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Mar 14, 2002 7:15 AM
I just got back from a trip to New York/New Jersey, and I love the city. My sheltered life here in the mid-west had me thinking the city had crime on every corner, the subways were unsafe and unfit to ride etc. That was all wrong.

We(my wife and I) did much of the tourist stuff, rode the train in from Jersey, Empire State, Museum, Time Square, Statue of Liberty, etc. The subways were clean and fast, and when we took a wrong train (express instead of local), there were two very helpful fellow passengers who directed us to the correct way. I did not see ground zero, don't have the stomach for it yet. My only regret is having just two days to see what we could.

I guess my point, if I have one, is visit New York, it's a wonderful place. I want to go back when I have time to do more.
re: NYC....Hap
Mar 15, 2002 10:18 AM
Next time take your bike. It's a great place to ride. Esp. north along the Hudson (Jersey side) and N. Westchester.

(currently in mid-west, formerly Westchester Co.)
re: NYC....4bykn
Mar 15, 2002 12:41 PM
I did see quite a few riders in Central Park, even though it was a bit cool, 40 deg. But I cant imagine riding in the city itself, the traffic is incredible!

Where in the midwest, I'm in central Illinois?
re: NYC....Hap
Mar 16, 2002 7:49 PM
I do recommend staying out of the traffic especially weekdays, but you can get around the city and avoid the congestion if you know your way. I use to get a lot of flats there though.

I'm in So. IN near Evansville, about an hour from Mt. Vernon, IL.

I met no Seinfelds ...Humma Hah
Mar 17, 2002 12:39 PM
... the unfriendliness of New Yorkers is, to me, a myth. I've found them always friendly and helpful.

In my visit a weekend ago (see post below) we met the ultimate example of a friendly, helpful New Yorker. A non-profit outfit called Big Apple Greeters hooks you up, totally for free, with a personal tourguide. This is a person who offers their time to show you the city on an up-close level. John, our guide, is a Manhattan native, a Merrill Lynch stock analyst, gave us about 7 hours and walked us around about 12 miles of Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, Noho, Greenwich Village, and that general area.

My wife's comment: looks just like the NYC scenery at Universal Studios.

We saw and did much the same things you did. We were, however, grateful to get home. NYC is another planet, exciting, very different, but crowded and not very clean. It makes us greatful to live in quaint little Manassas. We'll go back, but would not care to live there.
Didn't see ya'...4bykn
Mar 18, 2002 7:48 AM
Hey, cool. We may have been there at the same time, we were there 3/10 and 11. Rode the NJTransit in to PennSta. Rode the subway to Central park West and 81st. Did a bunch of walking. New Yorkers were very accomodating and friendly, and the city was relatively clean, not the impression we get from tv and the movies.

It was quite interesting seeing bikes that had a value of near zero locked up with a $70 lock! And bikes of all types riding through Central park, what a great facility.

I really would like to go back again, how did you get hooked up with the "Big Apple Greeters"? And how the heck did I miss your post?

One of the highlights of my trip was hanging outside Letterman's theater, seeing so many of the people I see regularly on the show, Biff, Sid, Rose, Rob Burnett, Mujibur(or was it Cyrijul), Rupert, and Ray Romano.