New York City - What to do?

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  1. D_Miranda_Wrights

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    So, I'll be in NYC (E 50th & Lexington area) from Friday evening through Tuesday. My dad had some great suggestions but hasn't been there for a few decades. Anyone have any recommendations that might fly under the radar?

    Just some parameters:

    1. I'm a poor college student, so nothing too spendy.
    2. I'm not big on touristy stuff. I'll be on my own, so I want to take an opportunity to try stuff off the beaten path.
    3. I'm open to new experience and would love something I can't do in Seattle.
    4. I'm a big city guy...I love vibrancy, density and stimulation.
    5. I love food.

    With that said, I would really appreciate the advice of you fine folks :D Thanks!
     
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    One good thing, the weather is unseasonably warm, has been all year, so there aren't many things you won't be able to do outdoors (though you will need a coat or winter fleece outerwear - last week had some of the coldest temps of the year and I was still like, damn, this is lovely. :biggrin:).

    What's your price range for food and any cuisine or item you def. want to try? Maybe some of the amazing food trucks around the city? Also any specific interests for new experiences?

    Just as an opener, my fave pizza place: L'asso on Mott L'asso - Little Italy - New York, NY
     
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    I know! I've been checking Weather.com in disbelief all month...57 degrees on Thursday. :biggrin1:

    I'm pretty open to all sorts of things (again, stuff that's harder to find in less cosmopolitan areas is cool...I've always wanted to try Afghani or Spanish food.) Food trucks are awesome.

    I would love to go to a rock concert, or any other music or comedy show...any place I can meet people...I'd even do a museum if it came recommended highly enough ;) I'm leaving myself to the whim of the people here. Spontaneity is half the fun!

    The pizza place looks great. I'll make sure to hit it :)
     
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    For Rock I usually go to big venues, like MSG or smaller ones like Terminal 5, can't say either would be conducive to singling and mingling. If you're open to any kind of music, I suggest Nublu (Nublu) - such a good, tho sweaty, vibe to the place.

    Sadly, my fave food truck is chocolafied: Wafels & Dinges - just wait for others to chime in with more highbrow fare. :08:
     
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    There are a lot of fun things to do that don't cost a great deal of money. Go on line and look at Events, activities and things to do in New York City - Time Out New York and pick up a copy when you get there. But keep in mind some of the actual touristy things can be fun too. If you would like I will meet you for a cup of coffee or something in the afternoon one day!
    Have fun!
     
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    If you want to try Afghani, I like this place called Khyber Pass, which is down in the East Village on St. Mark's Place. It's kind of a funky, inexpensive restaurant in a cool part of the city. It's easy to get to from 50th and Lex - just take the 6 train downtown to Astor Place.

    Khyber Pass - East Village - New York Magazine Restaurant Guide

    Have a good time while you're in NYC!
     
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    I used to live in New York and teach in New York....it's a great city, great people, and plenty of activities, free, of course.

    Enjoy yourself, be safe, and don't act like a tourist -- just blend in with the rest.
     
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    You can always window shop, most of the major retailers are in the 50s between 3rd and Lex.

    I do hope U like crowds of people.
     
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    If you want to try things that you can't do in seattle, come down to the East Village around St. Marks and east, lots of ethnic food - especially 6th street , go down Broadway (area below 8th street) lots of shops - MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) is always worth the trip - and at night time Time Square - even though it is touristy is very cool - as is the memorial around ground zero. Down load a NYC subway map app for free too. Have fun! been here 30 years, it's a great city.
     
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    Stand on the street outside the Empire State Building and stare straight up while saying out loud, "Gosh that's so big!"
     
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    Talk to a NY Cabbie ..always wanted to, from the ole movies days ha
    just to hear that accent, haha raaawwrrrrrr, like an Aussie twang.....................
     
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    get a subway map. You can move so much faster. The metropolitan museum of art is incredible. Go down to city hall and look at the brooklyn bridge, then you can head down to ground zero and then down to battery park where you can see the statue of liberty...

    Edit: The empire state building at night is awesome and the view at night cannot be beat

    for music go to the washington square park and walk south, there are lots of clubs
     
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    Hmmm Easiest way to not do touristy stuff stay out of touristy neighborhoods lol (Downtown - Water St./Wall St....Midtown on the east side although your staying there...Chinatown below Houston st. too) food prices change by neighborhood here pretty much...most stuff in the Lower East Side or Williamsburg (in Brooklyn) pretty reasonable as far prices go here for most things....check the free newspaper AM New York (you can get them at the entrance of almost any train station) for live music events there's something almost every night might as well get the Village Voice while your at it....get out as early as you can go see as much as you can an enjoy


    Edit: Your here from Friday till Tues am only does mon-fri(weekend edition)
     
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    Someone already posted MOMA, seeing your location it was the first thing I thought of and it is free on Fridays. If you have a student id then a lot of the museums will give you a discount. I also suggest going to MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Five Points a famous graffiti spot is right near it and it will be torn down shortly so those are two cool things to see next to each other. The Met and Museum of Natural History are also great. You should check out the Highline, a park over the Meat Packing district, with great views and an interesting concept. There are a lot of galleries in SoHo that let you browse, try walking the blocks from Houston south to Broome, between Greene and Lafayette. You haven't mentioned what music you like or would be interested in, I can offer a lot of suggestions based on what you like and there are a lot of good free cheap things. There are a lot of Spanish food options so it depends on what you are looking for if you want guidance

    Some cheap eats I like-

    Patisserie Claude for chocolate croissants and quiche($2-4 per item) is really just awesome 187 W 4th St
    Biryani Cart for their chicken kati rolls(46th and 6th)
    Dessert Truck for their hot chocolate(check twitter and they have a location)
    Prosperity Dumpling for dumplings and their off the menu duck scallion pancake about $5 for a whole meal(Eldridge St)
    Mexican truck(forgot the name) for chicken or cheese with pepper tamales $2 each(4th Ave at Astor Pl weekdays)
    Aroma for really good Israeli coffee and burekas sandwich- pastry with potato, egg, hummus, pickle $6(Houston and Greene)
    check Real Cheap Eats NYC - 194 Cheap Eats for $10 or Less in New York for good ideas too

    Khyber Pass is a lot of fun and close to Mc Sorleys, the second oldest bar in NY. You should also check shops like Trash and Vaudeville while you are on St Marks

    Your profile says you are Native American and if you are into your culture, the National Museum of the Native American is in the financial district National Museum of the American Indian

    The cheaper and better comedy clubs are West Village, sometimes no cover if you go early but there is usually a drink minimum

    A few things I recommend-

    - get a one week unlimited Metro Card
    - take the bus instead of the subway if you are heading downtown so you can get off if you see something that interests you
    - avoid comedy club scams around Times Sq
    - map out what you want to do on a subway map before you get here
    - to Brooklyn at least once and Queens for Spanish food
     
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