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Old Jun 4th, 2012, 03:21 PM
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Old Jun 16th, 2012, 10:58 PM
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Many thanks to the good souls who provided great input here. You've helped us think carefully about our options. I do think we will likely stay in a KOA up around West Point (it's in that direction) and camp there one night, but go in to the city for an overnight from there. We'll un-hitch, of course, and then lock up the trailer and drive in to the city. Thanks again!
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Old Jun 17th, 2012, 12:20 AM
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Please note that the KOA is an almost an hour's drive from West Point.
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Old Jun 17th, 2012, 04:37 AM
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The KOA could be 3+ hours drive into the city. The point isn't the proximity of the KOA to the city. The point is ths safety of the trailer while they are gone. If I were making this choice for myself, I'd feel more confident that the trailer were safe at a KOA than a parking lot somewhere closer (or in) the city. When a KOA advertises themselves as "closest to the city" they are doing so because they know campers want to do what the OP wants to do.
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Old Jun 17th, 2012, 05:47 AM
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Well the one in NJ is much closer to NYC and I'm not sure why the OP couldn;t leave both the SUV and trailer there. It would cost $80 per day - but would avoid the cost of bringing/hassle of bringing the SUV into the city and the $40 per night garage cost for parking that.

Don't think you can drive it around the city to sightsee. This just isn't possible unless you want to keep taking it in and out of garages at $25 a pop. Realistically there is NO street parking in areas with prime tourist attractions. (Yes, there are places where locals can park on the street, since they understand the rules and how to find a place - but even for us to find a place to park on the street in an uptown residential area can easily take 20 to 30 minutes - and that is a car tht fits into space you couldn't squeeze an SUV into)
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Almost forgot, how silly of me. While mentioning the cemetery where truckers park, you could drive to the end of Bay Parkway, where the Best Buy is, and park in the parking lot for free. Then, just take the B6 to the subway.

Problem solved.
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 06:06 AM
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Cal_S, I'm glad we were able to help you make the most of your visit to NYC and find a solution that you're comfortable with! I can't say I'm familiar with the KOAs in the NYC vicinity (since I try to get *away* from the city to camp LOL), but google indicates the closest one in NY State is the Black Bear Campground. If that's the one you've chosen, it should take you less than 2 hours to get into midtown Manhattan, IMO a nice compromise for your situation. And you'll get to see a bit of the beautiful Catskills while you're at it! Plus, if you have the time and inclination, there is a famous discount shopping outlet nearby called Woodbury Commons: www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=7

On your way back to the campground after your overnight in NYC, you might want to check out another well-known local store, the Stew Leonard's market in Yonkers: www.stewleonards.com/html/about_us.cfm

// Pomah, I still don't think that's a good recommendation for people who have never been to NYC before. Getting to Gravesend, Brooklyn, is a feat in itself. Then getting from the Best Buy/Toys R Us into Manhattan is even more complicated, never mind that your city-bus-to-subway route will take someone about as long as commuting from West Point! And last but not least, I'm sorry but that shopping area is not the nicest: I don't even like to lock my bicycle there to queue for the Mr. Softee trucks in the summer; I'd never leave a trailer of important stuff in that open parking lot unattended!
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Old Jun 19th, 2012, 08:18 AM
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ok, that may be so. But, the point is that it's FREE!
Compare to prices of parking in Manhattan. Yes, you have to take the bus and pay $2.25, but transfer is free.
And how far away are the other places mentioned?

As for safety; if fully loaded trucks are parked there, and people do leave their SUVs and cars at the parking lot, I dont see what the big deal is.
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Old Jun 19th, 2012, 09:23 AM
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This is fodors. A 22 year old son away at college who doesn't phone home for 9 hours is a big deal.
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 03:23 PM
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Again checking back on the wonderful array of advice I've received from you good people. I hope if I ever see anyone searching for advice on visiting northern California that I will be as generous with ideas as you have been.

We have settled on a strategy whereby we camp for several days at the KOA at Plattekill, NY. The drive to NYC (Times Square) is 75 miles. The site and city is also called Newburgh on the KOA website (http://www.newburghkoa.com/). We have been to NYC several other times, so our visit will be very focused -- we only want to spend one night in Times Square (we've stayed at the Doubletree with good success before) and catch a show. Then the next morning it's back to our campsite at the KOA. We will camp a few more days after that to see the Hudson River Valley, West Point area.

I am hopeful that a late-morning drive into the city will miss rush hour. Without the trailer, of course, we will do the usual practice of having them park our car and we'll do the next 24 hours on foot, or maybe also subway (we may want to see Ground Zero, too). Then check out, retrieve our car, and return north.

If you have further counsel, or see anything knuckle-headed about this plan, your advice is still o so very welcome! Thanks again!!
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 03:40 PM
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If you do stay at the Doubletree Suites on Times Square, you can drop your car at the garage across the street on 47th, get your parking ticket validated at the hotel, and save $15 over the "public" parking price.
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Sounds like a good plan!
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Why don't you take a train into NYC and skip the whole car hassle?

http://www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov/dpw/ferry.htm
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 04:03 PM
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How large is your SUV. Some of the garages don;t have room for the really large ones and all will charge a premium price -probably $50 for an overnight.

If its a normal size SUV it can go in essentially any garage.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 08:47 AM
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Sounds like a good plan!

I agree!!

I'm glad to hear that you've experienced NYC before, and even know which hotel you prefer. (So many posts on this board about that!)

Given that you're such intrepid travelers, I hope you're not hesitant to take the NYC subway! On foot will get you around midtown and a bit more, but the subway is by far the best way to go longer distances, and the city buses are helpful, too. You even can transfer for free between the two:
http://mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm

Not to mention, being in Times Square places you on top of access to a majority of the subway lines all in one station!

For example, if so inclined you could walk through Central Park to the Met Museum (with a visit to the roof), then take a city bus back down 5th Avenue to midtown, passing more museums and some gorgeous homes. Or instead go to the Natural History Museum or the adjacent (and newly renovated) New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side, followed by a bus down Central Park West.
www.metmuseum.org
www.amnh.org
www.nyhistory.org

To get to the World Trade Center site from your hotel, take the downtown 2 or 3 ("red") train to Fulton Street. You can then visit St. Paul's on your short walk west to the site. (Note that most New Yorkers don't call it Ground Zero. We also don't identify our subway lines by color, but at times it can be useful.) Continue west over the highway to reach the Hudson River; if so inclined, you could then walk north in the strip of park along the river that runs almost the full length of the island.

You also instead could take the downtown R train to Whitehall or the downtown 1 train to South Ferry, either of which will put you at the very tip of Manhattan. Walk through the parks towards the west for views of the harbor -- Robert Wagner Park has terrific views of the Statue of Liberty -- and then up the west side. At any point in your walk uptown, you could hop an uptown bus or the A/C/E subway along 8th Avenue...

One more suggestion would be, after visiting the WTC site, walk back to Broadway and up to the pretty City Hall Park a few blocks north. The entrance to the pedestrian walkway over the Brooklyn Bridge begins across the street; once you cross the bridge (and maybe stop for the skyline views, an ice cream, a drink or a meal in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn), you can hop on the uptown A or C train back to Times Square. Or continue your walk by viewing the historic Promenade and brownstones in Brooklyn Heights before catching an uptown 2 or 3 train to Times Square.

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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:06 AM
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You won't have problems with most midtown parking garages. They can almost all accommodate an Escalade, which is about as big as an SUV gets. But you'll pay more.
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