New York City

The most amazing city in the world. It never sleeps but always eats, drinks, and parties 24/7. Even after the worst terrorist act in history, New York still remains the same Big Apple.


New York City

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by donatello on April 4, 2003

From the moment I saw the New York skyline from the plane ont he approach to JFK I knew this wasn't going to be a normal holiday. This was New York. The best parts were going on day trips to the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, and the amazing Empire State Building. ${QuickSuggestions} Make sure you tip well in New York. The workers don't get paid a great deal and rely on tips to get by. Plus they remember a good tipper next time you come. ${BestWay} The best way to get around in New York is taxi. Thousands of yellow cabs circle New York and don't cost a lot of money, but don't forget to tip! If you feel like a treat you can get a strech limo from the airport for $65! So go on - arrive in style.

Holiday Inn Wall Street

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by donatello on April 4, 2003

Great for downtown business...clean, friendly, high tech. They upgraded us for free and spent lots of time giving us great suggestions for restaurants and things to do. Hotel amenities include T1 lines and personal computers, Web TV, SMART floor with wireless laptop computers, 24 hour business center, executive boardroom, health facility (equipment can be delivered to your room), cafe and lounge, 24-hour room service, cordless phones, CD players and library.

Trattoria Dopo Teatro

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by donatello on April 4, 2003

We went to Trattoria Dopo Teatro for a pre-theater meal on Wednesday night. The food was delicious (especially the homemade pastas and fish special). The atmosphere was fantastic. All in all, delicious food, friendly staff, and a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant's interior garden is breathtaking.
Trattoria Dopo Teatro
125 West 44th Street
New York, New York, 10036
(212) 869-2849

Scruffy Duffy's

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by donatello on April 4, 2003

Not only is it the best sports bar to be found in Manhattan, it is also the pinnacle of watering holes this side of the Atlantic. My friends and I all agree that Scruffy's is without question the nearest thing you will find to an Irish "fun" atmospheric bar in NY. We all have not had so much "craic" in any other bar.

The staff are all Irish (even the American ones) and the service will not be equalled elsewhere. The food is good, the music is great, and the customers who do come in are as friendly as any bar that I have been in back home. I enjoyed everyday I had in Scruffy D's.

Scruffy Duffy's
743 8th Ave
New York, New York, 10036
(212) 245-9126

Madame Tussauds

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by donatello on April 4, 2003

It costs $25, which I thought was a bit much for not too much. It was pretty cool, but just didn't seem like a lot to me. They also didn't have a whole lot of celebrities I would have liked to see. On the plus side they do allow you to take pictures, though there were none I wanted to take.
Madame Tussauds
234 West 42nd Street
New York, New York
(212) 512-9600

New York Skyride

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by donatello on April 4, 2003

We visited the Empire State Building and decided on the combination ticket which includes a skyride. The observatory is on the 86th floor (not the 102nd floor at the top) and had a good view. The World Trade Center view used to be much better but more expensive. The kids loved the skyride (no surprise) and I was OK with it. This is a flight simulator, "piloted" by James Doohan (better known as Scotty, from the old "Star Trek") and Yakov Smirnoff. Good for kids.
The New York Skyride
350 Fifth Ave
New York, New York, 10118
+1 212 279 9777

New York Aquarium

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by donatello on April 4, 2003

You will be shocked at how great this aquarium is. People live here for years and don't even know that NYC has an aquarium--let alone one as large as this. Maybe if it was still down at the Battery (where it was for years, before moving out to Coney) they would.

The attractions are top-notch; some of the more well-known are the sea lions, who frolic outdoors in a man-made "sea cliff" with views of the boardwalk, and the famously "gay" penguins. (Ask an attendant, they'll know what you're talking about). Plus, unlike some other aquariums, this one is literally yards away from an actual ocean. Once you're done looking at the fishes you can go swim with them.

New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue at West 8th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11224

Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by donatello on April 4, 2003

The interior of the statue and the museum and monument at its base are still closed for security purposes. Visitors are now allowed back on Liberty Island, but are advised to arrive an hour early due to screening procedures.

This site is still one of the most amazing on earth.

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

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