New York Journals

Eating, Drinking & Merrymaking All Over NYC

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A travel journal to New York by KDKerr

Grand Central Terminal Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: New York City is impossible to accurately describe because of its rich history and constantly changing landscape. Even if you spent many years living in the city's confines, you would be unable to experience everything it has to offer. Have a game plan ready before you arrive, so you can concentrate on seeing and doing the things that interest you most. The city is world reknowned for its cultural institutions, but its citizens are also a living exhibit of the world's heritage. The ethnic makeup of the Big Apple is unmatched by any other city. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 2.9 of the over 8 million residents were foreign-born. Of those 2.9 million who are foreign-born, 43 percent arrived in the United States within the previous ten years. And, 46 percent of the city's population speaks a language other than English at home. It's what makes neighborhoods like Little Italy and Chinatown so fantastic.

Eating, Drinking & Merrymaking All Over NYC

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Visiting the Statue of Liberty is considered a must for most first-time visitors. Unless you are dying to climb up her insides, I recommend that you take a "free ride" on the Staten Island Ferry to view Lady Liberty up close and personal. You won't need to pay for an expensive ticket to Liberty Island, and you get to cruise around lower Manhattan on the world's most famous ferry. And, this may be the only free thing you get during your visit!Quick Tips: For the "World's Best Awards 2005," Travel + Leisure magazine's readers ranked New York City the sixth best city in the world. For 2005, New York City ranked as the 13th most expensive city in the world according to CNN Money...Read More

Grand Central Terminal

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Attraction | "Grand Central's Sky Ceiling"

Grand Central Terminal Photo, New York, New York
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In 1994, a restoration of Grand Central's "Sky Ceiling" depicting the zodiacal constellations began and was completed in 1998. It was meticulously cleaned to reveal its aquamarine color, and shimmering paint along with gold leaf was applied to the stars to help them shine. However, sixty of them, such as Betelgeuse and Aldebaran, are actually illuminated by fiber-optic lights. For a few weeks around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, laser shows or video displays are projected onto the vaulted ceiling. Renovators left a small black square along the arched portion of the ceiling above Michael Jordan's The Steak House NYC to record just how dirty it was before the restoration. Star...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2005

Grand Central Terminal
87 E 42nd St
New York, New York
(212) 340-2210

Tom Otterness Display

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Attraction | "14th St & 8th Ave Subway Station"

Tom Otterness Display Photo, New York, New York
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If you love sculpture and Keith Haring, you don't want to visit New York and miss the Tom Otterness display at the A, C, E, and L station at 14th Street and 8th Avenue. It will cost you $2 to enter the station or some free time to make an out-of-the-way stop during another ride, but it is well worth it for this Metropolitan Transit Authority and Arts for Transit commission. In a New York Times' review for one of Tom's exhibitions, Ken Johnson wrote that "Mr. Otterness can animate public spaces with amusing pudgy bronze cartoon characters acting out parables of modern life without pandering to either sophisticates or ordinary folks." Many of Manhattan's subway stations feature some type...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2005

Tom Otterness Display
14th Street & 8th Avenue Subway Station
New York, New York

Village Halloween Parade

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Attraction | "New York's Village Halloween Parade"

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What is the best parade in New York City? Most Americans will likely reply with "Macy's Thanksgiving Day". While Macy's remains the most well-known, I would have to argue that New York's Village Halloween Parade is probably the more entertaining. Greenwich Village (a.k.a. the West Village) will always be one of the greatest scene-making neighborhoods in New York City, if not the world. Its residents are a melting pot of ethnicities and lifestyles, as well as a unique blend of personality types. Celebrities, artists, writers, tastemakers, brainiacs, gays/lesbians, bohemians, social misfits, and their hangers-on can all be found within the charming little apartment buildings that fill the neighbor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2005

