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Old 09-24-2015, 07:59 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Locals stay the hell away from Midtown unless we absolutely have to be there.

This.

I love the High Line and the Meatpacking District. The Cloisters are beautiful if you can wrangle your way up there.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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Locals stay the hell away from Midtown unless we absolutely have to be there.
Other than work and/or travel related reasons, this is completely true.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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If you're interested in things to do with kids, you could check this blog Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids |
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:33 AM
 
Location: New York City
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This.

I love the High Line and the Meatpacking District. The Cloisters are beautiful if you can wrangle your way up there.
As far as actual neighborhoods I'm a big fan of the LES and Astor Place/St. Marks.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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The Manhattan bridge isn't as interesting, at least I think so, and it's also VERY loud because of the proximity and frequency of the passing trains. It's an easier walk because it's flatter but the flatteness matters more if you are trying to bike and are an inexperienced biker. I routinely walk home to Brooklyn from Manhattan and take different crossings depending where I am so trust me when I say I think they Williamsburg bridge is the better experience.
You must really be a walker. It seems the distance you're walking would vary a lot depending on the crossing if you're walking to Bed-Stuy.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Take the bus, subways are frenetic and depressing. Bring a map to denote neighborhoods and things of interest and hop off to explore different areas. Walk down different streets and window shop, duck into places that look interesting. Parks have a variety of locals hanging out for people watching and there is an especially interesting one behind the 42St public library in midtown. Once out of midtown there are small storefront eateries where people grab items for takeout that often have a few tables in back.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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aka transplants aka NOT locals
Out of curiosity, why do immigrants count as locals but not transplants?
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Locals stay the hell away from Midtown unless we absolutely have to be there.
We know this isn't the best location to stay in, but after much discussion we felt like this was the best central location for us. And work was paying for it.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions, these are the kind of things we were looking to find! It's hard to find these hidden gems amidst the same laundry list of tourist attractions.

We never thought about going over to Brooklyn but after reading some of the suggestions it is certainly on our radar now.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:32 AM
 
Location: New York City
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We know this isn't the best location to stay in, but after much discussion we felt like this was the best central location for us. And work was paying for it.
You would have been better off in Union Square tbh.
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