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Old 02-20-2019, 01:42 PM
 
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You're in the vast minority of VISITORS to NYC, whose opinions you asked for, if you think NYC is not fast paced. Most visitors go to Manhattan, not the suburbs (like North Brooklyn), and Manhattan is homogenized compared to what it used to be. I left NYC a little over a year ago and am now a frequent visitor, therefore one of the people you asked for an opinion and you've done nothing but argue when none of us asked for your thoughts, as well as accused me of being out of the loop. Further, I didn't say anything about drugstore chains competing with bodegas. If you don't like bodegas, go to 7-11 for your smoking paraphernalia and don't ask other people what they think.
I'm not a visitor, I've lived in New York my whole life. North Brooklyn is not a suburb at all, it is no less representative of NYC than Midtown Manhattan. More people live in Brooklyn than Manhattan, and Brooklyn is just as prestigious as Manhattan these days.

You are a former New Yorker, which proves my point that the only people I'm arguing with are ex New Yorkers and not tourists like the thread was intended for. I never said I didn't like bodegas, so I don't know why you mention that.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:52 PM
 
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i'm a ny native I work here & live in the suburbs. Everyday I set foot in NYC, it's magical.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:36 PM
 
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One of the great cities of the world. Used to go a lot when I worked in finance. Love the energy. For several years I would spend a few days there at Christmas time enjoying the sights & lights & shopping. Never found the locals to be rude.

This is coming from a life-long New Englander
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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We went last year at Christmas. Record Cold temps. We dressed appropriately, but the cold kept everyone but the tourists inside. If we went off the beaten path we may as well have been visiting a stage set. We stayed at an Air BnB and had a voucher for our plane tickets, but it was still pretty expensive. We tried to go to the Metropolitan Museum of art which was wall to wall people. Ended up at the MOMA which was the highlight of the trip, as well as Ellen's Starlight Cafe. People were very nice every where we went (except for some notably pushy tourist but they don't count)

I can see amazing theater in any decent sized town, so I really have no intention of ever visiting NY again. There are too many places I haven't been (never been out of north america).
Yes, Christmas is a heavy tourist time and very crowded, as well as more expensive because of the competition for hotel rooms.

I read that the lowest hotel occupancy rate for the city is second week of February, at about 60%. Probably get the best deals then, but might have weather issues.
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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When I read that Bloomberg wanted to make NYC the quietest big city in the U.S. I had to hear it to believe it. I did notice the signs in different areas of Manhattan: $350 fine for honking your horn in a residential area. And I was told Police sirens were also banned as well as car alarms. I was last there in 2009 and I never even heard a loud thumping boom car, it was all pleasantly quiet.

I applaud Bloomberg for the noise reduction, but when I last heard that you can't smoke in city parks or even office plaza's, I guess, as long as I'm still smoking, I won't be returning to where I'm not wanted.

My first trip to NYC was in 1970 and I do believe Bloomberg went too far in cleaning up the city, sanitizing it.
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:38 AM
 
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When I read that Bloomberg wanted to make NYC the quietest big city in the U.S. I had to hear it to believe it. I did notice the signs in different areas of Manhattan: $350 fine for honking your horn in a residential area. And I was told Police sirens were also banned as well as car alarms. I was last there in 2009 and I never even heard a loud thumping boom car, it was all pleasantly quiet.

I applaud Bloomberg for the noise reduction, but when I last heard that you can't smoke in city parks or even office plaza's, I guess, as long as I'm still smoking, I won't be returning to where I'm not wanted.

My first trip to NYC was in 1970 and I do believe Bloomberg went too far in cleaning up the city, sanitizing it.
Although NYC's government is extremely anti-smoking, the people really aren't. Smoking is socially acceptable and you will see people smoking everywhere (such as outside of offices, bars, walking down the street, etc.)

I smoke and I don"t feel unwelcome
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:23 PM
 
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Interesting, nobody commented on my Central Park comment. Is summer a "bad" time to visit Central Park? Is there some entrances better than others? Is there an ideal season to visit? Time of Day? Day of the week?

It was a lovely park, but it was absolutely packed when I visited in summer.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:13 PM
 
Location: NYC
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No, summer is a lovely time to visit, as is spring & autumn. It is the busiest in summer though & the entrances on the south end on 59 St would definitely be the most crowded since they front midtown. The further north one goes typically there are less people. There are all sorts of events, sports & regular gatherings of different types of groups all over the park especially on summer weekends.

"Better" depends on what one wants to see or visit as far as entrances, each entrance has different aspects.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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No, summer is a lovely time to visit, as is spring & autumn. It is the busiest in summer though & the entrances on the south end on 59 St would definitely be the most crowded since they front midtown. The further north one goes typically there are less people. There are all sorts of events, sports & regular gatherings of different types of groups all over the park especially on summer weekends.

"Better" depends on what one wants to see or visit as far as entrances, each entrance has different aspects.
The catch is, when is spring in NYC?

Went there mid-March back in 2015, it was ridiculously cold. The worst part was I couldn't get home on time because flights were canceled off due to adverse weather conditions.
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Old 02-22-2019, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Never been to NY but my grandkids have visited a few times....for some reason looking at it now it doesnt attract me at all... I would have loved to have seen it back in the day though. maybe early 20th century to the 1960s... or I might just be sentimental about movies Ive seen from those times..... My grandaughter much preferred San Fransisco to NY and said she would go back there...
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