if you love new york city : i have a question for you (and a little prize)

Posted: June 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, paperfinger, places | 37 Comments »

So the first piece of news is that my big sister just moved to NYC and we are really excited to live in the same city for the first time as adults! I’ve been here for about eight years now and have been slowly, gradually working on a plan to get her to move. At last!

To welcome her to the city, I’m putting together a box of tips and ideas for favorite places to see, eat, play, visit, sit, walk, bike, drink, celebrate, and generally enjoy New York.

What is your suggestion? What’s one of your favorite places in New York City?

Please post your recommendation as a comment on this post. You don’t need to live here to make a suggestion! At 5pm EST Friday (June 25), I’ll choose one of you by random and gift you a Paperfinger-made NYC skyline stamp (with the illustration above) and an ink pad (in any color of your choice).

Thanks so much for contributing your ideas!


37 Comments on “if you love new york city : i have a question for you (and a little prize)”

  1. 1 melissa said at 4:12 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    Right now it’s the high line; such a unique and interesting spot. get on at the northern end, walk to the southern end and get off in the meatpacking district. stop and enjoy that pop-art-ish gallery nearby and take pictures of yourself with some of the neat graffiti down there (there’s a nice picture Einstein right now, great for a fun photo-op…), then walk over to Bill’s Bat & Burger for either a “cold ass beer” or a very good milkshake… it makes for a laid-back, none-too-expensive, distinctly new york evening.

    I love this City!

  2. 2 Phyllis Cheung said at 4:26 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    I love Madison Square Park – it’s such a beautiful little park across from the Flatiron building. Get to the Shake Shack early and have a nice little lunch on the benches.

    Also love the Halal Chicken cart across from the Hudson Hotel down in the Columbus Circle area. $5 will get you a huge delicious plate of food!

    Oh, and she can’t miss the Natural history Museum!

  3. 3 Li Ward said at 4:28 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    I love cocktails at the Pegu Club in SoHo!

  4. 4 Carrie said at 4:33 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    The Met. Or a tour of subway station art. My husband’s in love with Kenka for interesting, affordable Japanese food. I like Menchanko-tei. Chinatown for cherries right now is awesome.

  5. 5 Rachel said at 4:39 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    I LOVE tapas at Las Ramblas on the West Village. They have the most delicious sparkling strawberry sangria and very tasty tapas. I would eat there every night if I could. I only wish it was larger! It’s hard to get a seat it’s such a small and popular place.

  6. 6 kevin & amanda said at 4:47 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    I’m going to NYC in a few weeks and the first stop I’ll be making is Wafels & Dinges for a Liège wafel. Delicious!!!

    http://www.wafelsanddinges.com

  7. 7 Rhymes said at 4:48 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    I love getting off a subway in New York and literally feeling like I’m in another part of the world. Spending a Sunday in Jackson Heights for an all you can eat Indian brunch buffet at Jackson Diner is the best and truly authentic. You have to try the masala dosa! You’ll likey be in a food coma for the rest of the afternoon but it’s well worth it. Head over to the many dessert shops for a sweet treat or peruse the sari stores with colorful ethnic shawls and bangles. You’ll feel far away but it will be cheaper than flying half-way across the world!

  8. 8 Shelley said at 5:17 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    Without question the American Museum of Natural History. My husband grew up going there and now loves to take our daughter whenever we’re visiting his family.

  9. 9 Jennifer said at 5:20 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    order the special sandwich at Olive’s in soho on a thursday. there’s always a line out the door for it, but it’s worth the wait.

    then go over to balthazar bakery a couple blocks away for a cookie or tarte or other delicious sweets.

  10. 10 Katie said at 5:24 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    As of this moment: Museum of Arts and Design. Museum of the City of New York. The Conservatory Garden in Central Park (E.105th on 5th).

  11. 11 kate said at 5:35 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    I always visit the Kinokuniya Bookstore at 1073 Avenue of the Americas when I go up and have a little time to kill.

  12. 12 jane said at 6:46 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    Porter House (porterhousenewyork.com). Every time I go visit my sister in NYC, it is one of my first stops.

  13. 13 Shalini said at 6:49 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    Chelsea Market & The High Line. It’s like a box of fun in the same neighborhood.

  14. 14 christine said at 8:42 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    i always love going to the oyster bar in grand central station. i’m a nerd and enjoy the whisper arches outside; the font of the sign is amazing; and even the back room and bathroom fascinate me.

    and koreatown! and decibel!

  15. 15 Mutt said at 8:45 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    Blondie’s on the Upper West Side for Steeler games.

    Meanwhile, Brynna, your talent overwhelmes me.

