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Doing New York City My Way

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A May 2005 trip to New York by zabelle

Casablanca Hotel Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: New York City is as diverse as the people who call it home. No matter what your pleasure is, you can find it here. I certainly did.

Doing New York City My Way

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Overview

Empire state building Photo, New York, New York
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I have to admit to a weakness for museums. Luckily, since I only had a day and a half, I have already visited the Metropolitan Museum on several other occasions. If you haven’t, then it should be your first stop. You could spend an entire weekend just visiting their vast collections. This is a museum which can stand up to any other in the world: the Louvre, The National Gallery in London, and our own Smithsonian in Washington D.C. I wanted to visit some of the smaller, lesser-known museums. It was Memorial Day Weekend, and the crowds promised to be huge. We started on Saturday afternoon with a visit to the New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side. They have a wonderful e...Read More

Casablanca Hotel

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Hotel

Casablanca Hotel Photo, New York, New York
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I knew I was in for a special experience when I received a call at home two days before my scheduled arrival to confirm my reservation. Igor assured me they were looking forward to my visit. No one has ever done this to me before. If you wanted to be pampered at a price that real people can afford, then this is your hotel. This was a luxury experience, and it included a very extensive continental breakfast and coffee, cappuccino, espresso, tea, and cookies 24/7. On weekdays, there is also an afternoon wine-and-cheese reception. The selection was generous enough that we didn’t need to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Casablanca Hotel
147 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 869-1212

Time Square Brewery

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Restaurant

Time Square Brewery Photo, New York, New York
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I want to start by saying I purchased five $25 gift certificates on Sky Auction for $75, and this made eating at this restaurant a win-win situation as far as I was concerned. Located on West 42nd Street next door to The Lion King, it has an interesting décor and an eclectic menu. Why go to a brew pub if you don’t plan to sample the brews?--a question I rarely ask myself. I ordered a blond ale, and my friend Cindy ordered the lager and lime. I wish I had seen the lager and lime before I ordered mine, because hers was a lot better than mine. The blond ale was just too mild for my t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Time Square Brewery
210 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036
212-398-1234

Heartland Brewery Times Square

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Restaurant | "Heartland Brewery Chop House"

Heartland Brewery Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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Located just a few doors down from the Casablanca hotel, this brewery delivers from 11:30am-10pm. When going out is just too much effort to leave, the sanctuary of Rick’s Café is the best of both worlds. The atmosphere in Heartland Brewery is very typical of that genre. We stopped in for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon at about 2:30pm. It was very quiet, and we were seated quickly. I have to comment about the service at this point. We had a bus boy who took wonderful care of us. Our waiter took our order, and when it was apparent that we weren’t going to be big drinkers, he tota...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Heartland Brewery Times Square
127 W. 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036
646/366-0235

Museum of the City of New York

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Attraction

Museum of the City of New York Photo, New York, New York
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The Museum of the City Of New York embraces the past, present and future of the five boroughs of the city and celebrates its cultural diversity. The Museum’s exhibitions and public programs approach New York City not merely as a place but as a culture. This is how the museum describes itself, and frankly, I can’t say it better. What drew me to the museum was an exhibit called Glamour, New York Style. The museum has an extensive collection of garments relating to New Yorkers. Most of the items in this exhibit were from the Museum's own collection. It was all displayed in one room, but what a room it was. From a dress worn at a dance celebrating George Washington’s inauguration to Mari...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue At 103rd Street
New York, New York 10029
(212) 534 1672

Jewish Museum of New York

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Attraction | "The Jewish Museum"

Jewish Museum of New York Photo, New York, New York
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What drew me to the Jewish Museum was an exhibit entitled "The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their Salons". My friend Cindy was much more fascinated by the exhibit on Maurice Sendak, the children’s author of Where the Wild Things Are. What will bring me back to this extraordinary museum, though, is their permanent collection. Set on four floors, this is a truly spectacular museum of Jewish history and heritage. Security is very tight here. Be prepared to go through a metal detector and empty your pockets. If you get a copy of Museum magazine, you can get a two-for-one entrance. Floors 1 and 2 house the temporary exhibits. Floors 3 and 4 house the permanent collection, "C...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Jewish Museum of New York
1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd Street
New York, New York 10128
(212) 423-3200

New York Historical Society

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Attraction

New York Historical Society Photo, New York, New York
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This is one of the best $10 you will ever spend. Their motto, "Making History for 200 years" says it all. Floors one and two are dedicated to changing temporary exhibits. We were lucky enough to be visiting during two really great ones on the First Ladies. First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image and First Ladies of New York and the Nation. Both of these exhibits are ending in June, so what will be offered after these I am not sure, but if these are any indication, you won’t be disappointed. After visiting any temporary exhibit offered, stop by the information booth, pick up an audioguide, and head for the fourth floor. This is where the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Cultur...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, New York 10023
+1 212 873 3400

Missha

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Attraction

Missha Photo, New York, New York
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Little did we know when we casually passed this bright and inviting store that we would be visiting a location that had only been open for two weeks. What girl could resist a sign that says "Can you believe? Over 500 cosmetic items under $4.99". Not our two 14-year-olds, that’s for sure. Cindy and I just went in to humor them. We left our menfolk guarding our luggage on the street. Did I forget to mention that we found the store as we headed back to Grand Central Station for our ride home? It soon became evident to me that I was going to be doing some serious shopping in this store....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Missha
516 Fifth Ave
New York, New York

GETTING TOGETHER

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Story/Tip

It's the breakfast crew Photo, New York, New York
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It all began with some casual comments many months ago by Jose Kevo about his planned trip to NYC. Then, the first thing I knew, it was more of a plan. "Idler" was coming into the city on the same weekend, and a meeting was planned. Hey, I want to come too! So began the planning. Of course, this is my view of what happened; how close it is to the actual truth, I leave to the participants to decide. Before I begin, I need to say that I have never stayed overnight in NYC. I have come in on day trips, usually with some savvy friends who know their way around. Once, Al and I actually drove into the city to see Jesus Christ Superstar at Madison Square Garden. But we have never been on our ...Read More