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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:41 pm    Post subject: New York  Reply with quote

Might be off in July. Any suggestions of an area to stay. I quite fancy the more 'romantic' traditional side - sit at bars, drink Bud etc depicted in films. Loads of good little cheap food joints. Oh and safe to walk around.

A base to be able to see the more commercial sites I suppose.

Any ideas please?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never been H. We were booked to fly out on the 13th Sept 2001 but it got canceled and we've talked about going again but haven't yet. I was looking forward to seeing the usual. Greenwich village and TV/film landmarks. I had a list of locations from Taxi Driver I wanted to see as well as legendary music spots. Chelsea hotel was on the list as well. Hope you can give a good report if you do go.

Cuts might help but we've not heard from him in a while
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been a few times over the years, but it's nearly always been on someone else's coin, so I doubt that I'm of much use when it comes to recommending stuff beyond the totally blindingly obvious - I suspect you already have more idea of what to do than I do (or have done).

That said, the Grindstress spent a fair amount of time in NY state last year and I'm currently getting more than extremely annoyed trying to put together our income taxes for 2015, which now has to logically include an NY state filing component as well as the "regular" Federal and NH state sponging feckers.

What was that line: No taxation without representation? Yeah, right.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't come out in July if you can avoid it, hot and humid, to an uncomfortable degree.

I don't think cheap and New York go together.

New York is safe. I've never felt threatened here. Drunk in Harlem, and The Bronx. Only seen one gun, cops apart, which is one more than I saw in Leeds. Been in one fight and that was with a Chelsea fan from London.

West Village is a nice area, not sure how much it would cost to stay there though.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if you go on OMJ anymore or not but there's a lot of info there.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best city I've ever been to. Everyone's expectations of it are different so I'd be hesitant to tell you how best to spend your time there, but what I would advise is buying a Lonley Planet or Rough Guide to New York City at least six weeks or so before you go and working out what you want to see and where you want to go. There is so much for everybody. I went by me sen for six days and I loved every second of it. Defo get a discounted subway pass that will cover the duration of your trip. It's the best way to get around and fit the maximum into your stay. If you go up the Empire State, do it first thing when it opens on a morning to avoid wasting precious time in queues.

I hope you have a great trip!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cuts is right about July - it's more than quite sticky up here too, but I'm definitely a very Northern European type, so perhaps you might be better equipped to deal with it.

I would be more inclined to go for Spring (it isn't unpleasant at the moment - but could get nasty in an instant up until the end of about March) or "Fall" if I were you - I would think that October or November could be reasonably priced too in terms of travel.

The museums are all decent. I particularly like MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) and, though I've not been to it, I've been told that the World Trade Center one is worth a visit, even if it might seem a bit macabre.

I like wandering around Central Park (possibly one to be a little wary of at night?) and the trip out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is almost obligatory.

As I said earlier, I've nothing very sensible to advise you that you didn't know already!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers all.

Has to be July as it is a surprise 50th for Mrs H

I've managed to get a half decent hotel in Lower East Side which seems to neighbour places like Greenwich Village, Chelsea et al.

Also noticed about 10 bars within a 5 minute walk of the hotel. One is down a dark alley and is a throw back to prohibition (they still drink out of tea cups) and you need a password to get in. Sounds good to me
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bars everywhere. Where are you staying, The Bowery? Use the subway. Seen too many English people come over and walk everywhere. It's a fucking huge place. Don't do it. Lot of those little secret bars at the minute but everyone knows about them.
New Yorkers are sound and helpful. Enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bars everywhere. Where are you staying, The Bowery? Use the subway. Seen too many English people come over and walk everywhere. It's a fucking huge place. Don't do it. Lot of those little secret bars at the minute but everyone knows about them.
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I'm staying not far from The Bowery in Rivington Street (Hotel On Rivington I think).

And I will be buying my Ker Chinger ticket for the underground. Starting from the airport!
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Get a cab from the airport. It's a flat fee. To use the train from the airport is a pain. It's not just a case of hoping on the subway. There's the airport train to Jamaica then the E into the city then you'll have to change to get to the Lower Eastside. Not worth it with bags and your Mrs.

Handy enough spot that. Loads of bars round there. Gets rammed at the weekend. Shiller's is a good spot, right on Rivington. Don't stray too far off as even though it's a gentrified area there's still pockets of it that aren't the best. Generally speaking, if the crowds are thinning out, head in the other direction.
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The only thin crowds in the US are on meth.
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Get a cab from the airport. It's a flat fee. To use the train from the airport is a pain. It's not just a case of hoping on the subway. There's the airport train to Jamaica then the E into the city then you'll have to change to get to the Lower Eastside. Not worth it with bags and your Mrs.

Handy enough spot that. Loads of bars round there. Gets rammed at the weekend. Shiller's is a good spot, right on Rivington. Don't stray too far off as even though it's a gentrified area there's still pockets of it that aren't the best. Generally speaking, if the crowds are thinning out, head in the other direction.


