New York Journals

New York: New energy, new experiences every time!

A December 2004 trip to New York by Dutchnatasja

Brooklyn Bridge Photo, New York, United States More Photos
Quote: New York has stolen my heart! It reinvents itself every day. I love to come to this great city. The great architecture, the people, the whole atmosphere. I love walking down the street and seeing faces and drama and happiness and sadness and dirt and cleanliness. It's New York!

New York: New energy, new experiences every time!

Overview

Brooklyn Bridge Photo, New York, United States
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New York is the place were it all began for so many people. How lucky am I that I can travel to New York whenever I want. I love New York for the architecture, the people, the museums, and for many more things. I've never walked in any other city as much as in New York; the eyes are filled with images, and my legs are constantly moving. I enjoy every minute of the city. It gives me energy!

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Park Central New York

Hotel | "Park Central"

Park Central New York Photo, New York, New York
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Great hotel with a perfect location. You can walk out the door, take a left, and be in Central Park within four or five minutes. You can easily get to Times Square and Fifth Avenue. Our room was large (they are bigger than the standard rooms in New York), with a king-size bed and plenty of room to relax and move around. You can also choose for a room at the concierge level. Than you'll have breakfast, newspaper, afternoon snacks, and drinks. You can also use the Internet for free during the time when breakfast and dinner is served.

We stayed in this hotel twice, both times in December (2003 and 2004). It was great. From our room, we had a view of Times Square.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Park Central New York
870 7th Ave.
New York, New York 10019
(212) 247-8000

The Helmsley Park Lane

Hotel | "Helmsley Park Lane"

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We visited the Helmsley Park Lane in May 2003. We printed an upgrade coupon so that when we arrived, they gave us a room on a higher floor, with a view overlooking Central Park. I was amazed by the view. Each room has an oversized window that offers panoramic views of Central Park. The hotel room was very clean, large, and spacious. It is walking distance to all the Midtown attractions. In the guest rooms, look for the hotel’s special walking/jogging map of Central Park, hung on a convenient neck cord. I would have chosen this hotel in December if it wasn't so expensive in the Christmas period. Besides that, I highly recommend this hotel.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

The Helmsley Park Lane
36 CENTRAL PARK SO
New York 10019
(212) 371 4000

Carnegie Deli

Restaurant

Carnegie Deli Photo, New York, New York
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Although I have never tasted one of these sandwiches (I don’t like huge sandwiches with more meat than bread), I’ve read a lot about it. The most were positive, but there were also a few negative reviews. Anyway this famous deli draws big crowds, and mostly you’ll see long waiting lines on the sidewalk. Sometimes the lines are a half-block long!

I wonder why it draws so many people; is it really the corned beef sandwich, which they say is delicious, or is it that they are able to say, "I ate at the Carnegie Deli"???

WEBSITE: www.carnegiedeli.com

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Carnegie Deli
854 Seventh Ave.
New York, New York 10019
(212) 757-2245

Brooklyn Diner

Restaurant

Brooklyn Diner Photo, New York, New York
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We always visit the Brooklyn Diner, when we are in New York. The interior is nice; it takes you back to the 1950s. On the walls hang many pictures of many stars who have visited the Brooklyn Diner. Great food, always cooked just right. The portions are huge and well prepared. Because it is a popular restaurant, you have to be prepared to wait for a table. They have many various menu items, like a hot brisket-of-beef pot roast sandwich, a Coney Island jumbo lump crab-cake club, or an oven-roasted "Dodger" pot roast, all kinds of pastas, and for dessert, they recommend the house specialty: the Strawberry Blonde Cheesecake. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Brooklyn Diner
212 West 57th St (between Broadway and Seventh Avenue)
New York, New York 10019
(212) 581-8900

Heartland Brewery

Restaurant

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This is a must-visit for beer lovers! If you like beer, you can’t miss this one. Heartland Brewery is located at several places in Manhattan. The one we visited is located at 35 Union Square, between 16th and 17th Streets. The Heartland Brewery has a dark-wood interior and mix of high-top tables near the front bar and deep wooden booths toward the back. Menu items range from expected starters, such as onion rings, mini-burgers, and quesadillas to sandwiches and more adventurous items, such as grilled rib eye. Let’s talk about the beer. They have a good variety of fresh-brewed beers and a lot of tasty seasonal beers. Our favourite is the Old Red Nose Ale. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Heartland Brewery
35 Union Sq. W. At 17th Street
New York, New York 10003
(212) 645-3400

Lobby Lounge

Restaurant | "The Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental"

