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    Question What to do in New York?

    Allright guys! So I've got a question:

    I' ll be in the US, New York during summer break for a week between
    29th of August and 2nd of September. Do you have something you can
    recommend to see/ maybe some people I could meet. I mean, connected
    with concept art. Maybe you know some people, or some interesting
    companies there that I could meet. As far as I know, rockstar games
    has one of their studios placed in there.
    Well, hope you guys have some suggestions for me.
    And also, I'm from Europe, so it's kinda far away and I'd like to enjoy my stay as much a s possible!


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    ESCAPE.

    See the sights, visit a couple television studios, have a hotdog. Welcome to the USA (when you get here). That's coherent.

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    Take lots of photographs, so bring a decent camera.
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    well theres a bunch of museums, the met museum of art and museum of modern art(moma)to name a few. Kaos studios are there, I am sure there are more. Check out some galleries too if you have the time.
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    Try very hard to look like you belong. Also, keep a sketchbook handy for notes and doodles.
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    For one, there are museums and zoos and theatres aplenty. They even have maps that show these things based on theme, so knock yourself out.

    Besides, just sightseeing is great. And the food. And there used to be a 4-story bookstore at the Grand Central...

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    I'm not going to New York but I would like to take this opportunity to enquire about the current likelihood of being mugged on the street.

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    If you are in the mood of drawing/painting, the Student Art League always has open sessions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HunterKiller_ View Post
    I'm not going to New York but I would like to take this opportunity to enquire about the current likelihood of being mugged on the street.
    Pretty low. New York is about as safe as anywhere else really. Never had any trouble on the streets in three visits, at various times of the day (in my experience). Just be sensible and you'll generally be fine.

    Amongst all the GREAT galleries I recommend the Neue Gallery for the Kilmts, Schiele, Klee, Kandinsky, German/Austrian art and a great bookshop. http://www.neuegalerie.org/

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    Go to FAO Shwartz - it's still open, right?

    Also, don't eat any hotdogs. Get a cup of good clam chowder.

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    This is more about things to do in general, not so much art related:

    I've never been to NY before but I'm going to Seattle in a few weeks and I've bought a GoSeattle card, which basically lets me do just about everything there for free. Museums, cruises, space needle, music center, science center, aquarium, zoo, etc etc etc. The card was probably about $130 to $150ish I don't remember exactly. ANYWAY, I wouldn't be surprised if you could get something of that nature for New York. You might look into it.

    You should also start watching groupon and urban dealight for their daily deals, maybe you can get some good discounts for your trip. They have all kinds of deals ranging from restaurant discounts, to dance classes, to art supply stores, to whatever else you can think of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HunterKiller_ View Post
    I'm not going to New York but I would like to take this opportunity to enquire about the current likelihood of being mugged on the street.
    Practically none (New York has been one of the safest cities in the US for over ten years, and from 2005 to 2009 was #1). But if you come, I'm sure we can make arrangements.

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    And then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness and our image. Let us make him ridiculously hard to draw so that poor artists everywhere will have to spend 10,000+ hours failing repeatedly before they can begin to capture the form and likeness onto a two-dimensional surface." And there was man. And it was good. And artists everywhere lost their minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aly Fell View Post
    Pretty low. New York is about as safe as anywhere else really.
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    Practically none (New York has been one of the safest cities in the US for over ten years, and from 2005 to 2009 was #1).
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    Muggers have their uses. I got robbed of my PSP and I stopped gaming, so I focused on drawing and studies. Sadly, my sister bought me another one, but I stopped gaming out of my own will this time. More artist could live in NYC, they can become better artists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TASmith View Post
    Go to FAO Shwartz - it's still open, right?
    Open, but horribly castrated.

    Quote Originally Posted by HunterKiller_ View Post
    I'm not going to New York but I would like to take this opportunity to enquire about the current likelihood of being mugged on the street.
    Depends where you go. If you've wandered into South Bronx, you sort of deserve it.
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    one does not simply wander into the south bronx, unless to catch a yankees game.

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    "Open, but horribly castrated."

    how so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HunterKiller_ View Post
    I'm not going to New York but I would like to take this opportunity to enquire about the current likelihood of being mugged on the street.
    Well, I've lived here for, I think, over twenty years now, and I've only been mugged once so far. And that was around 4:00am in an iffy neighborhood, so, not really unexpected. And I've only been pickpocketed once, and all they got was unimportant stuff that was in an outside pocket. So it's probably pretty safe. If you exercise common sense. And don't wander into dodgy neighborhoods in the wee hours of the morning. (And don't keep your wallet in an easily accessible outside pocket or walk around with your backpack gaping wide open, but that's common sense.)

    As for what to do...

    You HAVE to go to the Metropolitan Museum! Maybe more than once, because it's huge, you'll be overwhelmed if you try to do it all in one day.

    And I also recommend the Frick, and the Neue Galerie, and the MOMA, And the Pierpont Morgan Library can be neat (exhibits vary, but they often have excellent exhibits of drawings and printed material,) the Guggenheim is neat just to see the building (exhibits vary quite a bit - if nothing interesting is on, check when their "suggested admission" night is and go then,) The Asia Society often has good exhibits, ditto the Japan Society...

    And if you want to buy too many art books, go to the Strand Bookstore - the main branch, on Broadway near Union Square. If you want manga, there's a quite nice Kinokuniya branch in midtown.

    Summerstage might be over by then, but check the events in Central Park - if Summerstage is still going on, that usually has a lot of fun free shows, and there's often a bunch of other free/cheap performance series going on in all the parks throughout the summer. Lincoln Center has a free outdoor series too (the audience is more fuddy-duddy there, though.) I think PS1 will still be running their "Warm Up" series through the end of August as well - free dance parties in the PS1 courtyard, usually pretty fun, very international crowd (though if you're not a MOMA member, you might have to show up early to avoid the ridiculous long lines...)

    Also be warned it gets insanely hot in August. Plan to go to lots of air-conditioned places.

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    FAO ain't what it used to be.

    There are so many great things to do in NYC that you really need to make a plan and limit yourself. You also need to be clear about budget because NYC will take it out of you.

    If you haven't seen the Met or the Guggenheim, those would be top on my list. Hitting a broadway show would also be tops. sooooo many great restaurants. Sitting in central park on a blanket for a while. The strand bookstore. Ferry to the statue of liberty. Illustration House. Soho galleries. A walk through Chinatown, maybe a restaurant there. A guided tour of the art deco buildings (Chrysler Bldg lobby is stunning). Check out the pneumatic tubes at the NY Public Library main building (the one with the stone lions). Empire state building observation deck. Check out a little chess hustling in Washington Square Park. Wall street, visit the twin towers footprint, society of illustrators uptown, maybe a jazz club one night (blue note, birdland), maybe a classical performance or opera at Lincoln Center.

    I could go on and on.... but it all comes down to money, time, and your energy level.
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    hey if you're going to go to chinatown, might i recommend the great ny noodle town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TASmith View Post
    "Open, but horribly castrated."

    how so?
    They stripped out all of the stuff that made FAO Schwartz unique. Now it's just a very large toy store.
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    OMG! Thanks a lot for your suggestions. I didn't even expect so many!
    This will really help me to create my plan.
    manlybrian : thank you a lot for the event you sent me (the drawing cartoons one, that's the most likely answer I wanted to get)

    Thanks for the encourage again! - if you have something that you forgot, just you know, shout it out and I'll definitely check this out!

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