area to stay in NYC

Apr 19th, 2005, 03:46 PM
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area to stay in NYC

hi there
I will be travelling to NYC in december and am looking at 2 B & B's but not sure about the areas they are in
one is on West 81st Street
the other is on Avenue C between 7th and 8th Ave
One thing to take into consideration is i am a single lady travelling alone and am soon to be turning 50
thanks
judi
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Apr 19th, 2005, 04:02 PM
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judi,

While Alphabet city (where your second listing is located) has come a long way in the last five years or so, you'll probably want to be on West 81st Street, on the Upper West side, a much more established neighborhood. Unless, of course, you're a particularly adventurous single lady traveling alone who wants proximity to nightlife, in which case Avenue C would be better.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 04:04 PM
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West 81st Street, without a doubt. The Upper West Side is a great residential area -- you'll thoroughly enjoy it.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 04:10 PM
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Definitely West 81st Street.
A correct on the address of the other one: It's on Avenue C between 7th & 8th Streets, not Avenues.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 07:49 PM
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Don;t know anything about the B&Bs in particular bu the upper west side (west 81st st) is a fairly upscale and traditional (for NYC) residential neighborhood with a lot of families as well as singles. The other neighborhood - alphabet city - is much trendier, favored by many younger people, with lots of nightlife and after hours clubs.

It sounds like you would be more comfy in the former.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 09:35 PM
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You def dont want alphabet city - some of the toughest new yorkers i know dont like to go near Ave's C & D when it gets dark out unless they have to, even though it has cleaned up a lot. Upper west offers a ton of great restaurants too.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 03:11 AM
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thanks all for your help
i think i will book jacks place on west 81st street seems to be the most popular place
judi
ps just hoping to get some snow for my trip
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Apr 20th, 2005, 07:21 AM
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As much as I love the East Village, I also think you would be more comfortable on W. 81st. The E. Village is very young. Alphabet City is nothing like it was 20 years ago, but I think it just may be a bit too funky a neighborhood for a single, 50ish person, especially if you are not a 'city' person. Personally I wander around there all the time, primarily looking for good restaurants. It's my favorite restaurant neighborhood, but for a tourist who is over 25, it may be a bit intimidating.

West 81st on the other hand, is a nice residential area, near central park, also with many restaurant options, access to transportation, etc.
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Apr 20th, 2005, 08:55 AM
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Since everyone else has already advised you stay on the Upper West Side, I thought I'd offer you some suggestions in and around that neighborhood.

You can walk around and find plenty of easy restaurants/diners/cafes to stumble into. Some great NY haunts include:

Zabars -- an institution. It's a food shop/deli/kitchenware place like no other
H&H Bagels -- another institution. You can get them there warm. Don't buy ahead for another day because they don't last
Fairway -- a fabulous supermarket/gourmet food store

For restaurants, I like Ouest (may be a bit hip), La Bicyclette (is it still there?), Sarabeth's (brunch) or EJ's (brunch).
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Apr 21st, 2005, 10:34 AM
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There are also some other b & bs in that neighborhood, fyi. There are
wymanhouse.com
countryinnthecity.com
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Apr 21st, 2005, 10:35 AM
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I should have added, another option is the 1871house.com Not in that area, but closer to midtown and shopping.
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Apr 21st, 2005, 11:28 AM
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I lived on W. 81st St. Where is there a B&B??????
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Apr 21st, 2005, 11:32 AM
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130 West 81st Street
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Apr 21st, 2005, 11:34 AM
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Really? What is the place called? I was located at 138 W. 81st!!
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Apr 21st, 2005, 11:40 AM
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Jacksbandb.com

Jack's b and b
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Apr 21st, 2005, 12:31 PM
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hi there
thanks for all the great replies
i tried 1871 but was way out of my price range 295 a night plus taxes
thought that was a bit much
some wont take bookings this early and ask me to contact in about august i wanted to be a little more organised than that and pay for as much as possible up front
judi
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