What to do in a trip to New York

December 6th, 2010

Email sent from a New Yorker advising about what to do in a trip to New York. I thought that it can be helpful to post it here. Any add-ons or suggestions are welcome!

First off, one of the best things about new york is that there is always something happening; but how to find out about the special events going on?  In a word, the internet.  Check out the following resources a day or two before you fly over here:

GothamList on Gothamist.com
http://gothamist.com/2010/02/25/pencil_this_in_931.php
(Need to sign up for a daily newsletter of stuff going on that day; it is sent around 4am NY time; they don’t send you spam, and you can unsubscribe when you leave NY)

The Skint: Free and cheap stuff to do in NYC
http://www.theskint.com/

Time Out NY – things to do
http://newyork.timeout.com/section/own-this-city

Time Out NY – free things to do today
http://www3.timeoutny.com/newyork/tonyblog/tag/free/

NYMag Agenda
http://nymag.com/agenda/

NYMag Event Search
http://nymag.com/srch?t=event&N=0&No=0&q=Listing%20Type%3AEvents&Ns=nyml_sort_name|0

Flavorpill NYC
http://flavorpill.com/newyork

BrooklynBased weekly tip sheet
http://brooklynbased.net/tip-sheet/

Bushwick weekly culture picks on BuskwickBK.com
http://bushwickbk.com/2010/12/02/bushwick-culture-weekly-picks-12210/
(Updated every Thursday, but you need to go to bushwickbk.com to find the new suggestions.  These are specific to the neighbourhood called Bushwick, just south-east of Williamsburg, which is where the next wave of gentrification is happening; basically, it’s what Williamsburg was 10 years ago).

http://nyc.myopenbar.com/
(Lists events all over the city where you can drink for free. You’d be surprised how many there are!)

The Village Voice is the main free weekly newspaper. You’ll find them all over the city, but you can check it out ahead of time online at:
http://www.villagevoice.com/

If you are looking for the NY equivalent of the place that I met you at, it’s probably a bar called Lit Lounge in the east village.  Very scuzzy place (much more so than Dalston Jazz Bar) but has some pretty fun energy.  There is a hot dirty basement which is where most of the dancing tends to take place.  This place is only good late at night (say, after midnight).   Other similar places (you can google them for more info) include K&M Bar (Williamsburg), 169 Bar (East Chinatown/Deep Lower East Side), Darkroom (Lower East Side),

In general, if you want to walk around to a string of bars that will be very busy/lively on a weekend (Thursday-Sunday), you should go to the Lower East Side.  Ludlow St. in particular, between Houston (pronounced How-ston, not Hee-u-ston like the city) St. and Delancey St.  You’ll also find quite a lot on Orchard St. and Essex St., which are parallel to Ludlow, and on the two main cross streets: rivington and stanton.  There are more bars in this area than worth mentioning!  If you want dark and loud, go to Motor City.  If you want an incredible list of beers and some decent food, go to Spitzer’s.  If you want a bar with bright lights, go to Max Fish.  Piano’s is also an okay place, and often has live music (note that there is an upstairs space at Piano’s, to get there you need to go to the staircase at the back of the main room. It’s often quieter up there.)   Basically, you can just walk around this area and you’ll find something to occupy you.  That said, I’m not crazy about it – it gets way too packed with tourists and people from other parts of the city just looking to get wasted… (That can be fun when you’re just visiting NY!  But when you live here, it gets a bit tiring…)

If you want really well made cocktails, there are tons of places to get them in NY.  One place I like in Manhattan is called Little Branch (20 7th ave at Leroy St., in the basement. Look for the unmarked door with a bouncer standing on the corner.)  In Williamsburg, the place to go is Dram (177 S. 4th St. near Driggs Ave.)

I love to take visitors to the Brooklyn Flea Market on Saturdays and Sundays. 10am-6pm in an old bank (address = One Hanson Place, Brooklyn).  This is in a neighbourhood called Fort Greene.  It’s really easy to get to by train. The bank itself is quite beautiful (be sure to go to the basement and check out the vault, where there are some tasty food vendors – and the vault itself is cool to check out, it’s amazing how thick its doors are!)

Then there’s the classic things that visitors like to do: Central Park (though you should consider visiting Prospect Park in Brooklyn instead, which I think is nicer!), shopping in Soho, shopping on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, going to Broadway shows (go to TKTS discount booths for last minute savings), going for brunch (have a bloody mary with your breakfast!), eating NY bagels (cream cheese and lox, if you’re into it), eating NY pizza (the most classic place for a traditional slice is Joe’s at 7 Carmine St. in the West Village, but there is lots of good pizza in NY), going to the museums (i love the MoMA), checking out art galleries in Chelsea…

