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Report 1944: New York City on $550 a Day for Two

By Paula G. Cullison from Arizona, Summer 2011

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Page 3 of 4: NYC - My Kind of Town

photo by Tim Cullison

Only in NYC - Me and My Gal

We had lunch with friends at the Boat House Restaurant in Central Park; Italian pastry and cappuccino with my cousin at Rocco's in Greenwich Village; dinner at the Petrossian Restaurant; breakfast at Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles; dinner at Mario Batali's Babbo; and lunch at Bobby Flay's American Bar.

We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) and Frick Collection. We walked across Central Park twice: once to visit Strawberry Fields, since Imagine - Yoko Ono’s memorial to John Lennon - is on the way to the MMA; and the other time as we headed for the Boat House to meet friends for lunch. Showers were intermittent on two of the days, but we had umbrellas in tow. MMA still honors its (unadvertised) ‘pay what you wish’ policy. Most tourists are unaware of this option. We almost saw President Obama; he was two blocks away from our hotel at a fundraiser. The street was barricaded and the demonstrators were orderly. The NYPD were in full force. Justin Bieber was also in NYC at Macy's that same day, so the NYPD had plenty to do. It goes without saying that NYC is a great town. Be prepared for the unexpected.

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