New York Journals

Day and Night: New York

A travel journal to New York by afb

Quote: New York is wonderful because it accommodates so many interests and lifestyles. There is no other place like it in the world. Ford Maddox Ford once said that New Yorkers are ex-pats; indeed, at times, New York feels like a unique, independent nation.

Carlton Arms

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Hotel

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Do you mind sleeping beneath a mural of wrestling panda bears? Do your prefer that your hotel lobby, instead of featuring the sound of a trickling fountain and strings, welcome you with the lyrics of Mos Def? How about underwear hanging from the ceiling like garland? The Carlton Arms is fun. It is a fully functional hotel on 25th street that has rooms with a shared or private bath. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean. However, true to the New York experience, the hotel is eclectic, drenched in creativity, and full of interesting people. Most rooms are without air-conditioning, so in the stifling months of June and August, the Carlton Arms should not be your first ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Carlton Arms
160 East 25th Street
New York

Le Jardin Bistro

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Restaurant | "Le Jardin"

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Le Jardin is a restaurant that offers the diner a choice: either eat in a candle-lit room that looks out to SoHo through the frost of white-lace curtains, or eat out back with the frogs. Well, the frogs are infinitely more popular. At least this is how it seems on warm spring and summer nights when Le Jardin’s green garden dining experience includes the prattle of well-dressed young New Yorkers and the croaks of toads. That being said, the frog motif is rather charming (particularly as expressed in the green glass frog candle holders) and seems to add a certain degree of levity to an often "all-business" clientele. As the sun sets, the candles illuminate the grape vines the swim around the sp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Le Jardin Bistro
25 Cleveland Place
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 343 9599

Manhattan in the books

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Attraction

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If you feel yourself becoming run down by a loud and fast New York City, a used bookstore tour of Manhattan might be the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Hours can be spent browsing through old tomes or a copy of a recent bestseller. Between musty bookshelves and stacks of paperbacks, one will find a much quieter New York, but, as with all things in this city, there is seemingly endless variety. There are two giants of used books in Manhattan: The Strand and The Gotham Book Mart. These stores represent two opposing approaches to selling used books. The Strand boasts 8 miles of book, and indeed, the store features rows and rows of stuffed bookshelves that tower high above the bibliophil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2003