New York in January


Oct 16th, 2003, 08:54 AM
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New York in January

Would we be out of our minds to go to New York City in January? I know it will be cold, but will we be miserable walking around? Would like to see a Broadyway show, go to the Metropolitan Museum, and just see the sites. If you have been in January, please advise? Any hotel suggestions would be appreciated. For a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary so would like a nice hotel, but 5 Star not necessary. THANK YOU for your help.
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Oct 16th, 2003, 09:01 AM
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In January it could be 6 or 60 degrees. In general, I would say in the mid 30s. As far as snow, we went many years with hardly any, but last winter was awful (cold and snow). Since many of the highlights of NYC are indoors, I wouldn't see it as a problem. Just check the weather report before coming here and bring lots of layers.

I'm not too knowledgable about hotels since I live here but if you can provide a price range, others may be able to give you good advice. One option you may consider it Priceline. I've used it several times for visitors and we have been pleased. Check the website biddingfortravel for more info. In January, you may be able to get a 5* at 3* prices using priceline.
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Oct 16th, 2003, 09:04 AM
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This recent post had the same question, and lots of answers:
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Oct 16th, 2003, 09:05 AM
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Miserable? Hardly. It's a great town to visit, any time of the year. Bundle up, of course-- it won't be hot, I can tell you that. It may rain, it may be blustery, but so what? It's New York!

The people who participate in this board tend to recommend staying in the Midtown East area-- and I concur. I'm a fan of the Intercontinental myself. The big Marriott in Times Square (the Marquis) isn't bad (the atrium is impressive), and it's certainly handy for the theatres, though I'd prefer one of those Grand Old Hotels farther uptown.

The nice thing about staying in the Midtown East area is that you're central to everything in Manhattan and it seems easier to get around on the major avenues than on the Westside-- or is my perception off...? Either way, have a wonderful time!
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Oct 16th, 2003, 09:10 AM
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January is a relatively slow time in New York, so you shouldn't have that much of a problem getting a bargain room and bargain theater tickets.
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Oct 16th, 2003, 09:11 AM
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I don't know how much faith you put it into these things but according to the Farmer's Almanac it will remain persistently cold in New York City from mid November through early January followed by a very cold spell in late January. Snowy periods are predicted for mid to late January. The truth is, you never know. Wear layers to keep warm and make sure you have a hat, scarf, gloves, and comfortable waterproof boots to walk in. If it is very cold you will have many places to choose from for a hot chocolate or cappuccino break! Check out the Gorham Hotel's website. You can't beat it for location, rates, and services, and amenities. You can walk to Central Park, 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center, the theater district, just to name a few from there. Monday, January 19th is Martin Luther King Day and most schools and places as such will be closed. In answer to your other question, I don't think it's crazy to visit the city in January, but I don't know if you'll be miserable. What's the climate where you live?
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Oct 16th, 2003, 09:18 AM
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It's a trade off. Short lines, few crowds, and lower prices in exchange for less than ideal weather.
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