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Old 05-01-18, 11:35 AM
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Going to New York (what should I see)

Going to New York first week of June for 5 days for a training. I have the nights free and I took one extra day to sight-see. Only been in NY once 10 years ago and saw the Empire State building, MoMA, and got food poisoning from eating a Gyro from a street vendor.

I am staying at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. So its right in downtown so I assume there must be some good places around there

Any tips of places to see/eat. I want to see the 9/11 Memorial
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Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is cool. The Public Library was cool to visit as well. St. Patrick's Cathedral is a nice visit also, especially if you haven't been to Europe much (as they have tons of great cathedrals as well). Grand Central Station. Times Square...meh...worth seeing I suppose.

We typically to go NYC so my wife can drag me to Broadway shows so any other touristy things we do tend to get packed around the showtimes. The time we went to a food festival in Brooklyn and then walked back across the Brooklyn Bridge was probably one of my favorite things that we have done.

One thing I would like to do but have never done is peruse some of the "best cheap eats" in NYC lists and compile a list of 10-12 amazing things to try and plan a trip around going to all of those, with lots of walking to burn off some of the extra calories.
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What's the best way to get to see the Broadway shows? Do they really have people outside selling tickets for cheaper ?
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What's the best way to get to see the Broadway shows? Do they really have people outside selling tickets for cheaper ?
https://www.tdf.org/nyc/7/TKTS-ticket-booths

Also: https://www.todaytix.com/
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Here are some of my favorite places for each kind of food (and at an affordable price):

Chinese : Wo Hop, 17 Mott St
Jewish Deli: 2nd Ave Deli, 162 E 33rd st
Hamburgers: Jackson Hole, 521 3rd ave & 35th st
Pizza: John's Pizza, 278 Bleeker st or Patsy's Pizza, 67 University Place
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What's the best way to get to see the Broadway shows? Do they really have people outside selling tickets for cheaper ?
Honestly, we have had tickets purchased in advance for every one of the dozen or so shows she has dragged me to. I do seem to recall people selling tickets to some shows outside, but didn't pay much attention.
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9/11 Museum and One World Observatory since you want to see the memorial anyway
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Here are some of my favorite places for each kind of food (and at an affordable price):

Chinese : Wo Hop, 17 Mott St
Jewish Deli: 2nd Ave Deli, 162 E 33rd st
Hamburgers: Jackson Hole, 521 3rd ave & 35th st
Pizza: John's Pizza, 278 Bleeker st or Patsy's Pizza, 67 University Place
Johns Pizza! a must, please go.

Also, I like a few of the markets/bakeries in Astoria at the end of the N train.
Rosarios (italian) and Natural Frontier (Russian) are two great places to get great tasting stuff.

Before you leave there, get something (their fruit napoleon) from Marthas Country Bakery.
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Old 05-01-18, 12:53 PM
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This looks pretty cool.

You can find discount tickets using Google.

You can get free tickets to TV shows that are taped in NYC.

List of some shows
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Going to New York first week of June for 5 days for a training. I have the nights free and I took one extra day to sight-see. Only been in NY once 10 years ago and saw the Empire State building, MoMA, and got food poisoning from eating a Gyro from a street vendor.

I am staying at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. So its right in downtown so I assume there must be some good places around there

Any tips of places to see/eat. I want to see the 9/11 Memorial
Your hotel is not Downtown - it's Midtown. Downtown is more... down.

If you like museums, the Met has an excellent collection. The Guggenheim is a cool place to see, too, even if the current exhibits might not float your boat. Taking the ferry to and from Staten Island is a cheap way to see some sights. Explore Central Park a bit. Katz's Deli. John's Pizzeria of Bleecker Street. There's a nice restaurant called Daniel on 65th near Park Ave.
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Here are some of my favorite places for each kind of food (and at an affordable price):

Chinese : Wo Hop, 17 Mott St
Jewish Deli: 2nd Ave Deli, 162 E 33rd st
Hamburgers: Jackson Hole, 521 3rd ave & 35th st
Pizza: John's Pizza, 278 Bleeker st or Patsy's Pizza, 67 University Place
I live in New York and I haven't eaten at the first three places. I must try them. I'm sure I've had pizza at the two places you mention, but not in a long time.

@nando820: Central Park--walking distance from your hotel, about 10 blocks north, esp. if the weather's beautiful. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a great museum, one of my favorites. It borders the park at 82nd St. & 5th Ave. What are your interests in art? There's good stuff sometimes at some of the smaller museums. I just read somewhere that Stanley Kubrick's early photographs (prior to his film directing career) are on display at The Museum of the City of New York.

