorte Theater for free Shakespeare in the Park performances in summer if you pick up tix beforehand, OR go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

-OR instead of the museums, you can go from Lincoln Center to Time Warner Center for a little shopping or just to sit, then

-Go to Central Park to visit the Carousel, Tavern on the Green, Wollman Skating Rink in winter

**OPTION** take the train, then go to Roosevelt Island via tram. Really great sights of Manhattan, no admission fees, just pay for the tram, a few dollars round trip.

1 day:

-I think visitors are allowed to visit Gracie Mansion, never been there personally though, it's where former mayors lived.

-Visit Spanish Harlem and Harlem

If you have time, definitely head to Queens for the most authentic tasting, cheap ethnic cuisine, 5 pointz graffiti art and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art center, (I reviewed both if you need/want more info).

And also head over to Brooklyn, I've reviewed some places there too if you want some tips. The more well known neighborhoods are Bay Ridge (pretty views of Verrazano Bridge), Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Prospect Park, Flatbush (Caribbean food), Cobble Hills, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Sunset Park (latin food), Coney Island, Brighton Beach a.k.a little Odessa (Russian food).

IDK anything bout the Bronx unfortunately except that the Yankee Stadium is there and Fordham University has a campus. I think it's more known for residential places then its cuisine or other cultural attractions.

Additional links:

Subway Map:

(Don't forget to ask for a free one in the subway station)

http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/submap.htm

More suggested itineraries:

http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/metrocard/tour … seeing.htm
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Transitory says:
aw shucks, thanks
Posted on: Aug 23, 2009
bernard69 says:
useful and concise review,My Empress!
Posted on: Aug 23, 2009
Transitory says:
thank you
Posted on: Aug 22, 2009
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