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  • jonsaan 14 Apr 2010 11:30:16 26,442 posts
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    Red Moose wrote:
    Boston is shit. Bars shut at 1am and the culture is caught in some sort of 1890s time warp. I found it surprising that some could even string a few words together to make a sentence.

    The road system is shit, they something like T-junctions on motorways to merge, it's insane.

    That's the Big Dig. It'll all be fixed by 2020:D

    Boston is a fantastic city. You got go under man, deep under.

    Edit: Oh, it seems the big dig finally finished.
  • boo 14 Apr 2010 11:39:46 12,635 posts
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    Local - yup, apart from the permanent Thannhauser collection, I think the rest of the contents are pretty fluid. The current exhibition is called 'Haunted', and there are a fair few 'installations', plus a lot of terrible photgoraphy and paintings.

    With my grumpy hat on, 90% of the paintings look like they were done by a three year-old, and while some of the photography could have, at best, been described as 'ok, I suppose', it's the absolute nonsense that's written about it that gets me. 'It means this, and that, and the artist is conveying the other'.

    No, it's all just tosh!

    /doesn't know art
    /knows what he likes
  • mrpon 14 Apr 2010 11:43:19 32,004 posts
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    I hear ya boo, my philosophy on art is as follows: "if I can reproduce that, it's not art"

    Harsh, but it has served me well.

    :)
  • boo 14 Apr 2010 11:48:21 12,635 posts
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    One thing I wish I'd bought (but couldn't fit anything else in my bag) was the Guggenheim in Lego.

    They do an architecture series - there's the Empire State building too, plus a couple of others.

    Might have to see if you can get them over here.
  • localnotail 14 Apr 2010 11:54:32 23,084 posts
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    Lego Guggenheim was very cool, sadly there are no kids in my social circle of the right ages to be into it, and it was too expensive for me to buy as a gift for myself or my lego-obsessed ex.

    (d'oh, just realised you linked it already. The Fallingwater one was also lovely. )
  • Deleted user 7 June 2010 18:17:07
    So - what would you do if your first visit was hampered by a sprained ankle and crutches? What can I do/where can I go?
  • Deleted user 7 June 2010 18:53:13
    squarejawhero wrote:
    So - what would you do if your first visit was hampered by a sprained ankle and crutches? What can I do/where can I go?

    Everywhere pretty much. I'm going back again in the first week of August.

    Can not fucking wait.
  • magicpanda 7 Jun 2010 19:09:53 14,444 posts
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    squarejawhero wrote:
    So - what would you do if your first visit was hampered by a sprained ankle and crutches? What can I do/where can I go?

    Save a load of cash for Taxis, you're going to need them really. City holidays always involve lots of walking.
  • Deleted user 7 June 2010 19:33:04
    Yeah, that's my worry. That said it'll give me lots of time to just chill out and really think through where I'm going. I don't have a plan per se save for visiting the Ghostbusters firehouse and the Empire State, everything else is going to be me suprising myself by what I find - always the best way.

    I usually walk everywhere when I visit. I've pretty much walked all the way down to Kowloon and across Central to the Peak in HK on my first day and tramped around SF in a day. It's the best way to get to know a city - now I'm just going to have to rely on my guide and public transport!
  • localnotail 8 Jun 2010 09:47:39 23,084 posts
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    squarejawhero wrote:
    So - what would you do if your first visit was hampered by a sprained ankle and crutches? What can I do/where can I go?

    I had trouble walking for a lot of my trip last year, you just need to go slowly. The Metropass works on buses too. Good luck.
  • Deleted user 10 June 2010 17:11:07
    I'm doing alright so far save for blisters. ;)

    Hello everyone from the New York Public Library!
  • localnotail 10 Jun 2010 17:17:53 23,084 posts
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    Hi.

    I forgot to say, if you are struggling with walking, the museums have spare wheelchairs, I had one in the Natural History Museum.

    Have a nice day
  • ElNuevo9 10 Jun 2010 18:12:51 14,088 posts
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    Get some Cheesecake from Juniors whilst you're there, best cheesecake in NYC.

    West 45th St. between Broadway and 8th Ave.

    Something like 50 types of cheesecake. Yum!
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2015 10 Jun 2010 18:20:50 44,540 posts
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    There's a great ice-cream place (The Ice Cream Factory I think?) on Pier 11 in Brooklyn, directly next to the Brooklyn Bridge. Such lovely ice-cream!

    And I also enjoyed the "Cosmic Diner" on 8th Avenue at 52nd St. It's open 24 hours and we visited there looking for food when we first arrived. I had a really nice "pizza burger" and they have (or had - this was this time last year) a signed photo of Ansley Harriot by the till :-D
  • Red-Moose 22 Sep 2010 20:06:15 5,344 posts
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    I found Manhattan to be very run-down and has clearly seen better days. Am I on crack (like half of the city seems to be)? It seemed shoddy in a lot of ways from the street paving, trash lying around, homeless people, etc., . Not a particularly nice place at all, even staying on Park Avenue.
  • Red-Moose 22 Sep 2010 20:09:05 5,344 posts
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    Also there are pizzacones.
  • LockeTribal 22 Sep 2010 20:32:53 4,638 posts
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    Lot of building work going on around time's square as well (was over there two weeks ago). Still, cool place to go see. I was staying down on 35th street between 7th and 8th and while the hotel was lovely, the street's fairly run down looking.
  • anytrip 19 Nov 2010 16:16:04 2 posts
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    Wow.... your first time. Congratulations!