  16. 16 Catherine said at 10:51 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    Oh my, where to start…

    The Met. The more I go the more I appreciate it. Symphony Space on the UWS is great too. They have short story readings and some very unique performances throughout the year. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is my favorite movie theatre! I go at least once a month.

    Purl NYC in SoHo. Fabric and yarn like no other!

    Mediterranean/ Moroccan restaurant called Cafe Mogador on St. Mark’s place. Down the street is Paprika, a new Italian restaurant with amazing gnocci.

    For wonderful art and insanely interesting old books and illuminations, as well as a neat gift shop, The Morgan Library in east midtown.

    A great eastern European restaurant in the east village, Veselka (the perogis are amazing!)

    Klimat on the LES for a good drink and extremely friendly service.

    I could go on forever! I am so proud to call New York my home. I hope your sister loves it here!

  17. 17 Caitlin Krisko said at 11:45 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    Oh NYC, you devilish fantastic dream of a city! There are endless opportunities for adventure in this boundless metropolis but few things are better than a good old fashioned Brooklyn graffiti scavenger hunt.

    You can cheat a little by researching ahead of time on sites like: http://offmanhattan.com/2008/12/08/a-self-guided-brooklyn-graffiti-tour/

    The stunning pieces of art are not only conversation invoking, but they also make perfect backdrops for you and your friends to pose, instantly creating photographs that are impressively timeless!

    In between the graffiti spots, cafes and restaurants spill out live music and laughter, and a tasty libation between photo sessions is a perfect way to keep the afternoon rolling!

    Congratulations to your sister’s big move! This grand old town is a muse movers, shakers, and dream makers!

  18. 18 Sara said at 11:55 pm on June 24th, 2010:

    Go to the Met and donate as low as $1.00 to see all the art you want and an amazing view of the city from the rooftop.

    For another cheap, wonderful afternoon, take a picnic to the park in Dumbo that’s right under the Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges.

    I miss New York and our City Hall wedding.

  19. 19 honeyedfigs said at 12:53 am on June 25th, 2010:

    i love walking over the brooklyn bridge.
    i love wandering the stalls of both the chelsea and brooklyn flea markets.
    i love coffee from stumptown, and the photo booth machine at the ace.
    i love early cocktails at smith and mills, and late cocktails, any place.
    i love 10 am in noho and 3.30pm on upper madison. i love riverside park, any time of day.

  20. 20 Claire said at 12:58 am on June 25th, 2010:

    I bravely recommend the New York Trapeze School – a wonderful, exhilarating experience!

  21. 21 Jennie said at 1:17 am on June 25th, 2010:

    I don’t live there, so my recs might be a little … bad, but I love Butter Lane for cupcakes. Also, the Sunburnt Cow in the East Village for brunch and Spice Market for dinner.

  22. 22 Rebecca said at 2:15 am on June 25th, 2010:

    There are so many incredible things to do. Something fun and free is walking South along the West Side Highway until you reach the Staten Island Ferry at the southern tip of Manhattan. Grab a few beers in a nearby deli (shhhh) and hop of the Staten Island ferry. It provides great views of Manhattan and Statue of Liberty. Once you reach Staten Island, simply turn around inside the terminal and head back to Manhattan for a great view of Brooklyn.

  23. 23 April | Everything Little Miss said at 9:35 am on June 25th, 2010:

    My favorite places to visit in NYC are Bryant park and the New York Public Library!

  24. 24 Molly Aaker said at 11:43 am on June 25th, 2010:

    My favorite place to walk around is the East Village. There’s always something new to find. Start out on Avenue A between 4th and 5th to Lancelotti for great inspirational housewares. Then walk on 7th to 2nd Avenue – hit up Toyko 7 – a great consignment shop. Abraco – one of the best coffee spots in the city. Luke’s Lobster, some newer cafes, cupcakes shops.. and the list goes on. Sit in one of the most interesting, entertaining parks – Tompkin’s. And for a happy hour wine special, there’s V Bar on St. Mark’s and 1st Avenue. It’s a cafe/ wine bar/ good food spot with friendly service and a nice, open atmosphere.

  25. 25 schatze said at 11:54 am on June 25th, 2010:

    My friend there is currently crazy for Screme Gelato Bar(on Broadway between 69th-70th).

