Raggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 975 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2682 times:
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!
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16559 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2590 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.
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2902 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2575 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!
Raggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 975 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2568 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!
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 61 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2525 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...
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2902 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2515 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...
TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1001 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2484 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.