Queens, New York City
Favorite thing: The cheaper way to go out is by air train up to Jamaica subway stop(if you go to central or Nord Manhattan) or to Howard Beach(to South Manhattan).Once you leave the air train if you are going to spend more than 4 days in N.Y. you should buy a Seven-Day unlimited ride metrocard.The last day and if you are not in a hurry you can come back to the airport by the bus Q 3 (It lasts more than 1 hour from the 169 street subway stop in Queens).I got a Brooklyn ,Queens and Manhattan bus map in the N.Y.Public Library.
Brazilians aren't hugely predominant in New York, but they have a small community, and they're all so damn cool I thought I should include them.
There are brazilians scattered throughout New York (and Jersey) but the lagest concentration closest to manhattan is probably in Astoria, Queens.
Here you will find Brazilian Nightclubs, travel agencies, restuarants and clothing stores. (not a vast amount, but there are a few).
Take the N/W train to Broadway in Queens and walk East along Broadway.
This neighborhood is also very Greek (see my Greek post).
Fondest memory: adresses:
B'way btwn. 31st &32nd
B'way btwn 32nd &33rd
32nd St @ B'way
B'way & 37th
Lillyth Brazilian Clothes
S.O.B.'s (which stands for Sounds Of Brasil)
is a nice little club (21+ like everywhere in this stupid city : )
204 Varick St @ Houston in MANHATTAN
see their listings in The Village Voice
also carribean music
The most well known greek neighborhood is Astoria. Here you will find Greek restaurants, greek nightclubs, greek newsagencies and neat greek delis that have 'olive bars' (kind of like a salad bar but with olives).
You can take the N/W train to Astoria. Broadway (as in Broadway, Queens not Broadway, Manhattan) is a nice street to walk along.
Astoria is a great neighborhood.
The greek neighborhood is also shared with brasilians (see my Brazilian post)
Fondest memory: I plan on moving to Queens this year, so my fondest memories are yet to be made.
New York is not (only) Manhattan!
Fondest memory: Take your time to visit some other parts of the city: although Manhattan may seem atonishing, surrounding neighborhoods are also pretty interesting. And they are pretty "close" by subway, for an instance. Even a simple subway trip to Queens is worth the time it takes :-)
Here's a nice aerial view of a small part of the city. You can see the bridges connecting from manhattan to long island and queens.
Fondest memory: Visit the skyskrapers, the vast varieties of museums available, art shows, and go to the Village!
attend a base ball match at the Shea stadium.
If you are a foreigner (like me) see a specialized website to know the rules.
Shea Stadium is near Flushing Meddow and La Guardia Airport. It need 40 mn of direct subway to go there from Manhattan downtown.
No reservation is necessary. I remember to be well sit for 12.75$. The NY team (it is not the only one) is the Mets and on the photograph, made 30 July 2000, they met the Cardinals of St Louis. The duration of the game was 2:30 hours (including the lunch : see the cultural tip)