New York Journals

Bluegrass meets the Big Apple

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A June 2000 trip to New York by adm

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Quote: Read the adventures of a girl who grew up in Kentucky and moved to the big city to study at NYU.

John's Pizzeria

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John's is some of the best pizza I've had since I have been in New York. I have eaten here three different times and the service was excellent on each occasion. They use a brick oven at the pizzeria, by the way. The restaurant is in a neat location on Bleecker with lots of cool shops close by and the prices are very reasonable. The place is cozy with lots of booths - great for a date!! There are also lots of photos on the wall of famous folks who have tried John's. It can get pretty crowded on the weekends. Try to go early. If you like pizza, I suggest you try John's while you are in the Big Apple!!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2000

John's Pizzeria
278 Bleecker St.
New York, New York 10014
(212) 243-1680

Harley-Davidson Cafe

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A friend of mine is into motorcycles so, I thought this would be a neat place to take him for a meal. The restaurant is decorated with motorcycles and Harley-Davidson memorabilia. They also have a great gift shop. I had chili and my friend had some sort of barbeque sandwich. The chili was great and the french fries I stole off of my friend's plate were decent. He said the sandwich was pretty good too, but the service wasn't too good and it was really loud in the place. If you want to look at the motorcycles stop in for a drink or check out the gift shop, but for a meal of good ol' American food there are much better and less noisy places in NY to eat!!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 27, 2000

Harley-Davidson Cafe
1370 Sixth Avenue
New York, New York

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I eat here often for lunch when I am working because it is just around the corner, but this weekend my boyfriend and I got a quick dinner at Bruno's before a movie. He really loved it!! I like it a great deal as well. There are several options to choose from in terms of the types of pasta and various sauces. The food is always warm and very fresh. My boyfriend had spinach and cheese ravioli with the tomato basil sauce which he devoured. I picked bowties in traditional sauce, my usual. You always get bread and you can order a salad too. I should also mention that the desserts look as scrumptious as they taste!! The cafe is a small (sometimes crowded) area with counters and stools, but it is br...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2000

Bruno's Pasta Express and Cafe
251 8th Avenue
New York, New York 10011
(212) 633-0163

National Café

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A friend of mine took me to this great little Cuban place and I do mean little. The National Café is beyond cozy...it has maybe 5 small tables and a counter, but don't be discouraged by the lack of space. Squeeze in and wait for a seat, the staff are very friendly and the food will be more than worth your time. The walls are filled with Cuban memories...flags, posters and so on... They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu with several lunch specials for just $4.60. You have your choice of a variety of beans and meats (pork, beef, chicken and seafood). I didn't have one, but their milkshakes or batidos sounded tasty with flavors like mango and banana. I ordered one of the lunch sp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

National Café
210 First Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 473-9354

Negril Caribbean Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Negril"

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I met a friend from school here for dinner on a Tuesday night and the place was fairly crowded. We would have had to wait 15-20 minutes for a table if we hadn't been willing to sit in a very cozy spot between the bar and the door. Negril's specialty is Jamaican cuisine. I had cabbage and saltfish with dumplings and my friend ordered jerk chicken. I was delighted with my food. I had never tried Jamaican before. The fish was really fresh and the dumplings were great. I also had a sip of my friend's sorrel which is a flavorful sweet iced tea made from flower petals. I thought it was great!! She had nothing but good things to say about the chicken. On the other hand, I have to say that the servi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 15, 2000

Negril Caribbean Restaurant
362 West 23rd Street
New York, New York 10011
(212) 807-6411

La Paella

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I've been here twice. Since I've gotten back from Spain I have looked and looked for good paella - found it!! This place is great!! The atmosphere and decor are probably as much a reason to check it out as the food is. Be sure to look up at the ceiling, lots of dried flowers. The paella portions are made to share and everything is always fresh and hot!! I have had their tortillas and various types of paella. The tortillas are truly Spanish - very fluffy. The paella is excellent. The seafood paella is full of shrimp, scallops and more. Both times I have eaten here the place was fairly packed and the space is small, not for the claustrophobic!! I haven't tried the sangria, but the friends I h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2000

