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I gotta get out of this place ...

Hello, I'm going insane.

I think it's because I haven't really left the apartment in three days (which my brain is sure was really only two days -- the first warning sign). Not helping is the fact that, out of all of the "jobs" that I looked at on my local Craigslist today, I think maybe two of them might be legit.

My favorite part? That doesn't include the ad looking to hire a prostitute, which also appears to be a scam (unless they're also hiring for prostitutes in Washington, Edinburgh, and Manchester).

I need to get out of the house.

So, um, what should I do? I'd like to take the train to Manhattan and do something tomorrow, but I have no clue what. Ideally, something cheap (or, bare minimum, not extravagant). Bonus points if there's a groovy vegetarian restaurant nearby.

I know a bunch of you guys live or have lived here -- any suggestions?

(As an example: Last week I went and applied for a job at The Strand, then walked up E. 14th Street and had lunch at Curly's Vegetarian Lunch. I spent too much at The Strand, but otherwise it was a flawless plan.)

Most weeks I meet aaronbenedict for lunch at least once, which salves that need to go out and be with the three-dimensional humans. Sadly, this week he's in California, doing his quarterly California thingamadoodle. He'll be back on Friday, but if I don't get out of here before then, I'm going to be insane.

Suggestions?

I pondered posting to newyorkers, but they were in the "Community Spotlight" this week, and have been inundated with "I'm coming to New York -- what should I do?" posts, and I'm not in the mood to be snarked at.

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hopita
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
This was a great great great idea -- thank you.

Incidentally, while walking on St. Mark's Place, I passed by Anthony Aiden Opticians. I figured I'd duck in and see if they sold eyeglass cases, since my (cheap, plastic, but adorable) sunglasses are getting beat to hell in my bag.

The guy pulls one out and makes sure my giant glasses will fit. I ask how much, he asks when my birthday is, I say November, and then he gives me the case for free.

I wasn't expecting that, and it was so nice, I wanted to give them a shout out on my LJ.
tssandwich
Jul. 22nd, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Unless they've changed something radically, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (at 82th St. and 5th Ave.) has only a "recommended" donation. They'd like you to donate $20, but won't turn you away even if you put a couple of bucks into the kitty-- in fact, given the number of starving artists in NYC, they sort of expect it if you're scruffy looking enough. You can spend a week in there and not see everything. And it's blissfully air conditioned. The Museum of Natural History is also a "recommended" donation. (79th and Central Park West)

NY Public Library is free, and has lots of books that unlike the Strand, you don't have to pay for. (42nd and 5th) While you're there, look at New York Magazine, the New Yorker and Time Out New York, which also list lots of free movies, events, etc.

I'd second St. Mark's place for browsing. If you're looking for funky sorts of stores, my favorite music store in NYC is Other Music, which is just east of 5th Ave. and 4th Street.

If you want to look at Jewish stuff, the Center for Jewish History at 15th st., just west of 5th Ave., is free, though they have a bit of security (metal detector, x-ray your bags) to get in which can be a little unnerving if you're not expecting it. They usually have four or five good exhibitions at once, plus a world-class research library which you'll find yourself at eventually if you ever decide to do any serious genealogy.

There seems to be a good list of free stuff to do in NYC here.
rice_dream_girl
Jul. 22nd, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
LULA'S SWEET APOTHECARY! <3
hopita
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Awesome suggestion! I went and was not disappointed!

rice_dream_girl
Jul. 25th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
YESSSSSSS

What flavour did you get?
hopita
Jul. 25th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Chocolate chocolate chip with hot caramel topping.
dabroots
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
newyorkers is a notoriously mean-mouthed community. Beware of asking for help there.
hopita
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Well, they're great if you can give them something specific. I've never been snarked for asking about about a specific place, or issue. But "What should I do in New York?" is the #1 question that gets people yelled at.
dabroots
Jul. 23rd, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
I've seen snarkiness over other issues there, too.
vulgarweed
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Two suggestions: I used to love riding the Staten Island Ferry. Pretty much the same beautiful view of the beautiful harbor you'd get on a pricey tourist boat, but it's FREE. (I think it still is...it's dirt cheap if it isn't, anyway.) You don't have to get off at Staten Island, just stay on and ride it round-trip.

I also love the Lower East Side Tenement Musuem. Their web site seems to be down right now, but it's www.tenement.org
hopita
Jul. 24th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Speaking of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum ...
I ended up going down to the East Village and mostly just walking around. I stopped into the 4th Street Food Co-op and picked up a (complimentary) copy of Edible Manhattan. Of all the random coincidences, inside, there was an article about a new book, 97 Orchard, about the people who used to live in the building where the museum is now housed (and, specifically, about the foods that they ate).

Also, I stopped into Lower East Side Books and ended up buying one of Poppy's books. It was one of those days where things kept popping up to make me think of you. :)

Edited at 2010-07-24 11:54 pm (UTC)
bishopjoey
Jul. 22nd, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
Cloisters
Basically a buncha stuff nicked from European churches and the like, The Cloisters is set up like a medieval monastery. Very beautiful and lovely views. Bit of an arse to get to on public transit, IIRC.

flamingjune07
Jul. 22nd, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
I second the East Village suggestion -- St. Mark's is a good idea, as is just generally wandering around. There's a whole lot of cool stuff over here, and a Metric ShitTonne of vegetarian or vegetarian friendly restaurants. If you're in the mood to experience New York as somewhere that can actually be laid back, I recommend getting a takeout lunch somewhere and eating it / reading a book / people watching / etc in Tompkins Square Park :)
hopita
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Tompkins Square Park was not my favorite spot of the day (saw a weird fight, lots of cops, permeating smell of urine), but I really loved Washington Square Park. Anywhere where folks sit inside the fountain is A-OK by me.

(Re: vegetarian food: Went to The Organic Grill. The food was good but not awesome, but satisfactory enough that I'll gladly go back and order something different)
n0thingman
Jul. 22nd, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
There is a Ramen restaurant in St. Mark's Place that looked interesting.

I also wanted to walk on The High Line, which is an old above ground railway-turned-park.
hopita
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
I didn't eat there but I took a picture of it for you:

(Anonymous)
Jul. 28th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Kathy Griffin ATTN NY PEOPLE BOOKSIGNING ADDED!!

Date: Monday, August 2
Time: 7:00pm
Borders Books & Music
...10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
hopita
Jul. 28th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Hello random anonymous person.

I looked on the store's website and I don't see that event listed.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 28th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Hello Miss Hopita-
O ye of little trust.

You can find the book signing on her website http://kathygriffin.com
OR her FB page http://www.facebook.com/KathyGriffin
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