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ABA ’09 NYC Spring Conference: Places to visit

April 10, 2009

For those attending the American Bar Association’s Spring Conference in Dispute Resolution, I figure as a New Yorker, I would put out there a list of places I recommend. Enjoy!

Mud Cafe
307 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
Map it between 2nd & 1st Avenues
For those coffee lovers- This is the BEST coffee in the world. I have travel (much) of the world and this place by far has the best coffee… trust me. Add to that the ‘bohemian’ atmosphere of the cafe and you will see why I call this this place well, Bohemia!

Rubin Museum
150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
Map it between 6th & 7th Avenues
Yes there are all the other more well-known museums uptown but this place is truly a gem. It houses Himalayan Art that is well worth the time to check out. (near Union Sq. Park)

Rainbow Falafel & Shawarma
26 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003 (b/n Fifth Avenue and Broadway; map); 212-691-8641; Cost: $3.50 for a falafel sandwich
The best falafel in town but if you do not look carefully, you might miss this tiny place. It is a tiny storefront that on nice days, has a (well worth the wait) 20-30 person line up outside. Outside I say because you can literally only fit about 4 people inside. get your falafel, then go eat it in Union Square Park.
If you can’t find it, try Maoz across the street on the other side of the park.

Union Square Park & Central Park
Union Sq is a tiny park that usually has vendors selling different types of knick-knacks (stuff that is cool that you don’t really need). Central Park is huge, so make some sort of plan of what spots to hit, otherwise heaps of time will be lost trying to navigate it.

Brooklyn Bridge
Take subway 4/5/6 (and others) to Brooklyn Bridge stop. Then, look for a big bridge.
This icon of NYC is worth the visit. Get out your walking shoes (or high heels, hey it’s New York, wear whatever you want!) and take the approximately 25 minute walk across. Great views and pictures.

J and R
15 Park Row, New York, NY 10038 Map it Park Row and Beekman Steet
Diagonally across from City Hall and just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, this electronic store is a must visit if you are interested in purchasing any sort of gadget while here. Note: the store takes up the whole block and has different entrances for each department.

Religous Places
St. Patricks Cathedral
460 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 Map it

Cathedral of Saint John The Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025 Map it
All I can say is although this is a bit of trip uptown, the place is amazingly huge. A beautiful, humbling experience to see its massive presence from the inside.

Mahayana Buddhist Temple
133 Canal St (between Chrystie St & Forsyth St)
Yes, you can go to Tao or Buddhakan to see a big Buddha statue but this temple in Chinatown is amazing. Don’t be discouraged but the ordinary entrance.

Buddha Bodhi
5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013 Map it
Not only does this place have the best vegetarian food in Chinatown, but the menu is named after different meats, poultry and fish. For example, although it is not really chicken, the ‘chicken’ and broccoli is fantastic.

Statue of Liberty
Feeling cheap? Take the Staten Island Ferry for free to get a decent view of Ms. Liberty and hop right back on the next ferry to get back into Manhattan.

Times Square
Yes, be the typical tourist and go there and take pictures.

133 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001 Map it Between 6th and 7th Avenue
This place in midtown has your typical bar food menu with massive size TV screens everywhere. What is not typical is the beer menu- if you like beer, this is your place. Note: it is around the block from Macy’s- yes THE Macy’s shopping department store that takes up an entire block.

NYC Subway
Better than any amusement park ride, taking the subway is a must for an authentic trip to NYC. be careful, and if you are really looking for an adventure, try taking it during rush hour!

Restaurant Row
West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues
The single block contains over a dozen different ethnic restaurants. What ties them all together? they all have price-fixed menus ranging from $30-45. The price includes choice of app, main course and dessert.