La Paella
214 E 9th St.
New York, New York 10003
(212) 598-4321

Empire State Building

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Attraction | "Empire State Building Observatories"

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I never get tired of the view from up here. I have been here several different times with friends, my sister, and my boyfriend. It is usually very windy (you might want to bring a jacket). The line can be long, but I have never had to wait for more than 30 minutes. I always go at night. I think the city lights are what make the view interesting. To go up to the observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors costs $7 for adults and I think they only take cash. The view of the city truly is amazing. I always try to find the landmarks like the Statue of Liberty. The water and the bridges are great to look at too. My favorite thing is watching the traffic from way up high. It doesn't seem so stress...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York 10118
(212) 736-3100

Footloose

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This show was a lot of fun!! If you've seen the movie, lots of the songs will be familiar to you and you will find yourself singing along. The cast is great and the dance numbers are very entertaining. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this one and we laughed a lot! The story isn't the most original. On the other hand, the cast does a good job of bringing the small town in Footloose to life, even if the characters are pretty standard stereotypes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2000

Footloose
, 226 W. 46th St
New York, New York 10036
(212) 221-1211

Rose Center for Earth and Space

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Attraction

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The Rose Center is part of (or at least attached to) the American Museum of Natural History (check out my other journal entry for this one). It also houses the Hayden Planetarium. My boyfriend and I were really excited about our visit. He has an interest in astronomy and he studies physics so, this was right up his alley. I just find the planets and stars fascinating. Unfortunately, we thought the Planetarium was a big let-down. Admission was $14 each - that is the student rate and it includes the Space Show feature. It also includes admission to the Museum of Natural History. The Rose Center itself had interesting exhibits. There are some great photographs of the moon and from one of the Apo...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 19, 2000

Rose Center for Earth and Space
Central Park West
New York, New York 10023
+1 212 769 5100

Battery Park

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My dad and I came to NY before I moved so I could do some serious apartment hunting. We spent an afternoon in Battery Park. We looked for our family name on the various war memorials and took the boat and tour over to the Statue of Liberty. The park is right on the waterfront and there were runners and rollerbladers, which I thought was very New York at the time. It was a hot day in July and we enjoyed the breeze off the river. We also bought hotdogs and sodas and ate in the shade. I think I shared some of my hotdog bun with the pigeons too. There are various food stands and carts in the park where you could get a cheap snack. My dad and I also checked out the folks selling New York souvenirs ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2000

Battery Park
Battery Place
New York, New York 10004
(212) 809-5508

Beauty and the Beast

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When my sister came to visit we saw this show. At the time, Tony Braxton was playing Beauty. Our seats were good. We were a little far away from the stage, but we were up high enough to have an excellent view. When I bought the tickets I didn't know anything about the layout of the theatre. The Palace is a little old (and you can tell), but nice enough. We were both very impressed!! She had wanted to see a Broadway show and I'm glad I had the experience too. The sets were much more elaborate than anything either of us had experienced. They were colorful and fun. The cast was great and we really had a great time. This show was a good choice because we were both familiar with the story and th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2000

Beauty and the Beast
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 W. 46th St.)
New York, New York 10036
(212) 575-9200

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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One word...breathtaking. Nothing like this back home in KY. I've seen cathedrals in Spain, but never one this large in the USA. I have been to St. Patrick's several times and I never get tired of walking through the double doors at the front and seeing people praying in the pews. I could spend hours looking at the various altars. I think there is nothing more striking than the sight of the flowers left at the feet of the saints here. I am not Catholic, but there is still something sacred about this place. My sister and I were lucky enough to see a wedding here one afternoon, bride in white and all. I lit a candle here for a dear friend's uncle who was sick and left feeling like I'd done a goo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2000

