New York - Things not to miss?

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Hulababy Sun 04-Aug-13 11:58:22

Thought I'd start three of these for the places we are visiting on holiday this summer. I'm keeping them separate as think it will be easier for me to work through any ideas suggested smile

We are going to NYC on the Wednesday and leaving on Saturday - so we will have 2 full days in NYC, and one late afternoon/evening.

Going is me, Dh and 11y DD - we all love cities.

So has anyone any ideas, recommendations, suggestions of what we should not miss?

TIA

We have been a couple of times before so just wondering about extra stuff really.

We have already done:

Empire State Building
Top of the Rock
Liberty and Ellis Islands
48 hour hop on/off bus
Duck Tour
Natural History Museum
Guggenheim
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Children's Museum

Budgiegirlbob Sun 04-Aug-13 21:31:52

If anyone is into Winnie The Pooh, check out the original Pooh Bear, Eeyore etc at the Public Library, they are the original toys owned by Christopher Robin, it was one of my favourite things in NY (but then, I am a big softie!)

For fantastic views, take the Roosevelt Tramway , for a cable car ride across the river, near to the 59th Street Bridge. It has views of the skyline, and up the Avenues.

Zabars in the Upper West Side is a great, huge deli to mooch around, get a picnic and take it to Central Park. Then hire bikes and tour the Park.

Take the Subway to Brooklyn, visit Grimaldis for pizza, or the Fulton Strret Ice Cream Shop, then walk back across the Brooklyn Bridge, this is particularly good at dusk, as the lights come on on the Manhatten Skyline

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Sun 04-Aug-13 21:36:33

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AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 05-Aug-13 08:18:02

Eat at the Chart House Restaurant in Weehawken, New Jersey. It is directly opposite Manhattan so the views are incredible, especially at dusk as all the lights come on in Manhattan.

Hulababy Mon 05-Aug-13 09:08:03

Thanks all. Good to get some new ideas.

Katz Deli is already on our list as we never got there last couple of times. And we want a picnic in Central Park this time.

TallulahBetty Mon 05-Aug-13 09:29:50

Walk along the High Line. This is a disused, elevated railway line that you can now walk along and you get some amazing views. It's free smile Google it, it was one of our highlights and didnt cos a thing.

pennygallops Mon 05-Aug-13 12:20:08

Just been to NYC - i think a lot depends on your interests. We have done many things on your list, either this year or last year. But also did the Intrepid (we have a DS who is 10). Didn't totally enjoy Liberty Island - very busy. It's a full on city, with lots of energy. I wouldn't try to do too much, there are lots of queues at many things. It has taken us 2 visits to complete your list (4 nights each time).

haggisaggis Mon 05-Aug-13 12:25:05

Intrepid is good - it's a mixture of science stuff and air carrier museum (and that whole area where she is berthed looks like it would be good to explore - we didn't have time) You can also do a city cruise from there which is fun.
I said that when we go back I just want to visit specific areas and wander round without doing the sites - I think a lot of New York is the atmosphere.

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 05-Aug-13 12:51:18

If you haven't booked your flights yet try to fly to Newark rather than JFK. Much nicer airport and the view of Manhattan when you come off the plane and walk to arrivals is amazing. Much better than the concrete jungle of JFK.

VeryDullNameChange Mon 05-Aug-13 12:58:46

Oh what an exciting thread. We're going later in the year, and have earmarked Empire State, US Intrepid and the Highline as our must sees (also want to find a restaurant featured on Man vs Food, as we're big fans).

Can I ask a question please - do you need to pre-book Empire State tickets, and does that need to be a long way in advance, or can we do it via the hotel once we're there?

Ellis Island.

I hated New York but thought this was fab and so atmospheric and interesting.

(I am a grumpy sod who hates towns wherever they are in the world though).

piratedinosaursgogogo Mon 05-Aug-13 13:08:23

Just in case you didn't know, Katz Deli is the 'I'll have what she's having' scene in When Harry Met Sally.

I find it a bit loud but we always take our friends with children to Ellen's Stardust Diner.

There is an exhibition at the New York Library (until March 2014 I think) about the history of children's literature. It's free and will only take about 45 mins/one hour. They have moved Winnie the Pooh and friends into the exhibition.

Seeing as you've done most of the 'first time tourist stuff', why don't you have a look at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side?

TSSDNCOP Mon 05-Aug-13 13:14:29

Picnic in CP is great, there's a boating lake, zoo, carousel and Strwaberry fields in there too.

I third the Highline, I hear only good things and managed to bloody miss it last time.

Ellis Island is fab, but I had heard it was closed post the Hurricane last year.

TSSDNCOP Mon 05-Aug-13 13:17:25

Very I have never pre booked tickets for the Empire State, but I have found that you can queue jump if you buy the simulator ride thingy.

TSSDNCOP Mon 05-Aug-13 13:18:28

Also don't hurry straight up, there's some Art Deco mosaics in the lobby of the Seven Wonders of the World.

TSSDNCOP Mon 05-Aug-13 13:20:08

Oh and check out Radio City, they have fantastic shows.

saladfingers Mon 05-Aug-13 14:02:37

Hushtours -Hip Hop tours around the city are great.Taking in amazing graffiti,the story of Hip Hop music/culture and how it permeates so many aspects of all our lives today and includes lessons on breakdancing and beatboxing! One of the best organised tours I have ever taken.

moonbells Mon 05-Aug-13 14:10:29

I went to the Cloisters on my last visit and was astounded. Loads of little European treasures (chapels, church bits plus contents) lifted up and rebuilt as a single museum. Part of the Metropolitan museum, but hidden away in north Manhattan, where it's like countryside and you have fantastic views of the river and the Washington bridge. Really worth going, though I can't help thinking still that they ought not to have been stuck together in a mishmash of styles! And there's the unicorn tapestries... bit steep to get in though, unless you have one of those museum passes.

