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A June 2007 trip to New York by yessireebob!

Quote: Although I have been living in Manhattan for almost five years, I still sometimes feel like a Midwesterner kidnapped and sent to another planet.



Sticky menus, slow wait service, and sangria akin to jungle juice. The food is nothing exceptional, so why do I keep going back? Maybe it's the dark corners, bohemian atmosphere, and the couches gathered around the tables. Maybe it's the little pumpkins they put on the tables at Halloween. For all the bad stuff I could say about this place, I keep going back for more. Sure, the wait service is slow, but that's kind of nice in this city where most restaurants can't wait to kick me out to get the table back. Yes, the sangria belongs at a frat party, but it sure does have a kick. And I don't need to touch the sticky menus anymore, I know exactly what's in them these days.This i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2007

Long Beach


There are other beaches in New York, but this is the finest that I have been to that is also accessible without a car. How to get there (from Manhattan or Queens, via Long Island Rail Road--all you gas guzzlers, consult mapquest): Take the Long Beach train from Penn station or Jamaica. The city of Long Beach is the last stop on the Long Beach line. When the train stops, follow the swim-suit clad crowd to the boardwalk, just a ten minute walk away. Tickets are approximately $13 or $14 round-trip for adults during off-peak times. For children, I can't remember exact price, but they're quite cheap. Trains leave to and from the city hourly, and take approximately an hour to reach ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2007

Long Beach
New York, New York 11561
(516) 431-1021

The Sony Wonder Technology Lab, believe it or not, is not just one gigantic interactive advertisement for Sony products. I have been there now multiple times with various groups of kids from ages 6 to 9, and I can attest to its validity as a museum. SWTL is an entertaining (and--swear to God--free!) way to spend a couple hours. Another plus--there's no gift shop that I've ever seen. They really aren't trying to get you to buy anything.Exhibits include (but are not limited to) an audio and image lab, environmental research command team, television production studio, medical imaging lab, and a high ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2007

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
550 Madison Ave
New York, New York 10022
(212) 833-8100

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