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A June 2000 trip to New York by chewie

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Quote: New York City: crazy, chaotic, fast, furious, and unforgiving. But if you take time stop and look up once in a while, you see the beauty and wonder of this city.

Hotel Roger Williams

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Hotel | "Roger Williams Hotel"

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On my very first visit to New York, I was pretty amazed at how expensive it is to find a decent place, much less any place to stay in this city. It's a stressful situation. But when you get over that initial shock and finally succumb to that 'everything is relative' attitude this city forces upon you, try to relax and just accept that you're ultimately going to be spending more money than you intended. The Roger Williams Hotel is one of a few boutique hotels that have cropped up around this city, These boutique hotels are small, but each have their own unique style and special ammenities that make the experience nicer than staying in a big chain hotel. The rooms are plain but have a modern Europea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2000

Hotel Roger Williams
131 MADISON AVENUE
New York, New York 10016
212 448 7000

Palacinka

Restaurant

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I like Palacinka more for the atmosphere than the food itself. The crepes are tasty if you're not too hungry, but it leaves you wanting to order another after you've finished your first one. The place itself reminds me of an old European restaurant where people sit in wooden chairs, sipping their coffee or hot chocolate. It's nice for a slow morning breakfast with the sun streaming through the blinds. They have a good selection of salty and sweet crepes like their grilled chicken and gruyere crepe or pear and almond creme filled crepe. You can also design your own crepe with their list of ingredients. Focaccia sandwiches and soup are also on the menu.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 25, 2000

Palacinka
28 Grand St
New York, New York 10013
+1 212 625 0362

Blue Water Grill

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Restaurant

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It was one of those rainy summer evenings. We arrived at Blue Water Grill, soaked and a little embarrassed about looking so disheveled (late for our reservation). But the hostess smiled and let us catch our breath before directing us to the downstairs Jazz Room. As we walked down the stairs and entered the dimly-lit room, we were greeted by another host who led us to our table, facing the jazz trio. When you make your reservation at Blue Water Grill, you can request to be seated in either the Main Room (the main floor dining room for quieter, power lunches and business meetings) or the Jazz Room (a more casual, romantic setting to enjoy an evening meal). For starters, we tried the lobster bisque ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2000

Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West
New York, New York 10003
+1 212 675 9500

Mekka

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Restaurant

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Mekka is calling out to you when you're craving some soul. The place has really good soul food and the atmosphere to match. Try to get there a little early, or else you'll have to wait for a while to get a table in this fairly small but packed place. The cravings will kick in when you see huge plates of glistening barbecue ribs, blackened catfish, mounds of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes pass by. When you sit down, they'll give you a basket of warm, honey cornbread. So good. I tried their special fish, a monkfish stuffed with crab and shrimp with my two sides of string beans and macaroni and cheese. Their fish is fresh and prepared just right. I recommend going there when you're ready to d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2000

Mekka
14 Avenue A
New York, New York 10009
(212) 475-8500

Bronx Zoo

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Attraction

Bronx Zoo Photo, New York, New York
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Go to the zoo when you feel like spending a lazy day in the warm summer sun and watching the kids and the animals play. The fairly new Congo Exhibit is a rare chance to see gorillas so close. The two families of gorillas roam around their grassy grounds, but if they're curious about you as we are about them, they will come up to the glass. You'll be able to almost touch them if it weren't for the glass window separating you both. If you have time, go the Children's Zoo, where you can see the kids interacting with the animals. It's always fun seeing their initial hesitation and eventual excitement. And of course zoo food is a given. My favorite snack break at the zoo was eating a sweet powdery funnel c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2000

Bronx Zoo
Bronx River Parkway
New York, New York 10460
(718) 367-1010

Central Park Summer Stage

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Attraction | "Central Park SummerStage"

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It's summer in the city, so go out and enjoy the sun and free music at Central Park. Yes, I said free. SummerStage concerts are scheduled 3-6pm Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 8:30-10pm Thursday and Friday, and 7:30-9pm on Wednesdays from June to September for eight weeks. There's a diverse range of musicians and other performing artists. This past Saturday afternoon, rap/hiphop artist Common took center stage to a welcoming crowd. Check out what's scheduled for the rest of summer and bring a picnic lunch if you don't want to pay for overpriced Snapples, beers and french fries.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2000

Central Park Summer Stage
72nd Street off Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10063
+1 212 360 2777

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

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Attraction | "Cloisters"

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens Photo, New York, New York
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The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is not just a museum filled with beautiful medieval art, it's a place to find serenity outside of New York City. Located up at 190th Street, the Cloisters is a bit of a trek but it's worth it. There are no evident signs pointing you in the right direction once you get to the park, but you'll eventually see where everyone else is headed and you'll find your way. The gardens and architecture were my favorite part of the Cloisters. The Cloisters themselves are formed from architectural sections taken from other monastic cloisters, gardens designed in the middle of the monastery. Located on a hilltop, it's a nice place to find some peace and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2000

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Fort Tyron Park
New York, New York 10040
(212) 923-3700