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    Go Select Pass

    by Dabs Written Jan 22, 2014

    Favorite thing: After deciding the New York City Pass wasn't for me, I found the Go Select Pass that allows you to select from either a group of prearranged passes or select your own attractions into a pass for you which is what I did. I saved 20% over regular admission at the five attractions that I picked and was able to skip all lines at the Guggenheim and MOMA, only the ticket lines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Empire State Building and got to go in a special line to get a timed ticket for the Top of the Rock.

    Did I really save any money? Probably not, the Met has a pay what you wish policy, MOMA and the Top of the Rock has a combo pass that has a 20% discount. And we ended up visiting the Guggenheim and the Empire State Building only because we had prepurchased the admission.

    Did I save any time? We went early in the day to MOMA and the Met, the lines weren't very long at that time. The Guggenheim didn't have much of a ticket line either. Later in the day, the pass would have saved us significant time. The Empire State Building's security line was so long during the day that we ended up going at midnight, no pass skips the security line.

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    New York City Pass

    by Dabs Written Nov 24, 2013

    Favorite thing: I like to pack a lot into my holidays so I always check to see if there is a pass for the major attractions that makes sense. Some places like London I can't see someone getting value out of the passes without running themselves ragged but the City Pass people do a good job bundling attractions that a 1st time visitor might want to see. I think Chicago's Pass is better, perhaps because it includes all of the things that I'd want to see. New York's doesn't make sense for my next visit but if you find all of the attractions on your list on the Pass, it does save money and time.

    Here's the website with more information for the New York City Pass

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    NYC Department of Health ratings on eatery

    by VZ-Pam Updated Jul 28, 2010

    Favorite thing: Check this out before you eat if you have a glassy stomach...like a very delicate one

    http://a816-restaurantinspection.nyc.gov/RestaurantInspection/SearchBrowse.do

    Rated by the New York City local government

    I cannot gurantee they did not take bribes but it is a good reference

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    one thing remained the same: the driver

    by richiecdisc Updated May 27, 2010

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    Fondest memory: As with most of my previous trips to New York City, this one started from afar. It seemed I never got to wake up in the city that never sleeps let alone actually sleep there. Going to university nearby, having friends in the area always meant not having to fork out the big bucks for a room but it also meant not really getting to see all the city had to offer too. Don't get me wrong, by going into the city with virtual locals I got to see lots of things other would have likely missed as well. This trip was different in the sense that I was going in with my new girlfriend, a German girl who had never been to the United States let alone The Big Apple and I wanted to try and explore some of the things that had eluded me for a couple decades of very skirting visits.

    One thing was very much the same: the driver. David was an old university buddy and surely the one I had been to the city the most times with. He was always the driver and knew the town like the back of his hand. He was unfortunately on his way to work in Jersey City and was doing us a favor by dropping us off at the Hoboken ferry into Manhattan. It was an ungodly hour by most tourists' accounts. David was a US steel worker and his hour plus commute from western New Jersey meant leaving way before the crack of down. It was a little after that when he dropped us off but he took some time to stand with us and look out at the New York skyline. He had waxed quite a bit philosophical en route about how he and his friends were affected by the 911 attacks that left even mighty New York City just a bit deflated. He knew people that had died in the Twin Towers and only luck kept a member of his own family from being one of them. Needless to say his feelings were quite strong and all we could do was listen. This was no time for a debate on the Bush policies that followed that surrealistic day in September of 2001. (continued below in Fondest Memory)

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    where to go in NY when disabled

    by iam1wthee Updated May 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: This lists services that NYC offers for the disabled or impaired traveler. It tells you how to get around and lists a few tourist attractions that are wheelchair accessible.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/mopd/downloads/pdf/access_ny_review_2006.pdf

    Fondest memory: This dude gives a wheelchair tour of NY. He is hilarious.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/marcstck#p/u/2/RM0GjqwrwHs
    http://www.youtube.com/user/marcstck#p/u/1/kE998JY17AY

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    Make sure to contact Big Apple Greeter!

