New York Journals

The city that never sleeps...and never goes hungry...

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An April 2009 trip to New York by wanderer 2005

Halal Cart Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Who says you can't have an inexpensive vacation in NYC? I'm here to tell you that you CAN!

Central Park

Attraction | "What a Marvelous Place!"

Central Park Photo, New York, New York
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What can I say about Central Park? Gosh…it’s such a wonderful place to relax or jog, or just lounge on the grass and enjoy your day off.This park is huge and there is something for everyone.We started at the end with the zoo and ended up walking past the reservoir, looking for Belvedere Castle (how DO you hide a castle?).The great lawn is a wide open space with baseball diamonds and other sports related areas. My favorite part, are the trails that wind all around…kind of like your own private jungle. There are bridges and twisty trails and hills and lawns and jogging trails and so much more!The park has made appearances in many movies including, Home Alone 2...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2009

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

From the bridge Photo, New York, New York
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On September 11, 2001, the Brooklyn Bridge became an escape route out of Manhattan, for people who witnessed the World Trade Center disaster.Measuring 6,016 feet (just over a mile) across and at a cost of $15.1 million, the bridge is a symbol of strength and longevity. In 1855, John Roebling, the owner of a wire rope company and a famous bridge designer, proposed a suspension bridge over the East River after getting frustrated with the Atlantic Avenue-Fulton Street Ferry, the only mode of transportation between Manhattan and Brooklyn.In 1867, a group of prominent leaders formed the New York Bridge Company "for the purpose of constructing and maintaining a bridge across the East...Read More

Les Halles Downtown

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Restaurant | "Les Halles...Attention Tony Bourdain Fans!"

Les Halles Downtown Photo, New York, New York
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Les Halles is famous for a famous chef by the name of Anthony Bourdain who spent many years in the kitchen of the Park Ave location. If you like French cooking, then this is the place for you. I have been wanting to eat here for a couple years now, so when I was in NYC, I jumped at the chance to have dinner here.Le Halles, which means market in French, is a bistro type place with 2 locations in the city.We met some friends at the downtown location, near Ground Zero.I had been studying the menu online, deciding what I wanted and I was ready to go!I had a reservation for 4 and we arrived right on time. We sat at a table in the back of the restaura...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2009

Les Halles Downtown
15 John St.
New York 10038
(212) 285-8585

Affinia Gardens

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Hotel | "Nice Place, But Noisy..."

Affinia Gardens Photo, New York, New York
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The Affinia Gardens touts itself as a tranquil suite hotel. I can attest that it is anything BUT tranquil.Located on the upper east side, the location is great, the rooms themselves are great and the free tea making facilities are great. What bothered me so much, was the thinness of the walls, the slamming of the room doors and the echoes in the hallway.I was nowhere near the elevator and I could hear the beep everytime the doors opened at our floor. You could hear every word from the hallway and the room doors close automatically, thus slamming at all hours of the day and night…..especially in the early am, when the maids are busy. IMPOSSIBLE to sleep late. You can hear the...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 19, 2009

Affinia Gardens
215 EAST 64TH STREET
New York, New York 10021
212-355-1230

The Kimberly Hotel

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Hotel | "Had a Wonderful Stay"

The Kimberly Hotel Photo, New York, New York
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The Kimberly is a boutique style hotel on midtown Manhattans east side. They offer suites as well as standard guest rooms.We had a 1 bedroom suite with a small kitchen and balcony that was perfect for us. We loved our room but had some issues with tv reception and were disappointed with the restaurant breakfast selection...they only have a buffet, no menu items.When you walk into the room, the living room was large, with a flat screen tv, a small dining table, work desk and pull out sofa bed with chairs and coffee table. There was a small closet with umbrellas to use and hangers for jackets. There is WIFI and wired internet as well as a fax machine on the desk.The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2009

The Kimberly Hotel
145 East 50th Street
New York, New York 10022
(212) 702-1600

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The best and cheapest way to get around the city, is by subway. The old wives tales of muggings and murders in the subway are long gone. NYC is actually very friendly and safe.They don’t use tokens anymore, they have changed to cards that you can purchase in any station. You can get a daily, a weekly or a monthly pass, either from an attendant or from the machine.It’s very easy to get the metro card and easy to figure out the subway lines.Don’t bother with expensive taxi cabs. You can get there faster on the train, cuz there’s no traffic. Some of the older subway cars are still in rotation but the newer ones have nice, digital maps of the stations visited on tha...Read More