There are still sections of Chinatown and the Lower East Side that look like they did in the 19th century, but who knows how long that will last? There's so much new construction going on in Lower Manhattan that every time I go down there I'm stunned at how different these areas look from the last time I was there.
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Here are some of my favorite places for each kind of food (and at an affordable price):

Chinese : Wo Hop, 17 Mott St
Jewish Deli: 2nd Ave Deli, 162 E 33rd st
Hamburgers: Jackson Hole, 521 3rd ave & 35th st
Pizza: John's Pizza, 278 Bleeker st or Patsy's Pizza, 67 University Place
Jaymole took me to John's Pizza on my first trip to NYC about 3 years ago. If I remember right, it's cash only. So is one of my favorite places, Joe's Shanghai (I'm a sucker for soup dumplings). 2nd Avenue Deli is great--sandwiches have so much meat on them. Another place I like is Russ and Daughters Cafe. Dominique Ansel has several bakery type places. His DKA (dominique's kouign amann) is to die for. Best pastry I've had in my life--simple, not overly sweet, and perfectly done.

The 9/11 Memorial is worth a trip, especially at night. The name of each person who died is etched in stone, and they place a rose on each name on their birthday. Somehow that made me cry.

I've always gotten my show tickets ahead of time. The only ones I've seen that are still playing are Hamilton and Avenue Q. If you did get tickets to Hamilton (still very expensive), don't get ones in the back of the orchestra, as the balcony overhang would block your view of the top of the stage.

I thought walking the High Line and the Staten Island Ferry were good free outings. Kind of quirkier, but Ikea has a free ferry, too that takes you to Ikea (weird, but I had fun). You can take the tram to Roosevelt Island for a subway fare. Not that Roosevelt Island is very exciting, but if you like transportation type stuff, it's a cheap ride. If you were in Brooklyn anyway (not worth leaving Manhattan for a short trip), I like walking around Green-wood Cemetery. Lots fewer people than Central Park, but lots of green space.

My kids went to something called Sleep No More and raved about it. It's an interactive show based on Macbeth, but creepier.
Sounded too scary to me, but they talked about it for days.

Or, if you want to spend $80 on a Mexican meal, you could try Empellon.

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Don't miss the giant rats.

Ask this guy
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Here are some of my favorite places for each kind of food (and at an affordable price):

Chinese : Wo Hop, 17 Mott St
Jewish Deli: 2nd Ave Deli, 162 E 33rd st
Hamburgers: Jackson Hole, 521 3rd ave & 35th st
Pizza: John's Pizza, 278 Bleeker st or Patsy's Pizza, 67 University Place
OP,

The Wo Hop, The Jackson Hole, and 2nd Ave Deli are notorious gay dives. Jaymole is just screwing with you.
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So sounds like John's pizza is a must. I won't have a car so I would rely on public transportation.

As far as art I like anything movie related the most. Last time I was at MoMA I was lucky enough that they had a Tim Burton exhibit which was pretty cool

Definitely going to check out that TKTS stand to see if I can find a discounted Broadway ticket
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I was in NYC w family a few weeks ago. If you go to the empire state, IMO skip the add on to the 102nd floor. Wasn't really worth the extra $20.
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I won't have a car so I would rely on public transportation.
In other words, you are in midtown Manhattan (ie, nobody who has good intel would assume that you had a car).
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I was in NYC w family a few weeks ago. If you go to the empire state, IMO skip the add on to the 102nd floor. Wasn't really worth the extra $20.
Was the rest worth it? We went there, but I couldn't bring myself to pay for it.
We ended up wandering around and then going to Korean food in K-town.
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I worked at J. P. Morgan's private library, which is a museum, on a temporary assignment 23 years ago.
It's walking distance from where you are staying (36th St. & Madison Ave.)
Interesting place to check out.

https://www.themorgan.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Library_%26_Museum
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Jaymole is just screwing with you.
Only if he agrees to come over to my apartment one of the nights
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Going to New York first week of June for 5 days for a training. I have the nights free
Nights free huh? Then Times Square should be fun for you to look around. More so on weekends it can be pretty crazy there.

You also have Soho which is located in Broadway Lafayette. Another heavy populated shopping area, a few short miles away from the Freedom Tower.
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Junior's in midtown is awesome. as is Carmine's, but that is family style...
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MET
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Museum of natural history
Catch a broadway play, try to get rush tickets or standing room to save literally 40-80% off the cost.
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