    Have you thought about where to stay? I know there's been a bit of a shake-up recently with legislation and a whole heap of cheap hotels in New York have shut down because of it. BUT there are still some around and you should try Anytrip.com as they've got a pretty big list of hostels and hotels still operating :)

    Can I suggest Coney Island (it's a bit bizarre but worth seeing for the novelty of it).

    Hope that helps.
  • Gambit1977 19 Nov 2010 16:35:30 10,399 posts
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    What a polite piece of spam :)
    And when I went to Coney, it was a ghost town...I'd avoid it like the plague.
  • anytrip 22 Nov 2010 10:27:41 2 posts
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    Gambit1977 wrote:
    What a polite piece of spam :)
    And when I went to Coney, it was a ghost town...I'd avoid it like the plague.

    Yes but don't you think it's worth checking out even if it's for novelty purposes or photos?? My friend went there last week and said it was bizarre. So that's what I suggested. It's a little out of the ordinary, right?
  • boo 31 Mar 2011 10:38:15 12,635 posts
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    Was just browsing this thread to remind myself of the name of something, and I realised I said I'd put some photos up.

    If anyone's interested, they're here.
  • boo 14 Sep 2015 16:40:33 12,635 posts
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    "I invoke thee, oh great and terrible Shinji, to raise this thread from the dead!"

    /draws sigils in the air and mumbles some stuff from 'Eternal Darkness - Sanity's requiem'

    Behold! It lives!

    So. Last year it was Mrs Boo's *mumble*th birthday, so we celebrated with a week in New York. We had such a good time (apart from the flight back - when I find you, say goodbye to your legs, scumbag!) that we're going again in a few weeks time.

    Got a few questions:

    Still got plenty of tourist-y stuff to do, but we're looking to do some less obvious stuff too. Hopefully heading to the Isamu Noguchi sculpture museum in Long Island City, so I'm wondering if there's anything else to see in that neck of the woods?

    Anyone been to the Museum of Modern Art? I'm tempted, but we went to the Guggenheim in 2010 and while the building was fab, the art was tosh! Having said that we went to a Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney last year which was interesting.

    I'd love to see some more film locations - went to the NY Public Library for a look around (great!), so saw the steps from Ghostbusters, plus tracked down the Firestation used in Ghostbusters too. Any other cool locations to recommend, other than obvious stuff like the Empire State Building / Times Square etc.

    We're train fans, and love Grand Central Terminal, so we'd quite like a day out on a train - any suggestions for somewhere that's about an hour's ride from Grand Central, that would be a good place to visit for half a day or do?

    Anyone know any big music shops (like HMV used to be) in NYC anywhere? Don't think I saw a single CD store when I was there last, and I love browsing music.

    That'll do for now - any suggestions gratefully received!
  • Deleted user 14 September 2015 16:51:41
    moma is great. been a few years since i've been, but it's huge and lots of stuff to see. it's all still "modern art" but it's less contemporary than the guggenheim i think? lots of classics - magritte, monet, picasso, etc.

    record shops: other music, rough trade nyc. assuming they're still open!

    home sweet home is a cool bar in LES. checking out a show at the bowery ballroom is fun stuff. i'd love to see a basketball game at MSG - season starts at the end of the month i think. now i want to go back!
  • CosmicFuzz 14 Sep 2015 16:53:32 30,231 posts
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    Yeah I've been to the MoMA, didn't get on with it. But then modern art annoys me, so YMMV.

    The Highline should be finished now I think, definitely check that out if you didn't last year. Converted old subway line (above ground) that is a walkway for the public. Weaves above the street through the buildings, is pretty nicely done.
  • CosmicFuzz 14 Sep 2015 16:58:31 30,231 posts
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    Oh, and there's a bar called Full Circle Bar in Brooklyn (in Williamsburg) that has a pub quiz on a Tuesday night, and you play a game of skeeball between rounds (carnival ball game), and your score in that affects your multiplier. Lots of fun, plus free hotdogs and pretzels!

    Also - Barcade in Brooklyn is fun (an arcade open late with a bar, pretty tacky but good for a laugh).
  • boo 14 Sep 2015 17:15:45 12,635 posts
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    Cheers all!

    Did the High Line last year - loved it! If I remember rightly, there's a local astronomical society that will be setting up telescopes while we're there, so going back for that.

    Hmm - I'll have a look and see what's on at MoMA - sounds like a possible rather than a definite.

    Full Circle Bar sounds interesting - we're partial to a pub quiz.
  • PES_Fanboy Funniest Forumite, 2015 14 Sep 2015 17:20:10 36,229 posts
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    As for CD stores, ask at the back of any speakeasy
  • TheSaint 14 Sep 2015 17:24:24 16,482 posts
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    If you like history then you can easily do Philly on the train in a day (around 1.5hrs each way) but that would go from Penn station.
  • gamecat 14 Sep 2015 20:03:27 182 posts
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    MoMA has been good whenever I've been NYC, prefer it over the Met and the Gugenthingy anyway. The caff there is top notch also.
  • CosmicFuzz 14 Sep 2015 22:00:12 30,231 posts
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    What's the main museum? Is it the met? One if the big ones has a planetarium that is pretty awesome. Massive screen on the ceiling, everyone sits in chairs angled back and they project the sky up on it, with a documentary about dark matter etc, was super interesting and watching it projected up on there was amazing. Felt like I was falling through space!
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