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  • Downtown skyscrapers
    Downtown skyscrapers
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  • Signs on Fifth Avenue
    Signs on Fifth Avenue
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  • In Downtown Manhattan
    In Downtown Manhattan
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    Street art

    by marielexoteria Updated Feb 3, 2010

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    Favorite thing: One good thing about art is that it can be created to make seemingly ordinary things beautiful, and sometimes with little hassle.

    Picture 1: look how someone decorated this fence, on a construction site by South Seaport pier.

    Picture 2: this man is playing the violin on a beautiful day in Battery Park, hoping to get some bucks. He started playing "The Addams Family" theme song and then some other tunes.

    Pictures 3 and 4: my personal favorites, these cranes somewhere along the East River, on the Brooklyn side (and can be found around Newark airport as well) made me think of "trojan horses".

    Art on a fence Fiddler at Battery Park A modern trojan horse, taken in Brooklyn Newark trojan horses, taken from the SI ferry
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    Navigating the city

    by toonsarah Written Nov 13, 2008

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    Favorite thing: New York consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. On this visit we spent almost all our time in the first of these, as most visitors do, although we set foot briefly on Staten Island (see my Staten Island Ferry tip) and spent an hour or so in Brooklyn. Last time round we also went to the Bronx, where there is a world-class zoo and lovely botanical gardens.

    The districts of Manhattan are usually described as being either in Uptown, Midtown or Downtown. In the first of these, above 59th Street, you’ll find Harlem, Washington Heights, the Upper East and West Sides, and Central Park itself. Midtown starts at the southern edge of Central Park and covers Times Square and the Theater District, the Flatiron District, Herald Square and the surrounding Garment District, Chelsea and Midtown East and West. Downtown begins below 14th Street, where the grid pattern of streets breaks down. It has arguably the most varied districts, with leafy Battery Park, the skyscrapers of the Financial District, low-rise Soho and Greenwich Village, and colourful Chinatown and Little Italy. Each of these districts has its own character and it’s a matter of taste which you enjoy most and choose to spend your time in, but do try to see as many as possible. I loved more the relaxed atmosphere of Central Park West, where we stayed, and laid-back (by New York standards) Greenwich Village and Soho; but also the dramatic skyscrapers of Midtown and the vibrancy of up-and-coming areas such as the Meatpackers’ District and the ethnic mix on the Lower East Side.

    Much of the city is laid out in a grid pattern, with Avenues running north to south and Streets east to west. The exception to this is Broadway, which starts on the West Side in parallel with the avenues but suddenly veers off on a diagonal at about 71st Street and ends up near Battery Park. The system also breaks down totally south of 14th Street, so that in parts of Greenwich Village, for instance, streets cross each other rather than running parallel to each other. The numbering system for the streets also disappears, though not completely, so you’ll find Christopher, Bleecker, MacDougal, Spring, Houston, Canal and numerous other street names.

    Where the grid system is in place it makes getting around very simple. Blocks are consistent in size, so you can easily estimate walking times and distance, and building numbers reflect their block, with each 100 being a block from Fifth Avenue, or from Central Park. The numbers below 100 are on the first block, 100-199 on the second, 200-299 on the third and so on. For example, our hotel was number 117 79th Street W, indicating that it was in the second block west of the park. Many locations are described according to the nearest junction - taking our hotel as an example again, its location can be given as “79th Street West and Columbus”, but bear in mind that this means it is near that junction, not necessarily right on the corner. Downtown this system doesn’t really work, so get out your map or simply enjoy getting lost!

    Signs on Fifth Avenue In Downtown Manhattan Downtown skyscrapers

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    The largest borough of New York City

    by csordila Written Aug 15, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The Dutch colony of Breuckelen eventually became one of the most populated areas in the United States. Originally, Brooklyn consists of six separate Dutch towns, - Breuckelen, Gravesend, New Amersfoort, Midwout, New Utrecht, and Boswijck
    Today it is best known as the largest of New York City's five boroughs -- and home to more than 2 million people.

    Fondest memory: The Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, Fulton's Ferry, and the Dodgers are just a few of the magical names associated with Brooklyn.

    View from Manhattan
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    New York City versus Manhattan

    by shutterlust Written Jun 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: New York City is made up of five boroughs. The one you're probably thinking of as symbolizing all of New York City is Manhattan. That's the 'main island'. The others are the Bronx (directly north of Manhattan), Staten Island (the floating garbage dump, which is directly south of Manhattan), Queens, east of midtown and Brooklyn to the lower east of Manhattan.

    Many tourists rarely head outside of Manhattan, and usually, if they do it's either to visit friends or family, or they take the wrong line or forget to get off. My tip to you, check out the other boroughs, specifically Brooklyn. Take the train to Brooklyn and be rewarded with a grand skyscraper scene of Manhattan, both out to Brooklyn and back to Manhattan. Or take the Staten Island ferry for a lovely scene of downtown Manhattan. Walk the Brooklyn bridge, get some exercise, remember that scene of Carrie from Sex and the City on the Brooklyn Bridge. Go imitate her, get outside of Manhattan and enjoy New York City.

    (and this is all coming from a Manhattanite. Hey! I can appreciate borough life too!) lol

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    Brooklyn Lager....ROCKS!

    by Bela_LUng Written Dec 11, 2005

    Favorite thing: Brooklyn Brewery makes a bunch of beers and they are awesome. My room mates and I drank a lot of this beer while in town. We in fact drank a keg of it at one bar. Ran the tap dry. OH YEAH!

    Damm good lager, pilsner and pennant ale. Wee! Brewery is in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and does tours.

    DRINK BROOKLYN BREWERY BEERS DAMNIT!

    Fondest memory: Getting really fscking drunk all the time.

