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Things to do in New York city?

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Created July 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Hello!

My girlfriend and I are visiting New York city next week.

I am wondering if there are any particularly interesting things to see in and around New York that are also in some way related to the great paleo lifestyle?

Neither of us have been to New York before, so all suggestions are welcome.

To clarify what I mean, these are some suggestions for interesting paleo-related stuff to do in Berlin where I have been a couple of times:

That is something like this I have in mind. All of these are great things to see in their own right, but the paleo perspective makes them even more interesting to me.

So, anything paleo-related this in and around New York city?

Thanks in advance :-)

EDIT: We are staying in Queens, Long Island City/Sunnyside. On Queens Blvd, near 33 St.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 18, 2011
at 09:19 PM

PS: To chime in on Brighton Beach/Coney Island - go ride the Cyclone but hold on to every single one of your belongings. Scariest, because it could collapse, most fun ride in the entire world. It's the oldest working wooden roller coaster in the US! I ride it a couple of times each summer. Brill. Coney Island is rapidly fading so if there is time, enjoy what you can of it. Walk the boardwalk, see if you can go to a Cyclones game. Good times :) Ok, now I'm really down with suggestions.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 18, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Oh damn! You always had to take the good with the bad - something quite prevalent in our big old sprawling city. It was a great place after cycling, grab something cold, and enjoy the regulars sprawled about.

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on July 18, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Just a heads up but Donovan's Pub in Woodside is closed down due to health violations. I never thought much of the place anyway.

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:49 PM

Freak is gone. And yeah you're right with the subway rats - bastards are bigger than ever. We don't die we multiply

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Don't forget to visit real urban decay at Coney Island. Is Shoot the Freak still there? It might not be paleo, but it seems paleo. Survival of the fittest freak.

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Yeah you have to go 2 blocks for the sleaze now. No more automats. But there's some consolation. Back last winter you could walk down the middle of Madison Avenue and admire the garbage piles under the snow. SNL did a great skit on the mayor defending the ever-dysfunctional city. And the subway rats are great!

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:32 PM

Any mention of tick tock is good by me, even the lowly NYC one;) no down vote

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:31 PM

High line! Awesome. I totally forgot that one.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 18, 2011
at 02:47 PM

Oh - these are favourites of mine and my friends here when we're out cycling and want an adventure, all near-ish to where you're staying: M. Wells, LIC Bar, Lounge 47, Five Star Punjabi (cabbie Indian), Salt and Fat, and Donovan's Pub (closer to Woodside)

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on July 18, 2011
at 01:35 PM

Oh come on. Two Little Red Hens. And their lime coconut bar is more paleo than a Brooklyn Blackout (well there are serious problems with both....maybe Juniors cheesecake comes closer to the standard). Anyway Magnolia....sheesh....

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:23 PM

yeah, central park is monstrously huge, meander through the whole thing. there are some decent rocks in the middle that you can climb on and stuff. nothing crazy but a little fun.

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Aw I like the one in Manhattan. I've never been in Jersey except to drive through. So downvote me already.

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:12 PM

the tick tock?! In NYC? blasphemy! the diehard know that the true ticktock, the one you want to go to gorgefeed, is in Clifton, NJ

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:06 PM

you will be able ot catch the 7 train and head right into the city. Strong suggestion however you go to astoria.....and go to Taveran Kyaclyades on Ditmars. It is very close to where you will be staying. Awesome greek food that is 100% paleo and authentic.

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Cool! Thanks! I have put our location in the question.

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Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

on July 18, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Magnolia Bakery's cupcakes are a must.

Just kidding.

There are so many great restaurants! My recommendations are...

-The Breslin (thebreslin.com)- beautiful pates and sweetbreads, and the ever-famous (and enormous) stuffed pig's foot.

-Fatty 'Cue (www.fattycue.com)- just over the williamsburg bridge, pork fat, pork fat, and delicious pork fat. BBQ'd pig's head is often a special.

-Takashi (takashinyc.com)- the menu is literally just different organs (from locally-sourced cows), with your choice of 2 different marinades, grilled on the table.

-Chelsea Market- an old factory in Chelsea, converted into shops- you can hit up GreenTable, a tiny locavore restaurant/caterer with a daily-changing menu, and Dickson's Farmstand Meats- local meat and jerky. And the Food Network films on the top floors!

Have fun!

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on July 18, 2011
at 01:35 PM

Oh come on. Two Little Red Hens. And their lime coconut bar is more paleo than a Brooklyn Blackout (well there are serious problems with both....maybe Juniors cheesecake comes closer to the standard). Anyway Magnolia....sheesh....

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:07 PM

The American Museum of Natural History. This is one of the great museums of the United States. Things of special interest: skeletons of pre-neolithic megafauna, skulls of paleolithic humans (magnificent teeth!), artifacts including hunting weapons made by hunter-gatherers in historical times. (I'm not sure whether the skulls are on view now.)

One example which happens to have stuck in my mind: there are some Inuit dog sleds made by hand from wood, sinew and leather. When you look at these things close up, you see that the design and workmanship are quite sophisticated. They are super strong and very lightweight. I think it's likely that paleolithic peoples made objects of similar sophistication, but they haven't surived because they weren't made of stone or ceramic.

