What Should I Do In New York?

Do not say “Wicked.” I’m telling you now, right up front. We good? Alright then.

My wife and I are going to New York for three days in early August, on our way to WorldCon in Montreal. Some of our time is already filled (we’re going to Tor for a few hours on Monday, and we’re seeing “In The Heights” Tuesday night), but other than that we’ve got some time and we’re looking for recommendations.

Why do I not want anyone to mention Wicked? Because thus far in my planning, 99% of the people who find out I’m going to New York immediately say “go see Wicked!” and I’m so sick of this I cannot even tell you. I like musicals, and I’m excited to see one on Broadway, but seriously: New York is one of the biggest and most interesting cities in the entire world. It’s overflowing with stuff to do and see. If the best thing you can think of for me to do in New York is lock myself in a dark room and watch stuff that I could watch, frankly, anywhere else in the world, I don’t want to hear it. Tell me about your favorite restaurant; recommend your favorite landmark or museum; tell me where to find your favorite bookstore or some other awesome shop. I’m going to be in New York, and I want to see New York.

And by all means: if you actually live in New York, let me know! I’d love to say hi.

17 Responses to “What Should I Do In New York?”

  1. L.T. Elliot says:

    Luisa Perkins lives there and knows ALL the good places for restaurants. This is her blog http://kashkawan.squarespace.com/ Trust me. Luisa knows good food!

  2. Arlene says:

    Go to the Met. It’s on one side of Central Park so you can spend the morning there and then stroll through the park with a picnic lunch, should you happen to bring one along with you. Also, the first Barnes & Noble is there. I’m sure you can Google directions. And if you happen to go to that Barnes & Noble, there is a great patisserie sort of across the very busy intersection called The Tisserie. It’s worth the trip if you like tarts especially. Also, and I’m not joking about this, go see the Statue of Liberty. Seriously. I don’t think you can truly be an American if you don’t.

  3. Hmmmmm, the question is where are you staying? (probably midtown).

    Anyway, if you’re there on a weekend, walk into Central Park from 72nd Street (the Dakota is there on the West Side, where John Lenin lived) until you reach the Bethesday fountain, usually there are street performers there, then walk south along the plaza (toward the bandshell) and follow the music.

    Off to the right, you’ll find the Central Park Skate Dancers. People rolling around dancing, sometimes disco style, on their roller skates. Very Fun!

    Favorite restaurants? My favorites are on the Upper West Side.
    Land, 82nd? and Amsterdam, Thai food, my favorites? Wok Beef with Basil, The Drunken Noodles, or Pad Sew ew with Beef. http://www.landthaikitchen.com/

    Hampton Chutney Co., 82nd? and Amsterdam, Indian Food. I mostly always get #7 with the cilantro chutney, Uttapas style not dosas.

    Artie’s Deli, Broadway & 83rd. This is a typical Jewish Deli. I like to sit in the front section and look out the window as people go by. My favorite things here? Matzo Ball soup (as an appetizer, but filling), and the corned beef ruben. I like them MUCH MUCH better than the Carnegie Deli down in Midtown.

    Next? … Hmmm perhaps Pasita, 8th Ave Btwn Horatio & Jane St (down in the West Village), They make a delicious Pizza, are open 5pm -midnight, and are closed on Mondays.

    Anyway, hope you have a great time!

  4. Looks like I can’t spell Bethesda properly. … Oh well, sigh.

  5. Steve D says:

    Why would you see Wicked when you can read the book? Of course, i’m anti-musicals. the only one i’ve ever liked was the newest adaptation of Sweeny Todd…and that was mostly because i like most of what Tim Burton does.

  6. Arlene says:

    Don’t read the book. Please. It’s crass and quasi-porno. I put it down before I finished it.

  7. Callisto says:

    Rent a bike at Central Park – it’s a lot of fun and a great way to see the park. Then stop at one of the farmer’s markets that dot the city and get some yummy fresh fruit.

  8. Arlene says:

    Oh yeah, I don’t know half those songs in the pole so I’m closing my eyes and clicking.

  9. admin says:

    Arlene: not knowing a song shouldn’t be a problem since, you know, the Internet exists.

  10. Steve D says:

    most YA novels have more questionable content than the novel Wicked. some people may find a certain scene in the novel objectionable (i didnt care for it), but i think most people expect a novel based on the happy/peppy sounding musical and the classic movie. the musical is just a bastardized version of the novel. but yeah, people usually love one and hate the other.

  11. Arlene says:

    I didn’t need it to be happy/peppy like the musical. I didn’t mind some of the twistedness of it. I do mind pointless sexual scenes and poor plot and character development.

  12. Teresa says:

    I love New York. Such a great city. The last time I was there, we did a food tour (http://www.foodsofny.com/). It was a little rainy, but it was great fun. We got to try so many different types of food, from some amazing hole-in-the-walls. It takes a few hours, so wear good shoes, and bring an umbrella in case of rain. Any city I visit, I check for a food tour first.

  13. Fiona says:

    Central Park (all of it)
    the Heidleberg restaurant
    Radio City Music Hall
    FAO Schwartz
    Empire States building (if you can still go up)
    St Patrick’s Catherdral
    Go get lost, walk around, take the subway, eat at a random deli.
    I’d say the statue of Liberty but that takes ALL DAY LONG!!!!!
    I enjoyed shopping in the Village
    Ground Zero/Twin Tower’s monument and the little cathedral where Washington was inaugurated.

  14. Keith says:

    I love the Frick museum. It is a beautiful place with wonderful paintings. If you want a museaum and don’t have much time, then this is great. http://www.frick.org/

    I haven’t been to the Met, but I’m dying to go. That is next on my list of things to do there. I know their collection is incredible.

    If you are in the Battery Park area, you can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from there. They are worth taking the boat out to, but if you are short on time then this is the next best thing.

    Ground Zero is so built up now that it is just like any other construction zone, (fenced off with little to see) but if you feel the need to go and pay your respects, then go to St. Paul’s chapel next to it. It has taken on a memorial status and has great history as well.

  15. Eliyanna says:

    Something bad happened to my post where it got eaten.


    I will have to retype my thoughts this evening when I’m not at work!


  16. Titus says:

    For the best shows, go across the street from the Manhattan LDS Temple: http://www.lct.org/

    For the best museum, go across the street from the Museum of Modern Art: http://www.madmuseum.org/

    IMHO, of course. I didn’t much like the Museum of Modern Art or “On Broadway” shows. I usually hate musicals, but the Lincoln Center production I saw was awesome. I mostly stuck to Manhattan, I was only there for two weeks, and not a lot of my time was spent touristing. The Empire State Building and Central Park were just OK, but if you can get either at sunset they’re supposed to be stunning.

  17. Will says:

    The Cloisters…It’s pretty far up the island, but Ft. Tryon Park itself is lovely, and the building is largely composed of heterogenous bits of monasteries saved (purloined?) from various European sites by John Rockefeller and his agents. Inside are thousands of stunning pieces of medieval and devotional art (including various uber-famous Flemish tapestries depicting unicorn hunts…er, which don’t exactly fall under the devotional rubric). Awesome!

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