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#1 shadowspy

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 01:59 AM

hello fellow travelers! i would like to ask for some travel advice regarding NYC. will be there for 2 days next month and I want to see as much as possible. any travel tips are highly appreciated! thanks!

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 02:54 AM

hello fellow travelers! i would like to ask for some travel advice regarding NYC. will be there for 2 days next month and I want to see as much as possible. any travel tips are highly appreciated! thanks!


2 days would be pretty short to enjoy the sights. Anyway, see if you could cover all of some of the following in your 2 days in Manhattan:
1. Empire State Building (go to the top)
2. Rockefeller Center
3. Ground Zero (old site of the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan)
4. Radio City Music Hall
5. Broadway
6. Central Park
7. Madison Square Garden (Make this the lowest priority when you go to Manhattan.)
8. Grand Central Terminal train station
9. Chinatown (Give this a low priority too since it's not really much different from Manila's Chinatown or other Chinatowns for that matter.)
10. Battery Park (gives you a very good view of the Statue of Liberty; great for picture taking)

Wear comfortable shoes for you need to prepare yourselves for quite a bit of walking. :)

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 04:41 AM

dont forget to get hydrated .. nyc in summertime can be very humid ...
take the ferry if you want a closer pic of the statue .. its free

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 12:24 AM

thanks for the advice guys. i guess it would be easier than my 4 day tour of paris where I tried to cram as much as possible while enjoying the sights. anyway, just want to ask is it worth it to go to ellis island (tama ba, yun yung island ng statue of liberty?) or okay na yung sumakay ng ferry to staten island and back?

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 03:31 AM

thanks for the advice guys. i guess it would be easier than my 4 day tour of paris where I tried to cram as much as possible while enjoying the sights. anyway, just want to ask is it worth it to go to ellis island (tama ba, yun yung island ng statue of liberty?) or okay na yung sumakay ng ferry to staten island and back?



well its up to you but if you like art go to the museum of arts i agree dont make the chinatown and madison your priority., and dont forget to go to broadway

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:25 PM

thanks for the advice guys. i guess it would be easier than my 4 day tour of paris where I tried to cram as much as possible while enjoying the sights. anyway, just want to ask is it worth it to go to ellis island (tama ba, yun yung island ng statue of liberty?) or okay na yung sumakay ng ferry to staten island and back?



Ellis Island is different from Liberty Island. Ellis Island is what used to be the immigration center for NY way back in the late Eighteen Hundreds, and is now a Museum. You can see a lot of NY historical stuff there, on people coming to NY as the place of milk and honey. Liberty Island is, well, where the Statue of Liberty is. Both are nice places to visit, and it's different when you view them from the ferry and up close. I'm just not sure now if you can still go up the Liberty Statue. It used to be nice going up there, but was restricted after the 911.

You can take a ferry ride from Battery Park in NY, or from the port in Jersey. I just can't remember how much it costs. The trip and the tour should take you around half a day more or less.

I agree with most of the suggested sites to tour, and yes, prepare to do a lot of walking. You might also want to check out the scheduled shows on broadway during the evenings.

Hope this helps.
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Posted 26 June 2007 - 03:49 AM

Did NY last year - lightning quick trip though.

Catch a Broadway show. Fall in line early at the TKTS booth to get discounted tix. What you get to see, though, will depend on what tix are available.

Walk. Thats the easiest way to see the sights -- just wander around. Ogle at the shops. Walk in the Parks. Take lotsa pics. Times Square at night for me was the ultimate tourist-y thing to do - be sure to take a pic of that famous fork in the road.

Drink lots of water and make sure you wear comfy shoes.

Oh .. and dont carry a heavy bag. That will wear you out.



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Posted 28 June 2007 - 02:11 AM

thanks for the advice guys. tanong ko lang. is it worth it na bumili nung new york city pass? 65 dollars for 6 sights, including Empire State Building Observatory, MoMa, Met and Circle Line Cruise. Anyone who has tried getting this pass?

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 02:18 AM

thanks for the advice guys. tanong ko lang. is it worth it na bumili nung new york city pass? 65 dollars for 6 sights, including Empire State Building Observatory, MoMa, Met and Circle Line Cruise. Anyone who has tried getting this pass?


dim not familiar with this pass ... but if this includes subway rides.... its golden

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:00 AM

dim not familiar with this pass ... but if this includes subway rides.... its golden


sad to say it does not include the subway rides, but it is valid for 9 days. i just plan to buy 2 unlimited metro card day pass during my stay ($7 each). there's also a unlimited metro card week pass for $24.

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:35 AM

sad to say it does not include the subway rides, but it is valid for 9 days. i just plan to buy 2 unlimited metro card day pass during my stay ($7 each). there's also a unlimited metro card week pass for $24.


With those unlimited Metro cards, you should be fine then. Enjoy your New York trip. :)

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:45 AM

thanks for the advice guys. tanong ko lang. is it worth it na bumili nung new york city pass? 65 dollars for 6 sights, including Empire State Building Observatory, MoMa, Met and Circle Line Cruise. Anyone who has tried getting this pass?


If you really want to see those sights then the pass is a good deal... Entrance tickets to the Met and the MOMA alone are $20 for adults already ....

But if you only want to see one of those six sights then just pay the single entrance and save the rest of your $65 for food... NYC is a foodie paradise after all.


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Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:47 AM

oh thats cool then .....just remember to keep cool .. nyc in summer can be a b!tch ..... hot and humid ... i always say NYC is best in the fall

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:52 PM

oh thats cool then .....just remember to keep cool .. nyc in summer can be a b!tch ..... hot and humid ... i always say NYC is best in the fall


yeah, I heard it can get really humid during summer at NYC. but I have no choice since it's only a side trip (my main destination is West Virginia). I'll be leaving this Friday pero di pa final yung tour sched ko. :unsure:

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 11:59 AM

thanks for the advice guys. tanong ko lang. is it worth it na bumili nung new york city pass? 65 dollars for 6 sights, including Empire State Building Observatory, MoMa, Met and Circle Line Cruise. Anyone who has tried getting this pass?


Getting the City Pass is the best for value. Do not use private transportation. The parking is terribly and very expensive. Almost all "tourisy" spots are accesible to public transportation. Try to stay inside Manhattan on the lower side.

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Posted 20 July 2007 - 11:55 PM

you need at least one week to have a complete NY experience!

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 08:27 AM

just got back from New York...the City Pass was totally worth! I was able to bypass long ticket lines especially at the Empire State Building! I highly recommend the NYC Pass. Also, in combination with a one week subway pass ($24)...it's a great combo!

on another matter, try Gray's Papaya on 38th and 8th! Their hotdogs are great! And all the staff are Pinoys (well, at least in the two times I went there)! The recession special, 2 hotdogs and a drink for $3.50 is a great value for money!

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 09:30 AM

my personal photo at GROUND ZERO (site of the old WTC) , snapshot taken December 3, 2003. A visit to NYC won't be complete without a visit here...it's very eeriely emotional when you think about the 9/11 moment.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:17 PM

i think you can still buy broadway tickets through your travel agent here in the philippines. you could have it arranged that it will be waiting for you when you check in to your hotel. that's what i did a few years back. no more long lines.

my preferred mode of transportation in manhattan - walking. there's a lot to see especially in midtown manhattan. take the subway if plan to go down town.

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:40 PM

are you there yet, cause if you want some shopping secrets and where to go let me know.




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