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#1 MrsV

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 02:36 PM

So we've decided again on where we want to visit during our holidays in May.

Third time lucky .... it's New York and Washington DC here we come.

First time we were due to go Ansett collapsed and so did the frequent flyer tickets we had booked, the 2nd time we were set to leave in a week then the war in Iraq started and we heard that most of Washington DC's attractions had closed down. So we ended up going to Europe instead which was well worth it.

So lets hope that this year is the year.

Now my question is .... actually Nat, you'd sure to know this one ..... what's the weather like mid May in New York? Please tell me it's still alittle coolish. It's getting onto summer though but I'd still love to get into the jeans and long jacket.

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 03:08 PM

Well I might just see you in DC! We're going to be there mid May as well, visiting our best man who lives there. He has told us that the weather in May is quite nice, low 20's is usually the norm.

I love NYC and would love to be able to go there this time, but time won't permit! Have a great trip!

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 03:10 PM

Kathryn, it can be quite cool at the beginning of May, warmer towards the end, definately jeans and jacket weather though. We're are you staying in New York?

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 08:04 PM

QUOTE (USANatalie @ Mar 1 2004, 04:10 PM)
Kathryn, it can be quite cool at the beginning of May, warmer towards the end, definately jeans and jacket weather though. We're are you staying in New York?

Thanks Nat

We are looking at staying at the Millenium Hotel in Times Square. Do you know of it?

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Posted 01 March 2004 - 09:18 PM

Hi kathryn

NYC is my favororite city in the entire world!!!! We love it!! Our first overseas trip with the poppett will be back to NY next year (via Canada to see family)

If you need any help or suggestions planning pls email me..... especially as I am very much back in the consulting game (as of tomorrow!)

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 07:29 AM

QUOTE (Kathryn Varpins @ Mar 1 2004, 09:04 PM)
We are looking at staying at the Millenium Hotel in Times Square. Do you know of it?

I know where it is, but have never been in there, great location though.

What sightseeing are you going to do?

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 06:34 PM

How exciting! You\ll have a wonderful time!

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Posted 02 March 2004 - 10:04 PM

QUOTE (USANatalie @ Mar 2 2004, 08:29 AM)


What sightseeing are you going to do?

~Nat

I've been reading on the internet about the hop-on hop-off red double decker bus to get around Manhattan. Haven't looked at the website for a while now but I believe you can buy a two day pass to hop on and off at the major attractions.

We've just got the touristy things in mind at the moment. Statue of Liberty, Cruise around the island, Central Park, Rockafellar Plaza, Central Station, Central Park, Broadway show (I'm wanting to see Hugh baby in the Peter Allan play), Music Hall.

Can you suggest anything else Nat, or not recommend doing?

You are such a great wealth of information. Thanks for this.

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 12:55 PM

The hop on hop off is a great way to do the city, it'll give you a good feel for the place.

Music hall? Which one? Carnagie or Radio City? To be honest sweets, they're both just really big theatres. I don't know if you can even do tours. But if you're into music than should should go right ahead.

Definately a cruise around the Island, a great way to put it all in perspective. You should also go shopping on Canal Street which borders Chinatown. Lots of good quality designer knockoffs, but look carefully, there's a lot of crap there too. Good souviner stuff and silver jewellery etc. You should also go shopping on West Broadway, lots of designer stores that are fun to look around - not as pretentious as 5th or Madison AND if you do it during a weekday there's a good chance you'll see a celebrity. Forget about Little Italy, most of the Italians have left! There's just a few touristy restaurants that aren't very good, it's right near Chinatown so I think they are squeezing them out.

Go shopping in Bloomingdales and Barneys, check out Tiffany's just for fun. If you need restaurant recommendations then try Tao, it's really cool and *fairly* reasonably priced (talking by NY prices), it's on the Upper East Side. It has a large buddha in it, when I say large I mean two stories high bronze buddha, it was featured in Sex And the City.

Why not try and take in a talk show? Ricki Lake films in New York and it's easy to get tickets, you can also get them on the day if you walk in. I've been twice and it's good fun and you get to be on TV. Speaking of, how could I forget! Get up early and go to Rockefeller Center where they tape The Today Show every morning, take a sign and get on TV! (I've also done that a few times!) Another New York institution!

Can't forget the Empire State Building - though get there early, I've heard of the lines being 3-5 hours long. Also, if you want a fancy dinner with a great view and an even greater price, then try The Rainbow Room, it was the restaurant Meg Ryan was at in the movie "Sleepless In Seattle" when she was looking at the Empire State. It's a New York institution and you can just go up for a drink if you don't want dinner (it's right at Rockefeller Center).

