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NY Marathon the Easy Way

A November 1999 trip to New York by Simon Morley

Marathon Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Events in New York City are often described with the words "biggest," "best," and "most extravagant." No other event deserves these descriptions more than the NY Marathon and I have the fool proof way to see it like a native.

NY Marathon the Easy Way

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Overview

Cleopatra's Needle Photo, New York, New York
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With 26 or so miles to choose from to view the race, it''s hard to make a mistake when you stop to watch. That said, I have viewed the last 15 marathons from behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art (by 83rd Street) just inside the 5th Avenue side of Central Park. This is right at mile 24 and the elite runners arrive here just under 2 hours after the gun sounds out on Staten Island. (Plan on getting here an hour after the start to grab a good, unobstructed viewing spot.) What''s so special about Mile 24? Well, by this point, there is a clear leader or lead pack and they fly by with that determined look that only champions have. I especially like to stand by the water stations and watch the ballet betwee...Read More

Shun Lee Cafe

Restaurant

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This is the best Dim Sum north of Chinatown, and you will pay upper west side prices, thank you very much. The seafood is fresh--highly recommended, the service professional, and the decor classy in black and white. After watching other people run for hours, you will have worked up quite a hunger and the Shun Lee Cafe is just enough of a walk from mile 24 to make you feel that you deserve to indulge yourself a little. On two recent trips, the shrimp has been perfect, but the chicken dry and flavorless, so take that for what it''s worth.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2000

Shun Lee Cafe
43 West 65th Street
New York, New York
(212) 769-3888

John's Pizzeria

Restaurant | "John's Pizza"

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Most people associate the name "John's Pizza" with the Bleeker Street institution. But upper Westsiders don't have to suffer Mozzarella envy. John's uptown is the real deal and a lot classier. Great thin crust within walking distance of all of the regular attractions (museums, Lincoln Center and the Park). This is one of the best Pizza places in the city. Go ahead, wear the mink, I won't tell.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2003

John's Pizzeria
408 E 64th St.
New York, New York 10065
(212) 935-2895

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This is huge place and you can''t see it all in one shot. I like to do one or two areas and then run out and grab a beer or snack. Try the Greek sculptures or, if you have kids along, the arms and armor exhibits or the Junior Museum (basement) is a good choice. Special exhibits require tickets, so if there is a "hot" exhibit, don''t expect to just walk in unless you are among the rich and famous.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2000

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028
(212) 535-7710

Museum Mile

Attraction

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Along this stretch of 5th Avenue, you will find an amazing array of museums. I have my top picks: The Frick at 70th Street (a robber baron''s heart stoppingly beautiful mansion) is my personal favorite. The Guggenheim at 88th is a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece and should not be missed. However, I think the building is better than much of the art! Please be sure to visit the restrooms in the center of the spiral (yes, I''m serious!). Move a little further uptown (102nd and 5th) to the Museum of the City of NY. A secret little gem of a museum. They are always changing the show. Recently, they had a great Automat exhibit--it brought back happy memories. They have clean restrooms as well. ...Read More

Museum Mile
Fifth Avenue
Manhattan, New York