Any where have Sky Sports in NY - got a bet on I can watch Leeds Rhinos on Friday there
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read an Article on Blondie in Uncut a few months ago and a lot of it was about their early days in the areas I would love to go to even though they are all prolly changed and gentrified now. Mainly on the lower east side

club 82 east 4th St in East Village round corner of CBGB, and The Mercers art center
Blondies rehersal west 37th st Garment district
St marks place East Village Hash and Record stores
The area is 18 blocks between maxs and cbgb
Monty Pythons was a club on 13th and 3rd and features in the Taxi Driver Film

All places id just gaze at , Bollox to the Rhinos on a Friday Night
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heyho wrote:
Cutsyke wrote:
Get a cab from the airport. It's a flat fee. To use the train from the airport is a pain. It's not just a case of hoping on the subway. There's the airport train to Jamaica then the E into the city then you'll have to change to get to the Lower Eastside. Not worth it with bags and your Mrs.

Handy enough spot that. Loads of bars round there. Gets rammed at the weekend. Shiller's is a good spot, right on Rivington. Don't stray too far off as even though it's a gentrified area there's still pockets of it that aren't the best. Generally speaking, if the crowds are thinning out, head in the other direction.


Any where have Sky Sports in NY - got a bet on I can watch Leeds Rhinos on Friday there


RL in NYC? C'mon Heyho, it's New York, New York. You can watch rugby anytime. Don't be like those parochial donkey-scratchers who start to feel faint because they can't watch Sky Sports when they go abroad. You're better than that. This is New York City man!!!!!! Fuck the rugby!

One thing Gene Kelly never said to Frank Sinatra in 'On the Town' is "Ooh I can't wait to get to Manhattan me. Wigan are playing Warrington on T'Friday." FACT!

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I remember reading in the NME back in the day about the day Saints played Fev and it was been shown live in Fraunces Tavern on Pearl St. They came from far and wide. Lou Reed ambled out of the Chelsea Hotel eating a pie clutching a can of Skol. His bird waddled behind, her bulging thighs rolled and pressed into a pair of white leggings barely noticeable as the mottled cellulite beneath engulfed the dampened fabric. "C'mon lass" shouted Lou,"We'll miss t'game"  

There in the tavern Mary Tyler Moor and Jackie Kennedy were having an arm wrestling match. Their hair was tied back so tightly it made their lips and eyes stretch back as though they were passing an industrial girthed log. Beads of sweat filled Jackie's brow as the nylon replica Saints shirt clung and suffocated her pores. She turned her cruel stare away from Mary and towards the telly. "Get em on side Ref" she screeched  as Woody Allen sat grim faced. "C'mon Fev, Grind em into t'muck" he pursed through angry woodbine stained lips.

"See, yer silly cow" said Lou. "We've missed t'ooter"

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Well I am back. Sandwiched in between a nightmare journey going and coming back I have just had 4 amazing days

So going the flight from Leeds to Dublin was delayed so I missed the USA flight. 2.5 hour delay at leeds and 6 hour delay at Dublin as we had to catch the next plane
Then when we got there they lost all our baggage so 2 days of wearing what I'd flown in until I went and bought some more undies and socks
Coming back there was major electrical storm which shut down JFK and we were delayed by 3 hours
This meant we missed the Dublin to Leeds flight which resulted in a 9 hour delay until the next flight!

So what di I get up to

Day 1 - Central Park, Central Station and a few Skyscrapers
Day 2 - Statue of Liberty, top of Rockefellas, Coney Island
Day 3 - Sopranos Tour of New Jersey, Macys, Empire State, Time Square
Day 4 - Word trade centre, 9/11 memorial. Time Square at night

So what did I think. LOVED IT!!

Subway - dirty and rat infested but a great and cheap way round. $32 for a week pass. Ok a bit confusing especially when you need to change tracks as sometimes you need to come out and cross several roads. To be honest Londons tube knocks pots off it. Bloody hot as well although it was 100+ outside

Bars - pretty good but expensive. Expect to pay $14+ for a vodka/diet coke + Corona. Great pub called Legends which is round back of Empire State. NY Whites go in. Theres a Leeds top on the wall. Icontacted them but sadly missed them. Went on one night and it was WWE night. Jesus how can grown men get so carried away. very very amusing
And talking of bars, jesus a New Yorker + beer = LOUD. In fact annoyingly so

I was staying in Lower East side so did most drinking around there. Foud one bar with loads of 80's retro arcade machines and brilliant music. In fcat all the ars I went in except on full of blacks played Clash, New Order, Pixies, Ramones, Smiths, Cure etc etc. A home from home. Great atmosphere. actually we spent a lot of time in the bar that was majority blacks. In some places you need to how id. But the manager of this bar (very well built black lad) just said' yo this man is cool, let him on'. Everyone was really friendly

Top of Rockefellas is a must. Unbelievable view.

Sopranos tour was ace too. Met the Johnny Cakes character. and went in baba bing and got a pair of very nice 42dd's on my face (not the missus's either).

The car is king in New York though. We walked over 40 miles in four days and you spend most your time waiting for cars to pass. And what is all this about blasting their horn!!

Overall this was a brilliant experience. Loved it.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fucking Hell, that sounds like a hellish journey both ways. Glad the rest made up for it. Sounds great and yeah, one day we'll go. Did you end up watching the Rugby ?


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