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  • Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staen Island, NYC

    by dianediane Written Jun 19, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Anyone who uses the term "outer boroughs" is obviously a non-native of NYC (even if they live here now). We never use it. Just remember, Brooklyn (twice the size of Paris), Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island are all in NYC. Not just Manhattan. Enjoy it all.

    (Try walking across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan - you'll end up in Brooklyn Heights,a great neighborhood, with great vistas of Manhattan, or go to Flushing, Queens for authentic Asian - all types of - food. Walk around Williamsburg, Brooklyn to see Hispanics, tatood artsy types and Hasiidim all enmeshed in one neighborhood. The Bronx Botanical Gardens is beautiful and huge - and is next to the world-famous Bronx Zoo.)

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  • Brooklyn, NYC

    by dianediane Written Jun 19, 2005

    Favorite thing: Anyone who uses the term "outer boroughs" is obviously a non-native of NYC (even if they live here now). We never use it. Just remember, Brooklyn (twice the size of Paris), Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island are all in NYC. Not just Manhattan. Enjoy it all.

    (Try walking across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan - you'll end up in Brooklyn Heights,a great neighborhood, with great vistas of Manhattan, or go to Flushing, Queens for authentic Asian - all types of - food. Walk around Williamsburg, Brooklyn to see Hispanics, tatood artsy types and Hasiidim all enmeshed in one neighborhood. The Bronx Botanical Gardens is beautiful and huge - and is next to the world-famous Bronx Zoo.)

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  • Good Half Day

    by Terrajarret Written May 12, 2004

    Favorite thing: Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. They can easily be hit in a half day. The Museum's collection is extensive, there is something for everyone. A modern art wing for the "hip", classical art for the distinguished and an armour and egypt exhibit that the kids will be entertained my. The park is beautiful in winter and summer. It's a great place to go ice skating, or in nice weather have a picnic.

    Fondest memory: Easily finding my own spots in the park and people watching. There are all sorts here and it's quite a sight to behold.

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    Just across the river and it...

    by irisbe Updated Jan 10, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Just across the river and it almost looks a different world ... BROOKLYN!
    Take that bus and make a tour around!
    Try some of those bagel (LOL sargentjeff made me write "bagel" a 100 times1) and make a stop at the little bakery that was the scenery of Moonstruck, the movie with Cher (who is I am told coming from Brooklyn)

    Fondest memory: I marveled at the view you had on Manhattan!

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    Growing up in Brooklyn after age 10.

    by MissyWQ Updated Sep 29, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Old info: I was in the minority at P.S. 222 and Madison High School in Brooklyn as a WASP of Norwegian Lutheran heritage but I highly respected all my Jewish friends.They valued learning and taught tolerance.(I like the word acceptance better than tolerance.) One Jewish Madison teacher said to our class, we are all more culturally alike than betw. one from our school and a foreign student from Israel.
    My Girl Scout Mariner troup was the best in Brooklyn in 1950.(All were Jewish girls except the Leader and myself) We met at a Baptist Church. Whenever there was a special event we sang as a group. We even were on the Central Park Platform stage with the N.Y.mayor and Bernard M. Baruch, counselor to Presidents.(So Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Diana Ross: We were there singing FIRST in our little Girl Scout Mariner (sailor) outfits!

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    Check out all the different...

    by kunchik Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Check out all the different neighborhoods. New York (and that includes Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island) is all about cultural variety.

    For some good ethnic food and culture see these places:

    Russian - Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
    Moroccan - Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn Hts, Brooklyn
    Chinese - Chinatown, Manhattan
    Dominican - Washington Hts, Manhattan
    Colombian - Roosevelt Ave, Queens
    Korean - 32nd, 33rd Streets in Manhattan; Elmhurst, Queens
    Vietnamese - some excellent places in Chinatown
    Arabic - Queens, Brooklyn
    Greek - Astoria, Queens
    Japanese - Sushi is the #1 food in Manhattan
    Brazilian - 46th Street, Manhattan - Theater District
    Puerto Rican - Spanish Harlem, Manhattan
    Soul Food - Harlem, Manhattan
    Indian - EVERYWHERE in NY

    I'll add more as I think of them!

    Also, right accross the river in West New York (that's the name of the city), New Jersey, there's a very Latin area around Bergenline Avenue, where there's excellent Peruvian (very good ceviche), Ecuadorian, Mexican (real mexican, not gringo), Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, etc... food.

    The photo is from a Russian restaurant in Brighton Beach (where we celebrated my mom's birthday) - lots of food, lots of alcohol, and lots of music.

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    Brooklyn HeightsBrooklyn...

    by Chris_Dahlia Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Brooklyn HeightsBrooklyn Heights is one of the oldest and most charming residential neighborhoods in New York City that still maintains its mid-1800's look. Not only is it quiet, full of tree-lined streets, and contrasting brownstones; but it's also where the Brooklyn Bridge and the Promenade are found. If you go for a stroll, you'll see numerous beautiful churches, parks and outdoor cafes where neighbors and weekend visitors congregate to relax. But if what you're looking for are small local shops, you can find those too along Montague Street and the north end of Henry Street. For a breathtaking view, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and spend a Saturday touring the streets. Then sit on a bench at the Promenade and stay to watch the sunset.

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    by LuckyJVT Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: One of my favorite places in New York is The Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. A little park that overlooks the East River , Manhattan and the South Street Seaport. Check it out just around the time the sun is setting.. Very nice..

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    When BASEBALL was all that...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing:
    When BASEBALL was all that mattered and these guys were the heroes.

    THE 1955 BROOKLYN DODGERS ONLY WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM[-0-]

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    Take a side trip to Brooklyn...

    by marrub1099 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take a side trip to Brooklyn and visit some of the interesting neighborhoods, such as Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay.

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