Cool Places To Spend An Afternoon In Manhattan

Cool Places To Spend An Afternoon In Manhattan

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Got a few hours of free time? Here are the best places to spend an afternoon exploring Manhattan.

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    Recommended dishes: Fried shiitakes; cured meat and cheese plates; insalata cotta cruda; pork shoulder; skirt steak; chicken thigh; sauerkraut; family-style “piatto misto” of pork; desserts. -- The New York Times via Foursquare
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    Walk the whole thing (sunset = best). If its night time, look for the exhibitionists Doing Their Thing in the windows of the Standard Hotel. Sit in sunken mini-theater (you'll know it when you see it) -- Dens via Foursquare
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    From inside the park, you can get a great angle on the surrounding buildings for a Panoramic Stitch. Outside the park on the west side, looking south, is a fantastic shot of the Flatiron Building. -- Windows Live Photo Gallery via Foursquare
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    Besides great views, The Standard hotel also has NY's hippest beer garden. The menu, designed by Michelin-starred chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, includes fat, flavor-packed sausages and plus-size pretzels. -- Bon Appetit Magazine via Foursquare
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    The Full Moon Exhibition in the Rose Center contains more than 75 rarely seen photographic prints from NASA's Apollo missions to the moon and are done in both impressive scale and stunning quality. -- NASA via Foursquare
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    Check out Julie Mehretu's exhibition, "Grey Area," her representation of post-war Berlin in which the dynamism of urban life confronts decay and change. It's open through October 6, 2010. -- The Wall Street Journal via Foursquare
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    Despite its hefty $20 ticket price, the museum attracted its highest-ever number of visitors, 3.09 million, during its 2010 fiscal year. "Monet's Water Lilies" was the most popular exhibit. -- The Wall Street Journal via Foursquare
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    Because the collections were mainly developed by a single individual, they have a cohesion & personality that others can’t match, and the unique setting (custom built for their display) enhances that. -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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    Try estimating the percentage of women here. On a recent weekday, it was 53%, according to the park's engineer, who considers that a success. "Women are more discriminating park users," he says. -- The Wall Street Journal via Foursquare
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    It’s small compared with other modern art museums in the city, but it really packs a punch thanks to top-notch collections. We generally come mid-week when it’s not so crowded. -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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    The building makes a visit here worth it, even if you don’t dig the art. Also, the New Museum attracts a very radical crowd--a great way to connect with the surrounding Lower East Side community. -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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    It’s a great place to wrap up a busy day in the Big Apple. If our feet are throbbing from pounding the pavement, we like to rest on the grass or on a waterfront bench drinking in the view. -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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