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  posted on 5/1/2008 at 02:50 PM
Hi all,

I posted a while ago about our autumn trip to New York and got a lot of good advice concerning different neighbourhoods etc, and now we have almost made up our minds on this
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http://vacation.new-york-apartment.com/en/brooklyn/description/2B42094-nort h-7th-street-apartment/

From what I've gathered it's a pretty nice part of Brooklyn, any help/input from folks who know more is most welcome!

Thanks in advance, Peter, Sweden

 
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  posted on 5/1/2008 at 03:01 PM
Very close to Manhattan- quick subway ride!
 





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  posted on 5/1/2008 at 03:28 PM
Hi Pete
That's not to far from where I'm working right now at the Brooklyn Navy yard...Stiener Studio's. Not a bad area, but mostly industrial and im not sure of the shopping/food situation.
I do know it you go south toward the Williamsburg bride by Broadway you have Peter Luger's Steak House. To come all the way here, be so close to it, and not experience arguably the finest Steak House in the World...let alone NYC, would be a shame. There is nothing to do in the evening where you are staying, so plan accordingly. Late night return trips at times might warrant a cab ride (budget permitting of course.) Some who live closer can give you a better overview, but I work and drive through often, and there is not much going on.
Have a great stay...feel free to PM me and I will give you my cell phone number so you have someone to turn to if you need help with anything, from advise to emergency back up.
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  posted on 5/1/2008 at 03:34 PM
Excellent spot, and Williamsburg has a great life all unto it's own. There's a bar nearby called Capone's on N 6th I think, where you get a free pizza with every beer. Easy way to feed the family on the cheap, as long as you don't "mind" downing a few glasses along the way. If you'll be there in late summer, there may even be some events at McCarren park at the old pool - lots of cheap live music and water slides. Enjoy the trip!

 

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  posted on 5/1/2008 at 03:38 PM
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Hi Pete
That's not to far from where I'm working right now at the Brooklyn Navy yard...Stiener Studio's. Not a bad area, but mostly industrial and im not sure of the shopping/food situation.
I do know it you go south toward the Williamsburg bride by Broadway you have Peter Luger's Steak House. To come all the way here, be so close to it, and not experience arguably the finest Steak House in the World...let alone NYC, would be a shame. There is nothing to do in the evening where you are staying, so plan accordingly. Late night return trips at times might warrant a cab ride (budget permitting of course.) Some who live closer can give you a better overview, but I work and drive through often, and there is not much going on.
Have a great stay...feel free to PM me and I will give you my cell phone number so you have someone to turn to if you need help with anything, from advise to emergency back up.
regards
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I agree with Vinny about Peter Lugers! If you like a great steak you should go!

 

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  posted on 5/1/2008 at 03:46 PM
Thanks, we'll give it some more thought this weekend and make our decision early next week.
This trip will be a family trip so I don't think there will be any really late nights on the town even though our boys are almost grown up, maybe in a couple of years
Thanks again, Peter

 

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  posted on 5/1/2008 at 03:51 PM
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There is nothing to do in the evening where you are staying, so plan accordingly. Late night return trips at times might warrant a cab ride (budget permitting of course.) Some who live closer can give you a better overview, but I work and drive through often, and there is not much going on.


Not exactly true, that area of Metropolitan / Roebling / and especially Bedford have a pretty lively nightlife - lots of restaurants and bars. It's one of the trendiest areas of Brooklyn, the heart of Williamsburg - lots of condos going up and warehouses being converted into lofts, etc. If you have young kids it may not be as interesting since there aren't a lot of tourist attractions, however, still plenty of places to grab some food at the end of a long day. Check out Black Betty for some great Falafel or Roebling Cafe for a good dinner (great mint juleps, by the way!) or Planet Thai.

You're two blocks from the L train, first stop in Brooklyn, so you probably won't need a cab unless it's really late and you just want to get home without standing around waiting on a train (the L Train is notorious for not running on weekends or running slowly late at night). A cab back from the city would probably run you $15-$20 depending where in the city you're coming from.

