New York City: Unusual and Crazy Fun!

August 23, 2007 at 12:30 pm 5 comments

So maybe you have a visual image of New York in your head. Skyscrapers. Broadway theaters near Times Square. Elegant hotels and restaurants. The Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero. Empire State Building. Regular tourist stuff. It’s all good, but…

New York City is all of that and so very much more. It has crazy fun places to visit and oddities to explore. If you let it, the city can surprise you, delight you and entice you to visit again and again. I’m hooked!

What will I see on my next trip? YOU VOTE.
After hours of online research, I came up with a list of possibilities. Why don’t you pick one or two that you’d like to hear about and vote for it by adding your comment below this post. I’ll try to incorporate the most popular items into my itinerary.

1) Canal Street. For me, this is a must-do. I just can’t visit New York without catching the latest trends in knock-off purses and where the hot deals are being made. “How good of a knock-off can I find on this trip?” is always my goal.

2) A Cruise Around Manhattan Island. Ladies, we have a number of choices in this category and I’d like to try at least one of them. A Happy Hour Sail on the Harbor, Sunday Brunch or a Sunset/Harbor Lights Sailing on an 82 ft. double masted Maine schooner. Sounds very classy. Imagine sailing around the entire island of Manhattan! Check out the Classic Harbor Line.

3) Free Kayaking on the River. Seriously, free kayaking at the NYC Downtown Boathouse on the Hudson River.

4) Visiting the Trapeze School? Oh, that’s another rare commodity — a real trapeze school in a big top along the river. Has to be interesting!

5) Hookahs and Thick Coffee? Okay, this is a crazy thing, but it could be fun to check out the cafe — a somewhat clandestine little place in The Village that makes you feel like you’re in a foreign country. (Mmm, I wonder which of my girlfriends would be game for this one?)

6) Food/TV Fantasies? It might be fun to see if the real “soup nazi” (featured on Seinfeld) serves good soup and if he really tells people “No soup for you!” His soup kitchen is in midtown. Or maybe I should stop at the Magnolia Bakery, made famous in Sex and the City. That’s down on Bleeker Street.

7) Funky Shoe Shopping. My tip for shoe shopping is a couple of years old, but sounds worth pursuing. It’s a whole street of shoe shops — from sneakers to ballet flats all at bargain basement prices. I don’t think they’re designer brands, but sounds like they’re pretty trendy.

8) Rocky Horror Picture Show, Anyone? If you’re a people watcher, you might get a kick out of this. A theater in Chelsea features Rocky Horror Picture Show nights every Friday and Saturday. People come in costume, bring props, sing and dance and have a great time. Something quite unique to NYC. (I have no idea why that smiley face is replacing the number 8. I can’t change it. Crazy, isn’t it?)

9) Williamsburg in Brooklyn. This neighborhood sounds like it’s a must-do. Lots of up-and-coming designers, little shops, vintage stuff, emerging street art, lots of new restaurants. It’s an art scene that is quickly becoming the new Village. One of the clubs hosts a bi-weekly Williamsburg Spelling Bee for adults. I’d like to see the area before it goes mainstream.

10) Monday Night at The Iridium. Les Paul, well into his 90s, is a music legend who plays guitar every Monday night at this club at 51st and Broadway. He invented the electric guitar, has many Grammy Awards to his name and is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. His Gibson guitars are used by top musicians, like Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Steve Miller, Brian Setzer and others, who are also known to show up at the club to jam with Les. I’d like to be there when they do! (By the way, Les Paul is revered in his hometown of Waukesha, WI.)

11) Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. If you watch Law and Order, you’ve probably gotten the idea that Hell’s Kitchen isn’t such a great place. But my research radar tells me that it’s becoming a bit more upscale than locals would like — well, relatively upscale. Some very good and inexpensive restaurants are there as well as a weekend flea market that has become a hot spot for local celebs to frequent.

12) Washington Square. This NY landmark is rich in history. Probably made most famous by the “beatnik” era of the 50s. You’ll see street performers and artists almost every day, making it an entertaining spot to visit in Greenwich Village.

VOTE NOW. Just fill out the comment form below with the top places you’d want me to visit, so I can report on them after my next NYC visit.

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Entry filed under: bargain airfare, Brooklyn, Canal Street, New York, China Town, Fashion, Knock-off Purses, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York City Bargains, SoHo, Williamsburg.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Patty  |  August 23, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Knock off purses
    Williamsburg in Brooklin

  • 2. Betty  |  August 26, 2007 at 9:23 am

    canal street knock off purses
    fabric district – mood’s fabrics
    extra time to shop Macy’s and other big dept stores
    great food to eat in company!!
    shoe shopping

  • 3. Paula  |  October 2, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Hello Tish! My daughter and I are going to NYC in Dec. I read you comment # 7 about shoes and was wondering if you would be so kind and tell us what street this is on……we have a shoe fettish and would love to check it out. Thank You sooo much, Paula

  • 4. Heather  |  October 6, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    I would also love to know where this shoe street is located!! Thanks

  • 5. tish  |  October 10, 2007 at 11:14 am

    The word is that this street of shoe bargains is 8th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

    Haven’t gotten back to NYC as soon as I thought I would, so if you go there, please let me know what you think. Thanks.


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