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    Default Cheesehead coming to NYC

    My fiancee' and I are going to be in New York City for vacation for a week from March 17-24. We plan to look at all the sights and wanted to visit an FDNY station or two while I was there. I will be staying with my brother who is temporarily staying in a place just across the river in Jersey so a hotel or lodging is not an issue. I am for sure going to hit up Lombardi's Pizza too!!

    I have already searched the forums for other threads similar to this one and have found out some good information so far too. What I don't want to do is "bother" some stations like the guys at the "10 house" or any other station who deals with tourists all day. I am just wondering what the the "rules of engagement" are if you will for visiting, do some BS'ing, & maybe take some pictures. I of course will drop off a patch for the house if they are interested too. I wish I could bring a load of cheese curds or something with me but maybe when I get back home I can ship some to whatever house(s) I visited.

    Just curious as to what you guys can tell a curious cheesehead.

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    Bottom line: Pretty much any house in Midtown and Lower Manhattan get many visitors. Unless specifically invited, try to avoid those houses, especially 10/10. Feel free to see the beautiful memorial on the side of the firehouse, but DO NOT knock on the doors.

    Not saying that you will get a cold reception, but at these houses they might say "Oh crap, visitors again." What would you do if someone knocked on the door at your house each and every night just as you are sitting down to dinner, or wanting to watch TV?? That being said, I have never gotten a cold reception in NYC, just that some places are better than others.

    I got your PM and will send you an email later today. If there is nothing going on with my family on one of those days that you are in NYC, maybe I will take a ride up (a good excuse for me to get into the city, it's only an hour and a half from me) and take you on a Buff Tour of some good places.
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    75E/33T was always an interesting place to visit......good old Jerome Ave, Bronx.....then again, my cousin worked out of that house, so I had an 'in'.....

    Although, the first time I stopped there and did an impromptu ride along, (Cousin wasn't working that day) - as soon as he found out he was on the phone with my dad saying 'what the #%&*% was SHE doing down there?'...lol.....ahhhh.....to be oh, 19-20 again!

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    If you're in midtown manhattan... Carmine's on West 44th is a great Italian restaurant that serves meals family style... HUGE portions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    If you're in midtown manhattan... Carmine's on West 44th is a great Italian restaurant that serves meals family style... HUGE portions!
    YUM YUM YUM!!! My husband usually makes a stop there when he is in the City for the FDNY CPAT.....

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    After you get done with the ugly part of the state I suggest a road trip north up I87 to Lake Placid. On the return trip take Route 30 through the Adirondacks. Do yourself a favor and see the real NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    After you get done with the ugly part of the state I suggest a road trip north up I87 to Lake Placid. On the return trip take Route 30 through the Adirondacks. Do yourself a favor and see the real NY.

    If you make it up to Albany I can probably hook you up with a tour of Albany FD.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    If you're in midtown manhattan... Carmine's on West 44th is a great Italian restaurant that serves meals family style... HUGE portions!
    YES!! We for sure want to hit Carmine's, it's on the top of my list right on top of Lombardi's Pizzaria!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasobuff View Post
    If you make it up to Albany I can probably hook you up with a tour of Albany FD.....
    Ohh, don't think I'll make it upstate, at least this time. That sounds like a trip all in itself....and I might even have to save up bail money!! Thank you for the offer, I much appreciate it. Not ruling it out though.
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    Thank you FWD!!!

    We will be in touch! We will have to arrange a meetin'!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    Thank you FWD!!!

    We will be in touch! We will have to arrange a meetin'!!
    I'll let you buy me lunch and a beer at Katz's Deli.....

    No, never mind, I don't want you to have to take a second mortgage on your house. But make sure you get there and experience a hot pastrami & swiss sandwich or a Ruebin.
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    I worked on the westside for over 20 years here are some good places....

    West 79 Street between Broadway and Columbus -- Blondies drink and eat

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    For Breakfast try Sarabeth's Kitchen or Good Enough to East (both on Amsterdam Avenue which is a block east of Broadway). Sarabeth's is at West 76 Street and Good Enough to Eat is at 84th

    For the best deal go to Broadway and West 72 Street Gray's Papaya will give you two absolutely delicious hot dogs and a drink (try the papaya) for $3.50.
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    Hey Ray, when you gonna email me back?????
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    Keep me in the loop. I'll join you for a beer if I can.

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    Jason, I got some more info for you, but in the meantime, see if you can find a copy of "The FDNY Operational Reference" by James Griffiths. (I think they are up to the 5th edition?) It is a FANTASTIC book that any FDNY buff, new or experienced should have on their bookshelf. It contains a wealth of knowledge of all things FDNY, and even has some NYPD stuff in it as well.
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    It's a great read and used a lot by the buffs and guys on the job.
    I think we're up to 7th or even 8th edition now.
    You can pick a copy up from the Firezone or online thru their website. $29 plus shipping.

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    You got to go to Coney Island and get a couple of Nathans!!


    http://history.amusement-parks.com/nathans.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    You got to go to Coney Island and get a couple of Nathans!!


    http://history.amusement-parks.com/nathans.htm

    Ah, totally forgot about Nathans....saw a show on the History channel about them and have always wanted to go there. Now I gotta go!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Jason, I got some more info for you, but in the meantime, see if you can find a copy of "The FDNY Operational Reference" by James Griffiths. (I think they are up to the 5th edition?) It is a FANTASTIC book that any FDNY buff, new or experienced should have on their bookshelf. It contains a wealth of knowledge of all things FDNY, and even has some NYPD stuff in it as well.
    The public library here has the 4th edition. I will go check it out.

    Thanks for all your help!!
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    No one has mentioned the FDNY Museum, at 278 Spring Street, (between Little Italy and SoHo - walking distance from either).

    Directions: The Museum, located on Spring Street between Varick and Hudson streets, is easily accessible via public transportation. By subway, take the C or E train (8th Avenue Local) to Spring Street. Walk one and half blocks west. Alternatively, you can take the 1 or 9 train (7th Avenue local) to Houston Street. Walk south 4 blocks to Spring Street and west half a block. You can also reach the Museum via the M10 (7th and 8th Avenue routes) or M21 (Hudson Street cross-town route) bus. Take either to Spring Street.

    Website: http://www.nycfiremuseum.org/index.htm

    As I recall, there is no "fee", but they ask for a donation.... WELL WORTH a couple of hours of your time!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFDCar1 View Post
    No one has mentioned the FDNY Museum, at 278 Spring Street, (between Little Italy and SoHo - walking distance from either).

    I did cover that in my email to Dickey.
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    Aahhh, Very good. The Fire Museum is a great place to visit. While not at all related to firefighting, I also found the Subway (MTA) Museum in Brooklyn was an interesting stop as well, just not very well advertised. Located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights. Just a short walk from the A or C line.

    Here's their website: http://mta.info/mta/museum/index.html#hours

    Now for nightlife, someone already mentioned Blondie's. (Haven't missed a Daytona 500 there in 5 years!). We also like O'Lunney's Times Square Pub, 145 W 45th Street for food and beverage, and a fun later-in-the-night party bar is Coyote Ugly, 153 1st Ave. Finally, there is a fantastic "line" of restaurants on Montoque Street, right by Bourough Hall in Brooklyn. Great food, very reasonably priced.
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    Thanks DFD!!

    We purchased the New York Pass for 7 days which gets us discounts on admission to lots of NYC attractions. They give you a nice book of attractions and how to navigate subways and things too. What I am miffed about is that the FDNY museum is NOT part of the attractions. What gives??

    Thanks for the info!!
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