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About the Author Cheryl Farr Leas was a senior editor at Frommer's before embarking on a freelance writing career. She also authors the Frommer's New York City from $90 a Day, Hawaii For Dummies, and California For Dummies travel guides, and has contributed to Best Places Los Angeles (Sasquatch Books), Frommer's Los Angeles, and Frommer's USA. Cheryl also writes about travel, spas, real estate, interior design, and other lifestyle subjects for Continental, Continental Airlines' in-flight magazine; Daily Variety; Bride's; Expedia Travels Online; and other publications. When she's not traveling, she's at home in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Feel free to write her directly at email@example.com.
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1 Frommer's Favorite New York City Experiences
Sailing to the Statue of Liberty. If you have time to do only one thing on your visit to New York, make it this. No other monument so embodies the nation's, and the world's, notion of political freedom and economic potential more than Lady Liberty. As silly as this may sound, the view never loses its power-and neither do the skyline vistas of Manhattan, which are breathtaking from this perspective. The ferry that takes you out to Liberty Island also stops at the historic federal immigration station on Ellis Island, gateway to America for nearly half of the nation's forefathers. The museum's exhibits illustrate with moving simplicity what coming to the promised land was all about. If you want the view but prefer to skip the tourist crowds, consider catching the free Staten Island ferry, a city icon unto itself, instead. See chapter 8.
Spending Your Days at the Museums. Museum hopping just doesn't get any better than this; the number of masterworks housed in this city is mind-boggling. If you've never been before, the place to start is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the best art museum in North America, and one of the best in the world; even if you spend every day of your vacation here, you couldn't exhaust the possibilities. The new Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History is an A-1 standout for its breathtaking Tom Hanks-narrated space show. Twentieth-century art and design buffs should start with the Museum of Modern Art-but you won't want to skip the Whitney Museum of American Art or the Guggenheim, either. And don't just stick to the biggies; New York boasts a wealth of smaller, lower-profile museums that speak to specific interests-from folk art to photography to financial history-and house some
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge. A marvel of civic engineering when it first connected Brooklyn to Manhattan in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is still able to inspire awe even in jaded New Yorkers. I never tire of admiring its Gothic-inspired stone pylons and intricate steel-cable webs. Get an up-close look, and some marvelous views of Manhattan, by taking the easy stroll from end to end. Readers often tell me that this was the highlight of their trip. Start at the Brooklyn end for best effect, and consider preceding your walk with a stroll through historic Brooklyn Heights for a leafy, lovely afternoon. See chapter 8.
Strolling the Neighborhoods. One of the greatest things about New York is the distinct character of each of its neighborhoods. Rather than trying to quick-scan them all, I highly recommend picking one and really getting to know it. Wend your way through the historic streets of Greenwich Village, saunter the cast-iron canyons of SoHo, or explore the lovely, trendy Flatiron District. All you really need is a map and a sense of adventure. If you prefer a little structure, consider taking one of the many excellent guided walking tours that are available-there's no better way to get to know a neighborhood than with an expert at the helm. See chapters 5 and 8.
Being on Top of the World. Go straight to the top-higher than you've ever been before. New York is made to be seen from above, in the full light of day or in the full glitter of night-it's your choice. Better yet, get both perspectives. Head up to the Top of the World observation deck at the World Trade Center where, if you're lucky, you'll be able to go out on the rooftop promenade, the world's highest open-air observation deck. If you'd rather avoid the tourist crowds, book a table at Windows on the World or Wild Blue, or order up a cocktail at the Greatest Bar on Earth, all of which boast the same incredible views. The bar at the Rainbow Room, on the 65th floor at Rockefeller Center, also boasts glorious views for the price of a cocktail. Less obvious is the Pen-Top Bar & Terrace, the Peninsula Hotel's rooftop pied-à-terre, lording over Fifth Avenue like a crown jewel. And don't forget about the Empire State Building-it may not soar to the heights of the World Trade Center, but it's doubly romantic. See chapters 7, 8, and 10.
Visiting the City's Art Deco Delights. Nothing embodies New York's historic sense of optimism more than its streamline masterpieces. And nowhere is the Art Deco style more passionately realized than at Rockefeller Center, the business-and-entertainment center at the heart of Midtown. You don't have to be highbrow architecture buff to appreciate this place; you can ogle the skyscraping Christmas tree or skate on the legendary ice rink in winter, or wave to Katie, Matt, Al, and Ann in the Today show studio at any time of year. The most romantic of the city's high-rises, the chrome-topped Chrysler Building, is another Art Deco gem; look for the gargoyles, looking suspiciously like streamline-Gothic hood ornaments, jutting out from the upper floors. And when you visit the marvelous Empire State Building, don't miss the streamline mural in the lobby in your rush to get to the top. See chapter 8.
