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Thank You New York City, Thank You. 100 Hours Visit in NYC Trip Report.

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Thank You New York City, Thank You. 100 Hours Visit in NYC Trip Report.

Hi r/NYC,

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I visited last week for a long weekend in the city. I was my first visit to NYC in over 6 years. I really love traveling and am a big city/urban planning nerd. Here is a post I made on a trip to Chicago last month:

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[https://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/comments/bnvtsf/3rd_time_visit_to_chicago_trip_report_48_hours_in/](https://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/comments/bnvtsf/3rd_time_visit_to_chicago_trip_report_48_hours_in/)

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NYC Photo Album: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/158149703@N04/sets/72157708994078876/](https://www.flickr.com/photos/158149703@N04/sets/72157708994078876/)

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Write Up

I was originally planning on visiting San Francisco last weekend. I have always wanted to visit the city as it is one of the major urban cities in the US. I started researching the neighborhoods, things to do and flights. As I was looking at flights a sub $100 round trip flight to NYC that same weekend appeared on Google Flights. That caught my interest and soon I realized I should visit NYC and not SF as the SF Ballet was out of town and I could see both ABT Ballet and NYC Ballet in NYC (amongst other things).So I booked my flight and made arrangements to visit NYC for the first time in 6 years.

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New York City is more than just larger than life, it is life. It is life in technicolor, a dense urban jungle serving as a commercial and cultural hub for the Western Hemisphere. It is referred to as simply ‘The City’ because it is so central to our world, it is known today by many as the center of the universe.

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The City statistics are staggering. One is every 38 people in the United States of America lives within the 300 square mile city boundary. Of the 8.62 million people in the city, 40% are forgin born speaking over 800 different languages. During the week the population of Manhattan, at just 22 square miles jumps to over 3 million people. Moving all of these people is one of the most comprehensive public transportation systems in the world. Over 1.7 Billion people ride the NYC subway each year and on any given time there are over 130,000 people underground in the subway, a total greater than the population of Topeka, Kansas.

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The density and diversity create and urban fabric unlike no other in the world. The streetscapes come to life at every corner as people move to and fro. NYC is for those that are ambitious, doers, movers, makers, creators, artists, business people, athletes, models, film makers and so many more. To the uninitiated NYC is a completely foreign world, a competitive world. From getting in line at a popular coffee shop, to finding a seat on a train, to finding an apartment, to getting a promotion at work, and getting that signature Instagram shot, NYC is all about the hustle.

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During my travels I do what I call: Total Immersion Travel, which I liken to gathering as much of understanding of each place I travel to. In NYC that is quite a challenge but I did my best in the short amount of time I had.

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In the 100 hours I was in the city I traveled exclusively by foot, bike, and public transit (bus, train, aerial tram).

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I walked 70 miles.

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I cycled 40 miles using the CitiBike bike share system utilizing 32 stations.

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I rode on 5 different bus lines (1 Line Shuttle, B63, M2, M100, 62), traveled on 13 different subway lines (1, 4, 7, A, B, C, D, F, G, N, W, Q, Path) utilizing 36 stations. I also rode on the Roosevelt Island Tram.

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I went to 17 eateries including 4 bagel shops, 6 pizza places, 2 restaurants, 3 bakeries, 1 hot pot buffet and 1 food court.

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I visited 47 parks from small urban oases to the giant greenery sanctuaries.

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I saw 2 world class ballet performances: ‘Twyla Tharp Trio’ with the American Ballet Theater and ‘A Midsummer’s Night’ Dream with the New York City Ballet.

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I saw the Red Sox play the Yankees at Yankee Stadium and the Giant play the Mets at Citi Field.

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In my travels I don’t merely just visit places to ‘check the box’, I visit places to get an understanding of the people and history. I want to know what it is like to live and be in a place, what is is like to attend a world class ballet, what is is like to make the morning subway commute, what is is like to spend a relaxing afternoon in the park, what is is like to be a local from all aspects.

