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Old 10-12-06, 02:50 PM
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Manhattan with just 2 days

I'll be in Manhattan for about two days. A Saturday evening, all day Sunday, and Monday morning-afternoon. I need to maximize my time as much as possible. I saw almost everything 6 years ago (I'm actually arriving 6 years to the day that I did on my previous trip), and I wouldn't mind seeing everything again. The unfortunate part is that I had 4 times as many days to fit everthing in last time, and I'm having trouble deciding which things are a must see. I'm traveling with two NYC newbies, and I would like it if they could see all of the cool stuff. I'm basically going to be a tour guide for them.

We're staying at the Doubletree Metropolitan (51st & Lexington)

So far, this is my list of things to see:

Grand Central
Ground Zero
Wall Street/NYSE
Central Park
Chinatown/Little Italy
Times Square
5th Ave/St Patrick's/Radio City/Rockefeller Center/iPod store
A Museum (I've been to the Met and the Museum of Natural History..a new one would work)
Empire State Building
UN area
Chrysler Building
Penn Station/Madison Sq Garden
Union Square
Soho area
Plane damaged apt buildings

Think it is possible to do all of this in about 2 days? Anything else I should add?

The previous two days will be spent in Long Island. Any cool recommendations for that area?

Thanks...

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For the museum I'd recommend the Museum of Modern Art.
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Well, you can do ALL that in one afternoon if you spend 2 minutes in each. Seriously though, it's really up to you on how much time you want to spend at each stop.

A month ago, my friend's mom came to visit on a Thursday night. My friend couldn't get out of work, so I took Friday off to walk the city with her. We started from my friend's apartment in UES (a block away from Plane damaged apt buildings) and walked to Central Park --> Columbus Circle --> Times Square --> backtrack a little to Rockefeller Center --> shops on 5th Ave --> over to Grand Central & Chrysler --> Empire State Building --> Penn Station/Madison Sq Garden --> then took a subway back to UES. Took about 5 hours walking, shopping, and eating, but not too exhausting. On Saturday, my friend and her mom saw the downtown area: China Town, Ground Zero, Wall St, Century City, and up to Union Square.

Anyway, the point being, DEFINITELY DOABLE.
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Originally Posted by X
For the museum I'd recommend the Museum of Modern Art.
Yeah, ditto that. And if you happen to be near the MoMA in the evening, check out the guy selling food at a food stand on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th. He comes in around 8 pm (?) and the line all of a sudden gets really long when he arrives.

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Originally Posted by namja
Well, you can do ALL that in one afternoon if you spend 2 minutes in each. Seriously though, it's really up to you on how much time you want to spend at each stop.

A month ago, my friend's mom came to visit on a Thursday night. My friend couldn't get out of work, so I took Friday off to walk the city with her. We started from my friend's apartment in UES (a block away from Plane damaged apt buildings) and walked to Central Park --> Columbus Circle --> Times Square --> backtrack a little to Rockefeller Center --> shops on 5th Ave --> over to Grand Central & Chrysler --> Empire State Building --> Penn Station/Madison Sq Garden --> then took a subway back to UES. Took about 5 hours walking, shopping, and eating, but not too exhausting. On Saturday, my friend and her mom saw the downtown area: China Town, Ground Zero, Wall St, Century City, and up to Union Square.

Anyway, the point being, DEFINITELY DOABLE.
I've added Union Square... I loved that area, and was the first place I went to before.

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For the museum I'd recommend the Museum of Modern Art.
I forgot all about this place. Other than the two I've visited, I always think of the Guggengheim. Think 1-2 hours would be a waste of time in there?
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Originally Posted by heimerSWT
Other than the two I've visited, I always think of the Guggengheim. Think 1-2 hours would be a waste of time in there?
Well, they're doing a facelift going through a "restoration" (a.k.a. construction) right now. The museum is still open, but it's kind of a mess outside. Part of the fun of Guggenheim is the building itself, and you can't see most of it.

