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12-08-2004 10:26 PM  13 years agoPost 1
SPB

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Hi guys.

I am planning to visit New York for Xmas so it would be much appreciated if any New Yorker here can tell me some good heli stores and clubs that I can visit (this is my primary concern .

Also since this is my first time there I would higly appreciate if you can propose any good hotels as well as in which area is better to stay from safety point of view as well as from town accesibility.

Thanks in advance.


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12-09-2004 12:11 AM  13 years agoPost 2
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If by *Visiting New York* you mean NY City, I can only think of one *heli* store. Fantasia is in the Bronx. There aren't many hobby stores in the city, especially ones that cater to helis. Most flyer's that I knew did mail order. As for Clubs... I was too busy building & flying

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12-09-2004 12:13 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Stu.

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Anyone know about Seattle?

Heading there in Feb for a month....any clubs to fly at or nice shops where i might pick up a 14mz?

Stu

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12-09-2004 03:23 AM  13 years agoPost 4
Sealerman

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Dude,
Forget the heli store your going to want to visit the Gun shop, I suggest Blood Bath and Beyond.
If your worried about safety stay home, when a New Yorker goes out for Greek food a tourist like you is on the menu.
Where in N.Y. are you going, believe me it's a big place.

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12-09-2004 03:45 AM  13 years agoPost 5
pilotError

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Sealerman
Your too much, stop scarin the tourists!

Bruckner is in the Bronx and Fantasia is in Queens.

If you want something specific, you can probably call ahead and pre-order it and arrange to pick it up. Not much in the way of walk in inventory though. Actually, there's no place to fly in Manhatten that I'm aware of.

Stay in Midtown (between 40 - 60th streets) on the west side(6,7,8th avenue). Thats the heart of the theatre district, lots of touristy stuff to do there. There's a few hotels on the east side in the 30's, but much more expensive and not as close to the action. Good food and drink pretty much anywhere in the City.

Do the tourist thing, you can mailorder anything else you might want.

Mike...

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12-09-2004 05:19 AM  13 years agoPost 6
SPB

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Mike thanks for the info. I'll look for a hotel in Midtown then and I'll mail order what I am planning to buy.

Sealerman what I have enjoy in this hobby is the friendship and assistance from other people, people that I don't know them and they don't know me.

Last summer I received many PMs from people that I don't know asking me info about my country because they were planning to come here for vacations. I also had the pleasure to meet some of them.

If you consider your sayings as good or usefull info then your IQ is marginal below accepted level. If again you consider them as funny then your sense of humour is awfull.

Especially after the incidents of September 11 you should try to attract people in NY city and not through them away with BS like that. When I said to some friends of mine that I am planning to visit NY at Xmas they told me that I am crazy but I really like this city and I want to visit her and I will, ignoring some "funny people" like you


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12-09-2004 05:31 AM  13 years agoPost 7
Belnor

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Yes, my thoughts exactly. I live in midtown on the eastside in the 30s. It is mostly residential, and very quiet in the evening (hard to believe, huh?) You just have to know where to go. As far as accomodation is concerned I would take pilotError's advice and stay in the the theatre district, however, if you have some cash I would stay closer to fifth and sixth avenues. It's not like you make these trips that often, might as well splurge a little, and New York is a great place for that. For food, well you have unlimited options. If you want to eat cheap, but fill up there is no better place then Chinatown! For under $3.00 you will not be able to move!!

And, to Sealerman, I think that it is wrong personally to try and scare off people from the greatest city in the world! And, it is one of the safest cities in the world anyhow. I would conjecture that one would have more trouble in L.I. due to less open close minded folks. We love everybody here in the city. Take it from somebody who was born and raised in Manhattan, not Long Island, or worse yet, New Jersey. They are the ones who drive crazy, and feel they have license to cause rukus when they hit the city for a night out on the town. Anyway, don't take my comments too seriously, I am sure you are a cool guy, it is just that your comments were a bit uncalled for, especially to a fellow heli guy from another country who just wants some info.

So, SPB, I hope that you enjoy your stay here. Welcome! Ohh yeah, check out Astoria, Queens. It has an enormous Greek population there. You should have seen the place after they won the European Cup.

Matthew

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12-09-2004 05:59 AM  13 years agoPost 8
SPB

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Matthew thanks so much for the info.

To come in New York was one of my dreams. Generally I always wanted to visit US but New York was always my favorite city and as you said it's not something that you can do very often.

Unfortunatelly with business I don't have too much spare time. My initial thought was to stay in US for at least one month. Stay in NY for 8-10 days and then rent a car and make a road trip from east coast to west coast. I have many friends in LA and Atlanta so I was thinking to make this road trip and see as much I can see but unfortunatelly I know that when I'll be back I will have to work 20 hours per day for one month to recover the lost time

I will definetelly do it someday in the future though.