This trip has been an enlightenment. Before I thought of NYC as over glamorized, overpriced and overrated. But I get it now. I can see why so many people make the sacrifice to live in the city. There is an emotional connection many people have. I certainly got emotional when I was at the Celebrate Israel Parade, as I have never felt so safe and welcome as a Jewish American. I cried as I left the 9/11 Memorial as my heart in pained thinking of those just going about their day, never to return home to their families and friends.

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While I have never lived in the City, it is the place where my ancestors came from Eastern Europe and made roots in the country, escaping the intolerance and anti-Semitic hatred. My blood still runs strong with the city. New York will always be in my heart.

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**Citi Bike Stations Utilized:**

5th Avenue & Carroll Street

5th Street & 46th Avenue

7th Avenue & Central Park South

11th Avenue & West 20th Street

11th Street & 43rd Avenue

30th Road & Vernon Boulevard

31st Street & 23rd Avenue

35th Street & 34th Avenue

50th Avenue & Vernon Boulevard

Amsterdam Avenue & West 110th Street

Avenue A & East 7th Street

Bedford Avenue & South 9th Street

Broadway & Cathedral Parkway

Broadway & West 122nd Street

Centre Street & Chambers Street

Concord Street & Bridge Street

Degraw Street & Smith Street

Ditmars Boulevard & 19th Street

Lafayette Street & East 8th Street

Madison Avenue & East 118th Street

North 7th Street & Kent Avenue

North 11th Street & Kent Avenue

Pier 40 at Hudson River Park

Shore Boulevard & Astoria Park South

Spring Street & Cleveland Place

Stanton Street & Chrystie Street

Vernon Boulevard & 10th Street

W 16th St & the High Line

Warren Street & Court Street

West 52nd Street & 11th Avenue

West 76th Street & Columbus Avenue

West 95th Street & Columbus Avenue

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**Parks Visited:**

9/11 Memorial

Astoria Park

Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Terrace

Bryant Park

Bushwick Inlet Park

City Hall Park

Cobble Hill Park

Cohn Triangle

Conservatory Water

Domino Park

East River State Park

Flushing Meadow Park

Fort Washington Park

Gantry Plaza State Park

General Grant National Memorial

Gramercy Park

Grand Army Plaza (Central Park)

Grand Army Plaza (Prospect Park)

Halletts Point

Heckscher Ballfields

Heckscher Playground

Hudson River Greenway

Hunter’s Point South Park

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Madison Square Park

The Mall and Literary Walk

Marcus Garvey Park

McCarren Park

McCarren Park Track

Pier 34 at Hudson River Park

Pier 62 at Hudson River Park

Pier 63 at Hudson River Park

Prospect Park

Rainey Park

Riverside Park

Sheep Meadow

Strawberry Fields

Sakura Park

Socrates Sculpture Park

Sobel Playground

Stonewall National Monument

Sunset Park

Theodore Roosevelt Park

Tompkins Square Park

Union Square Park

WNYC Transmitter Park

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**Eateries:**

2 Bros Pizza

99 Cents Pizza

Absolute Bagels

Agora Turkish

Bleecker Street Pizza

Budapest Cafe

Crave Fishbar

Joe’s Pizza

Leo’s Bagels

Magnolia Bakery

New World Mall

P&M Classic Pizza

Sal’s Pizza Store

Spring Shabu-Shabu

Tompkins Square Bagels

Two Little Red Hens

Williamsburg Bagel

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**Houses of Worship:**

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Church of the Holy Name of Jesus

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle (went inside)

Congregation Ohab Zedek

Convent Avenue Baptist Church

Old First Reformed Church

The Riverside Church (went inside)

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (went inside)

St. Francis Xavier Church

St. Michael’s R.C. Church

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (went inside)

West End Synagogue

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**Signature Events:**

Citi Field (Mets vs. Giants)

David H Koch Theater (NYC Ballet, A Midsummers Night Dream)

Metropolitan Opera House (ABT Ballet, Twyla Tharp Trio)

Yankee Stadium (Yankees vs. Red Sox)

