Driving one day from manhattan to hoboken.

Old Jun 10th, 2014, 11:06 AM
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Driving one day from manhattan to hoboken.

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I'm visiting NYC for about 8 days . On the last day Friday I'm renting a car from Manhattan and returning to ewr to catch a flight back on Saturday. Friday night we are staying in a hotel in calrstadt.I want to see Carlos Bakery. So will pick up car at 11 am and drive there. For rest of day not sure what else to do after. Was thinking of taking Staten island ferry after visiting Carlos Bakery? Drive car and park at Battery park? Is that a long drive from hoboken? Or should we do the ferry on the day we are in manhattan? What else can we do after Carlos Bakery visit? Thanks
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Old Jun 10th, 2014, 11:11 AM
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Then you would have to drive back to Manhattan. I don't think that is a good idea. Do it during one of the EIGHT days.
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Old Jun 10th, 2014, 11:12 AM
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Here is an idea for something to do.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandf...s/liberty.html
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Old Jun 10th, 2014, 11:24 AM
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I'd just take a PATH train from NYC to Hoboken. The bakery is only a few blocks from the station.

Is there a reason you want to stay in Carlstadt? There are several hotels near Newark Airport with shuttles. etc. That way you could take public transportation and avoid the car rental.
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Old Jun 10th, 2014, 01:40 PM
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Carlos now has a place in Times Square so going to Hoboken is totally unnecessary. And per above, if you feel you have to go to Hoboken, renting a car is totally unncessary and an extremely expensive way to do it. a PATh train ride is $2.50. Where do you think you'll park? If you want to take a day trip by car on your last day, I can think of loads of better options from Grounds For Sculpture to Woodbury Commons for shopping to the Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit (also accessible by train but maybe a bit easier by car). I also echo the question why Carlestadt?
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Old Jun 10th, 2014, 03:46 PM
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You can take the Path from Manhattan to Hoboken (and walking distance from Carlos) in about 10 minutes. It could take you an hour to drive and park! You do the math.

Save the cost of the car and put it into spending the night at The W Hotel in Hoboken. You can walk to there from Carlos, and then walk to the station and go to EWR by train. Easy. And the hotel has gorgeous views of the city! Or are we missing some compelling reason for staying in Carlstadt?
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Old Jun 10th, 2014, 06:09 PM
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Agree to just hop the PATH to whatever this bakery is (Is this better than quality Manhattan bakeries?)

And why stay in NJ - unless your flight leaves at 6 am - and then I would stay at the airport.

Take the SI ferry on one of your other days..

A car in Manhattan/Hoboken is a huge waste of time and money
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Old Jun 10th, 2014, 06:09 PM
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I'm confused about why you'd rent a car to drive two miles. And I can't think of any reason to stay in Carlstadt. Like everyone else, I just don't get it.
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Old Jun 11th, 2014, 12:10 AM
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Oh on my last day I have a free car rental so I thought it would avoid taxi cost to get to EWR. Since I want to see Carlos Bakery so that is why.Then next day use the car to get to airport? I could stay instead at IHG on staten Island which will have free shuttle to the free ferry to see the Statue of liberty. Carlstadt cuz it's free. But I could stay at IHG on Staten Island? Suggestions? How is traffic outside of Manhattan Thanks.
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Old Jun 11th, 2014, 12:24 AM
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Btw, it's Carlstadt New jersey on Plank road. Just making sure you know which Carlstadt.
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Old Jun 11th, 2014, 04:49 AM
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"Oh on my last day I have a free car rental so I thought it would avoid taxi cost to get to EWR."

This is the part you lose me with. You can get to EWR for a couple dollars. Exactly how much do you expect to spend to rent a car in Manhattan for one day, dropping at EWR? When you say "free", are you talking about taxes, drop offs, etc? Meanwhile what might it cost you just to park for a couple hours a couple of places -- like downtown Hoboken? My guess is -- more than the cost of a train to EWR.
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Old Jun 11th, 2014, 05:38 AM
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Call Bridget Kelly and ask her to drive you over.
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Old Jun 11th, 2014, 05:51 AM
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Be prepared to stand in line at the bakery.

Why anyone would get there by other than PATH is a mystery.
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So basically you'll pay about $15 in tolls plus parking costs to drive to a bakery that is more easily reached by mass transit. You'll pay another $15 in tolls to drive to and from Staten Island to stay in your 'free' hotel. Plus, you'll be staying in an inconvenient suburb and will then pay more tolls to drive to and from the hotel and the airport. And you want to do this on a Friday, which is generally the worst traffic day of the week in the Tri-State area.

