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Old 04-11-2010, 01:15 PM   #31 (permalink)
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How do I go about hailing a cab? Is it like tv where I just put out my hand and lunge for the door of a stopped cab before someone steals it?
Are you black if yes bring a white friend especially after hours otherwise just like TV
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If I try to hail a cab and a grey 1991 Nissan Altima with a cardboard sign with "Ian's Cab" taped to the roof pulls up, should I get in?
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How much am I supposed to tip a cab driver? Is it percantage-based or a set amount (like $1) per block?
$1/per block is that a joke if you feel inclined 15% rounded to nearest whole dollar
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Should I get a metro card or can I pay cash/tokens to ride the subway? Can you even use anything besides a metro card these days?
Only metrocards used buses may take coin still not sure buy a seven day unlimited and make em regret it. it's New York fucking City there is shit to see
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If my hotel is known to contain numerous Canadian narcoleptic smokers, is it safe to leave my valuables in my room?
Personally Cameras & laptops go with me especially during the day when the attendants will be in there cleaning why tempt fate, but that may be my native Ny'er paranoia that nobody around me seems to have.

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Preferably you have done some research before asking, but if you can't find any trustworthy sources or don't mind your obvious question being ignored, go ahead and ask it. Or if you have valuable insight that you want to share so someone doesn't end up in Central Park at 11pm dressed in an Elmo suit without their wallet or keys, like your first time in NYC, let the rest of us know.
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My question: I know tipping cab drivers seems to be the standard 15-20%, but did people buy 1-day subway passes and end up using it twice or did they drop $20 on a prepaid card and wish they had just gotten a day pass each day?

Also, Empire State Building - worth it to say you did it or not really?
Skip Empire state, shop Canal St, See Central Park, go to the 34th st Macys, walk in an H&M clothing store just to see it get some good pizza
, eat a Lamb and rice dish from the $5 Halal carts.

Majestic Pizza Broadway & Cortlandt St near Century 21 (more good shopping) is my grab and go fave.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:21 PM   #32 (permalink)
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One thing I've been wondering about since I left New York -- how come nobody else knows how to make pizza? The New York method is way better, and it doesn't seem that complicated. You just cook the pizza a bit, and then when someone orders a slice, you finish cooking it. It takes a couple minutes, but it's a million times better than the heat-lamp shit that is coating Canada from coast to coast. From Halifax to Vancouver, Canadian pizza is total shitsville.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:44 PM   #33 (permalink)
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clueless??

Is anyone staying at the Chelsea star that would like to help me out on how to get around on the subway??
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:18 AM   #34 (permalink)
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One thing I've been wondering about since I left New York -- how come nobody else knows how to make pizza? The New York method is way better, and it doesn't seem that complicated. You just cook the pizza a bit, and then when someone orders a slice, you finish cooking it. It takes a couple minutes, but it's a million times better than the heat-lamp shit that is coating Canada from coast to coast. From Halifax to Vancouver, Canadian pizza is total shitsville.
I despise Canada pizza shit.

I should add that they will card you everywhere, so you must bring your proof at all times.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:29 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Walk the Brooklyn Bridge instead, but from Brooklyn. This way you get to walk towards Manhattan instead of away. Walking from Manhattan to Brooklyn puts all the great views behind you.

Take the 2/3 to Clark St (first stop in Brooklyn) or the R to Court St. Walk West until you get to the Brooklyn Promenade. AWESOME views of lower Manhattan. Then walk Northeast until you get to the Brooklyn Bridge, and walk across it. Give yourself two hours for this, especially if you dawdle.
Map of the Brooklyn side: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=h...yndowntown.PDF
This is one of my favorite visitor tips. I tell people to do this all the time.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:00 AM   #36 (permalink)
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My girlfriend is on crutches so we're trying to figure out stuff to do that doesn't involve any walking or standing for long periods. shoogbear63 mentioned doing the double decker bus tours. Anybody else have any suggestions for the handicapable?

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Old 04-12-2010, 09:55 AM   #37 (permalink)
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My girlfriend is on crutches so we're trying to figure out stuff to do that doesn't involve any walking or standing for long periods. shoogbear63 mentioned doing the double decker bus tours. Anybody else have any suggestions for the handicapable?
Unfortunately, NYC is referred to as a "walking city" because so many people walk to get around. The hop-on hop-off bus is a good idea, but the way that bus works is to go to various landmarks/areas and then walk around those landmarks/areas and then get on the bus to get to the next landmark/area. So, it really depends on how much she can do.

As mentioned before, subway is the best way to get around, but even that means long flights of stairs to get in and out of that system. Several Manhattan stations have elevators, but you can't count on them working 100% of the time and many more stations have no elevator.

I would recommend finding a nice spot in a park or a cafe and doing a lot of people watching while sipping on the beverage of choice. Bryant Park is nice for this and close to the street and subway (7th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets). Central Park is beautiful, but lots of walking required. Battery Park can be good for this too, however it's being renovated and is a bit of a mess right now.

A lot depends on how comfortable she is in getting around. The better she is on the crutches, the more she'll (and you'll) be able to do.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:17 AM   #38 (permalink)
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My girlfriend is on crutches so we're trying to figure out stuff to do that doesn't involve any walking or standing for long periods. shoogbear63 mentioned doing the double decker bus tours. Anybody else have any suggestions for the handicapable?
If you don't mind paying for cabs, you can still do quite a bit. Once I got hurt, I just started finding restaurants I wanted to eat and cabbed to those. I also went to Central Park, hobbled over to a convenient bench and set up shop there and just people watched for a couple of hours (and honestly it was a blast). The double decker busses are cool, but it's a bitch getting up there on crutches (it's a thin, winding staircase... if your girlfriend can handle that, then you're good to go). I don't suggest going to Times Square unless your girlfriend is comfortable on crutches, I was slowing folks down too much when I was there and it was annoying.
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If you don't mind paying for cabs, you can still do quite a bit. Once I got hurt, I just started finding restaurants I wanted to eat and cabbed to those. I also went to Central Park, hobbled over to a convenient bench and set up shop there and just people watched for a couple of hours (and honestly it was a blast). The double decker busses are cool, but it's a bitch getting up there on crutches (it's a thin, winding staircase... if your girlfriend can handle that, then you're good to go). I don't suggest going to Times Square unless your girlfriend is comfortable on crutches, I was slowing folks down too much when I was there and it was annoying.
Thanks for the tips. We're planning on taking cabs everywhere.

Has anybody had any experience doing one of those tourist cruises?
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:24 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips. We're planning on taking cabs everywhere.

Has anybody had any experience doing one of those tourist cruises?
Thats a great idea!!!! You won't regret that at all and will prolly be your highlight... If you do it at night you can do a booze cruise as well. Manhattan from the water is amazing... A cab will take you right up to the ship too...

y'all can sit on the deck and chill...


also a good one isthe staten island ferry. I think it's free and it's a good ride.
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