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Quick New York Getaway

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A March 2007 trip to New York by CHIBulldog09

Quote: 22 Hours in New York City.

Quick New York Getaway

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Overview

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We came out from New Haven, Connecticut for a quick 22 hour trip to New York City. None of us had been to the city before, so our objective was largely just to look around and do more of the "tourist" things. Our trip was low stress, relaxed, and overall highly successful in my opinion.We got into the city around 7 on a Friday night. We went straight to our hotel down in Times Square, and then spent most of the evening walking around. Honestly, if you can spare the time, spending an evening walking around Times Square is a lot of fun. I had never seen Times Square before, so I was quite impressed and overwhelmed. It's amazing how bright it is and how many places are located in such a small...Read More

Hilton Times Square

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Hotel

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The Hilton Times Square is located in the heart of Times Square, and is in a perfect location if you're planning on spending a lot of time exploring that area. We stayed for one night in a double room on the 26th floor looking down onto 42nd street. The room seemed rather new, and had very nice sheets, a relaxing chair, a business desk and chair, an expensive mini-fridge, safe, and in-room Internet and movies. Despite being near the elevator, our room was very quiet and we felt very secure. The shower was also very nice - a true pleasure to use. The hotel staff were also very friendly and quite helpful in giving us suggestions on what to do. This was our first time in New York City, so we of c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2007

Hilton Times Square
234 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 840-8222

Famous Original Ray's Pizza

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Restaurant

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Quite simply, Famous Original Ray's Pizza may have made the best pizza I have had in quite some time - and that is saying something from someone from New Haven, home of the pizza. The restaurant is located on 7th avenue, several blocks away from Times Square activity, right next to a small Mexican restaurant. This truly is your classic pizza place - it's greasy, abrupt, and fast-moving, but they make great pizza. When you enter, you're basically immediately in line to order. You can both take-out or dine-in, and they offer pizza by the slice, full pizzas, as well as other Italian foods. If you want pizza by the slice, you can get it right away, and if you want a full pizza, they'll make it as ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2007

Famous Original Ray's Pizza
831 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10019
(212) 974-9381

Burger Heaven

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Burger Heaven is apparently a mini-chain in New York, with something like six locations in the city. The restaurant, as the title suggests, is basically an American burger joint. You'll be directed either upstairs or downstairs when you walk in; the downstairs has a dinner bar style area as well as seating for parties of one or two, while the upstairs has seating for larger parties. The restaurant is very bright and has a "happy" ambiance. My party of three each ordered a cheeseburger and Coca-Cola and split a regular and curly fry basket between the three of us. I was surprised at how good the order was, although if the three of us were a representative sample, they aren't the best at getting...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2007

Burger Heaven
536 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10022
(212) 753-4214

Empire State Building

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Attraction

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It sort of goes without saying that one of the things you have to do while visiting New York City is to go up the Empire State Building. In my opinion, it won't disappoint.First, the facts: The Empire State Building is located at 34th Street on Fifth Avenue. The building has a remarkably nondescript entrance, with a simple awning that says "Empire State Building." If you didn't know better, you could easily overlook it while you walk on the street. Once you go in, you have to go up a level to purchase tickets to the observatory. The standard is $18 an adult, but there are varying other prices for kids, seniors, etc.And that is where they start trying to get your money. After that, they...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2007

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
New York 10118
(212) 736-3100