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Cheap Getaway in NYC

A January 2005 trip to New York by saxclt

Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: My first experience of NYC, the city that most certainly never sleeps!

Cheap Getaway in NYC

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Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
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The Empire State Building is a must, but get there early (and if possible on a clear day!) to avoid the crowds. If you go in winter, wrap up warmly--it's very cold up there, especially with the wind-chill factor! Statue of Liberty - The cheap way to do it is to take the free ferry to Staten Island (one every 15 minutes or so), which passes right by. You don't get to go inside, but the view is good, and you get a fab view of the downtown Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset - beautiful. At Ground Zero and the memorial in the park near it, there's not technically much to see, but it's definitely haunting when you stand there and think a...Read More

YMCA : Greenpoint

Hotel | "Greenpoint YMCA"

YMCA : Greenpoint Photo, New York, New York
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As we were on a budget, we stayed in a YMCA, which worked out to about $25 a night for two people sharing a room (with TV and two double beds--bathrooms were down the corridor, and the women's one has a lock so men can't get in). I found this bizarre at first, but when I thought about it, it made sense. I didn't take flip-flops with me to go to the showers in, so I used my trainers, but if you have space, these can be a good idea. We stayed in Greenpoint YMCA in Brooklyn, where we had 24-hour gym access and swimming pool and breakfast included in the price (at a diner a block away). The door was open 24/7, and the staff was friendly and helpful and let us store luggage in their office on the day we le...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2005

YMCA : Greenpoint
99 Meserole Avenue
New York, New York 11222
(718) 389-3700

Stonewall Bar

Attraction

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This is the gay bar where the Stonewall riots took place in 1969 against the persecution of homosexuals. It is now a quite seedy bar which does 2-for-1 or cheaper drinks till about 8pm. They have just bought a pool table which costs about $2 a play. Later into the night, it turns into a disco with go-go dancers and transsexual hostesses running stripping competitions! It is a very male-dominated club (in fact, I think there were only three girls in there the whole night we were there, including me!) so you definitely have to be comfortable using the mens loos, etc.! It is worth a visit, especially if you're gay, as it's the scene of quite a revolution. The music is generally cheesy downstairs and a bi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 29, 2005

Stonewall Bar
53 Christopher Street
New York, New York 10014
(212) 463-0950

Duplex

Attraction | "The Duplex"

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I was in my element when we found this bar! Downstairs is a piano cabaret, and upstairs in the back is a small theatre lounge where you can sing musicals, like karaoke with a live pianist! (Sound camp? It is, but such fun!) Drinks are quite pricey, but it's worth it to hear some great performances. They also have shows on, and the staff are all great singers who often perform their own original material. For up-to-date information about what is on, visit www.theduplex.com or phone (212) 255-5438. It's a must if you like musicals and live music in a small, friendly, great place! (Now, if only we could get a bar like this in London...!)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2005

Duplex
61 Christopher St
New York, New York 10014
+1 212 255 5438

Radio City Music Hall Photo, New York, New York
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You are greeted at the entrance by a very polite and informative guide (the lady who took us round was very happy to answer questions and very enthusiastic about the subject) and taken into the plush art-deco interior, where each idea of the design is talked about and explained. You then move on into the auditorium, where, if it's possible, you get to walk on the stage in front of a theatre big enough to hold nearly 6,000 people! You are then taken underneath the stage to see the hydraulic pumps that move the stage sections. These, interestingly, were a very secret piece of engineering in WWII, as their design was used on aircraft carriers! Moving on through the building, you see many photos of shows ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2005

Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020
(212) 247-4777

Mad Tourist Day!

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New York in Winter Photo, New York, New York
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Our fun in NYC started when we finally saw the Manhattan skyline lit up from near where we were staying after a long and delayed flight and a bit of a navigational nightmare with the tubes (which turned out to be us just being stupid!). The next day, the weather was perfect (and we knew the snow was on its way, hence we decided to cram in a lot of the tourist attractions in one day!). So we got to the Empire State Building very early to avoid the queues to go up to the top (definitely a good choice). They sell a sky-taxi info tape there, but if you have a guidebook/can read a map, it's not necessary. We had about a 25-mile visibility range, and the skyline really is phenomenal. After that (bein...Read More

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saxclt

saxclt
Winchester, United Kingdom