Help a country girl going to NYC

  1. Hey y'all!

    For my birthday in a few weeks I bought tickets to see a Broadway show that so happens to star a certain actor whom I find unbearably beautiful...two bucket list items, one shot. Carpe diem and all that.

    Anyway, I am really really excited but realized I have NO IDEA what it's like there (besides cold in March). I don't want to act all touristy but know that I'll be the textbook definition of a country bumpkin in the big city. I am used to smiling at strangers and getting smiled at in return. Lived for four years just outside DC and am very comfortable with that area, but NYC might just be a different animal!

    I won't be staying long, just a day or two. Don't really need to hit all the big sightseeing things. I have a feeling that just being there will be plenty for this simple girl to take in!

    So...what to do or not do? How to act/not act, what to wear/not wear?
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  3. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Wish I could help you, but I've only been to New York three times. Once w/ HS friend and her parents for the 1966 World's Fair, once with my sister trying unsuccessfully to find Grenwich (sp?) Village ( we walked blocks and blocks and BLOCKS!) and once to drop off a fellow student on our way from South to North (I continued on up to Mass.)
    All I remember is the traffic, both in the roads and on the sidewalks.
    How are you getting there?
    My only advice is to find out what reasonable tips are these days.
  4. by   Medic2RN
    Did you go to NYC yet? What play are you going to see?
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from Medic2RN
    Did you go to NYC yet? What play are you going to see?
    Not yet! Flying up next week. Going to see "Constellations."

    Manhattan Theatre Club – Constellations


    (Cross-reference the guilty pleasures thread. LOL)
  6. by   amoLucia
    Keep your purse REEEEEEALLY secure & close to your body.
  7. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from amoLucia
    Keep your purse REEEEEEALLY secure & close to your body.
    Already got that covered. Good advice!!
  8. by   icuRNmaggie
    Everyone seems to wear black. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Dress up if the play is in the evening and try to be chic/elegant if you go to Sardi's after the play.
    Take plenty of cash for cabs at night. The city is very safe during the day.
  9. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Don't gawk; look blase'
    Don't smile at strangers
    Be cool
  10. by   ElvishDNP
    We had a blast! New Yorkers get a bad rep, but with the exception of one creepy guy whose creepiness had nothing to do with his New York residency, everyone we met was genuinely friendly and helpful. We walked all over town from 7am until 11pm and never once had any issues. We avoided the restaurant tourist traps and didn't get suckered into paying for crap we didn't really want. We learned (very quickly) to cross streets with the crowds, not the signs. I think we logged 19mi on foot in 48 hours there. No subway, no cabs, and 2 days of snow.

    One thing no one warned us about was the mud puddles that are deeper and larger than they appear....but after a couple lessons the hard way, we figured that one out too.

    The best thing we did in our time there was ask people where the good restaurants are, and let them know we weren't interested in the tourist crap. That was the best conversation starter. People love to brag about NYC, and most people like to talk about food. We met several interesting people this way. But again, everyone was really kind....some in a big hurry, but all nice.

    I loved my time there. I will definitely a) go back in warmer weather; and b) defend NYC and her people to those who give it a bad rep!
  11. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    I'm so glad you had such a good time! Are/were your feet +/or lower back sore or achey after all that walking on pavement and cement? That was a whole heck of a lot of walking!

    The one thing I can still distinctly remember from my first trip to NYC when I was 16, was seeing a couple of ~10 year old boys with the coldest, oldest eyes and facial expression I have ever seen in a kid. It was scary as heck and terribly tragic at the same time.

    My next trip there was driving; I got caught in gridlock and experienced the grill of somebody's car right at my passenger door, it's driver honking his horn incessantly and cussing a blue streak. I wanted to say, "Mr., I'm not too happy either!" But I sat looking straight ahead as if I was at the beach gazing at the line between the sea and the sky.

    So, you didn't say anything about the show! What kind of restaurants did you end up at and what foods did you eat? Give!
  12. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
    I'm so glad you had such a good time! Are/were your feet +/or lower back sore or achey after all that walking on pavement and cement? That was a whole heck of a lot of walking!

    So, you didn't say anything about the show! What kind of restaurants did you end up at and what foods did you eat? Give!
    My feet are a little bit sore but nothing else, and even that, not too much. The blister on my Achilles' tendon - the one I didn't realize I had until arriving home at 0400 after our flight out of JFK was delayed - hurts worse. I think the blister's there because I had on nice shoes for the play and immediately after we went out and walked a couple miles and I didn't change into my tennis shoes. But walking in all the ice and snow gave our legs and butt a good workout.

    The show was AWESOME. Just over an hour long, no intermission, and very intense. I highly recommmend it. Jake and Ruth (no other cast) were incredible.

    I got a shake at Shake Shack, recommended to me by a friend who lives there. We ate Peruvian food at Pio Pio in Hell's Kitchen and Thai at Yum Yum Bangkok - also in HK. Cosi (Middle Eastern/Indian fusion) in midtown/Times Sq. is also good. Super-delish cheesecake at Europan. NY pizza at Carve. My friend was behaving, but I got the cute little mini-cupcakes @ Baked by Melissa and a big-@$$ Oreo cupcake from Crumbs. It feels like we ate all the time, but we were also walking all the time so I didn't feel guilty. Very few New Yorkers have weight issues, I noticed.
  13. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    That sounds like such a great time! I'm envious. I love trying new foods, especially from other cultures/countries.
    Well, thanks for the vicarious vacation!( sigh.....)
  14. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from Elvish
    My feet are a little bit sore but nothing else, and even that, not too much. The blister on my Achilles' tendon - the one I didn't realize I had until arriving home at 0400 after our flight out of JFK was delayed - hurts worse. I think the blister's there because I had on nice shoes for the play and immediately after we went out and walked a couple miles and I didn't change into my tennis shoes. But walking in all the ice and snow gave our legs and butt a good workout.

    The show was AWESOME. Just over an hour long, no intermission, and very intense. I highly recommmend it. Jake and Ruth (no other cast) were incredible.

    I got a shake at Shake Shack, recommended to me by a friend who lives there. We ate Peruvian food at Pio Pio in Hell's Kitchen and Thai at Yum Yum Bangkok - also in HK. Cosi (Middle Eastern/Indian fusion) in midtown/Times Sq. is also good. Super-delish cheesecake at Europan. NY pizza at Carve. My friend was behaving, but I got the cute little mini-cupcakes @ Baked by Melissa and a big-@$$ Oreo cupcake from Crumbs. It feels like we ate all the time, but we were also walking all the time so I didn't feel guilty. Very few New Yorkers have weight issues, I noticed.
    Now I am starved!! Love NYC (grew up in southern CT so it was an easy jaunt in)

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