The Recovering Pothead's Guide to New York City
It is District 8’s distinct pleasure to welcome all convention attendees to New York City.
We hope you will enjoy this guide as the completely arbitrary and incomprehensive work that it is. There are tons of guidebooks out there catering to all manner of interests and we suggest you use them. This one, however, seeks only to detail the New York that your fellow marijuana addicts have come to love.
Some places listed herein are located outside Manhattan, but so is most of New York. Should you use this guide for more than just fuel to keep your fire going and your fingers warm, you will find websites like Google Maps and Hopstop.com its invaluable companions.
New Yorkers can be a grizzled bunch and this is, after all, a working city where people have places to go and things to do. Most are happy to help strangers if they can. Don't be afraid to ask.
"TAKE IT EASY ON
US NEW YORKERS,
WE'RE A VERY TIGHTLY WOUND BUNCH"
Kind of like navigating our fair city, being a recovering marijuana addict is simple but not necessarily easy. New York is dense, exciting, and hums at a frequency all its own. We hope this simple list of our favorite things and places in New York as well as a few tips helps make your visit just a bit easier.
Also, look out for the white board in the Hospitality Room to arrange sightseeing fellowship.
A special thanks is due the Convention Host Committee, all of those who contributed information and talent for this guide and the sick and suffering addicts, in and out of the rooms who make recovery possible.
If you have any questions, call the Hospitality Hotline:
A view of the world from 9th Avenue.
Yes, this is really how we see the world.
New York is filled with people trying to get somewhere...in a hurry. Here's how you can help keep things moving and avoid being trampled or becoming the focus of a warm New York greeting and salute:
- Treat the sidewalk as you would a road: pull over to the side to look at a map and keep slower traffic to the right.
- Be aware of foot traffic around you. Stopping or turning abruptly may result in a rear-ending, a bruised toe and one of those greetings.
- Do not walk down the sidewalk more than two people abreast.
- Stay out of Times Square.
- Have your Metrocard out and ready to swipe BEFORE reaching the turnstile.
Of course, another way to avoid annoying the locals is to just be like the locals by ignoring the locals.
As a token of gratitude for keeping our city moving, here are some helpful tips gleaned from years of living here that we wish we had known when we stepped off the boat. More often than not, even the natives picked these tips up the hard way:
- New Yorkers are polite and, more often than not, ready to help out.
- There's a bathroom in every Starbuck's and Barnes and Noble.
- Do not make eye contact with crazies
- Try not to get caught up in the frenzy; take it all in, like a movie.
- Some of the best (and worst) music can be found on subway platforms. Sometimes, it's even worth it to miss a train or two to cop a listen.
- Always look up. The architecture is amazing.
- It's not unusual to not get thanked for opening the door for someone; we've got a lot of volume.
- We're surrounded by water and parks. Get to them for the most amazing views and best people watching.
Riding the subway requires a book all its own, but here are a few tips to get you started:
Know the subway line you need (A, Q, 6, etc) and the direction in which you need to take it (uptown or downtown, or the direction's final borough/station). All subway stations are organized and signed based on these two pieces of information.
Also, knowing these two pieces of info allows you to easily ask for help: 'Is this the platform for the uptown 6/Q to Manhattan/F to Queens?' or 'Where do I catch the 3 to the Bronx/ Uptown C/Downtown R?' are questions that are more easily answered than ' Which train do I take to get to my friend's house."
Disregard signs above tracks that say "Weekend and Late night, blah blah." Just keep an eye out for the train line which will be displayed in the train’s window.
Express trains are awesome and can shave a lot of time off a trip. Just make sure where you are going has an express stop or you might find yourself 10 stations away from where you want to be. Express stations are marked on the MTA map with a white dot.
PATH is the “subway” system of NJ that takes you into Manhattan (NYC). PATH runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. PATH is immediately on your left as you walk out the front of the hotel. Take the train to WTC (World Trade Center) into lower Manhattan. From there, there are many trains to go to different locations/neighborhoods of NYC.
Coming back from Manhattan is easiest from WTC PATH (World Trade Center). There are two trains from WTC, one going to Newark (NWK) and one going to Hoboken (HOB). Both trains come thru Exchange Place (which is the station for Hyatt).
Before introducing former New York governor Mario Cuomo at a rally in Brooklyn, the Hasid MCing the event asked him, “When an Italian and a Jew get together for business, who loses?”
Without missing a beat the governor answered, “The government.” Sigh. At least New York City got some iconic food out of the deal.
