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Best way for 5 people from LaGuardia to Times Square?

Best way for 5 people from LaGuardia to Times Square?

Apr 7th, 2006, 04:36 AM
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Best way for 5 people from LaGuardia to Times Square?

5 of us are flying into LaGuardia on a Wed. at around noon. What is your advice on how we can get to our hotel (Doubletree Suites) in Times Square?

Thanks so much!
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Apr 7th, 2006, 05:33 AM
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Call a few car services and ask what they can do for five people.

Dial7: (212) 777-7777
Carmel: (212) 666-6666

Or take two cabs.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 06:23 AM
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given there are 5 of you (4 is the taxi limit), you should definitely call one of the car service companies. The 2 Gekko mentions are fine.

taking a taxi is generally quick and easy but you will have to split up into 2 groups. Given the cost of 2 taxis, it makes sense to hire a car instead.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 06:37 AM
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Several years ago, we took a taxi into Times Square but while waiting in the taxi line, there were several limo services offering service to that area for $45.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 07:02 AM
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It's illegal for non-taxis to pick up passegers without a reservation, so those "limo drivers" were breaking the law.

Do NOT accept solicitations for rides; call ahead and reserve a car.

(Otherwise you might get "shaken down" for more money at the end of your journey, plus you're breaking the law.)
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Apr 7th, 2006, 09:00 AM
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I suppose that 3 of you could take a taxi with the luggage of the other two ... who could start learning how to use NYC's public transit by using it ($4 total) to get to Times Sq. It's probably unlikely you'd try it, but it's an option.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 09:14 AM
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it is an option, but the two people who took the bus & then subway or another bus) would miss half the day, I'm afraid.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 09:14 AM
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Gekko -- I think both Dial7 and Carmel should start paying you a commission for each time you recommend them on this site!!
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Apr 7th, 2006, 09:25 AM
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I use Dial7 all the time, several times a month. I almost always pay the extra $5 for the "luxury" sedan - usually newer cars and "nicer" drivers.

I no longer call Carmel -- despite a 5 day in advance reservation, they left my girlfriend hanging during the transit strike. But Carmel is still an option if Dial7 is booked, which it can be during the morning rush.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 09:30 AM
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Hey Gekko, with two of us and luggage, we're headed from midtown to Peter Luger's for lunch. Afterwards we'll head to JFK for our evening flight to Europe.
Any reason not to just do a taxi? I'm sure they'll call us one if none is at Peter Luger's. Can't see any real advantage of a car service and not knowing the actual time to meet us at Peter Luger's -- can you?
 
Apr 7th, 2006, 09:35 AM
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I wouldn't reserve a car service in advance. If a yellow cab isn't available or convenient, Luger's has a list of livery cabs that it will call for you. I'd let your server know in advance, however, to ensure timely service.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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I'm trying to figure out what you would do with your luggage if you take a cab.

I guess the people at Peter Lugers could put it in one of the private rooms if they aren't being used.

That would be the only downside to taking a cab.

With the car service, you will have to pay for the time the car waits for you.
 
Apr 7th, 2006, 09:41 AM
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When I booked Peter Luger's I asked about the luggage. The woman was a bit strange. I mentioned a coat room (assuming they had one) but she said "the coat room here is hooks at your seats". She did say it would be no problem as they'd put it near the hostess station. I really hadn't considered hiring a car to sit there for our two hour lunch, which will undoubtedly cost enough as is. She also said there would be no problem getting a taxi.

Indicentally we did a similar thing last year at Le Bernardin. They couldn't have been nicer about storing the luggage for us.
 
Apr 7th, 2006, 08:21 PM
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LOL>
Webster's defines the word, "Indicentally", as being similar to incidentally, but slightly different.
 
Apr 8th, 2006, 12:41 PM
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Gekko,
Thanks for that information. The three of us took a taxi because it was less than the $45 being offered by the "limo driver".
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