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Enjoy your drink and the view! The Mandarin Oriental New York is part of an exclusive, new development on floors 35 to 54 of the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle. It is a stunning blend of modern design and oriental flair in the heart of Manhattan. The lobby lounge has beautiful views of Central Park and the city’s skyline. The interior is classic, contemporary, and residential in golds and browns. You can enjoy a enjoy light fare, afternoon tea, or late-night desserts. Menu Highlights: - Sake-Cured Salmon, Thinly Sliced Salmon, House-Cured with Sake, served with a Wasabi Crème Fraiche - Bento Box, Selection of Mushro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Lobby Lounge
Mandarin Oriental
New York, New York 10023
(212) 805 8800

Statue of Liberty

Attraction

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York
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As you approach on the ferry, you can imagine what millions of immigrants felt as they got their first glimpse of America. From the ferry, you have a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. If you're going to be in the Big Apple, this is one sight you've got to see. If you have the change, then try to see the Statue of Liberty during the sunset. You can make beautiful pictures.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York, New York 10004
(212) 363-3200

Greenwich Village

Attraction

Greenwich Village Photo, New York, New York
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The Village of Greenwich has certainly got its charm! Today it is a joy to walk through the streets of Greenwich Village. It has quiet streets with beautiful homes, so it was almost like staying in another city. Greenwich Village offers a great respite with its calmer, more manageable feel, and Greenwich Village's shorter buildings allow more sunshine to reach the streets. There are many secret courtyards and small gardens nestled between townhouses in the residential blocks of Greenwich Village. Manhattan's Greenwich Village offers visitors an escape from the skyscrapers. I highly recommend a walk through this area.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Greenwich Village
Houston To 14th Street
New York, New York 10014

Soho

Story/Tip

Soho Photo, New York, New York
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Squeezed between Little Italy, Chinatown, and Greenwich, SoHo (South of Houston Street) is another distinct area of New York. The area is also renowned for its architecture. Iron-clad buildings line the streets, emergency stairs hanging out of the houses. What once were industrial buildings were gentrified and turned into loft spaces with many art galleries and boutiques. SoHo is constantly changing. SoHo is also easy to cover. You just walk the length of its blocks between Houston and Broome, turning the corner and seeing what's coming next.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Christmas at Rockefeller Center

Attraction | "Christmas in New York"

Christmas at Rockefeller Center Photo, New York, New York
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One 'must' is to stroll along 5th Avenue to view the store windows, which are decorated for the holidays. Many stores decorate their windows beautifully. If it wasn't for the yellow cabs, you would think that you were in Disney World. They have actual lines to lead the people along the windows. There are several stores that are particularly famous for this. The windows attract a lot of viewers, and lines of people walk by them day after day before Christmas. The many stores compete to make the most beautiful and interesting windows. Just taste the atmosphere of Christmas in the Rockefeller Center area. It is so beautiful. Don't walk too fast, and take some time to enjoy the Christmas decorations. It ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Christmas at Rockefeller Center
Between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues
New York, New York

New York Public Library

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Attraction

New York Public Library Photo, New York, United States
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Constructed in 1911, this library building today contains over 6 million books, 12 million periodicals, and almost 3 million pictures. These numbers are just part of the 40 million items contained within the New York Public Library system. The entire system itself is considered to be the largest system in the world. The great lions that guard either side of the entrance to the library are part of what makes this site a National Historic Landmark. Actually trademarked by the library (look at the library's logo), these lions have had a number of nicknames. Since the 1930s, they've been known at Patience and Fortitude. Patience still guards the south side of the library's steps and Fortit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd St.
New York, New York 10018
(212) 930-0830

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Attraction | "Museum of Modern Art"

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Photo, New York, New York
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"An ideal environment for art and people." You will find works of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gaugin, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, James Rosenquist, Mies van der Rohe, Andy Warhol, and many more. You have to explore it yourself. The first floor, which is at street level, houses the lobby, where tickets are sold. This is also the area where you can walk into the Sculpture Garden. Prints and Illustrated books, along with the Media Gallery, are on the second level. Architecture and design are on the third floor. The top level is devoted to temporary exhibits. The fourth and fifth floors house MoMA's considerable collection of paintings and sculptures. Exhibits are con...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2005

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 708-9400

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The Shops at Columbus Circle offers an upscale mall in the middle of Manhattan. This mall is perfect for any weather condition. In the winter, when it’s raining and cold, you can warm up in this place. In the summer, it's air-conditioned inside. The floors are connected by escalators. In this building, there is a railing over which you can look through the glass wall to Columbus Circle, see a bit of the park and all the way across 59th Street. Here are some shops that are located in the Time Warner building. Ground Floor: Hugo Boss, Davidoff, Coach, Godiva Chocolatier, Cole Haan, Maurice Jeweler, and much more. Second Floor: Sephora...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2005

Shops at Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, New York

Sax Player in Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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Every time I’m in New York, I go see the sax player in Central Park. This time, in December, he played Christmas songs. Although it was cold, we sat down and listened to his music. Many people walk by and ignore him, but I just can’t. He has given our visit to the park some extra charm. As a reward, I gave him a few dollars. So the next time you see him, take a minute to listen to his music. I think he will appreciate that.

