Stroll the park this Summer

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WAKE UP -- it's already April, then comes May and then June - maybe the best time to meet and stroll in the park?

Anybody coming out of hibernation and thinking about a get-together? How about 2 days?

Some thoughts:

Wait for kids to be out of school so families can attend.

We could do more "then and now" with 8x10 transparencies of the views during the Fair.

Lunch at the WF Burger King.

Triangulate the exact location of the underground home.

Visit the museum, with comments on plusses and minuses from our experts.

We could stroll over to the Louis Armstrong house (if you haven't toured it, I highly recommend it).

Souvenir show and tell - always fun

And of course, there's dinner and lemon ice for dessert.

WELL? When's your calendar open?

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Sounds great, and I will be in the US in June.

Unfortunately though the only part of the US I will be in is Hawaii.

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Wayne, that sounds great. Pick a date or dates and lets get it going. I would love to go. Steve

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Sounds great! Been to the "wf" burger king in main street allready. It's pretty cool, they have models of the unisphere and the NYSP Observation towers.

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OK - that's two - waiting for more and any comments on better/worse dates ---- how about some more out-of-towners?

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Any date is good for me.

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At some point, I'll have to pick a date to get a low airfare - but I'm afraid that as soon as I do, there will people saying "oh I can't come then" --so, people, speak up!

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Sounds like fun! I'd LOVE to do it. Had a great time back in 2008. Unfortunately, at this moment it's not realistic for me. Maybe if a date can be firmed up I can look into trying to make something happen. As Wayne said--speak up about when a good/bad time would be for you if you!

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I love NY in June, but I will be leaving the city Memorial Day.

Anybody want anything checked out in Manhattan while I'm here? Ground truthed as they say.

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Presently looks like June 11-12 or 25-26 would work for me.

Any preferences out there?

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Helloooooo.... Couldn't wait any longer on air fares, so

Dates are set - June 22-July 4 - so, you have a choice of weekends June 25-26 and/or July 2-3 - I can do both!

Who's interested, and when?

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Wayne, Both dates are open for me count me in. But if you need a preference, I'd pick the June date. Steve.

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Went looking for the usual Holiday Inn, but found that (1) the price is way up, and (2) not even available on the pre-4th weekend when Mets/Yankees are playing. Ended up with the new Red Roof Inn in Flushing. However, it looks like they don't have an airport shuttle or breakfast, so will have to to taxi and find a regular place for breakfast nearby. Most everything else will be via the good ol' #7.

Now that I've decided on a long stay, I need to start panning what to do with the weekdays. I was thinking of visiting a couple of Long Island aviation museums, but it appears getting there on public transport will not be real easy. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Went to the statue of Liberty last time just before the crown reopened, so may do that again if it's possible to get to the crown. Been to some of the major museums, but I know NYC has many more I haven't seen.

Meanwhile, will work on some casual plans for FMCP and vicinity.

Steve, do you want to pick Saturday or Sunday, or are you up for two days in a row? I'm thinking two days would make it easier to do FMCP thoroughly, plus the Burger King and Armstrong house.

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It will be June-July. Don't forget the Lemon Ice King of Corona.

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It will be June-July. Don't forget the Lemon Ice King of Corona.

Never! One place I always go.

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Rechecked the Red Roof Inn and they do have breakfast included

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Here are a few things I've done over the years that IMO were worthwhile:

Transit (Subway) Museum

Tour of Radio City

Motion Picture Museum (Astoria)

Cooper-Hewitt

Guggenheim

Ellis Island

Financial District/South Ferry

The Rock

Empire State

Macy's (World's Largest Store!)

MCNY

Hudson Piers

Brooklyn Bridge

South Street Seaport

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When you run out of things to do, you might try the mafia tour, or visit their museum:

http://moagnyc.org/

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Wayne, I'm still looking for those pictures for you for use during the trip.

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When you run out of things to do, you might try the mafia tour, or visit their museum:

http://moagnyc.org/

Haven't done that one - have done the police museum and the immigrant/tenement museum (not sure I'm remembering the name right) - tours a tenement built around civil war time - amazing how the wood floors have sagged in 150 years, but more amazing how it was subdivided and then sometimes an internal window was added so the inner apartment could get some natural light.

NYC has more museums of various kinds than one could imagine, and I am a museum freak, so thanks again, guys, and post any more you think of.

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Wayne, I don't know if I can do 2 days in a row. Remember my feet got pretty worn out the last time. I do intend to drive in this time so that may make a difference as I could move the car from one side of the park to another. That may make it possible to do 2 days, I just have to see how it goes. Steve

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Anticipation....

In order to get more definite about it:

Let's meet at 9:30 am, Saturday, June 25 at Gotham plaza.

Weather date: Sunday June 26

Morning: Walk the park, comparing pictures of "then" to now - industrial and international/state area, back to Gotham Plaza and the subway

Lunch: Take the subway to the "WF Burger King"

Afternoon:

Subway back to FMCP

Slow down and try to save ourfeet

Transportation area - more "then" pix

Dinner: Pines at Holiday Inn (longer walk there, but then shorter to subway) or Parkside (shorter walk there, and close to Lemon Ice King, but probably a long wait and pricier, and longer walk back to subway)

Who's in?

Optional Sunday June 26:

Morning: For those who really like to walk: Meet 10:00 am Gotham Plaza, walk to Lake Amusement area

Lunch TBD - Anyone know a place to grab a bite on the way up towards the subway and 111th?

Afternoon Louis Armstrong house 107th St N of 37th Ave - meet there 1:30 pm (open Noon - 5:00 pm)

Nearest subway stop 111th or 103rd

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Count me in, I will be there. Steve

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I'm in.

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Input from the "out of shape" guy:

After the Burger King, a few bucks pooled from each of you would whisk you in a taxi directly to the Underground Home or Top of the Fair, or Helldrivers entrances to the park. Feet saved!

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