wow, thank you all so much for putting in this effort, its been really helpful.
Another questions i do have is concerning the weather in late September early October. i know you would of just finished your summer, in Australia (normally, Our summer this year never showed up) it stays pretty warm until right before winter.
I like the look of airbnb, but i want something in Manhattan rather than Brooklyn.
Also i really liked the L Hostel but its actually been shut down.
But thank you again everyone
New York can be warm (because of all the concrete) but I was there in August last year and it wasn't as hot as it usually gets here in Melbourne (except for the subway, which is literally like a sauna). Airconditioning in the US puts Australian airconditioning TO SHAME, so if it gets too warm, just pop inside a shop for a few minutes.
A tour guide also told me that hotels in NYC are required by law to allow anybody use their bathrooms, so you don't need to worry about contracting hepatitis from filthy public bathrooms.
I stayed in Murray Hill, which I think was a perfect location, as it was just a couple blocks from Times Square and Central Park.
I would absolutely recommend staying in Manhattan rather than the boroughs... the best thing about Manhattan is that you can walk EVERYWHERE. I would often walk from Central Park all the way downtown to the financial district in very little time. I will be there again this December, and I will be looking for accommodation around 59th St.
New York is incredibly safe. In fact, I felt more comfortable and safe wandering around around the streets at 3am than I have in the Melbourne in years. You can't walk three blocks without seeing an NYPD squad car.
There is literally thousands of things to do in New York... last year I spent about 8 days there, and I only saw parts of midtown and a bit of downtown!
Have a quality one!
Just wanted to leave a quick message to say that if you visit NY, try and just take a day trip to Woodbury Commons, its a massive retail outlet and with hundreds of designer and brand named shops and the prices are substantially cheaper than what you will pay at home! I have friends in NY and they love it, and when i visited last summer i shopped til i dropped there it was amazing! Its a lot cheaper than the city prices.
The central bus station in NY sell tickets for you to take a coach trip there, tickets were pricey but it was worth it!
New York City in late September into October can have weather that varies. One day it might be warm and the next cool. Now I am not saying it will be hat and gloves weather but you will not be comfortable wearing shorts and tee shirts unless there is a warm spell. Bring a light jacket especially if you plan on taking the Staten Island Ferry because the sea breezes can be chilling.
As for safety -- there are areas I would not venture into for a million dollars!!! You need to use your head. I would hesitate to go into Morningside Park (up near Columbia University) in the daylight unless I was in a group and would never think of taking a stroll thru it in the dark. Central Park is fine except I would not go in after dark unless I was attending an event or going with a group. And I would not decide to explore off the beaten path alone. Even in areas where the night life is blaring dark alley shortcuts are not recommended.
When sightseeing in NYC be careful of your pocketbook and make sure your wallet is secure. Pickpockets and purse snatchers still exist in the city -- and altho not everyone gets caught in their trap -- people still do. Several well dressed -- didn't look out of place women recently were caught on security cameras stealing wallets from customers at high class bars and restaurants. You don't have to be paranoid -- just careful.
Well, the best shopping is actually in New Jersey (Garden State Parkway or Secaucus) because you pay no sales tax on clothing there.
In New York, in order to compete with New Jersey, in 2007 they eliminated all sales taxes for items costing less than $110. However, from October 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, statewide sales taxes for clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 was reinstated again. For New York City, this meant articles of clothing costing less than $110 were charged 4.375% tax. A state sales tax exemption for clothing and footwear under $55 then went into effect from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. And now the original ($110) exemption will be reinstated after March 31, 2012. Confusing, don't you think.?
My wife liked Soho for bargains, but did think selection was limited.
Where do you (or your family) like to shop in New York?
In reality it depends on what you are looking for. NYC has so many cool little neighborhoods and shops most of which are really specialized. I certainly agree with you on Jersey being a lot cheaper both because of tax and the lower expense for floor space and in fact I shop out there for a lot of things like clothes and groceries.
Neighborhoods I love to shop (and mind you that it's a relative love as shopping doesn't exactly swell my heart) in include Chinatown, Park Slope (5th and 7th avenue in the south slope), Montigue Street in Brooklyn Heights, and the east and west village. For electronics no place better than J &R down near the Brooklyn Bridge, for cameras and the like try Adorama, Willoughby's and B&H.
SoHo has plenty of designer shops and there are some places down there I am very fond of - but in NYC shopping for anything specific really means you should know where to go.
happy to recommend places if you have specifics you are looking for.
I have travelled alone in New York for a month. It is absolutely amazing! There is always something to do. You should walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and check out Brooklyn Heights, it's really nice. I walked the Brooklyn Bridge alone at 12:00am in the summer and it was fine. If you like vintage stores, NY has amazing vintage stores! My absolute favourite its Buffalo Exchange, there are two locations, definitely worth checking out. LES is best for vintage stores. Definitely check out Top of the Rock and Empire State building. I can go on and on and on about New York... my favourite city!
I'm from london and i'm flying new york on 17th october for a month, will you been out those times?
airbnb.com website reliable or not?
Well, I went to Secaucus, New Jersey for shopping just two months ago when I went to the New York area visiting family--and it has fewer than half the shops it used to just four years ago.
The good news is that it is a good place for shopping if all you plan to buy is from well-known stores with "outlets" there. Went to Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfinger, and Guess and bought clothes for myself and my wife at good discounts. But the main reason I didn't mention it originally is because, if you are in New York, I'd stay in New York to shop for two reasons: (1) you can get a greater selection of clothes to choose from,, and (2) (the more important reason)--there is no public transportation to get around Secaucus and distances from the train station to the shops is huge and would take an hour or more each way if you have to walk (I had use of my in-laws car, so there were no transportation problems for me).
Also, be aware that there are no taxis at the train station, because this station sits in the middle of a business area with no homes nearby, and the station is used mainly as the main "switching" station between trains coming out of New York heading for Newark Airport and south to Philadelphia, and the other trains that leave from here to go to all the various parts of New Jersey.