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    General Consulate OF SPAIN
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    Consulate General of Spain IN THE BIG APPLE

    by listenandlearn Updated Oct 20, 2009

    Favorite thing: It makes us feel very at home once we got inside the consulate. There were books, latest "El Periodica" and all the Spanish as well as Catalan newspaper for everyone; it even has few latest issues of "HOLA MAGAZINES."
    There we meet the SPANISH General CONSULATE while waiting to be served.

    The consulate is convieniently located in the east side and their exact address is: 150 East 58th Street, which is between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. If other than just dropping by at the consulate, I would suggest you give them a ring-a-ling: (212) 355-4080 - as they close to the public at 2 in the afternoon.

    People at the consulate are very helpful, so, even just drop by and since it's located on the 30th floor you can even take quite nice photos of the busy midtown streets of Manhattan.

    Fondest memory: The staff working at the consolate are very helpful and quite approachable.

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    Consulate General of Spain IN THE BIG APPLE

    by listenandlearn Written Oct 20, 2009

    Favorite thing: If makes us feel very at home once we got inside the consulate. There were books, latest "El Periodica" and all the Spanish as well as Catalan newspaper for everyone; it even has few latest issues of "HOLA MAGAZINES."
    There we meet the SPANISH General CONSULATE while waiting to be served.

    The consulate is convieniently located in the east side and their exact address is: 150 East 58th Street, which is between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. If other than just dropping by at the consulate, I would suggest you give them a ring-a-ling: (212) 355-4080 - as they close to the public at 2 in the afternoon.

    People at the consulate are very helpful, so, even just drop by and since it's located on the 30th floor you can even take quite nice photos of the busy midtown streets of Manhattan.

    Fondest memory: The staff working at the consolate are very helpful and quite approachable.

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    Consulate General of Spain IN THE BIG APPLE

    by listenandlearn Written Oct 20, 2009

    Favorite thing: If makes us feel very at home once we got inside the consulate. There were books, latest "El Periodica" and all the Spanish as well as Catalan newspaper for everyone; it even has few latest issues of "HOLA MAGAZINES."
    There we meet the SPANISH General CONSULATE while waiting to be served.

    The consulate is convieniently located in the east side and their exact address is: 150 East 58th Street, which is between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. If other than just dropping by at the consulate, I would suggest you give them a ring-a-ling: (212) 355-4080 - as they close to the public at 2 in the afternoon.

    People at the consulate are very helpful, so, even just drop by and since it's located on the 30th floor you can even take quite nice photos of the busy midtown streets of Manhattan.

    Fondest memory: The staff working at the consolate are very helpful and quite approachable.

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    Consulate General of Spain IN THE BIG APPLE

    by listenandlearn Written Oct 20, 2009

    Favorite thing: If makes us feel very at home once we got inside the consulate. There were books, latest "El Periodica" and all the Spanish as well as Catalan newspaper for everyone; it even has few latest issues of "HOLA MAGAZINES."
    There we meet the SPANISH General CONSULATE while waiting to be served.

    The consulate is convieniently located in the east side and their exact address is: 150 East 58th Street, which is between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. If other than just dropping by at the consulate, I would suggest you give them a ring-a-ling: (212) 355-4080 - as they close to the public at 2 in the afternoon.

    People at the consulate are very helpful, so, even just drop by and since it's located on the 30th floor you can even take quite nice photos of the busy midtown streets of Manhattan.

    Fondest memory: The staff working at the consolate are very helpful and quite approachable.

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    Travelers Cash Management

    by AuTourDuMonde32 Updated Oct 24, 2008

    Favorite thing: *This tip is from a response I gave to a VTer in the NYC forum who was concerned about getting his traveling money to NY with the most ease and least currency rate exposure

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    Yes~ Things have gone a little crazy with the Kroner this month.. I happen to think that the it will settle at 7 Kroner/ 1 dollar.. Anyway, I understand the nerves.. however, I question the efficency of using means other than an ATM.. Unless you will be here for more than one month, I don't think the currency fluctuation will effect you as much as exchange fee's, cc fee's, and AMEX/Traveler cheque fee's will.

    Furthermore, the security, ease and convenience of using your ATM card is worth any loss in currency exchange that is likely to come about within the next month.

    Point by point, let me first address travelers cheques..
    They do provide relative security, surely more so than cash.
    However, they can be difficult or atleast inconvenient to cash as you go about your daily travels. They also do charge a significant fee,in and out, and that does vary place-to-place but is overall comparable to that of your store-front currency exchange desk..(which usually is not a good one)
    Security is your bonus with these.
    One note to add.. AMEX offices vary in rates as well as banks.. do NOT use the AMEX window at MACY's in midtown manhattan.. they have the worst..worst..rates.

