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What the hell would you want to see?
Many of you are people local to the NYC metro region. Many of you are not. Of the latter, there's a decent subset that I've invited to the region at some point while imposing on you and seeing your area (probably during the Year of the Efriend). When I've gone to places, there was usually a clear agenda. I must see this spy themed bar, I must visit these gardens, I must try this local food, I must meet this person. But when it comes to my area, not to sound like an arrogant prick, it's hard to distill it to a simple list.

Just as I'm fascinated by how others perceive my accent, let alone the accent of Americans in general, I'm curious to learn about what people want to see.

So here's the question to the locals: If you had someone from decently far-off visiting you for a weekend or week, what would you show them? What are the staples of life around here that you really want the world to sample?

And for those distant, what do you think you want to see? I don't care how corny and touristy it sounds. Imagine that you've got a place to crash in Hoboken for a week. What's on your list, in as specific or as broad terms as you see fit?

Earlier this week I bought my first laptop since 1996. It's a five pound magnesium alloy beauty, which means mobile homework and WoW. Good times.

Feeling: curious curious
Listening to: RCPM, Mexico

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idunn From: idunn Date: September 22nd, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
The Village. The Cloisters (haven't seen yet, so it's equally for my own edification). The cemeteries in Manhattan - the only ones left are all very old, as you can't bury anyone on the island anymore. CBGBs, if it's still around by then. An old record store in NOHO that sells ancient LPs.
jenniever From: jenniever Date: September 22nd, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
If you ever make it to the Cloisters, don't forget to spend some time in Fort Tryon Park - you'll just keep saying to yourself "I can't be in Manhattan...."
jenniever From: jenniever Date: September 22nd, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
It's hard to pick a few things out. I'd reccomend they come for the Parks Concerts in July. Also, the Empire State Building is a favorite of mine, whether or not I have far-off friends coming by. I'd say all the traditional New York spots are worth seeing - it's worth seeing a Broadway Play. It's worth going to the hole downtown and then hitting Century 21. It's worth going to The Met, The Museum of Natural History and MoMA. It's worth taking a New York Harbor cruise and seeing Washington Square Park. It's worth making funny faces in front of the Library Lions, standing in Strawberry fields or taking an afternoon at the Anjelika or CB's.

In the past, when I've had friends in high places, I've taken them on tours of prominent record companies or major television networks. That's always fun. Really, what Manhattan proper has to offer is great and wonderful no matter what it is you like.

Really, what's great about New York is that you don't have to have anything in particular in mind at all. You can just walk around and have a blast.

Don't even get me started on the greater metro area.
shmivejournal From: shmivejournal Date: September 22nd, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I mean, this whole Empire State Building thing is nice. Apple tour, okay? But what I really want to know is -- where is the location of the first Blimpie? Is it possible to see that?

Hey, did you ever make out with anybody over there? Please, be frank.

shmivejournal From: shmivejournal Date: September 22nd, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
This broadway show idea is all well and good, but when do we get to see Woodbridge?
comkilserv From: comkilserv Date: September 22nd, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
you have an accent?

kingfox From: kingfox Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Hard link)


When visiting Wisconsin, I notice your accents every so often. Not quite Fargo level, but there's a few little vowels that come out funny in my ears. The Canucks were talking aboot their fine prah-duce, eh? So what are the words or phrases analogous to the French stereotypical ``oui oui, sacre bleu!'' or the British ``Cheerio, old chap! Pip pip!'' for my region?

The best I've heard so far is saying fuck a lot, also known as the Sopranos accent. My roomie, who is professionally and personally heavily versed in linguistics and has a father who speaks twenty-seven languages, claims that we have fairly harsh consonants compared to most of the US.

You tell me.
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doughnutman From: doughnutman Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Empire State Building, Garden State Plaza, Ground Zero, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and My local Deli.
jenniever From: jenniever Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Garden State Plaza???

At least take them to the Palisades!
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

New Jersey color

You've got a few things in Hoboken, but if someone's from outside the Northeast a good diner is a necessity.

There's also various historical sites (Morristown, Edison Museum for instance) that are important.

Obviously NYC, but there's good stuff in Jersey worth seeing.
jenniever From: jenniever Date: September 22nd, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: New Jersey color

We told graye about the Pine Barrens and he seemed quite interested in that landscape.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 22nd, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

My List

Things to do: drive through Jersey City (Newark Ave, the covered roadway, Journal Square, Grove St. area); hang out in the Village; walk over to the Lower East Side; walk through Brooklyn a little, walk around downtown (one of my favorite things to do is walk up Broadway from Battery Park as far as I can - with a long stop in Chinatown).

