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tennisIlove09
Jul 6th, 2009, 07:46 PM
I am visiting NYC! I need some advice from people that live there / have visited before!

What are some hot gay clubs to hit?
What are areas to avoid?
Can I visit Flushing Meadows and walk around ... I am there when the Open is not being played.

~{X}~
Jul 6th, 2009, 08:04 PM
I live there but gay clubs I can't help you with since I don't go clubbing, I'm a more cafe relaxing type of guy.

In Manhattan you shouldn't be worried about too many places, just walk around, enjoy. If you visit Queens, I would suggest trying Astoria(my neighborhood), lots of cafe's, and just a nice place to relax. Obviously Flushing Park where the tennis center is, Long Island City is very industrial but artsy. Forest Hills is nice, just not much to do there. Anyway, I know Manhattan best, you'll be fine pretty much wherever you wanna go. If you don't wanna go to Harlem or anything like that for whatever reason, just don't go above 100th street. But I would suggest visiting it, its a great place, culture, architecture.

And yes as I already said in your other thread, you can go to the Tennis Center when the US Open isn't going on.

You should have a great time doing whatever you do. :D Manhattan <3 I have been in Canada the last month and I already miss my Manhattan. :lol:

In Manhattan you can check out Central Park, the Upper East and West Sides, Midtown, which has lots of stores, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center(I suggest going to the top in the observatory.) Then you have Chelsea and the West Village(SO NICE), Also Union Square, Soho, Tribeca, Downtown. Lots of places. :D

When are you visiting btw? :D

tennisIlove09
Jul 6th, 2009, 08:18 PM
WE have a lot on our list of things to do already! We got lucky -- they just reopened the Statue of Liberty!

We are coming the last week of September overlapping into the first week of October. 5 days.
I am so sad ... they just announced that the Little Mermaid is closing on broadway on Aug 30 ... I really wanted to see it :sad:

Haute
Jul 6th, 2009, 08:45 PM
I just got back from Manhattan yesterday, my first time too, but I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend as my personal tour guide. :p

There is so much to see and do there, a lot you can do or free or relatively cheap. For instance, we had lunch in the Winter Garden down in the Financial District and you gave a great view of the Hudson River on one side and looking up through the ceiling on the other you have another of the Financial District. We also had lunch in the little plaza right in front of the Flatiron, and also had lunch on the steps of the Met. Little things like that to give you a better experience. :)

For sure go to Columbus Circle, especially at night if you can. Absolutely gorgeous and magical.

~{X}~
Jul 6th, 2009, 09:38 PM
Yep Columbus Circle at night is gorgeous, love the plaza/fountain they built around the statue. The small plaza in front of the Flatiron is sweet as wellm Washington Square Park is also newly renovated near NYU.

I would also suggest going to a cafe/restaurant in the West Village, they are great there, to sit outside and such. The Met museum is a must, my favorite museum. :D

If you need a tour guide Dallas, you and your boyfriend, I can offer some help. :D

meyerpl
Jul 7th, 2009, 04:52 AM
Bring lawyers, guns and money.

~{X}~
Jul 7th, 2009, 05:52 AM
:confused:

Ellen Dawson
Jul 7th, 2009, 11:32 PM
I am visiting NYC! I need some advice from people that live there / have visited before!

What are some hot gay clubs to hit?

If you were a lesbian I could tell you all 3 places. No really! :(

Here's some help:

http://hx.com/web/category/night-watch

http://www.queenofnewyork.com/guide/#1

If you're expecting really really lively night life, don't. It's active but it isn't any different from the club/lounge scene of, say, Toronto and Montreal. You might even be like "what's the big deal about New York?" Well, it's NOT the night life...anymore. :sad: (Giuliani's fault)

What are areas to avoid?

Jersey. No really! :help:

Can I visit Flushing Meadows and walk around ... I am there when the Open is not being played.

Yes. You can walk around the perimeter of the Tennis Center, be inches away from the practice courts. No really! :)

If you don't wanna go to Harlem or anything like that for whatever reason, just don't go above 100th street. But I would suggest visiting it, its a great place, culture, architecture.