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**Subway Stations Utilized:**

14 Street – Union Sq Station

34th Street-Hudson Yards Subway Station

34 St – Penn Station

36th Avenue

40 St – Lowery St Station

42 St – Port Authority Bus Terminal

45 St Station

50 Street Subway Station

59 St – Columbus Circle

66 St – Lincoln Center Subway Station

72 Street Station

79 Street Station

81 Street-Museum of Natural History Station

86th Street Station

96 St

145 Street Station

161 Street – Yankee Stadium Station

168 Street Station

Bedford Av Station

Canal St Station

Christopher St Station

Court Square Station

Ditmars Blvd Station

Fulton Street Station

Grand Central-42 Street Station

Lexington Av-63 Street Subway Station

Lorimer Street Station

Main St Station

Metropolitan Av Station

Mets – Willets Point

Queensboro Plaza Station

Roosevelt Island Subway Station

Times Sq – 42 St

Vernon Blvd – Jackson Av

West 4 St-Washington Sq Sta

West 155th Street

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**Transit Hubs:**

Grand Central Terminal

GW Bridge Buss Terminal

Newark Penn Station

NYC Penn Station

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**Places of Interest:**

Apollo Theater

Billionaire’s Row

Carnegie Hall

Celebrate Israel Parade

Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex

Chrysler Building

Citizen Watch Flagship Store

Columbia University

Charging Bull

The Dakota

The Dorilton

Empire State Building

Flatiron Building

Grand Bazaar NYC

Green-Wood Cemetery

Harvard Club of New York City

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

New York Stock Exchange

The Oculus

Rockefeller Center

Roosevelt Island Tramway

Trader Joe’s

Vessel

Yale Club

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Raves

-Incredible street vibrancy and diversity

-Broad range of parks

-Comprehensive public transportation

-Low cost and accessible best in the world fine arts

-Diverse housing stock

-Tons of deals to be had if you do your research (Rush tickets, hotels/airbnbs in less trendy areas, lunch specials etc.)

-Tons of people cycling for both recreation and transportation

-Felt very safe, NYPD has strong presence

-Mets fans

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Rants

-Trash even in very high end neighborhoods

-Yankee Stadium- no bike helmets allowed, Citi Field- no bags with straps

-Subway infrastructure (had to take shuttle because 1 train was down north of 96th, also was on A train when the train went out of service at 168th St.)

-Needs more dedicated bike lanes

-Yankees fans

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**Saturday**

-Arrive into EWR From CVG, Allegiant flight not too bad (middle seat open)

-Upon landing see industrial NJ and NYC Skyline

-Get on Airtran to Newark Airport station (tons of diversity on train)

-Get Rush ticket for ABT on train (yay!)

-Get off at Penn Station (very bustling)

-Walk over to 2 Bros Pizza on 8th Ave, have $1 cheese slice

-Walk up to Times Square, stop by Citizen Flagship Store, check out JDM watches

-Walk up to Billionaires Row, check out Central Park Tower

-Go to Central Park from 7th Ave

-Check out Heckscher Playground and baseball games at Hecksher Ballfields

-Walk to Lincoln Center, Graduation at David Geffen Hall, tons of people in Hearst Plaza (St. George’s University School of Medicine)

-Walk down Columbus Ave, check out The Church of St. Paul the Apostle

-Get apple at Morton Williams

-Walk to Columbus Circle, eat apple on bench, lots of people watching (tourists/locals)

-Go back to Lincoln Center, go to Metropolitan Opera House (beautiful venue) great seats

-Take 1 line from 66 St – Lincoln Center Subway Station to 96th Street (doing maintenance rest of route, have to take bus to 157th St)

-Walk down and check into Airbnb on 153rd St

-5ft floor walkup, bottom floor is a mini deli/grocery store

-Walk down to 145th St. station, grab a slice of pizza from P & M Pizza on way

-Get off at 72nd St. check out the Dakota

-Walk through Strawberry fields and then Sheep Meadow

-Walk up Broadway, check out Dorian (beautiful apartment building)

-Go to 72nd St. Trader Joes, Line is through the store

-Walk back down to Lincoln Center, go in to David H Koch Theater, more modern/intimate

-Walk down 10th Ave, see Mclaren 720S on Street in Hell’s Kitchen

-Walk through Hudson Yard Mall and around Vessel

-Take 7 train from Hudson Yards to 42nd Street, take 1 train south to Christopher St.

