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Posted: 8/12/10 at 10:58am
... But i'm FINALLY going to the Big Apple!!!

All Booked up, flying out 30th August til 13th September and staying at The Jane hotel, my show itinerary is as follows:

Tuesday 31st August - Wicked
Wednesday 1st September - Addams Family (mat)
Abe Lincolns Big Gay Dance Party (eve)
Thursday 2nd September - A Little Night Music
Friday 3rd September - American Idiot
Saturday 4th September - Next to Normal (mat)
Million Dollar Quartet (eve)
Sunday 5th September - Promises, Promises (mat)
Avenue Q (eve)
Monday 6th September - In The Heights
Tuesday 7th September - Memphis
Wednesday 8th September - Fantastiks (mat)
West Side Story (eve)
Thursday 9th September - Our Town
Friday 10th September - La Cage
Saturday 11th September - Blue Man Group (mat)
Fela! (eve)
Sunday 12th September - Billy Elliot (mat)
Mary Poppins (eve)

So thats clocking in 19 shows, and I can not wait for the life of me!!

So, what I wanna ask is what people would recommend for touristy things to do during the days!

EG, Tours, museums etc. Theatre related or otherwise!

I CANT WAIT!!!
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Posted: 8/12/10 at 11:14am
Wow! Have you already booked tickets or are you rushing/lotterying? Im going in less than 2 weeks and am not booking any tickets lol.

To Do - Get the subway all the way down to Coney Island. Get BACON CHEESE FRIES from Nathan's Hotdogs - A-MAZING. Apart from shows, thats the only thing my dad and I have planned haha.
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Posted: 8/12/10 at 11:33am
Haha, sounds like a MUST!!

And yeap, every ticket booked, where I wanted to see so many shows, It works out cheaper to just book cheap price tickets for every show than to rush/lottery/tkts, and i also dont wanna count on getting rush/lottery and then not getting a ticket!
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You may have a small peach...#3
Posted: 8/12/10 at 11:39am
Fair enough, must have cost you a bomb though! I'm willing to risk losing the lottery/not getting rush and just using a discount code on the day.
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You may have a small peach...#4
Posted: 8/12/10 at 11:58am
The ABSOLUTE MUST-SEES sight-wise are:
TOP OF THE ROCK - best view in the city
NEW YORK HARBOR - cheapest is the free Staten Island Ferry or you can take a cruise around the harbor or even take the Liberty Island Ferry over the the Statue (but the lines are VERY long for that).
TIMES SQUARE at night - but you're bound to see that in the middle of theater-land!
CENTRAL PARK - so much to see there but my absolute favorite spot is the BETHESDA FOLUNTAIN.

If you're a first-timer in New York, the best thing to do is to take the two day Hop On- Hop Off Bus tour to get your bearings etc.

So much to see in New York! I've been there 30 times and on my last trip I still found things to see & do that I had not seen and done before.

AND - if you (like me) love the All-American full breakfast, the best breakfast in town is at the CARNEGIE DELI.

Whatever you decide to see & do, I'm sure you'll have a great time. And that theater line-up is fantastic. Enjoy!
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Posted: 8/12/10 at 1:21pm
You have to go to Roxy's in Times Square...they do THE best cheesecake known to man, every single different variety you can imagine!! You may have a small peach...

and also if you're stuck for dinner one night Maxies Deli 7th Ave (between 48th St & 49th St) is so close to Times Square, much better than TGI's etc....they do the most amazing BBQ Dipped turkey burger! You may have a small peach...

god theres so much more, when you go to central park, go see strawberry fields...then walk south, towards 5th avenue and go to Abercrombie and Fitch, you have to queue for like 15minutes but to be greeted by two topless models and then go into a nightclub style shop is pretty impressive and worth it You may have a small peach...
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Posted: 8/12/10 at 1:29pm
Get a CityPass. http://www.citypass.com/ Do at least three of the attractions. But if you have to choose between the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock, then disregard your CityPass and go for the latter.

