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New York for Beginners

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An April 2002 trip to New York by Mary Louisa

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Quote: First-time visitor to New York? This journal will hit the must-sees and offer tips to waylay any anxiety you might have about being a country mouse in the Big Apple.

New York for Beginners

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Overview

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Highlights for first-time visitors: Staten Island Ferry--FREE! and stunning views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty Metropolitan Museum of Art--one of the world's greatest collections, from Pharoahs to Picassos Pizza!--it's better in NY... Quick Tips: Think about picking up half-price theatre tickets on the same day you'd like to see a show at the TKTS booth in Times Square. Best Way To Get Around: Don't be afraid to use the subway. It is less smelly than ever, and a day pass (MetroCard) costs only . It is possible that you might be afraid to use the taxis, because the level of vehicular daredevilry is high i...Read More

The Blakely Hotel New York

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Hotel | "Gorham Hotel"

The Blakely Hotel New York Photo, New York, New York
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My friend Dana and I stayed at the Gorham Hotel for one night, courtesy of IgoUgo Travel Club’s "Travel On Us." We received room 703, which was a lovely room with two queens, fitted with a spacious marble bathroom, and a view out the front windows onto the Moorish-style tile work of the theatre across 55th street. The room has a tiny kitchenette, with a microwave and coffeemaker. It’s nice to know that in a city as expensive as New York, The Gorham invites you to take care of yourself. We also enjoyed a complimentary breakfast buffet (described below). The experience was pleasant from the moment we arrived at 10:30am. The hotel’s lobby is comfortable, with an array of seating area...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

The Blakely Hotel New York
136 West 55th Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 245-1800

Belvedere Hotel

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Hotel

Belvedere Hotel Photo, New York, New York
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My sister and I were very pleased with our two nights at the Belvedere. The warm welcome and consistently good lobby service (opening doors for us, hailing our taxis, wishing us well) went a long way to capture our hearts. Location? Excellent for those who want to focus on mid-town Manhattan. The Belvedere is on W. 48th St. between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, thus extremely close to Times Square and the majority of the Broadway Theatres. Fortunately, the block on which the hotel is situated houses residential buildings and a number of restaurants such as Mont Blanc, Luxia, and Brasil Grille, and so doesn't attract the throngs of tourists usually strolling the Broadway area. There are three su...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Belvedere Hotel
319 West 48th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 245-7000

Brooklyn Bridge

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Attraction

Brooklyn Bridge Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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When my sister told me she wanted to walk the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn and then look back on the island from a park on the Brooklyn side, I was a little skeptical. After all, we could see the skyline from the ferry. And all that walking in the heat of summer? But boy am I glad she talked me into it (if it hadn't been her birthday...)! Not only is the view from the pedestrian overwalk incredible, but the beauty of the bridge and the pleasure of walking with other people from New York or around the world is unsurpassed. If value is your thing, then this is the perfect adventure for you: it's free! If you're not a walker, perhaps this is not for you. But it's rea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Brooklyn Bridge
Access At Tillary Street And Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY

Statue of Liberty

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Attraction

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York
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When we visited the Statue of Liberty July 1 of 2002, no one was allowed to go inside of her. However, we were very pleased with the trip overall, from the ferry ride to the island itself, where we could view the statue close up. Getting There: To make your visit to the Statue of Liberty, you will need to go to Castle Clinton in Battery Park, at the lowest point in Manhattan (use the Bowling Green subway stop). There, you buy a ferry ticket for $10 (adult) that leaves from Battery Park every half hour for Liberty Island first and Ellis Island last. You don't have to get off of the ferry to tour either island; if you like, you can remain on the boat for the fifteen minutes it tak...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York, New York 10004
(212) 363-3200