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I have never been to New York and will be going for a business trip in early November.  I will be there for a week and will have a full day on the front end and maybe a half day on the back end of the trip to get a taste of the city.  There might also be a few nights to go out depending on the work load.  I was looking for maybe a few ideas of what to try/do/see/eat/experience.  

I will be staying right by Madison Square Garden, I will not have a car but am totally fine taking cabs/uber/taxi. 

Having never been there any suggestions or tips about the city will be appreciated. 

Cant wait to hear the ideas.  

8 Answers

answered by
Theresa from Jersey City, New Jersey

If you can, Rockefeller Plaza, see a show, in Times Square there is a stand for discounted same day TKTS Times Square tickets, the Empire State Building observation deck....

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  1. Rockefeller Plaza (attraction)
  2. Times Square (attraction)
  3. TKTS Times Square (attraction)
  4. Empire State Building (attraction)
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answered by
Sean from Hudson Valley

Hi Jeffrey,

First things first; consider your lack of a car a blessing!  A car is nothing more than an additional expense, that soon takes on all the charm of a millstone around your neck.  Cabs are all well and good, but if you want to truly experience New York, take the subway.  It's far easier to navigate than people unaccustomed to using it think it is, it's open 24/7, it's usually quicker than any form of surface transportation, and it's less expensive BEFORE you even consider the tip.

I heartily recommend the Tenement Museum 97 Orchard Street, in the lower east side. This 1860's building is set up to reflect the various immigrant groups the settled in that area throughout the years. Each apartment is setup to reflect immigrants of different origins, and costumed actors recreate the day to day lives of these people. The ground floor is set up as a business from the past. There are walking tours of the neighborhood, as well as various events throughout the year.

The American Museum of Natural History has long  been one of the premier museums in America, and with good reason. 

However, it sounds like you want to get a feel for the city that goes beyond museums.  If so, there's no better way than to get out and walk the some of the different sections of the city.  Since you're staying in mid-town, that's a fine place to start.  Still, there are any number of other places to consider, such as SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chinatown New York, Canal Street, and the upper east side. 

Also, don't overlook Central Park.  Even if you just take a short stroll through it, it's worth the visit. The park itself has many an attraction, including central park lagoon, the Central Park Zoo, and many pleasant walking trails. There are walking tours and bicycle tours available, and of course, you can do it on your own.

Although it sound touristy (and it is!) you may wish to consider a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge.  It can get mobbed sometimes, but it affords some great views of the city, and it's a part of living history.

Now, with over 30,000 eating places in New York, if you go hungry, dude, you're trying to! New York doesn't have the food truck scene like L.A.  However, there are plenty of pushcarts, with all kinds of food.  It's a New York thing to do! 

If you are looking for an authentic New York dining experience consider eating a Katz's Deli. It is Located on the corner of Houston and Ludlow. Open since 1888, it's one of the last real delicatessens in New York City. If you've ever seen the film "When Harry Met Sally", it's where Meg Ryan's famous scene was filmed. It still serves the best Pastrami, anywhere!

For afterhours relaxation I’d recommend McSorley's Old Ale House at 15 E. 7th Street in the east village, or Pete's Tavern.  Both claim to be the oldest pub in New York.

McSorley's was the last of the "men only" bars in New York. Women weren't allowed in until August of 1970, and that was a result of legal action taken against them. It is said that nothing has been removed from the walls since 1910.

Happy Travels!

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  1. Tenement Museum (attraction)
  2. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  3. SoHo (neighborhood)
  4. Greenwich Village (neighborhood)
  5. Chinatown New York (neighborhood)
  6. Canal Street (attraction)
  7. Central Park (attraction)
  8. central park lagoon (attraction)
  9. Central Park Zoo (attraction)
  10. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  11. McSorley's Old Ale House (restaurant)
  12. Pete's Tavern (restaurant)
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answered by
sam from New York City

Take a half day tour package

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answered by
jami from New York City

Mostly that depends on what you are into! If you want to see some theater check out the TKTS booth in Times Square to get discounted tickets! If you like museums both the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History are pay what you will and have great exhibits! For food I would avoid the midtown area and head down to either the West Village or Chelsea (New York) area for fun places! For music check out One Little West 12 or Webster Hall. For shopping definitely check out SoHo. One of the best resources is, they'll have all kinds of funky places/restaurants/bars/events to check out! Welcome and enjoy the city, she's fantastic!!!!

