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Old 04-22-2011, 05:38 AM
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We are planning a 5-6 day trip during the middle 2 weeks of June. The tentative plan is to fly into JFK and spend a couple of days doing city stuff. After that, I have a contact who is arranging for us to stay (free!) at the Meadow Club out in Southampton for 3 nights. He has run the tennis program at the club for over 30 years and has been trying to get us to visit forever. I've seen pictures of the place and heard stories and I know it is a schwanky place. We're really not big on the city scene, but there are a couple of things I'd like to do.

I've looked at the website for Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It seems like it is an all-day activity. Any advice on it?

Any hotel recommendations in the city? Good areas vs. bad?

I've been on the Circle Line many years ago. Is it a decent thing to do?

We're not planning on seeing any shows, and probably won't put our daughter through any museums. I know there is a ton to do, so I'm open to suggestions.

When we get out to Southampton, are there any fishing opportunities? My friend at the club suggested taking the Hampton Jitney bus from the city and that we wouldn't need a car in Southampton. I'm thinking a car would be nice if we want to take a ride out Montauk or do other exploring. He says once we get to the club, we won't want to leave.
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It will be a lot cheaper to rent a car once you get out there. Driving from the city can be a BIG PIA depending on the day and time.

If you do what to go to a museum, I'd suggest the NY Museum of Natural History (you could spend a day). I think this is it http://www.ny.com/frame?url=http://www.amnh.org/
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
We are planning a 5-6 day trip during the middle 2 weeks of June. The tentative plan is to fly into JFK and spend a couple of days doing city stuff. After that, I have a contact who is arranging for us to stay (free!) at the Meadow Club out in Southampton for 3 nights. He has run the tennis program at the club for over 30 years and has been trying to get us to visit forever. I've seen pictures of the place and heard stories and I know it is a schwanky place. We're really not big on the city scene, but there are a couple of things I'd like to do.

I've looked at the website for Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It seems like it is an all-day activity. Any advice on it? It's NOT an all day affair. 4-5 hrs. yes, but not all day. Actually, I know you "need" to do it, but it isn't all that spectacular. You should bring lunch and eat by the water.

Any hotel recommendations in the city? Good areas vs. bad? There are soooo many hotels in NYC, it's hard to go wrong. I will say that you want to stay in an area that's close to what you plan on doing, for the most part, as taxi's can get expensive and mass transit can be confusing for tourists.

I've been on the Circle Line many years ago. Is it a decent thing to do? CL is always a good idea. In June, the weather should support a sunset cruise/dinner. I don't think CL offers dinner, but there are other boats....Google is your friend here.

We're not planning on seeing any shows, and probably won't put our daughter through any museums. I know there is a ton to do, so I'm open to suggestions. Do you like steak? Eat dinner one night @ Wolfgang's. There's one uptown.....23rd and 57th maybe? And another in the Village. If you like steak, you won't be sorry but be prepared to fork over some $$. BTW, the bacon appetizer is Off. The. Hook.

Chelsea Piers has TONS of stuff to do. From ice skating to fishing.

While you're on the west side (Chelsea Piers) there's always the Intrepid. I know it's a museum, but it's actually pretty cool.

In June, Central Park is a nice place to walk around. There's not usually much interesting things to do, but it's nice as an out-of-towner to say "I was there".

Handsome cab ride. (RUSTY!!!)

The Village is an interesting place to walk around. You never know what you'll see there.

St. Patrick's Cathedral has some ridiculous architecture, if your into that sorta thing. If you are, take a walk down the West side of Central Park. There's lotsa architecturally interesting buildings there. While you're in that area, you can pay homage to John Lennon @ the Dakota.

Both new baseball stadiums are overwhelmingly nice. (NYY and NYM)

Battery Park has awesome views of the Hudson and Raritan Bay.

Look into the schedules for the Javitts Center and Madison Square Garden for the time you are going to be there. There might be something going on at one or the other, or both for that matter, that piques your interest.

As for the Museum of Natural History, there are exhibits there that could take a day to see, let alone the rest of the place. That place is very cool. Could easily kill 2 days there, depending on what exhibits are there and open at the time.



When we get out to Southampton, are there any fishing opportunities? My friend at the club suggested taking the Hampton Jitney bus from the city and that we wouldn't need a car in Southampton. I'm thinking a car would be nice if we want to take a ride out Montauk or do other exploring. He says once we get to the club, we won't want to leave. The only thing I can add here is what was said above^^^. Driving in NYC and Long Island can be real rough, depending on the day of the week, time of day and time of year. Add to that equation the facts that you are not familiar with driving in these areas (aggressive is an understatement) and you are not familiar with local knowledge (routes, times for one-ways street direction (yes, they change), not blocking boxes, traffic patterns etc.) I would forgo the car. If you have a friend at the club, have him drive you to Montauk if you really wanna go there. But I caution you. As a boat owner, it's gonna be hard to enjoy Montauk without access to a boat.
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Intrepid Museum, South Street Seaport & Bodies Exhibit, Circle Line, Walk Around the Village/Times Square, Chelsea Piers, Wintergarden at World Financial Center for outdoor lunch, Statute of Liberty/Ellis Island, Natural History Museum/Planetarium, wander in Central Park. There is too much to list. I've lived in Manhattan and I'm there several days a week for work. I now live 40 minutes out (by train) and I go in regularly with the family. You have to target the types of things you want to do and the areas you'll be in. There are tons of museums, restaurants and things to do. Hell I live here and I'm still trying new things. Just wandering around is lots of fun too!!

Take the Jitney out to the Hamptons unless you plan on driving out mid-week. After Memorial day, Thursday thru Sunday driving out east can be a total and complete parking lot on the LIE (Long Island Expressway) - bumper to bumper for 80 miles is no fun. You can always grab a rent-a-car out there or get other transportation (train/bus) from the Hamptons to Montauk.

Although I know it is pricey, you should really take your daughter to see a show & dinner - I know that is one of the favorite things for my kids to do in Manhattan. For smaller kids, Mary Poppins/Lion King and other disney favorites. For older girls (teens) Wicked is an excellent show.

Ride the subway and explore!!

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Thanks guys. This won't be our first time to NYC, but it has been about 15 years since I've been up there. I actually lived in Fresh Meadows as a kid from 1960 to 1969. My wife and daughter (18 now) were there about 5 years ago on a school trip. They saw the Lion King while there, hit a museum and saw some of the Lennon stuff.

We're thinking about flying up on a Saturday morning and heading out to the club Monday for a few days.

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