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María Teresa Taylor Oliver  Identity Verified
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Hello!

A friend and I are planning on a little vacation in NYC this summer, and we need some tips on places to go, shows, festivals, etc.

Our trip will be very low-key, and we hope we won't spend too much, we mainly plan on walking around, sightseeing, going to the park and to open-air fairs and stuff like that.

But I'd like to hear the opinions of some New Yorkers

I've heard that summer isn't a good time to visit the Big Apple, because it's the hottest season (roasted apple, anyone?), but I cannot travel earlier than June, and we don't want to wait until September or so, when fall rolls around.

Or is the city lovelier in the fall? What do you recommend? I'm open to suggestions!

Thanks!


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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from an ex-New Yorker... Feb 2, 2006

Maria Teresa Taylor Oliver wrote:
Or is the city lovelier in the fall?


June shouldn't be too bad, July/August is when you're likely to do some serious sweating. Of course, the way weather patterns are going, it's hard to predict (e.g., it feels like Springtime in the Wild Onion, a.k.a. Chicago, as I type...on the 1st of February!).

The city is definitely lovelier in the Fall, especially if you're lucky enough to catch the Indian Summer days. Then again, if you've never had the sensation of a sidewalk melting under your step after a week-long heat wave, this might be something to experience... Years later you can watch Al Pacino in "Dog Day Afternoon" and reminisce on your NYC adventure

But seriously, I'll come back with suggestions when I've had a chance to think for a second, but as far as I'm concerned nothing beats walking around the city with your eyes, ears and heart open...never a dull moment

Nostalgic? Who, me?

Here's a couple of handy links to get you started:

http://www.timeoutny.com/newyork

http://www.villagevoice.com


[Edited at 2006-02-02 07:20]


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I once was a New Yorker with low funds... Feb 2, 2006

Maria Teresa Taylor Oliver wrote:

Hello!

A friend and I are planning on a little vacation in NYC this summer, and we need some tips on places to go, shows, festivals, etc.

Our trip will be very low-key, and we hope we won't spend too much, we mainly plan on walking around, sightseeing, going to the park and to open-air fairs and stuff like that.

But I'd like to hear the opinions of some New Yorkers

I've heard that summer isn't a good time to visit the Big Apple, because it's the hottest season (roasted apple, anyone?), but I cannot travel earlier than June, and we don't want to wait until September or so, when fall rolls around.

Or is the city lovelier in the fall? What do you recommend? I'm open to suggestions!

Thanks!


Hi. I recommend a visit to the Cloisters, a ride up the Hudson on a tour boat(used to be cheap and well worth it), the Natural History and Metropolitan Museums, ice-eating one's way up Broadway, and Riverside Park. There's also Shakespeare in the Park, Coney Island on a sunny day, and there are some beautiful, clean beaches not far out of the city, but you'll have to ask a more experienced New Yorker how to reach them-- I never did, but friends have and say they're lovely.


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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cheap culinary treats Feb 2, 2006

* Indian/Pakistani restaurant row on 6th Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenues)
* Cappuccino and pastries in Little Italy ("leave the gun, take the cannoli" -- The Godfather)
* Chinese restaurants around Mott Street in Chinatown
* Warm knishes from a street vendor in Brighton Beach
* Katz's Delicatessen on Houston & Ludlow (the oldest deli in NYC, also where Sally faked her orgasm while having lunch with Harry)
* Will think of more...

and if you have any money left on the last day of your visit...
* The River Café, at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, for an unforgettable splurge with a view


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Pilar T. Bayle  Identity Verified
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From an ex-Midwesterner Feb 2, 2006


(e.g., it feels like Springtime in the Wild Onion, a.k.a. Chicago, as I type...on the 1st of February!).


Don't take out your Summer clothing just yet. That's called Indian Summer, it happens around February, it lasts 10-14 days, and then it plunges back into Winter until April.

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María Teresa Taylor Oliver  Identity Verified
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Thanks, everyone!! :D Feb 2, 2006

Your suggestions are extremely helpful and well-received

I will look into those websites, for sure, Susana. Are you living in Chicago now? That's such a wonderful city. I had the opportunity to visit it for a few days back in '93, and I LOVED it. I wish I could go back again for a longer period.

But I've never been to NYC yet, so I'm excited!!


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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not a normal year Feb 2, 2006

Pilar T. Bayle wrote:
Don't take out your Summer clothing just yet. That's called Indian Summer, it happens around February, it lasts 10-14 days, and then it plunges back into Winter until April.



