A Trip To Brooklyn - Advice?

A Trip To Brooklyn - Advice?

Joined: January 17th, 2009, 6:29 pm

April 8th, 2018, 7:16 pm #1

My sister and I are contemplating a trip East to see “David Bowie Is” before it goes away forever.
Any advice, recommendations or warnings would be greatly appreciated.
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Joined: November 28th, 2006, 3:27 am

April 8th, 2018, 7:40 pm #2

Book tickets as early in the day as possible. It gets super crowded, as people just stand there and watch the video screens, not moving an inch, seemingly forever ... I spent 2 1/2 hours. I could have easily spent 4, it takes a lot of time to read all his storyboards, sketchbooks and notebooks. To me these were the most interesting, because unseen elsewhere before, as far as I know.
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Joined: January 17th, 2009, 6:29 pm

April 9th, 2018, 12:11 am #3

I’m a storyboard artist myself, so those would be of considerable interest. It’s always been dismaying that not only was he a genius at his job, but he could also do mine.
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Joined: April 22nd, 2017, 2:09 pm

April 9th, 2018, 1:28 pm #4

My wife and I attended during the 2nd week and we were quite pleased with how it all went down.

Attend the exhibit as early in the day as possible because it does get busy (as already noted).
We stayed at the Duane Street Hotel in the Tribeca / Soho area. A smaller boutique type and did the job just fine plus, it was more reasonably priced than many others while still meeting our standards. It is also a short subway ride to the museum and within walking distance to many NYC sites (Bowies condo, 911 museum, Wall St., Battery Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, etc.. It is also just another short (10 mins) subway ride up to midtown (Central Park, Empire, State building, Times Sq., etc...).
We felt safe at all times and the subways were fine, too. Just use your head and don't take them too late in the evenings , as you wouldn't in any other big city.
There was also a 'Target' (budget type dept. store) where you could buy some drinks, snacks, fresh food items to help keep your cost down as its an expensive city. It also had a great breakfast diner right across the street (Tribeca's Kitchen).
I wouldn't suggest staying near Times Square (unless that's more your thing) as its an extremely busy area.
You can take a Yellow Cab taxi from and to the airport.
Oh, and never buy a watch from a guy on the street ! haha!
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Joined: January 17th, 2009, 6:29 pm

April 9th, 2018, 3:13 pm #5

Great advice! Thanks!
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Joined: April 22nd, 2017, 2:09 pm

April 9th, 2018, 3:30 pm #6

crackedemerald wrote: Great advice! Thanks!
No problem at all !  You can PM if you like and if, you have any other questions that I might be able to help with.
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Joined: January 31st, 2013, 5:28 am

April 9th, 2018, 4:16 pm #7

I did a museum trip about 5 years ago.  Stayed at the YMCA across the street from Central Park.  Primitive digs but it was cheap not like I was there to spend time in the room.  The subway is good.  Manhattan is much cleaner and friendly than back in 1978.  Really enjoyed the High Line and the Cindy Sherman show at the MOMA.
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Joined: January 17th, 2009, 6:29 pm

April 9th, 2018, 5:32 pm #8

whidbeyisland wrote: I did a museum trip about 5 years ago.  Stayed at the YMCA across the street from Central Park.  Primitive digs but it was cheap not like I was there to spend time in the room.  The subway is good.  Manhattan is much cleaner and friendly than back in 1978.  Really enjoyed the High Line and the Cindy Sherman show at the MOMA.
My sister is an exquisite (despite her poverty), so she'd turn up her pretty nose at the Y - in my family we traffic in irony.
I haven't been to New York since the 80s, when we were all warned off the subway, so this might be fun.
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April 11th, 2018, 3:29 am #9

Update: Holy crap! My sister has got the the thing 90% sorted! She’s booked us an Aerial BNB in Brooklyn and is at work on getting us into the same airport at more-or-less the same time. She’s even found interesting friends of friends for us to meet!
I guess I’m going.
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