    As for Credit Cards... they charge (often excessive) fee's not only for currency exchange, but "Foreign Transaction Fee"'s.. Security of a card is a plus.. but add that to the normal compounded interest that CC companies charge and you will CERTAINLY be spending more by the time the bill comes in the mail.. I use Credit Cards for big ticket items where receipt and documentation are important, such as Hotels, Car-Rentals and Tours.

    As for Cash, you've pretty much have to be crazy to carry vast amounts of cash with you.. OK, this is'nt the NY of the 1980's.. and it is the safest big city in the USA (no joke!).. but there are schemes that happen, and there are many many ways you can misplace your cash.. Weither it be by carelessness, accident or design.. it happens.. I would not recommend putting all of your traveling assets into cash.

    As for ATM's... First question I must ask you to ask yourself, is "what bank do I use">? Is it an international bank? (Citibank, HSBC).. Next one would be "Does my ATM card have a Mastercard, Maestro or Cirrus logo on it">? (either the back or front)">?.. These are two very important factors.. If you deal an internationaly recognized bank, I would talk to someone at your local office and ask them what options they have for cash withdrawl and dispursal over-seas. Maybe you can withdraw directly from your account in NY, timing when the Kroner is best.. If things are looking good, the one-time wire fee of (usually) $30 may be efficient for a large withdrawl... Secondly, there are some bank cards (ATM cards) which are NOT accepted all over the world.. A card with any of (but not limited to) the above mentioned logo's (MC,Maestro,Cirrus) will be accepted anywhere in the world, and this ensures that your ATM method will be effective.

    With all of those factors in mind,
    I would suggest that you perhaps do a mix of both.. Take your trading sense and put it to use.. "Hedge"!~ Do a 60,20,20 mix.. 60% on your ATM/bank..20% in travelers cheques.. and 20% in cash... Saving your Credit Card purchases for the big-ticket expenses (hotels,cars,etc.)
    This minimizes risk all around, and considering that you are not trying to play with the money for profit, risk is your overall concern. Balance your traveling-assets in the above said manner, and you will surely be a happy, secure and efficient traveler!

    P.S.
    In anycase, I would recommend you get a travelers money belt.. not only does it keep your money safe in the event of a robbery (as unlikely as that may be), but it also encouraged and reinforces organization and constant physical accountabilty of your valuable documents and cash-related assets.

    P.P.S.
    It'd be nice of you to build you pages.. Perhaps with some Norway tips/photos or some from your NYC trip?! Advice should be a two-way street!
    Have a great stay here buddy!

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  • Chrysler Building

    by jonesja Written Aug 23, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Go and see the Chrysler Buidling. it is simply stunning.

    Fondest memory: My favourite memory of NYC-there are so many! Firstly I would say- aniticipation-as the plane lands at JFK you get a brief glimpse of Manhattan and it is so exciting. The anticipation of actually arriving in this place is immense.
    Secondly-the vibe-NYC has this vibe about it like no other place could.
    Thirdly the Chrysler building-as I sat in the Longwood Gourmet -a really nice deli on Lexington Avenue (and 48th St-try it for breakfast) and stared down towards the Chrysler I just thought WOW thats so stunning.
    Fourth-Central Park in the snow -an experience every person should have as part of visitng New York. you've gotta do it..

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    The Jacob Javits Center

    by 850prc Written Jun 8, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Javits Center hosts many international conventions and expositions. I recently attended the 2005 BEA Book Expo at the Javits.

    Named in honor of a long-time Republican Senator from New York State, the Javits is a state-of-the-art facility for hosting such events.

    Fondest memory: The BEA Expo was the first and only time I've ever visited an event at the Javits Center. But, I'd be fine with any return visits. Javits is easily accessed from most places in midtown, even on foot. (I chose to walk back and forth from my apartment on West 50th street).

    The Jacob Javits Convention Center is located on 11th Avenue, between 34th and 36th street(s). It's right beside the Hudson River.

    Note.....there are plenty of eating facilities within Javits, but for my NYC vision, you gotta hit the street vendors for a footlong and a Snapple.

    The Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City

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    Transportation

    by sarzin Updated Mar 2, 2005

    Favorite thing: New York is best traversed by foot. Taking cabs in midtown is the worst way to move around because crosstown traffic is a drag. You can see everything on hoof and you are free to move about the sidewalks, which themselves are crowded during peak tourist times. Do not try to drive between Halloween and New Year's Day. Do not try to stand in Times Square at any time. Central Park ...