Trump Wollman Skating Rink

Attraction | "Don't miss the Wollman skating rink!"

Trump Wollman Skating Rink Photo, New York, New York
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Wollman skating rink is one of the most famous rinks in New York City. It is located in Central Park. The rink opened in 1950 following a gift from Mrs. Wollman, but is now in the hands of Donald Trump. He took it over in 1986 and put serious money into renovating the rink.

During the winter holiday season, tourists flock to skate on the famous ice rink. Ice-skating lasts until the second week in April; afterwards, Wollman becomes a roller rink.
The rink looks superb, with an excellent view of the New York midtown skyline. If you don’t want to skate (there can be long wait lines), then it is fun to watch the people skate.

Website:
www.wollmanskatingrink.com

Trump Wollman Skating Rink
Central Park 59th Street Entrance
New York, New York 10019

Avril Lavigne performence at Rockefeller Center Photo, New York, United States
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Always keep your eyes open in New York City, because you never now what you are going to see. For example, you could witness a movie scene or concert. We were walking on 5th Avenue when we bumped into Avril Lavigne. At first we didn’t know that Avril Lavigne was going to give a performance; we just stood there, and just like the rest of the crowd, we waited for almost an hour, but finally she came and did her performance. New York, December 16 – Avril Lavigne really gave the tourists something to talk about when they got back home. As if it wasn’t already a trial walking on Fifth Avenue amidst the Christmas-shopping hordes, Lavigne blocked up the sidewalk for a live show Thursday night, ri...Read More
Sunset Lady Liberty Photo, New York, United States
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If you have the change, try to see the Statue of Liberty during the sunset. You can take beautiful pictures. You must do this! There is not much to say about this; the view says enough.

Directions:
Take the no. 5 train to Bowling Green or no. 1 to South Ferry
The Naked Cowboy, New York Photo, New York, United States
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The Naked Cowboy! Well, what can I say about this guy? Properly, that he makes a lot of money! After many tours back and forth across the country, countless photo shoots, and live performances, The Naked Cowboy slowly became an entertainment icon, now boasting national recognition as an urban legend of sorts and several notable TV appearances (Friends, MTV, and The Today Show). Standing, as he is daily, at the intersection of 45th Street and Seventh Avenue in the heart of Times Square, he may look the very picture of sideshow clown or outright lunatic (especially when the temperature drops below freezing). When we saw him, it was December and freezing cold. Whether you like...Read More

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Attraction | "Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park"

Brooklyn Bridge Park Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park is a waterfront park, established in 1978 by Governor Carey along the East River in Brooklyn. It's located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. It has an lawn and riverfront boardwalk. Empire Fulton Ferry State park provides visitors the perfect place to view the skyline of Lower Manhattan. You can picnic, stroll, view the ships, and enjoy the sun. You can take wonderful pictures of the spectacular views like the bridges and lower Manhattan. Incredible how only a few people know about it. We were there last December and we were the only one there. So quiet, so perfect for taking pictures. We did spend some time here. I highly recommend this spo...Read More

Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 802-0603

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

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Photo 3: Sitting on a bench Photo, New York, United States
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade is great! If you have the time; go, you won't be sorry! Photo 1: Brooklyn Heights PromenadeWith its excellent views of the Manhattan skyline, the promenade is one of the most popular spots in town. People stroll or jog along the Promenade, and tourists come to snap photographs. Photo 2: The PromenadeThe Promenade is lined with grand townhouses and mansions, and is part of Brooklyn's first Historic Preservation District. The Promenade is also lined with flowerbeds, playgrounds, and two rows of benches. Many people come to sit and look at the view, read, relax, eat or talk.Photo 3: Sitting on a benchStroll along t...Read More
I have never felt unsafe in New York Photo, New York, United States
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I don't think so... especially with those two guys next to me.I have always felt safe in New York. One important thing: don’t act like a tourist. It attracts criminals. Look confident. The important thing is to notice your surroundings and the people around you. This is not only for New York, but it's a rule for every city. It can happen anywhere.Some tips for your safety:- When arranging transportation, take a cab. Keep your valuables in the hotel's safe. When you are shopping, keep your handbag closed and zipped, and put a hand on it. Avoid drawing attention to yourself as a tourist. Avoid Central Park after sunset when it’s dark. Let’s keep in mind...Read More