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Re: NYC
« Reply #60 on: February 05, 2013, 06:31:14 AM »
Thanks all. Trip is fast approaching!

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« Reply #61 on: February 13, 2013, 10:50:33 AM »
I wanted to thank you all for your great ideas and suggestions for my trip. Unfortunately, we've run in to a sudden and very bad financial situation so all extraneous spending has been instantly curtailed. This means my NYC trip is not happening. Not sure if or when I will be able to reschedule. But maybe this thread can serve others well in their travels there.

As a side note, though I know there's nothing I can do about the train ticket, what do you all recommend in terms of sites where I might be able to try to sell my concert ticket? I don't think craigs is reputable enough, especially the NYC craig's, for me to try to sell it there. Is there a more ticket-focused site?

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« Reply #62 on: February 13, 2013, 12:25:24 PM »
I wanted to thank you all for your great ideas and suggestions for my trip. Unfortunately, we've run in to a sudden and very bad financial situation so all extraneous spending has been instantly curtailed. This means my NYC trip is not happening. Not sure if or when I will be able to reschedule. But maybe this thread can serve others well in their travels there.

As a side note, though I know there's nothing I can do about the train ticket, what do you all recommend in terms of sites where I might be able to try to sell my concert ticket? I don't think craigs is reputable enough, especially the NYC craig's, for me to try to sell it there. Is there a more ticket-focused site?

Why can't you get a refund for the train ticket? Amtrak issues ticket refunds.
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« Reply #63 on: February 13, 2013, 12:34:48 PM »
It's typically super easy to cancel too.  Until recently, there wasn't even a fee for day-of cancellations.  Though depending on how you paid, you may end up with an annoying "e-voucher" that you have to turn into cash through additional steps (or apply to future travel).

And more importantly, I hope things are OK and that you guys are fully back on your feet soon, financially. 
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Re: NYC
« Reply #64 on: February 13, 2013, 12:48:36 PM »
You can cancel a train ticket? Who knew. I will go look into it.

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« Reply #65 on: February 13, 2013, 12:54:52 PM »
Holy crap you guys, thank you so much! I just cancelled and only have to pay a 10% cancellation fee. I just assumed it was like air travel and you were screwed. I feel much better about cancelling now.

strap, thanks for the well wishes. Me too. very tough right now.

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« Reply #66 on: February 13, 2013, 01:17:25 PM »
Holy crap you guys, thank you so much! I just cancelled and only have to pay a 10% cancellation fee. I just assumed it was like air travel and you were screwed. I feel much better about cancelling now.

strap, thanks for the well wishes. Me too. very tough right now.

I keep telling ya the virtues of train travel! ;) I hope your financial situation improves soon and you can take this trip.
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Re: NYC
« Reply #67 on: February 16, 2013, 11:29:34 AM »
you might try to sell your tix on stubhub.

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« Reply #68 on: February 16, 2013, 01:20:17 PM »
Thx. I posted it there yesterday actually :)

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« Reply #69 on: July 31, 2013, 02:51:03 PM »
As opposed to starting a new thread just so it can die later I am going to bogart this one.

The wife and I are going back to NYC for our Anniversary Weekend, Aug. 9-11.  We are just going for the weekend so it wont be anything too crazy.  She pretty much said "Don't plan"  :evil: :drunk: :angel:

But she was interested in renting bikes and riding around the city, probably through Central Park.  We just got a new Nikon D5200 camera and will probably be playing with that.  I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for Bike Rentals?  We are staying at the W Union Square, so it could be around there or up by Central Park.

Also, we are thinking of going to see some stand up comedy act somewhere.  Again if anyone has any recommendation they would be appreciated. 

I promise when I get back I will upload some pictures.  I need more experience with the camera anyway before we go to Europe in the fall.