Anyway once again thanks and definetelly I will visit Astoria Queens to see the patriots


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12-09-2004 10:47 AM  13 years agoPost 9
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I lived in NYC on the upper East Side for a few years in the mid 1970's. I hear its been cleaned up quite a bit
by former Mayor Rudi Juliani and it needed cleaning up. Its quite an expensive city to visit if you want to sleep in reasonable safe comfort but eating and getting around on public transportation can be very inexpensive if you are careful. Chinatown is a low cost way of filling your stomach - 2 restaurants I can recommend that are still there - Hong Fats at 63 Mott St and Hop Kees which is also on Mott St about 2 blocks further down. Greeks own many if not all of the Coffee Shops in the city but Coffee Shops are really basic American style retaurants where you can get good food for a reasonable price but reasonable for you might really seem expensive.

Even though the City has been cleaned up it can still be dangerous as any City here can be. Ask the front desk staff at your Hotel about where to go and not to go. The Subway can be confusing but it runs 24/7 and can take you anywhere - even out to the surrounding cities like The Bronx or Brooklyn, etc. I think there is an RC club in Brooklyn at Sheeps Head Bay.

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12-09-2004 12:57 PM  13 years agoPost 10
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I am headed for NYC also for Xmas. I will be staying in a hotel in Westbury, just outside the city. I lived on Long Island for about 12 years so I am pretty familiar with the area. I take Queens Blvd and cut across the 59th Street bridge into NYC and avoid the tolls.
One word of advice, stay away from the America'sHobby Center in NYC. high prices and not very friendly at least when I visited.

Roy Mayoral

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12-09-2004 01:30 PM  13 years agoPost 11
SPB

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I decided that best way is to order anything I want online and ask them to mail my orders to my hotel. I am gonna stay there 10 days so I suppose the mail will deliver my order before my departure

The fact and only that I am gonna save the shipping expenses to Greece and any potential taxes is enough.


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12-09-2004 01:47 PM  13 years agoPost 12
HelicopterJohn

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Visit to USA
Sortis,

Nice to here you are visiting NY in the USA. If you get some time you should take a side trip to Sunny Florida.

Don't forget we have Tarpon Springs which is just a little North of Tampa.

If you ever decide to come this way you will be most welcome to visit our flying field and fly as my guest. No extra charge for the warm weather. I would be glad to show you around the area.

P.S. Thanks again for the GREAT gift.

Your Friend,

John

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12-09-2004 02:58 PM  13 years agoPost 13
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i've stayed in Hotel Pennsylvania directly opposite madison square gardens and could see Macy's from my room window. It's a basic hotel, no room service etc - but it's cheap and 10 minutes walk to TimeSquare!

jb.

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12-09-2004 04:38 PM  13 years agoPost 14
pilotError

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You get what you pay for
Hotel Pennsylvania is a bit of a dump for a manhatten hotel, but it is cheap. Depends on what your needs are.

Mike...

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12-09-2004 05:02 PM  13 years agoPost 15
SPB

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My good friend John I wish I would have the time and visit all these wonderfull cities. Unfortunatelly 10 days for such a big country is nothing.

I will try to come even for one day only in order to met you in personal. I know the air ticket is not that much expensive but I don't know if I'll manage it with so many things I have already plan to do in NYC. Your invitation only though makes me happy

Johnb thanks for the info. A very helpfull RR member sugested to me the Parker Meridien hotel and really looks awsome hotel with many facilities and reasonable rates for what it offers so I seriously consider it. Another cheaper alternative is the Milford Hotel. Both of them are in Midtown and close to the theater district as PilotError told me to look for.


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12-10-2004 03:51 AM  13 years agoPost 16
helichulo

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You can go Seaview Rotory Wings Heli Club which now changed the name to Bridgeview Rotory Club. It's in Brooklyn and it's right in front of the Verrazano Bridge (Beautiful view). It's a little tricky going there, we have only been at this new site for the last 7 or 8 months. It's AMA chartered and it is only for Helis. You would have to take the Belt Parkway from Manhattan, I believe first you have to take the Gowanus Expressway and that into the Belt and get off on or near Cropsey Avenue and it's right after a Big Mercedes Benz dealer. As far as I know it is the only Heli Flying site in NYC that is AMA chartered. I go there from Queens so I normally take the Belt Parkway from opposite side.

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12-10-2004 03:56 AM  13 years agoPost 17
helichulo

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I forgot to mention that there will be people flying if it' s not too cold or rainning, just about every day of the week. Remember that winter starts December 21st here but even then you do get warm days sometimes. I was flying this last weekend and the temperature was really nice (About 45 degrees Farenheit) and the helis were performing better than in the Summer. Maybe because it is less humid?

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12-10-2004 09:09 AM  13 years agoPost 18
ShempHoward

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I think he'll need directions using public transportation from Mid Town as he probably won't be renting a car.

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12-10-2004 10:05 AM  13 years agoPost 19
SPB

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Actually I am thinking to rent a car but since we will be 3 couples coming I doubt if they will let me take the car to go to a field so propably I'll use the metro to go


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12-10-2004 08:55 PM  13 years agoPost 20
ShempHoward

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Unless your Hotel offers off street parking, and most do not as it can be very expensive, then I suggest you do not bother to rent a car as you will have no place to park it. Finding a parking space on the streets of NYC
is nearly impossible and if you park illegaly you'll be ticketed and towed
asap and it will cost big bucks to get the car back. Driving in NYC is quite scary as well if your not used to it. Cab Drivers, and others, will be cutting you off like there's no tommorrow. I suggest you seriously re-think this plan on renting a car.

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