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1. Posted by edward Joe (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

I live in London, Ontario about an hour away from the Niagara Falls region. I want to take a road trip to New York City. I would like to know if any one has a ny advice for me or help. I am also not very sure how to get to New York once I enter the U.S.A (at the Niagara Region)

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Hazim,
First thing you need to do is get a map of NY. There should some available right at Niagara Falls. If not, each state has a Welcome Center shortly after you enter a new state. Stop, use the bathroom and get your maps and information for NY.

You can hardly go wrong. You will be on I-190 East, to I-290 around Buffalo, get on the N.Y State Thruway, I-90. This is a tollway, but the other options are not very good, bite the bullet and pay the toll. East to Syracuse, on to Albany, get on I-87 South to NYC.

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4. Posted by edward Joe (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Thank you, for the help.

5. Posted by SIC2001 (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Unless your a crazy driver its going to take you longer then an hour to get to niagra falls so you know.

6. Posted by yp (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi Hazim,
I use to work in NYC for a while and this is some recommendation that I would give for people driving to NYC.

1. Avoid driving in the city. I recommend that once you get to the city park your car in a safe lot and take the subway. Most rental Canadian car rental companies will not rent to cars to people driving in NYC because the cars stolen or damaged alot.

Parking is also ridiculously expensive in NYC, and the subway is awesome and goes everywhere you want it to.

Subway Maps are free. Just go to any booth and ask for one. Subway maps also give you a through picture of all the cool places to visit in NYC and directions to how to get there.

When using the SUBWAY be careful. Not the direction and number of the subway before you enter the train. This info is posted on the side and at the front of the train. Express trains have limited stops.

2. If ever I go to NYC again I would stay at a hotel one subway stop out of Manhattan the island. Usually the hotel prices go down significantly and you will get free parking with your accomodations.
I can recommend hotels if you like but you might prefer to search on your own.

3. Places that I recommend you to visit in NYC for sure:
i. Time square
ii. Broadway Theatre district (discount ticket same day purchase in tickets store directly at time square)
iii. Greenwich village
iv. Soho
v. Museums: MOMA, Gugenheim; Rockafella Center, Lincoln Center for the performing arts, NBC studio tours (especially if you like SNL), Central Park, Walk the Brooklyn Bridge at night, visit coney island

Have a blast! NYC is a great city.

YP

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8. Posted by woroine (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Yeah, I wouldn't recommend you to drive down to the City coz of the expensive parking and hectic driving. Taking the I-90 is ok, traffic condition is normally pretty smooth, except when you get near Buffalo. And the tolls are expensive. Regardless to those facts, driving in the City is just crazy, unless you're used to reckless driving. I was from NY and used to drive to the City quite often, so I'm used to the way they drive, but I still got to be extra careful whenever I drove there. With the pedestrian crossing, cabby cutting through the lanes all of a sudden and the constant traffic jam, it is just not a great idea to drive there as a tourist. If you really want to drive and take the road trip, may be you can try to stay in New Jersey where close by the NJ Transit lines that go to the Penn station. And I know there are also ferries in Hoboken, NJ that carry you over to the midtown or the World Financial Center. Once you get into the City, either take the subway or just walk.

9. Posted by Peter P. (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

I was reading the thread and reminded of my last trip to NYC... Given it wasn't from London, but still, it wasn't pleasant. I totally advocate public trandsit, and I heard from friend that the (Amtrak service connection through VIA Rail) is actually quite good. There are trains that takes you right though Niagara Falls too i think. Most impotantly, there's a bar car, which means you can socialize and get some drinks - it makes the trip a *lot* shorter :)

10. Posted by elan (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Quoting vegasmike6

Hazim,
First thing you need to do is get a map of NY. There should some available right at Niagara Falls. If not, each state has a Welcome Center shortly after you enter a new state. Stop, use the bathroom and get your maps and information for NY.

You can hardly go wrong. You will be on I-190 East, to I-290 around Buffalo, get on the N.Y State Thruway, I-90. This is a tollway, but the other options are not very good, bite the bullet and pay the toll. East to Syracuse, on to Albany, get on I-87 South to NYC.

There is an alternative road which is not worse than going the thruway. Get onto 81 south in Syracuse then go down to 80. You will go through PA, NJ right into NY. It's a little bit closer distance. Also 2 lanes good road. I drove it 3 times and saw no difference between it and the thruway. And you do not pay the toll. And as I remember the gas was 50c cheaper per gallon in PA. you can hardly get lost. If you want to check out Manhatten and the other parts like Brooklyn, Queens the quickest way to do it quickly is on the car. But as it was said above it's a bit tough. Some avenues are 5 lanes wide. It's not tougher to drive in NYC than it's in Toronto or Montreal. If you drove in Toronto you will be able to make it. Public transportation is good if you go from place to place. But if you want to drive around and see the architecture use a car-it's quicker and more comfortable. Beware the cabs. Let them go their way and give them the right of way in most cases - you will be safe.They do not care about their cars. I believe you do. Good luck

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 27, 2006 4:30 PM by elan ]