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Merchant's House Museum

Attraction | "A Haunted House"

Merchant's House Museum Photo, New York, New York
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NYC's only 19th century home that looks exactly as it did in the past. It's like stepping back in time, seeing the family's personal possessions just where they left them (and also a little creepy!) There are guided tours every Monday and Friday at 2 pm. It is billed as "Manhattan's Most Haunted House". One of 7 children, Gertrude refused to leave even though the rest of her family died or moved away. She died in an upstairs bedroom. She never changed anything about the house. The staff believes she haunts the place and visitors and people passing by have reported hearing and seeing things.
Open Thursday - Monday 12 - 5 pm
$10 adult, $5 seniors and students

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2011

Merchant's House Museum
29 East 4th Street
New York 10003
(212) 777 1089

McSorley's Old Ale House

Restaurant | "Have a brew"

McSorley's Old Ale House Photo, New York, New York
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McSorley's opened in 1854, and bills itself as NYC's oldest continuously operating bar. Sawdust floors and low lights set the atmosphere for your visit. The place is usually packed and is a little small. It has served one drink since the beginnin! The chandalier is wishbones from WWI soldiers who didn't make it back, and Houdini's handcuffs hang on the wall. Great place to kick back with a cold one!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2011

McSorley's Old Ale House
15 East 7th Street
New York, New York 10003
(212) 473-9148

Dylan's Candy Bar

Attraction | "More candy please!"

Dylan's Candy Bar Photo, New York, New York
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The world's largest candy store, with three floors offering a cafe with a soda fountain, ice cream, yogurt, Belgian chocolates, and a bakery. The steps to each floor look like colored hard candy, and there is a huge display of "fill your own bag of candy" - a child's dream! We got bags of candy, and had ice cream upstairs. Since my nephew is named Dylan, we got some candy with the Dylan's label on the wrapper! A cute way to spend a few hours!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2011

Dylan's Candy Bar
1011 Third Avenue
New York
(646) 735-0078

FAO Schwarz

Attraction | "Playtime anyone?"

FAO Schwarz Photo, New York, New York
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The first FAO toy store was in Baltimore, but it moved to NYC in 1862. They have two floors with every toy imaginable, stuffed animals, action figures, legos! Employees are very friendly and encourage playing with many of the toys they have out on display. Don't forget to check out the floor piano - the same one featured in the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks! Kids and grownups get 5 minutes to see what music they can create, and the professionals do it every half hour or so.
Open Monday - Thursday 9:30 - 7, Friday and Saturday 9:30 - 8, Sunday 10 - 7

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2011

FAO Schwarz
767 Fifth Avenue at 58th Street
New York, New York 10022

Ghosts of New York Walking Tours

Attraction | "Ghost tours!"

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We took two of these tours because it was included in our package - I wasn't really impressed. Because of a miscommunication, we didn't get our tour the first night. So instead of having a ghost tour at night, it was at 3 pm - not really very ghostly! For the Times Square tour, basically the guide just walked us to various theaters and said so and so ghost has been seen here. Not very informative. The other tour was "Peter Stuyvesant and his Ghostly Friends". The first tour guide could barely be heard or understood, the second one was a little better. I have taken many ghost tours, but I would not recommend this company - the material just doesn't grab your attention. They have 9 tours listed ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2011

Ghosts of New York Walking Tours

New York
(718) 591-4741

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Attraction | "Absolutely Great!"

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Photo, New York, New York
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Currently showing in the Lunt Fontaine Theater; I'm not going to give anything away if you haven't seen this! It was really fantastic! The story of the Addams Family continues with a new spin - all the old characters remain and there are some new ones. Brooke Shields is Morticia, and she did an excellent job! They were hilariously spooky, we were constantly laughing, and I would definitely go see this again! Charles Addams was a cartoonist for the New Yorker and wrote the Addams Family books. He had a house in a swamp in Sagaponack NY, and his wedding took place in a pet cemetery, which is where his ashes were scattered. The Addams Family was one of my favorites growing up and still is!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2011

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
205 West 46th Street
New York, New York 10036
+1 212 575 9200

Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant and Bar

Restaurant | "Scary!"

Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant and Bar Photo, New York, New York
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Jekyll and Hyde bills itself as a "haunted restaurant and bar for eccentric explorers and mad scientists where guests can eat and drink among the unusual and the bizarre". It's open 365 days a year, Sunday - Thursday noon to midnight, Friday and Saturday noon to 4 am. A pretty extensive menu, we had burgers, cheese fries, nachos, and pizzas. All were hot and fresh. There are live characters coming around to the tables to interact with you, and every few minutes the floor show continues. My only complaint was that at 5 pm they had nearly all the lights off and you couldn't read the menu, although they eventually lit candles and turned on some lights. It was really cool, especially for kids, and w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant and Bar
91 Seventh Ave South
New York
(212) 989-7701

Hampton Inn-Empire State Building

Hotel | "Great Location"

Hampton Inn-Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
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The Hampton Inn is conveniently located just blocks from the Empire State Building, restaurants, and shopping. They have 146 rooms on 20 floors, check in is 3 pm, and check out is at 11, although they were able to check us in much earlier. They also have free baggage storage, complimentary beverage and breakfast, and in room safe. There is a $35 off site parking area. The room was clean and more than big enough for the two of us. The staff was very attentive and helpful with directions and info, and with arranging a car for the ride to the airport (which ended up being a limo for the $65 flat rate!) I would recommend this hotel.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Hampton Inn-Empire State Building
59 West 35th Street
New York
(646) 837-5623

Discovery Times Square

Attraction | "A must see for Potter fans"

