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1. Posted by ezzy (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I plan to go for a vacation in the USA - North America and Canada.
Plan to take a flight from Singapore to JFK airport in New York. Need some advice on the cheapest way to travel from the airport to the hotel. Anyone can recommend a cheap decent hotel to stay in? Web site links? I'll be in NY for about 2-3 days.

Tour companies here will bring you to these places; any other places that are must-sees? I read somewhere you must watch a broadway show here. For these places below, how do I get to them? Is there a subway station close by?

1. Empire State Building
2. Wall Street
3. Times Square
4. UN HQ
5. Statue of Liberty
6. Maid of the Mist boat ride

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 9, 2006 5:39 AM by ezzy ]

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

I would suggest the subway is the handiest way around you can do it at your own pace and not have to cope with the schedule of a tour company. There are stations within a few blocks of most of the major sites in Manhattan.

One query tough - the Maid of the Mist boat tour - thats in Niagara is it not on the US /Canadian border and not in NYC?

3. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 10y

I second the subway. It was a little tricky for me but once I got the hang of it, it is quite fast and super cheap. I had trouble with the express trains but once you got lost a few times it got easier for me.

4. Posted by shorty2k30 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

http://www.ny.com/transportation/airports/JFK.html

^How to get from the airport to the city.

www.hostels.com, www.hostelbookers.com, these are 2 good hostel websites, hostels are much cheaper than hotels, especially in New York, and from the look of them they're just as good. I hope so anyway.

These are more sights that come to mind:

Brooklyn Bridge
Central Park
Rockerfeller Center
Greenwich Village

Can't think of many more for some reason. Just walking around would be fun.

And the Maid of the Mist is in Niagara Falls. About 9 hours on the train from New York City.

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6. Posted by markmac (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

Central Park, Empire State, Times Square, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge, are all easy and well worth it, to walk to and from. There are so many cool things to see by walking Manhattan. The subway is good to go long distances. Check out Little Italy, CHinatown, and the Warehouse District.

7. Posted by mumu1978 (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

I just spent a week in NYC. A great thing to do is travel on the Staten Island Ferry, iti s free you get great views! I liked to stay away from Times Square just because there are so many people. I LOVE Greenwich, great restaurants. Also the John Lennon Strawberry Fields in Central Park.

We took a shuttle and it was 19$ and you just have to go to the transportation desk in JFK
Very Easy!

Have a great trip!

8. Posted by taki (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

hello
as you arrive to nyc get a shuttle van to your hotel, they are safe and good service. YOu can even book for the return transfer to the airport.

the best way is to get a week pass to the subway and bus system it is like 12 dollars only and you have the chance to either take busses or the subway.

ther eis plenty to do just get a nyc guide (the large one) at any touristic spot or at your hotel and there you have plenty to do.

there are many free activities check for them in these guides.

they also have maps of the city and the map of the busses and subway networks.

A good cheap clean lodging can be the apple core hotels. great prices!

good luck
taka:)

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10. Posted by urbandog (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hello -

Get yourself a pocket subway map (the ones that are little cards, that you can keep in your wallet).

I strongly suggest going to Little Italy, for it's been getting smaller thoughout the years, and it's really a must see. Chinatown is nice. My favorite location is Greenwhich Village/NYU area (that's below 14th street, between the east and west village). The West Village is also great for music and dining.

To get around the city, remember the 1,9 (red lines) run N/S on the west side of the city. The green line (4,5,6) run N/S on the east side of the city. There are various subways: N,R,V,F etc that cross over, but those does get a bit confusing for first timers. The city is about 10 avenues wide, and the lower down the island you are, the shorter distance you need to walk across. If you are not sure of your stop, take a local line, it hits everything and is not really that slow.

I second getting a weekend or week subway pass. Cabs are not terribly expensive, but if you can get around w. the subway that is best. ($15 to go from the lower east side to the upper east side).

For daily events, you can use City Search to see what's going on (nightlife) in the city.

I use Free-Time to find "free" markets and events, as well. http://www.clubfreetime.com/new_york.asp

Cheers,
Marie