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New New York

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A travel journal to New York by Ishtar

Music Cruises on East River Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere, says the song "New York, New York".I'm in complete agreement! Although not a native of NY, I came here as an immigrant and learned to love the apple, worms and all!

New New York

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Music Cruises on East River Photo, New York, New York
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200 words? I'll never make it...I need more space! Would you believe the Sunday New York Times? It definitely ranks in the top 5 for me. Walking in Manhattan on a sunny day, let's choose West Broadway; or Orchard Street; or Mulberry Street in the village; or South Street Seaport ; or on the upper West Side around 86th Street; shopping..I need 1,000 words leeway on this; Corona in Queens with its Latin flavor; the street ...Read More

Cosmopolitan Hotel

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Hotel | "Cosmopolitan"

Cosmopolitan Hotel Photo, New York, New York
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The rates now may be slightly higher, but this hotel was one of our best finds. The entrance is so "timid" that you''d miss it unless you knew exactly where it was. One of the greatest joys of living in New York is being able to stay in the city overnight. And both Chuck and I did that a lot. If both of us were working for a stretch of time, or if we wanted to spend an entire weekend here, we''d make reservations and off we went. The first time we went to the "Cosmo" as we affectionately called it, we got a duplex room. This means that the bed was upstairs in a kind of alcove; watch your head in this type of situation. It was actually very different from anything we had ever experienced. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2001

Cosmopolitan Hotel
95 West Broadway
New York, New York 10007
(212) 566-1900

Bourbon Street Cafe

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Restaurant | "Boubon Street Café"

Bourbon Street Cafe Photo, Queens, New York
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The Bourbon Street Café has been tempting me for the past couple of years, everytime I drive on Bell Boulevard on the way to something else. The name always takes me back to New Orleans, when a group of us were actually on Bourbon , listening to a live singing trio and dancing in the streets. Unlike most of the other restaurants on this stretch, it occupies a rather large space. The reason for that is that they have 2 rooms for dining and 1 large room for the bar area, where the noise is deafening. One of the things that Chuck and I found most unpleasant during our dinner was that we couldn't hear each other unless we shouted. They have a pitiful glass separation that doesn't even make it to the c...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 23, 2001

Bourbon Street Cafe
4012 Bell Boulevard
Queens, New York 11361
718) 224-2200

P F Chang's China Bistro Inc

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Restaurant | "P. F. Chang's"

P F Chang's China Bistro Inc Photo, New York, New York
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P.F. Chang's has various locations throughout the US. Although it claims that its cuisine is traditional Chinese, I thought it was more like pan-Asian, or some sort of fusion Chinese. It is always crowded, but even with the 30 minute wait we were given, since they are usually in major malls, one can always browse for the waiting time. The decor is interesting; large stone lion statues are prominently displayed on both sides (symbol of guardians during the Tang Dynasty) of the dining room which is cleverly divided by the bar area. They also had a replica of one of the soldiers whose army they uncovered in a buried city. Further authenticity is revealed by hand painted murals, and several fine exampl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2001

P F Chang's China Bistro Inc
1504 Old Country Road
New York, New York 11590
(516) 222-9200

The Cheesecake Factory

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Restaurant

The Decor Inside Photo, Westbury, New York
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You don't need to be in New York to experience the Cheesecake Factory; they are in several other states/cities, usually nestled in a large mall. When they first opened, I imagined them offering mega portions of decadent New York cheesecake; well, not far from the truth, however, there's a lot more to them than meets the eye. Aside from listing 34 varieties of cheesecake in their dessert section, they have a most interesting and eclectic menu. I'd call it fusion. Certainly nothing American about some of the food they serve. Before I go into the type of foods, let me whet your appetite with unusual cheesecake conconctions: Southern Pecan Cheesecake; White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle; Tiramisu Cheesec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2001

Iguana Mexican Cuisine

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Restaurant | "Iguanas"

Iguana Mexican Cuisine Photo, New York, New York
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Iguanas opened less than 2 years ago on a very competitive stretch of tar called Union Turnpike. I have seen restaurants born and killed on Union; sometimes, as I drive by, I will wonder out loud how long such and such has been there. The first time we went to Iguanas (it has become a fave for the whole family), we had read a review in one of the Queens news journals, and it sounded fun. The owners greeted us at that time, but those days are gone. There is a bar, naturally, whose raucous noise you can't escape, but the music on the dining side makes up for the distraction. On weekends, there is a Mexican guitarist to enchant you with old ballads from south of the border. The decor is a bit overdo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2001

Iguana Mexican Cuisine
17911 Union Turnpike
New York, New York 11366
(718) 969-5447

AMC Empire

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Attraction | "AMC Empire Theaters"

AMC Empire Photo, New York, New York
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I host foreign exchange students in my home, and had promised this particular student to take her to see a movie in Manhattan. She had studied English for 6 years in her native France, so I thought a movie like Shrek shouldn't be too difficult to appreciate. You can get there fairly easily by subway; the E train stops at 42nd street, and has an exit near 8th Avenue. Or if you take the wrong exit, as we did, you can walk for a block or two, and have the neon signs blow your mind. The relatively new Tussaud Wax Museum is right on this block as well. We were going for a 6pm showing, so rivers of people were spilling onto the streets, as usual. If you've never been here, you'll be amazed. There ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2001

AMC Empire
234 West 42nd St
New York, New York 10036
+1 212 398 3939

South Street Seaport and Seaport Museum

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Attraction | "South Street Seaport"

South Street Seaport and Seaport Museum Photo, New York, New York
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This is one of my favorite destinations, especially when the weather is warm. The Seaport has changed faces so many times since I've been living in New York. You can still smell the odor of fish if you park behind the seaport and walk your way into the hub; the street has been repaved in cobblestone with shops on both sides, and restaurants offering al fresco dining. What the Fulton Market used to call home is now an immense shopping center with a food court of amazing proportions. I liked it best when it housed a meat market primarily, and then there were some gourmet shops of coffees, bakeries and the like. On weekends, especially in the summer, there are always innovative acts of one man shows,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2001

South Street Seaport and Seaport Museum
Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17
New York, New York 10038
(212) 732-8257

Bastille Day - French Independence

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Attraction | "Bastille Day-French Independence"

Bastille Day - French Independence Photo, New York, New York
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Very French; there is a need to expand this venue a couple of more blocks because there really was no room to navigate at all. The music and dance stage took up some room, plus they had cordoned off a section for children's races in the street, and that also took up more room. I expected French music here, but instead, we got reggae, which is just as well. Chuck and I got up on stage and let it all hang out. The kids were the best dancers, as you'll see in the pics. They had French appetizers available, but nothing substantial, as the French restaurants lining the street on both sides were participants. So, we went into one of them and had a fabulous lunch and were serenaded by a French crooner wh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2001

Bastille Day - French Independence
East 60th Street
New York, New York

Strand Bookstore

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Attraction

Strand Bookstore Photo, New York, New York
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This is a bibliophile’s dream and nightmare at the same time. It is cluttered with books, although they have made a commendable attempt at labeling sections for easy viewing. You know that you are nearing Strand’s because of the sheer number of outside bookracks that line both sides of the store, since it’s very conveniently located on a corner. Whatever the subject you will find it here and then some. I always start with the outside racks, just in case. It’s really hard to see every single book that’s out there, although I’d love to. You can find paperbacks sometimes for 50 cents! On the other hand, if you are looking for rare books, you need not go elsewhere. Strand is famous for their clai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 24, 2001

Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
New York, New York 10003
(212) 473-1452