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Old April 20th, 2010, 03:30 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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Hi all,

Contemplating a visit to NYC this summer. Family with young / teenage
kids
..
Grateful for advice on some budget hotels that you might recommend.
Also advice on which areas are safe to stay.
Been to NYC a couple of times before but never with kids and therefore
feel a little more vulnerable.

Any advice on transferring from the airport to hotel?

Probably stay for approx 4 or 5 days then leave NYC and spend another
8 or 9 days touring by car before returning to fly back from NYC.
Any input here would be good. I'm going to look into what's available
along the i95 towards Boston / Cape Cod. Don't want to go into Boston
as we don't want two city vacations but would be interested in some
areas of natural beauty or maybe coastal towns and villlages with a
plenty of restaurants and shops to choose from.
Also are there any large Belz style factory outlets in this general
area?
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 11:38 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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On 20/04/10 7:30 AM, blackbat wrote:
Hi all,

Contemplating a visit to NYC this summer. Family with young / teenage
kids
.
Grateful for advice on some budget hotels that you might recommend.
Also advice on which areas are safe to stay.
Been to NYC a couple of times before but never with kids and therefore
feel a little more vulnerable.


Check Venere.com and quikbook.com for good deals in NYC. Last year we
stayed at Best Western Seaport Inn, near the Brooklyn Bridge. We had
kids 11 & 15 with us. It had some advantages over the Times Square area:
1. Very large room with 2 queens and a refrigerator. 2. Free breakfast.
3. Free wi-fi. 4. Close to Battery Park and S.O.L.. 5. Close to
Chinatown for cheap good food. 6. Not too far from two different subway
lines. 7. Close to Jack's Stir Brew, the best coffee in NYC. 8. Less
expensive than other areas of Manhattan, though still $199/night. 9.
Afternoon fresh cookies. We did a lot of walking, from South Seaport
through Chinatown and the lower east side then through the village and
up to midtown.

Airport to hotel depends on the airport and how much luggage you have.
From Newark you take the airport train to NJT train to Path, though as
someone pointed out to me it's much cheaper to take the bus to the Path
station, and no slower but might be more of a hassle if you have a lot
of luggage. From JFK you take the SkyTrain to one of two subway lines
depending on where in NYC you want to go. With 4 people, a taxi is not
going to be that much more than the train, but it could be slower. Avoid
services like Super Shuttle at all costs.

The best part of the trip for me was a bicycle ride around Manhattan.
They've put in some great bicycle/multi-use paths around the island.
"http://www.nycbikemaps.com/maps/manhattan-bike-map/"

I never felt unsafe, but I didn't venture out to the Bronx or other
areas like that. The trip before I went over to Brooklyn to the NYC
Transit Museum, and even though the neighborhood was a little dicey it
was fine in the daytime.

The last thing you want to do on vacation is go to factory outlets.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 09:49 AM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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On Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:38:06 -0700, SMS
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Check Venere.com and quikbook.com for good deals in NYC.

Good idea.

Last year we
stayed at Best Western Seaport Inn, near the Brooklyn Bridge. We had
kids 11 & 15 with us. It had some advantages over the Times Square area:
1. Very large room with 2 queens and a refrigerator. 2. Free breakfast.
3. Free wi-fi. 4. Close to Battery Park and S.O.L.. 5. Close to
Chinatown for cheap good food. 6. Not too far from two different subway
lines. 7. Close to Jack's Stir Brew, the best coffee in NYC. 8. Less
expensive than other areas of Manhattan, though still $199/night. 9.
Afternoon fresh cookies. We did a lot of walking, from South Seaport
through Chinatown and the lower east side then through the village and
up to midtown.


This is really useful.
Thanks for such an in-depth answer.


Airport to hotel depends on the airport and how much luggage you have.
From Newark you take the airport train to NJT train to Path, though as
someone pointed out to me it's much cheaper to take the bus to the Path
station, and no slower but might be more of a hassle if you have a lot
of luggage. From JFK you take the SkyTrain to one of two subway lines
depending on where in NYC you want to go. With 4 people, a taxi is not
going to be that much more than the train, but it could be slower. Avoid
services like Super Shuttle at all costs.

