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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted November 28, 2005 21:11      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a paid day off on Friday, 16 December, and I'm itching to take a road-trip. Since I've never seen New York City, I'm thinking I'll go there. Any recommendations for what to see, where to park, where to spend the night (I'm on a budget, after all!), where to shop, etc.? Anyone want to plan to hang out on the 17th? (I might go to a ceili in Philly on Friday night, then head up to NYC Saturday morning.)

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Lucky you, Rhonwyyn. Can't answer any of your questions, I'm afraid.

My course has a trip to New York some time, but I think it might be too expensive. We'll see.

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Park? Did you say park? As in park a car? HaHaHaHaHaHa Hope you have lots of cash.
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quote:
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Park? Did you say park? As in park a car? HaHaHaHaHaHa Hope you have lots of cash.

What? I've parked for free before? Mind you, you have to look around a bit, or be in the right neighborhood. You do need to read /all/ signs very carefully about that stuff, or you can get hit with a steep fine...

You can also um...park in Brooklyn or Queens, and take the subway. =P Needless to say, you still have to watch out for alternate side parking, if applicable (certain spots don't have such problems!).

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My recommendation for a December weekend in NYC would be walk up 5th Avenue in the 40s and 50s and see the holiday displays in the department store windows. Make sure to stop in Rockefeller Plaza to see the tree and the skating rink. Stop in at Tiffany's and pick up a buable. FAO Scwartz is around 58th (I believe), and that's always fun.

After you are cold and tired, get over to "The Queen of Sheba" at 650 10th Ave. (I think it's around 46th St), for tasty, filling and reasonably priced (for NYC) Ethiopian meal.

You could also try to stop by Carnegie Hall and see if any tickets are available that night. It would be in nose-bleed city, but it's such a great hall that everyone should hear a concert there once.

Dman is right about parking. You can park for free in some places, but you MUST READ THE SIGNS. There will often be two or more signs up with conflicting information. There is almost no parking in mid-town. The metered spaces are all pay-and-display, but you need a meter-card, which you have to buy in advance somewhere else first, so it's hopeless for tourists. You just may have to pony up the $20-$50 to park for the day in a lot.

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Hi. Nothing much to add except I hope you have lots of fun. NY is so pretty with all the lights. So much energy too. Always something going on. Enjoy. [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:

Dman is right about parking. You can park for free in some places, but you MUST READ THE SIGNS. There will often be two or more signs up with conflicting information. There is almost no parking in mid-town. The metered spaces are all pay-and-display, but you need a meter-card, which you have to buy in advance somewhere else first, so it's hopeless for tourists. You just may have to pony up the $20-$50 to park for the day in a lot.

Nah, you can feed it money - just *lots* of it. Get dollar coins - MUNI meters cost nearly $2/hr, last I recall. Lots are highway robbery most times. However, I was reading about this the other day:
http://www.iconparking.com/

I already knew that they had a large number of lots, but the article I saw said that you can reserve spots ahead of time with them, so you could price out the best lot, and have a guaranteed spot waiting for you.

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There was a parking service where I always walked past on my way from Penn station to the Intrepid museum *thinks back*.. Parking was less than 20 dollars for the entire day, with specials for events..

I think it was around 40th street and maybe 10th avenue???
But that is WAYYYY off where you should spend your tourist-day..
I can recommend you to just walk around to see and feel the city.-- but don't shop in NYC, as it can seriously bust your budget. Also, be prepared to be confronted with many people on the streets. When I was there last year around new years eve, there were thousands of people on the streets. Even NYC's streets couldn't take the pedestrians anymore.
But it might be not that bad when you'll be there.

Crap, now you are in NYC, and I am not! I chose not to fly to NYC this time because I wanted to take my drivers-ed classes to get my license... Too bad.. some other day then [Smile]

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A few of my friends have suggested going to see Wicked while we're in New York City. Anyone know if the box office gives discounts for AAA or the like? The cheapest tix are $50, and that's still much higher than I can afford to pay.

In which borough is Central Park located? How far away is the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Where's Times Square in relation to the two?

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A thought has crossed through my mind (frightening, I know!)...
Seriously, you may want to rethink driving into the city. Driving in Manhattan is no trivial task if you've never done it before and aren't familiar with the area. Oh, and even if one were to get a lousy parking spot away from all the 'tourist areas,' I'd just suggest getting a subway from there and taking it where you want to go. But um...driving in the city...might not be fun. Unless of course, you're driving at 3 AM, and catching every light. [Big Grin] *That* was a blast! Also, playing certain tracks off "OK Computer" takes me back to a night of getting ahead of a few cabs while cutting up 6th. However, I've got a bit of NY driving under my belt...and I've battled traffic on Flatbush in the evening rush hour and on weekends as well (hell, the double-parking is worse then, IMHO).

