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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5322 posts) 9 Aug '05 06:21

Hi everyone!

Going to be in NYC for 3 days next Jan. Have never been before.

a) Can anyone recommend a good place to stay (inexpensive, if possible) while I'm there? I'm thinking of Hostelling International New York. Any good or bad reviews of that???

b) Where should I concentrate my sightseeing? (Dont really know the geography of NY at all) Should I stick to Manhattan or.....?

c) How cold is it likely to get in early January? I was in Vermont two Christmases ago and it was -32 that year (Brrr)

Any help/tips/info is appreciated!

Thanks,

Ev;)

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 9 Aug '05 06:54

Hi Ev!

I got lots of great feedback in this thread a while back (although I never actually ended up going to New York). It may help you out a bit. I had planned to stay in a hostel called Jazz on the Park, I think, but have since heard some pretty bad reviews.

Tway.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5322 posts) 9 Aug '05 08:14

Great, thanks T. x ;)

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5322 posts) 9 Aug '05 08:34

Just checked out Jazz on the Park and Jazz on the Town and they look pretty good! (I'm getting uber-excited now!!)

What bad reviews did you hear T?

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 9 Aug '05 08:53

I had to wrack my brain to remember where I read it - but turns out it was Reece who stayed there and wrote about it in his blog.

And I though the photos on the Web site looked so nice!

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5322 posts) 9 Aug '05 09:03

Thanks T - its always good to hear a personal experience. Pity Reece didnt think much of it. Must PM him and see if he could recommend anywhere else.

Anyway, thanks for the tips anyway.x. I might still risk Jazz on the Town. We'll see....

7. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member, 99 posts) 9 Aug '05 09:05

It gets pretty cold. (For me at least) I live an hour or so from there, and there might be snow at that time. Snow in the city is really pretty when it first snows, but after a day or so, it turns brown and gross.:( On average I'd say it'd be would be 20 degrees F or so.

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5322 posts) 9 Aug '05 09:18

Thanks Blitz!;) Hope it snows - I always wanted to see NY in the snow

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 9 Aug '05 10:27

Eve, I sent this PM awhile ago to someone. I hope this helps! BTW, if you tell me exactly when you will be there, as long as it is a weekend, I can probably meet you there for a couple of days ;) .

Ok, since you are arriving at JFK, I would suggest NOT to rent a car while you are in New York City. It will be expensive and impossible to find a place to park. I will definitely start in New York, you will need all of your energy for that city. If you do it at the tail end of the trip, you may be too tired to really enjoy it. Gosh, there is so much to do in New York, where could I begin.

Ok, here I go:

- Arrive at JFK, take a cab to your hotel (you can find a good one reasonable in Brooklyn and you can get around the subway, public transportation in NY is the greatest). (Or take a bus, it will be cheaper).
- Once you arrive, go to the Subway (although in Brooklyn, most of the trains run on top, not underground) and get a Metro Card, for a week.
- Things to do would include:

Nice touristy walk on 5th Avenue (between 59th and 34th Street).

The Empire State Bldg is on 34th Street and 5th and the NY Public Library is on 42nd and 5th.

Check out Columbus Circle (good pics) at 59th Street and Central Park South. Once you are there walk down on 7th Avenue (from 59th) and you will get a great view of Times Square from afar.

Go to City Hall in Downtown and you can do a walk on top of the Brooklyn Bridge (you can see a pic of me on the Brooklyn Bridge here on my profile).

Down below the bridge, you can see South Street Seaport, that another place to check out that has nice shops and great views of the Harbour.

Go to one Broadway show at least, that is what NY is all about but do what locals in New York do. Go to the half price stands, there is one on Times Square that is a landmark but that is where all the tourist go and you will be in line for hours. Go to the one near the South Street Seaport. Here is the link:

http://timessquare.nyctourist.com/broadway_tkts.asp (Duffy Square is the one on Times Square by the way, dont go there)

Actually this website will give you a good idea of the things to do in NY, I guess I am telling you what things are worth checking out.

Go to Central Park really quick, see how New Yorkers get their exercise on the weekends, it is packed on Sat and Sun. Not so crowded in the winter though.

Take a tour to the Statute of Liberty. Now that there is more security you have to buy a timeline for when you want to go on top. Check out this website for prices and timetables:

http://www.nps.gov/stli/

If the wife wants a fake Gucci, Fendi, LV, Christian Door purses, you can find those in Chinatown (canal street) but you have to discretly ask the people, it is an "underground" purchase now.

Another place worth seeing is the former World Trade Center site. It is getting rebuilt but you can only get the true meaning of what has happened when you know what used to be there. If you have been to NY once before and saw them there you will get the idea. Go to a church next to the site, that has all the "history" of what happened that day.

One full day should be allocated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That is on 5th Avenue and 79th Street. It is sooooo worth seeing especially for the kids. They may be bored to tears but they will appreciate it when they get older.

Check out another landmark, the Radio City Music Hall on 6th Avenue and 49th Street (or 50th??).

If you want to go extravagent, of course you can do a helicopter ride around the city, that will be amazing.

Lastly, check out the Circle Line. This is the way to see all of NY, even New Yorkers do this all the time. Ck this out:

http://www.circleline42.com/index.ihtml

I have done this at least 3 times while I lived in New York and it never gets old. They have shorter tours instead of going around the entire island of Manhattan by the way. (Check out the Intrepid, next to the Circle Line, it is war museum).

Ok, I hope this helps. I have a cousin visiting from Germany with her husband in May and we are taking them to NY for few days. What I gave you is exactly what I am going to do with them. Good luck!

PS. If you have time and patience go to the top of the Empire State Blg. It takes too long to get up there now, about three hours, without the WTC, it is now the only high place to visit.

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru, 2787 posts) 9 Aug '05 10:30

Quoting samsara2

Hi everyone!

b) Where should I concentrate my sightseeing? (Dont really know the geography of NY at all) Should I stick to Manhattan or.....?

c) How cold is it likely to get in early January? I was in Vermont two Christmases ago and it was -32 that year (Brrr)

I will stick to Manhattan if you are just going to stay for three days. There isnt much to see outside of the city except maybe the Bronx Zoo.

In early January, it can be anywhere between 10 degrees above zero to 15 degrees below zero, if I remember correctly...unless of course you catch a cold front, then it could be REALLY cold. Vermont is much much colder than NY.