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Trip Report Broadway, Burgers and Buses--48 Hours in Manhattan

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Before any more time passes, I want to get this trip report posted! I received so much helpful Fodor’s input on this short trip, both directly and indirectly that I really want to document what we did in New York in just less than 48 hours:

When DD realized she would have to spend several weeks in Connecticut doing training and that this time included two weekends during which she couldn’t come home, she asked me to meet her in New York City for one of the weekends. Typically, our trips are planned months in advance and this one was planned in less than two weeks!

When I checked airfares to LGA, they were pretty high ($450) and I almost gave up right then until I thought to look at Newark—fares were almost half that price! So how to get to the city? Thanks to an older thread with lots of good information and a few more questions (from me) and answers from knowledgeable and helpful Fodorites, I realized I could probably handle the AirTrain and NJ Transit connections to get me to Penn Station. The trip was a GO.

DD did Priceline and got us a room at the Westin Grand Central on 42nd Street for $98/night (her treat!) and got her bus tickets to bring her to town Friday night and back to Connecticut late Sunday afternoon.

All was looking good until the day before I was supposed to leave when our city was hit with a HUGE snowstorm—12 inches of snow with the airport shut down ALL DAY. I was sure my flight would be cancelled and I would be spending the weekend at home, but no, the airport reopened Friday morning about 6am and somehow Southwest had my plane there in time for an on-time departure that morning; the hardest part was getting to the airport—DH has a 4-wheel drive pickup and had the day off so I was, amazingly, good to go.

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