    by Jefie Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    Fondest memory: What made this second visit to New York City so incredibly special was that we got the chance to spend 2 days with Mr. Chafin Eliott, our amazing Big Apple Greeter. Big Apple Greeter is an organization that helps visitors discover New York City by intoducing them to a local volunteer greeter. No two visits are the same - ours was supposed to last 2-4 hours, but our dedicated guide took us on a much longer tour of Brooklyn and Harlem, the two neighborhoods we had expressed an interest in. Chafin is not a professional tour guide, but after having spent over 10 years volunteering with BAG, he definitely knows how to entertain visitors. He showed us several sites we would never have found on our own, and by sharing many stories with us (he grew up in Harlem and eventually moved to Brooklyn with his wife Ethel), he truly helped us understand what it was like to live in the New York City area. He made us feel much more comfortable about getting around the city on our own and going beyond popular Manhattan spots. New York City will never be the same for me thanks to this one-of-a-kind experience.

    Big Apple Greeter being an organization that relies solely on volunteers, there is no guarantee that someone will be available to take you on a tour. However, it's well worth sending a request to http://www.bigapplegreeter.org. All you need to do is fill out the online form, indicate which areas you're interested in visiting (or leave it up to the greeter's choice), and your general interests and expectations. Your Big Apple Greeter will try as much as possible to tailor the tour to suit your personal needs and schedule.

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    Books by authors from NYC or playing in NYC

    by PALLINA Updated Feb 15, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The list could be very long but I am quoting just my favourites:

    Breakfast at Tiffany - Truman Capote (no need to be introduced)
    The Chosen - Chaim Potok (Potok is not so easy to be read, but really interesting)
    My name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
    New Yorkers - Cathleen Shine (quite easy and funny about dogs and their owners in the Upper West Side)
    Autie Mame - Patrick Dennis (the childhood of an orphan living by his eccentric Aunt)
    What I loved - Siri Hustvedt (despite of the title, it's very far to be a romantic novel for bored ladies. It's a masterpice by Paul Auster's wife)

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    Anytime is good in NY

    by SOLODANCER Written Dec 17, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Springtime and also around early Fall.

    I'd avoid summer in NYC - the dog days of late June into early September - it's uncomfortably and disgustingly hot with extreme humidity index enough to fry one's cajones! The quality of air is also at its worst with humidity mixed in with pollutants cooked up it puts one's lung power to near extinction. But somehow we New Yorkers have gotten accustomed to this...thus continue to have great fun even in this condition.

    If you don't mind this extreme seasonal change, then by all means consider summertime here as well for your next visit. Just know too that in summer the city is packed to the gills as much as there are incredible entertainment offerings a lot of them free as street fairs, concerts in the parks, etc.

    Good choice coming back to NYC, you'll experience her even more.

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  • Why go to NYC?

    by dave45 Written Jul 22, 2009

    Favorite thing: Being from the rural midwest we have never had the urge to visit NYC. Was never on a vacation list or even cared if we ever saw the city. Had an opportunity to go and took it. We had the best time and would love to go back again. Impossible to see everything even when staying 6 days. There is so much to see in this city that one cannot even start to name them all. If you are contemplating on going to visit NYC we suggest you go for it. You will have a blast.
    Not somewhere where small town midwesterners like ourselves would like to live but great to visit.

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    Literary New York- the Algonquin Vicious Circle

    by lynnehamman Updated May 14, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Algonquin Hotel is a historic hotel located at 59 West 44th Street in Manhattan . The hotel has been designated as a New York City Historic Landmark.Perhaps its best-known tradition is hosting literary and theatrical notables, most prominently the members of the Algonquin Round Table.

    I have always been a huge fan of Dorothy Parker. Her wit, charm and incredibly complex life
    has fascinated me since I was a young girl.Her writing has never dated, and is still popular today. There are many fan-sites on the internet. READ ABOUT DOROTHY PARKER

    Her quotes are legendary-
    Among the many-one that is particuarly pertinent even today:

    "If you want to know what God thinks of money- just look at the people he gave it to"

    A Dorothy Parker poem about suicide:

    "Razors pain you- rivers are damp
    Acids stain you;and drugs cause cramp
    Guns aren't lawful-Nooses give
    Gas smells awful- you might as well live

