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LHC
09-21-2013, 02:25 PM
Hello -
Is there by any chance something....anything.....that a home workshop fellow would find of interest in New York City?

I'm going in a couple of weeks with my wife and she's got a long list of museums, musicals, and opera stuff that "we" must see, but if there was something that a home workshop person - metal or woodworking - would be interested in, I'm all ears. I could probably fit it into her packed itinerary...:D

Thanks !

1935Ron
09-21-2013, 05:58 PM
I think your plate will be full if this is your 1st time in NYC..... all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore,,there are tons of things to do.. take the ferry to Liberty Island!.. Depending on how much time you have and if you dont mind a small ride to jersey maybe 40 minutes from down town NYC 30 minutes from (EWR) or Newark Airport is the Thomas Edison Museum in NJ , it is has a really cool old original machine shop full of great stuff plus a boat load of other cool stuff.....http://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm. about 40 minutes the the other way in Paterson New Jersey is another small one you can kill a an hour .... here ... http://patersonmuseum.com/ within in walking distance of that one is this one.....http://www.patersongreatfalls.org/....... then about a 5 minute ...2 mile drive or so is this one......http://www.lambertcastle.com/.....these are if you get board,,,,,,,,,

oldwing
09-21-2013, 06:59 PM
Joel Moskowitz's shop/store, Tools for Working Wood,http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/, a primo supplier to the hand tool lover.

BobH
09-22-2013, 09:03 AM
The museum and tour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is pretty good. http://bldg92.org

LHC
09-22-2013, 01:23 PM
Gents - thanks for this info. I'm adding it to the list and don't mind the 40 minutes or so to get to jersey from downtown.....if I can figure out how to do it that is. We're not driving and so I may have to look into *gulp* public transit.... If there are any tips on this process....fire away :)

Rosco-P
09-22-2013, 03:01 PM
Pratt Institute Power plant in Brooklyn. Oldest running steam electric generating plant in USA?? Once used to provide all the power for the campus. Variety of steam engines still preserved and occasionally run from one cylinder Ames to turbine units. A respectful and knowledgeable conversation may get you an invite down to the operating floor from one of the Engineers. Otherwise the view from the visitors gallery is still worth the trip.

CCWKen
09-22-2013, 03:30 PM
Don't forget to take a pillow case full of cash to pay all the tolls. :)

Alistair Hosie
09-23-2013, 12:03 PM
My son EWEN did usa and Canada (briefly Canada) earlier this year for about a month he said NY was amazing and everyone friendly inc a photo of him drinking bear from inside a false leg owned by a giant Black, guy to great cheers from the other bar dwellers. He said everyone had a blast and he want's to go back he is keeping in touch with the New yorkians and from also los angeles were the people were also very friendly and kind he loves you guys especially the ladies as he's a good looker and maintained lots of female interest from there . Alistair

fjk
09-23-2013, 03:00 PM
not machining/woodworking related, but often of interest to people also interested in machining and woodworking...

uss intrepid
the nyc transit museum (in brooklyn, iirc)
the nyc skyscraper museum
hayden planetarium
grand central station
brooklyn army terminal (i've heard they have tours there, ymmv)
the brooklyn bridge
you can check out http://members.trainweb.com/bedt/ to see where a lot of old industrial stuff used to be and wander around, imagining what it was like in the day (and maybe finding a few traces...)


if you're going later (december time frame) check out the christmas tree at rockefeller center and try to take in the radio city music hall xmas show (these have nothing at all to do related to machining/etc but most people enjoy them anyway -- even crusty old machinists :-)

definitely do the statue of liberty & ellis island. the empire state building is also great.


and if you like steak, keens steakhouse (very very $, but the best piece of beef I've had ever)


p.s. there's also south street seaport.
and just look at the scale of civil engineering that went on to create the roads, trains, subways, etc.

EddyCurr
09-23-2013, 05:43 PM
The MakerBot store might be of interest.

298 Mulberry St., NYC.
12:00 - 19:00 Mon to Sat (til 18:00 on Sun)

www.makerbot.com

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gellfex
11-03-2013, 10:34 PM
Some good suggestions have been made. Only one I can think of adding right now is to do the Circle Line boat around Manhattan. It's relaxing and gives a great sense of the scale, history and grandeur of NYC. The best plan is to wear yourself out touristing in the morning, then pick up a picnic lunch somewhere nearby like http://www.heroboy.com/, then relax and enjoy the ride and the captain's patter about the sights for a few hours. You could probably even slip some wine aboard if you decant it into an innocuous container and use paper cups.

