Going to New York - Reccomendations anybody? :)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by diegobxr, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Hey everybody,

    Well, first week of August I'm travelling to New York. Business trip but I'm free for a weekend. Having never been in the US before, I'm very excited about it and wanted to ask some of you locals for some tips or reccomendations to make the most out of it. :)

    Basically, I'd like to:
    - Buy some gear - where to go? Guitar Center, Sam Ash? (I don't know any others)!
    - Cool places to visit?
    - Also I'd love to catch a concert on the weekend: rock show to jazz gig, doesn't matter! Where can one find info about concerts in NY?

    I'm staying on West Broadway Street.

    Anyway, I appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thanks a lot!
    Cheers :)


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  2. 64jazzbass


    Sep 5, 2002
    Chicago, Il
    Go to Rudy's. I think it's on 48th street. Pick up a Village Voice newspaper which is free on the street corners. This will give you all the info on music venues and who is playing. And then go to Patsy's in Harlem for Pizza. Just a few ideas.
  3. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    The streets in Manhattan are numerically ascending when you head north. Also, the major avenues are listed numerically ascending from east to west.
    There are multiple music stores on West 48th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue. Google map "169 West 48th Street, New York, NY".

    You can look at www.ticketmaster.com for music shows during the time you are going to be in the city.

    Use the subway when you have a far distance to travel north and south. East to west or diagonally, you can catch a bus, taxi or walk.
  4. Hi Diego,

    NYC is a neat and interesting place. You can go pretty much any where you want by foot, taxi, train (subway), and bus. During the day, it's usually OK to walk.

    The main problem with NYC, for me, is the number of places to go & things to do.

    But my main piece of advice: You will need cash, credit cards, and amphetamines. It's very expensive, but so many things to do....

  5. For jazz performances, Hot House is a decent resource:


    You might also want to check out these clubs:

    Village Vanguard
    Blue Note
    Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
    the Kitano
    Bar Next Door
    Fat Cat
    the 55 Bar

    Be aware that some of the big-name clubs charge both a cover charge and a "minimum" - basically you have to spend a minimum amount of money on food and drink (anywhere from $15 to $30 per person) in addition to the cover charge.

    One recommendation right off the bat is the Birdland Big Band. They play every Friday from 5:15 to 7:15, and the leader is Tommy Igoe, who is an incredible drummer (he's the long-time drummer for "The Lion King."
  6. geeza


    Mar 15, 2009
    Earth, but just barely.
    I'm not wearing pants
    First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn't free candy.
  7. And there's like 30 Ray's Pizzas, but the real one is on 11th.
  8. Hey guys, thanks a lot for all your comments! :)

    I'm taking note of everything you said and will make plans to go to some of those places.

    This is great help man, thanks a lot! I've been googling maps on "street view" and checked out ticketmaster. Thanks!

    Thanks Ed, I have a friend living in NJ and he also told me life it's pretty expensive in Manhattan! That's why I want to plan ahead. Trying to have a good deal of fun but hopefully without going broke. Hehe.

    Wow man, are you kidding me?! I love Tommy Igoe. I'm actually a drummer, I have two of his dvd's, he's an amazing teacher and drummer!! I'll definitely make plans to go see him!!! Are you surre they play every friday?? Thanks!!

    Ha, noted!

    Thanks again guys! Keep those tips coming! :D
  9. kbuschmann

    kbuschmann Supporting Member

    You're in walking distance to the Village Underground (not the Vanguard). Good scene, good music, good times. Not a Jazz church, a dance-hall, or a headliners venue. Just a lot of upbeat fun.
  10. The only music store on 48th now is Rudy's. everyone else gone.

  11. Yep, Tommy is the band leader, and I think he's there just about every Friday. Definitely call the club to make sure, and I highly recommend making reservations. The band is freakin' awesome. Tom Kennedy is the regular bassist, but I've seen a few other guys there, including Rod Stewart's touring bassist (forgot his name).
  12. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    I didn't know that. It's been over 8 years since I've been that area. :bawl:
  13. chrisrod9


    Jan 29, 2013
    Rudy's is the only store left on 48th Street. There is a new Rudy's now in SOHO at 461 Broome Street. It is AWESOME! No basses though. Amazing guitars. The store on 48th Street has basses.

    You should also check out the Warwick Shop. Also killer. It's at 76 E 7th Street in the East Village.

    You may be able to walk into Sadowsky's shop as well. He's in Queens first subway exit under the East River.

    Have fun. New York is awesome.

    Here are a couple of pics of my son in said stores:

    Rudy's on 48th:

    Rudy's SOHO:
  14. chrisrod9


    Jan 29, 2013
    Here a pic at Warwick NYC:
  15. colcifer

    colcifer Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    IIRC, every street cart has Hawaiian Punch.
  16. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    If you're into Zep, and you're in town August 9th, I'll be doing an all request show with a Zep tribute in a cool bar called National Underground (owned by Gavin Degraw). 9-11pm. It's in a super happening area on the east side, 159 E. Houston Street. Free admission, great laid back vibe, and lots of other stuff around there too. The famous Kats Deli is right up the block... bunch of other happening clubs a block or 2 away.

    And NY isn't as expensive as people say. Plus there's lots of free stuff to do. I just got back Europe. That was expensive. Was grateful to be back home.
  17. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    I've never been to New York so I can't give you any advice there. I just hope you enjoy your first visit to the US and have fun.
  18. Damn guys, you really are super cool. Really, I can't thank you enough.

    I google-walked 48th street and saw SamAsh and Rudy's, but the pics are from 2011.. so glad you warned me they closed! I would've been so frustrated if I got there and there was nothing open!!

    I checked Birdland's schedule and Igoe is indeed playing Friday 9th, that's at 5 o clock, and Joe, that Zep tribute sounds cool.. tell me your drummer plays a 26" bass drum and he's half as good as Bonham and I'll be all over that. :D
  19. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    12 oz. cans are like $2 or something ridiculous.
  20. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Forget Peter Luger if you are going for steak. Bobby Van's near Wall Street is the place to go.