ok so i figured seeing as i only have 5 days in NYC and obviously want to get the most out of my trip i would do a day by day plan (rough plan i may add) - anything could be changed!
note: im in NYC wednesday jan 16th --- monday jan 21st 2008
i fly into JFK airport @ around 11am - so im guessing by the time i get to my hostel (big apple hostel) www.bigapplehostel.com (119 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036) it would be around 2pm ... which obviously leaves me half a day to do anything productive.
decided on Timesquare & the Empire State Building .. judging by a couple of maps these are 'relativly' close to my location so doable!
awake nice an early and make my way east towards to World Trade Centre site and combine this with the Statue Of Liberty & China Town ... this is where my rookie naive ways may come in, its obviously a fair distance from my hostel, so how long should i give myself for transport and what would be the best form (subway) ?? .... are these 3 things doable in a day or should i really look @ spending a day scheduled for just the Empire State Building alone?
id really like to visit Trump Tower whilst on my way to Central Park .. and purhapse some Ice Skating in the evening ... what with all the travel done on day 2 i figured a nice chilled day in the park would be welcomed
im also wanting to get some pictures of Brooklyn Bridge & Manhattan Bridge ... so i'd awake nice and early again what with the distance needed to travel (from my hostel) ... is this a days worth or not?
Day 5: my flight outbound of NYC isnt till 18:40 so i have most of the day to decide what i want to do ...obviously nothing to exhausting as i fly into LA that night!
suggestions for this day purhapse?
i'd also like to state i would really love to catch an NBA basketball game @ Madison Square Gardens - but if im honest i dont know if im in season or even if i am what day or time a game would be played there?
meals and so forth i can decide as and when i get to the locations, .... purhapse i may getting some grief from people who feel such trips should be more spontanious - but this is just the start of my RTW trip for 1 year ... and a majority of the trip is very spontanious! ... NYC is somewhere im very very excited on seeing - so being prepared isnt to much of a bad thing
any advise - wether it be negative or positive is allways welcomed!
specially on guildlines for travel to these destinations i plan to visit.
Well it sounds like you have a good few days to spend in NYC. I lived in the city for two years and currently live in NJ so I can give you some advice..
Day 1: JFK airport is a bit of a traffic jam so you may end up getting to your hostel around 3pm. You will have more than enough time to go to times square and The empire state building. I suggest goign to time square at night wich will then give you a lot of time. I would suggest walking and taking in about of the NYC life. In that area of the city it is very easy to get around. The streets go up in number from south to north and the avenues go lower to higher from east to west.
Day 2: Take the subway to get down town. I believe and unlimited day pass is $7 good for subway and buses. A week pass may be $27. Not sure but take a look. From 45th to World trade center is about 30 min. maybe less by subway. From there you can walk down town to the financial distrinct and passed the New York stock exchange. Continue south and you can catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. One option for the the statue depending on your budget is to take the Staten Island ferry which is free. This takes you directly next to the Statue and you can get great pictures. Then take the ferry back to NYC. Then you take walk or take the subway into china town and walk around there. I suggest going to Joe Shanghai or the Peking Duck house for food. This will be a good full day but very doable. Also if you want pictures of the Brooklyn bridge this is the day to do it. You will walk right by it on your way to Chinatown.
Day 3: Sounds great walk through the park and ice skate and take in a mueseum.
Day 4: If you want to get out of Manhattan you take the subway into Brooklyn or Queens and explore the different neighborhoods. Great restraunts and coffee shops. Also a walk through the Village is worth it.
Day 5: This I would leave open and after talking with some New yorkers take their advice and see what to do. Also take a look at the New York Knicks schedule for NBA games. I am sure there will be a game one night your there. Go to MSG and buy tickets off the street if there are none available at the ticket office. I would not pay anymore than $10 over face value. Try for less becasue there is usaually a ton of tickets available.
If you have any specific questions about restraunts or bars then let me know. I will be more than happy to help.
O a few other things. Despite what some people say New Yorkers are very friendly and helpful. Riding the subway in the areas you are going to be are perfectly safe. Pizza the New York staple food. Its awesome and cheap. As far as where to get it, don't take a tourist advice to them all NY pizza is great. Instead ask some NYC locals and the will tell your where to get the best stuff. If you head into brooklyn you can walk across the brooklyn bridge and head to Grimaldi's for pizza http://www.grimaldis.com/brooklyn.htm.
this is the perfect response, im not sure why but i thought i was going to get laughed @ for day 2 - as im looking to fit so much into it - seems the travel length wasnt quite what i thought it would be either ... tho i hear the subway system is good amd reliable, and what with the current exchange rate on our side, the other day i changed some british pounds up and got $2 for every £1 - best rate in over 26 years! - reulth haha!
yeah i thought it would be an evening event for the NBA game, i shall go onto check there site now - im thinking of a baseball game also ...but i believe that would be in Brooklyn right? ... is brooklyn dangerous @ night? ... only if i had to choose between an NBA game or Baseball - it would be more sensible for me to hit up the Baseball - as im sure i'll have an oppurtunity to catch an NBA game in LA
your right about day 5
i shall def be looking intoexploring some on NYC's nightlife .... i hear there a real pain to get into tho ... a case of not what you know but who!
i have a friend i plan on meeting up with who works for Sony so that may help matters!
its amazing the amount of people i have spoken to or read reviews on the net that mention NYC pizza's .... are they really that good?? ....shall prolly start a mini diet before my trip to fit them all in
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 8, 2007, at 7:47 AM by makka ]
Pizza is some of the best in the world. Since I have not eaten pizza everywhere I can't say that it is the best. I had an Aussie friend whom came to visit and all he wanted to do was eat pizza. Brooklyn at night is totally safe. I would avoid Bedford Stuy totally, but the rest is fine.. As far as nightlife depends on what you like. If you want to go to clubs you should be fine as long as they are not the real exclusive ones. You like small bands and that kind of nightlife there is a place for every type of music. There is no baseball the time you will be here so stick with basketball. Yeah NYC is big but not that big. If you can handle walking you can see alot, that is way Day 2 is not that bad. Taxi's are a bit pricey and should take them only when you really need to, though the exchange rate makes them cheap for you.
A few thoughts. I'd definitely get the week long subway pass. This way you can hop on and off and don't have to worry about it. It's also good for the bus. The subway is easy and perfectly safe. Some lines get a bit funny late nights and weekends, but mostly that's going out into the bouroughs. Also if you ask someone around is likely to know. Brooklyn Bridge Park gives a good view of the park and is fairly close to the subway. The pizza is definitely good and one of my favorite New York foodstuffs is an egg and cheese on a roll for breakfast - you should really give it a try Also New York has some great museums and if you're interested I think most have a free time during the week - maybe Thursday night? Don't quote me on that though. I definitely think you can easily fit in everthing that you want to. Hope this is a bit of help.
yeah the week long pass it is then ... i'd prefer that, then having to worry about individual fares! - perfect!
it would be really really interesting to see the different 'neighbourhoods' in NYC - ive allways found it quite fascinating - the contrast on one area compared to another which arnt really to far away from each other... so with the good Subway system - its certainly another must do!