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  • The Brooklyn Botanic Garden [] 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 [].

    -- dagolden

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

    • The Circle Line [] 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 [] - 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. [] 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 []) 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 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