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TronWall
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NYC trip in May. Recommendations?

It's my first time in the city. I will be in town on a Thursday and Friday, and I know that isn't nearly as much time needed to do everything. I wanted to go to at least one nice restaurant, see a Broadway show, get a hotdog and pizza slice from street vendor, see Central Park... all the usual tourist things I'm sure. Are there any things I should definitely find time to do? Will try to stay somewhere that offers the most opportunities, so most likely Manhattan. Wanted to go to a Yankee game, but I think that would take up too much time. Any and all recommendations are welcome. TIA


geauxpurple
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If you want to go to a Yankee game don’t worry about it taking too much time. We went to one during the last year of the old Yankee Stadium while the new stadium was being built across the street. We took the subway from Manhattan and it drops you off right by the stadium. It was a night game but we had late dinner reservations and left before the game was over.


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Saint Alfonzo
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Yeah, don't ride the subway.


geauxpurple
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The subway to the Yankee game was not that bad even though it passes through Harlem. I was comforted by the fact that half the people in there were wearing Yankees gear and it was obvious they were going to the game.


meeple
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We went to one during the last year of the old Yankee Stadium

The subway to the Yankee game was not that bad even though it passes through Harlem. I was comforted by the fact that half the people in there were wearing Yankees gear and it was obvious they were going to the game.

We visited old Yankee Stadium the same year.

Funny story... we took the subway but missed the stop to YS. Turns out everyone else in our car were tourists so we were just blindly following each other. We didn't notice until the train passed a bunch of fans. My wife asked some gypsy looking old woman and she just looked at her sadly and said "girl, you on the wrong train."

Apparently we had to take the express to a certain point, then had to switch trains to get on the one that made the stop at YS. We were heading further north to who knows where. We had to switch trains at the next stop, and the same lady said you'd be alright just DO NOT get off the bridge when you switch trains
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slinger1317
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Go to Serendipity III, even if its for a quick dessert. Very eclectic place and famous for Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Yankees game is good to check off the list. Subway ride is long but not a deal breaker.

Visit Grand Central Station. Go see the Flatiron Building.

Walk through Times Square, get a slice of Jr.'s Cheesecake.

We spent some time in SoHo last time I was there and enjoyed it more than TS, but TS is a must on your first trip.

Ride the subway everywhere. Anyone saying don't ride it has never left Louisiana. Keep your wallet close and enjoy yourself. It is a great city


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Saint Alfonzo
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The subway to the Yankee game was not that bad even though it passes through Harlem. I was comforted by the fact that half the people in there were wearing Yankees gear and it was obvious they were going to the game.

I was speaking in general terms, not specific to the Yankee game. There's been an increase in crime on the subway lately.


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Twenty 49
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I always recommend New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour (not the hop on-off crap they tout in Times Square). $89 per adult gets you a professionally guided tour on a small bus w about 20 folks. Has over 1,000 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor. You see all the major highlights of Manhattan, quick stops at several, and get a boat ride to see the Statue of Liberty. Lasts from about 10 to 4, with a stop for lunch.

My first visit was for over a week. Started day 1 with this tour, and it helped check off some things in an efficient manner and helped me get the lay of the land for individual exploring. You will never make it to all the tour spots in two days on your own.


AbitaFan08
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Yeah, don't ride the subway.


Terrible advice. Anyone living in New York would tell you it’s the easiest way to get around. And given his limited time frame, taking the metro is the best bet.

See if Le Coucou has any reservations available. One of the best meals of my life.

Also, skip the street vendor food idea. It’s not good and there are too many good places to eat in NY to be wasting calories on that garbage.


TronWall
Member since Apr 2015
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That sounds like a great idea, will definitely look into the guided tour since its not taking up that much time.


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Saint Alfonzo
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Terrible advice. Anyone living in New York would tell you it’s the easiest way to get around. And given his limited time frame, taking the metro is the best bet.

It's not terrible advice. The subway is much more dangerous now.


AbitaFan08
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I used the subway plenty the last time I was there. I do understand that crime is an issue, but come on. Hundreds of thousands of people use it every day.


Saint Alfonzo
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I used the subway plenty the last time I was there. I do understand that crime is an issue, but come on. Hundreds of thousands of people use it every day.

Every time I turn on the NYC news up here there are reports of violent crime on the subway. Is it safe to ride? Sure, relatively. But it's not nearly as safe as it was just a year ago, so anyone traveling by subway needs to be aware of that.


AbitaFan08
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I appreciate that you’re looking out for posters, particularly those not familiar with the city, because thats what this board is for . I suppose my argument is that “do not use the subway” is a bit extremist. Is there a risk? Of course. But you’re far more likely to have a quick drop off to your destination than being attacked.
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Twenty 49
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I studied this subway guide ahead of time and was able to easily use the trains on arrival. I also used the bus system, along with the CityMapper app (Google maps has similar features in cities) to get around.

Put your hotel address and spots you want to visit in CityMapper. Pull it up, select destination, and it will tell you which bus to get on at what stop, or which entrance to the subway to use and how many minutes until train arrives, etc. Huge time saver.

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the New York Subway


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PrettyBird
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Every time I turn on the NYC news up here


That is your first issue.

The train is fine, just be aware of your surroundings as you always should be. Use google maps and click the bus/train and it will give you exact stops and when you need to switch trains.

Trying to take a cab or Uber during prime traffic hours will take 2-3 times longer.


632627
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LA
Member since Dec 2011
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Ok maybe don’t take a subway at 3am in any of the sketchier neighborhoods and dont stand a foot from the ledge inviting a crazy person to nudge you on to the tracks.

You’ll be fine on the subway if you’re cognizant of your surroundings.


geauxpurple
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New Orleans
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That is my attitude about the subway in New York. I take them regularly but I am always cognizant of my surroundings and keep my head on a swivel.


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tigercross
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Check out the Tenement Museum if you get a chance


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hoopsgalore
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Chicago, IL
Member since Nov 2013
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Others here will be better with standard tourist recommendations. Since it's your first time in the city, I doubt you'll go, but let me know if you're planning on Brooklyn. Dad and sister live there, so I've gotten to know it well (Williamsburg, specifically).

I don't spend too much time in Manhattan, but I have a couple cousins in West Village, so that's where I hang mostly. In the neighborhood, Blind Tiger is a great craft beer bar, LB is my favorite cocktail bar, Joseph Leonard is my favorite restaurant, and John's is my favorite pizza (think many agree). Speaking of pizza, I maintain the most-underrated slice in Manhattan is NY Pizza Suprema. It's on the SW side of MSG / Penn Station, so it's easy to miss, but I try going for a slice whenever I fly into EWR.

Regarding the Subway conversation, I'd approach it like any other big city - just be aware of your surroundings. Personally, I've never felt unsafe on the MTA, but I tend to stick to the Subway during daylight and prime dinner hours.
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