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FRENCH FROGS WANT SUGGESTIONS FOR OFF TRACK PLACES TO VISIT... ?
Posted April 28th, 2008 - 6:50 am by from Villeurbanne, France (Permalink)
We are a French couple from Lyon and we are going to have our first visit to NY City in July, for about 5 days.

We will have are guide books but... we'd love to hear the special places / cafes / restaurants / cultural attractions you like and you think is a must to visit, and not necesseraly mentionned in our book...

We like to be surprised and we like to find places to feel the authentic soul of the City.

So, what do you suggest ?

We don't need a couch, bt we would also be happy to meet you for a drink.

Thanks for your suggestions !

Bye

Agnès & David

Posted April 28th, 2008 - 11:42 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
Hey guys-

I love this city so I dont know where to begin....I work in Manhattan but I live in Williamsburg Brooklyn....

here's some of my fav places (and places I take couchsurfers)

-definitely try to go to the top of the Empire State Building
-take the Staten Island Ferry (you can drink beer, get a good look at the city and its FREE!!)
-go to the MOMA ( best museum)
-for the best live music in the city and sangria go to Cafe Wha? on 115 Macdougal between bleeker and west 3rd
-The restaurant Blue Ribbon has been rated one of the best in the city.....mmmm yummy
-go to Shepards Field in Central Park--my fav thing to do in the summer (you will prob see me there tossing the ol' frisbee around)
--if you want an experience come to my work-Pure Food and Wine...its a raw food restaurant on 17th and Irving (take any train to union square) amazing food made with lots of love.....

def check out williamsburg-its where the cool kids hang...take the L train to the Bedford stop...good shopping, eating and hip.. Black Betty (on Metropolitan and Havenmayer) is one of my fav places to eat and I love the DJ's---- if you want to shake a leg go to BEMBE (south 6th and Berry st) brazilian music, live drumming and a good vibe..i love it!!

well, i hope this helps--have fun!!!

lizzie

Posted April 30th, 2008 - 12:01 am by from Sunnyside, United States (Permalink)
Dear Agnes & David,

Hey there! Let me welcome you in your planned visit to New York! As you know, it is a fantastic city. I hope you both enjoy it. Feel free to contact me when you arrive and we can have lunch or a drink if you like.

Great things to see/do:

1. Bronx Botanical Gardens
2. Pick up a "TIME OUT NY" magazine for all local, free events, concerts and cool stuff.
3. Go to Grimaldi's Pizza in DUMBO, Brooklyn (one of the oldest and best Pizza Places in NY) and get there by having a beautiful 25-35 minute walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and see Statue of Liberty from there.
4. Staten Island Ferry back and forth for free--very scenic.
5. Catch a NY Yankees Baseball Game (NOT METS!!)---well, okay Mets are okay I guess. ;)
6. Try to find a hidden, old speakeasy bar called CHUMLEYS in Greenwich Village. I would tell you where it is part half the fun is getting lost finding it.
7. Walk along the Hudson River Promenade from Canal Street all the way up as long as you like.
8. Sit in Central Park and PEOPLE WATCH.

How is that for a start???

Enjoy.

Danny

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Posted April 30th, 2008 - 6:13 am by from Villeurbanne, France (Permalink)
Thanks Lizzie and Travelwell10 !

It all sounds really good and we can't wait to be there !We really appreciate your tips and will definetly use them...

Travelwell10, it will be great meeting, maybe to share pizza in Dumbo then ! By the time, we will contact you again. Till then, we just have to dream about it all...

And if you both or other CS from NY come this way, we'll be happy to welcome you and make you discover the beautiful city of LYON, FRANCE. Well, I guess it would seem quite small compared to NY, but small can be cute and interesting...smile

Bye for now and we'll get back to you before our arrival.

Agnès & David