Do not miss the MoMA or the Guggenheim. They're that wonderful breed of attraction that will absolutely blow the roof off your mind if you stop to think properly about all the wondrousness that is in the same building as you are.
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Posted: 8/12/10 at 2:56pm
I agree with Bob The Carnegie Deli is great for breakfast.

Save money and buy yourself a metrocard for about $24, this will give you free travel on The Subway and buses.

'Top of the Rock or 'Empire State Building'? Hell you are in New York, you have to hang the costs sometimes, do both, but do Empire at night, wonderful views and no queues. (great song lyric there).

I see you will have 19 chances to go to Times Sqaare, which I find vulgar with OTT comercialism, that I absolutely adore the place.

I gather you are just going to miss South Pacific? See you did not hang around with Wicked and that was first on your list, surprised you are only going to see once.

Really cannot fault the shows yoou are going to see, all what I can suggest is The Blue Man Group do a 5pm performace on Saturday, so it is possible to see 3 shows, 20 you have room for a 2pm show.

Go on then tells us how much tou spent on your theatre tickets? I promise I won't trell Weez or Bob.
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You may have a small peach...#8
Posted: 8/12/10 at 4:09pm
Haha, I havent added it up yet, but I think it's about 800 (See, 19 tickets for 800 is doing it on the cheap!!!)
I had a couple of plans of doing 3 show days with some more off-broadway stuff, but in the end I decided I would rather have more spending money and ONLY see 19 shows!


And you know, I'm not really a huge fan of Wicked, just thought i'd see it for the hell of it!

(ALTHOUGH I AM SAT FRONT ROW!!!)
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Posted: 8/12/10 at 4:23pm
I recommend the Behind the Emerald Curtain tour for Wicked on Saturday mornings, it's great and makes you think about the show differently after having asked some of the cast members questions about different aspects of the show.
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Posted: 8/12/10 at 6:23pm
800! Wow!

Atleast you have the security of knowing your seats are there. If my dad and I win all our lotteries/get rush tickets etc we can get all our 8 shows for 175, obviously more if we lose and have to use the discount codes but we are trying to do it on the cheapest terms possible.

Can't wait to read ur trip report, have fun!
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 6:00am
The weather should be fantastic so walk the Brooklyn Bridge.
On the other side is an amazing array of cafes, shops etc and then when you turn around you will have the most amazing photo opportunity with the bridge and the Manhattan skyline!
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 10:54am
One thing I did wanna ask, i'll be needing to get from Newark Airport to The Jane hotel, or atleast somewhere in Manhattan would be a start!! Is anyone able to reccomend a mode of transit that doesnt involve a pricey taxi, and remembering i will have 14 days of luggage with me!!
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 11:00am
Cheapest I think would be a coach that takes you from EWR to the Bus terminal (Port Authority) on 42nd St near Times Square - it takes about an hour.

If you're in good health and if you don't have too much luggage it's a nice walk to your hotel - but it's quite far, so probably a bus from there would be better.


here's a link about getting from the airport to NY
http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-ground-transportation.html

I'm not sure but maybe the Airtrain to Penn Station may be easier in your case. That takes about 30 minutes.
http://www.panynj.gov/airports/pdf/ewr-airtrain-brochure-english.pdf

