July 26, 2006

Escape to New York

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 26, 2006 4:32 PM

I'm off to the East Coast on Friday! Currently I'm planning to spend Saturday and Sunday in Connecticut, and Monday and Tuesday in New York City doing touristy stuff. Even though I lived pretty close to NYC for five years I never really hit many of the major tourist spots.

Anyway, the tourist attractions are mostly pretty obvious, but what else should I do when I'm in New York? I know some of you are familiar with the city—where should I go to eat, drink, shop, hang out, overhear?

Tags: Travel

Yankee stadium, of course... to root for the Yankees to LOSE!

Posted by: Mason | July 26, 2006 5:21 PM


Posted by: shellock | July 26, 2006 5:34 PM

For high value chocolate, go to Mondel's just off the SW corner of Columbia's campus. Something on the order of 110th and Broadway, plus or minus a few blocks. You can get slightly better chocolate at much higher cost at Teuscher's in Rockefeller Center.

Potentially non-obvious tourist things I enjoyed (and I didn't enjoy much about New York!) were the Intrepid and the Cloisters.

If you must eat pizza in New York, stick to Chicago style places. For some reason New Yorkers think pizza crust should be one molecule thick... Indian places seemed fairly common. That's when I first tried Indian food, so I lacked the expertise to say anything about their quality.

Shopping - not as good as you might think. Barnes & Nobles are the same everywhere (though the one on Bway & 66th-ish, near Lincoln Center, is the best of the four I visited in NY). There's a sci-fi bookstore way south in Manhattan, can't recall what subway stop or what the name of the place was. But there are stores just as good if not better in various places in the Bay Area. There are some decent game stores, Compleat Strategist if I recall the name correctly. Around 33rd St. as I recall (or maybe that was the third best B&N, and CS was down near the single digit streets...).

My condolences on heading back east - NYC sucks ass any time of year, but summer is arguably the worst. Even hotter and muggier than Pasadena has been these past few weeks...

Will you be volunteering for the Lamont campaign while you're in CT? :-)

Posted by: Justin | July 26, 2006 6:13 PM

Little Italy has become nano-Italy, but good pastries can still be had at the southern end of it.

The Strand is an excellent bookstore, either the main branch or the South Side Seaport branch.

I favor trips to see the Main branch of the NYPL, which often has an interesting exhibit and is a free interesting historic building.

Classic is to take the ferry to Ellis Island by way of the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island is sorta interesting, and it's a beautiful (cool) ferry ride, worth the $n.

Central Park, I hear, can be worth a trip.

Um, what else. Often, when I go to Manhattan, I just wander around and look at stuff. Subway stations often have nice little features, ferex.

Posted by: Wren | July 26, 2006 7:49 PM

Shopping in NYC is great, as is everything else about the city. Check out Labyrinth Books up near Columbia for an amazing collection of scholarly books.

If you want some sort of crazy ethnic food, head to Queens. Flushing is where the real Chinatown is (there is a secret one in Brooklyn as well, actually) and Jackson Heights is a great place for Indian.

If you are interested in some art, check out PS 1 in Queens (that's the cool borough these days, I guess) for some modern art that doesn't cost $20 like big ol MOMA does (although those ladies Mademoiselles D'Avignon are probably worth $20 alone).

North Six in Williamsburg is a good music venue.

Posted by: Andy | July 26, 2006 10:02 PM

I think it's fun to walk around in NYC. I've only been there once (and only for a day), and I'm definitely up for going back.

Posted by: Mason | July 26, 2006 10:58 PM

You might wanna search Making Light; I seem to recall them answering this question in a few open threads. And of course, they'd know.

Posted by: Lanth | July 27, 2006 10:38 AM

The Intrepid is on my list--apparently it's about to close for two years (for renovations), so I want to see it while I have the chance...

And yes, my Connecticut friends are likely to get some encouragement regarding their upcoming primary. :)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | July 27, 2006 10:44 AM

My only recommendation is to call people up who might be around there. At the moment though i'm mostly drawing blanks, the ones I know on the east coast are mostly up in the baltimore or DC areas. Maybe Mohi was in NY still? Anyways... i've never actually been to NYC other than passing through on the way elsewhere.

Posted by: Zifnab | July 27, 2006 12:12 PM

Bo Diddley is in town those days...supposedly he plays a pretty good guitar.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 27, 2006 1:29 PM

You could make a brief foray into Ithaca, where there is always tons and tons of interesting things to do.

Posted by: Mason | July 27, 2006 7:11 PM

OK, so I have a serious suggestion that I can't believe didn't come to me until dinner this evening.

Go see Avenue Q. (The internet is for porn!)

Posted by: Mason | July 28, 2006 12:06 AM

Zifnab: Yeah, when I was planning this trip I was thinking about whether any of my friends are currently living in NYC, but apparently none are. (Mohi's living in DC now.) I've recruited at least one of my CT friends to come into the city with me, though.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | July 28, 2006 10:01 PM
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