- Patsy’s 1st Ave. @117th S
- Di Fara Pizza - 1424 Avenue J, NY (718) 258-1367 Get the artichoke slice.
- Sal and Carmine’s B’way bet 101st and 102nd
- City Pie 166 W 72nd St.
- Stromboli’s 83 St. Mark’s Place
- Ray’s Pizza - They’re all over but you want the one on 6th Ave @11th St.
- Totono’s 2nd Ave. @28th St.
- Katz’s Delicatessen - 205 E Houston St, New York (212) 254-2246
- Carnegie Deli 854 7th Ave@54th St. (212) 757-2245
- Fine & Shapiro’s 138 West 72nd St # A (212) 877-2874
- Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery - For the cheesecake, baby! 386 Flatbush Ave Ext (718) 852-5257
- H&H Bagels (Multiple locations) 639 W 46th St.@12th Ave (212) 765-7200
- Murray’s Bagel 500 Avenue of the Americas # 1@14th St. (212) 462-2830
- Bagel & Co. 391 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY (212) 496-9400 79th St
- Main Street Bagels 7226 Main Street, NY (718) 793-8100
Thanks to its robust immigrant populations, New York is a great place to sample cuisines from around the world Here are a couple of favorites.
- Pommes Frites (Belgium) 123 Second Avenue
- Golden Mall (Chinese Food Court) 41-28 Main St (Queens)
- Mamajuana's (Puerto Rico) 247 Dyckman Street, NY (212) 304-0140
- Room Service (Thai) 166 8th Ave @18th St.
- Pio Pio Peruvian (Peru) Multiple locations 604 10th Ave@44th St (212) 459-2929
New York Restaurant Week, when cheap prix fixe meals can be had at some of New York's finest and most famous restaurants, has been extended through Feb. 27th. Check here for more details http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/
- Metropolitan Museum of Art - Pay what you wish (despite what the signs say) to see the history of the civilized world! - Modern Exhibition - Musical Instruments Collection - Armor Collection - Egyptian collection
- MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)
- Lower East Side Tenement Museum
- Native American Museum
- Museo El Barrio
- The Panorama at the Queens Museum of Art - Awesome scale model of New York City. Flushing Meadows Corona Park (718) 592-9700
- Natural History Museum
- Museum of the City of New York
- American Museum of the Moving Image
- Morgan Library
- Central Park - Iconic, huge, tons and tons to see.
- Riverside Park - Along the Hudson River with views of New Jersey.
- Madison Square Park - Amazing architecture.
- Washington Square Park - If you're a hippie.
- Tompkins Square Park - If you're a punk.
To see the 'real' New York, put on some layers and consider taking a hike. New York is one of the finest walking cities in all of the world. Here are some of our fellows' favorite routes:
- West Village - Quiet, winding streets, shopping, pretty people, celebrities.
- Lower East Side to Astor Place - Tons of great neighborhoods close together. Meander through historic LES, Chinatown, Little Italy and not so historic NoLiTa and SoHo. Finish by walking up the Bowery to Astor Place and turn the cube in middle of the square. Bring friends, it's heavy.
- Upper West Side - Wider and more spacious streets, abuts Central Park.
- West Chelsea (Particularly 20th to 26th St) - Tons of galleries.
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade - Awesome views of downtown Manhattan and bridges. Brooklyn Heights is a pretty, historic, and cobbled neighborhood.
- Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.
One fellow's pick for favorite comedy show: Any MA meeting!
- Lucille's Cafe in the BB King Nightclub - Free, solid bands, heart of Times Square.
- Rodeo Bar 3rd Ave and 27th St - No cover, free peanuts.
- Blue Note Jazz
- Dizzy's Jazz
- Radio City Music Hall - Even if you can't see a show here there are tours of this beautiful space.
- The Living Room - 154 Ludlow St.
- Comix Comedy Club - 353 West 14th St@9th Ave, New York, NY (212) 524-2500
- www.mta.info/ - NY transit information
- www.panynj.gov/path/maps.html - Information on PATH train, the light-rail system from the Hyatt into NY.
- maps.google.com - Maps and driving/walking/biking/public transportation directions.
- www.Hopstop.com - Public transportation directions.
- www.nycgo.com - New York City's official tourist information website. Their offices are located throughout the city and are great places to stop for information. Highly recommended.
- The Village Voice - Free alternative weekly newspaper, entertainment listings. Look for red, plastic kiosks on street corners throughout the city.
- Timeout NY - Magazine available at new stands. Entertainment and cultural listings.
MA convention Hospitality Hotline - (347) 286-1468