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Brian Deakin
10-13-2012, 5:59 PM
I will be visiting New York with my family(wife,boy age 13 girl age 16) on 21st October travelling from the united Kingdom and staying for 5 days

We will be staying at the Westin hotel on time square

Suggestions and tips please, places to visit things to do and places to eat

regards Brian

Jerry Thompson
10-13-2012, 7:00 PM
Do you meand NYC or NY state?

Prashun Patel
10-13-2012, 7:42 PM
Tomoe Sushi. You won't want to leave.

John Shuk
10-13-2012, 8:11 PM
Blue Man Group is amazing. I live in The Hudson Valley about an hour north of NYC. There are some amazing hikes accessible from the train that really showcase the beauty of the area if that is your thing.

Peter Pedisich
10-13-2012, 9:24 PM
I highly recommend the following:

Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org) - Greek and Roman Art Galleries, American Paintings and Furniture

Eisenberg's Deli (http://eisenbergsnyc.com) - Egg Salad, Tuna Salad

Strand Book Store (http://www.strandbooks.com) - just South of Union Square

Dok Suni's (https://plus.google.com/112296510387158196752/about?gl=us&hl=en) - Korean food

Grand Central (http://www.grandcentralterminal.com)

Have fun!

Tom Fischer
10-14-2012, 2:24 AM
Statue of Liberty and Circle line cruise.
http://www.statueoflibertytickets.com/
http://www.circleline42.com/new-york-cruises/home.aspx

Brian Deakin
10-14-2012, 6:03 AM
We will be staying at the Westin hotel on time square

Peter Kelly
10-14-2012, 10:01 AM
Empire State Building observation deck. Pay the extra dollars to ride up the elevator into the top of the mast.

Should also check out the High Line (http://www.thehighline.org/) over in Chelsea.
MoMA currently has a very cool exhibit on toys and games called the the Century of the Child (http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1239).
The NYC Transit Museum (http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/) is definitely worth heading out to Brooklyn for. Can see all the different eras of trains on the track levels of it.
I'd also recommend a trip to The Cloisters (http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters).

There's a thousand restaurants here. What sort of food do you like?

Shawn Pixley
10-14-2012, 11:33 AM
Many good suggestions.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Guggenheim Museum
Lobby of the Woolworth building
Witness the construction at ground zero
Grand Central Terminal
Battery park at night to see statue of libery
Natural History Museum
Central park
MOMA

There are many many good things to do in New York

Von Bickley
10-14-2012, 11:37 AM
My suggestion would be to find somewhere else to vacation.

John C Lawson
10-15-2012, 12:02 AM
When I lived in NYC, over 26 years ago, "real" New Yorkers liked to take the Staten Island Ferry from the Battery to Staten Island and back. Good view of the harbor and the financial district skyline, and not much money. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge (on the way to the Transit Museum) was another native New Yorker thing to do. And, while you're over in downtown Brooklyn, check out the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and consider a meal at Junior's (corner of DeKalb and Flatbush)

dennis thompson
10-15-2012, 8:40 PM
When I lived in NYC, over 26 years ago, "real" New Yorkers liked to take the Staten Island Ferry from the Battery to Staten Island and back. Good view of the harbor and the financial district skyline, and not much money. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge (on the way to the Transit Museum) was another native New Yorker thing to do. And, while you're over in downtown Brooklyn, check out the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and consider a meal at Junior's (corner of DeKalb and Flatbush)
I used to take the State Island ferry to work every day. You get a great view of the NY skyline and the Statue of Liberty and it's free! Try it! It takes about a half hour each way.
Dennis

Mike Henderson
10-15-2012, 10:45 PM
Do arrange to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. You can take the subway to the Brooklyn side (get off on the first stop), then you can walk back to Manhattan. There's a famous pizza joint almost under the Brooklyn Bridge (on the Brooklyn side) by the name of Grimaldi's Pizzeria - don't bother, the pizza is not very good - it's a tourist place now (mediocre food and poor service).

There are many good places to eat in NYC, however, that just does not happen to be one of them.

Mike

Jim Matthews
10-16-2012, 5:43 PM
Congratulations!

Note that Times Square can be VERY crowded by day, full of tourists traveling in packs.
By night, it's spectacular. That, you should be able to see from the Hotel.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/only-in-new-york-city-an-insiders-favorite-places

Were I up for a browse, the following website might prove useful:
http://newyorkstreetfood.com/

I would NOT sign up for any tours, they'll take up a good portion of your day.

You can go see the next crop of talent, at the Juilliard school
http://events.juilliard.edu/

It's familiar, it's maudlin, I loved every minute of it - The Lion King.
http://www.lionking.com/

Congratulations on bringing your family, I do hope you have a grand day out.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/501584

You might also post an inquiry on Chowhound - be as specific as you can.