It just seems this year we've barely had any serious cold, except for a brief Siberian spell before the Holidays ("serious cold" in the Midwest is when your eyeballs freeze). I've read somewhere this had been the warmest January in this city since records began in 1928. All I know is I went out last evening and the birds were chirping... Meanwhile, it was snowing in most of Spain a few days back

BTW, Pilar, excellent blog

Susana

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Pilar T. Bayle  Identity Verified
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In my days... Feb 2, 2006


All I know is I went out last evening and the birds were chirping... Meanwhile, it was snowing in most of Spain a few days back

BTW, Pilar, excellent blog


When I used to live there, it was more a question of seeing chipmonks running around like crazy, people wearing shorts, the works!

Glag you like my blog

P.
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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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happy Groundhog Day... Feb 2, 2006

Pilar T. Bayle wrote:
When I used to live there, it was more a question of seeing chipmonks running around like crazy, people wearing shorts, the works!


Granted we're not there yet...but I did spot a bunny bouncing along my street the other day, coming out to check whether it was safe to frolic again. Yes, I have chirping birds and frolicking bunnies on my street, I am always amazed at just how bucolic a big city like Chicago can feel sometimes

But I guess you know you've become a true Chicagoan when surviving without a hat or gloves feels downright tropical

Anyway, back to the Big Apple...María Teresa, perhaps if you gave us an idea about your interests, we would be able to advise you more specifically. Here's a subway ride I would take if I were still living in NYC: http://www.satchmo.net/thehouse

They opened the house as a museum about a month after I left New York, and I can't wait for my next visit to take a tour. You can hang out on the stoop where Armstrong used to play the trumpet for the neighborhood kids: http://tinyurl.com/dpnph

And here's another tour I would recommend you not miss: http://www.tenement.org

Be back with more. I notice you're only getting feedback from former denizens, I guess New Yorkers are too busy to respond...yes, I am teasing

Susana


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Strawberry Fields (Forever) Feb 2, 2006

http://www.centralparknyc.org/virtualpark/southend/strawberryfields

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Interests Feb 5, 2006

Susana Galilea wrote:

Anyway, back to the Big Apple...María Teresa, perhaps if you gave us an idea about your interests, we would be able to advise you more specifically. Here's a subway ride I would take if I were still living in NYC: http://www.satchmo.net/thehouse



Hi, Susana!! Well, both my friend and I are BIG comic book fans, so we'd like to go to comic book shows or conventions, if that's possible. There's a Comic Con in NYC in about two weeks, and I'm sooooooo disappointed that I can't go But traveling in February was just out of the question.

Also, I'd LOVE to browse bookstores, specialty shops - to buy dictionaries and the like, of course - that sort of thing.

And, of course, catch open-air concerts and shows in the Park, that'd be lovely.


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Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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books, etc. Feb 7, 2006

Maria Teresa Taylor Oliver wrote:
Well, both my friend and I are BIG comic book fans, so we'd like to go to comic book shows or conventions, if that's possible. There's a Comic Con in NYC in about two weeks, and I'm sooooooo disappointed that I can't go But traveling in February was just out of the question.


Can't help you with this one, perhaps you can find some info in the general links I posted. Hopefully some comic book aficionado among our colleagues will come to the rescue

Also, I'd LOVE to browse bookstores, specialty shops - to buy dictionaries and the like, of course - that sort of thing.


Here's a bookstore specializing in dictionaries, as well as books in French and Spanish: http://www.frencheuropean.com

Here you can find great deals on every imaginable topic: http://www.strandbooks.com/aboutus

If you're into cultural studies and progressive theory, I would recommend you browse these shelves: http://www.stmarksbookshop.com (they might even remember me, I worked there for a few months back when the store was actually located around the corner on St. Mark's Place)

And, of course, catch open-air concerts and shows in the Park, that'd be lovely.


You should have no trouble at all catching an open-air concert in the summer months, beyond the impromptu displays of musicianship on the sidewalks and subway corridors

There are free or low-cost concerts throughout the summer both in Central Park http://www.summerstage.org and Prospect Park in Brooklyn http://tinyurl.com/d5zy2, as well as music and dancing at the Lincoln Center plaza http://tinyurl.com/dlvlh

If you don't mind long lines to get tickets, you can even catch a free performance of a theater classic under the stars, usually starring first-rate actors http://tinyurl.com/ahufv



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