Places to go: DBA (bar in East Village), Belgian Beer Bar; Joe's Pizza (off 6th); Wild Ginger (amazing Thai food in the village); Ibby's Falafel; Hard Grove Cafe; rooftop champagne at the Met at sundown; walk around midtown; go hang out on the Frying Pan; Katz's deli; Statue of Liberty and Liberty State Park

Not only is this my list, this is what I'll try to hit up when I'm back for Halloween.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: September 22nd, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Why not log in, sir?

I could seriously go for some Ibby's right now.

Also, I think I have to take any far-off guests to McSorley's. That's a great bar to get trashed at with friends.

So, what days will you be around?
wassailler From: wassailler Date: September 22nd, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
A baseball game at Shea or Yankee stadium, the NY subway, Central Park, Met and MOMA, Chinatown (with a stop to 'Wo Hop' on Mott St, my fave dumplings evar!), hot dogs from Gray's Papaya, some random off-Broadway wierd show...
Jersey: a Jersey mall on a Saturday afternoon, the SHORE, and Harolds, that place with the giant amounts of food.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: September 22nd, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I've never been to Wo Hop, runstaverun and I found a little dumpling house that was voted the best in the city by a number of rags that you should try some time. jenniever and jennifriend went there often this past summer, it was an amazing little hole in the wall.

But that's my problem with trying to show people NYC. There's just too much. Everyone's got their own opinion of the best dumplings, the best sushi, the best show, the best bar... and it's hard to get a good sampling of it all. One night runstaverun and I randomly found this little place that served amazing chicken, steak, or tofu cheesesteaks Korean, southern, or Mexican style. It just opened a week or so before, and will probably be gone soon. How do you keep up on all of those little gems, other than reading a ton of NYC message boards? *Shrug*

Hell, even showing people the shore leads to another debate. Point Pleasant, LBI, Seaside Heights, Sandy Hook, or where?
redvector From: redvector Date: September 22nd, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
turtle pond in Central Park.

Grassroots, Korova Milk Bar, and Rififi dancing.

Rasoi for Indian food.

really, whatever they want. I'm a good host, but a horrible tour guide.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: September 22nd, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
You know, I have yet to make it to the milk bar, despite how badly I've wanted to go. We should do that some night.

Also, I would love to do that half-priced karaoke you posted about that I never responded to like a jerkface. I miss karaoke.
quillter From: quillter Date: September 22nd, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
What would I like to see? My son.

I think I covered most things I'd want to see, in the 25 years I lived in the area, except of course ground zero, and on the horrible footage I can superimpose brunch at Windows on the World.

My dad, the Oklahoma farmboy, told me more than once that when someone bragged to him about the advantages of living in the NY area, specificly Broadway shows, he would ask whether they actually went to said shows. I never rebutted him in person but, (A), there is freedom in the potential to act, and (B), I did see Broadway shows, operas, the cloisters, shows at the met, St. John's Cathedral, shopping, and saw some of the not so fun stuff too. Now when either of us sees footage of the NY area, we shudder, and BC has a fear that if he ever returned to NJ he would die there.

The accent thing is interesting though.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: September 22nd, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Yeah, Ground Zero's gotten cleaned up quite a bit, and at this point it's hard to imagine my almost daily trips through there the summer before I moved in with Father Joe. The new PATH station's a hauntingly large and empty space over what used to be there.

Honestly, I fit into his accusation. I really don't take advantage of the city, despite being a half hour and a buck-fifty away from midtown. While paying all this insane rent to live near it, I only visit once a month or so.
From: mass_disgrace Date: September 22nd, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I would want to see pork rolls, Bon Jovi, the pine barrens (best sopranos episode) and the clerks quick mart. Along with shitty dive bars.
mobbdc From: mobbdc Date: September 23rd, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I would just go to HO-Boken and get back Marc's fuckin' tapes for him. Then everybody could go thier seperate ways-no harm, no foul. Unless the tapes no longer are there....HHHMMMMM? Anyway, I am about to take the lead on this mission and I work fast.
damnitnicole From: damnitnicole Date: September 24th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC) (Hard link)
- seaside.
- jersey pizza
- any good view of the skyline. you can't get that in NYC.
- a huge mall.
- central park
- the village
-- Gray's Papaya.
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