    The Algonquin Round Table was a celebrated group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits. Gathering initially as part of a practical joke, members of "The Vicious Circle," as they dubbed themselves, gathered for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929. At these luncheons they engaged in wisecracks, wordplay and witticisms that, through the newspaper columns that they all contibuted to, were disseminated across the country.Daily association with each other, both at the luncheons and outside of them, inspired members of the Circle to collaborate creatively.
    Dorothy Parker- the most celebrated and quoted member of the 'Vicious Circle' was known to have said;

    "These were no giants. Think who was writing in those days--Lardner, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and Hemingway. Those were the real giants. The Round Table was just a lot of people telling jokes and telling each other how good they were. Just a bunch of loudmouths showing off, saving their gags for days, waiting for a chance to spring them.... There was no truth in anything they said. It was the terrible day of the wisecrack, so there didn't have to be any truth...."

    Today-the Algonquin still holds a special place in literary circles. We wanted to just feel the atmosphere. We sat in the lobby lounge, sipping coffee , watching a parade of New Yorkers passing by. Maybe some were on their way to the Blue Room, for a pre-theatre cocktail.Maybe some were guests. I could not help wondering what Dorothy and her circle of friends would have made of their favourite haunt circa 2009. She certainly would have had some biting but witty quip ready. This place is a must visit for any literature lovers

    For more on Dorothy and Algonquin see Dorothy Parker

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    NYC-BUF

    by JennysTravels Written Mar 22, 2009

    Favorite thing: Im orginally from Niagara Falls. I have flowen with Delta from Buffalo-NYC and return. You can drive to Niagara Falls from Buffalo airport in about 40minutes. There are also NYC-Toronto flights and the drive to Niagara Falls from Toronto is 1 hour 30 mins.

    Yes...Niagara you can see in a day...but you won't experience it. If you rent a car in Buffalo and drive to Niagara Falls make sure to visit the Canadian side. While your there maybe a night or two? Check out Niagara-On-The-Lake, it's a cute little town 30mins from Niagara Falls and it's not to be missed. Grab a pint at the Angel Inn.

    www.delta.com
    www.jetblue.com
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    www.northwest.com
    www.united.com

    I just checked with expedia.com and flights are starting at $138US return.

    Have Fun.

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    NYPD

    by jo104 Updated Nov 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The boys in blue are there to keep you safe on the streets. Since the zero-tolerance policing has been bought into effect crime in New York has reduced significantly. There is a very strong police presence and especially around the police depot at time square after a pipe-bomb exploded outside. I was lucky enough to meet one of these boys in blue through my good friend Rhoda & got my own personal tour guide & some info to line my pages!

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    What to wear in NYC

    by NYTim Written Oct 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Check weather.com for the forecast and dress accordingly. It's a walking city, so wear very comfortable walking shoes. It's also a big place with lots of stores; if you need something, you can purchase it in any price range. No one is looking at you, so unless you're going somewhere hip where you need to make an impression, don't worry about how you look. We'll all probably know you're a tourist anyhow because you'll be walking too slowly.

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    Currency.

    by a5floor Updated Sep 13, 2008

    Favorite thing: The currency of USA is US dollar. In the pictures you will see some of the notes and coins.

    The coins are:

    $0.01 (a penny)
    $0.05 (a nickel)
    $0.10 (a dime)
    $0.25 (a quarter)
    $0.50 (half a dollar; it is no longer in circulation, but if you have one you can still spend it)
    $1.00 (if silver; there are various names for them including the Sakagewea Dollar (this is a gold coin with the American Indian on it))

    The banknotes are:

    $1
    $5
    $10
    $20
    $50
    $100
    There are also $500 and $1000 banknotes, but these are not in general circulation. Only the banks use them for currency transactions between themselves.
    There used to be a $2 banknote, but this one is no longer in circulation. But if you still have one, you can use it.

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    Honking cars.

    by a5floor Updated Sep 6, 2008

    Favorite thing: In NYC the majority of the cars are honking alot. The car in front of you is not moving that fast, in front of the flashing light (when it is green for a second), other cars are moving into your lane.... A weird situation if you are not used to it.
    Now there are neighbourhoods that have a ban for honking. It can cost you $350.

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