Just my $0.02...

Central Park:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=10021

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Is driving in NYC anything like driving in Philly or Pittsburgh, 'cause Philly driving is a piece of cake and driving in the 'Burgh isn't much different.

The iconParking site was really helpful 'cuase it allows you to select for various landmarks and showed where they were on the map and parking in relation. The difference in pricing among lots is rather large in some places, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It looks like we'll have a group of three, so splitting $9 for 13 hours of parking three ways is dirt cheap. I still have to price subway fares.

I'd go see Spamalot, but I haven't found tickets less than $135 (and to think I thought $50 for Wicked was bad!). Anyone from GC wanna meet for lunch or coffee somewhere? Or to just play tour guide for a while? [Wink]

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Maybe I didn't say it clearly enough: New York [city] traffic can be hellish. It's not exactly newbie friendly. Don't say I didn't warn you. [Smile]

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Okay, so I've talked with a bunch of Lancastrians who've been to NYC. They've all asked if we're taking the train. Considering Amtrak would get expensive for three of us (even with our AAA discounts), I'm thinking we'll drive to Newark, NJ, take PATH to Penn Station, then take the subway to Rockefeller station and other points of interest. Sound like a good plan to you, dman?

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Okay, so I've talked with a bunch of Lancastrians who've been to NYC. They've all asked if we're taking the train. Considering Amtrak would get expensive for three of us (even with our AAA discounts), I'm thinking we'll drive to Newark, NJ, take PATH to Penn Station, then take the subway to Rockefeller station and other points of interest. Sound like a good plan to you, dman?

Yes.

(Of course, that means you actually have to pass through Jersey. [Razz] /me looks innocently at jung... [Wink] )

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I used to live in NYC, and I still travel there occasionally (not too often, though; I prefer the quiet of just-outside-NYC). It's been long enough where I couldn't give you directions, but the streets are laid out in a grid (Brooklyn is, anyway; I forget about Manhattan), so it's very difficult to truly get lost.

Driving in NYC is bad, but no worse than most other cities of equivalent size. Be prepared to dodge double-parked cars, though [Smile] . Parking is truly as bad as they say it is, though. The PATH train sounds like a good alternative; if I end up in NYU, that's how I plan on commuting.

Since you're going to be there the weekend before Christmas, the holiday displays should be out in full force. They are definitely worth seeing if you haven't seen them before; I have very fond memories of the NYC holiday displays.

Dragonman: It sounds like you live near where I used to (E. 29th and Ave. P).

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Okay, so I've talked with a bunch of Lancastrians who've been to NYC. They've all asked if we're taking the train. Considering Amtrak would get expensive for three of us (even with our AAA discounts), I'm thinking we'll drive to Newark, NJ, take PATH to Penn Station, then take the subway to Rockefeller station and other points of interest. Sound like a good plan to you, dman?

Yes.

(Of course, that means you actually have to pass through Jersey. [Razz] /me looks innocently at jung... [Wink] )

And just what is wrong with Jersey? [Smile]

There are so many stereotypes about NJ, most of them completely wrong [Smile]

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Oh, I LOVE Jersey, especially the horse country. We used to go to the beach in Ocean City, but here of late we've been going to Rehoboth, DE. A friend of mine (OSG) lives in Cherry Hill, NJ.

In what part of the state do you live, aj? Wanna wake up early and meet us at the PATH station at Journal Square at 9am? [Wink] Or meet up later in New York? Same goes for you, Meta... and dragon, if he promises not to bite. [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
In what part of the state do you live, aj? Wanna wake up early and meet us at the PATH station at Journal Square at 9am? [Wink] Or meet up later in New York? Same goes for you, Meta... and dragon, if he promises not to bite. [Razz]

I'm near Princeton. Steph and I have stuff to do this weekend, so a trip into the city is probably not going to happen.

Oh and /me moons dman. [Razz]

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Hmm... if you're near Princeton, then you and Metasquares could get together. IIRC, he goes to Princeton (or is trying to get into Princeton).

I'm thinking instead of going to NYC on Saturday, I'll go to a ceili in Philly Friday night. It starts at 9pm, so that'll definitely kill activities for Saturday morning!

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Trying to get in... I haven't been accepted yet, nor will I know until March.

Thanks for the offer, but I can't make it to the city; I have finals.

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