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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 05:20 PM
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Author: wandering1
Date: 02/02/2007, 07:49 pm
does anyone have any experience or knowledge of "manhattan getaways" services? A bnb service. we were looking at a property at east 36th btwn park and lexington or east 74th st at 2nd ave. are these safe areas for night walking? noisy? close to stops? we like the idea of being more centrally located but would one be preferred over the other? any help is gratiously accepted


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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 05:32 PM
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Not sure about the BnB service, but I can comment on the neighborhoods.

E. 36th is more centrally located in relation to Times Square, the Empire State and other midtown attractions. It's not exactly hoppin' at night, but I don't think you'd be unsafe.

74th and 2nd Ave. is better in terms of nightlife, but it will probably be noisier and far away from a lot of stuff people typically want to see/do in NYC. You'd be about a 10-minute walk from the 4/5/6 train at 77th and Lexington.

Have a great trip!
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 05:53 PM
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Don't know Manhattan Getaways. If you're looking for a vacation rental, nyhabitat.com, cyberrental.com, vrbo.com and many others have been used safely. If you're looking for a "hosted" b & b (ie staying in someone's apt. while they're there)citylightsnewyork.com has gotten good recos.

As to the 2 locations you mention, they're both safe and fine. 36th st. is more "central" but 74th is a nice residential area.

Pay attention to the specific apt. though. Notice many of these are walk ups (no elevator) and notice what floor they're on.
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Old Feb 2nd, 2007, 06:29 PM
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thanks for responses! have sent a request form for city lights, mclaurie.

We are needing help with our plans. We are flying into Philly spending 2 days there and renting a car so we can drive to Atlantic City. Any suggestions??? From Atlantic City we want to drive the coast to NYC. Is this feasible? In New York we want to stay in a central area, Midtown East or ??? Help! We were wondering if we should drive into these areas or go outside and park the car and take a train as we want to keep driving after NY to Boston and NE coast. We will not be driving around for the 4 days we are staying in NYC. If we should where should we park our rental, Stamford or ??? Any suggestions on parking garages and the addresses would help!!!!
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Both neighborhoods are mid/upscale residential and perfectly safe. Neither is great for subway - but the walk to a stop shouldn;t take more than 5 minutes or so.

Uptown you'll be near a lot of the major museums, closer to a lot more restaurants of all types - and not so much in a heavy traffic pattern. I would go for that location.

Can;t speak to the properties.
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Good point about the Upper East Side museums. I guess it depends on what you want to do in New York.
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If you're looking for a hosted apt., I've heard of one from Citylightsnewyork in Murray Hill owned by an English woman who's been living in NYC for years. The bedroom and your own bathroom are evidently very nice and she's an excellent and helpful hostess. The apt. you are considering on 36th st. is also in Murray Hill. It's a nice location as it's a good combination of business and residential and part of midtown. It's not generally noisy there at night.

Many tourists like to stay in or near Times Square (locals generally avoid the area except for going to the theater). What is your budget for a room and what are your interests? Are you looking to do the typical tourist stuff like bus tours etc.?

You ask for suggestions after your statement, driving from Phil. to AC. I don't know what kind of suggestions you want. My only suggestion is don't go unless you're interested in gambling, and even then, there are better options, I think. The casinos in Ct. (ie Mohegan Sun) are evidently much nicer and you could stop there on your way to Boston. AC really takes you out of your way unnecessarily (imo).

There are some charming and/or historic seaside areas in NJ that would be worth a look, but imo, going as far as AC is not necessary.

As to driving the coast from Atlantic City, I haven't done it; but in general, there are not through roads running north to south that follow the coast so you can see the water. If you look for directions on mapquest.com or http://maps.google.com/ the bulk of the trip will be on the Garden State Pkwy and I 95--neither particularly scenic. Perhaps others can tell you whether the coast road would have a view.

Park your car in Manhattan for the time you're there. It's much too much hassle to park, ride a train with luggage, etc. then have to go back to the car. Once you have a place to stay, iconparking.com has garages all over town. Look for one near your accomodation, get the price and even reserve the space. You should know there's one hotel in Manhattan called the Travel Inn that has free parking. It's a reasonable budget place, is well located for typical tourist activities, and might wind up be cheaper than paying for accomodation and parking separately. Worth a look. Please do post what your budget is and how many nights you plan to be in NYC.

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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 07:52 AM
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wow, thanks for tip on ac! our time in nyc is 3, possibly 4 nights and we found that paticular room for around 140 as we are really trying to limit our accomadations budget so as to have more for other things. as far as our itinerary, we only have the esb, tor for touristy things. we really are more into getting into the different hoods and exploring.we also have theater plans and a yankee game our last night there. we dont typically do aton of touristy things when we travel, we just like to get into the experience. o yes,and some shopping and we really like to try a lot of different food!
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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 07:57 AM
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p.s. we liked the idea of not staying in a huge hotel. even when we go to mexico, we dont go to resorts.
it would be great if you could reco those charming, historic nj seaside areas! also i have a museum on our list.thanks for the tip on parking also and all the tips, mclaurie!
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Well first on NYC accomodation, you say "we found that paticular room for around 14" WHAT particular room?

Btw, you don't have to stay with someone (I don't think) to spend $140/night. But you may have to make some compromises. YOu can usually get a room in a 4* hotel for $120-150/night by bidding on Priceline.


The Eastgate Tower, also in Murray Hill, is an apt/hotel that can often be had at around that price (look on affinia.com)

For NJ shore spots, Spring Lake is one of the prettiest spots with lots of Victorian style b & bs. Here's an older thread with names of b & bs and some other locations.
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...1&tid=34486595
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