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Old 07-10-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Rather than taking the R local train from 51st St/2nd Ave., it is faster to take the 4 or 5 express trains to the Bowling Green station.
Heh, heh. Just 8 days ago (as I type this) I walked from the Staten Island Ferry area north to try to find what becomes the Lexington Avenue subway (4/5/6 trains) and I had a hell of a time finding the Bowling Green subway station (I did eventually find it)! (I was using the NYC MTA subway map as my guide, realizing that map is not entirely geographically accurate so it can show all the stations in a readable manner on a map.) I suspect it would be easier to find the Staten Island Ferry station from the Bowling Green subway station (which is a few blocks north of the ferry station) than the other way around.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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It's hard to pinpoint an area as there as so many neat ones. Personally I find riding the bus to be a good way to see a lot of real estate. You can purchase passes in any subway station that's good for the bus or subway. They still have bus transfers within a two hour window but you have to ask the driver before you get off.

One idea is to take the cross town bus at 42nd St to the main branch of the city library on 5th Ave. There's a wonderfully large park behind it with tables, trees, and a great assortment of people, food, and activities. You could walk up 5th ave after that and hit Rockefeller Ctr, MOMA, and St Pats till you get to the Apple store go across the park to the CNN center on the NE section of C Park.

Then you could take the bus down Broadway Union Sq which has a transportation hub. There's a small, what looks like a news stand, on Park Ave S across from the park next to the film acandemy that has tables in the back and a buffet table where you disk out an assortment of cooked food you pay by the pound for and eat there. Very informal, cheap, and good.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:27 AM
 
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It's hard to pinpoint an area as there as so many neat ones. Personally I find riding the bus to be a good way to see a lot of real estate. You can purchase passes in any subway station that's good for the bus or subway. They still have bus transfers within a two hour window but you have to ask the driver before you get off.

One idea is to take the cross town bus at 42nd St to the main branch of the city library on 5th Ave. There's a wonderfully large park behind it with tables, trees, and a great assortment of people, food, and activities. You could walk up 5th ave after that and hit Rockefeller Ctr, MOMA, and St Pats till you get to the Apple store go across the park to the CNN center on the NE section of C Park.

Then you could take the bus down Broadway Union Sq which has a transportation hub. There's a small, what looks like a news stand, on Park Ave S across from the park next to the film acandemy that has tables in the back and a buffet table where you disk out an assortment of cooked food you pay by the pound for and eat there. Very informal, cheap, and good.
Let me add that the main branch of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue (between 40-42nd Sts) has several permanent free exhibits (like a museum) on its top (3rd) floor and one changing free exhibit on the 1st floor.
As for the MOMA, I believe that on Fridays after 4PM there is a policy of paying what you wish as an entrance fee.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:29 AM
 
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Heh, heh. Just 8 days ago (as I type this) I walked from the Staten Island Ferry area north to try to find what becomes the Lexington Avenue subway (4/5/6 trains) and I had a hell of a time finding the Bowling Green subway station (I did eventually find it)! (I was using the NYC MTA subway map as my guide, realizing that map is not entirely geographically accurate so it can show all the stations in a readable manner on a map.) I suspect it would be easier to find the Staten Island Ferry station from the Bowling Green subway station (which is a few blocks north of the ferry station) than the other way around.
If one is coming via the 4/5 trains to the area and getting off at the Bowling Green subway station it isn't a problem to find the Staten Island ferry station. (If I remember correctly inside the station it tells you which exit is the closest.)
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I did the Ellis island and statue of Liberty in January. It was cold but not crowded. I found when my relative came over on the computer at EI, kind of cool. 1907!
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