Star Gazing at Grand Central Terminal. Always a beaux arts gem, this majestic 1913 railroad station underwent a remarkable face-lift that has made it a must-see. Every surface glitters with renewed optimism-but none more than the masterful ceiling, once again brilliant with 24-karat gold zodiac constellations against a gorgeous blue-green sky. Walk in, throw your head back, and watch the stars gleam. Or consider dining at Michael Jordan's-The Steak House, which opens onto the stellar view. See chapters 7 and 8.
Wandering Central Park. This beautiful accident of civic planning makes the otherwise uninterrupted urban jungle tolerable for workaday New Yorkers. Without this great park, I couldn't imagine life in the city. Be sure to seek out Strawberry Fields, the living memorial to John Lennon, which exhorts us all to imagine. Shakespeare in the Park, the annual theater-under-the-stars festival, is another greenbelt delight. See chapters 7, 8, and 10.
Watching Your Favorite Talk Show Being Taped. If you have the forethought (to send away months in advance) or the patience (to wait in the standby line), you can watch Dave, Conan, Rosie, Jon Stewart, the ladies of The View, or even Regis and Kelly work their TV magic. If sketch comedy is more your speed, try your luck at acquiring tickets for the holy grail of live TV tapings, Saturday Night Live. To start planning, see chapter 8.
Heading Uptown to Harlem. If it's good enough for Bill Clinton, it's good enough for you, right? Manhattan's newest hip neighborhood is actually one of its richest in history and culture. Harlem is full of wonderful possibilities: Latch onto one of the many architecture and history tours of the neighborhood for a bit of background; visit the Studio Museum for an insightful survey of African American and Caribbean art; head to the Abyssinian Baptist Church for a rousing Sunday service, followed by a soulful brunch at Sylvia's; or come uptown for a Creole dinner at Bayou, followed by a night of jazz at the Lenox Lounge. See chapters 7, 8, and 10.
Dining Out. New York is the world capital of great eating, with the finest fine dining in the entire world. Consider splurging on a meal at Chanterelle, Le Cirque, Nobu, La Grenouille, or one of the city's other top-flight restaurants, a surprising number of which are capable of creating lifelong culinary memories. But the true beauty of New York's restaurant scene is that you don't have to spend a fortune to eat well. You'll find cheap but dazzling Chinese in Chinatown, pastrami to die for at any number of Jewish delis, pasta that even your Italian grandmother could love . . . the list goes on and on. See chapter 7.
Shopping 'til You Drop. There's no more glorious shoppers' paradise in the country-maybe even the world-than New York City. You want it? New York's got it. Check out chapter 9 to find it.
Watching the Curtain Rise on a Play. There's nothing like the immediacy and excitement of a stage production in action. Movie and TV stars know it, which is why more and more are strutting their stuff on the New York stages. Make it a priority to catch a live theater production while you're in town. If musicals are your thing, stick to the Great White Way; if you prefer cutting-edge drama, try Off Broadway. See chapter 10 for tips on getting tickets.
Bar Hopping & Nightclubbing. It doesn't matter whether you're the Ketel One martini or the draft beer type, whether cabaret or stand-up comedy or electronica is your thing, New York has the after-dark hangout for you. They don't call this "The City That Never Sleeps" for nothing. See chapter 10 for all the options.
Celebrating the Holidays in the City. As millions of my neighbors head out of town to the shores and the mountains, I love to stay behind. On July 4, a peaceful hush comes over the city-until the fireworks explode overhead, lighting up the night sky with patriotic flair. Nobody does Labor Day like the "ladies" of Wigstock. On Halloween, more than the usual ghouls walk among us in Greenwich Village. The huge hot-air balloons of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade bring out the kid in all of us. No place is more festive than Rockefeller Center at Christmastime. And on Chinese New Year, a bright dragon promises great fortune ahead. For details on these events and others, see the "New York City Calendar of Events" in chapter 3.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
What's New in New York City.
1. The Best of the Big Apple.
2. A Traveler's Guide to New York's Architecture.
3. Planning Your Trip to New York City.
4. For Foreign Visitors.
5. Getting to Know New York City.
8. Exploring New York City.
10. New York City After Dark.