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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03-04-2010, 06:48 AM #1
Cheesehead coming to NYC
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03-04-2010, 07:51 AM #2
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."Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."
03-04-2010, 08:53 AM #3
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!
03-04-2010, 09:20 AM #4
If you're in midtown manhattan... Carmine's on West 44th is a great Italian restaurant that serves meals family style... HUGE portions!"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
03-04-2010, 10:55 AM #5
03-04-2010, 11:43 AM #6
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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.
03-04-2010, 11:51 AM #7
03-04-2010, 12:21 PM #8
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03-04-2010, 05:06 PM #11
Thank you FWD!!!
We will be in touch! We will have to arrange a meetin'!!
03-04-2010, 06:13 PM #12
03-04-2010, 06:29 PM #13
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
The American Museum of Natural History
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.ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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03-04-2010, 07:58 PM #14
Hey Ray, when you gonna email me back?????"Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."
03-04-2010, 09:58 PM #15
Keep me in the loop. I'll join you for a beer if I can.
03-05-2010, 07:55 AM #16
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."Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."
03-05-2010, 12:19 PM #17
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.
03-05-2010, 12:39 PM #18
You got to go to Coney Island and get a couple of Nathans!!
Stay Safe and Well Out There....
Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers
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