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Don't Know A Soul In NYC, Where To Stay/go?  
User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 253 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4599 times:

Hey fellows,

I'm getting some time off in two weeks and was wondering where to go; I figured NYC would be a good option since (sadly) I've never been there.
The only problem is that I'll be going by myself, I don't know a soul there and don't have an idea of where to stay, what places to visit, etc, etc. Any ideas?

I also read BMI's thread, is Austin really such a nice place to visit?

Any other places you've ever gone by yourself and enjoyed?

Thanks!

PS: I checked couchsurfing and the prospects are not very good, a more active friend also told me that it was close to impossible to find a place in NYC.

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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4581 times:

I visited NYC by myself a few years ago. I stayed at the Internation Hostel on Amserdam and 103rd.
http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-HI---New-York-City-060003.en.htm

I had a great time, went sightseeing by myself including a game at Yankee Stadium. I also met some of the guys from the dorm room and went out for (cheap) meals and beers in the evening with them. This is obviously down to chance if your roommates are up for socialising though!

On the same trip I also stayed a few days in Washington, and I've also visited many cities in Europe (and Israel) alone.

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4571 times:

I live in NYC and am happy to help. The International Hostel on Amsterdam Ave is close to my office and very convenient for public transit.

Send me a PM with what you may be interested in doing, cost plans for hotel, etc and I'll pull some details for you.

PG727



I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4543 times:

You should totally get on one of those hop-on, hop-off double decker buses (Grayline) bus tours that goes around NYC. It's a great way to see the city. PS: Sometimes, I dont know if they are still doing it now, some people in Harlem will spray the bus with water (using the fire hydrant) once the bus passes by, so when the tour guide tells you to hide all your electronics, do it! http://www.newyorksightseeing.com/category.php?cat=DDT

And of course you should visit Times Square, the Empire State but I recommend The Top of the Rock because the observation deck is wayyy better than the Empire State Bldg and you can see the Empire State from the Top of the Rock. But the Empire State is higher....Plus the Statue of Liberty!

http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/

If you want to visit numerous NYC sites, I recommend you buying the NY Pass, I dont recall the exact price, but when we bought it was around $200 for 1 Day. Here are the list of attractions you can visit using your NY pass:

How You Benefit from The New York Pass®


* Free entry to over 55 attractions – Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, New York Skyride, Madame Tussaud’s, Circle Line River Cruise, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden Tour, NBC Studio Tours, New York Aquarium, Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck, Uncle Sam's Hamilton Financial Tour & many others

here's the site: http://www.newyorkpass.com/?aid=12&gclid=CLubhtTggKQCFZJd5Qod-h-ZLA


Hope you enjoy NYC  



It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4520 times:

Thanks for offering your help planeguy, check your PMs; thanks for the recommendations Signol and JetBlue, I just bought the ticket! Now I need to find where to stay, the hostel's website looks decent.
I will go over the other websites and start making a plan, I'd never heard of that top of the rock but it looks nice.


User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4431 times:

I would suggest you but tickets for Statue Of Liberty before you get there as it gets crowded and better to know you can get on the ferry. Check this link out for this as well as tour of the Crown; http://www.statueoflibertytickets.com/

Another suggestion would be the New York City Pass; http://www.citypass.com/new-york

It includes the main attractions, like Empire State Building, Moma, Guggenheim and the like.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 3):
hop-off double decker buses (Grayline) bus tours

Would suggest the hop on/hop off bus as well as great for getting from one sight to another but good for orientation as you've never been there.

There's a great deli/diner called Zabar's. Been there twice on both visits and really popular woth the locals.

http://www.zabars.com/our-store-on-b..._STORE_ON_BROADWAY,default,pg.html

Have a fantastic time! Still my favourite city.



You can never travel too much in your life!
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4428 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 1):
I visited NYC by myself a few years ago. I stayed at the Internation Hostel on Amserdam and 103rd.
http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-HI---New-York-City-060003.en.htm

Stayed there heaps of times. Great transport one short block away in a great area with lots of good restaurants, which is one thing I really liked. The Hungarian Pastry place across from St John the Divine is my usual hangout.

Oh yes, and I have been to Zabar's too, more than once!
Fooooooooooooooooood................  Smile

Always lots to do while in NYC. You won't have any idle time. There is a million things to do, to suit every taste.
Get yourself a day/several days pass for the trains/busses and you will be all set.

NYC is a great place!

[Edited 2010-09-14 08:23:43]


There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4418 times:

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 3):
And of course you should visit Times Square, the Empire State but I recommend The Top of the Rock because the observation deck is wayyy better than the Empire State Bldg and you can see the Empire State from the Top of the Rock. But the Empire State is higher....Plus the Statue of Liberty!

If you're not going to go to the observation deck and the 102nd floor, at least check out the lobby of the ESB. I've always thought it's one of the most prestigious buildings in the world.

Other things to check out: Bryant Park, Central Park, Ground Zero (take a look anyway...), Greenwich Village, etc. Lots of good museums to visit too (the Met, American Museum of Natural History, et al.).

If you're into this kind of thing, take the F train to Jay St. in Brooklyn and stop at the NYC Transit Museum. They have so much stuff there, including about 20 or so (I don't even remember, but there are a lot!) historical (and very well preserved) subway cars that you can enter and experience. The site of the museum is a subway station that is no longer used.

-J.



Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

Brooklyn has some really nice stuff. I definitely recommend the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (both accessible by the 2/3 Station at Eastern Parkway and the 2/3/4/5 Station at Franklin Avenue).

Some places in Lower Manhattan have fairly good rates as far as accomodations go.

When would you be coming?



The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4412 times:

Most of all, you can go and say Hi to Concorde G-BOAD at the pier by the Intrepid Museum.
She is the world's Atlantic speed record holder, not just any aircraft.

http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/The-In...-Experience/Exhibits/Concorde.aspx

http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/

She is sitting there displaying all of her beauty near to the aircraft carrier in the midst of other exhibitions and aircraft displays. She will be very happy to see you.

        



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2888 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4406 times:

There is a company that sells something called the "GO Card" and it is city specific. I used it in San Diego and it was awesome, it payed for itself in a matter of days, and kept me going all day with all the attractions it got me into. Here is the one for NYC:

http://www.smartdestinations.com/new...tractions-and-tours/_d_Nyc-p1.html

It lists the various attractions it will get you into for discounted prices or even free.



"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4383 times:

Thanks for all the good suggestions! I'll take my time to check out all the attractions, buy the tickets and make a "flight plan" before I get there, that way I know where I'm going, and don't have to waste time trying to figure it out once I'm there.

Quoting travelR (Reply 5):
Have a fantastic time!

Thanks!   

Quoting CXA330300 (Reply 8):
When would you be coming?

I'll be there the 25th at 6:45 pm!   


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4356 times:

Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LWlClxTwsw

Have a great trip!
Enjoy your time in the Big Apple!
Remember to get us some pictures!

  



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4343 times:

Quoting AA757MIA (Reply 11):

I'll be there the 25th at 6:45 pm!

I recommend you book soon then. Bon voyage!

Also, don't buy the unlimited day MetroCard unless you know you'll be on the subway/buses a lot in a given day. If you mess up your swipe you sometimes need to buy a $2 single ride to get through, and if you're taking four rides or fewer during a given day it's not really worth it...also it doesn't work on the AirTrain if you're arriving into JFK.



The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there
User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1764 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4331 times:

Take the Staten Island ferry from Battery Park in downtown Manhattan - it costs $0.50 each way last time I checked, and offers the greatest view from the water of New York city and the Statue of Liberty - both if you go in the day or at night. Roundtrip takes about half an hour, and is a unique experience too in terms of seeing the amount of people that commute daily via ferry.

And if you want to sit around and enjoy the city atmosphere outdoors, go to Bryant Park, which even has wifi.


User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4322 times:

Quoting OP3000 (Reply 14):
the Staten Island ferry

The ferry is actually free and takes about 25 minutes each way. More info here - http://www.siferry.com/

There are also many smaller attractions in NYC and simply walking around and exploring can provide for a great time. I do recommend walking across the Brooklyn Bridge - at night the view back at Manhattan all lit up can be quite nice. If it's cooler temps there is a starbucks right near the entrance to get a warm beverage for your stroll.



I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39880 posts, RR: 74
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 days ago) and read 4301 times:

Quoting AA757MIA (Thread starter):

You may want to consider the Saint Mark's Hotel in the East Village.

http://www.stmarkshotel.net/


I stayed here a few years ago for two hours.
They have the best nightly and hourly rates in New York.

Read the reviews, especially the review by Larry J.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/st-marks-hotel-new-york



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4269 times:

Quoting CXA330300 (Reply 13):
Also, don't buy the unlimited day MetroCard unless you know you'll be on the subway/buses a lot in a given day. If you mess up your swipe you sometimes need to buy a $2 single ride to get through, and if you're taking four rides or fewer during a given day it's not really worth it...also it doesn't work on the AirTrain if you're arriving into JFK.

Single rides are now $2.25. If you'll be on the subway/bus 4 or more times on a given day (and I don't mean transferring immediately from a subway to a bus, bus to subway, bus to bus... if you make one of those transfers within two hours and have a non-single ride MetroCard, then it's a free transfer. Notice that getting on the subway within two hours of getting on the subway somewhere else is NOT a transfer), then the 1-day "Fun Pass" is worth it.

-J.



Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 4164 times:

I was in New York city in June for 4 days. There is a lot too see.

1. Intrepid Museum: Go and see it you will be impressed.
2. The Staten Island Ferry is free.
3. Times Square.

I never did get to have a proper look at the Statute of Liberty, but best to prebook tickets for that.

Brooklyn Bridge & Grand Central station are worth a look.

You could just spend hours walking around New York City.

I brought one of those compact city guides for New York City which was a handy reference tool.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

Has anyone gone on this tour?
http://www.newyorksightseeing.com/tourpage.php?item=USCNT

I'm still not sure if I'll make it on time, but I thought I'd ask.

Thanks.

PS: the area looks scary on google maps.

[Edited 2010-09-24 17:02:52]

[Edited 2010-09-24 17:03:56]

User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3978 times:

Chelsea is a perfectly safe area - in fact most of New York really is.

There are plenty of great clubs in this town - all about finding ones that match your personality and/or what you want it to be that night. Don't need a guided tour to visit clubs. Plus, do you really want some "guide" moving you and a bunch of other tourists from club to club?



I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3976 times:

I'm a tourist!! Yeah, I understand what you're saying, but I don't know anyone or any clubs, so I have no idea which ones are good or bad, where they're at, etc. Also, I'm only going to be there this weekend, it'd be nice to go to as many clubs as possible I guess.

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