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Old 07-19-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland area
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...but I'm finally coming in a few weeks!

To say I'm excited is an understatement. I've been wanting to come for as long as I can remember, and now the opportunity has finally presented itself! I'm sure my friends that I'm staying with will have options as to what to do, but I'd like to hear from you real New Yorkers. Of course I'm probably going to do the touristy stuff like see the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, etc., but I also want to FEEL like a New Yorker, even if it's only for a weekend. The hidden restaurants, underrated areas, etc. I hope I'm making sense!

As you can tell from my username, I live by Chicago (also known as "Chiraq"). So I'm not coming from a farm and experiencing the city for the first time. Seeing as how I'm alive to write this post, I think I'm good on the street smarts . All my friends tell me that NY is Chicago on steroids, and they mention something about not being able to see the sky unless you look up. I'm just getting excited thinking about it!

So my question for you all: What should I do? I'll be in the city Aug. 8 - Aug. 12, and am looking for a great weekend in New York. I'm of age, so the sky is the limit. Actually, the sky isn't the limit. I'm a college student on a college budget, so I can't have a total socialite weekend.
Like I mentioned before, I'm sure my friends have stuff planned, but it never hurts to have more options. Who knows.. you all might be able to suggest something that they've never even heard of.

Thank you all in advance for the responses. I'm so excited!
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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You should be excited! There's nowhere else like New York.

I am actually a former Chicago-area resident. I went to Northwestern and lived in Evanston for 4 years. I actually like living in Chicago more, but I haven't been around to experience the recent rise in crime. Hopefully that will get under control and not damage the city's reputation too much.

When you're here you should walk around, see the sights, eat good food, avoid tourist traps like things around Times Square.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:44 PM
 
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What you should do is buy a few guidebooks - or see if your library has some - and leaf through. Then decide what kinds of things interest you - museums, bars, theaters, whatever. I'd advise against the Statue of Liberty, though, because that may be very time-consuming, and take up more time than you'd want to allocate for a weekend.

If you want to feel like a New Yorker, have a fight with a cashier, carry some heavy grocery bags for a mile, try to get almost hit by a car, go to a secret Chinese restaurant, learn some Yiddish words, wait in line at Trader Joe's, get caught in the rain without an umbrella, and complain about Bloomberg.

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Old 07-19-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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It is hard in one short weekend to feel like a NYer also you have a local with you showing you around.

What exactly are your interests? The answer to this question would help people give you the right advice of what to do and see while you are here.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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I think it's about the neighborhoods right? Walk around Chelsea, the East Village, Williamsburg, Morningside Heights, and Tribeca and see what it would be like to live there.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:06 AM
 
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Prepare to be underwhelmed. Apart from the skyscraper density in manhattan NYC is just like any other city.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Queens, New York City
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You can't really get the NYC resident experience here without actually living here, but you can still have a really good time.

For most New Yorkers, life in NYC is not life in Manhattan. The vast majority of residents live in the other boroughs, so if you want to get off the path beaten by other tourists, check out some of the sights outside of Manhattan. By all means, go and see the really cool stuff in Manhattan, but consider a night out somewhere else. There are so many options I don't even know where to start.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:09 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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What you should do is buy a few guidebooks - or see if your library has some - and leaf through. Then decide what kinds of things interest you - museums, bars, theaters, whatever. I'd advise against the Statue of Liberty, though, because that may be very time-consuming, and take up more time than you'd want to allocate for a weekend.
Guidebooks - let's call them "guides" so we can include websites - vary greatly in quality. They're a good starting point, but only a starting point. Back in The Day, when I traveled more, I'd select a guidebook based on a place that I knew - I lived for several years in New Zealand, so if I was planning a trip to, say, Spain, I'd look at the publisher's New Zealand guide first. If it matched my recollection of a location (indeed, if it included the location), I'd be more inclined to buy their Spain book.
That said, with or w/out web/print materials to guide you, it's pretty hard to go wrong in NYC. Great museums, good food, excellent transportation system, etc etc. And as someone has already pointed out, even though the Statue of Liberty is iconic (even more so - Ellis Island), getting there and back is time-consuming. Maybe when you need a breather you can see it instead from the Staten Island Ferry. In a similar vein, the Empire State Bldg. is worth seeing, but the lines can be really, really long, so be prepared to walk away if your time is limited.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Miami Metro
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Maybe you can go see the new World Trade Center, see a few plays, ride the subway, eat from a hot dog cart, Nobu is also pretty good.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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What I did in San Fran was just search up words like clothes, food, or jazz on the maps and see where the concentrations were. If you want to experience new york like a new yorker then search for yourself some places to go to like a new yorker would.
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