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Things to Do in New York City

I just wrote an email to a co-worker who is planning a vacation in New York City and was looking for advice on things to do. Since the letter might be of interest to others, I thought I'd post it here.

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Dear Co-Worker,

Since we didn’t get a chance to talk about things to do in New York City, and since I think you’ll be going there before I get back, here’s a few websites that might be of interest.

First of all, I already sent you the links to Big Onion Walking Tours and the Circle Line. Big Onion does historic walking tours of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the tour guides are graduate students in history; Nomi and I have always learned something fascinating about the city on their tours. As for Circle Line, this is a cruise that goes around the entire island of Manhattan, and you get to see the city from a vantage point that most people don’t.

If you’re staying at the Marriott Marquis, two restaurants nearby we highly recommend are the steak house Le Marais and the first and dairy restaurant My Most Favorite Food Company. They both happen to be kosher, which is why I know them well. They’re also somewhat expensive, but the food tends to be excellent.

If you want to see museums, Nomi and I have enjoyed the New-York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History which has the Rose Center for Earth and Space and Hayden Planetarium attached to it. There’s also a plethora of art museums, such as the Metropolitan and the MoMA.

For theatre tickets, you can go to a TKTS discount booth and see what shows are available that day. Also, you can go to a lot of theatres around 5:30 pm and enter a lottery to win inexpensive tickets to the front row. Or you can just go to the box office and see what’s available, but those will usually be more expensive.

If you want to see the city from a high vantage point, the place to go is the Empire State Building and if you want to learn about the immigrant experience, there’s a very nice museum on Ellis Island. To get there, you take a ferry past the Statue of Liberty.

Nomi and I always like to check out The Strand bookstore, a huge used bookstore with a lot of good deals on new books as well.

Anyway, these are just some ideas. Let me know if there’s something specific you’re looking to do.
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I've been on the Circle Line cruise around Manhattan twice myself; once with a college girlfriend, and once with my wife. It's a beautiful trip whether you take it in the day or at night, I agree.

And had I lived two blocks from the Strand and Forbidden Planet my freshman, I'd have gone bankrupt in October...
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