    Fondest memory: I've had a life time of memories in New York. Every ride on the Staten Island Ferry is a treat. A visit to Coney Island as a kid was the greatest fun. Riding the el out to Shea Stadium is great. Being at a Yankees post-season victory is unmatched.

    Celebrities are all over the city. Sightings of anyone can take place nearly any time.

    Christo takes Manhattan
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    Conventions at the Jacob Javits Center

    by kazander Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    Favorite thing: At least once a year I attend a convention at the Javits center, a beautiful modern glass building visible from the Henry Hudson Parkway. Usually It's the Photo Plus show (now, because I have to work at my company's booth, before that I just went for fun) But they hold all kinds of shows. Car shows, boat shows, any sort of hobby you're into there is a show for it! Most recently I attended the Pathways to Beauty and Wellness show. Which was geared towards women. All kinds of vendors displaying their wares, giving free samples ect... Usually you can get into these events for free if you register early enough, either by mail or online. If you are a walk in the entrance fees can be up to $25. At all the conventions there are also seminars on specific topics relating to the show. These seminars are not free and you must register for them in advance.

    The Javits Center was also where we volunteered after the tragedy of 9/11

    Fondest memory: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center — 655 West 34th Street — New York, NY 10001

    http://www.javitscenter.com/

    Jacob Javits Center
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    Madison Square Garden

    by Nathalie_B Updated Oct 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Who didn't hear about Madison Square Garden, known for it's NBA games and concerts.
    Madison Square Garden is located in Manhattan on Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. Tickets to events at the facilities at Madison Square Garden are available online at TheGarden.com, at the Garden Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling Ticketmaster to charge by phone. All tickets purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office or Ticketmaster are subject to a Facility Surcharge of $4.50. Ticketmaster purchases are subject to a service charge.
    Video Cameras, digital cameras and cameras with telescopic or zoom lenses are not permitted inside Madison Square Garden at any time. This policy will be strictly enforced. For Knicks, Rangers and Liberty games only, you may bring in a disposable or personal camera.

    Fondest memory: Tours are available.
    See info here

    Madison Square Garden

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    The Berlin Wall in New York

    by Nathalie_B Written Sep 17, 2003

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    Fondest memory: It is a real segment of Berlin wall. You can find it in the plaza of 520 Madison Avenue, which is kind of hiding from view. Just walk a little bit inside on the 53rd. Street toward the 5th. Avenue and you'll find it. There is also a nice cafe located right infront of the wall, so you can enjoy your coffee and the view on the Berlin wall segment which was bought in 1990 by the developer named Jerry Speyer, and this is his property!

    The Berlin Wall segment

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    Feel the love

    by acemj Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I though Philly was the City of Brotherly Love. Well, it is, but in 2003 I saw this icon on Philadelphia located on the streets of Midtown. Hmmm? I'm not sure if this is a permanent fixture in the city or if it's on loan . . . Anyways, despite their somewhat surly reputation, I always find New Yorkers a smart and helpful bunch. Spend some time talking with locals and you're sure to eat better, find better shopping bargains and avoid the ripoffs.

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    That New Hotel near the Port Authority

    by yooperprof Written May 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Westin Hotel is a brand new facility located right across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and not far from the burgeoning Times Square district. It's designed by the famous (some would say notorious) Miami-based Arquitectonica firm, and brings a bit of South Beach to Manhattan. It's certainly a bolt of color on the skyscape, like no other building on this crowded island. Supposedly, 45-story town is meant to look as if a bolt of lightning had split it in two. I suppose a bit of Floridian exuberance can be a good thing - especially close to the Disneyified theatre district.

    Not your father's skyscraper
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    Carnegie Hall

    by Nathalie_B Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: A great place to visit for music lovers - America’s most famous concert hall! Consists of three halls: Isaac Stern Auditorium (the largest one), Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall, and Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall.
    Since 1891 Carnegie Hall was a host to best musicians and musical groups from all over the world. Jazz and Pop, classical and more.

    Address: 57th Street at 7th Avenue
    Phone: 212-247-7800

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    Carnegie Hall

    by seagoingJLW Written Mar 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This venerable institution offers tours as well as concerts. For tours phone: 212-903-9765

    For programs and tickets phone: 212-247-7800.

    The box office is located at 57th Street and Seventh AVenue.

    Fondest memory: The accoustics here are magnificent. You will see that the greatest artists in the world perform here.

    Carnegie Hall
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