Katz's Deli

Restaurant | "Bring Your Appetite"

Katz's Deli Photo, New York, New York
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We all know Katz’s Deli is an institution and a must visit while in NYC, and I found out why. The food is wonderful (but not cheap) and the atmosphere is unlike no other.If you’re down on the LES of Manhattan and you’re HUNGRY, make a stop here to get yourself so full, that you won’t need to eat dinner….ever again……….When you enter the deli, you’ll be given a ticket. DON’T LOSE THAT TICKET….even if you don’t order anything, you need to turn that ticket in before you leave. If you do not have a ticket when you leave, I believe the charge is 15bucks, or something like that. So DON’T lose it.You’ll get in line and wait for someone to call you over to their station...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2009

Katz's Deli
205 East Houston St.
New York, New York 10002
(212) 254-2246

Saigon Bakery

Restaurant | "Cheaps Eats with a Kick!"

Saigon Bakery Photo, New York, New York
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The banh mi craze is all over the country and if you like overstuffed sandwiches with an asian flair, then this your place.And of course….they’re inexpensive.In NYC’s Chinatown is a small jewelry store/bakery that serves wonderful sandwiches that will fill you up and not break the bank.Try the pork with all the fixins’ for $3.75 or get crazy and try the sardine sandwich with all the fixins’ for $3.75. That’s for a footlong sandwich stuffed to the gills with stuff! The best deal in Chinatown. The papaya and shrimp salad is a bargain at $5.50. Get your sandwich spicy, for an extra taste explosion.The sandwich fixins include, pickeled daikon and carrots, cilantro, jalape...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2009

Saigon Bakery
138 Mott st
New York 10013
(212) 941-1541

Halal Cart

Restaurant | "Street Food at Its Best!"

Halal Cart Photo, New York, New York
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If you’re looking for great tasting street food at a great price, the Halal cart on 53rd St. and 6th ave is a dream come true!These guys have it right. Yummy gyro lamb with pita bread and rice or shredded chicken and rice with pita bread for a whopping 6 bucks!It’s the best deal in the city and the food is really phenomenal.It’s across the street from the Hilton New York and they only operate from 730pm to 4am, 7 days a week. You can spot them by the yellow shirts they wear and the yellow bags they use. There is always a line at this cart and for good reason. Locals know good food and a good deal when they see it.These guys have a grill and cook everything fresh. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2009

Halal Cart
53rd St and 6th Ave.
New York 10079

Dial 7

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I had read really good things about Dial 7, so I decided to give them a try. I was happily surprised and will definitely use them again! I reserved a sedan to pick us up from La Guardia airport to take us to our hotel, then back to the airport, a few days later.I could have just taken a yellow cab into the city, but I wanted a nice car for my husband and I, so I made my reservations via their website.Having lived in NYC, I knew that anything was possible, I mean the guy could have showed up in a beat-up, old VW bus, so I was a tad bit nervous.My email confirmation said to call the toll free number after we retrieved our luggage, and the girl I spoke to gave m...Read More

Dial 7
500 West End Ave.
New York 10024
(212) 777-777

Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden

Hotel | "Tiny, Tiny Rooms"

Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden Photo, New York, New York
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This tiny hotel served its purpose, but my room was the smallest room I have ever been in…even in Europe.Room 1111 was right behind the elevator, but thankfully, I never heard a peep, but the king size bed took up the entire space, with little room to move around. Thank god it was only for 1 night…I would have gone insane if I had to spend a couple days there.There wasn’t a proper closet, just an armoire, with a TV, a couple drawers and some hangers. There was about 6 inches between the bed and the armoire, and on either side of the bed was about 2 feet. It was almost claustrophobic. Plus, with no closet, our luggage was on the floor, ready for us to trip over. There was a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2009

Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden
232 West 29th St.
New York, New York 10001
(212) 695-7200