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Old 07-29-2008, 07:46 AM
 
Location: On My Way Home
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We have just relocated to Connecticut recently and would like to take a daytrip into New York City, we have never been to New York City before and were not sure of where the best or safe places are in order to make the most of our trip, we have two children 2 yrs and 4 yrs.

Any help or advice would be greatfully appreciated, we would like to be able to walk around the city without worrying about ending up in a bad area.

Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Queens
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Depends on your kids. My mom tells me that when we were kids she could take me anywhere on the subway, on planes, to museums, wait on long lines, anything and I was well-behaved. My brother on the other hand would throw a scene anywhere, she didn't even want to go food shopping with him in tow anymore, he was so bad with the tantrums.

Oh yeah, and the popular tourist areas are safe, you just have to be aware because tourists are often targeted for petty crimes like pickpocketing, etc, especially in Times square and Herald square. That's the truth about any big city though, I hear the same things happen in Rome, Paris, everywhere.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:10 AM
 
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Take em tehdeh brongz zu (bronx zoo)

or you could go to ellis island

Or watch a musical
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:23 AM
 
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Take them wherever you wish. You probably will find it easier to get around on a weekend day rather than dealing with commuters on the subway. Go to the Statute of Liberty, or Ellis Island, Times Square, take a ride on the SI Ferry. Walk around, see the sights. Don't worry about packing it all in. Once you have been here, you will be back, maybe without the kids.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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What are your children interested in? I'm not a fan of the corporation, but a friend brought her 4-yr-old to American Girl and she LOVED it. The Museum of Natural History often has interactive exhibits and an amazing dinosaur display. I second the Bronx Zoo, it is amazing. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a few touchable items in the Egyptian Art section, but one of the best things is the Ancient Playground nearby in Central Park:
Central Park Conservancy : Ancient Playground
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: On My Way Home
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Thanks for the great info, sounds like we should be okay, our kids are not too bad in the behaviour dept but the youngest still has her 'terrible two' tantrums, not so much but still enough to drive us crazy.

We've lived around big cities before, San Fransisco and London, and can handle the hustle and bustle of big cities, but we just needed a New Yorkers perspective about where the safe areas are and what to avoid. Thanks again.

Reps to you all.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Central Park is great for children with the zoo, playgrounds, Victorian amusements, and the carousel. You should also consider taking a boat ride to see the city. The Circle Line can be long for young children, but the water taxi and even the Staten Island Ferry can offer some perspective on the city. And, the Bronx Zoo is a great outing, and I have been there with children in the two range and they were excited and entertained.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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Thanks, I was thinking about the Zoo for our first trip into the City.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, New York
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trust me you have to worry about congestion in NYC. Take them to the children's museum of manhattan ( Children's Museum of Manhattan ), toys r us times square ( Toys"R"Us - Times Square (http://www9.toysrus.com/timessquare/ - broken link) ), Nintendo world if they like video games ( Nintendo World Store ) Ripleys believe it or not odditorium ( Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium New York (http://www.ripleysnewyork.com/index.php - broken link) ) for a cool restaurant take them to mars 2112 ( The Mars 2112 Restaurant - A Themed family restaurant on Broadway, New York (http://www.mars2112.com/about.htm - broken link) )
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Gramercy
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More of a side note but you DEFINITELY want to visit Rockefeller Center around Christmas time. It's beautiful, and has a great holiday vibe. I would say even more so in recent years.
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