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Waiting 7 Hours At JFK  
User currently offlineRaggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1001 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3015 times:

HI all.

I'll be spending about seven hours at JFK waiting for my overnight flight to Europe in December. I was wondering if there is an observation area or the like, someplace you can get a good view of air traffic coming into and departing the airport. It's my first time at Kennedy, and I'll be flying on KL to AMS, out of Terminal 4.
Any help is greatly appreciated!

raggi


Stick & Rudder
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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16870 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 2923 times:

"someplace you can get a good view of air traffic coming into and departing the airport."

Best place to sit and grab a bite to eat while watching aircraft movements would be from the upper level food court at T-1, it's a one stop trip via the JFK Airtrain which is free for inter airport travel. The T-1 food court is outside the security check points so you don't need a boarding pass, great views with the tables right up against the windows. The only problem is the lack of food choices there, I believe there's a McDonalds, Chinese Food and a bar/grill similar to a TGI Fridays.

Happy travels.



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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2998 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 2908 times:

Seven hours is an awfully long time...have you thought about taking an excursion into Manhattan? Or will you have been staying in NY already? Don't get me wrong, its a great airport with lots of interesting planes to watch, but the city itself shouldn't be missed either!


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User currently offlineRaggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1001 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 2901 times:

Never been to NYC, so I guess I could take a short hop in. How long is the travel time to manhattan? The thing is, it's gonna be dark by the time I'm there. I'm on the 11.15 PM flight to AMS, so I kinda figured I'd hang around at the airport,relax and get something to eat.
Thank you all!


raggi



Stick & Rudder
User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 2892 times:

take a trip to Manhattan, your not gonna see much in the dark at JFK and just to see Manhattan up close is a bonus.

you could take the helicopter to Manhattan if you have a few dollars spare.



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

that Manhattan copter is lots of $$$$....just take a shuttle van to downtown Mahattan...it will be only $15-$20...if you arrived earlier, I would have recommended taking the "A" train to the city, but you will be going through some "nasty" stops, and you might feel a little bit uncomfortable/nevous....hence the van shuttle.....and if anything, go to Times Square/Midtown Manhattan or Central Park -Central Park South and 6th Ave. would be a good start...  Smile


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User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2998 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

It's about 35 minutes by train from JFK to Penn Station, which is in Midtown (this is via the Long Island Rail Road, so no worries about sketchy subway stops). From there it's an easy walk (2 blocks) along 34th St. to the Empire State Building if you want to get a quick view of the city. On the way you'll pass Macy's, the world's largest store. You could also head up to Times Square, which is particularly impressive at night, with all the lights--it's just a 10-15 minute walk or one stop on the subway. Of course there are many other things to do in Manhattan--fantastic museums and beautiful neighborhoods--but these are just a few things that are easily accessible on a quick excursion from JFK.

If you're less interested in seeing the big touristy sights, you could also just go get a good dinner somewhere, since you won't be served food on the plane until well after midnight, and with 7 hours to kill, there is NO excuse to eat crappy airport food! It doesn't have to be anything expensive--some of my favorite places in NY are the cheapest. You could make a whole culinary adventure out of it: take the train in, get a fantastic dinner in Chinatown, then head to Little Italy for a cannoli and espresso. Or you could find a classic NY deli and get a nice pastrami on rye. Or anything else, from tacos to Tibetan. The possibilities are endless! And I guarantee it will be more memorable than sitting around JFK in the dark.

If you have any particular interests (food, sightseeing, etc.) let me know and I'd be happy to make some suggestions. Although I have a feeling this thread may get moved to the Non-Aviation forum...  Smile

[Edited 2004-11-21 04:31:26]


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User currently offlineRaggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1001 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

I work as a CFI, so I do not have any dollars to spare!

That shuttle van is more in my price range though  Smile Might do that, how long is the ride?

Thanks a lot for the replies!


raggi



Stick & Rudder
User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

The ride is not too long, if there is no traffic or accidents on the road!!! Just keep a good eye on your time and leave back for the airport in plenty of time. If there is bad weather (snow) I would not recommend it.

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

Hey

in T4 once you get into your gate area which should be at A6, that where my KLM flight left from.
In the main area of T4 there is a lot of shoping to do.

I do suggest T1 cafeteria area above, it gives you a very good view of 31L.

these are two photos I took from it.


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If you had a car there is a great spot out by the cargo area, which you can get and SXM feeliong at the come over landing on 22L.

Poor you, your on the 747 :-( I was on the 777, very nice.

But you could also get some good shots of EKs A345 in the agate.
I would also suggest taking a short hop into the city.
How are you getting to JFK?



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User currently offlineRaggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1001 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

I'm on the 74 correct, but coming back after Xmas I'll be on the triple, yohoo!



raggi



Stick & Rudder
User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2998 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

I work as a CFI, so I do not have any dollars to spare!

Then take the Airtrain for $11.75! http://www.airtrainjfk.com



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