Peter Luger's a few blocks south on Broadway which can get kind of seedy since it's under the elevated JMZ line, so if you have kids go early, but beware it's expensive and it's cash only. If you ask for a menu they may look at you funny, but the meat and potatoes are definitely worth it. I'm hungry just thinking about it.

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  posted on 5/1/2008 at 05:24 PM
Luger's takes only cash or their own Peter Luger's charge card...

There are a lot of other great restaurants that are not far from where you'll be though.
REcently (last 2 years or so) more Manhattan level places are relocating to the Smith St (in Carroll Gardens).
Also, Park Slope and Cobble Hil are really nice areas and not far either.

I'm Brooklyn born and bred and absolutely love the borough...there's great things to do all over...you can PM me for suggestions if you like...many areas are getting facelifts as we speak (Williamsburg is one of them).

 

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  posted on 5/2/2008 at 08:30 AM
I work in Manhattan and used to live in Brooklyn. You have to take a cab at night. I never felt comfortable taking the subway after 9. If you add up all the cabs fares you might be able to swing for something nicer in Manhattan. Heck the Euro is strong.

 

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  posted on 5/2/2008 at 09:19 AM
Safe area.

Residential real estate construction is BOOMING.

L train should be safe to take home at night.

If you like steak at all, definitively go to Peter Lugers. Its kind of pricey (probably around $75 per head without drinks) but it will be a meal to remember. Get the steak for 2, or 3, or 4, rather than several orders of steak for 1, because you get a better cut of meat that way. Order the home fries and creamed spinach as sides.

Also, you will be very close to an orthodox Jewish section of Williamsburg. If you are into that sort of thing, its interesting to see this tight knit community and the culture they retain in the midst of Brooklyn.

Not that you asked, but I put together this list for someone else with kids, so FYI on things to do…
Manhattan


Museum of Natural History (includes dinosaur skeletons among other great stuff. Also I M A X theatres)

Nintendo center in Rockefeller center (I think its still open), if you have children that are into Pokemon etc

Children’s museum http://www.cmom.org/ 212 w 83 st

New Victory Theater has a lot of great shows for kids

Other Broadway shows

Johns Pizza (44 and Broadway—room is an old bway theatre and it’s a fun scene)

Lots of other great pizza places.

Eat at Serendipity (great ice cream desserts)

Eat at Jekyll and Hyde (I think there are a few of them) Sort of like Hard Rock Café for horror fans. The food is horrible (no pun) but kids like the atmosphere.)

China town

Little Italy

East 6th street between 1st and 2nd ave for Indian food and live Indian music

Empire State Building (usually a long wait but worth it)

Circle line cruise (various options available).

South street seaport—mostly food places, and stores, but also a wicked boat ride called “The beast” if you are into that sort of thing.

Bronx zoo (or for less travel, Central Park zoo)

Central Park (maybe can take out a boat)

Central Park zoo

Horse carriage ride

Ride the subway in general

Go to Macy’s—walk from one block to another while staying completely inside the store. Ride the escalator all the way to the top of the store.

Lots of theme stores like WB, Niketown, Warner Brothers, etc.-depends what the kids are into

Central Park

Statue of Liberty (see via boat from the water without disembarking, or go there for some or all of the day. Don’t skip Ellis Island. Its great.)

Chelsea piers for blading, bikes, rock climbing, bowling, etc.

Big Apple Circus may be in town...I'm not sure

Yankees

Mets

South street seaport (various activities including speedboat called "The beast")

Maybe a show at radio city

Harlem


Brooklyn

Children's museum (Crown Heights)

Coney Island (take the F train—its really easy and quite safe. Probably about an hour and 15 minutes from the 47-50 Rockefeller station stop on the F)

• Aquarium
• Coney Island boardwalk and rides (safe during the day)
• Coney Island beach
• Coney Island Cyclones (if you can get tickets)
• Prospect park paddle boats
• Peter Luger Steak House (Best steak in US)



 

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  posted on 5/2/2008 at 09:54 AM
Go to Mcsorleys old ale house in the village!
 

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  posted on 5/2/2008 at 10:31 AM
Eat dirty french fries.

 

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  posted on 5/2/2008 at 11:45 AM
Don't forget Yogi's

 

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