A July 2001 trip
to New York by notso62
Quote: I often visit New York City for shows, entertainment, and the sights. It's always an adventure!
There are many historical and iconic landmarks on Manhattan that should not be missed if you decide to visit. The ferry that travels out to Liberty Island from Battery Park in the southern tip of Manhattan is a great way to see the Statue of Liberty. If you have extra time, it really is worth it to go up to the top of the statue and look out the crown back to the city. For those that are less wary of climbing all the stairs, there is a nice museum and gift shop in the pedestal of the statue (which is accessible by elevator).
The Empire State Building is the tallest in New York City, and its observation deck remains open for public enjoyment. On a clear day, it gives you the best view all of Manhattan has to offer. It might take an hour to reach the 86th floor with this being a very popular attraction, but it is well worth it.
New York City has many museums, possibly one for anything you could think of! From the Museum of Sex on Fifth Avenue to the Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd Street, you're sure to find a museum that has what you're looking to see in NYC. Two highly recommended museums are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. The former includes the finest collection of American art in the world. The latter includes vast galleries of whales, dinosaurs, birds, and any other animal you could think of. Kids would probably more enjoy the Museum of Natural History.
New York has thousands of restaurants and clubs, possibly a new hot spot opening every day! New Yorkers pride themselves on having the best pizza and bagels anywhere. When visiting, you simply must make time to try one of the best bagels at Daniel's Bagels on 3rd Avenue. You'll never want to go back to the frozen kind again!
New York City has simply something for everyone!
NYC is something to see in the Christmas season. The tree in Rockefeller Center is simply splendid, but do expect to fight the crowds if you plan on shopping or sightseeing.
Perhaps one of the best events to see in New York City is the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The huge inflatable balloons are simply unforgettable. Get there early; otherwise, you might get lost in the crowds.
Taxis are another way of getting around NYC but are pricey and could be hard to catch. Driving yourself around the city is not advisable since the traffic can be overwhelming for first-timers. Also, parking is very expensive (+ a day).
Restaurant | "Jekyll & Hyde Club"
The ambience of Jekyll and Hyde could be best compared to the Haunted Mansion in Disneyworld: it's like a creepy theme park ride! From the dimly lit black-walled and gothic decor to the cast of characters and artifacts found about the dining area, the haunted theme was definitely played out to its maximum potential.
The menu at Jekyll in Hyde could use some work. The entrées reminded me (in both creativity and taste) of an overpriced TGI Fridays. The haunted theme was not carried out to the food, and this was slightly disappointing. The American fare was okay-tasting, but very bland. I had a veggie burger during my first visit that tasted microwaved. Our party tried the spinach dip, and it tasted like the one at Applebee’s, like a reheated frozen dish. And at twice to three times the price of the average chain restaurant, Jekyll and Hyde definitely fell flat in the cuisine department.
Though the food was sub par, the drinks were quite good. Jekyll and Hyde has several spooky-themed concoctions, like Mummy Mud and Cannibal Caffeine, that taste very yummy. They also have an unexpectantly extensive beer list featuring hard-to-find ales from Great Britain and Belgium.
All in all, the dining experience at Jekyll and Hyde was one worth having. The fun theme, entertainment, and good cocktails made for an excellent scene. Though the menu needs work, the service is friendly and the ambience is fun. It's a great place to bring the kids, and not a bad place to bring your friends if they don't mind the cheesy humor.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2005
Jekyll and Hyde Club
1409 Sixth Avenue
New York, New York 10019
Attraction | "NBC Studios Taping Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
Tickets can be obtained to see a taping of Late Night with Conan O'Brien via the NBC website NBC.com/conan . If you have a specific date in mind, you should try to ask two months in advance otherwise you may have a hard time getting tickets for the dates you want. Be aware that sometimes certain dates are not available because of scheduled hiatus. Tickets are free of charge.
If you don't have tickets already when you visit NYC, all hope to catch a live taping is not lost. You can go early to the Mezzanine level of NBC studios, where they often distribute stand-by tickets to that days taping.
If you have tickets, keep in mind that your seat is not guaranteed. It still pays to get to the studios early. At about 4pm, the audience starts lining up outside of studio 11B. When they are allowed in the theater, seating is a first come, first serve basis. The best seats go quickly and are down to the right front of the theater.
Soon after everyone has had a chance to take their seats, a warm up comic comes out to entertain the audience. Then Conan comes out to do his mic checks et cetera. It is all very entertaining, and it's great to see these people like Max Weinberg (the band leader) and Conan in real life.
The show itself resembles much of what is seen by the viewers at home. With the exception of the band playing through the commercial breaks, the audience is exposed to as much of the stage as is seen by the viewers at home.
I would highly recommend seeing a taping of the Conan O'Brien show when you're in NYC. For free entertainment, it cannot be beat. It's such a great experience that you will remember it for years to come.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2005
Conan O'Brien Show
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York
Attraction | "Rockefeller Center Skating Rink"
Everyone at every skill level is encouraged to try to skate. Sometimes there are professional skaters or Olympic gold medalists out on the ice; sometimes you'll see small children strapping on skates for the first time. And you get all the levels in between! Skates are rentable for under $10 right at the rink.
For those that are not too keen upon strapping blades to their feet to go careening across the ice on their tuckus, there is a nice cafe-style restaurant that overlooks the rink. Enjoy some hot cocoa while the rest of the inept skaters make fools of themselves. :)
The ambience of the skating rink is very romantic. It seems like a marriage proposal happens there on average once per day. The glittery lights of the huge tree create the perfect romantic scene. If you're not prepared to head to the altar, be aware that this is a very PDA-friendly environment. People smooching everywhere! Suppress your gag reflex if you're unattached, and keep on skating by the couples!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2005
Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
Attraction | "South Street Seaport"
South Street Seaport is home to a fleet of ships, some of which are open to the public and permanently docked there. The Ambrose, the Waverunner, and the Peking were all built around the turn of the 20th century to serve different purposes, such as merchant ship or light-ship. All three are open to the public for viewing today. South Street Seaport also has several charters (both for private parties and groups of tourists) that leave from its piers.
The Fulton Street Fish Market still operates out of this area, though it is intended to move soon to Brooklyn. If you're a fish lover, you can visit the market in the early-morning hours when it is a bustling center of fish-commerce. For those like me, however, you'll want to avoid the market and its fishy smell (wink!).
Pier 17 of South Street Seaport has been renovated in recent years and is now home to retail spaces and restaurants. The mall here has pretty standard stores (the Gap, J Crew, etc.), but there are also several gift shops that are worth looking in for souvenirs from your trip. Also, from the top floor of the mall on the south end, you can get a fantastic view of the Brooklyn Bridge as it spans the East River. It is quite a sight to behold!
Outside of the shopping centers, there are often musical or street performers, which add to the charming ambiance of this area. Even in the cold Christmas season, I spotted a choir huddled together singing Christmas carols.
South Street Seaport is an excellent place to visit on your trip to New York City. It has so many different things to do that you would be hard-pressed to only spend an hour there. At least there is something for everyone!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2005
South Street Seaport and Seaport Museum
Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17
New York, New York 10038