The museum is especially famous for its dinosaur collections.

http://www.amnh.org/

To get there, take the 7 subway train westbound from Queens Blvd at 33rd St. Get off at 42nd Street in Manhattan. Switch to the C train northbound. Get off at the museum (81st Street).

You also asked about cooking and food. There are many restaurants and food stores in New York City that may be of interest to you. You can read about them here:

http://www.meetup.com/Eating-Paleo-in-NYC/

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 18, 2011
at 10:24 AM

Ok, so first off hit a magazine stand and grab yourself: New York Magazine and Time Out New York - look for paperboxes on the streets and grab a Village Voice, newspaper, and L Magazine, small glossy magazine. This will give you the latest and greatest on what's happening the week you're here - art, food, free stuff, shows, etc. These are all online as well so you can take some peeps now but definitely have hard copies so you can dogear what you like and tote along.

Do you have an iPhone? If yes, download iTrans NYC as it has all the trains, their times, and you can enter in directions to map. It's about $5 and will save your life. Also pretty much any bookstore or magazine stand has foldable train maps as well. Get an unlimited pass, good for bus and train, as your options will now be unlimited.

I'm going to give you some unusual and less touristy things to do - as I think you can figure out the touristy things on your own :) Like Ben61 mentioned you gotta have a pretzel with mustard and sit on museum steps. You also should have a dirty water dog from a cart and some street meat, always look for the carts with the lines as that's your key to tastiness.

Coffee: Grab those mags first thing in the morning and hit the train to the Ace Hotel for coffee at Stumptown which is located inside. If you want a snack later, the John Dory Oyster Bar has kickass oysters. Look for anything on the menu from Widows Hole as they are amazing and local. You can get coffee at any bodega and Starbucks but.. why? Stumptown is from my W. Coast neck of the woods, and it's stellar. It's located in a great area for trains so you'll be able to plan and take off.

Food: I chose multi-tasking locations: Takashi - I had to review this place and.. woah. Offal and meat city. China Town - explore! Look for big letters on the windows that will be A B C, etc. Those are our new health rating system. The ratings don't scare me, if the food is good then I'm going, but probably stick to A or B, Xi'an Famous Foods - do not miss it. Wander around and you'll find great galleries and oddities. Korea Town - Explore but my favourite for Korean BBQ is BCD Tofu House - the kimchi is tasty cakes and you will get loads of banchan. Baby Cakes Bakery - Vegan, gluten-free, organic - if either of you have a sweet tooth, best in the city and will blow you away. The location is the LES, lower East Side, and good things to explore down there. Galleries, Essex Street Market, etc. Saxelby Cheese is located in that space as is Shopsins - tell Anne at Saxelby I said hello :) Eataly - touristy but worth it, you can eat and shop, and it's in the Flatiron District - good things to check out as well as having Shake Shack down the street for a Shack-Cago dog, bonus as it's topped with pickles made for Shake Shake from a Brooklyn company. Tehuitzingo in Hells Kitchen. It's a Mexican grocery but insane tacos in the back. You want a pig ear taco? You got it. You can ask to not have with tortillas but don't ask to pay less money.

Museums and oddities: *The Cloisters* garden is amazing, Evolution *Natural History Museum* Take the train from Grand Central to New Haven, CT, takes about 30-minutes, to the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale. While there you must go to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Over 500 jars of brains from pretty much the founder of neurosurgery. In addition to other cool things to peep at. Google it - so amazingly fascinating!

And just things to do: Go to Central Park and read, take a nap, clamber over rocks, picnic. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise, less people, - beware of cyclists and stay in the walking lanes and most definitely High Line Park.

And finally, make sure to go to Times Square at night and kiss your girl under all the neon. It should most definitely lead you to the best Paleo NY experience of all :)

Cheers and have a blast!

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on July 18, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Just a heads up but Donovan's Pub in Woodside is closed down due to health violations. I never thought much of the place anyway.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 18, 2011
at 09:19 PM

PS: To chime in on Brighton Beach/Coney Island - go ride the Cyclone but hold on to every single one of your belongings. Scariest, because it could collapse, most fun ride in the entire world. It's the oldest working wooden roller coaster in the US! I ride it a couple of times each summer. Brill. Coney Island is rapidly fading so if there is time, enjoy what you can of it. Walk the boardwalk, see if you can go to a Cyclones game. Good times :) Ok, now I'm really down with suggestions.

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on July 18, 2011
at 10:47 AM

Cool! Thanks! I have put our location in the question.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 18, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Oh damn! You always had to take the good with the bad - something quite prevalent in our big old sprawling city. It was a great place after cycling, grab something cold, and enjoy the regulars sprawled about.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 18, 2011
at 02:47 PM

Oh - these are favourites of mine and my friends here when we're out cycling and want an adventure, all near-ish to where you're staying: M. Wells, LIC Bar, Lounge 47, Five Star Punjabi (cabbie Indian), Salt and Fat, and Donovan's Pub (closer to Woodside)

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on July 18, 2011
at 01:12 PM

The High Line - It's a railway that's been converted into a 2 mile walkway through the city filled with plants and amazing views. Very cool experience.

