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Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:57 am

So, I managed to book a weekend to New York when drunk last weekend.   My friends could not get away from work so I will be traveling alone. I will arrive Friday evening and leave on Sunday evening so it's very short trip. I have never been to New York before, and only visited the US for short business trips.

So first:
Where should I live?
I'm thinking about some kind of Hostel maybe? To meet other people travelling alone? Which one's the best? Or should I go for a cheap hotel?

Second:
What should I do?
I like museums (war, technology and art), nice food and beer and music. I hate shopping.
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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:19 am

Quoting PlaneWasted (Thread starter):
Where should I live?

You mean, where should you stay. If you "live" somewhere, it's your house!!  

I do not recommend hostels or cheap hotels in New York. It's too big of a city for the cheap hotels to be safe. I recommend using priceline to book a real hotel room at an affordable rate.

If you're only going to be in New York for the weekend, and you like art museums, and you haven't been to New York before, then you have to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art!!!

 
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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:38 am

I do recommend a hostel, this one: HI hostel. I stayed there for a coule of days in mid-2007 and not only did I feel safe, but I met friendly people (and had nothing stolen despite sleeping in a dorm).

What you should do... hmm, take the Staten Island Ferry for a free close-ish view of Lady Liberty or pay for a tour boat. Get on Top of the Rock, which is the roof of the Rockefeller Center. Sod the Empire State Building unless you have a New York Pass, which was very helpful for me anyway.
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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:47 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 1):
ay. If you "live" somewhere, it's your house!!

Ooops, we use the same word for both in Swedish.

Quoting Airstud (Reply 1):
I do not recommend hostels or cheap hotels in New York.

OK, price is not really the issue since the trip is so short, But on other trips I have met more people when staying at hostels. Is Manhattan the best place to stay for a first timer?

Quoting Airstud (Reply 1):
Metropolitan Museum of Art!!!

Will do!

Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
this one: HI hostel

Sound interesting!

Thank you.   
 
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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:25 am

Quoting PlaneWasted (Reply 3):
Is Manhattan the best place to stay for a first timer?

It's the best place to stay if you're only in for a few days. Brooklyn or Queens would be fine also, but only the parts that are close to Manhattan - not because it's not safe further out, but because you don't really want to spend that much time on the subway, since pretty much all the attractions are in Manhattan. I don't know hostels very well, but if you found something decent in downtown Brooklyn or Long Island City, I'd go for it.

American Youth Hostel is right in my neighborhood, and while I've never stayed there, it's a well-known outfit, so I'd feel good about staying there.

Quoting PlaneWasted (Thread starter):
I like museums (war, technology and art),

Sounds like a trip to the Intrepid is in order - that should take care of the technology and war parts (though the Met Museum does have a good collection of more ancient weaponry). The Museum of Modern Art is supposed to be very good if you like that sort of thing, and there are a whole bunch of galleries in Soho and Tribeca.

Quoting PlaneWasted (Thread starter):
nice food and beer and music.

No shortage of that here, but you'll need to be more specific about what sort of stuff you like before we can give recommendations.

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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:29 am

And another thing, if you like war history museums, then you would enjoy visiting the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now a floating museum!!

More info about visiting the Intrepid can be found here.

 

Edit: Mir and I must have clicked "post" at the same time

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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:01 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 4):

Sounds like a trip to the Intrepid is in order -
Quoting Airstud (Reply 5):
then you would enjoy visiting the USS Intrepid, a

I would like to 3rd this! Highly recommended, I was there in July last year. Mil aircraft heaven! With a Concorde thrown in for good measure. Also the aircraft carrier itself and the submarine. You could kill a whole day there, or a least a full half day, depending how deeply you are into mil aircraft.

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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:17 am

This hostel is in a good neighborhood not far away from where all the action is

http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldet...-Dream-Hostel/New-York/809/reviews

http://www.americandreamhostel.com/



Quoting PlaneWasted (Thread starter):
I like museums (war, technology and art), nice food and beer and music

Go to the Intrepid, Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Art Museum. The last 2 museums have suggested admission so you can walk right up to the counter and plunker down as little as 2 bucks and they will give you a ticket without a fuss.

Also, please do not ride those stupid pedicabs, they are ridiculously expensive and despised by all New Yorkers  
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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:00 am

Quoting Airstud (Reply 1):
I do not recommend hostels or cheap hotels in New York. It's too big of a city for the cheap hotels to be safe.

It's extremely easy to research the bad neighborhoods and avoid them, but to say all the hostels and cheap hotels are unsafe is not correct in the slightest.

Quoting PlaneWasted (Reply 3):
But on other trips I have met more people when staying at hostels. Is Manhattan the best place to stay for a first timer?

As said before, you want to stay as close to it as possible, given your short time there. I once took the 3AM train back to Garden City after a night out.... it's not fun, man.

Quoting PlaneWasted (Thread starter):
nice food and beer and music.

East Village. I'm not sure what you mean by "nice" food, but it's damn good food, and there are bars EVERYWHERE.

Quoting alberchico (Reply 7):
Go to the Intrepid, Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Art Museum

  
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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:06 pm

Here are a couple of links that may help:

http://www.ny.com/hotels/budget.html

http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/the_cloisters

http://www.ny.com/museums/

Once you know where in town you will be visiting, Yelp is great to help find bars/restaurants.

And you can always ask those of us living here for more specific suggestions.
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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:05 am

You must take one the Circle Line Tours by boat, around Manhattan.   
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RE: Traveling To NY Alone, Help!

Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:25 am

This is why God gave us the Internet. Couple of ideas:

For lodging:

www.tripadvisor.com
A font of valuable information written by other travelers. Some of them are rip roaringly funny and inform at the same time.
Time is going to be at a premium for you. For a first go round, I'd do the Empire State Building or, the NBC Rockefeller
Center Tour. Theres so much to do. And for food NYC is unbelievable. There are so many small local eateries of all ethnicities. You got to chow down on some NYC pizza. I have not been there for awhile but I remember even getting excellent pizza at Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. So, if the pizza is good at those places imagine a local shop. Do read up on where and where not to go. And by all means, there is no excuse for playing it safe at a chain like Mickey Dees, Applebys, Olive Garden. Eating at those chains in NYC is sacriligious. It's like reading Playboy for only the articles and ignoring the good stuff, the hotties. Have a fantastic trip.And take a NYC subway ride
to say you've done it!

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http://manhattan.about.com/od/restau...ntsandnightlife/a/bestpizzanyc.htm
http://gonyc.about.com/od/restaurants/tp/best_delis.htm
http://gonyc.about.com/od/restaurants/tp/best_bagels.htm
Gotta have some NYC bagels. Grab a dozen for your flight home and if you share at 35000 feet you'll make a planeload of new friends.
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