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Re: anorak loves new york

Post by bookish » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:15 am

Did anyone see Los Campesinos for free at Soundfix? It was a pretty fun show. I'm seeing them again on Valentines Day!

Some suggestions for things to do off the top of my head:

- Beacon's Closet (Williamsburg): Kind of over-hyped, but I always find something when I'm there.
- Alice's Teacup (locations all over Manhattan): Cute (maybe too cute) place for tea and cupcakes.
- Hungarian Pastry Shop (upper west side): Mmmm.
- Chorus Karaoke (Koreatown): Provides individual rooms with disco balls and light-up tambourines!
- The Sock Man (St. Mark's Pl.): I just like seeing so many socks in one place.
- Housing Works (lots of locations, but I go to the one on Crosby for books and the upper west side one for clothes): I found my YSL heels here. :)
- BAMN (St. Mark's): Vending machine food!
- Pete's Candy Store (Williamsburg): site of jello wrestling and the Williamsburg spelling bee.
- The Strand (Union Square): Lots of books, lots of old guys in cardigans.
- Prosperity Dumpling (Chinatown): 5 dumplings for a dollar!
- Honors Bridge Club (upper east side): Scrabble meetings every Thursday -- kind of hilarious, kind of scary.

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Re: anorak loves new york

Post by annie » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:42 pm

can anyone recommend any nice but cheap hotels? i'm very tempted to go to ATP in september and spend a few days in new york as well, as flights aren't that pricey at the moment.

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Post by yubo » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:18 am

ah, we were planning to go to Los Campesinos but forgot and was too cold and didn't think I'd get there in time to get in. Was it crazy crowded?

Darren Hanlon canceled!! I don't know why. I was overwhelmingly disappointed and could not enjoy the headlining band as much as I could've. It was a Smiths tribute band that sounded remarkably like the Smiths. It was the first cover band I've ever seen and I couldn't get the point of it. And it was making me really nostalgic. I felt 16, clumsy and shy all over again. But it was uncanny how similar they sounded.

Annie! you guys can stay with me if you want. I have a studio, but there's an extra futon and spare keys and I don't snore unless I'm really, really tired.
Butt.

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Post by annie » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:51 am

yubo wrote:Annie! you guys can stay with me if you want. I have a studio, but there's an extra futon and spare keys and I don't snore unless I'm really, really tired.
ooh, that would be amazing! thank you so much. i'll send you an email soon. am looking forward to being in new york again, i've only ever been as a teenager with my parents, which really isn't the same. and it'd be lovely to see the NY anorak contigent. we can celebrate *cough* my 30th birthday as well.

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Post by alongwalkhome » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:44 am

Yay--I'll travel the four hours (air mattress in tow) to see Annie and my NY pals!

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Post by yubo » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:03 am

you can share my bed, honey.
Butt.

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Post by alongwalkhome » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:49 am

yubo wrote:you can share my bed, honey.
I can't promise I won't subject you to a few Dutch ovens.

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Post by yubo » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:50 am

alongwalkhome wrote:
yubo wrote:you can share my bed, honey.
I can't promise I won't subject you to a few Dutch ovens.
even better
Butt.

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Post by LossLikeASeed » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:03 am

I love NYC. I have access to quite a few Chinatown bus stations in my town so I try to make good use of it and visit a few times a year. Mainly to go check out a show. I tend to visit the same places though for food, browsing, and records. Good thing I stumbled upon this thread, I'll have to check out some of the places of interest that are listed here.

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Post by gogogadgetpop » Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:14 pm

Just to add to the list of places to check out...

There is a restaurant that serves only macaroni and cheese, and it's pretty delicious. It's in the East Village and is called S'Mac.
http://www.smacnyc.com/.

Another one of my favorite places is Giant Robot (http://www.grny.net/), also in the East Village. It is an art gallery / store that has consistently amazing art and wonderful things I don't need but buy anyway. Right down the street is Fabulous Fanny's (http://store.fabulousfannys.com), this wonderful store that has thousands and thousands of vintage eyeglasses. Fun to poke around.