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  1. Times Square (attraction)
  2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (attraction)
  3. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  4. West Village (neighborhood)
  5. Chelsea (New York) (attraction)
  6. One Little West 12 (attraction)
  7. Webster Hall (attraction)
  8. SoHo (neighborhood)
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answered by
Fritzi from San Francisco

New York City has some great architecture.  I recommend you visit Grand Central - 42 St, and New York Public Library - Mid-Manhattan Library and several of the amazing historic churches, such as St. Bartholomew's ChurchSt. Patrick's Cathedral and Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.  As far as museums go, I love The Frick Collectionand The Morgan Library & Museum, these are smaller museums that were homes to the wealthy.  The collections are personal and the buildings are amazing. Depending upon the weather, you might like to take Circle NYC, which is a cruise around the Island of Manhattan.  It is especially remarkable at night.  For view bars, I enjoy the revolving bar The Marriott Marquis, it has a separate entrance and elevator, spectacular view.  Also great is the Mandarin Oriental lobby bar on the 35th floor.  Again, you must have clear weather to enjoy these views.

If the weather is not cooperative, visit more museums like Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumCooper-Hewitt, National Design MuseumMuseum of the City of New YorkMuseum of Modern Art

There are so many restaurant choices in Manhattan, but I enjoyed Market Table and Pasha Restaurant within the last few weeks.

Surface streets are at gridlock in Manhattan.  Buy a transit pass and use the subways to get around, otherwise you will spend most of  your time stuck in traffic.  Try to avoid rush hour.

Good luck with your free time in NYC.  You will never run out of places to explore.

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answered by
Anita from New York City

I'd echo sentiments of other posters: it's all about what you're into. But a cool experience might be a walk along the High Line Park (if it's not too cold by then) starting near where you're staying by Hudson Yards and heading south. Consider a stop in Chelsea Market for shopping and a bite or grab drinks just outside the market at the The Tippler, or finish your Highline stroll at the new Whitney Museum to feast your eyes on the art and your stomach at Untitled (at the Whitney Museum) or Santina.

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  1. High Line Park (attraction)
  2. Hudson Yards (attraction)
  3. The Tippler (attraction)
  4. Untitled (at the Whitney Museum) (restaurant)
  5. Santina (restaurant)
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answered by
Wayne from San Francisco

You don't need or want a car in Manhattan.  Get 1 day metro card which will take you on the subway or bus for 24 hours.  Walk through Times Square then go to TKTS Times Square to see what deals they have on broadway shows for the night.  For great views and avoiding the crowds of the Empire State Building go to Top of The Rock instead. Better views. Going at dusk/sunset it awesome. Even at night. You can take pix of the Empire State Building.  For a taste of art go to the Museum of Modern Art, get a slice of pizza Famous Original Ray's Pizza walk along 5th Ave between 59th streets and 48th streets for the vibe.  For an old school NYC standby, have dinner The Odeon but make a reservation.  Then walk through TriBeCa and SoHo via West Broadway to take in the vibes.

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  1. Times Square (attraction)
  2. TKTS Times Square (attraction)
  3. Empire State Building (attraction)
  4. Top of The Rock (attraction)
  5. Museum of Modern Art (attraction)
  6. Famous Original Ray's Pizza (restaurant)
  7. 5th Ave (attraction)
  8. The Odeon (restaurant)
  9. TriBeCa (neighborhood)
  10. SoHo (neighborhood)
  11. West Broadway (attraction)
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answered first by
S. from Vancouver

You wouldn't want a car in Manhattan, no. If it was me going there, I'd be hitting all the top-rated cocktail bars in the city - The Dead Rabbit, Pegu Club, a dozen others. I'd visit the best art museums in the country - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum. I'd eat at Gramercy Tavern and shop Zabar's

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  1. The Dead Rabbit (restaurant)
  2. Pegu Club (restaurant)
  3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (attraction)
  4. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (attraction)
  5. Whitney Museum (attraction)
  6. Gramercy Tavern (restaurant)
  7. Zabar's (attraction)
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