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jfribrg
2010-Jan-12, 03:44 PM
I will be taking the train from Philadelphia to Penn Station to attend an all-day conference. My question to all of you is what to do in the evening. I will be finished around 5:30 and arranged for a 9PM train back home. I figured that I could spend a few hours in the early evening enjoying my time in the city that never sleeps. Any suggestions on how I should spend the evening? I will be at the New York Mariott on Broadway between W45th and W46th, which is not far from Times Square and seemingly in walking distance of Grand Central Station. Any suggestions on areas to avoid would also be welcome. I will have my laptop with me, so I don't want to venture into any areas that might result in an "involuntary transfer of custody" of said computer.

mahesh
2010-Jan-12, 04:03 PM
haaaaa...

i remember, a few, nay, many many moons ago....seeing a film...Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis (bless her)...Out of Towners...a riot of a film...Neil Simon...who else...

your 'laptop' comment made it seem like yesterday...

Well jfri..., have fun in a great city...

Give My Regards to Broadway...and all that...

MAPNUT
2010-Jan-12, 04:15 PM
You don't have much time, so I think a stroll up Broadway and a nice dinner would be about it. Times Square is a sight to see all by itself, though other than the shows, most of the "attractions" in that area are tourist traps. There are no bad areas in midtown Manhattan, though just the crowds around Times Square increase the opportunities for pickpockets etc. My daughter has two female friends who live in the 40s just west of Times Square. They describe the area (including the Port Authority bus terminal) as "sketchy", meaning I think bums and panhandlers abound, but they haven't felt the need to move away.

A walk up Broadway would take you to Columbus Circle and Central Park. There's a gourmet restaurant there highly recommended by my son, a foodie: Jean Georges. You'll need a reservation.

NorthernBoy
2010-Jan-12, 04:20 PM
I lived on 48th and 8th, and it's not a bad area, just a bit busy.

You are close enough to fifth avenue to have a wander over and see the shops there, or the Rockefeller centre is quite close, too. One of the hotels right by you (it might even be yours) has a rotating restaurant with a good view at the top, which is not a bad way to watch the skyline.

Personaly, I'd head to a good steakhouse (Rothman's, Palm, or similar), and just have a good meal with some nice wine and watch the people go by. It will likely be freezing, so wandering the streets is not much fun.

chrissy
2010-Jan-12, 07:39 PM
Just a suggestion, why don't you, MAPNUT and NorthernBoy meet up with jfribrg, it would be safer for a small group of people together and a laptop. :whistle:

kleindoofy
2010-Jan-12, 08:05 PM
As a minor from the Boston suburbs, back in the early 70's I had to travel to NYC pretty often, and when I had a few hours before my train left from Penn Station, I used to take the subway up to the Port Authority and then take a "daring" walk down 42nd towards Times Sq.

It was funny to see the "ladies" trying to decide whether I was too young or not.

Once I got handed a "coupon" with am otherwise unpublished Peanuts cartoon on it, one I can't describe here. The caption read (speaking about Lucy) "and she won't kiss dog lips ..."

Fazor
2010-Jan-12, 08:39 PM
Interesting side note: I always thought Vegas was "the city that never sleeps". That makes more sense, as A) Vegas business goes strong 24x7, and b) Under the lights of the casinos, it's almost like it's never night. I mean, it never feels like it's night time. And that was before I was old enough to drink or gamble or be otherwise distracted.

New York certainly sleeps, though. Otherwise, the ringing of the closing bell wouldn't be necessary! :)

jfribrg
2010-Jan-12, 09:33 PM
Interesting side note: I always thought Vegas was "the city that never sleeps". That makes more sense, as A) Vegas business goes strong 24x7, and b) Under the lights of the casinos, it's almost like it's never night. I mean, it never feels like it's night time. And that was before I was old enough to drink or gamble or be otherwise distracted.

New York certainly sleeps, though. Otherwise, the ringing of the closing bell wouldn't be necessary! :)

I don't know personally, but I took it on the authority of Frank Sinatra (http://www.lyricsdepot.com/frank-sinatra/new-york-new-york.html) that New York is a city that never sleeps.

Fazor
2010-Jan-12, 09:37 PM
Oh, NY is definitely the one with the nickname. But Vegas just seems so much more appropriate.

NorthernBoy
2010-Jan-12, 09:54 PM
Just a suggestion, why don't you, MAPNUT and NorthernBoy meet up with jfribrg, it would be safer for a small group of people together and a laptop. :whistle:

Sadly I'm at the London redidence at the moment, so not possible this week...

KaiYeves
2010-Jan-12, 10:53 PM
Have fun in my hometown!

swampyankee
2010-Jan-13, 12:50 AM
I will be taking the train from Philadelphia to Penn Station to attend an all-day conference. My question to all of you is what to do in the evening. I will be finished around 5:30 and arranged for a 9PM train back home. I figured that I could spend a few hours in the early evening enjoying my time in the city that never sleeps. Any suggestions on how I should spend the evening? I will be at the New York Mariott on Broadway between W45th and W46th, which is not far from Times Square and seemingly in walking distance of Grand Central Station. Any suggestions on areas to avoid would also be welcome. I will have my laptop with me, so I don't want to venture into any areas that might result in an "involuntary transfer of custody" of said computer.

Right now, I'd say that Midtown Manhattan is one of the safest urban areas in the USA

closetgeek
2010-Jan-13, 01:47 PM
Go to the nearest deli, get a dozen buttered rolls, then ship them to me :)

Extravoice
2010-Jan-13, 01:52 PM
Go to the nearest deli, get a dozen buttered rolls, then ship them to me :)

Add a cup of coffee and you've got BREAKFAST! :)

closetgeek
2010-Jan-14, 05:33 PM
Well mail and UPS trucks have already come by. Thanks for nothing :(
Hope you enjoyed NY :)

swampyankee
2010-Jan-15, 11:16 AM
So how was New York? I used to work in Manhattan; I never felt any more threatened than in a suburban mall.

jfribrg
2010-Jan-15, 02:34 PM
The seminar went fairly well. I had hoped to do some networking over dinner with a few of the people at the seminar, but that didn't happen. My plan B was to find a Broadway play but it seems they all start at 8 PM and my train was at 9, so I just wandered around. I probably walked 4 miles or so checking out the various famous landmarks. Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Plaza, Bryant Park, Time Square, Broadway, 42nd St, 5th Ave. Eventually, I found a small Irish pub on 9th ave and had a nice meal. At Rockefeller Plaza, there were quite a few paparazzi hanging around waiting for someone famous to show up. When I was around 52W at 7th or somewhere near there, I saw a whole bunch of folks standing around, apparently waiting for David Letterman to run out the back door, or at least that is my guess.

Then I went back to Penn Station to catch my train. I got there with plenty of time to spare, which was a mistake. Nobody told me that there are no chairs or benches at Penn Station unless you are riding the super expensive Acela trains.

I know, I'm boring. Next time I go to New York, I will catch the latest train that I can and find a broadway show to enjoy.

henriquefd
2010-Jan-15, 02:47 PM
Boring? Wanna trade? After spending the whole week at a small town in the poorest parts of Brazil for a business trip, I am taking an airplane back at 3pm today(friday) to get there at the airport of my hometown at 6pm. Then one hour and a half of taxi back home. Then I have 20 minutes to take a shower and run to my Mother-in-Law's birthday dinner. YAY! =P

I would rather go to NYC and do nothing. =D

Anyways, hope you enjoy it better next time.