I'm participating in the New York City Reading Challenge hosted by Jill at Fizzy Thoughts. For February we're asked to share ten things about NYC. This is good prep for May's BEA and Book Blogger Convention (which I'll miss by two weeks).
One of my favorite islands is Manhattan. The best part of my life in Pennsylvania was driving into the city for long weekends. Now that I'm living on Kauai, my trips to NYC happen every other year. While the city can be expensive it also offers deals if you know where to look.
(1) visit the website Free NYC for a daily list of what's happening in the Big Apple at little or no cost...(2) stretch your legs with a joyous walk across the Brooklyn Bridge...(3) museums have days/times when no admission is charged; my favorite is the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side; on Sunday you pay what you want between 11am and 1pm...(4) favorite lunch spot is Tiffin Wallah in Flatiron with their all-you-can-eat Southern Indian vegetarian lunch buffet priced at 7 bucks...(5) stop at Barnes and Noble near Lincoln Center for theater and book events; on my last trip I met the entire cast of Gypsy and Ms. Patti LuPone in person.
How's the list so far? I need five more items so let's go...
(6) TKTS never works for me because I hate to waste valuable time standing in line; I usually buy discounted Broadway tickets before I go using sites like Playbill Club or look at the Off-Broadway scene...(7) when I pass through Grand Central I stop at their fabulous food market and pick up pastries at Zaro's; on the Upper West Side it's H and H Bagels for me; I also love the farmer's markets scattered around the city.
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(8) United Nations has beautiful art and offers a chance to leave U.S. soil (it's an International zone); plan ahead and have a VIP lunch at the Delegate's Dining Room. (9) skip the Empire State Building if the line is long. On my last trip it took over 3 hours for a short 10 minute stay on the top. (10) Central Park has a great website for planning your visit.
You're going to love the bookstores too. Strand is Mecca but also consider the Drama Book Shop off Times Square.
If this makes you want to visit NYC and experience the Big Apple, let me know. Where are your favorite places in the City? You can also read the lists of other book bloggers by visiting Fizzy Thoughts.