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Don't forget to visit historic Governor's Island, 4th Ave., the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Williamsburg Bridge, and at least one Famous Ray's pizza.
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Man its hard to suggest places, because I wouldnt do most of those things, but definitely check out the MOMA if you havent been...You wont be too far from where the recent plane crash was (depending how high up you are, you may be able to see it from your room). If you are going to actually go into the Empire State Building, that is a whole day affair, as it takes forever to get in and out because of so many tourists. But I would say take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, its free and a great view of The Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge and it doesnt take too long and while you are down there, you can check out Ground Zero.
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Originally Posted by FantasticVSDoom
Man its hard to suggest places, because I wouldnt do most of those things, but definitely check out the MOMA if you havent been...You wont be too far from where the recent plane crash was (depending how high up you are, you may be able to see it from your room). If you are going to actually go into the Empire State Building, that is a whole day affair, as it takes forever to get in and out because of so many tourists. But I would say take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, its free and a great view of The Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Bridge and it doesnt take too long and while you are down there, you can check out Ground Zero.
By all means... SUGGEST! I just listed things that I did last time, and thought were cool. I am always interested in finding out other cool places (hence the thread ).

I missed the boat (not literally) on visiting the Statue of Liberty last time (I think it was still okay to go inside at that time), and was wondering if it was still worth it. I didn't think about the ferry ride, and how it gives a good view of the city...so I need to consider that. What is the total amount of time I should set aside if we do that?
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Stay away from the "plane ride with a Yankee" promotion in that town.
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
Stay away from the "plane ride with a Yankee" promotion in that town.
Bad form.

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The Ferry isnt long at all, I would say about 1 hour there and back? You could also check out the South Street Sea Port and the Bodies Exhibit (Ive not done it yet, but hear its pretty awesome). Im a big fan of the Central Park Zoo, I know some can take or leave it. Also, check to see where there are any street fairs (dont know if there will be many left since its going to start getting cold) but those are usually pretty good for a quick walk through.
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Go to the Bodies Exhibit in South Street Seaport.
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Originally Posted by namja
Well, they're doing a facelift going through a "restoration" (a.k.a. construction) right now. The museum is still open, but it's kind of a mess outside. Part of the fun of Guggenheim is the building itself, and you can't see most of it.
Plus the exhibit sucks right now. I would recommend the Frick at 70th and 5th if you want a museum that's not too big. I too would recommend the walk Namja referenced although I would suggest Times Square at night.
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For the museum I'd recommend the Museum of Modern Art.

lot's of hot women there
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Originally Posted by M2theAX
Go to the Bodies Exhibit in South Street Seaport.
It's all over the country -- so I'd probably skip this.
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If you are there over the weekend. Union Square has a farmers market. At least they did the one weekend when I was there a couple years ago. I was told it runs every day.

Not much of a tourist attraction, but they do have some nice local produce. They had a local honey farm that had all kinds of different honey.

There is always the Guggenheim museum.
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farmer's market is OK, but a lot of the prices are a rip off

there is also the Museum of Sex where they play porn on TV in the open for everyone

i would eat at a Dim Sum place or Joe's Shanghai in Chinatown, forget little italy since in most places the food isn't cooked byh italians there and it's not real italian food, soho area is a big shopping district but you can find the same stores almost everywhere now by just going to where a Neiman Marcus is and pick one other thing from the list
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Anyway, the point being, DEFINITELY DOABLE.
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You could take one of those double-decker tour buses. It's touristy, but they cover a lot of ground and you can get on and off wherever you want. I think the ticket is good for two days. The good thing is you get a whole different perspective riding in the top level than you do on the bottom, so even if you're covering ground you've already seen, it looks different
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I went to NYC/NJ/Rhode Island this summer but only had 1 night in NYC. I think you should be able to do everything on your list while there. In one day we did the following

Staten Island Ferry
Ground Zero
China Town
Little Italy
Garment District
South Side Seaport
Times Square

I think there was more but my mind escapes me. I would defintiely reccomend the Ferry though. Its free. Doesnt take long and you get a great view of the city, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge etc.. Can't wait to go back to NYC.
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Ground Zero is tons of fun....they should build a theme park there.

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