  26. 26 wyne said at 12:16 pm on June 25th, 2010:

    you are such a great sister, sister!

    dang, such a toss up between brooklyn china town and sitting along the gowanus canal. both spots allow you to exit the city while still in the city, and each has their own unique sense of adventure… in brooklyn china town, you can eat anything you’ve never before, for at least 20 blocks! and along the canal, you can hear crickets, see lightning bugs and feel far, far away. maybe nina could do both in one day (on bike!) and then return home feeling she’s travelled the world, brooklyn style.

    love you, love her, love this city.
    *wyney

  27. 27 Elana Dweck said at 2:01 pm on June 25th, 2010:

    On a luxurious weekday morning…take the 7:30 am yoga class at Laughing Lotus (on 19th street and btw 5th and 6th ave) and then stroll through paper presentation (enter on the 19th street side exit on 18th street side) to oogle over beautiful paper goods en route to City Bakery (18th street btw 5th and 6th ave) for a coffee and pretzel croissant. Yum!

  28. 28 Elana Dweck said at 2:03 pm on June 25th, 2010:

    Alternately, if you are in Brooklyn early morning take a bike ride around Prospect Park and then stop after the big hill to watch the dogs run in the park off-leash (until 9 am).

  29. 29 Beth said at 2:11 pm on June 25th, 2010:

    Where to begin?

    Any fashionista would get a kick out of the FIT museum down in the garment district where the students’ shows offer glimpses of fashion of the future, while the retrospectives of major names remind you of their continued influences. Then meander up 7th and peruse the amazing array of trims at Mood, or track down fabric stores seen on reality tv fashion shows.

    One of Noah’s favorites was running around the reservoir in Central Park. You soon recognize the same folks and find a community in that unlikely place. And the views of the city are gorgeous. Or stroll through the park and soak in the elms and Strawberry Fields and the ‘boathouse’ for the little mechanized sailboats.

    Watch The Fisher King, then track down the many locations Terry Gilliam chose when he filmed in the Apple. SO much fun!!

    Have a drink in Grand Central’s central terminal and watch the light show.

    Zabar’s! Zabar’s! Zabar’s!

    H&H for killer bagels.

    Fairways for coffee, cheese, produce.

    Flea markets in those big garages on the weekend down in the 20′s.

    Ice skating where we took Bryn and Phoebe. (Bryn, help??)

    Join the zillions of tourists viewing the Christmas tree at Rockefeller, offer to take photos of them on their own cameras. They love it!

    The Frick Museum — little gem you can catch in entirety in two hours (my limit for museums.)

    MOMA is free Friday after 4:00, thank you Target!

    The Viennese Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Gallery.

    Barbecue fest at Madison Square Park — an annual summer event (around June?)

    That’s a start.

    Bryn, you’re a gem. And so is Nina!!

  30. 30 HouseofJules said at 5:43 pm on June 25th, 2010:

    Oooh, I loved living in NYC!

    My fave restaurant just closed a couple of years ago (Miracle Grill in the village), but my 2nd favorite place to take visitors is Serendipity 3. Have the Frozen Hot Chocolate!

    Kate’s Paperie and Dean & Deluca are 2 of my other faves. So much greatness there; it’s hard to narrow it down. Of course exploring Central Park is a blast– and Shake Shack!

    I love, love, love your art/work and would ADORE the stamp.

  31. 31 bryn said at 6:38 pm on June 25th, 2010:

    Thanks everyone for such incredible, unique and wonderful ideas. I plan to follow them all myself! My sister says thanks too. :)

    And with a random number generator choosing from 1-30, it picked #27! Thanks Elana! I’ll be in touch about sending you the stamp.

  32. 32 Nina said at 1:18 am on June 29th, 2010:

    Thank you! As the new New York resident, I want to thank everybody for this amazing list of ideas! I can’t wait to get started!!

  33. 33 Carolyn said at 2:22 pm on June 29th, 2010:

    I’m late, but if you want an Eating Tour of NYC:

    Los Dos Molinos on 18th St. for spicy New Mexican food and the most delicious “kickass margaritas” in the city.

    Empanada Mama on 9th Ave @ 51st for incredible empanadas and scrumptious sangria.

    Bomboloni at A Voce (near Madison Square Park… if you took the other commenters’ advice) – the dinner here is good, but the Bomboloni is heavenly.

  34. 34 clairette said at 12:51 pm on July 6th, 2010:

    If you want to take her to a really cute bar do check out Beauty Bar on 14th St between 2nd and 3rd ave. You can get a drink and a manicure for 10 dollars. It’s really fun for a night out with your best girlfriend (or sister). :)

  35. 35 Alex said at 5:59 pm on July 6th, 2012:

    Every time I walk through Lincoln Center and see those two huge Chagall paintings hanging in the window, I can’t help but feel happy and proud of the city I live in.

  36. 36 Ada said at 3:43 am on August 18th, 2012:

    Do you mind if I use your illustration for my blog?

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