If you like flea markets there is a fun one called the Garage (http://www.hellskitchenfleamarket.com).

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Post by crystalball » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:30 pm

gogogadgetpop wrote: There is a restaurant that serves only macaroni and cheese, and it's pretty delicious. It's in the East Village and is called S'Mac.
http://www.smacnyc.com/.
I can't believe I went all the way there and didn't know about this place. Ooh, they have online ordering though...

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Post by annie » Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:35 pm

alongwalkhome wrote:Yay--I'll travel the four hours (air mattress in tow) to see Annie and my NY pals!
hurrah! we've booked our flight, so it's all definitely happening.
gogogadgetpop wrote: There is a restaurant that serves only macaroni and cheese, and it's pretty delicious. It's in the East Village and is called S'Mac.
http://www.smacnyc.com/.
oh my, i'm am so going there. good macaroni cheese = heaven.

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Post by impabafree » Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:18 pm

aaaaaaahhhhhhh! will oldham is playing the apollo theater on 5/21! tickets on sale tomorrow!

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/6?&br ... myrockness

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Post by Carys » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:55 pm

So I'm in New York, then. Went to see Los Campesinos on Sunday and a Lewis Robinson reading/signing yesterday. It's all good! x

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Post by yubo » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:51 am

The Ballet are playing Mondo this week!
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Post by alongwalkhome » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:55 am

Cherry Darling wrote:So I'm in New York, then. Went to see Los Campesinos on Sunday and a Lewis Robinson reading/signing yesterday. It's all good! x
Hi, C! Damn, I wish I hadn't just gotten back fr. vacation or I'd come see you--waah!

Have a wonderful time! Go to the Ballet (lucky duck)!

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Post by Pip68 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:52 pm

Another one of my favorite places is Giant Robot (http://www.grny.net/), also in the East Village. It is an art gallery / store that has consistently amazing art and wonderful things I don't need but buy anyway. Right down the street is Fabulous Fanny's (http://store.fabulousfannys.com), this wonderful store that has thousands and thousands of vintage eyeglasses. Fun to poke around.

Oh good - I need some new frames - this place looks just the ticket!

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Post by TamlaTim » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:56 pm

Yo!

Me and the missus have finally booked a trip to NYC. We're going from London and my girlfriend's sister and her boyfriend are going from Melbourne and we're meeting there, which makes it even better. Not going till September but already beyond excited. Thanks for all the tips, shall check them out.

We're pretty chuffed with the accomodation we found and I thought some info might be useful for others. Hotels in NYC are famously tiny and expensive so for about the same money we got an kind of apartment in the East Village. Obviously costs more than a hostel or YMCA or whatever but it works out pretty reasonable compared to a hotel if you can split the cost four ways. It's got a bedroom, a living room with a fold out bed and a kitchen so you get a lot more for your buck.

http://secondhomesecondavenue.com

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Post by TamlaTim » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:37 pm

beeen meaning to say that the place I recomended, Second Home On Second Avenue, said they couldn't actually take our booking in the end.

The whispers on Trip Advisor forums are that they didn't have all the licences and stuff they needed to offer an 'apartment' rather than just 'hotel rooms'. Or something like that.

We were looking at renting an actual apartment rather than an apartment style room in a hotel. There are companies you can go through to do this, but it's a bit of a legal minefeild. There are apparently a lot of scams and even genuine rentals are probably illegal (as far as I can gather, even if you own it you're not allowed to rent out your apartment for less than 30 days).

So, we've now booked a similar 1 bedroom/sofa bed/kitchen kinda set up at Radio City Apartments, which looks good and reasonable cost by the time you've split it four ways and factor in that you can cook rather than eating out every night.

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Post by tompony » Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:48 am

I'm going to New York on thursday, for a week. Does anyone know any gigs that might be happening, or any good websites that list gigs that might be happening?

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