I'm a family of me plus 4 women.
Believe me, they are not the "toothbrush in the top pocket" type of
travellers :-(
I guess a cab will be the best option.
What sort of price might I expect to pay for a cab from either
airport?


The best part of the trip for me was a bicycle ride around Manhattan.
They've put in some great bicycle/multi-use paths around the island.
"http://www.nycbikemaps.com/maps/manhattan-bike-map/"


This sounds great, but I'd need to get my wife used to a bike in time.



I never felt unsafe,

Good to hear

but I didn't venture out to the Bronx or other
areas like that. The trip before I went over to Brooklyn to the NYC
Transit Museum, and even though the neighborhood was a little dicey it
was fine in the daytime.




The last thing you want to do on vacation is go to factory outlets.


Not when in NVC but after that even I don't mind one day at a mall.
USA malls are great for me, I have big feet and have difficulty
getting shoes to fit in the UK so tend to stock up in the States.
And USA T-Shirts are generally better quality than ours.

But you're right in some ways, 4 women in a USA mall is a lethal
combination,

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Old April 24th, 2010, 05:43 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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On 24/04/10 1:49 AM, blackbat wrote:
On Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:38:06 -0700,
wrote:


Check Venere.com and quikbook.com for good deals in NYC.

Good idea.

Last year we
stayed at Best Western Seaport Inn, near the Brooklyn Bridge. We had
kids 11& 15 with us. It had some advantages over the Times Square area:
1. Very large room with 2 queens and a refrigerator. 2. Free breakfast.
3. Free wi-fi. 4. Close to Battery Park and S.O.L.. 5. Close to
Chinatown for cheap good food. 6. Not too far from two different subway
lines. 7. Close to Jack's Stir Brew, the best coffee in NYC. 8. Less
expensive than other areas of Manhattan, though still $199/night. 9.
Afternoon fresh cookies. We did a lot of walking, from South Seaport
through Chinatown and the lower east side then through the village and
up to midtown.


This is really useful.
Thanks for such an in-depth answer.


"http://www.seaportinn.com/new-york-suites.php"

What sort of price might I expect to pay for a cab from either
airport?


I think a cab is about $60-65 by the time you pay all the tolls and
tips. but with five people you'll need two cabs unless there are
mini-van cabs, since a car can only hold five people, including the
driver (alas, there are no Checker Marathon cabs left in NYC).

Amazingly, I was able to convince everyone in my family to take only one
carry-on suitcase plus a day pack. This saved a lot of money, not only
in cabs, but on the plane too, because most of the U.S. airlines charge
for checked luggage now. I always plan on doing laundry on trips. Most
hotels have coin-op laundries, but I don't think in NYC many do.

This sounds great, but I'd need to get my wife used to a bike in time.


They may rent tandems. This is where we rented bikes:

"http://pedalpusherbikeshop.com/articles/rental-information-not-may-3rd-bike-newyork-pg42.htm"
They have a coupon for helmets at
"http://pedalpusherbikeshop.com/coupons/helmet-coupons-purchase-or-rental-pg91.htm".
Send the women to Macy's and Bloomingdales and you go on a bike ride. I
thought it was expensive, but it was the least expensive rental place in
NYC. Since you drive on the wrong side of the road in the U.K., be careful.

Not when in NVC but after that even I don't mind one day at a mall.
USA malls are great for me, I have big feet and have difficulty
getting shoes to fit in the UK so tend to stock up in the States.


Yeah, actually the time I head to the outlet mall is for shoes because
the stores have a much better selection of large sizes. The Skechers
store was especially good, with a very large selection of large sizes
and wide widths.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 09:57 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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On Sat, 24 Apr 2010 09:43:48 -0700, SMS
wrote:

"http://www.seaportinn.com/new-york-suites.php"


gotcha


What sort of price might I expect to pay for a cab from either
airport?


I think a cab is about $60-65 by the time you pay all the tolls and
tips. but with five people you'll need two cabs unless there are
mini-van cabs, since a car can only hold five people, including the
driver (alas, there are no Checker Marathon cabs left in NYC).


hmmm, that's not good.
Don't suppose your hotel had a shuttle?

Amazingly, I was able to convince everyone in my family to take only one
carry-on suitcase plus a day pack. This saved a lot of money, not only
in cabs, but on the plane too, because most of the U.S. airlines charge
for checked luggage now. I always plan on doing laundry on trips. Most
hotels have coin-op laundries, but I don't think in NYC many do.


