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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:45 AM

I just returned from New York City..........Ask me anything....

spent 2 days with my 21 year old nephew who had never been there. I've been but it's been 25 years.

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Reply I just returned from New York City..........Ask me anything.... (Original post)
mrmpa Dec 2012 OP
HipChick Dec 2012 #1
mrmpa Dec 2012 #2
HipChick Dec 2012 #3
rug Dec 2012 #9
Major Nikon Dec 2012 #4
mrmpa Dec 2012 #5
Burma Jones Dec 2012 #6
mrmpa Dec 2012 #16
Burma Jones Dec 2012 #25
MiddleFingerMom Dec 2012 #7
KurtNYC Dec 2012 #8
mrmpa Dec 2012 #23
The Lord Fuzz Dec 2012 #10
William769 Dec 2012 #12
The Lord Fuzz Dec 2012 #13
mrmpa Dec 2012 #15
MiddleFingerMom Dec 2012 #27
Sanity Claws Dec 2012 #11
mrmpa Dec 2012 #14
Sanity Claws Dec 2012 #17
mrmpa Dec 2012 #20
TrogL Dec 2012 #18
mrmpa Dec 2012 #21
Scruffy Rumbler Dec 2012 #19
mrmpa Dec 2012 #22
Scruffy Rumbler Dec 2012 #24
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #26
MiddleFingerMom Dec 2012 #28
mrmpa Dec 2012 #31
mrmpa Dec 2012 #34
Aristus Dec 2012 #29
mrmpa Dec 2012 #30
Enrique Dec 2012 #32
mrmpa Dec 2012 #33
annabanana Dec 2012 #35

Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:48 AM

1. How were the crowds?

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Response to HipChick (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:55 AM

2. Monstrous, just monstrous..............

thank God, my nephew is 6' 7" tall, if we got jostled, I could still spot him ahead of me. Also it was Santarchy night, there were hundreds of people dressed as Santa, elves & Christmas trees.

The nice least crowded place we went to was Bryant Park. We watched as a man proposed to his girlfriend while ice skating.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:03 AM

3. awww...

the crowds have been horrendous...

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:50 AM

9. They're tourists.

 

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:10 AM

4. Did you have any picante sauce?

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:24 AM

5. No, I didn't ride in on my horse..........

didn't eat anything that needed it.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:35 AM

6. Why I just got back too, why the hell didn't you look me up? I was the one dressed like Santa

It was Santacon, thousands of drunk Santas.......

I drove up Friday from DC to see my Brothers and a Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza....

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Response to Burma Jones (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:28 PM

16. Maybe we should have a "ride board"......

here at DU, where we could post where we might be traveling to. Then we might be able to meet up with each other, if we are so inclined.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:56 AM

25. I believe there used to be such a thing.........

I had a full car though.....

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:58 AM

7. My BIL was president of an ad agency in Manhattan and his office was within CLOSE proximity to...

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... the route of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We went to his office (which was equipped
with a fairly impressive bar) and had Bloody Mary's before walking down and finding good curbside
spots for the parade. It was REALLY cool (though the balloons are much smaller "in person" until
the New Yawk mommies started showing up with their strollers.
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"HEY, YOU FUCKING FUCKS!!! WHY DON'T YOU FUCKING MOVE OUTTA DA FUCKING WAY... MY
FUCKING BABY CAN'T SEE THE FUCKING PARADE!!!"
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I'm really not exaggerating (OK... very much). We beat a quick retreat back to his office and had
more Bloody Mary's until our world was right again.
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On the other hand, I went back for Christmas and about 2-3 days before Christmas, we were
having dinner in a fine restaurant in Little Italy. These three very drunk, very ancient Italian men
came in carrying their horns (trumpet, sax and French horn) and, hitting 3 out of 4 notes correctly,
played 3 soft and beautiful Christmas songs before the maitre d' brought them all shots and
escorted them to the front door. They got a long and very appreciative ovation from the diners.
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There IS something about New York.
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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:12 AM

8. 5 things NYC taught me

1. Energy attracts like energy. If you are happy you attract happy people (and a few pan handlers). Angry people will also meet their match.

