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September 1st, 2006, 12:11 PM
My wife and I are visiting from dec 4 thru dec 14, we are staying at the Dekovan suites in brooklyn, can any one advise us on good xmas light turning on avents and good interesting places to visit for a couple of xmas nuts.

September 1st, 2006, 01:02 PM
Just read my first forum question and decided that I need to give some backroom, we have visited New York about 4 times before but this time we have decided to stay away from Manhatten hotels and go to Brooklyn and travel in as required, we want to experience the locals life as well as the tourist bit. It will be our first pre xmas time so please give advise on the following, xmas lights, Kosha food( this will be a first for us), super sales for clothes and electrical goods, on and off Broadway shows with a xmas theme.
Also anything that would allow us to stay in Brooklyn a few of the ten days.
Have read the top ten NY things to do and see and have done a lot of those on previous visits. Thanks for any advise you can give.

September 2nd, 2006, 01:29 PM
You will be staying in Midwood. Snow is rare in early December, but if it happens, the neighborhood will look like a Victorian postcard.

Neighborhood photos here (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9678)

Clickable NYC subway map. PDF version also available.

If you like Christmas lights, you must go to Dyker Heights. Try to schedule toward the end of your visit, when most of the decorations will be done. The area centers at 84th St, between 11th and 12th Avenues.

From your B&B, walk two blocks north to the Newkirk Ave subway station. Take the Q line toward Manhattan. Exit the train at Atlantic Ave and transfer to the R line toward Bay Ridge. Exit the subway at 86th St (one station before the last stop). You will be at the intersection of 86th St and 4th Ave. Walk along 86th St to 11th Ave, about 1/2 mile.

For Kosher food, there is a large Hasidic community in Midwood.

September 6th, 2006, 02:43 PM
yes thanks for the advise, on the map midwood looks a long way from Brooklyn Bridge and we are beguinning to doubt our choice of B&B, as a local what do you think?. our itinary for the vacation is a mix of Manhatten and Brooklyn.After a show at say Radio City how long on the subway will it take to get back to midwood?, ive been led to believe its about 30 mins.
Tell me a bit about yourself are you a new york person born and bred?
I am interested to know a little bit about somebody who is prepared to help us.

September 6th, 2006, 07:23 PM
My parents were born in Brooklyn. I was born in Brooklyn. I raised two children in Brooklyn. We now live in Manhattan, but still go to Brooklyn.

A Q train trip from Midtown Manhattan to Midwood is about 30 minutes.

You are staying further within Brooklyn than any visitor I have encountered here, but that's good if you want a local experience. Most stay at the Brooklyn Marriott, but that's convenient if you want to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. By subway, you are only 15 minutes further from Manhattan.

The Q train running south from your B&B becomes elevated. A trip to the last stop (Stillwell Ave/Coney Island) is about 25 minutes. See Brooklyn from treetop level.

Brooklyn Museum

September 7th, 2006, 05:12 AM
We also have raised two boys, one is 30 and in Construction Finance, the other is 20 and at Uni reading business studies.
We moved to Spain from the south of england 2 years ago to experience life within another european state, the good news about being a member is that we can live where we wish, cuts both ways though and we have a serious problem in the UK with builders etc being undercut by eastern europeans, this will get worse when Romania and Bulgaria become members next year.
I think the EU is the only thing that will save the earth from GWB, no offence meant as we have met some great Americans from New Orleans to St John and across to LA down to Mexico and appreciate that most are also no great fans.
Once again sorry for the politics.
We will take your advise on travelling south across Brooklyn, another thing to do on a winters day.
Sitting here by the pool in 30 degrees it is hard to imagine being cold, the last time I was cold was in feb. Spain is very different than the UK and the people are absolutely charming, its not so many years since Franco died and they are rapidly changing from a facist state to a true hard working capitalist society, the young people of 25-35 are all very keen to owning their houses and nice cars, but with all this they still stay very close to their family groups and welcome us within that zone.
Once again thanks for your help.

September 7th, 2006, 07:21 AM
I decided to compile a list of things i thought were Christmassy that you could do in New York. Use or dissmiss as you wish but you must be a lot older than me (one of your kids is) so i guess that perhaps they are a little imature (but thats half the fun at christmas)

Go to the Big Tree in Rockafeller Plaza
Make snow angels in Central park (if there is snow)
Go to a Christmas church service (advent candles)
Have a christmas day (give each other presents have turkey etc)
Find a christmas party, there must be loads going on around the time you are there
Watch Home Alone 1+2 (i always think it a christmas type film)
Go Ice Skating (i doubt you get that in Spain), have mulled wine
Eat mince pies and cream with brandy
But a tree, sneek it into your hotel room and decorate it.
Of course go Christmas shopping...Fifth Avenue is aparently good....
Take nice photos of New York in the winter and use them to make christmas cards
check this out for lightshttp://gonyc.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=gonyc&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.metmuseum.org%2Fspecial%2Fse_e vent.asp%3FOccurrenceId%3D%7B390226DE-80DE-11D3-9367-00902786BF44%7D%26HomePageLink%3Dspecial_c3b

Was not too sure but took it to mean they did a turning on of the lights every week...

I think it must be sooo cool to go to NY b4 christmas...:)

September 7th, 2006, 10:54 AM
I decided to compile a list of things i thought were Christmassy that you could do in New York. Go to the Big Tree in Rockafeller Plaza

Go to a Christmas church service (advent candles)
For a lower-key but beautiful place for Christmas church service you might want to check out Old St. Patick's Cathedral in Little Italy at Prince St. / Mott St.:



Lots of great pictures here: http://www.pbase.com/hjsteed/soho_old_st_patricks_church






September 7th, 2006, 11:01 AM
That is really pretty i can imagine it being nice in the night at xmas even more so.

Though perhaps a bit of a trek from central brooklyn?? I dont know the logistics but on the map they seems far