EstelleGetty Mon 05-Aug-13 14:18:23

Lucky you, Hulababy, New York is awesome!

I love the sound of the Hip Hop tours, Saladfingers, wish I'd known about them when I was there last year.

Things I'd suggest:

Katz's Deli is brilliant, but you should also try Yonah Schimmel's Knishery just round the corner. They serve knishes, these yummy potato dumplings (kind of like a massive, squashed potato scone), with all different flavours, and great American soda. It's a real experience!

Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. It's a big cinema and TV museum with loads of interactive exhibits (dub your own voice over Babe the pig, for example) and lots of nostalgia for adults.

New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn. Built in an old subway tunnel, you can sit in old subway cars from the 1900s onwards and it's great fun. Plus they have regular free talks/displays.

Economy Candy on Rivington Street, Lower East Side. I come here every time I go to NY. More American sweeties than you've ever dreamed of. Tin lunchboxes. Tshirts. And it's all dirt cheap.

As pirate says, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is great too. They do fantastic tours.

John's Pizza on Bleecker St for the biggest, tastiest (inexpensive) pizza you've ever had, in a pizzeria which hasn't changed in about a million years.

If your DD likes reading, the Strand bookshop on Broadway is enormous and really good fun.

I love the Folk Art Museum at Lincoln Square - lots of strange old American art. It's tiny, but it's free and has a great shop.

Have a brilliant time!

TallulahBetty Mon 05-Aug-13 15:22:15

Take the ferry from Battery Park ferry terminal (i forget its actual name) to Staten Island. It's FREE and has amazing views of Liberty Island and of course the Statue of Liberty - much better views than you get on the actual island (obviously, since on the island you have to look up to see her). Not many tourists know about this - we found out from a local.

Budgiegirlbob Mon 05-Aug-13 23:09:04

The New York City Fire Museum in Spring Street is worth a visit, it's free, and it was very quiet when we went, so the guide gave us a personal tour. We even got to try on a jacket and helmet, and have a go with a hose pipe, I felt like a big kid.

Also Theodore Roosevelts House was a great place to visit, again very quiet, and a great glimpse into old New York

TheDoctrineOfAllan Mon 05-Aug-13 23:13:51

The Frith.

Hulababy Tue 06-Aug-13 07:40:54

Lots more ideas - thanks all. Will read in detail tonight. And yes - really looking forward to our trip - Washington, New York and Antigua smile

Hulababy Tue 06-Aug-13 07:43:12

Penny gallops - that list is from two trips - one of 7 Nights and another of 5 nights. Love the place.

DH and a friend went to the Intrepid whilst we went to the Children's Museum a few years ago.

Hulababy Sat 10-Aug-13 07:42:16

On way to airport. Washington first then NYC!

rubyrubyruby Sat 10-Aug-13 07:46:49

The Museum of Modern Art is free on a Friday between 4 and 7pm (sponsored by Uniqlo) The queue was long but moved fast.

Hulababy Mon 26-Aug-13 19:35:23

Loved NY just as much as before. Think it is my favourite city tbh.

Had one day where we walked lots - got Subway to katz's Deli but then walked back via battery Park, past the WTC area, to Flat iron Building, Times Square and finally the hotel near Central Park.

Second full day was more relaxed as we had a picnic in central park (bought everything from a food shop in the big towers on corner of central park) and then had a wander round there.

DD managed a fair bit of shopping in A&F, Hollister and Bloomingdales too smile

Hulababy Mon 26-Aug-13 19:36:05

Went in the MOMA sculpture garnden one morning, but didn't manage the MOMA itself - the queue was REALLY long and not fast moving unfortunately, so gave it up.

sweetestcup Mon 26-Aug-13 20:26:30

We have a day and a half in New York on our way to California, we leave Saturday, just planning how to get the most out of it now! smile

Hulababy Mon 26-Aug-13 20:28:46

Have a great time. So much to see and do in NY.

Our first visit we did the bus tour - got to see all the main sites easily that way and saved our feet!

MooseBeTimeForSnow Mon 26-Aug-13 20:34:04

The best thing about the ESB is that once your at the top, you can't see it. Am I the only one who was disappointed by how unfinished it looked on the inside?

I was also disappointed by the Mona Lisa. It's really small! If it hadn't been for the crowd of tourists round it I would have missed it. Probably a whole thread to be had on "great disappointments"

jen13ln Mon 28-Oct-13 04:41:25

thinking of going to ny with hubby on presidents day weekend (mid feb) in 2014. i know it seems quite aways but i know its gonna creep up on us if i don't start planning now.

i'm thinking of the must see-- the usual like statue of liberty, wall street (he's a big jim cramer type fan), broadway (i love musicals), empre state, ground zero, top of rock, etc. found this site: travelsavego.com and i'm thinking of doing the manhattan comprehensive tour to knock out the key tourist spots. it's our first time so i think this would be fun.

but i'm also interested in the not so obvious ones like the ones i see on tv -- trump tower, parson's and mood (i'm a big fan of project runway), mario batali's eataly...what do you think of these?

i would appreciate any feedback. thanks!

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