-Check out Stonewall monument

-Eat slice of Nona Maria at Bleeker Street Pizza

-Go to Joe’s and eat a slice of Pizza

-Take West 4 St-Washington Sq Sta A train to 155th St

-Walk back to Airbnb, see cat hanging out along the way

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**Sunday**

-Take A train 145th St. to 125th St.

-Walk by Apollo Theatre (lots of clean up from Saturday Night partying)

-Walk through Marcus Garvey Park

-Get on Citi Bike(CB) E 118th St. & Madison Ave, go over to UWS Columbus Ave & W 95 St.

-Walk by Congregation Ohab Zedek

-Check out Hi Hostel (go to bathroom, apply sunscreen)

-Get bagel w/cream cheese at Absolute bagels

-Get CB at Cathedral Pkwy & Broadway ride up Riverside Drive

-Check out Riverside Church

-Check out General Grant National Monument

-Check out Goats at Riverside Park and views

-Walk through Columbia

-Check out The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (no pictures allowed inside)

-Get CB at 110 St & Amsterdam ride down to W 76 & Columbus Ave

-Check out the Grand Bazaar NYC and 79th Street Greenmarket

-Walk through Central Park through Shuman Running Trail around Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

-Walk down 5th Ave

-Watch start of NYC Celebrate Israel parade

-Walk through Central Park around Conservatory Water (watch boats sailing)

-Check out Bethesda Fountain and Bethesda Terrace

-Walk down the Mall

-CB from 7 Ave & Central Park South to W 52 & 11 Ave (tons of traffic, have to walk bike a lot)

-CB down Hudson River Greenway by Intrepid

-Check out Chelsea Pier and Pier 62 at Hudson River Park

-Bike down Chelsea to the border of West Village

-Bike over to Pier 34 check out view of downtown (Casey Neistat view)

-Go through Hudson Square to Canal St 1 train, take the train to 79th St

-Meet eat at Crave Fishbar with friends

-Check out more of the Grand Bazaar (go to indoor portion as well)

-Have banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery

-Take C train to 145 then D train to 161 Yankee Stadium

-Take B train to Columbus Circle

-Eat 2 slices at 99 Cents Pizza on Broadway

-Walk to Times Square

-Take A train from 42nd St back to Airbnb

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**Monday**

-Take A train to Fulton St

-Walk through Oculus

-Visit 9/11 Memorial

-Get on CB at Centre St & Chambers St.

-Bike through Chinatown and Little Italy

-Bike up to Astor place, check out filming of ‘In The Heights’

-Get Bagels at Tompkins Square Bagels and check out Tompkins Square Park

-Bike Across Manhattan Bridge to Concord St. and Bridge St.

–Bike through Boerum Hill to Warren St & Court St

-Walk through Cobble Hill Park

-Get Pizza at Sal’s Pizza Store

-Get on Pike at Degraw St. & Smith St

-Bike across Gowanus to Carroll St & 5th Ave

-Check out St. Francis Xavier Church

-Check out Old First Reformed Church

-Walk through Prospect Park

-Walk through Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace

-Walk through South Slope to Greenwood Heights

-Check out view of Statue of Liberty from 24th St

-Walk through Greenwood cemetery, check out grave of DeWitt Clinton

-Take B63 bus to Sunset Park Neighborhood, check out commercial district

-Check out views of Downtown, Midtown, Downtown Brooklyn, Downtown Jersey City and Statue of Liberty from Sunset Park

-Take 45th St Station N line to 14th St-Union Square, crossing over the Manhattan Bridge