Discovery Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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The exhibition is located in Discovery Times Square. If you are a fan of the books and movies, check out this exhibit. They have all the props from the movies on display in 14000 square feet. They have the wands, robes, evil characters, Hogwarts rooms, and the characters belongings. Walk through at your own pace. No photography allowed. Would take at least an hour to stop and read each display!
226 West 44th between 7th and 8th
$26 adult, ages 4 - 12 $19.50

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Discovery Times Square
226 West 44th Street
New York
(866) 987-9692

Hard Rock Cafe Times Square

Restaurant | "Great food and fun"

Hard Rock Cafe Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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The Hard Rock is located in the middle of Times Square, they have 708 seats! They also serve breakfast from 8 am - 10 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Don't forget to check out Billy Joel's motorcycle and lots of other cool memorabilia. We dined on potatoe skins, fajitas, mac and cheese, burgers, apple cobbler, and hot fudge brownie. Employees were friendly and service was fast.
Open Sunday - Thursday 11 am - 12:30 am, Friday - Saturday 11 - 1:30 am.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Hard Rock Cafe Times Square
1501 Broadway
New York 10036
(212) 343-3355

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Restaurant | "More Shrimp Please"

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Photo, New York, New York
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If you can't leave NYC without eating at the somewhat pricey Times Square restaurants, try Bubba Gump. They have a kids menu. We ordered a sampler, hush puppies, onion rins, fried shrimp, fish and chips, southern fried chicken, and steaks. Desserts were strawberry shortcake, key lime pie, and sundaes. Service was quick even though there were 10 in our party. Expect to pay $15 - $20 per entree and $4 - $10 per dessert, but portions were large and you won't be disappointed.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
1501 Broadway
New York, New York 10036
(212) 391-7100

Toys 'R Us

Attraction | "A Kids Dream! "

Toys 'R Us Photo, New York, New York
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Over 110000 square feet filled with every toy imaginable on four floors. Don't forget to get your picture taken with the T-rex and the ferris wheel (you need an admission ticket). They have legos, video games, electronics, matchbox, dolls, anything a kid would want. Located in the middle of Times Square at 1514 Broadway at 44th St.
www.toysrusinc.com/about-us/times-square

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Toys 'R Us
1514 Broadway
New York, New York
(646) 366-8800

Cafe Rustico II

Restaurant | "Neighborhood pizza"

Cafe Rustico II Photo, New York, New York
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Cafe Rustico II was just down the block from our hotel, and we ate there twice. They have delivery and take out, with a $15 minimum on credit cards. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the pizza was really great. They have tables in the back for at least 20 people. We had the meat pizza - pepperoni, sausage, and bacon, about $18. Hot and delicious! Open Monday - Saturday 11 am to 11 pm.
25 West 35th St.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Cafe Rustico II
25 W 35th St
Manhattan, New York 10001
(212) 736-1114

NYU Brown Building - Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Attraction | "One of the worst disasters in NYC history"

NYU Brown Building - Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Photo, New York, New York
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Until 9-11, this was the worst disaster in NYC. On March 25, 1911, 146 women and children were killed in a horrible fire. The doors to the stairs and exits were locked, and many jumped from the 10 story building to their deaths. The shirtwaist factory was on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of what is now called the Brown Building, and a plaque names it as a National Historic Landmark. The suffering that these people felt has left its mark on the building. Today it is used by science students at NY University, but people often smell smoke, the smell of burning flesh, locked doors are mysteriously unlocked, or people see things from the corner of their eye. If you can say anything good came from thi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

NYU Brown Building - Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
23-29 Washington Place
New York

Hamilton Fish House

Attraction | "Real Life Hannibal Lecter"

Hamilton Fish House Photo, New York, New York
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Albert Fish was a real life Hannibal Lecter. He was eventually caught and tried for the murder of one little girl, but not before he tortured and killed hundreds more. He even claimed to have murdered children in all 50 states. He was a distant relative of Hamilton Fish, who built this house.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2011

Hamilton Fish House
21 Stuyvesant Street
New York

Hampton Inn Manhattan Seaport Financial District Photo, New York, New York
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www.hamptoninn.com

This location has an ATM, bag storage, complimentary beverage area and breakfast bar, and a fitness room. Checkout is 12 pm. It's near the Brooklyn Bridge, the boats for the Statue of Liberty tours, and South Street Seaport. You can take a ride across the water and see the city lit up at night. Room was a good size.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 13, 2011

Hampton Inn Manhattan Seaport Financial District
320 PEARL ST
New York, New York 10038
212-571-4400

Heartland Brewery Empire State

Restaurant | "At the bottom of the Empire State Building"

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One of several locations around NYC, this one is on the bottom floor of the Empire State Building. Open for lunch and dinner, free wifi, and a wide variety of beer brewed daily. The cheese fries appetizer was great. Entrees include chicken, meatloaf, fish and chips, crab cakes, and ribs. You can also get steaks, seafood, burgers, and sandwiches. Service was a little slow, but the place was full. The food was hot and they had huge portions. We had salads, chicken, and pasta, and all were excellent.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 13, 2011

Heartland Brewery Empire State
350 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 563-3433

Herald Square Hotel

Hotel | "A Slice of History"

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This hotel was the home of the original Life Magazine. At that time, the rooms were apartments for magazine workers. You can take the elevator to the top floor and see the whole magazine collection. From the hotel front steps, you can see the Empire State Building, which is especially pretty when lit up at night. The hotel is also convenient to a subway stop, the Empire State Building, and Macy's on 34th St.
Children under 12 are free when sharing with an adult, and there is free wifi. Check out is 12 noon, and they have baggage lockers. The two beds in the room were doubles, and the room and bathroom were on the small side.

www.heraldsquarehotel.com

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 13, 2011

Herald Square Hotel
19 WEST 31 STREET
New York, New York 10001
212-279-4017