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Fun Things to Do in NYC

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A travel journal to New York by mfs

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Quote: You never run out of fun things to do in New York - here is a list of some interesting places to check out, as well as some great places to shop!

Fun Things to Do in NYC

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The Staten Island Ferry is a great way to enjoy the Manhattan skyline for free! Check out gorgeous Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn - it's a nice way to spend a pretty day.

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Take the Subway - it's safe and not as hard to navigate as it looks. If you take a taxi, be sure to have an idea of how to get where you are going, and don't be afraid to tell the driver to slow down - they drive like maniacs!

Marquet Patisserie

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Restaurant | "The Marquet Patisserie"

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The Marquet is a little French patisserie that serves up wonderful pastries and coffee, and also has a very nice lunch menu. Their small lunch menu offers delicious sandwiches - my favorite is a delicious whole chicken breast served on crusty country bread! They also serve very good soups. The Marquet's pastries are incredible. The eclairs, the chocolate croissants, petit fours, tarts and meringues are all exquisite. The Marquet has a very French, very leisurely atmosphere. Little bistro tables crowd around the glass cases displaying mouthwatering pastries. The dining area is bright and cheery, although the tables are a little cramped. This is a lovely place to stop for lunch, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

Marquet Patisserie
15 East 12th St
New York, New York 10003
+1 212 229 9313

Malia Mills

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Attraction | "Malia Mills Swimwear"

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New York may not be the first place that comes to mind when you are shopping for a bathing suit. But, if you have a hard time finding a suit that fits you properly, then Malia Mills has the answer to your prayers. She makes simple suits in beautiful fabrics to fit just about anyone. All pieces are sold separately, so you never had to settle for a bottom that is too big to get the size top you need (or vice versa). While the suits are a bit on the expensive side - tops and bottoms go for about $74-88 per piece - I found that these suits actually saved me money, because they actually fit and I no longer need to go out and buy a dozen ill-fitting suits trying to get it right. The staff ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Malia Mills
199 Mulberry St
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 625 2311

Broadway Panhandler

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Attraction | "The Broadway Panhandler"

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Do you like to cook? If so, Broadway Panhandler is a must-see. They stock just about everything you could ever want (and even things you didn't know you wanted). Their baking department is out-of-this-world - they have everything you need! I also love their selection of Asian dinnerware and French pots and baking dishes Their prices are very good, and the store, which is home to two cats, is an experience in itself. B'way Panhandler is head and shoulders above pricey places like Williams Sonoma - if you love to cook you owe yourself the indulgence of a visit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Broadway Panhandler
477 Broome Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 966-3434

Green-Wood Cemetery

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Attraction | "Green Wood Cemetery"

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Green Wood Cemetery covers almost 50 acres in the middle of Brooklyn. Over 500,000 people are buried in this park-like cemetery, which was established in the 1830s. Now, it may sound a bit morbid to visit a cemetery, but once you see Green Wood, you will instantly recognize its appeal. That, coupled with the fact that Green Wood has been a tourist attraction since the 1850's should erase any misgivings about visiting the place. The cemetery is the final resting place to dozens upon dozens of 19th century New York luminaries, including politicians, weathly businessmen, artists, musicians, and "members of society." The likes of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ebbets, Samuel F.B. Morse, Ho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street
Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn 11232
(718) 768-7300

Kate's Paperie

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Kate's Paperie is a fun store to browse through. They have a beautiful selection of fine papers and stationery products, including gorgeous hand-made leather journals, beautiful cards, different invitations (boxed and special order), and other fun things. Kate's is the kind of place that sells sealing wax and seals and other stationery items of days gone by. Their selection of exotic papers is very nice - perfect for wrapping gifts or crafts. Kate's is also a great place to buy a special gift (the journals and hand-made photo albums make nice gifts!). About once a year I treat myself to a travel journal and scrapbook from Kate's - it's a little extravagant but the books are so beautiful and special...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

Kate's Paperie
561 Broadway
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 941 9816

Vivienne Tam Store

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Attraction | "Vivienne Tam"

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Vivienne Tam has the most beautiful clothes - this is my favorite place to buy dresses for special events, as well as funky pants and tops. Ms. Tam specializes in gauzy, stretchy materials and simple, clean lines. Many of her clothes have an Asian "feel" to them - with either Asian-inspired prints or embellishments or cheongsam-type closures. My sister and I chose a really different black top and skirt with black mesh overlays for her to wear in my wedding. Tam's clothes are so different, yet so elegant and tasteful. While the clothes are on the expensive side (@ $250 for a pair of casual pants or top; dresses starting at about $350 and up) they are items that will become the core of your wardrobe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

Vivienne Tam Store
99 Green Street (btwn Prince & Spring)
New York, New York 10012
(212) 966-2398