Updated On: 8/13/10 at 11:00 AM
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 11:47am
By far the best way to get into Manhattan from Newark is by train. Take the free air train from the airport terminal to Newark Airport station and then take a New Jersey Transit train into Penn Station - costs about $15 and the journey takes 25 minutes. Then you can take the A, C or E subway from 34th St Penn Station to 14th Street/8 Avenue, which is the closest subway to the Jane Hotel. (Or if you have a lot of luggage, you could take a taxi from Penn Station to the hotel.)
THEATRE 2019: ASPECTS OF LOVE**** FRANKENSTEIN (Paris)**** AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE**** COMPANY***** [title of show]**** CAN CAN*** THE CEREAL CAFE**** BAD GIRLS**** RAGS***** LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE***** FOLLIES***** ROMANCE ROMANCE**** THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES*** LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE***** QUEEN OF THE MIST**** SIX** THE PRICE***** MAGGIE MAY **** CALENDAR GIRLS** MAN OF LA MANCHA**** WAITRESS***** FANNY AND STELLA***
Updated On: 8/13/10 at 11:47 AM
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 11:51am
Thx bob8rich ... I could also do with your tips. I'll be flying into EWR in November for the first time instead of JFK.
EWR website is a bit of a mess to use (at least to me).
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 12:08pm
Bob method is spot on, the way I would go.
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 12:28pm
Thank you for your info too bob, last time we got a taxi because there was for of us but with only me and my dad this will work out alot cheaper! (and no luggage apart from a backpack! Yay!)
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 12:58pm
Glad to be of any help. After visiting New York over 30 times, I've managed to pick up some useful info lol. Btw, philitalia - when in November will u be in NYC? I'll be there from November 16 to 23 (and probably Phantom will be there around then too).
THEATRE 2019: ASPECTS OF LOVE**** FRANKENSTEIN (Paris)**** AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE**** COMPANY***** [title of show]**** CAN CAN*** THE CEREAL CAFE**** BAD GIRLS**** RAGS***** LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE***** FOLLIES***** ROMANCE ROMANCE**** THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES*** LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE***** QUEEN OF THE MIST**** SIX** THE PRICE***** MAGGIE MAY **** CALENDAR GIRLS** MAN OF LA MANCHA**** WAITRESS***** FANNY AND STELLA***
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 2:16pm
We'll be there from 8th till 14th.
Except for Promises Promises on the Saturday night I still have to buy all my tickets. Probably get some discounts on Playbill.
I haven't decided yet what other shows to see. I'm curious about the Scottsboro boys and Women on the Verge.

Updated On: 8/13/10 at 02:16 PM
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 2:25pm
Scottsboro Boys will probably be THE show of the season - has multiple Tonys written all over it. It's Kander and Ebb - and even second rate Kander and Ebb is better than first rate most anyone else - and all the reviews suggest it is Kander and Ebb at their very best. And it's based on one of the most famous stories in US civil rights history when a group of black youths were falsely accused of raping a white girl in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931. I have already booked my ticket - the only show I've booked so far - in fact I booked it literally a few minutes after I booked my flights!
THEATRE 2019: ASPECTS OF LOVE**** FRANKENSTEIN (Paris)**** AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE**** COMPANY***** [title of show]**** CAN CAN*** THE CEREAL CAFE**** BAD GIRLS**** RAGS***** LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE***** FOLLIES***** ROMANCE ROMANCE**** THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES*** LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE***** QUEEN OF THE MIST**** SIX** THE PRICE***** MAGGIE MAY **** CALENDAR GIRLS** MAN OF LA MANCHA**** WAITRESS***** FANNY AND STELLA***
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 2:31pm
I'll probably get to it this weekend, just need to ask my friends if their interested in seeing it as well.
I also think it probably won't come to London (soon).
Kander and Ebb have really created some fantastic shows. It's an end of an era.
Updated On: 8/13/10 at 02:31 PM
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Posted: 8/13/10 at 6:50pm
"The weather should be fantastic so walk the Brooklyn Bridge.
On the other side is an amazing array of cafes, shops etc and then when you turn around you will have the most amazing photo opportunity with the bridge and the Manhattan skyline!"

100% agree on this great afternoon out and once you are ready to come back, just hope on The Blue Line (A or C) train from High St back to Manhatten.

Central park is great, The Met Musemn, The Guggenheim and The Natural History Musemn are very good, you are charged about $20 to get in, or do what I do and enter via donation and pay $1.

Remember to get the Metrocard, New York's equivalent of the Oyster.