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« Reply #70 on: July 31, 2013, 05:17:26 PM »
a few suggestions --


you can rent citybikes anywhere. info here:

http://citibikenyc.com/


there are also bike rentals at the columbus circle corner of central park.

central park is a nice ride on the weekend. i would also rec a citybike ride down the westside along the hudson river park. there are plenty of places to stop off along the way, like the intrepid, chelsea piers, the frying pan, etc. more info:

http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/

i dont rec riding around in the city too much, but if you do lower ninth avenue is wide, has less traffic and has the original dedicated bike lanes.


as for comedy clubs, upright citizens brigade is free or $5 and it can be fun:

http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/


another one that is often great is the comedy cellar, the bonus is it is in the heart of the greenwich village action on macdougal st:

http://www.comedycellar.com/

let us know if you have questions or need more -- happy anniversary+have fun!


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« Reply #71 on: July 31, 2013, 06:23:21 PM »
a few suggestions --


you can rent citybikes anywhere. info here:

http://citibikenyc.com/



well, apparently not "anywhere!" just as I had suspected (as I had remarked to people who live in the area) there are no bike stations on the Upper East (or, apparently Upper West) Side!! WTF?? I figured Bloomberg wouldn't want one in front of his multimillion $$ townhouse, but the entire neighborhood??? of course everyone in his neck-o'-the-woods just takes the town car to get from point A to B. In other words, if you're a tourist, forget about getting to Museum Mile on a rent-a-bike! I guess you could just ask one of the Fifth Avenue doormen to watch it...for a small fee.
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« Reply #72 on: July 31, 2013, 06:49:45 PM »
^ yeah there are none in the south bronx either. supposedly they are going to expand soon.

but it doesnt matter because outside of central park there is nothing to do above 59st anyway, esp given they only have a couple days and also they are staying downtown at the w union square.

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« Reply #73 on: July 31, 2013, 10:16:08 PM »
^ yeah there are none in the south bronx either. supposedly they are going to expand soon.

but it doesnt matter because outside of central park there is nothing to do above 59st anyway, esp given they only have a couple days and also they are staying downtown at the w union square.


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« Reply #74 on: August 01, 2013, 11:36:38 AM »
^ yeah there are none in the south bronx either. supposedly they are going to expand soon.

but it doesnt matter because outside of central park there is nothing to do above 59st anyway, esp given they only have a couple days and also they are staying downtown at the w union square.


ummm, the Metropolitan Museum, Guggenheim, Whitney, Museum of Natural History, Cloisters, Grant's Tomb :laugh:...
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« Reply #75 on: August 01, 2013, 12:21:13 PM »
a short weekend trip, its august and you are recommending they go inside a bunch of museums?? they want to ride bikes, that means be outdoors. cuz like its summer.

and mts dont you go dragging them up to your ghetto lol!



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« Reply #76 on: August 01, 2013, 01:17:12 PM »
a short weekend trip, its august and you are recommending they go inside a bunch of museums?? they want to ride bikes, that means be outdoors. cuz like its summer.

and mts dont you go dragging them up to your ghetto lol!




Says the alleged Straight man living in the heart of the gay ghetto!  Child Boo!

They are safer uptown, than in that poisonous vipers den of bitter & jaded Queens who live and visit the W. Village and Chelsea!

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« Reply #77 on: August 01, 2013, 05:11:38 PM »


Says the alleged Straight man living in the heart of the gay ghetto!  Child Boo!

They are safer uptown, than in that poisonous vipers den of bitter & jaded Queens who live and visit the W. Village and Chelsea!

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« Reply #78 on: August 07, 2013, 07:34:00 AM »
So I totally forgot about making dinner reservations until today.  We will be going to the Comedy Cellar at 11 so are figuring Dinner around 8, putting us pretty much at the height of the inner rush.  Looking for recommendations in that area; Meatpacking, Greenwich, NoHo, etc.  I imagine the majority of my day will be spent being told that there is no availability.

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« Reply #79 on: August 07, 2013, 09:34:00 AM »
^You could try for a place that doesn't take reservations, like the Fatty Crab in the West Village: http://www.fattycrab.com/locations/  The wait might be long, but you could get there earlier, put your name in, and grab a drink in the neighborhood (or at their own tiny bar).
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« Reply #80 on: August 07, 2013, 11:11:52 AM »
So I totally forgot about making dinner reservations until today.  We will be going to the Comedy Cellar at 11 so are figuring Dinner around 8, putting us pretty much at the height of the inner rush.  Looking for recommendations in that area; Meatpacking, Greenwich, NoHo, etc.  I imagine the majority of my day will be spent being told that there is no availability.