ABC Carpet and Home

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ABC is a great place to browse around for things for your home, and even to get decorating ideas. The store has an eclectic range of merchandise: antique furniture; sumptious bedding; beautiful throws and pillows; china, every day dishes and stemware; a large section of the store is even devoted to Asian antiques and artifacts. They also have a terrific fabric store in the basement - a real treasure trove of gorgeous materials and trims. The main floor of the store houses a flower shop, chocolate shop, stationery department (complete with different photo albums, journals, and picture frames), and lighting (they have many lovely stained glass and other antique fixures) as well as relat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

ABC Carpet and Home
888 Broadway (at East 19th Street)
New York, New York 10003
(212) 253-7039

Washington Square Park and Arch

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Attraction | "Washington Square Park"

Washington Square Park and Arch Photo, New York, New York
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Located at the head of 5th Avenue in Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Under the watchful eye of Mayor Rudy, the park has successfully rebounded from the infestation of drug dealers and other scary types the palgued it throughout the 70s and 80s. The park is now a delightful respite, peopled by artsy NYU students, neighborhood folks, vendors, and the occasional street performers (especially in summer). Lined with benches and anchored by a large, central fountain, Washington Square has become a really nice place to take a breather. The park was first built in the 1820's on the site of a former potter's field and then public gallows. It went through ...Read More

Washington Square Park and Arch
West 4th Street (at Macdougal Street)
New York, New York 10003
(212) 431-1080

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Well, this Shakespeare & Co. is nothing like James Joyce's Paris haunt, that's for sure. Its sister store on the Upper West Side went out of business when Barnes & Noble moved into the neighborhood, and it's easy to see why. This shop is overpriced (there's no excuse for this anymore with all the discounters and internet outlets available now), and the staff is not knowledgeable enough or helpful enough for make up for the price difference. Actually, the staff isn't very helpful at all. The only redeemer I can think of is occasionally Shakespeare & Company sets out racks of discount books on the sidewalk, and you can find some interesting books for a good price. They also have some di...Read More
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The 92nd Street Y is a terrific cultural center that has hosted countless lectures, music and dance performances, readings and classes, and other activities, in addition to functioning as traditional "Y." Of particular interest to out-of-town visitors is their program of visiting authors - they have featured readings and Q&A sessions with such famed writers as John Irving, Amy Tan, Chang Rae Lee, and countless others. Best of all, tickets to these events are relatively cheap, with non-member tickets in the $15-range. The audience is often treated to a book signing by the author following the reading. If you know when you will be in NYC, check out their website and call ahead for tickets...Read More

The Romance of The Staten Island Ferry

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Before we married, my husband (the poor thing) lived briefly on Staten Island. It was then that we discovered the beauty of the Staten Island Ferry. For one, it's free. But, it also affords incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty, and, unlike those "other" Manhattan tour boats, it is gloriously devoid of class-tripping school groups. To ensure a relaxing trip, just be sure not to go during rush hour! You can catch the ferry at the Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall St. and South St., in Lower Manhattan. Get on and take a seat and stay on for the round-trip loop - eventually you will end up back at Whitehall Terminal again. Round-trip takes about ...Read More

The Strand Book Store

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They say the Strand has 8 miles of books! If you love books, it's a terrific place to spend an afternoon, just browsing. Unlike the sterile chain-stores that have sprung up everywhere, the Strand has a personal feel, and sterile isn't a word I would use to describe this eclectic store. They have a chaotic cataloging system, which makes searching the stacks a bit of an adventure (which is also half the fun). The Strand sells used books, reviewer's copies, and over-runs, so you can always get a great price. It's a great place to search for that out-of-print book you've been looking for. You'll inevitably come across something you didn't know you needed - that's the fun of this quirky book-heaven. ...Read More
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The Biography Book Shop is a wonderful little shop located on a lovely part of Bleecker Street. I live to read about other people, so this is a favorite spot for me -- they sell nothing but biographies. It's a small shop, but the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and they can order anything that isn't in stock (and they are also fun to chat with!). Their sale bins are a steal - I even got a reviewer's copy for free once, months before the book was released on the market. Biography Book Shop is a real find - if you love bios, you've got to check it out!

The Biography Book Shop
400 Bleecker St
New York NY, 10014
212-807-8655

Books of Wonder

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I don't have kids, so I never would have gone into this shop if I hadn't been early to meet my sister, who lives nearby. What a treat! Every children's book you cherished as a child is here. Every new and innovative children's book is here. The staff know everything about kids and books, and they have the place decked out like a child's fantasy. The shop is very kid-friendly, and it was even friendly to non-kid-friendly me. I really enjoyed myself in this shop - I can just imagine how wonderful it is for parents and their children. Definitely stop in if you have a special child in your life.

Books Of Wonder
16 W 18th St
New York NY, 10011
212-989-3270