Amazing indeed. Ain't gonna happen for me though.


This sounds great, but I'd need to get my wife used to a bike in time.


They may rent tandems. This is where we rented bikes:

"http://pedalpusherbikeshop.com/articles/rental-information-not-may-3rd-bike-newyork-pg42.htm"
They have a coupon for helmets at
"http://pedalpusherbikeshop.com/coupons/helmet-coupons-purchase-or-rental-pg91.htm".
Send the women to Macy's and Bloomingdales and you go on a bike ride.


Now that's a good idea.

I
thought it was expensive, but it was the least expensive rental place in
NYC. Since you drive on the wrong side of the road in the U.K., be careful.


No, *you* drive on the wrong side ;-)
I should be OK, I've driven a lot in the States and Europe.


Not when in NVC but after that even I don't mind one day at a mall.
USA malls are great for me, I have big feet and have difficulty
getting shoes to fit in the UK so tend to stock up in the States.


Yeah, actually the time I head to the outlet mall is for shoes because
the stores have a much better selection of large sizes. The Skechers
store was especially good, with a very large selection of large sizes
and wide widths.


I used to like Dexters and Bass outlets some years back, but Dexters
have long since disappeared. And although someone seems to have bought
their name, the quality isn't the same.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 09:20 PM
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New York City is one of those cities which was easily conquered the streets of this city hold a myriad of secrets. Island of Manhattan packs more legendary icons into one compact area than any other place in New York.
New York to Indianapolis bus

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Old February 6th, 2015, 09:09 AM
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New York in summers sounds really amazing to me. New York is my most favorite city in the United States. I just love to visit New York. It has the most tourist attractions of the United States. Let me share the top attractive places of New York, where I always love to go:
Central Park
Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty
Rockefeller Center
Times Square
Metropolitan Museum of Art
GE Building
Museum of Modern Art
Grand Central Terminal
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 11:25 AM
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New York in summers sounds really amazing to me. New York is my most favorite city in the United States. I just love to visit New York. It has the most tourist attractions of the United States. Let me share the top attractive places of New York, where I always love to go:
Central Park
Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty
Rockefeller Center
Times Square
Metropolitan Museum of Art
GE Building
Museum of Modern Art
Grand Central Terminal
I want to add: walk over the bridge to Brooklyn
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Old January 2nd, 2016, 07:52 AM
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I want to add: walk over the bridge to Brooklyn
tomB, I agree with you to walk over the bridge to Brooklyn will be an exciting thing to do for travel lovers to make fun and enjoy the beauty of surroundings.
I personally love it and must say at night time it seems more stunning due to lights. What will you say tomB? Moreover, have you any suggestion regarding hotel near this bridge? I am looking for your quick reply dude! :P
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Old April 21st, 2010, 09:25 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada
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On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:45:41 -0400, Shawn Hirn
wrote:

I am not sure about hotels, but try checking the popular travel-related
web sites such as priceline.com and expedia.com to see what's available.

Will do


There is a submarine museum in CT which is just off I95, and of course,
there's Mystic, which is a nice rustic town in CT. There is an area in
CT with outlet stores near I95. I forget the details though, but google
for "CT Outlet stores" or something like that and you'll find the
details.

Thanks - this is very useful.
Although don't say "of course" I know absolutely nothing about that
stretch of coastline :-)
Mystic sounds nice.
Seems there are large outlets at Clinton and Westbrook.
What other towns are of interest along this coastline?
BTW very roughly, how long would it take to drive from NYC to Mystic?
Google suggests 3.5 hours in traffic.
Would Mystic be a good place to base ourselves for a week and take day
trips out?
Any areas good for a swim? I guess the water's gonna be cold though.



In NYC, you can stay in the Times Square area, no problem and you'll be
close to lots of sites by subway or walking. If you haven't taken the
kids to see the Empire State Building's observation deck, do it, but do
it at dusk. A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and around Battery Park is
always nice if the weather is nice. Of course, there's the Statue of
Liberty and Ellis Island. If your kids enjoy zoos, don't miss the
Central Park Zoo.


Thanks - duly noted.
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