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Second trip to NYC

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Second trip to NYC

This will be our second trip to NYC this September, we are staying close to Times Square, and since we have already done the touristy thing, we were looking for some ideas of what could we do. Many thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Second trip to NYC

It would help if you can list the things you did last time. Sometimes what one considers "touristy" another does not.

Edited: 30 July 2014, 18:40
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2. Re: Second trip to NYC

Don, we have done, Empire State, Rockefeller, Central Park, MOMA, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, helicopter ride, etc. This time we are going to do the 9/11 memorial museum and a Broadway show and we're really looking for other ideas.

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3. Re: Second trip to NYC

Explore some of the interesting areas in NYC, such as Chelsea (Chelsea Market and High line) , the Village, LES and so on...walking these areas makes it so much easier to discover amazing places to eat and people watch!

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The Met, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, the Financial District, Soho, Union Square (especially on a Saturday), walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, the Lincoln Center Library, The East Village (St. Marks Place), the UN, the art galleries on Madison Avenue and on 57th St., the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Riverside Park, the 3-hour Circle boat tour around the island; the Cloisters, Grand Central Terminal, Tribeca, the High Line, walking over the Queensboro Bridge, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Hts, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Bronx Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Lower East Side, a Yankees game or a Mets game, the Intrepid, South Street Seaport, Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, Riverside Park, and lots more.

The only non-touristy things you did were MoMA and Central Park.

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Queens: …about.com/od/thingtodo/ss/7-subway-tour.htm

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6. Re: Second trip to NYC

I would definitely recommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge. Easy subway ride to the Brooklyn side (and then a 5 minute walk to the bridge) if you don't want to walk both ways.

Broadway shows are great too, so many good ones to choose from. We went to two last week. Union Square is very cool.

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We just returned from 5 days in NYC. One suggestion may be to take a walking tour of the neighbourhoods. We did a 3 hour Village Sampler tour with CityRover that met at Chelsea Market. We learned SO much about the history of the neighbourhoods we visited. We also really enjoyed one of the many tours offered at The Tenement Museum. Again, we learned a lot from our guide and the film in the museum. We have popped into the city on two previous occasions and walked around neighbourhoods. I do prefer learning about them on a smaller walking tour.

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+1 for all of the above suggestions! Crisp, it sounds like you and yours may be coming back to NYC more than a few times, so "Yes" start doing the various neighborhoods and discovering the real City.

We have lived here in NYC for 40+ years and many years ago we discovered the NYC “Blue Guide” that provides multiple, detailed walking tours that appeal to a variety of interests (and "strengths"). The NYC “Blue Guide” has wonderful stories and historical insights, great maps and even diagrams of the insides of often-visited museums and buildings. More recently, a friend of ours who is a licensed NYC guide told us that the “Blue Guide” is required reading for folks taking the licensing test.

These days we are retired and take (at least) weekly jaunts through various City neighborhoods and we carry a copy of the Blue Guide whenever we are out-and-about. Amazon.com has the “Blue Guide” listed and for more information, see:

http://tinyurl.com/m26jjee

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9. Re: Second trip to NYC

For great views, maybe a trip to Hoboken, NJ just over the Hudson River. Awesome views and just a quick ferry or train trip away.

Walk the greenway right along the Hudson.

Go to Smorgasburg in either Williamsburg or Pier 5 in Brooklyn Heights. Both have terrific views as well.

Take a day trip up the Hudson via train or car.

Take a day trip up to the Hamptons.

Visit Staten Island and do a tour or just walk around the waterfront.

Maybe go to the beach? Rockaways are fairly close and can be reached by Seastreak ferry or the subway.

Edited: 30 July 2014, 22:49
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10. Re: Second trip to NYC

Thank you all for your great ideas. We can now start planning!