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New York City From A Residential Traveler

A July 2002 trip to New York by zap

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New York City From A Residential Traveler

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Overview

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Having lived in Manhattan for several years, I continue to experience a feeling which has been with me since my earliest impressions of the city: one might spend an entire lifetime discovering "the best things to do" here. They are more numerous than any one person can keep track of. Recent highlights have included: The Hip Hop Theater Festival at P.S. 122g (every June), BAM First Saturday (held the first Saturday of every month; incl. free admission to museum, plus music, dancing, movies, performances-- all for free), poetry slams at Bar 13 (witness Stacey Ann Chin and other stars of this genre while lounging on velvet couches), the Oscar Wilde Centennial celebration, Celebrate Brooklyn!'s ...Read More

Jones Beach State Park

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Attraction | "Jonesing for the Beach"

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On a Saturday, the beach was jam-packed, and it was a scene. If you park in Field 4, you will end up right in the thick of it; "it" being a social scenario ruled by teenagers and young peoples' bodies. Mainly roaming and sunning in packs, this group dominates the central vibe, and while there are families, couples, and friendly-looking pairs, I was hard pressed to find anyone who appeared to be alone, besides the guys with metal detectors. This is an interesting culture to take in, and even try to participate in, if you aren't sensitive to feeling scrutinized and judged on how you look in your bathing suit. Once you've had your fill, you can walk east or west, where the crowds thin. The beach is ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 2, 2002

Jones Beach State Park
Wantaugh
Long Island, New York

Celebrate Brooklyn!

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Attraction | "Haitian Pop Music: Celebrate Brooklyn!"

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Part of an ongoing series of outdoor musical events in Prospect Park (enter at Grand Army Plaza, follow map at park entrance. Walk 10 minutes through lush, green parkland to Bandshell), this is a community festival in a beautiful park. Whether going to hear a favorite band (in this case, Boukman Experyans did not disappoint), to take in the atmosphere, or to enjoy Brooklyn's Haitian community and culture, this is an especially worthwhile trip because, whatever your impetus, you will be submerged in all three. When you arrive at the Bandshell area, you will notice that it is roped off from other grass, and you will notice quite a few families and other groups who have sp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2002

Celebrate Brooklyn!
Ninth Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217
+1 718 855 7882

TKTS Discount Booth Times Square

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Attraction | "Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright, 1/2 Price on Broadway"

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If you have an interest in seeing a Broadway show in New York City, do your best to get acquainted with how things work at TKTS. This organization sells discounted tickets (usually 1/2 off) to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for same day performances. TKTS has two locations, one in the middle of the theater district, the other downtown in the financial district. First things first-- the line will inevitably be enormous. The best way to beat this is to get there *early*. Of course, if you only have a few days in New York, you won't want to spend several hours waiting on line. Evening performances usually start near 8, tickets for those performances don't go on sale until 3, and getting to the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2002

TKTS Discount Booth Times Square
Duffy Square, 47th And Broadway
New York, New York

Bryant Park

Attraction

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This park offers an airy and somewhat luxurious respite from the hectic activity and concrete surroundings of midtown manhattan any day of the week. You can follow the self-guided tour signs to learn more about the park's history, or you can just pick a spot at any of the european-style cafe tables and write, draw, or look around and take it all in. Several kiosks offer overpriced food and drink, including chains like Ben and Jerry's and Starbucks. You can't find a small bottle of water for less than 2.25 in the bounds of the park, but if you walk up one block to the SW corner of 43rd and 6th (Queen Bee Deli) you can get a quart of Poland Spring for 1.65. Similarly with the food: it's gene...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Bryant Park
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10110
(212) 768-4242

Jones Beach State Park

Attraction | "Jonesing for the Beach Part II"

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The west end fields at Jones Beach have the same Atlantic view, icy water, and hot sun, but these beaches have their own spirit. Refreshingly quiet and private, this area is a choice destination if arriving to Jones Beach by car for those desiring a respite from the masses. Besides minimal crowds near the lifeguard mound (a good idea to station yourself among them if you want to take a dip), visitors to these beaches spread themselves out, keeping a respectful distance from one another. Besides families and couples, there are a significant number of solo beach-goers, both young and old, male and female. Sunbathers will likely test their mettle against the ocean's frigid temperatures up...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

Jones Beach State Park
Wantaugh
Long Island, New York

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Just to give you an idea (before you book full-price tickets for something you want to see) of what can be available on any given day for half off: this was the TKTS list for Matinee Shows from Saturday, July 6, 2002: Aida Beauty and the Beast Proof Rent The Full Monty Cabaret Chicago Fortune's Fool 42nd Street Into the Woods Les Miserables Metamorphoses Mornings at 7 Noises Off Oklahoma Private Lives The Graduate The Goat THe Tale of the Allergist's Wife Topdog/Underdog Urinetown Forbidden Broadway 2001 I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Criss Angel Mindfreak Late Night Catchecism Menopause the Musical Perfect Crime Smelling a Rat The Capitol Steps The Prince and ...Read More
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Thirsting for salt while one of those warm, dry "New York" pretzels dangles in front of you? If you're walking down 41st and 9th, you might try something less stale-- Just Pickles (569 9th Avenue) sells more pickled foodstuffs than you ever imagined in your wildest pickling fantasies: baby eggplants, Asian galangal and gooseberries, Mexican cactus, Polish mushrooms, they're all here, ready for the picking. And if you're not the type to stray from sours, I personally guarantee that they will be among the juciest, garlickiest, saltiest sour pickles you can smack your lips over-- 2 for $1.

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