-Check out Union Square

–Check out Gramercy Park

-Walk up Park Ave to Madison Square

-Check out view of Flatiron

-Walk up Lexington Ave through Murray Hill

-Check out views of Empire State Building and Chrysler Building

-Check out Grand Central Station

-Walk by Yale Club to New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

-Check out Bryant Park

-Walk through W44th St, check out New York Yacht Club and Harvard Club

-Walk up 5th Ave, check out Rockefeller Center

-Check out St. Patrick’s Cathedral

-Check out Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue

-Walk up to Central Park, check out ‘The Pond’

-Check out Balto Statue and Dean Slope Meadow

-Take M2 bus up to 80th St.then walk over to Agora Turkish for dinner

-Get dessert at Budapest Cafe and Two Little Red Hens

-Checkout city views from rooftop

-Take 86th St. Q Line to Lexington Ave- 63rd St Station

-Take F train to Roosevelt Island

-Walk around Cornell Tech Campus

-Take Roosevelt Island Tram back to Manhattan

-Walk to 50th Street take A train to 168th St (train went out of service everyone had to get off)

-Walk through Washington Heights to George Washington Bridge

-Check out George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal (go to bathroom in clean restroom)

-Take M100 Bus back to Airbnb

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**Tuesday**

-Take A train from 145th to Penn Station, drop bag off at Schwartz’s Luggage

-Take Times Square-42nd St 7 train to Vernon Blvd- Jackson Ave

-Walk to ‘The Local’ Hostel

-Take CB from 11th St & 43rd Ave to Gantry Plaza State Park

-Check out Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunter’s Point Park South

-Ride CB across Pulaski Bridge into Greenpoint

-Check out WNYC Transmitter Park

-Bike down to Bushwick Inlet State Park and East River State Park

-Bike down and check out Domino Park

-Bike down to Williamsburg, get bagels at Williamsburg Bagel

-Check out Jewish section of Williamsburg

-Check out Sobel Playground, Cohn Triangle

-Walk up Bedford, check out old Williamsburg Savings Bank Building (now an event venue

-Check out views of Freedom Tower and Williamsburg Bridge from Broadway & Bedford

-Walk into ‘trendy’ area of Williamsburg

-Check out Brooklyn Brewing

-Walk through McCarren Park, check out tennis courts and track

-Check out Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

-Take Bedford Ave L line to Metropolitan Ave station

-Take Metropolitan Ave G line to Court Square

-Walk to Queensboro Plaza, take N line to Ditmars Blvd Station

-Take CB 31st St & 23rd Ave CB to Ditmars Bld & 19th St

-Check out Astoria Park, see views of Hell Gate Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

-Bike to Hallet’s Point, see views of Upper East Side and Ward’s Island Bridge

-Bike to Socrates Sculpture Park, check out the art installations

-Bike to Rainey Park

-Bike over to Kaufman Astoria Studios

-Take 36th Ave W train to Queensboro Plaza

-Take 7 train to Flushing Main St. Station

-Check out the vibrant Flushing Downtown, check out Queens Library at Flushing

-Check out New World Mall, try sample at food court (do not know what sample is)

-Eat at Spring Shabu-Shabu Hot Pot Buffet

-Take 7 train to Mets-Willets Point

-Walk through Flushing Meadows Corona Park

-Check out Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and the Unisphere

-Go to Citi Field and Watch Mets vs. SF Giants

-Take 7 train to 42nd St-Times Square

-Pick up bag from Schwartz’s

-Take 7 train back to 40th St- Lowery St. Station

-Walk to Airbnb on Greenpoint Ave and 38th St.

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**Wednesday**

-Take 7 train from 40th St- Lowery St. Station to 42nd St. Grand Central

-Take 4 train to Wall St. Station

-Check out Charging Bull

-Get bagels at Leo’s Bagels

-Check out New York Stock Exchange

-Take Path Train from WTC to Newark Penn Station

-Walk to Downtown Newark

-Take 62 Bus from Downtown Newark to Newark airport

-Fly back From EWR to CVG


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