LHC
11-04-2013, 07:53 AM
I guess I should close out this thread seeing as I have been to, and now back from NYC !
We had a fantastic time, and as someone earlier hinted, my plate was full - overflowing actually - we went for a week straight with one meal a day we were so busy tearing around from one attraction to another. I made it to all the usual spots, including the transit museum in Brooklyn, and the circle boat tour around Manhattan. It was a fantastic trip and the one thing that really shocked me was the "safeness" of it all. At least in Manhattan - we walked pretty much everywhere. A far cry from the last time I was there in the late 70s when I literally drove in, took one look, and drove back out again having never even got out of the car.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for the tips and suggestions and perhaps this thread will help another person in the future with their NYC planning.


Some good suggestions have been made. Only one I can think of adding right now is to do the Circle Line boat around Manhattan. It's relaxing and gives a great sense of the scale, history and grandeur of NYC. The best plan is to wear yourself out touristing in the morning, then pick up a picnic lunch somewhere nearby like http://www.heroboy.com/, then relax and enjoy the ride and the captain's patter about the sights for a few hours. You could probably even slip some wine aboard if you decant it into an innocuous container and use paper cups.

JoeLee
11-04-2013, 08:05 AM
No......... It's probably illegal.

fjk
11-04-2013, 09:03 AM
...the one thing that really shocked me was the "safeness" of it all. At least in Manhattan - we walked pretty much everywhere. A far cry from the last time I was there in the late 70s when I literally drove in, took one look, and drove back out again having never even got out of the car.

I go to NYC a moderate amount and, yeah, it's one of the big changes in the city since back then _and_ it's now just 'the way things are' and I don't even think about it. Now that you brought it up, I recall that within the past year or two the city went over 24 hours without a single violent crime being reported -- no muggings, no assaults, no murders, ... back in the 'good old days' they had something like 2 or 3 murders a day. And as safe as you felt, you probably were the least safe being that you were a tourist and, as with any big tourist place, a prime target for the 'usual' crimes aimed at tourists such as pick pockets and con artists and so on. And NYC is tame compared to, say, Paris or Rome...

gellfex
11-04-2013, 12:52 PM
And as safe as you felt, you probably were the least safe being that you were a tourist and, as with any big tourist place, a prime target for the 'usual' crimes aimed at tourists such as pick pockets and con artists and so on. And NYC is tame compared to, say, Paris or Rome...

No, least safe is being a young minority male with involvement in drugs. Tourists are rarely victims of real violence, if you use common sense about where you go and when, even ordinary mugging is rare. I lived in Manhattan from 21 to 35, was out frequently very late and inebriated, and was never mugged.

And back in the day, it was like 6 murders a day, over 2000 a year, now around 400, for city of 8m.

LHC, glad you had great trip!

EddyCurr
11-05-2013, 01:30 PM
I made it to all the usual spots, including the transit museum in Brooklyn,
and the circle boat tour.... and what did you think?

Pictures?

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LHC
11-05-2013, 01:59 PM
It was great. We bought the double deck tour bus tours and got all over midtown, uptown, downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, boat tour around Manhattan, out past Statue of Liberty (no sense in getting off as it was shut down anyway). Times square, Macys, up to the top of Empire State building, Rockefeller Center, The Soup Nazi (Seinfeld) - haha, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gueggenheim (spell?), Museum of Modern Art, Fricks Collection, Central Park, The Metropolitan Opera with Russian singer Anna Netrebko (my wife is Russian), the New York ballet, broadway for Phantom of the Opera, the jazz club Metropolitan Room, and countless shops and boutiques etc.

One particularly frightening sight for me was the second floor of Macy's - an entire floor - one city block - all women's shoes. The chaos and noise in there was indescribable....

If you've never been there, I highly recommend it. My wife's got all the pictures and is still sifting through them - all 900 of them. When I am allowed to have a copy I'll see if I can upload a couple.


... and what did you think?

Pictures?

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EddyCurr
11-05-2013, 02:41 PM
Any machining content?

Chris Bathgate has a display at the Museum of Art and Design, runs till July 2014.
I posted about his work here before back in 2011. Since then, he has created
some new pieces. He has also done something he refers to as remastering his
drawings and is now offering these as prints, suitable for display.


Chris Bathgate (http://chrisbathgate.com/news/news.php)

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LHC
11-05-2013, 02:54 PM
After looking at that link, now I have to go back to NYC ! Wish I had seen that before we went. Oh well, impossible to see it all in one trip.



Any machining content?

Chris Bathgate has a display at the Museum of Art and Design, runs till July 2014.
I posted about his work here before back in 2011. Since then, he has created
some new pieces. He has also done something he refers to as remastering his
drawings and is now offering these as prints, suitable for display.


Chris Bathgate (http://chrisbathgate.com/news/news.php)

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