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1. Posted by Super G (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


My friend and i have booked our very first holiday to New York next year during the Easter period. We're both VeRy Excited about it!! The original plan was to spend 1 week in NY and 1 week in Miami, however, that fell through as soon as we realised it would cost us an arm and a leg for just 2 weeks!! it's 12 days in and around New York.

For our accommodation I would prefer to stay in a hostel, but my friend is completely against them. So we're looking for good cheap hotels or apartments we can rent out in Manhattan, thing is though with an apartment you need a group of people to share the cost. Does anybody know how much it would cost if we were to rent an apartment? Can anyone recommend any good cheap hotels or apartments in Manhattan? I know alot of money will be spent on the accommodation, so we will want to do other things on the cheap. Where are the good cheap/free places to visit/eat/dance..?

Quite a few people have said that 5 days in NY is long enough to see it all, we're going for 12 days..what could we do for the other 7 days?
Any help or guidance would be strongly appreciated!
Super G ;)

2. Posted by Jimz (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

As for the other 7 days at your disposal, I would recommend touring parts of New England. Boston is close, especially via Amtrak rail service. It is a fantastic city with numerous tourist sites, good hotels, and restaurants. Going around Easter in 2007, which is the first week in April, should provide relatively good weather. Boston, in turn, can be used as a base from which to explore places like Cape Ann with Gloucester and Rockport, Cape Cod with Hyannis and Provincetown, Plymouth, Newport, Rhode Island, and Mystic, Connecticut. An itinerary such as that could easily take 7 days. However, should you have any days left over, you might enjoy a side trip from Boston to Nantuckett or Martha's Vineyard, or from New York to Atlantic City, New Jersey with its' boardwalks and casinos, and, or a day or so in Philadelphia.

Good luck and enjoy it,


3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I lived in NYC for a couple of years and 5 days is good in NYC but the other 7 I would check out Boston or Philadeliphia. As far as cheap places to stay in new york your best bet is going to be a hostel by far. They will run you around $30 or so a person per night. I would convince your friend that hostels are not that bad, they just have a bad connotation. You make have luck checking out cheap hotels on You may be able to find a descent hotel for about the same price as a hostel. As far as renting an apartment it would only make sense if there were about 4 of you. You may want to check out areas in Brooklyn or Queens that could be cheaper. By the subway they are probably no longer that 30 minutes into Manhattan. As far as transportation I would buy a multi-day metrocard available at any subway station. 7-day unlimited ride on the subway or bus is about $24, by far the cheapest way around town. The subway maps can be a little cofusing but people are more than happy to help you if you have questions (better off asking people on the street or subway platform, the subway booth employees can be a little mean sometimes). If you need any help about what to see and where to go, or where to eat and drink, let me know and I will more than happy to help you. Brent

4. Posted by inthemerde (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

4 weeks ago I was in NY. I was in a hurry to book a place to sleep there the night before and on I picked up the first option the site offered for cheap accommodation which was a dormitory bunk bed in Gershwin Hotel on 27St. East for 43 dollars/night. Very central location, very interesting decoration inspired by pop-art paintings and photos, a place where you wouldnt expect dormitory can give a try. good luck.

5. Posted by staspe (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sorry if this is fairly obvious but check out craigslist for deals on apartment sublets. You'll find a wide variety there, as always.

6. Posted by Super G (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm so gutted..Why didn't I wait???

Why didn't I wait to book my flight to NY in the Jan sales?? The flight prices are so cheap in comparison to what i've paid..:(

I've booked a hotel that my friend and i have both managed to agree on. The one we're staying at is the Marcel Hotel on East 24th St. Seems like a nice hotel at a good price.

Thank you all for your suggestions, I've taken note and we're deciding on what to do..

Does anybody know of any good Latin/salsa clubs in NY?
Super G ;)

7. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I'll be traveling solo to NYC on this coming Easter break for only 10 days. My plan is to spend most of my time to "experience" the lifestyle of New Yorkers and wonder around NYC. 5 days would do me good I guess.

I also plan to pay a visit at Niagara Falls and maybe spend a night there. Rent a car or maybe just hop on those tour bus thingy...

Nick ;)

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Bus or train is the best way to Niagara Falls from New York City for a tourist. Try Trailways or Amtrak for info.

But it is about 300 miles each way--so allow about one day each way to get there and one day to look around.

Personally I think Niagara Falls is just a big tourist trap and would rather spend the time in Boston, Baltimore, or Washington DC instead--or just have more time in NY, but that's me--and I've already seen the falls a few times.

Also, Toronto, Quebec and Montreal in Canada are possibilities if you are heading north.