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My wife's parents are flying to NYC from Japan for 4 days at the end of July. I've been there maybe a dozen or two times in my life, but I don't know that much of the city.
While ignoring the generic tourist shit like Statue of Liberty & Times Square, what would you suggest doing over a 4 day visit?
We'll probably check out a few museums, but what else is worth doing?
Last edited by Simas; 06-27-2014 at 12:31 AM.
What's wrong with the tourist traps?! It's fuckin' New York! The Statue especially is a piece of history and one of the most recognized symbols of this country around the world.
Times Square I get, but I definitely wasn't disappointed in going down to Battery Park and looking at the statue across the water. Even that is totally free, though, and takes very little time to just walk through. Also is a nice "hey, I was there once" thing every time you see the New Year's Eve countdowns and shit on TV.
As for museums, you basically can't go wrong with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park. They have entire wings of physical artifacts and stuff from Egypt, medieval Europe, etc. Not just endless paintings. If they still do it, the Museum of Modern Art has free Friday nights. Huge crowds, but free is free, I suppose. I've heard the Guggenheim sucks and is literally a bunch of stupid shit like crushed aspirin under a black light bulb. Go see real art at the Met if you want to do a museum.
For Museums, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum are musts. They are both top tier world class museums with amazing collections. I mean hell, the Met has like a room half full of Van Goghs pretty much and the ancient artifact sections are awesome. They even have Henry the VIII's fat armor ;p And Natural History museum has amazing items, including an insane dinosaur and other prehistoric creature collection. Wanna know what hadrosaur skin looked like? You can see it there.
nyc tourist traps are stupid, i remember taking a cousin to the statue and pretty sure it took 6hours to go up the crown. i mean you can still take the ferry to ellis island and take pictures, it's like 20bucks a ticket.
same thing for the empire state building, it's dumb, you pay like 30bucks to goto the observation on an elevator, and 20bucks more if you wanna goto the highest point on a different elevator.
times square also has the worst food
this is a link about which museums are free, which have "suggested admission" and which ones you have to pay no matter what.
Free and Discounted Admission at New York City Museums
don't walk the brooklyn bridge, i mean i guess you could, but if you start off in brooklyn, thats in metrotech and a really shitty place (went to college there) (i guess you can goto juniors for the cheesecake, but they have other locations in the city) and end up in city hall, nothing really touristy it's 10mins to the south street seaport, and then 10mins the other way to chinatown (used to work here, took nice lunches) (go from brooklyn to manhattan if you must walk it, b/c the brooklyn side is shit, lived here for 20 years, theres really only coney island and i guess williamsburg, which is being taken over by hipsters).
(when i say shit, i meant for tourists it's shit)
Went to the Empire state building earlier this week, we went around 8 in the evening, so no queues. When we got up to the first oberservationdeck the weather shifted and it got extremely windy and thunderstorms. After waiting around for a while we took the elevator up to the top deck, and fuck yeah, clear skies, sun setting. And we were basically alone, pure awesome, worth every penny.
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