My suggestions (not that you'll use them HA!)
  • Commerce (American) I LOVE this place.  LOVE LOVE LOVE
  • Annisa (American)
  • Kin Shop (Thai)
  • Mary's Fish Camp (Seafood)
  • Fish (Seafood)
  • Casa (Brazilian)
  • Favela Cubana
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« Reply #81 on: August 07, 2013, 11:14:49 AM »
^ Actually just got lucky and booked a table at Blue Hill @ 8:30, yesterday they didn't have anything before 10:30.  It does not look like we will be keeping this meal under $300, but it's our anniversary so eff it.  BTW, Commerce was on my list of places, and Annisa but they didn't have anything until 10:00.

Should be fun, pretty much everything is worked out at this point.  Bikes, Dinner, and Comedy.  Solid day in the city. 


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« Reply #82 on: August 07, 2013, 11:18:52 AM »
^ Actually just got lucky and booked a table at Blue Hill @ 8:30, yesterday they didn't have anything before 10:30.  It does not look like we will be keeping this meal under $300, but it's our anniversary so eff it.  BTW, Commerce was on my list of places, and Annisa but they didn't have anything until 10:00.

Should be fun, pretty much everything is worked out at this point.  Bikes, Dinner, and Comedy.  Solid day in the city. 



Blue Hill doesn't compare to Commerce.  If you want a special meal for your anniversary, go to Commerce!  Your wife will really appreciate it.

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« Reply #83 on: August 07, 2013, 01:18:33 PM »
^ Actually just got lucky and booked a table at Blue Hill @ 8:30, yesterday they didn't have anything before 10:30.  It does not look like we will be keeping this meal under $300, but it's our anniversary so eff it.  BTW, Commerce was on my list of places, and Annisa but they didn't have anything until 10:00.

Should be fun, pretty much everything is worked out at this point.  Bikes, Dinner, and Comedy.  Solid day in the city. 



Blue Hill doesn't compare to Commerce.  If you want a special meal for your anniversary, go to Commerce!  Your wife will really appreciate it.

I did.  She picked Blue Hill.  I can only take things so far.  Plus we really like the Farm to Table aspect, so that affected things as well.

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« Reply #84 on: August 07, 2013, 01:42:13 PM »
^ Actually just got lucky and booked a table at Blue Hill @ 8:30, yesterday they didn't have anything before 10:30.  It does not look like we will be keeping this meal under $300, but it's our anniversary so eff it.  BTW, Commerce was on my list of places, and Annisa but they didn't have anything until 10:00.

Should be fun, pretty much everything is worked out at this point.  Bikes, Dinner, and Comedy.  Solid day in the city. 



Blue Hill doesn't compare to Commerce.  If you want a special meal for your anniversary, go to Commerce!  Your wife will really appreciate it.

I did.  She picked Blue Hill.  I can only take things so far.  Plus we really like the Farm to Table aspect, so that affected things as well.
Change.  I'm telling you.  Change that reservation.  One day, you'll listen to me....

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« Reply #85 on: August 07, 2013, 02:52:50 PM »
^ Actually just got lucky and booked a table at Blue Hill @ 8:30, yesterday they didn't have anything before 10:30.  It does not look like we will be keeping this meal under $300, but it's our anniversary so eff it.  BTW, Commerce was on my list of places, and Annisa but they didn't have anything until 10:00.

Should be fun, pretty much everything is worked out at this point.  Bikes, Dinner, and Comedy.  Solid day in the city. 



Blue Hill doesn't compare to Commerce.  If you want a special meal for your anniversary, go to Commerce!  Your wife will really appreciate it.