And lots of white people have been living there for about 10 years. The rents went through the roof and the Yuppies moved uptown. :bolt:

~{X}~
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:08 AM
Yeah I know, the yuppies caused the rents to go crazy in many places. And now my own neighborhood is experiencing that problem. :lol:

Crazy Canuck
Jul 8th, 2009, 04:29 AM
I'm jealous. NYC is my favourite place to be! Whereabouts will you be staying?

Cam'ron Giles
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:51 PM
Check out the G-Bar on 19 street between 7th and 8th Ave...Very Chelsea. Lot's of hot clubs in Chelsea and the Meatpacking (no pun intended) district...:D

Edinboro
Jul 8th, 2009, 02:19 PM
WE have a lot on our list of things to do already! We got lucky -- they just reopened the Statue of Liberty!

We are coming the last week of September overlapping into the first week of October. 5 days.
I am so sad ... they just announced that the Little Mermaid is closing on broadway on Aug 30 ... I really wanted to see it :sad:

:lol::lol::lol:

M-K
Jul 8th, 2009, 02:20 PM
Im extremely jealous too.
I remember my first time there. I was only there for like 6 days and I was sooo stressed! lol.. There was just sooo much I wanted to go see..
Have a great trip! NYC is amazing!

Barrie_Dude
Jul 8th, 2009, 04:19 PM
I am visiting NYC! I need some advice from people that live there / have visited before!

What are some hot gay clubs to hit?
What are areas to avoid?
Can I visit Flushing Meadows and walk around ... I am there when the Open is not being played.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is in a public park. You can walk around, though you will not likely be able to enterr\ the stadiums

Barrie_Dude
Jul 8th, 2009, 04:20 PM
Yeah I know, the yuppies caused the rents to go crazy in many places. And now my own neighborhood is experiencing that problem. :lol:
Or maybe it is because people just naturally want to live near you! :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: :puke:

~{X}~
Jul 8th, 2009, 05:06 PM
Of course they do Barrie. :p

Haute
Jul 9th, 2009, 03:39 AM
Yeah I know, the yuppies caused the rents to go crazy in many places. And now my own neighborhood is experiencing that problem. :lol:

Do you mean Harlem or Spanish Harlem? My boyfriend just moved into a building in Spanish Harlem and the neighborhood is still comparatively cheap...and a little sketchy. But his apartment has a washer and dryer in it, full kitchen, and he has his own full bathroom too. Plus, there's a rooftop terrace.


Washington Square isn't all that exciting, IMO. Or maybe I just thought that because for whatever reason there were kids running around everywhere and I despise kids. :lol:

tennisIlove09
Jul 9th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Thanks everyone! I will post some of my pics when I get back! :D

Brett.
Jul 10th, 2009, 02:08 AM
Im extremely jealous too.
I remember my first time there. I was only there for like 6 days and I was sooo stressed! lol.. There was just sooo much I wanted to go see..
Have a great trip! NYC is amazing!

I spent 3 days in NYC and it's a real shame that i didn't get to see much that i wanted to go see! lol

Ellen Dawson
Jul 11th, 2009, 10:55 AM
Do you mean Harlem or Spanish Harlem? My boyfriend just moved into a building in Spanish Harlem and the neighborhood is still comparatively cheap...and a little sketchy. But his apartment has a washer and dryer in it, full kitchen, and he has his own full bathroom too. Plus, there's a rooftop terrace.

I did a sublet in Spanish Harlem for a year back in '95-'96 and it was sketchy. But seeing it today? I'm surprised by the expensive NEW bldgs catering to the hipsters, the presence of a couple of pricy restaurants, a trendy bakery/cafe. It will never be Williamsburg but it's not the South Bronx either.

Ellen Dawson
Jul 11th, 2009, 10:59 AM
Thanks everyone! I will post some of my pics when I get back! :D

Enjoy the new Times Square or Bloomberg Beach as it's been called. :wavey:

http://stickersanddonuts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/lounge-chairs-in-times-square.jpg

http://cashandcaviar.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ts2.jpg

Dawn Marie
Jul 11th, 2009, 03:40 PM
I love NY. first time goers should see the statue and the empire state. Caution this takes time and you'll be in long lines. I love MET.

