Desert Rats do Chirstmas in New York

Dec 17th, 2008, 08:57 AM
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"The Pierpont Morgran Library I believe still has an exhibit on Babar up (which is really cute if she ever read the books as a kid)"

In that vein, the "real" Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, etc. are in the public library:
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Dec 17th, 2008, 10:14 AM
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I understand your concern, believe me I work in the arts I know how very little support we get in many regards, but I am also a struggling student trying to make ends meet and I completely understand the trouble of paying full price admission everywhere you go. I am certainly not suggesting that one completely disregard and pay a penny to see the Met, but I don't think anyone should feel bad if their means cannot stretch to the full recommended admission price. So please, do not take my comment as flippant, I was only trying to put some money concerns of a traveller at ease. New York can be expensive, living here is expensive, and the art world is creative, we always find ways to make the money we need, it may just be a little harder at times.
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Dec 17th, 2008, 10:51 AM
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I agree with Howard on the pay a yuo wish in museums.

If you are legitimately a poor student or a single working parent and can;t afford the full freight that's one thing.

But when I overhear people complain about how expensive musuems are - and then drag their kids to ghastly Hollywood trash they won;t remember for 30 minutes at $10 a head - I have no sympathy.

The US government - unlike almost every first world nation - spends practically nothing on culture/the arts. And if the people that use the museums don;t want to pay it leaves it in the hends of a few wealthy (only now may be not so much) to support activities.
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Dec 17th, 2008, 11:27 AM
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OK, krodster, point well taken. Next time, however, offer those qualifying comments at the outset when you encourage people not to pay the going museum rate, rather than making it sound like a general bit of advice to everyone.
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Dec 18th, 2008, 01:04 AM
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Thanks for all the great advice everyone!!! We leave for Vegas tomorrow and will fly out of there early Friday morning -- that is, if the snow lets up. Thank goodness I was stocking up on warm winter woolies for New York, because here in the desert it snowed all day! We had only our second "snow day" off of school since my husband started teaching 24 years ago. At least I found out my boots are waterproof as advertised.
We're so excited for our NY adventure. I'll let you know how it comes out. Thanks again.
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Jan 5th, 2009, 09:23 AM
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Thanks to everyone for the tips and Sart: I look forward to your trip report!

My wife has mentioned wanting to visit NYC during the Christmas season but, it never seems to come up *until* the Christmas season. So, this year, I decided to start the year off by planning to make that trip!

So, God willing and the creek don't rise, we'll be heading north to see the sights this coming December.

Because of the expense of staying IN the city, it will only be for a few short days but that should be enough to tick off the big touristy things from the checklist.

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Jan 5th, 2009, 10:01 AM
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DesertDave, consider the week after Christmas. When we did it, things were a lot cheaper. We flew in on Christmas Day and out on the 31st and hotels and the Radio City MHCS were a LOT cheaper.
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Jan 6th, 2009, 09:38 AM
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Thanks Starrs. We'll consider it.

Not meaning to argue the point; it surprises me to hear things would be less expensive the week after Christmas. I would expect 'they' would be as - or more - expensive because of the crowd coming in for New Year's Eve.
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Jan 6th, 2009, 09:51 AM
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We've found in the past that prices are less for those particular few days from Dec. 26-Dec. 30 (of course, going up again for New Year's Eve).
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Jan 6th, 2009, 10:00 AM
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No - that week is cheaper since there are zero business travelers - and a lot of tourists want to be home by Christmas Day. The stores are busy with a lot of locals - but hotels usually not as bad as before Christmas.
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Jan 7th, 2009, 05:54 AM
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Thanks, starrs, sf7307 and, nytraveler!

Info like this is why I keep hanging around here.
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Jan 8th, 2009, 10:25 AM
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I also appreciate that bit of info. I want to visit around Christmastime as well to see all the sites and store windows. If everything is still up the 26-30, I'm all for going then if it's cheaper. Thanks.
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Jan 8th, 2009, 10:52 AM
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IMO it's the best time to go - during the holidays. Everything is still decorated. Not as many crowds. Prices drop.

A family member always took the girls shopping on the second week of December and stayed overlooking the Park. I would smile knowing I went and spent a fraction of that amount of $$$ - but would have loved the shopping spree
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Jan 9th, 2009, 09:27 AM
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A little further info:

I am finding the price drop for seems to be Dec 20 - Dec 29.

I'm seeing prices drop from well over 300 Dec 19, to under 300 Dec 20.

At least for the hotels that have let me look that far in advance. I've been surprised to find how many hotels and airlines won't let you even look at rates over 330 days in the future. :/
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