I did.  She picked Blue Hill.  I can only take things so far.  Plus we really like the Farm to Table aspect, so that affected things as well.
Change.  I'm telling you.  Change that reservation.  One day, you'll listen to me....

Well, to be honest the wife was not a fan of L'Albatross and I believe you have been on the record of loving that place.  So in the interest  of marital bliss I am going to go with what she choose.  This way if she doesn't like it it won't be "my fault".  Something I'm sure you would love to say as much as her. 

Besides if I started listening to you then we wouldn't have these lovely little conversations.

Maybe we will stop there for drinks though, it's not far away.  The show at the Comedy Cellar isn't until 11 so I imagine we will have some time to kill.
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« Reply #86 on: August 07, 2013, 07:06:08 PM »
^ hmm, i usually suggest gramercy tavern for something like an anniversary as its cant miss. regardless, i feel your wallet pain already.

as you know, blue hill and comedy cellar are very close to each other, but you prob only have an hour in-between, so you might just walk around and have a late drink after the show. little branch, pegu club & employees only are all walkable or short cab hops from there. or minetta tavern is right there, they have great crafty drinks too & it will be easier to get in late night.

instead of cocktails, if you like belgian beer the old rabbit club is right across the street from comedy cellar. its hard to find and pitch dark inside, but very memorable, i love it. vol de nuit is another belgian draft beer place nearby, belgians run it and fwiw its even more 'spouse approved.' i would also suggest my favorite craft beer tavern, blind tiger on bleecker as its close, but it will be crowded.

if you guys are real troopers and want to carry on, there are plenty of live jazz clubs around that go very late. i like zinc bar and smalls, but there are plenty of others nearby. arthurs and the garage are free.

anyway enjoy your meal and have fun -

ps -- if you like the farm to table thing, make sure to have brunch at the green table in the chelsea market. the restaurant, market and highline right above it will all be guaranteed 100% spouse approved.

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« Reply #87 on: August 07, 2013, 08:43:52 PM »
^ Actually just got lucky and booked a table at Blue Hill @ 8:30, yesterday they didn't have anything before 10:30.  It does not look like we will be keeping this meal under $300, but it's our anniversary so eff it.  BTW, Commerce was on my list of places, and Annisa but they didn't have anything until 10:00.

Should be fun, pretty much everything is worked out at this point.  Bikes, Dinner, and Comedy.  Solid day in the city. 



Blue Hill doesn't compare to Commerce.  If you want a special meal for your anniversary, go to Commerce!  Your wife will really appreciate it.

I did.  She picked Blue Hill.  I can only take things so far.  Plus we really like the Farm to Table aspect, so that affected things as well.
Change.  I'm telling you.  Change that reservation.  One day, you'll listen to me....

Well, to be honest the wife was not a fan of L'Albatross and I believe you have been on the record of loving that place.  So in the interest  of marital bliss I am going to go with what she choose.  This way if she doesn't like it it won't be "my fault".  Something I'm sure you would love to say as much as her. 

Besides if I started listening to you then we wouldn't have these lovely little conversations.

Maybe we will stop there for drinks though, it's not far away.  The show at the Comedy Cellar isn't until 11 so I imagine we will have some time to kill.
It's quite obvious you don't pay attention to what I write here.  When will you kids learn?!  I'm not a fan of L'albatross.  I love Table 45!

I know how to treat a partner right, Let me know what you're in the mood for and I'll send you to the right restaurants!

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« Reply #88 on: August 08, 2013, 06:59:13 AM »
^ Those are both Bruell restaurants.  I knew it was one of the two in that area. 

^^ I looked at Gramercy Tavern, but they did not have any open times.  I think their first was 10:00 or so.

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« Reply #89 on: August 08, 2013, 08:26:03 AM »
^ Those are both Bruell restaurants.  I knew it was one of the two in that area. 

^^ I looked at Gramercy Tavern, but they did not have any open times.  I think their first was 10:00 or so.

You also should take your wife for cocktails at Robert.  Have a cocktail, soak in the view but DO NOT ORDER ANY FOOD.  The food is terrible, but the view is amazing.  I repeat, do NOT order any food.