How To Get To Edgware Road Station From The Airport

November 11th, 2010
HOW TO GET TO EDGWARE ROAD STATION FROM THE AIRPORT BY “TRAIN”:
From Heathrow:
Take the non-stop Heathrow Express  [£32 return open] or the cheaper but slower Heathrow Connect service to Paddington Station [£15.80 return open] . (15-25 minutes)
Take the Circle, Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo or District Line Edgware Road Station. (around 10 minutes)
From Gatwick:
Take the Southern railways service to West Brompton Station [£32 return]. Switch to the tube network and take the District line to Edgware Road Station. (around 53-60 minutes)
From Luton:
Take the Shuttle bus from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway Station. (5-10 minutes)
From The train station take the First Connect service into Kings Cross Thames Link [£32 return open]. (33 – 45 minutes). Transfer to the Kings Cross Tube network and take the Circle or Hammersmith and City line to Edgware Road Station (10 minutes).
From Stansted:
Take the Stansted Express [£24.50 return open] into Tottenham Hale Station. Switch to the tube line and take the Victoria line Line into Oxford Circus Station. Switch to the bakerloo line and travel out to Edgware Road Station. (around 67 minutes)
HOW TO GET TO EDGWARE ROAD STATION FROM THE AIRPORT BY “BUS”:
From Gatwick:
EasyBus £15 return, 65 min (to Earls Court/West Brompton)
From Luton:
EasyBus £15 return, 70 min (to Baker Street)
From Stansted:
EasyBus £15 return, 75 min (to Baker Street)
National Express £17 return, 90 min (to Baker Street)
All +10 min by underground to Edgware Road Station

Tmobile text sms – Pick up signal from both Tmobile and Orange?

November 4th, 2010

Just got a text message from Tmobile asking to send YES to 2121 if I want to pick up the signal from both T-Mobile and Orange. What should I do, reply YES or no?

Here is the text complete:
Great news! To pick up signal from both T-Mobile and Orange text YES to 2121. Then you’ll be able to call and text in more places. See t-mobile/share

Another thing to think about is the data speed for the internet connection. Should it be better Orange signal than the tmobile or worse?

Who is looking the longest contest xD

October 6th, 2010
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I saw this video in a friend’s post in facebook and laughed so much, worth to keep the video here :)

Looking for places for indoor climbing in London

October 2nd, 2010

The Casttle Indoor Climbing in London

http://www.castle-climbing.co.uk/

http://www.westwaysportscentre.org.uk/climbing

http://archclimbingwall.com/

Remix of an old downtempo tune that is hitting London!

September 6th, 2010

Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line (Bootleg)

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Zero 7 official website: http://www.zero7.co.uk

If you want to listen or download the full session visit this page: http://soundcloud.com/fabric/total-science-fabriclive-promo-mix

Vampire Fangs

July 23rd, 2010

Vampire fangs website selling custom made vampire fangs. They look very real. The fangs are already used for a film in Spain.

Have a look at the web: http://vampirefang.co.uk/

Vampire Fangs UK

Vampire Fangs Customized

Building a Website for a friend about Installing Laminate Floors in London

July 23rd, 2010

Just done in about three hours! WordPress is so nice!
Have a look at the website: http://floorlondon.co.uk/

Building a Budget Desktop Computer for Video Editing and Gaming, Buying on Ebay

June 11th, 2010

Total Value: £807

Total Money Spent: £355

Total Money Saved: £452

(All prices are including postage)

- MONITOR Acer x193w 19″ widescreen £34.55 (Saved £65)

X193W

- CASE NZXT M59 £50.50 (Saved £8) Review

nzxt m59

- MOTHERBOARD Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4 £32 (Saved £104)

MA790GP-DS4H

- CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 3.1GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, Socket AM2, 89W, ADV6000IAA5DO £50.50 (Saved £30)

ADV6000IAA5DO

- CPU COOLER Noctua NH-C12P £29 (Saved £31) – Noctua fan NF-P12 Review

Noctua NH-C12P

- RAM 2GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Gold £33.50 (Saved £56)

DDR2_XTC_DC

- RAM 1GB Promos DDR2 Pc2-6400. £12.50 (Saved £32)

- POWER SUPPLY Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 850W £68 (Saved £27) Review

- GRAPHICS CARD Powercolor ATI Radeon HD4850 512Mb + GRAPHICS CARD COOLER Zalman VF1000 £46 (Saved £87)

hd4850

zalman vf1000

The volcanic ash cloud

April 20th, 2010

Since the last news on Monday at 21:00 (local time), the volcano is now erupting ash to a height of between 3 and 4 Km with some lava visible from the crater, a new ash cloud is spreading south and east towards the UK, the volcano eruption in Iceland is getting more agressive . The predictions on how the new and the old cloud are traveling are very changeble, and the eruptions could continue on the next coming days.

Some Scottish airsports should be available from 07:00 (GMT) and more airspace over England may become available from 13:00 (GMT) although not as far south as the main London airports and others in south UK.

The next update on news is schedule for 09:00 (GMT), today, Tuesday 20 April.

Update on 28th April: Most of the flight companies seem to be running with normality. Is still advised just before you depart to the airport to check with your flight operator as new ash clouds could come with short notice making your flight to be cancelled.

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