All of this is going to cost quite a bit more than the cost of the PATH train to Hoboken ($2.50 each way). To me, the math is pretty easy. I'd spend the extra night in Manhattan, then take the bus to EWR on Saturday for $13, and have a nicer day. But that's just me.
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Old Jun 11th, 2014, 08:18 AM
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I don't know much bout new york nor new jersey. But with a family of 5 thuoght it better to drive to hoboken? Cost for taxi to get to ewr is not a couple of dollars? How much is parking in Hoboken? We like to check out that city too. I read where you can see new york from there as well? Car is free as in 100%. Hotel is free 100%. Ihg on Staten Island has great rating?
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I still can;t get over driving 5 (FIVE!) people to NJ to see a bakery that has a branch in Manhattan. And yes, of course you can see Manhattan from Hoboken - you can see if from a million places in NJ, Brooklyn Queens etc.

And Staten Island is extremely inconvenient to get to and fro - expensive bridges and lots of traffic.

As for hotel - don't know what you mean. If Holiday Inn - or Holiday Inn Express on SI - I would check tripadvisor - but how good could they be. And will they put 5 people in a room?
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Old Jun 11th, 2014, 10:56 AM
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I cannot believe how rude everyone is being to this poster.
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Old Jun 11th, 2014, 11:06 AM
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My kids want to see the Bakery. They are fan of the show. Is it really that bad? Most important question is if someone can tell me how it would be to drive out of manhattan. Since I got the car, I can drive to Hoboken and explore the city? Is parking and driving just as bad as Manhattan in Hoboken? I have choice to stay at newark airport hotel the night before. Leave car at hotel and go to hoboken by bus if need be? or to drive to Staten Island and park car there for the night before driving to ewr next day? Time is not issue since it is the last day of trip to do whatever we want.
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Hi. I walk by Carlo's Bakery every week on my way to synagogue in Hoboken. It is 2 blocks from the PATH train station, which goes direct from Penn Station in New York City. Carlo's Bakery is adorable and actually the brownies and cupcakes are pretty good. ;-) Once last summer, on my way back to the train I saw a bunch of people with their cameras over their heads right in front of the bakery, and when I got closer I saw it was Buddy (who is petite in real life) and he was kind and took photos and smiled with everyone. But that was a very rare sighting.

However, with that said, let me give you a couple of hints. At this time of the year, there are mobs of people waiting to get inside. HUGE CROWDS. People are lined up down to the end of the block, and then across the street and sometimes halfway down the next block. It could take you two hours to get in. The bakery has "bouncers" who make sure that only a certain number of people go inside. It's not something you just drive up to and go in and buy something and get out.

If you want to do this I would highly suggest being there before the bakery opens. Here's the website with hours and a small map: http://bakeshop.carlosbakery.com/contact-us/#hoboken

There are several parking garages in Hoboken and that would be your best bet to park without getting a ticket. All parking spots on the streets have meters and the police are very strict about even going 2 minutes over. I know from experience... Also, at this time of year there are tour buses that come and disgorge mobs of people -- and also take up parking spots.

Yes, it's true that you can see Lower Manhattan from Hoboken's Pier; it's a lovely view and a perfect tourist photo opportunity. The Pier is a 5 to 7-minute walk from Carlo's. You will not need to get in your car.

I absolutely would not drive in Hoboken. If you want to drive to Carlo's Bakery and park in a garage and then walk around -- the main shopping district is Washington Street and you can walk up one side and down the other (Carlo's Bakery is at the beginning) and there's boutiques and other shops and bars and restaurants. However, driving is a nightmare and parking is even worse. I repeat, do NOT try to park on the street. You will most likely get a ticket. If you are coming with a car you have to be prepared to park it in a garage and not move it until you want to leave. And that's not cheap, either.

Hope that is helpful.
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I can answer some but not all of your questions.

1. I get why you want to see the bakery. It's a small place with a little storefront and long lines. They don't do tours or demonstrations, but you can buy cakes. I've had the "lobster claw" and it's not bad. But not my favorite baked goods.

2. Driving out of Manhattan on a Friday is difficult and will be slow. I'd allow at least 30 minutes to get to Hoboken unless there's a back-up at the tunnel, and then it could take 45 minutes. I'd take the Holland Tunnel myself.

3. Hoboken is about 2 square miles, so it's not a place that you can "drive" to explore. You walk. There are some interesting stores to look at, but it's also got a lot of bars and restaurants, which won't be of much interest to the kids. Not many "sights" as it's a small residential community.

4. Parking in Hoboken is actually a bit harder than in Manhattan, but it's probably not as expensive to get a garage space there. They are just in high demand. Almost everyone has a car and parks on the street, but there are some garages. Unfortunately, I can't recommend one.

5. I don't know NJ very well, but you could certainly drive other places in NJ in a day. There's a large Ikea right by EWR and nearby a giant outlet mall. I like the Princeton area, which is about 50 miles from midtown Manhattan. That might be a nice destination, but it would take over an hour to get there.
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