The Central Park, and take a tour of the city. Midtown and Chelsea, and Tribeca.
Theres so much to see.

Haute
Jul 12th, 2009, 03:39 AM
I did a sublet in Spanish Harlem for a year back in '95-'96 and it was sketchy. But seeing it today? I'm surprised by the expensive NEW bldgs catering to the hipsters, the presence of a couple of pricy restaurants, a trendy bakery/cafe. It will never be Williamsburg but it's not the South Bronx either.

What part of Spanish Harlem were you in? I don't really remember seeing any hipsters, and my boyfriend's roommate despises hipsters so I don't think she'd have chosen the building if there were a lot in the neighborhood. Maybe his building is still too far north, but there weren't really any restaurants nearby, the closest maybe being Don Pedro's down on 96th and 2nd.

And speaking of hipsters, I absolutely love this website: http://www.latfh.com :lol:

thalle
Jul 12th, 2009, 07:49 AM
You are SO lucky!
I was there in August with my family and I still dream of going back, NYC is just amazing! So much to do, to see, to enjoy.
Don't rush to see EVERYTHING it's not possible. Rather save money and go back again :p And have a great time

Ellen Dawson
Jul 13th, 2009, 02:30 AM
What part of Spanish Harlem were you in? I don't really remember seeing any hipsters, and my boyfriend's roommate despises hipsters so I don't think she'd have chosen the building if there were a lot in the neighborhood. Maybe his building is still too far north, but there weren't really any restaurants nearby, the closest maybe being Don Pedro's down on 96th and 2nd.


E. 111th and 3rd Ave.

Here's the bldg across the street from where I was subletting:

http://www.trulia.com/property/1027344143-227-E-111th-St-New-York-NY-10029

Here is The Mirada, a new luxury bldg that's a block away:

http://villagevoice.trulia.com/property/photos/1052959406-161-E-110th-St-New-York-NY-10029

Here is Ricardo's Steakhouse, also a block away:

http://www.ricardosteakhouse.com/index.php

And the Savoy Bakery:

http://www.liveuptown.com/images/410_live_-_savoy.jpg

Sorry to go overboard but it's just amazing to me how much it's changed because back then, we had to go to the UES for a capuccino!

Haute
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:44 AM
Wow, that's amazing that could exist above the park! My boyfriend's neighborhood is nowhere close to becoming that trendy. His building is the first new build in his neighborhood, so it still has a ways to go before it can even be considered "up and coming" like he tells his mom to reassure her it's a nice area.

AUSBOY
Jul 14th, 2009, 07:59 AM
I'm going to NYC in August this year. Would you recommend staying in Manhattan or Brooklyn? Any of you NYC guys play a high standard of tennis and want a hit?

Ellen Dawson
Jul 15th, 2009, 08:56 AM
Wow, that's amazing that could exist above the park! My boyfriend's neighborhood is nowhere close to becoming that trendy. His building is the first new build in his neighborhood, so it still has a ways to go before it can even be considered "up and coming" like he tells his mom to reassure her it's a nice area.

If your BF bought in East Harlem, then I can understand the reaction. He can at least tell his Mom that a Home Depot, Best Buy, etc is scheduled to open later in the year just above 116th and 1st. I don't know if there are delays but that mall will raise property values.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/11/realestate/commercial/11shop.html?_r=1

East Harlem will never gentrify like Williamsburg (there are too many projects in the neighborhood) but having lived there during lean times, the transformation (luxury bldgs, eateries other than 'Cuchi Fritos', the influx of white people buying and renting) is quite a surprise!

Tennisace
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:53 AM
Ricardo's Steakhouse is delicious. I've only been there one time but it was a great meal.

I had no idea a Home Depot and Best Buy were opening up in the area. Good to know. I totally LOLed at the 'Cuchi Frito' comment. It's really true about gentrification. My neighborhood is changing before my eyes and I've only lived in my apartment in Harlem for a year.