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Easter in New York City

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A March 2005 trip to New York by Matwt

Times Square Easter 05 Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Years of American movies, television and music made us familiar with the language of New York. Broadway, 42nd Street, the 59th Street Bridge... these are places known through song and script, and they're known by their reputation. A first-time visit to the Big Apple allowed me to put a face to these names.

Easter in New York City

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Overview

Times Square Easter '05 Photo, New York, New York
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New York is one of the most diverse, exciting, and sophisticated cities in the world. It sees itself as the centre of the universe and, like few other cities, can probably justify the claim. Highlights include walking in Central Park, the view from the Empire State Building, long twilights in Greenwich Village restaurants, and the bustle and buzz of Times Square. This is the natural home of the skyscraper, and the skylines are both stately and inspired.Quick Tips: New York is made up of lots of smaller neighbourhoods, e.g. SoHo, Harlem, Upper East Side... all names that you'll have heard from television and the movies. As well as doing the big sights, it is worth spending some...Read More

Choga

Restaurant

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A fantastic, inexpensive, and friendly Korean/Japanese restaurant just near the corner of Bleecker and Thompson Street. The menu has both Korean and Japanese dishes; however, the staff is Korean and will guide you toward the Korean dishes for preference. Let yourself be guided.

The food is very good--lovely, fresh, clean flavours, with side dishes of kimchi and other pickles and sesame oil sauces.

The staff is good-natured and helpful without being obsequious.

Whilst not the most buzzing place we ate at, it was certainly great value and seemed to have a few regulars in.

Two adults and a child ate for $55, including drinks.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2005

Choga
145 Bleeker Street
New York, New York
(212) 598-5946

Cafe Espanol

Restaurant

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This is a friendly Spanish/ Mexican restaurant about 2 blocks east of 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village. The decor is interesting, with plaster on the walls, cantina-style arches, etc, but the service is attentive and the food is very good. As well as a reasonably priced range of main dishes and desserts, there is also a wide selection of starters. Rather than eat the standard two or three courses, you may want to try ordering a selection of starters as a tapas-style meal. Servings are generous without being stupid, so two or three starter dishes per person should be plenty. There is a decent range of wine and beer, but the sangria is especially good. As with Spain itself, t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 16, 2005

Cafe Espanol
172 Bleeker Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 353-2317

Empire State Building

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Attraction

Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
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First seen as you walk along 34th Street, the Empire State Building can be a little underwhelming. It is not until about Macy's that you start to see the scale of it, the huge tower rising in an elegant taper from the stacked blocks of its base. To be honest,though, what the Empire State offers as something to look at pales into insignificance beside its qualities as something to look from. This has got to be one of the best views ever. Even on a cloudy day, it was possible to see for miles all around. After days of looking up at skyscrapers, it was at once humbling and empowering to look down on them. The Silver Hub Caps of the Chrysler Building, the golden pyramids of the insurance b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2005

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

Circle Line

Attraction | "Circle Line Cruise"

Circle Line Photo, New York, New York
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Starting at Pier 83 on the west side of 42nd Street, the tour goes out past Ellis Island and Liberty Island before turning into the East River and up the east side of Manhattan. The tour takes every part of three hours and did not, when we did it, go 'around' the entire island. It went as far as Harlem before turning around and doubling back on itself. The commentary is informative and interesting, with the right mix of fact, figure, and anecdote to provide an individual perspective. The real star, of course, is the city view; the downtown skyline looks fantastic from the water. It can get hot on the boat, and you will want some water; though there is a snack bar on board, it...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2005

Circle Line
Pier 83 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10023
(212) 563-3200

Central Park

Attraction

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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It is almost unfair to describe Central Park as a park. It does it no justice. A park conjures up images of a few hectares of grass garden and a children’s playground. Central Park is so much more. Stretching 3 blocks wide and over 50 blocks long, it is a patchwork of greenery, with over a dozen distinct areas, each of which is like a mini-park in themselves. The Rambles, in the centre of the park, is a cool wooded tangle of narrow paths. Belvedere castle rises above the lake of the same name like a 19th-century Victorian folly. Across the north meadow, a dozen baseball diamonds hold the promise of summer leagues. And throughout all this, you are within sight of the New York City skyli...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2005

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

American Museum of Natural History

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Attraction | "American Musuem of Natural History"

American Museum of Natural History Photo, New York, New York
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We went to the AMNH to see dinosaurs, and we did see dinosaurs. One of the best collections of dinosaur and pre-historic fossils in the world did not disappoint either myself or my five year old. There was the necessary T-Rex, as well as our respective favourites, Triceratops and Stegosaurus, all beautifully modelled and presented in walk around glass cases. Whilst it is an impressive collection, the display spaces themselves, voluminous and sterile white halls, do them little justice. Whilst there are interactive information terminals around the rooms, the stark 'you are in a museum' display halls leave the dinosaurs looking like a pile of old bones. Overall, I would suggest that the Natural History ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 16, 2005

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West
New York, New York 10024
(212) 769-5100

Greenwich Village

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Attraction

Greenwich Village Photo, New York, New York
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Greenwich Village has a history and a reputation as a Bohemian enclave, and more artists writers, and musicians have lived in the area than it is possible to name. Bob Dylan once lived at 161 West Fourth St., and 11 West Fourth St. is Electric Lady recording studios, made famous by Jimi Hendrix. Now, though, the feel is very much that of a university town: a little bit Libertarian, a little bit left wing, but not too radical, not too dangerous, and just passing through on its way to something else. This is understandable, of course, when NYU is right on the doorstep and apparently owns large parts of the village. There are still the trappings of its past, though. Cafe Wha, s...Read More

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