You have to try a New York pizza!! and have bagels and creamcheese and coffee for breakfast! Go to Jazz in the East Village and hang out with the bohemian types (tattoos and piercings etc)!

If you're going clubbing - go to the West Village, lots of cool places to hang out.

Another great restaurant is The Blue Water Grill at Union Square, if you eat downstairs it's cheaper and they have shows some nights. Try www.citysearch.com to find restaurants, clubs etc that fit in your price range.

Also, Kohls and Loemans are good places to shop, they're like cheap discount designer department stores, you can pick up good clothes and things at cheap prices but you have to look carefully to make sure things are in good condition before you buy them.

I'm just thinking of what else - I mean, of course there's heaps of things but you had a lot of them covered in your last post. I'll keep thinking.

There's also a huge new shopping center, apartment complex, restaurant hub opened at No 1 Central Park. I can't wait to visit that when I go back.

~Nat

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 01:03 PM

Sounds like you're going to have a fantastic time. How exciting for you.

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 07:25 PM

Nat, I can't thank you enough. I'm just about to print that post of yours out.

Reading that has made me even more excited. We did look at seeing a talkshow like Dave Letterman or even John Edward .... but it seems John Edward has a 5 year waiting list and Dave Letterman .... well .... must admit, I don't find him that funny. I didn't realise Ricky Lake was taped in NY so I may check that one out.

As for the Music Hall I did actually mean Radio City. But I'm not really that into music so I'll put that at the bottom of my list and if we have time then we may go and see it.

But .... I must admit, I really, really want to see a celebrity so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled wherever we go.

Any more info that you've got Nat will be welcomed. Thanks again for all of your wonderful information. I owe you.

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 09:49 PM

Let me give you a tip re: The Hop on Hop off bus tour. Your ticket is valid for 48hrs-beginning at the time you validate it. It is made up of three loops: The Uptown loop, The Downtown loop and the Night loop.

My suggestion: Dont validate your pass until 6pm one night and then immediently do the Night Loop (my fav..you go over the Brooklyn Bridge then look back at the lights of Manhatten). By validating it at 6pm that mean you have all teh next day and teh next until 6pm to use the rest of your tickets... so maybe do the downtown loop the next day until the last bus, and use the Uptown loop the third day until 6pm.

Do you get what I mean???

Also..Statue of liberty- do not pay to go to Ellis island as you can't see as much as you used to be able to due to security blah blah. Instead, take the hop on bus to Battery park in the financial district and jump on the free Staten Island Ferry. It takes about 45 mins to get to Staten Island tehn just jump on the same ferry back again. You go right past the Stature of Liberty and can get unreal photos from the open decks of the ferry. I love to this right on sunset and get the sun setting ebhinds the stature....my fav photo from my travels.

Another fav: you must go to Century 21...it is alos in the financail district across the road from where the world trade centre was. This store is unbeleivelable!!! All the big names for majorly discounted prices- i got a pair of calvien klien jeans for about $10. Just remember to wear good underwear that day as it is a big communal change room.

For broadway tickets at half price there are TWO places to get tehm..one is in Times square (looong lines) the other is hidden down on the tip of Manhatten. If you take the Downtown hop on bus to the stop after Battery Park there is never a line at this wondow but they sell the same Broadway seast as the other half price place.

If you a Seinfeld fan, then Toms Diner is on the corner of 112th and Broadway... it is the restaurant that jerry and co sit in all the time with the big blue letters 'restaurant' on teh outside.

I could talk about NYC forever..seriosuly my favourite city in the whole world!!

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Posted 05 March 2004 - 01:29 AM

QUOTE (Little Poppett @ Mar 4 2004, 10:49 PM)
If you a Seinfeld fan, then Toms Diner is on the corner of 11th and Amsterdam... it is the restaurant that jerry and co sit in all the time with the big blue letters 'restaurant' on teh outside.


Hey Court - It's actually on 112th and Broadway. I used to live on 114th and Broadway and walked past it all the time and had to push through all the tourists taking photos! Don't eat there though Kat! It's not the nicest place for food!

Did you know there actually is a Soup Nazi? He only operates 4 months a year, I've been to him and you really had better know your order, he doesn't suffer time wasters. Ash was afraid of him. tongue.gif

~Nat



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Posted 05 March 2004 - 09:57 PM

QUOTE (USANatalie @ Mar 5 2004, 02:29 AM)
Hey Court - It's actually on 112th and Broadway.

oooops typo!! 11th and Amsterdam would be NOWHERE near it!!

thanks for correctly that or poor kathryn would be about 101 blocks too far south and one block to the side wrong!

sorry kathryn!

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Posted 06 March 2004 - 05:26 PM

Hope it all goes to plan this time
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