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  • Premier Icon andygreener

    In Feb with the mrs and stepdaughters (14&17). Any recommendations on what we could do please? Cheap/free helpful but not essential.
    Many thanks

    Free – Central Park and the highline.

    Everything else is eye wateringly expensive 😆

    Premier Icon eddiebaby

    Central Park Zoo, Guggenheim, MOMA, statue of liberty, Sta5en Isle ferry, Sunset up the big buildings

    Usual shit


    Central Park, 5th Avenue, Grand Central, Greenwich Village, Chinatown/Litte Italy, Highline Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Fulton Fish Market, Staten Island ferry, Empire State (not cheap but essential 🙂 ), Chelsea Market, the list is endless, really 🙂


    A ride on the Cyclone Rollercoaster at Coney Island, then a hot dog at Nathan’s. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to take in the view of Manhattan (well worth it imho) especially at night.


    If you go up the Empire State Building try and do it just before sun-set and hang about a bit, that way you get to see the city in the the light and dark!


    All of the above, but spend time down town, TriBeCa, west village etc.
    This is the low rise, red brick area, has an awesome feel.
    Walk the highline (free) from north to south, this is free and just amazing.
    At the end is an undercover area with cafés and bars.
    The Boris bikes are good as you can pretty much do the circumference without crossing roads so it’s a nice ride. You can ride or walk the Brooklyn bridge (for free)which is on a deck way above the traffic.
    Staten Island ferry is worth it as it is free.

    Pizzas, from my sister who lived in the village:

    Joe’s for a slice, John’s to sit down for a pie- both in Greenwich village. I prefer Joe’s. For a fun restaurant w good Italian pizza: Ovest in Chelsea.
    I preferred Johns btw.

    We went to a club at the top of the Standard Hotel, which was amazing, views of just about everything from the roof top bar. Obviously no chance of getting the kids in at night and you will need passports, not sure what goes on during the day:

    Premier Icon easygirl

    Is the roller coaster not out of action after the storms last year
    Will probably be bitterly cold in feb, so get wrapped up.
    Fantastic place new york, get a 7 day unlimited underground ticket and do some travelling to the outer boroughs
    Some nice restaurants and pubs on smith street in brooklyn
    The underground museum is worth a visit, loads of old cars housed in a disued station
    I wouldent say its eye wateringly expensive
    Have a great time

    The Met – lose yourself in one of the best museums there is.
    Top of the Rock – better views, imho.

    Re the Guggenheim -great building, but often full of dross. Check what’s on before paying to go in!


    Buy a Rough Guide or similar.

    UN building is good.


    Go to Bleecker St, Greenwich Village and eat at Fish and drink a beer in the Blind Tiger over the road. You will not be disappointed. Walk over the Williamsburg Bridge, it wobbles, and Williamsburg has the Brooklyn Brewery and a great second hand clothes shop directly opposite.
    I much prefer the villages than uptown big shops etc. Take the Staten Island Ferry, run round the station and come back…..for free! Buy jeans and Carharrt stuff for peanuts at Dave’s, Avenue of the Americas (check the website). I like NY.

    Premier Icon zippykona

    Go and see this on the USS Enterprise. Hopefully the Shuttle will be open . Really good day out.
    Ps I dare you to touch something on the submarine and see what happens. Mr Shouty man would not be happy!

    Premier Icon allfankledup

    I went to the Met museum last year (actually 2012) – brilliant – some amazing stuff

    Rockefeller centre for the views

    Chelsea pier / high line were great last summer – walked the highlife in July at 11pm – beautiful experience

    Madison Square Garden to watch an ice hockey game – we got tickets for the Rangers vs the Phoenix Coyotes for $50 each, 6 rows off the ice – awesome – great atmosphere

    Century 21 for the shopping

    Food is generally meh – bills burgers down near ground zero was my best experience to date.


    Top of the Rock at sunset, then you get the views of the Empire State building.


    Dunno about the food being meh – but there are some things that have to be done, like pastrami on rye at 2nd Ave Deli.


    Comfortable shoes, and just walk, walk walk. Eat fab food.

    Head to Brooklyn for awesome food markets.

    Wife and two daughters? Only one place to go then; Woodbury Common.


    Me and my wife spent a week there in 2012.

    My main piece of advice is walk

    If your wife or your daughters enjoy musicals, then eat at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, the waiters/waitresses are all wannabe broadway musical stars and they sing for tips.

    Liberty Island is boring…better seen from a distance and the Staten Island ferry is free, and goes right past it. But you can usually go there with a package to visit Ellis Island which I recommend. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to historical attractions, and there’s a lot to learn about immigration into New York and America.

    Ellen’s Stardust Diner

    Man, I’d forgotten that place – it’s hillarious, especially after a few…..


    Cheap same day tickets to an matinee performance of a show on Broadway.

    Premier Icon DezB

    Eat in a deli, but not a Chinese.


    I think most of the other postings have it covered, the only one missing is Grand Central Station, amazing place and in the basement theres a food hall that sells the biggest cakes. Over the road is a proper NY diner, perfect for breakfast, Pershings.

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