The Chelsea Market - Go here and EAT!!! Super fresh meat and seafood market, the raw oysters you can get down there are amazing!!!

Eataly - Same as above. Lots of pasta but lots of other amazing paleo food there too.

Central Park - The most non-city part of the city, which is why I spent as much time as possible there ;)

These places catered to my nature loving, paleo eating way of life so I thoroughly enjoyed them.

I was there 3 weeks ago to visit a friend and it was my first time visiting the big city. I could never live there or stay for more than a few days but I'll definitely be going back to visit.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:31 PM

High line! Awesome. I totally forgot that one.

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:12 PM

Do a barefoot run through Central Park... or just walk around Central Park in general. It's right next to the Museum of Natural History, so you can hit that all in a day.

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:23 PM

yeah, central park is monstrously huge, meander through the whole thing. there are some decent rocks in the middle that you can climb on and stuff. nothing crazy but a little fun.

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:04 PM

If you're opposed to processed meats ignore this. If not, order a pastrami sandwich at a place like the Tick Tock Diner, discard the bread and gorge yourself on what's in the middle. Also walk through the new Batali/Bastianich food court Eataly, in the shadow of the Flatiron Building.

I reiterate: walk, walk, walk! The Bronx is up and the Battery's down and there's over 100 blocks of Manhattan in between. The subway is fun for watching rats of all kinds (scurry,scurry!), but stroll a day in Central Park.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:12 PM

the tick tock?! In NYC? blasphemy! the diehard know that the true ticktock, the one you want to go to gorgefeed, is in Clifton, NJ

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Aw I like the one in Manhattan. I've never been in Jersey except to drive through. So downvote me already.

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on July 18, 2011
at 04:32 PM

Any mention of tick tock is good by me, even the lowly NYC one;) no down vote

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:41 AM

Unrelated to Paleo, but,

Take ride on the Staten Island Ferry.

Walk the length of Canal Street in lower Manhattan from end to end.

Go to the Bronx Zoo.

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Two of my favorite restaurants (not yet mentioned) for EASY and delicious paleo options are Churrascaria Plataforma (http://churrascariaplataforma.com/) and Buenos Aires (http://www.buenosairesnyc.com/). SAD dieters won't even notice you're eating paleo...but be warned: you may hear a comment or two about "all that saturated fat" or a need to "get on the treadmill tomorrow".

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on July 18, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Definitely check out Governors Island. Go on a Friday so you can rent bikes for free for an hour(make sure to bring a picture ID because they hold on to that as security). Bring a picnic lunch and bask in how beautiful that place is. You can get there easiest if you catch the R train to Whitehall Street and the ferry is free.

A must see for me would be browsing thru Brooklyn Botanical Gardens if you ever plan on heading out that far from Queens. That's free on Satudays from 10am-12pm I believe. There are carousels at Prospect Park and Central Park.

Most museums are suggested donation (in extra fine print) so don't let them stare you down because you're a tourist. Double check attractions online before you go. A lot of these places are free at certain times and hours.

OH! Best recent find ever for me! If the beach at Coney Island is too far of a trip, try the public pool at 110th street and Central Park West. It's on the 2/3 train and 110th street stop. Bring a lock for the lockers and enjoy the day in an Olympic sized pool! Go early for less crowds.

Have fun!!

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on July 18, 2011
at 06:40 PM

Finding the best attractions in NYC is difficult. A great tool to help you is City Maps . It is the best online map/guide I have found so far. It shows you where everything you could ever want to see or do is...on an easy to use map! I found it very useful and hope everyone else does too.

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on July 18, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Sorry, nothing very paleo about these, and in no particular order, but:

  • Walk over the brooklyn bridge for sure.
  • Museum of Natural History (go in but then eat a hot dog or pretzel out on the steps in front)
  • Gugenheim
  • Haden Planetarium
  • Walk around chinatown in manhattan
  • eat at Katz's Delicatessen
  • walk the Brooklyn Promenade (perhaps after the Brooklyn Bridge walk)
  • I suppose seeing the WTC is important for some
  • Walk around Times Square (to witness the absolute shit that it's become)

Enjoy it. NYC is not what it used to be but it's still a really fun place to walk around. It's really safe now which makes everything easier. Unfortunately there are less and less very-NYCish things to do, compared to years growing up:

  • no more CBGBs
  • no more smutty times square to experience
  • no more battlezone in the LES
  • no more graffiti on the subways
  • List item

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on July 18, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Don't forget to visit real urban decay at Coney Island. Is Shoot the Freak still there? It might not be paleo, but it seems paleo. Survival of the fittest freak.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 18, 2011
at 07:49 PM

Freak is gone. And yeah you're right with the subway rats - bastards are bigger than ever. We don't die we multiply

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(10601)

on July 18, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Yeah you have to go 2 blocks for the sleaze now. No more automats. But there's some consolation. Back last winter you could walk down the middle of Madison Avenue and admire the garbage piles under the snow. SNL did a great skit on the mayor defending the ever-dysfunctional city. And the subway rats are great!

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