St. Patrick's Cathedral
460 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10022
(212) 753-2261

Manhattan Mall

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The Manhattan Mall isn't anything spectacular except for the carnival-like lights on the outside. There are some cool clothing shops, but the food court is mostly greasy fast food fare. The glass elevators are neat and the view of the city from inside is pretty good, but in the end it is just a mall with the standard stores you can find anywhere. There is much better shopping in New York eventhough my parents spent half an afternoon here when they came to town.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 15, 2000

Manhattan Mall
6th Ave. and 33rd St.
New York, New York 10001
(212) 465-0500

Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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This bridge is supposed to be ranked among the world's greatest suspension spans. It was a real milestone of 19th centruy engineering when it was built in 1883. My boyfriend and I took a Saturday afternoon and walked across. It was a sunny day in early June and lots of people had the same idea we did. There were also plenty of bikers and roller bladers navigating their way along the bridge. It is a great vantage point from which to photograph the city. The views are incredible. The cables all around create a neat picture when you look back at Manhattan from the middle of the bridge. There are plenty of plaques mounted at various points telling you about the bridge and the buildings you can see...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2000

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

Irving Plaza

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This was the first time I had been to a concert at this location and it is quite nice. The setting is small and fairly intimate. It is standing room only which gets old after a couple of hours and two opening acts, but still... The sound is decent and the lighting pretty good as well. The floors and stage are wood and there is a nice balcony that curves around the back of the theater. My boyfriend and I got there around 8pm (when the show was scheduled to start) and we were able to find a spot very easily. It filled in later, but never got crowded. I don't imagine the place has a capacity of more than about 400 people. There is a small bar at the back of the venue. They allow smoking (...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Irving Plaza
17 Irving Plaza (at 15th St)
New York, New York 10003
(212) 777-6817

Little Italy

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Attraction | "Feast of San Gennaro"

Little Italy Photo, New York, New York
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The Feast of San Gennaro takes place every September in Little Italy on Mulberry Street between Houston and Canal. Over a million people are supposed to walk through the streets mingling and celebrating the patron saint of Naples. The streets are decorated with glittering green, red, and white streamers suspended from the buildings. The first weekend of the festival you can catch several processions. The feast runs for a little more than a week. My boyfriend and I were there on the Saturday that they paraded the image of the martyred San Gennaro through the streets. There were a couple of bands playing in the procession and people stopped to snap photos and place dollar bills on the saint. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2000

Little Italy
Mulberry Street from Canal to Bleecker
New York, New York 10013

New York Waterways Sightseeing Cruises

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Attraction | "NY Waterway Sightseeing Disco Cruise"

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This was a truly magical experience for my boyfriend and me. It was a very pleasant July evening when we took the cruise. It lasts for a little over an hour. You leave from the 38th Street Pier around 10pm and sail down to the tip of the island and then around to the Brooklyn Bridge and back again. On the return trip you go by Lady Liberty which is a treat to see after the sun goes down. The gimmick on the cruise is the disco music and DJ. While you sail around Manhattan, you can dance or just listen to the tunes. There is lots of Donna Summer to be had, by the way!! We had a wonderful night and the cruise wasn't crowded at all. The only drawback is that the dance cruise is held on one of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2000

New York Waterways Sightseeing Cruises
West 38th Street and Twelfth Avenue
New York, New York 10018
+1 800 533 3779

David Letterman Show

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My boyfriend is a huge fan and I''ve watched Letterman all of my life. I think our mutual dream is to actually be guests on the show, but we only made it as far as the third row in the audience last summer!! At any rate, the experience was SUPER!! To get tickets you have to write a postcard well in advance of your visit. You can get the address by watching the Lateshow or over the internet. They will send you a response card at which point you call and schedule a time to see the show. The day we went it was over 100 degrees outside and we had to wait in a line before we were seated. Tapings are around 3pm. It was so worth it!! The staff and interns are great (and very helpful on the phone whe...Read More