New York Journals

The Kid Turns 15 in New York

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A June 2005 trip to New York by Idler

The Bridge that Stole My Heart Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Greg may have wanted a new video gaming system for his 15th birthday, but instead we gave him the world by taking him to NY.

Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island

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Hotel | "The HIlton Garden Inn, Staten Island"

Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island Photo, Staten Island, New York
Quote:
Okay, I’m going to preface this review with explaining my reasons for booking this particular hotel. First of all, we were driving to NYC, and no way were we driving into the city or paying its astronomical parking rates. This Hilton was a good value, I thought, and would give us access to the Staten Island Ferry, which would then get us to the lower tip of Manhattan for free. Little was I to know that to get to the ferry from the hotel involved a 30- to 40-minute trek (depending on traffic) through a not-particularly-attractive section of Staten Island. Or that once we got to the ferry, it was a bit of a procedure to park. (In fact, the parking ticket machine at the lot closest...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island
1100 South Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10314
(718) 477-2400

The Excellent Dumpling House

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Restaurant

The Excellent Dumpling House Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
I read somewhere recently that there are more Chinese restaurants in the U.S. than there are McDonalds, a factoid which I found peculiarly comforting. More egg rolls than Big Macs? Hmmm... there may be hope for us yet. We’d come to Chinatown on a mission: to find a ‘dragon incense burner’ for our son. He’d seen one on the Internet and had decided it was THE thing for his birthday, so off we went to Chinatown, in search of his elusive object of desire. We didn’t find it (though we did find a quite nice dragon-ish one), but we did find a restaurant that Jose Kevo, had recommended, the Excellent Dumpling House. We weren’t sure of the res...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

The Excellent Dumpling House
111 Lafayette St. (between Walker & Canal Sts.)
New York, New York
212-219-0212

Central Park Groove

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The Graffiti Hall of Fame Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
I can never get enough of Central Park. While I’ve only been to New York twice, both times I found myself spending the majority of my time in or near the park – and loving every minute of it. My first visit was on a quiet weekday. I walked myself silly up and down the length of the park and from east and west, and still there was more to see. For the second trip, the park was the setting of an informal IgoUgo member get-together set up by Jose Kevo. After a hearty breakfast at The Red ...Read More

Only at the Met

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On the roof... at the Met Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Greg is going through an artistic phase (who knows? perhaps it’s permanent), so it came as little surprise to me when he expressed a desire to visit not one but two art museums while in New York, the Met and the Guggenheim. Contrary to what some IgoUgo guides have inferred (yeah, I’m talking ‘bout you, Becks), I do not drag the poor kid by the ear through every art gallery we happen upon. No. Quite the reverse. In fact, it’s me who is being dragged, as both my son and husband have heaps of stamina when it comes to art museums, whereas for me, well, 40 minutes is about my limit. I like to choose a target, zero in, then get the hell out. No regrets about not having see...Read More
Grimaldi's Pizzeria Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
It’s drizzling as we step out of the subway station, on our way to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, widely touted (and hotly disputed) as offering New York’s best pizza. "Oh, drat!" exclaims Marianne. "Wouldn’t you know it?" She’s the only one sensibly clad in a rainproof jacket, but Jack, Greg, and I stoutly maintain that "a little rain never hurt anyone", and so onward we march the six blocks or so toward Grimaldi’s. Our ardor is dampened (literally) when we round the corner next to Grimaldi’s and see the line to get in the place. It’s long, and it isn’t moving. Grimaldi’s reputation as being the best pizza parlor in New York has cer...Read More
Times Square at night Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
"Oh, smell the people!" yelled Dean with his face out the window, sniffling. "Ah, God! Life!" - Jack Kerouac, On The Road It’s our last night in New York, and when we ask Greg what he’d like to see, he doesn’t hesitate: "Times Square." As I’ve never actually been there myself, I’m more than willing to go along with the plan. Jack, toting his new digital camera, is all for going anyplace offering a photo op. We get on the subway down in Chinatown and head north It’s dusk when we emerge at Times Square. The subway station spits us out into a heaving wall of humanity, and we use elbows and shoulders to make our way to a patch of pavement offe...Read More

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