2. People love to help other people. "hey you dropped something" , giving directions, donating, etc. NYC is an environment where you can see a need and help in real time.

3. We don't really need cars.

4. The media is a fun house mirror, distorting all that it sees. NYC is entertaining and endlessly stimulating. It's traditions and mom-and-pop owned stores are far more wholesome than the TV jokes and R rated movies would ever let on.

5. The peak of American culture happened between 1900 and 1942. For a variety of reasons it has been downhill from there but you can still feel the glow when you see the Chrysler building, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, the NY Public Library at 42nd and 5th and the subway stations of southern Manhattan.

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Response to KurtNYC (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:36 PM

23. I went specifically to see.........

an exhibit on NYC & WWII at the NYC Historical Society. It was very good. Also I am a history buff and love architecture & everything you said in #5 is so true.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:57 AM

10. Did you go to Little Italy

 

and how was your meal?

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Response to The Lord Fuzz (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:19 PM

12. Welcome to DU.

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Response to William769 (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:38 PM

13. Thank you

 

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Response to The Lord Fuzz (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:25 PM

15. Had................

shrimp fried rice (for me), nephew had duck and pork in Chinatown, followed by a canoli in Little Italy.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:14 AM

27. We also used to have dinner in Chinatown and cannolis for dessert in Little Italy.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:08 PM

11. Were you the two handsome men I saw on the 1 train yesterday?


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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 01:24 PM

14. He was the handsome young man, and I was..........

the attractive older woman.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:17 PM

17. Okay. Now I remember you.



It sounds like you had a good time.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:55 PM

20. One hell of a good time........eom

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:58 PM

18. Is that guy still there?

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Response to TrogL (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:59 PM

21. Nephew?.......No he's back home..........eom

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 07:08 PM

19. Did you see my buddy, John?

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Response to Scruffy Rumbler (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:59 PM

22. Went looking for him........but couldn't find him........eom

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #22)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 01:09 AM

24. Thanks for checking!

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:11 AM

26. Did you tell him that looking upwards is a sign of a tourist?

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #26)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:21 AM

28. My BIL in advertising and I went to the top of the Empire State Building and he showed me...

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... the billboards on the rooftops of nearby buildings, all angled upward to exclusively promote
products just to the people at the top of the Empire State Building.
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One of the coolest things I saw (for me) was the guy at the top of the Empire State Building
who had the penny-stamping concession.
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You gave him YOUR penny and for a dollar, he would kick-stamp it in his machine and turn it
into a copper medallion commemorating the Empire State Building.
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What a MONEYMAKER -- in so many ways!!!
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #28)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:38 PM

31. You know it now costs..........

$25 for an adult to go to the 86th floor. Prior to getting there, you must remove your coat & items from your pockets before you go through the metal detector.

I understand the psyche of NYC and 9-11, but having to remove everything on my body before going through the detector, just angers me. I had no metal on my coat (the metal is in my body) & I should just be made to walk through the metal detector.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #26)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:14 PM

34. At 6' 7" he had no choice but to look upward..........eom

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:18 AM

29. Did you visit the MOMA?

I don't know why, but the Museum of Modern Art has risen to the top of my list of things to visit if I ever make it to New York. (I've been within sight of the city five times, and never actually been in it...)

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Response to Aristus (Reply #29)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:35 PM

30. No to seeing MOMA......

went to the NYC Historical Society at W 77th & Central Park. I saw their exhibit on NYC and WWII. It was actually reallly good.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:56 PM

32. how big were the rats?

i hear they're getting bigger every year

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Response to Enrique (Reply #32)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:13 PM

33. I've been hering that too...............

I used the subway exclusively, no rats seen. Walked the sidewalks, in early & late evening, when trash is put outside stores, no rats seen.

I hate rodents & I would have screamed had I seen one.

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Response to mrmpa (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:59 PM

35. You mean we let you

GET AWAY?

(rats)

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