Bon Voyage!

Kent A Bathurst
10-16-2012, 6:00 PM
Welcome to the colonies!!!

You will enjoy your stay. NYC is a very international city.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the best in the world. I have been to the British Museum, and they are on a par [except the Met has fewer "found" antiquities]. One day, all day, won't touch it, but there is too much else to do in the city, so see what you can.

Eat at The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. The station itself is an architectural icon, and the food at the Oyster Bar is second to none, if you like fresh oysters, etc. Perfect for lunch...subways all lead to Grand Central Station.

Also - the Union Square Cafe. Excellent food, at "reasonable" prices - by NYC standards. We never miss it for dinner.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to eat a hotdog at Yankee Stadium. My Detroit Tigers will be putting paid to that in the next couple days. :p

Brian Deakin
10-16-2012, 6:36 PM
A big thank-you to everyone for taking the time to reply The holiday was planned at short notice and we only decided to visit New York last week

Further I would like to purchase a diamond lapping plate from http://theperfectedge.com/ DIA-Flat Lapping PlateThey have both the 120 micron and 95 micron plates in stock for $159

The cost of the plate in the United kingdom is 199 or $320

Hence the reason why I plan to purchase the plate while I am in the United States

I plan to have the plate delivered to my hotel. Can anyone advise of this is possible

regards Brian

Peter Kelly
10-16-2012, 8:30 PM
Eat at The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. The station itself is an architectural icon, and the food at the Oyster Bar is second to none, if you like fresh oysters, etc. Perfect for lunch...subways all lead to Grand Central Station. The Oyster Bar is indeed cool (especially the saloon) but the food has slipped a lot over the years. Wouldn't recommend it for anything other than just oysters and a drink.

Shouldn't be any trouble having the concierge receive a package at your hotel. Just get a tracking number from the shipper.

Roger Feeley
10-16-2012, 11:06 PM
Ditto on Blue Man Group. Those guys are hilarious. Take ear protection.

If you want respite from the noise of the city and the weather is good, go north to Fort Tryon Park. It's a gorgeous park and there is this great (but pricey) restaurant there http://www.newleafrestaurant.com Called the New Leaf. This place us run by a foundation sponsored by Bette Midler to clean up the Harlem River. Midler likes to joke that by the time she came along all the good charities were gone and she got garbage.

If you want to do a woodworky thing, maybe you can get a tour through the Steinway piano factory. There are some amazing craftsman there.

Jim Matthews
10-17-2012, 5:59 PM
Call your credit card issuer and the company in question.

If you let them know your intention, in advance, it should be simple.

Roger Feeley
10-18-2012, 10:37 AM
If, by chance, your kids are totally into Lady Gaga, her father owns Joanne Trattoria at 70 West 68th Street. It's an upscale pizza place. Google it first to see if it's in the budget.

If I were going, I would be loading up on Broadway tickets but that's just me.

Ben Hatcher
10-18-2012, 1:24 PM
...
They have both the 120 micron and 95 micron plates in stock for $159

The cost of the plate in the United kingdom is 199 or $320



With a price differential like that, buy a bunch of them and sell the extras when you get home:D

Roger Feeley
10-18-2012, 1:32 PM
If your family likes the deeply weird:

http://www.obscuraantiques.com/
and
http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/p/morbid-anatomy-library.html

John Shuk
10-18-2012, 9:18 PM
Took this picture this morning. Hudson River Valley at it's best. An hour on the train

Peter Kelly
10-19-2012, 2:08 PM
Wouldn't be a bad idea to take a trip up to DIA Beacon (http://www.diacenter.org/sites/main/beacon). The ride up the Hudson Line from Grand Central is as awesome as the museum is cool. Fall colors should be happening soon too.

John Shuk
10-19-2012, 6:53 PM
Wouldn't be a bad idea to take a trip up to DIA Beacon (http://www.diacenter.org/sites/main/beacon). The ride up the Hudson Line from Grand Central is as awesome as the museum is cool. Fall colors should be happening soon too.

That was a Nabisco package printing plant when I was a kid in Beacon. I applied for a job there when I was 14 and first got my working papers. Beacon in general is quite nice these days. There are a lot of crafty type businesses there. When I moved there in the 70's many of these buildings were abandoned or should have been. I'm one stop south in Cold Spring.

Peter Pedisich
10-19-2012, 7:57 PM
Wow! John that's real nice, thanks for sharing.


Took this picture this morning. Hudson River Valley at it's best. An hour on the train

David Warkentin
10-20-2012, 10:07 PM
You could go see my parents. They live north of Central Park a couple miles. Actually, I recommend going to Central Park and be sure to look at Cleopatra's needle. Also the ferry ride is neat. And just walking around and people watching is fun.