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New York City-The Power of Being There

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An October 2001 trip to New York by Linda Kaye

Times Square Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: I told myself we were answering the "call" for tourists to come to the New York City, but the truth is I just "wanted" to be there. We saw the sites, enjoyed the food, interacted with the people and left the Big Apple the better for it.

New York City-The Power of Being There

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Overview

Times Square Photo, New York, New York
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Start spreading the news - I’m leaving today - I want to be a part of it - NEW YORK, NEW YORK. And for three wonderful days, that is exactly what we did - became a part of the New York scene. The city was exciting and colorful. The people seemed "kinder and gentler" than I had heard, although the taxis were still determined to have the right-of-way. I learned the true meaning of the expression "hey! I’m walking here!" We met with the IgoUgo staff and had the opportunity to put faces with the names. It was really nice to meet the folks who manage this site, including Megan, Tony, Brad and Jim’s dog, the unofficial mascot . We viewed the city from atop the Empire State Bu...Read More

Mayfair New York Hotel

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Hotel

Mayfair New York Hotel Photo, New York, New York
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If you want ammeties such as exercise room, sauna or hot-tubs, large rooms for lounging around, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU. However, if you are on a budget and want to be in the Heart of New York City, walking distance to theatres, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and great restaurants, the Mayfair is perfect. Built in 1902, this 78 room family-owned hotel was a perfect place to stay while visiting the City. We booked the Mayfair through IgoUgo "Travel on Us" program. The management knew that I would be writing about the hotel for all of you to read, so I am sure we received a little "extra" service. This hotel sits right in the middle of the theater district on ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2001

Mayfair New York Hotel
242 WEST 49TH STREET
New York, New York 10019
212-586-0300

Travel Inn

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Hotel | "The Travel Inn Hotel"

Travel Inn Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
As the old saying goes: location, location, location. And one more thing could be added - free parking! These are two great things going for the Travel Inn in the heart of New York City. The Travel Inn, part of the Empire Hotel Group, is located in Midtown Manhattan on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues; a short walk to Broadway and Times Square, the Javits Center, the USS Intrepid, and the Circle Line Boat Tours. If you have ever tried to park a car in the Big Apple you will definitely appreciate the hotel’s parking garage. It is multi-leveled free parking for their guests. Normally y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Travel Inn
515 WEST 42ND STREET
New York, New York 10036
212-695-7171

Hilton Newark Penn Station Gateway Center

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Hotel | "Hilton Newark Gateway"

Hilton Newark Penn Station Gateway Center Photo, Newark, New Jersey
Quote:
When I began my search for accommodations for the long weekend visit to New York City where we were to attend the IgoUgo Guide Get-Together, I was looking for convenience as opposed to ambiance. I didn't want to rent a car or have to use taxis. I chose the Hilton Gateway in Newark, New Jersey, for several reasons: It has a free 24-hour shuttle service between the Newark Airport and the Hotel It has a direct connection to Penn Station, that would bring us into the heart of NYC It was under $100 per night Arriving at the airport, I called the hotel from their courtesy phone and within 30 minutes the shuttle arrived. A short six mile dr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2003

Hilton Newark Penn Station Gateway Center
Raymond Blvd
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 622-5000

La Garrick Restaurant

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Restaurant | "La Garrick Restaurant Francais"

La Garrick Restaurant Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
We were the second table seated that evening, but it wasn’t long before almost all of the 32 seats were full. The first guests of the evening had taken the "premier" table, across the room, up a few steps, in front of large windows with a terrific view of 49th street, a very romantic and private setting for dinner. The pre-theater dinners consist of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $29.95 per person. There were six appetizers to choose from, including herb salad, fresh fruit, snails in garlic butter and soup; eight entrees including roast chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed veggies, grilled Black Angus steak kabobs with French fries, mussels in wine cream sauce, sea bass and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2001

La Garrick Restaurant
242 West 49th Street
New York, New York
(212) 489-8600

Circle Line

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Attraction | "Semi-Circle Cruise, Circle Line"

Circle Line Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
As a loyal fan for more years than I hate to admit of the morning news show "Good Morning America", I felt it was very appropriate to be at the location where they do the show in Times Square. Of course, I wanted to be there early, so I drug Hubby out of bed and we were on our way before the City really woke up. It took just a few minutes to walk from the Hotel to Times Square only to find out that no audience was being accepted into the studio until further notice- another casualty of September 11th. So, there we were, at 7:00 a.m. on the streets of New York City with nothing to do. We started walking in the direction of the Circle Line Ticket Office at the Harbor. We arrived at the Tic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2001

Circle Line
Pier 83 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10023
(212) 563-3200

Chicago (The Play)

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Attraction | "Broadway Play - Chicago"

Chicago (The Play) Photo, New York, New York
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Near Times Square is a facility where they sell half-price tickets to all Broadway shows for performance that day. Beginning at 4:00, tickets for all unsold seats are available, but you need to get in line about 3:00. At the front of the booths, there is a listing of the shows that are available. My suggestion is that you choose at least three that you would like to see, as the seats may not be available by the time you get to the head of the line, or may not be in a good location for a full view. Also, you will need CASH or travelers checks. No personal checks or credit cards are accepted. Not many productions offer shows on Mondays and Tuesdays, so your choices on those days may be limited. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2001

Chicago (The Play)
Shubert Theatre / 225 W. 44th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 239-6200

Empire State Building

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Attraction | "The Empire State Building"

Empire State Building Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Our first visit to the Empire State Building was indeed a sobering one. As with so many things that changed on September 11th, the Empire State building sadly reclaimed its status as the tallest building in the New York City skyline. We had heard from several people on the streets that it was not open to the public, but we decided o make the walk from our hotel to 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. To our surprise and delight, it was open to visitors including the observation on the 86th floor. After paying our $9.00 fee, we were on our way to the top. It was a beautifully clear evening and the view from above was spectacular - light twinkling as far as the eye could see. Also visible was the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2001

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

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

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Attraction | "U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum"

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Photo, New York, New York
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On the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid, vintage aircraft stand wing to wing with some of the world’s stealthiest modern aircraft. The A-12 Blackbird, the world’s fastest spy plane, a Polish Mig 21, a British Scimitar, and F-14 Super Tomcat are among the many aircraft on board. Also part of the Museum is the guided missile submarine Growler and Vietnam era destroyer, Edison, but the 900 foot aircraft Intrepid dominates the landscape of Manhattan’s picturesque west side. As you enter, you can pick up a "guide wand", which looks like a big telephone receiver. As you walk through the Intrepid, there are 2-digit numbers on certain displays and you simply punch in those numbers and you can ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2001

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
West 46th Street and 12th Avenue on Pier 86
New York, New York 10036
212 245 2533

Little Italy

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Attraction | "San Gennaro Festival"

Little Italy Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Exiting the subway on Canal Street, we walked east through China Town, which blended into Little Italy almost without notice. Approaching Mulberry Street, we saw people carrying large stuffed toys and colorful drink glasses. We knew we were close to the San Gennaro Festival. The festival boasts that is the biggest, best know, oldest, liveliest, and longest running street party in the country. The 2003 Festival was the 76th consecutive celebration dedicated to the patron saint of Naples. It is centered in the Little Italy section of New York City, on Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets in lower Manhattan. It lasts for eleven days every September. It is all t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2003

Little Italy
Mulberry Street from Canal to Bleecker
New York, New York 10013