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    My girlfriend and I are going to be in The Big Apple towards the end of October.

    Been to all of the tourist sites, most of the museums and the other usual stuff to check out.

    Anyone got any off the beaten track recommendations?

    Cool neighbourhoods to stroll round, interesting architecture to see, parks to visit,etc.

    Planning a visit to 5 Pointz to check out the graffiti before the building is demolished.

    Still not been on the hip hop bus tour which I've heard (from Matt Hero) is great fun despite being pretty cheesy!

    Any ideas?

  • #2
    dont be so soft Mark and go and buy some records.

    Sorry no advice but I am always jealous of your trips.
    Give a man a tree, He'll take a forest!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by llmod1 View Post
      My girlfriend and I are going to be in The Big Apple towards the end of October.

      Been to all of the tourist sites, most of the museums and the other usual stuff to check out.

      Anyone got any off the beaten track recommendations?

      Cool neighbourhoods to stroll round, interesting architecture to see, parks to visit,etc.

      Planning a visit to 5 Pointz to check out the graffiti before the building is demolished.

      Still not been on the hip hop bus tour which I've heard (from Matt Hero) is great fun despite being pretty cheesy!

      Any ideas?
      So highline's done yes?
      http://www.thehighline.org/

      You might not have done Louis Karn's (great American modernist architect) posthumous Memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on Roosevelt Island?
      http://www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org/

      New Museum - great building - usually interesting exhibitions
      http://www.newmuseum.org/

      Go out to Long Island City - Moma's PS1 - it's cool and hip man
      http://momaps1.org/

      Underground supper clubs - if you know someone, who knows someone - go for it!
      http://www.saltshaker.net/underground-dining-scene

      The Punchdrunk experience - over 2 years on - and still going strong - a unique experience of a 50s reworking of Macbeth
      http://sleepnomorenyc.com/
      "Ridicule is nothing to be scared of"

      www.myspace.com/illustratedlondonnoise*********illustratedlondonnoise.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        When I went to New York I stayed in Hotel Jane - crazy place it's modelled on the hotel in Barton Fink right down to the uniform of the bellboy. Cheap to stay in but it's got an incredible lounge and bar and stuff attached which had just opened when we went there and become the new hip hang-out. In the meat packing district near the high-line so not exactly off the beaten track but if you didn't know about it I think I'm just about meeting your requirement.





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        • #5
          Go to Peter Lugers. It's like being an episode of the Sopranos. Great steak, too.
          http://www.peterluger.com/

          And The Thing if you've got some spare time:
          http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/the-thing-brooklyn
          http://www.djhistory.com

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          • #6
            I challenge you to find some remain of the gritty and grimy pre-Guiliani New York.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Headless mermaid View Post
              I challenge you to find some remain of the gritty and grimy pre-Guiliani New York.
              There's not much left in Manhattan that's for sure. The East Village looks like it's been invaded by the cast of Dawsons Creek. Plenty of stuff happening over the bridge though.
              http://www.djhistory.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Headless mermaid View Post
                I challenge you to find some remain of the gritty and grimy pre-Guiliani New York.
                Jackson Heights may fit the bill. A friend lives there and we had a walk around in the summer. It's pretty lively and incredibly diverse ethnically. My mate reckons that after Giuliani cleaned up Times Square, Jackson Heights is where a lot of the shady stuff ended up. He also told me that the South American community refer to it as 'The Embassy' because it's where they get their somewhat-less-than-official documents. It might be a worth a walk round for the atmosphere if not any sights as such.

                Also, if you're out in Queens and haven't been, go to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. It's manageably small and - unlike the hotspots in Manhattan - pretty quiet.

                http://www.movingimage.us/
                The Pop Music Library

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by eclipsechaser View Post
                  dont be so soft Mark and go and buy some records.

                  Sorry no advice but I am always jealous of your trips.
                  Obviously I was asking for suggestions for the 10% of my trip that I won't be on my knees digging through boxes!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pitch View Post
                    So highline's done yes?
                    http://www.thehighline.org/

                    You might not have done Louis Karn's (great American modernist architect) posthumous Memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on Roosevelt Island?
                    http://www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org/

                    New Museum - great building - usually interesting exhibitions
                    http://www.newmuseum.org/

                    Go out to Long Island City - Moma's PS1 - it's cool and hip man
                    http://momaps1.org/

                    Underground supper clubs - if you know someone, who knows someone - go for it!
                    http://www.saltshaker.net/underground-dining-scene

                    The Punchdrunk experience - over 2 years on - and still going strong - a unique experience of a 50s reworking of Macbeth
                    http://sleepnomorenyc.com/
                    Done the Highline but no the rest. Thanks for these Steve!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Filthy Rich View Post
                      When I went to New York I stayed in Hotel Jane - crazy place it's modelled on the hotel in Barton Fink right down to the uniform of the bellboy. Cheap to stay in but it's got an incredible lounge and bar and stuff attached which had just opened when we went there and become the new hip hang-out. In the meat packing district near the high-line so not exactly off the beaten track but if you didn't know about it I think I'm just about meeting your requirement.





                      Rich

                      Definitely going to grab a drink here. Looks great!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ladyboygrimsby View Post
                        Go to Peter Lugers. It's like being an episode of the Sopranos. Great steak, too.
                        http://www.peterluger.com/

                        And The Thing if you've got some spare time:
                        http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/the-thing-brooklyn
                        LBG

                        I'm a veggie so Peter Lugers not quite my cup of tea.

                        Been to the Thing a couple of times. Not sure I can face it again!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tommo of Sprowston View Post
                          Jackson Heights may fit the bill. A friend lives there and we had a walk around in the summer. It's pretty lively and incredibly diverse ethnically. My mate reckons that after Giuliani cleaned up Times Square, Jackson Heights is where a lot of the shady stuff ended up. He also told me that the South American community refer to it as 'The Embassy' because it's where they get their somewhat-less-than-official documents. It might be a worth a walk round for the atmosphere if not any sights as such.

                          Also, if you're out in Queens and haven't been, go to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. It's manageably small and - unlike the hotspots in Manhattan - pretty quiet.

                          http://www.movingimage.us/
                          Not been to Jackson Heights (as far as I'm aware) sounds like it might be worth a trip though.

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                          • #14
                            I never miss the Circle Line boat trip but that's me.

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