Need help planning a trip to New York City

Old Feb 25th, 2009, 08:01 PM
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check out: www.staythenight.com I found it in the NYTimes. Its on the upper east side.....B&B. I may stay there in the summer.
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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 08:05 PM
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My daughter loved walking on 5th Ave when we were in NYC a few years ago, shopping, looking around. (Now she's 18 and attends college there. I'm going there next week.)

She also liked Serendipity for dessert. If they say there is an hour wait, get on the list anyway. We have never waited as long as they said it would be. Many people leave after waiting awhile. We liked shopping and walking around SoHo as well. If you can, see a show one night. They are amazing and memorable. We did the ESB, Macy's, Ground Zero.
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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 08:17 PM
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Since you are driving up from Tennessee, one way to save on parking would be to leave your car in New Jersey and take the train in o Penn Station to your hotel in Manhattan. The Metropark station in Iselin has a good parking garage right next to the train station with reasonable per day rates, right around $10 per day. From Metropark, take a NJ Transit train (about $8 one way) to New York Penn Station. (Amtrak also stops there but will cost more.)
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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 08:54 PM
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I will be on New York this coming Friday and will stay at the Plaza 50. It is on 50th St. and quite reasonable prices. I will let you know if it is worth it over the weekend...
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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 11:51 PM
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Staying outside the city is not the worst thing in the world. THere are a few hotels within walking distance of the the PATH train Pavonia stop in Jersey City like the Courtyard Jersey City. It is a 10 minute ride to downtown. There you can take the subway or cab anywhere. You can be in midtown in 30 minutes tops.
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 12:07 PM
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You are getting a lot of information - and some of its great. I live in Brooklyn, so I've never had the opportunity to stay at a hotel here in the city. I'd say keep looking at Orbitz, Travelociy, Hotels.com/ Hotwire.com, TravelZoo to find your price. Many of these sites have last minute deals that may work for you.
As for being safe with your daughter, you are totally safe. With any place you visit, you just need to be aware of your surroundings. The financial district at night, is not dangerous, but it is desolate. There are a few happy hour places, but thats about it. The stores are closed, the offices are closed and the streets are pretty empty. I would suggest doing Lower Manhattan before 8:00 - Again - its not dangerous but you're not going to see anything while you're there after 8:00.
You can start down there and work your way up. In Battery Park you'll see the Statue of Liberty (you can grab a ferry to Staten Island there too -but that can take an hour or so to do). You'll be able to see the Globe that was in the water fountain at the World Trade Center and the eternal Flame thats burning. Check out the bull (all of this will not take long). Check out the Stock Exchange - although you can't get in it you can definitely check out the outside. Across the street from there is a statue of George Washington. He was inaugurated there (pretty cool to see). Then there is Trinity Church (if you ever saw National Tresaure thats where the treasure was). Then get on the R at Rector Street and get off at Prince Street. That is SoHo - walk along Broadway and check out all the great stores and the sidewalk vendors. Walk all the way up Broadway if you can (it will take a few hours - but you'll have great Mother Daughter time and it will be safe and great for people watching). You'll eventually hit Union Square (14-16th Streets). Then you'll hit 34th Street - you can visit the Empire State building here. I've never been up there but there are always lines to get up there so be prepared to wait. Keep walking up Broadway and then walk over to 5th Avenue (about two blocks away) and you'll hit the Library with Patience and Fortitude (the names of the two lions that guard it) Thats around 42nd Street. That will be aroudn Bryant Park too.
Keep walking up 5th Avenue and you'll see Rockefeller Plaza (where they light the tree). Thats where all the great stores are. Try to get to the "top of the rock" if you can... better then the Empire State building.
Keep walking up 5th Avenue to the high 50's and you'll hit FAO Schwartz. You'll hit Central Park at this point.
There is so much to do, be prepared to walk. Dont' take a cab if you don't have to. Find a garage or a place to park and leave it there... It will cost you, but it will be less to keep it there then get it towed.
You've got plenty of time and I can help you with where to go, but I can't help you with where to stay.
Good luck and have a great time.

Keep walking up Broadway
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