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I'm going to be in New York next week for work stuff. I won't have a whole lot of free time but I'm open to suggestions on things to do. I'll be staying in midtown and spending my days in the Empire State Building (so there's one thing down)

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qfemale
Jul. 21st, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
I think you should write me a post card from New York!
But you know, that's just me ;-p
(You can find my address in my memories ;-p)
prettyh
Jul. 22nd, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)
Strawberry Fields in Central Park changed my life. Seriously. Ever since then, when I'm doing yoga & am told to picture "my perfect place", or if I'm stressed and my mind is trying to escape, that's what I envision. There's a sense of peace there that I've never felt anywhere else.

I don't know if the MoMA has moved back from Queens yet, but if it has (or if you're up to the bus/subway trek), it's worth a look-see. The interactive art exhibits are mindbending, especially when you don't realize you're participating.

Two words: YANKEE STADIUM.

I stayed at the Hotel Pennsylvania on...I think it was 34th, actually...and we were therefore quite close to the flagship Macy's. Across the street from the store, there's a gorgeous little park, right in the middle of the street. Have breakfast there at least one morning. There are pigeons that actually stand atop a statue that features a moving clock, and the birds move with the hands. It's impressive. It's also strangely serene, being that it's amid a hugely busy section of an enormous city.

Toys 'R' Us in Times Square has an amusement park in it - SO COOL. And Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is in TS as well (be warned, it closes at, like, 8 p.m.), which you totally have to see.

Can you tell I'm in love with NYC?
anildash
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
I have a lot of opinions on this. If you want more specific recommendations, I'm happy to pass 'em along, just let me know.
matthew
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Wow, you weren't kidding...

Any specific lunch places near the Empire State building?
anildash
Jul. 24th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
yep, i used to work in the ESB, so I know the area pretty well. Though historically the ESB is in the garment district, these days it marks the northern extent of a nascent Koreatown. (Or Little Korea, there's still some debate on the name.) At any rate, if you like dumplings or Korean, food, you should check out Mandoo bar. For sheer ridiculousness, you can't beat Todai, formerly known as Minado (photos here, courtesy of my wife) -- it's absolutely absurd how much food is on this buffet; It's like a quarter-mile long and has every kind of food, though it's heaviest on japanese food and sushi.

My strongest recommendation, though, is if you have the time, walk right down Fifth Avenue to Madison Square Park, which you'll encounter at 26th St. (n.b. I have strong feelings about this park -- I got married there.) If the weather's not terrible, you won't be able to miss the line for Shake Shack</a., the burger stand in the park that's not only home of the best burgers in NYC (by far!) but may just be one of the best restaurants in the city, period. Shake Shack is kind of the Official Restaurant of the NYC Blogosphere, but its popularity, even with the absurd lines, is well-earned. A concrete (their super-thick version of a shake), some fries (the only middling thing on the menu) and a Shackburger will set you back about $10.
anildash
Jul. 24th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
oops, pardon my unclosed link there. you get the point, though.
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