USA Sim Cards for unlocked foreign based phones
I have a sony ericsson unlocked phone and when i get to usa, i use the prepaid card of T Mobile. ATT also offers sim cards. they are ten cents per minute to use, to call within usa or to receive a call. if you load more money on to the card, it becomes slightly cheaper, more like 8 cents a minute. you can also text send and receive. t mobile card does not permit internet/email etc.
Dont'stand on the walls!
I love New York city especially during Christmas!!! What a beautiful city...even with the freezing weather you'll still want to walk around the city and visit the cute cafe's and shops! Lot's of people but lots of fun! The Big Apple Circus is great for kids and even fun for adults! I had a great time and would go again when in NY. Mars restaurant is another great place for kids and I was actually impressed with the food for a child friendly place. My pictures didn't come out ...unfortunately... yes I need a digital. ;)
Check out Central Park - its...
Check out Central Park - its just superb. Also The New York Mercantile Exchange is worth a (free) visit to see the world's biggest oil and commodity futures markets in action. The museam of modern art on 47th street is a definite must. Shopping on Fifth Avenue is also MANDATORY for all visitors! Browsing in Barnes & Nobles on the upper West Side
New York City Tip
My fondest memory will be the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. It is a New York tradition part Mardi Gras part Art parade celebrating the start of summer. It is always celebrated the Saturday after the summer solstice. A convention of Mermaids,Little Mermaids,Mermen,Sea Creatures,and Neptunes and anyone can participate by registering prior to the event.
NYC layout a.k.a. hidden meanings in numbers
For numerology or gematria-loving kabbalists, this will be a disappointment. For tourists, travelers and drivers in NYC, this info will help. Though I thought it was common knowledge, maybe it's not. In any case, the NYC numbered street and avenue system does follow a rule...for the most part.
EVEN numbered streets run west-to-east
ODD numbered streets run east-to-west
EVEN numbered avenues run south-to-north
ODD numbered avenues run north-to-south
Exceptions: (and they're always exceptions!)
Broadway runs both ways north of 59th St., and south from 59th down to the Battery.
Park Avenue runs both ways (including Park Ave. South)
Madison runs north, Lexington runs south
Certain cross streets run both ways (96th, 86th, 79th, 72nd, 59th, 42nd, 34th, 23rd, 14th, Houston, Delancey, Canal...)
Generally, north of 14th Street is gridded, south of 14th is pretzel logic. My final tip for visitors to NY- do yourself, your nerves and auto insurance company rates a favor and take public transportation in Manhattan. :)