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new2newyork
October 14th, 2005, 08:12 PM
Hi there - My wife and I are visiting New York next week from the UK and wondered if anyone could give us some insights into the neighbourhood of our hotel.

We're staying at a hotel on Broadway at W77th St. We've lots of plans of things to do around the city but just wondered what the general locality was like e.g. things to do nearby, bars etc.....

Cheers.

ablarc
October 14th, 2005, 08:48 PM
A very good choice.

You'll love the neighborhood. It's New York to the core and New York at its best, and it's not touristy.

Broadway is bustling and vibrant, and this stretch will inevitably remind you of Paris. West End Avenue is quiet because it's residential, but it too will remind you of Paris; it's like a boulevard with the buildings scaled up to about fifteen stories.

Subway stations at 72nd Street (express) and 79th Street (local) on the line direct to Times Square (one express stop from 72nd Street).

Great supermarket (Fairway) three blocks down on Broadway, and plenty of other good food stores as well, including Zabar's.

Restaurants galore, especially a block east of Broadway, on Amsterdam Avenue. http://www.newyorkmetro.com/search/restaurants_search.htm?nameterms=&cui=-&loc=nei_22&pr=-&rspec=-&Go%21.x=33&Go%21.y=11 Click on the names of the restaurants. Especially recommended: @SQC (other-worldly appetizers).

Even further east: Central Park and the Museum of Natural History.

West of West End Avenue: Riverside Park and the elegant apartment buildings of Riverside Drive. Also check out the restaurant at the 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe in the park, at the Hudson River (a little hard to find; ask.). Great apartment buildings are also to be found on Broadway; go in the courtyards of those that have them.

Lincoln Center is actually within walking distance on Broadway (66th Street). A little further down: be sure you take in the new Columbus Circle, its fountain, shops, jazz venues, glitzy restaurants and slick basement supermarket/snack bar (Whole Foods).

West Side movies: http://www.newyorkmetro.com/search/restaurants_search.htm?nameterms=&cui=-&loc=nei_22&pr=-&rspec=-&Go%21.x=33&Go%21.y=11

A West Side cultural institution of sorts (not what you think): http://www.symphonyspace.org/

Take the subway a few stops uptown to Columbia University, St. John the Divine, Riverside Church and Grant's Tomb. Plenty of bookstores hereabouts.

Side streets: brownstones galore.

You'll love it.

Country Inn?

lofter1
October 14th, 2005, 08:50 PM
Good food at Nice Matin @ 79th & Amsterdam: http://www.nicematinnyc.com/

HarlemRep
October 15th, 2005, 01:15 AM
Just wanted to say GREAT write up abbarc. Also, don't forget the Gray's Papaya at 72nd street. There's also a good little neighborhood bar like one block north. Can't miss it.

new2newyork
October 15th, 2005, 06:40 AM
Country Inn?

No, not country inn, we're at "On the Ave"

Thanks for all the great tips and advice - we can't wait!!!

new2newyork
October 15th, 2005, 10:42 AM
PS - we've also managed to get tickets to the Rangers/Islanders game at MSG on the Thursday - how cool is that????? (My wife's a big Ice Hockey fan)

ablarc
October 15th, 2005, 11:20 AM
^ What else are you a fan of?

new2newyork
October 16th, 2005, 07:41 AM
Allsorts really. Music is quite high up on the list. And food!! (This is the wife now! We're sharing the username!!)

lofter1
October 16th, 2005, 08:00 AM
Check Jazz at Lincoln Center site: http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/

Their new digs at Time Warner Center are fantastic, visually & acoustically.

Fred Hersch, great jazz pianist, will be at Zankel / Carnegie Hall 10.19.05: http://www.carnegiehall.org/textSite/box_office/events/evt_6234.html

CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Fred Hersch
Zankel Hall
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005 at 8:30 PM

Fred Hersch, Piano

The masterly, insightful pianist-composer Fred Hersch celebrates his 50th birthday with an intimate solo performance in Zankel Hall.

Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Festival Productions, Inc.


Meet the Artists

Fred Hersch, Piano

Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. He is widely recognized for his ability to reinvent the standard jazz repertoire—investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas, and extraordinary technique—while steadfastly creating his own unique body of works. Hersch’s many accomplishments include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition, a Rockefeller Fellowship for a composition residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy, and two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. He has recorded more than two dozen albums as a solo artist or bandleader, co-led another 20 projects and appeared as a sideman or featured soloist on some 80 further recordings.

ablarc
October 16th, 2005, 10:21 AM
Music is quite high up on the list.
What kind?

new2newyork
October 17th, 2005, 06:03 AM
Pretty much anything. Does that make us easy or awkward to advise??!! :)

BrooklynRider
October 17th, 2005, 10:52 AM
Check out the Nokia Theater, B.B.Kings, Irving Plaza, Roseland, the Beacon Theater.

Good music menues (The Beacon is my preference).

Also Radio City Music Hall.

For music, check www.citysearch.com. Look under "music".