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A July 2005 trip to New York by gatorgirl1977

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: A quick overview of my first trip to New York City, and my attempt to go everywhere and see everything.

New York, New York

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Overview

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York
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During the summer of 2005, my sister, a couple of friends, and myself set off to explore New York City. This was my first trip to the Big Apple. We had read all of the travel tips and basically chose to ignore the suggestions that said pick one or two things. We decided we would try to do everything and I am so glad that we did. From Broadway shows to Ground Zero, we chose to try to experience it all. Through the entire trip I discovered there is a reason that people love New York. One of my favorite experiences was visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. These are not to be missed. I had originally thought we would only view these sites from a boat tour, but changed my mind and actually...Read More
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My friends and I chanced upon the Belvedere when we booked our package to New York City. The location was perfect, about a 5 minute walk from Time Square, yet far enough away that it was extremely quiet. The hotel is only around 9 stories tall, so it wasn't super crowded and we didn't have any neighbor noise.The rooms were clean and a reasonable size. The only difficulties we found were that the elevator was slow and that the electrical system couldn't sustain more than one blow dryer and the air-conditioner at the same time. We tended to blow fuses when we were getting ready for dinner or going to the theater.Overall, we found the hotel to be convenient and the staff was more than polite. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2006

Belvedere Hotel
319 West 48th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 245-7000

Ellen's Stardust Diner

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Restaurant

Ellen's Stardust Diner Photo, New York, New York
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On the way to a bus tour which met outside, I happened upon Ellen's StarDust Diner. I was truly excited by my unexpected find.I arrived at the diner around 8:00am for breakfast, totally expecting just a standard diner. What I found instead was a 1950s themed diner complete with poodle skirts. The diner is furnished with old posters of 1950s beauty contestants for contests like Miss Subway. The seating is cushy red booths with silver subway poles sprinkled throughout the restaurant. In addition to the costumes and interior design, all of the waitstaff took turns singing and performing throughout breakfast. Upon talking to our server, he reported that as an added bonus to his job the owner hel...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2006

Ellen's Stardust Diner
1650 Broadway
New York, New York 10019
(212) 956-5151

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Attraction

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One of the things I wanted to do during my trip to New York City was to visit the Metropolitan. Unfortunately, on my first attempt I went on Monday. The Met is closed on Mondays, so make sure you don't make the same mistake I did. However, on the last day of my stay in New York City, I finally made it to the Met when it was open. The suggested price for the Met is $15 for adults, and it was definitely worth every penny.I definitely didn't allow enough time to view this museum. I devoted about 2 hours to it and probably could have used 2 days.I started in the Egyptian artifacts collection. It was really very interesting and extensive. We saw numerous jewels and pottery from Egypt, along with...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2006

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028
(212) 535-7710

Gershwin Theater

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Attraction | "Wicked"

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On our final evening in New York, we went to see the Broadway play, Wicked. I had really been looking forward to attending this play based on its description and reviews. The play is a musical and it is based on a Gregory McGuire novel. The premise is the "true" story of The Wizard of Oz. The play is set before Dorthy makes her appearance and begins with the Wicked Witch's birth. It looks into the motivations behind both the Wicked Witch and Glenda the Good Witch and their relationship. I am happy to report that, as one of my 3 Broadway plays, this was my favorite. The acting and singing were fantastic. The play was both funny and insightful. Its messages about diversity and friendship were reall...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2006

Gershwin Theater
222 West 52nd Street
Manhattan, New York 10019

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Attraction | "The Museum of Modern Art"

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On our first full day in New York we went to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Tickets for the MOMA are included in part of the CityPass booklet I had purchased. The MOMA is not open on Tuesdays, so make sure you plan around that if you choose to visit. It also costs about $20 for adults if you choose to purchase a ticket and not use the CityPass booklet. A good thing to note, however; is that there is free admission on Friday evenings, so that might be the best time to try to go.When I entered the MOMA, I was really excited when the first thing I noticed was Monet's Waterlilies. I had never realized the size of this work of art. Since I love all things Monet, this was really neat for me. I also enj...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2006

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 708-9400

New York TV and Movie Sites Tour

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Attraction | "Zerve Manhattan TV and Movie Tour"

New York TV and Movie Sites Tour Photo, New York, New York
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New York is the setting for numerous TV shows and movies. Being a huge fan of shows like Law and Order, and being a movie buff, I found this to be a really cool tour. Our tour met at 51st and Broadway next to Ellen's Stardust Diner. I'm not sure if this is a regular location for them or if they alternate. I booked the tour by contacting Zerve Tour Company (http://www.zerve.com). They offer several TV/Movie themed tours including Sex and the City, and Sopranos Tours. I signed up for the Manhattan TV and Movie Tour. It was a 3 hour tour and cost around $30. We all met and boarded a bus and began our tour. Our tour guide was spunky and fun. She told us about numerous sights in the movies and then pl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2006

New York TV and Movie Sites Tour
51st And Broadway
New York, New York
(212) 683-2027

Circle Line

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Attraction

Brooklyn Bridge Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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When I asked the question, "What should I absolutely do in New York," to all my friends, the answer was take a Circle Line Cruise. Based on this I decided to make sure that I took one of the boat cruises.I was pleasantly surprised that when I purchased my CitiPass booklet and there was a ticket for a 2 hour tour around the end of Manhattan. This tour can also be purchased from Circle Line for approximately $25 at http://www.circleline42.com. The Circle Line company also offers a 3 hour tour and a 75 minute tour.I chose to use the tour that was included with my CitiPass, and set off to enjoy my adventure. When we arrived at the pier I was struck by a view of the Intrepid Museum which is dock...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2006

Circle Line
Pier 83 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10023
(212) 563-3200

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gatorgirl1977

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Ocala, Florida