Village Halloween Parade
HERE Arts Center
New York, New York

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Want to really enjoy Thanksgiving in New York City? Then sleep late and skip the crowded parade route. From 3 to 10pm on Thanksgiving Eve, the smart set gathers near the American Museum of Natural History to watch the animated airships getting pumped full of helium gas. Some people consider this better than the parade itself due to the much smaller crowd and an up-close and personal glimpse of old favorites and new character additions. Plus, inflating these dynamic dirigibles is quite a process to behold. Professional balloon wranglers and Macy's employees must unfold each of the balloons as carefully as a mother laying out her child's clothing. Then huge nets, weighted down...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Macy's Thanksgiving Eve Balloon Inflation
Upper West Side of Central Park
New York, New York

Grand Central Terminal

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Attraction | "Grand Central's Whispering Gallery"

Grand Central Terminal Photo, New York, New York
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A whispering gallery is an area with a domed ceiling where two people can softly converse even though they are standing many feet (or meters) apart. The two most famous examples are found within St. Paul's Cathedral in London and Statuary Hall in the US Capitol. There is also one located in the dining concourse in front of the entrance to the Oyster Bar in NYC's Grand Central Station. There is no sign marking the gallery or any instructions posted on how to make it work. However, by waiting a few moments, an in-the-know couple will walk up and show you the way. If that doesn't happen, you and a partner need to stand in opposite corners below the tiled ceiling. You need to be facing ver...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2005

Grand Central Terminal
87 E 42nd St
New York, New York
(212) 340-2210

NY Waterway

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Attraction | "NY Waterway & West Point"

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Technically, this entry is about an area to visit outside of New York City, but Pier 78 is located in Manhattan, so that's why it has been included. When I moved to NYC 9 years ago, I began my career within the advertising industry as a media planner. My job was focused on determining the optimal media vehicles to place my account's advertisements. I realize this sounds fairly boring based on how exciting the advertising industry is usually portrayed. While media planning may be less enticing work than a position within the creative department, it offers plenty of perquisites. It is a position built upon strong relationships between the media planner and various media sales representat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 8, 2005

NY Waterway
W. 38th St. ferry terminal
New York, New York
800/53-FERRY

Bike New York-Great Five Boro Bike Tour

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Attraction | "Bike New York's Five Boro Bike Tour"

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Bike New York's Five Boro Bike Tour is the largest recreational cycling event in the United States. The route takes you on a 42-mile tour through all five boroughs of New York City, which must be where they came up with the creative name. It's not only offers good exercise, but an interesting trip for people who have yet to venture outside of Manhattan. The event takes place every year on the first Sunday in May, and it will return on May 7, 2006, for its 29th running. An estimated 30,000 cyclists participate in the Five Boro Bike Tour, and you will see many unusual, bicycle-esque types of transport. The city temporarily closes major thoroughfares in each borough, so you don't have to contend wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2005

Bike New York-Great Five Boro Bike Tour
Battery Park to Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
New York, New York 10004
+1 212 932 2453

Housing Works Used Book Cafe

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Housing Works Used Book Cafe Photo, New York, New York
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The Rough Guide to New York City does have a "Shopping - Used Books" listing for Housing Works Used Book Cafe, but simply referring to the place as a bookstore is doing it a disservice. While the store does offer over 45,000 new, used, and rare books and records for sale, both established and up-and-coming musicians and authors (such as John Mayer and Chuck Klosterman, respectively) stage performances and readings there regularly. The Used Book Cafe provides an intimate setting that evokes a classic, mahogany-paneled library with spiral staircases leading to bookcases overlooking the main floor. Hipster paintings, mixed-media assemblages, and installations are strewn throughout the space to enha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2005

Housing Works Used Book Cafe
126 Crosby St
New York, New York
212/334-3324

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If you are ever interested in schmoozing your way past the clipboard Nazis and velvet ropes keeping guard at an exclusive event, Steve "Shaggy" Kaye would make a great mentor. Despite his well-deserved reputation as persona non grata, he frequently receives bold-type mention within The New York Post's Page Six for his presence at NYC's most publicized gatherings. One of this magician's tricks used to gain entry is presenting an official-looking business card promoting himself as Nightlife Correspondent for the aforementioned NY Post. Also, when questioned by anyone about his status as an invitee or presented with a bill (as food and drink are typically covered by event sponsors), he promptly ena...Read More