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Old 06-03-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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Recently got back from 4 days in Manhattan. Random thoughts/observations:

-I have been to many big cities, L.A., Miami, Toronto, Portland, Or, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Rome, etc, and NYC is my new favorite, replacing Toronto.
-I love the pace of the city, its lively, but not hectic.
-Its the only place I have ever been in my life where I never felt judged. This is the beauty of NYC - you can be whomever you want, dress however you'd like, etc, and no one cares. You are just part of this amazing melting pot. This might be the most difficult part of NYC to duplicate in other metropolises and maybe why so many people say its the world's greatest city.
-The city is very efficient. Not just public transportation, everything. Its a surprisingly easy city to be in and navigate.
-There is so much pavement. I didn't notice until the second day when we walked by a small cemetery and I saw grass. It had been a day since I'd seen a large patch of grass.
-I dislike Times Square. Its a nightmare of tourists, chain restaurants, and noise. Stayed at the Westin in Times Square, and besides sleeping and showering, we got the hell out of the area.
-I really like the Chelsea and Tribeca areas.
-The Grand Hotel has a beautiful lobby and lounge. Stopped by for a late-afternoon drink after SoHo shopping, highly recommended.
-Central park is a wonderful respite from the city and provides great views, but I was a little disappointed - I still couldn't get away from people. I realize that in a city of 20 million that that is difficult, but still.
-Most all of the food we had in the city was wonderful, especially Tabla. The 10-course tasting menu is excellent, and fairly cheap at $54/person.
-Its a very expensive city, but I didn't find it prohibitively so.
-Everyone from the city we encountered was very friendly, somewhat surprising for a huge metropolis.
-LGA is tiny. Its seems like a temporary airport off-site somewhere while they are busy building the new, real airport.
-The subway was great...and ridiculously extensive. It's a little dirty, but it's a subway. I like Toronto's better, but its also newer.
-SoHo has the best shopping, at least that we encountered.

Wished I was able to spend another day or two, but I'll definitely be back soon. NYC is wonderful city, New Yorkers should be proud (and they are, lol).
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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-I really like the Chelsea and Tribeca areas


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-LGA is tiny. Its seems like a temporary airport off-site somewhere while they are busy building the new, real airport.
are you sure you weren't @ the marine terminal? it's an off site extension catering to close domestic flights like DC or Boston. but LGA in general caters to mostly domestic flights that's why its smaller than the others. although, i haven't been there in a while, maybe they are expanding..

i'm sure someone else here can confirm that..
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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If you thought Manhattan was impressive, next time come visit the other four boroughs!
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:20 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Recently got back from 4 days in Manhattan. Random thoughts/observations:

-LGA is tiny. Its seems like a temporary airport off-site somewhere while they are busy building the new, real airport.
LaGuardia is the old "city" airport. Most traffic was supposed to be replaced by JFK and Newark (similar to Chicago-Midway vs. Chicago-O'Hare). The problem it that it's much more convenient to Manhattan than the other airports and demand in the city is so high that it's been stretched beyond its initial design. It's surrounded by houses making it politically impossible to expand.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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If you thought Manhattan was impressive, next time come visit the other four boroughs!
I definitely plan to. Since I only had 4 days for this trip I didn't want to spread myself too thin. But I know I have a lot more to see.
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:04 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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-Times Square *is* a nightmare. (as are some of the other "squares")
-JFK is the main airport
-Portland is a boutique city, not a big city. (Seattle is the big city in the Pacific NW)
-Someone is usually always in your way in New York. I liken it to being at the county fair every single day.
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:13 AM
 
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Recently got back from 4 days in Manhattan. Random thoughts/observations:

-I have been to many big cities, L.A., Miami, Toronto, Portland, Or, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Rome, etc, and NYC is my new favorite, replacing Toronto.
-I love the pace of the city, its lively, but not hectic.
-Its the only place I have ever been in my life where I never felt judged. This is the beauty of NYC - you can be whomever you want, dress however you'd like, etc, and no one cares. You are just part of this amazing melting pot. This might be the most difficult part of NYC to duplicate in other metropolises and maybe why so many people say its the world's greatest city.
-The city is very efficient. Not just public transportation, everything. Its a surprisingly easy city to be in and navigate.
-There is so much pavement. I didn't notice until the second day when we walked by a small cemetery and I saw grass. It had been a day since I'd seen a large patch of grass.
-I dislike Times Square. Its a nightmare of tourists, chain restaurants, and noise. Stayed at the Westin in Times Square, and besides sleeping and showering, we got the hell out of the area.
-I really like the Chelsea and Tribeca areas.
-The Grand Hotel has a beautiful lobby and lounge. Stopped by for a late-afternoon drink after SoHo shopping, highly recommended.
-Central park is a wonderful respite from the city and provides great views, but I was a little disappointed - I still couldn't get away from people. I realize that in a city of 20 million that that is difficult, but still.
-Most all of the food we had in the city was wonderful, especially Tabla. The 10-course tasting menu is excellent, and fairly cheap at $54/person.
-Its a very expensive city, but I didn't find it prohibitively so.
-Everyone from the city we encountered was very friendly, somewhat surprising for a huge metropolis.
-LGA is tiny. Its seems like a temporary airport off-site somewhere while they are busy building the new, real airport.
-The subway was great...and ridiculously extensive. It's a little dirty, but it's a subway. I like Toronto's better, but its also newer.
-SoHo has the best shopping, at least that we encountered.

Wished I was able to spend another day or two, but I'll definitely be back soon. NYC is wonderful city, New Yorkers should be proud (and they are, lol).
I'd love to live in NYC, if only they respected the Second Amendment like we do here in Arizona.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:46 AM
 
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You came away with some pretty accurate impressions of NYC! The one thing I always liked about living in the outerboroughs was the ability to get away from the pace of Manhattan. It is truly a 24 hour city. However there are some amazing pockets of calm in Manhattan such as The Cloisters and The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, two very relaxing environments.

A photo from The Conservatory Garden, Central Park:

http://stylepeterson.com/new-york/conservatory-garden.jpg (broken link)
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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I am glad you like our city. Your impressions are pretty accurate. One thing you need to do is see it from the water. I have lived here my whole life; when I took an evening cruise (it may have been a jazz cruise) I realized that there was a whole perspective that I forgot about.
You can take the Staten Island Ferry for free, or go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to get a similar experience.
Try taking a bike tour of Central Park. They are renting really nice bikes and it is not very expensive.
There are also pockets of peace in several of the museums.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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I'd love to live in NYC, if only they respected the Second Amendment like we do here in Arizona.
But, John, we do have a well-regulated militia.
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