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July 24, 2010

Ideas for Fun in NYC During BlogHer '10

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New York City is my hometown so I'm beyond excited that within a couple of weeks, bloggers from all over the world will be arriving for BlogHer '10.  And though a lot of time will be taken up with conference events, hopefully many of those attendees will explore some of the fun stuff the Big Apple has to offer.

First off, if you're going to do some sightseeing, get yourself a Metrocard and a CityPASS.  The Metrocard is for public buses and subways all over NYC.  The CityPASS is a booklet of tickets to six of New York City's most popular museums and attractions and will save you a total of 45% off the regular admission prices. 

Now, here are some of my favorite NYC experiences. 

Go Hunting with Watson Adventure Tours Scavenger Hunts

My cousin first introduced me to these fun scavenger hunts when she gave me one as a birthday gift a couple of years ago.  It was a murder mystery hunt through the Metropolitan Museum of Art and my friends and I had a ball. 

In addition to their museum hunts, Watson also organizes scavenger hunts in Chinatown, Central Park and even one in Greenwich Village that features locations from "Sex in the City."

Hunts start at around $25/adult and can go up to $40/adult for museum hunts.  Check out the Watson website for schedules and prices. 

Find Entertainment at Chelsea Piers

If summer in NYC gets a little hot for you, cool off by going figure skating at Chelsea Piers.  Not a skater?  Then go swimming, rock climbing, bowling or sailing at this full service sports and entertainment center on 23rd Street and the Hudson River. 

Get Lucky at Lucky Cheng's Drag Queen Cabaret

Embrace your inner drag queen at Lucky Cheng's Drag Queen Cabaret downtown.  It's wild, it's wacky and it's sure to have you dancing in the aisles.  This was my reaction after a memorable evening a couple of years ago:

The costumes were straight out of a Vegas showgirl's closet, some of the commentary by Ms. F**kin' Bitch would make a standup comic blush, and the crowd was packed with birthday girls, bachelorettes and brides-to-be. 

It's not for the faint of heart, but it's highly entertaining.

Free Movies at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Movies are every Monday night and begin after sunset (between 8 and 9pm).  If you're in town before BlogHer, the film on  August 2nd is the quintessential horror classic, "Rosemary's Baby" starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes.  It was shot on location in Manhattan and features the Dakota apartment building on 72nd Street and Central Park West.

If you're still in town after BlogHer, the film on August 9th is the more mild mannered Neil Simon romantic comedy, "The Goodbye Girl" starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason.

Bring your own picnic basket of goodies or stop in at the Bryant Park 'Wichcraft  kiosk and order a couple of their delicious sandwiches.

See an Imax Movie

If watching a movie outside is not your thing, take in an Imax movie at the AMC Loew's Lincoln Square multiplex at 68th Street and Broadway.  It's cool and comfortable, but get your tickets early or online because the Imax theatre can sell out very quickly.


Take a Galactic Tour at The Hayden Planetarium

This is not your grandmother's planetarium and if you haven't been, set aside couple of hours to check it out.  Be sure to experience "Journey to the Stars" narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, and you'll find yourself miraculously transported through the galaxy. 

Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

You may not want to buy it, but you can definitely walk it.  The Brooklyn Bridge, that is.  With some sturdy shoes and a camera, you can get unique vistas of NYC that many tourists never see.

Ride the Cyclone Roller Coaster at Coney Island

Less than an hour's subway ride from midtown Manhattan is Coney Island in Brooklyn, home to the famous boardwalk, assorted rides and amusements and the world famous Cyclone roller coaster.  Hold on tight 'cause that first drop is a doozy!

Finally, when you're thinking about city sightseeing tours, don't forget to consider the NBC Studio Tour and the Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour

If none of these attractions interest you, of course there are always shows on Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Harlem, Battery Park, Brooklyn Heights, and on and on and on. 

So have a great time at BlogHer '10 and welcome to the Big Apple!

Related Links:

The NYC Tourist Attractions Blog

A Pair of Panties and Boxers  "The Gentler Side of Bronx"

Evil Slutopia's "New York Minute" is a brief post about some recent NY happenings.

Cross Posted from BlogHer

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