A December 2005 trip
to New York by Cauldar
Quote: These are some of the regular haunts of a NYC resident who is sometimes called upon to introduce the city to family and friends.
Go to the bathroom before you go out and plan your breaks carefully. There are very few clean, safe public restrooms in the city. Unless you want to get stuck buying a coffee at a Starbucks and standing in line for 20 minutes to go, make sure that you use the bathroom whenever you get the opportunity. Trust me on this one.
WARNING: Make sure that you want to enter before you swipe your card at the turnstiles. There is an 18-minute delay allowed between swipes. You can, however, get around this by walking up and catching a local bus - transfers to/from buses are free within 2 hours of a swipe.
The best reason to go to 7A, however, is the view. The restaurant rests at the corner of 7th Street and Avenue A (thus the title) and is a great place to people-watch. It also offers some good canine-watching views as the alt-rich and trendy walk their dogs and cell phones to Tompkins Square Park.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 15, 2005
109 Avenue A (at 7th Street)
New York, New York 10009
+1 212 673 6583
The sushi selection isn't the largest I've seen, but the quality is fresh and light. Many sushi restaurants in the city have very dense rolls that feel a little heavy - not so with Sushi Yu. Although a little more expensive, the Yu Special Roll and Rainbow Roll are good choices.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2005
214 Prospect Park W.
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2005
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028
Attraction | "Staten Island Ferry Ride"
Stand along the back railing of the ferry in either direction. They offer the best opportunity to see the city and maneuver from one side to the other.
A great little bonus trip is to check out a minor league baseball game with the Staten Island Yankees. See http://www.siyanks.com/. The stadium is within walking distance from the ferry and a lot of fun.
Staten Island Ferry
Whitehall Ferry Terminal
New York, New York 10004
Attraction | "Pearl Paint"
If you step out the back door, you will find a series of other Pearl Paint stores on Lispenard Street (1 block south of Canal), including a frame shop and excellent craft shop.
Pearl Paint Company
308 Canal St
New York, New York 10013
+1 212 431 7932
The space tends to feel a little oversold, and there can get to be a real crush up front and along the sides, but they do have a balcony and bar where you can retreat should things get too much.
There are much better venues in the city, but if you're dining to see one of these performers, then you're probably not going to get a chance to see them anywhere else in the city.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 24, 2005
17 Irving Plaza (at 15th St)
New York, New York 10003
Cover charges are a bargain for those who are in-the-know regarding bands with buzz. The layout is basic and a little claustrophobic, as the only avenue from the front door to the performance space is sandwiched between the bar and restrooms. If you catch a peek behind the curtain next to the performance space door, you have decent chance of watching the act in the midst of changing.
The intimacy can be a bit much, but this might be your only chance to be within arm's reach of future rock stars. Get there early and you might be able to snag a seat against the wall. There's no angle to the floor, so if you get stuck behind someone taller, then you can forget any chance of seeing the band.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2005
217 East Houston St
New York, New York 10002
+1 212 260 4700
Attraction | "The Cloisters"
Rockefeller bought the land across the river from the Cloisters and donated it to the state on the condition it was never developed, thus the wonderful green views.
The Cloisters Museum contains is primarily composed of architectural and religious artifacts from medieval Europe. Entire church interiors have been recreated stone-by-stone. The highlights of the museum are a famous collection of unicorn tapestries and the series of cloistered gardens.
FYI: If you don't mind a leisurely return trip downtown and would like to check out the scenery of Manhattan aboveground, take the no. 4 city bus across from the entrance to the Cloisters. It will take you all the way to MET.
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Fort Tyron Park
New York, New York 10040
The park has a number of baseball fields, which are packed from spring through late fall by league play, especially by Inwood's significant Dominican population. The bulk of the park, however, is filled with towering, pre-colonial trees and a valley where a series of glacial caves can be found.
There are a number of beautiful outlook points where you can see Inwood, the Cloisters to the north, and the Hudson River. There is a program, currently in it's fourth year, to introduce eagles to the park, and it isn't unusual to spot a pair circling high above the park or swooping into clearings (and onto rooftops) to catch a quick meal of squirrel or pigeon. In fact, there is a live webcam that the park runs during the summer that can be found at the following address:
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2005
Inwood Hill Park
Northern tip of Manhattan
New York, New York
New York, New York