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Thursday June 26, 2008
02:15 AM

Dear Lazyweb. Sights in New York when you're an alien?

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Well, I'm now safely in New York, with 4 days to kill.

Because David Golden has other commitments, other than general coding there's nothing really urgent to do while I'm here, which opens op some options to just be a regular tourist (although slightly irregular).

So what should I do Lazyweb?

I mean, ask a local what's nice and you might hear about this part of town, or that part or town, where's it's ritzy, or there's artists. Or about a ferry, or a zoo, or a park, and so on.

But you and me Lazyweb, we've both been to a few places in our time.

We know that there's a big difference between things in places that you can see in most other places, and things in places you can't see in ANY other places.

And you know I'm not American Lazyweb, I don't necesarily care about Liberty Bells or Declarations of Stuff, or what Department of Whatever lives in which building. And while I appreciate the pain of the World Trade Centre, it's really just a building site now isn't it?

Empathetic? OK, not really... but then I am an Alien right? I wouldn't take visitors to my planet to see Mrs Maquarie's Chair, not when there's Kangaroo's and deadly snakes to see!

So apart from the obvious stuff, like the United Nations Headquarters, and maybe Times Square (for the full skyscraper effect) or the glass cube Apple Store (because I've become intrigued with this new Portable Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field technology of theirs) and maybe Wall Street (just for the sheer economic voyeurism of the place), what else is there that I really simply HAVE to see while I'm here.

Things that I'll really regret not seeing later.

And things that arn't interesting just because it was in that movie that time, or on that episode of that show...

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  • The Brooklyn Botanic Garden [bbg.org] is quite nice, and not too far from Manhattan (just across the bridge). Central Park is also worth visiting, and has some nice gardens along the upper east side (near Spanish Harlem).

    I've been to a bunch of art museums, including MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim. The latter two are very close, so you could do both in one long day. The Guggenheim is also worth seeing for its interesting architecture. MoMA has the original Dali's Persistence of Memory, a sta

  • I'm sorry I have to be out of town while you're visiting. But for a suggestion for what to do, well, there's a special art project opening while you're in New York: New York City Waterfalls [nydailynews.com].

    -- dagolden

  • A couple of things I've really enjoyed on trips to NYC:

    • The Circle Line [wikipedia.org] Cruise - a boat that travels all the way round the island of Manhattan. See bits of the city that you normally wouldn't see.
    • Coney Island [wikipedia.org] - maybe it's because I grew up in a derelict seaside town, but I love Coney Island. I could spent hours wandering around there.
  • Admittedly, I haven't been to NYC in 15 years(!?!), but when I was last there it was late June, and Central Park was fanfreakingtastic. (But I'm not the sort thats overly impressed by paintings, shows, etc. that most folks think makes NYC a BFD). The Park is just a great place to hang for a full day, checking out everything, and being a kid again.

    I don't know if its still among the living, but FAO Schwartz (right outside the Park) was also a hoot. (esp. while you're mentally still entertaining your inner

  • On the (now infrequent) chances when I made it to NYC on business, I would make it a point to get a pint at Tir Na Nog. http://www.tirnanognyc.com/homepage.php [tirnanognyc.com] 4 days is almost tempting enough for me to take the train down and have one with you. =-)
  • Couple of random recommendations here, take them as you see fit. I am living in Connecticut (that stretch of highway between NYC and Boston), but I have lived on and off in NYC over the past 15 years.

    For art, there is nothing better then the Met and the MOMA. If you like modern art the collection at MOMA is without equal IMO. They also have a show right now of painting by Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhart (see here [moma.org]) which looks pretty promising if you ask me. If modern art is not your thing, the Met is where

    • He's already booked to play the Peculier. That's where ny.pm is feting him and jmcadams tonight!
  • This is the last summer that Astroland, the game park at Coney Island, will be in operation. The Cyclone is crazy. Every time I ride it I think that it must have been mis-engineered. The Wonder Wheel (also part of Astroland) is more sane, and lets one take in the view. Ruby's (on the boardwalk) is a great dive bar. I make it out to Coney at least a couple times a summer, and love it every time.

    Welcome to New York!

    -- Douglas