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NYC next week!!! Please give advise on itenarary?

NYC next week!!! Please give advise on itenarary?

Dec 20th, 2008, 01:10 PM
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The best view of Manhattan from a bridge is from the Queensboro Bridge at dusk. You truly get a feel for the scale and size of the city.
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Dec 20th, 2008, 01:26 PM
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Thanks-great idea!
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Dec 21st, 2008, 04:16 AM
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Some ideas in these links:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/486135

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/news/...ery_95421.aspx

Also in poking around I stumbled on this free lower Manhattan bus service that might be helpful to you:

http://www.downtownny.com/gettingaround/?sid=19
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Dec 21st, 2008, 02:04 PM
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DancingBearMD- Great website! Not only has transportation info but it included restaurant info as well!

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Dec 21st, 2008, 04:02 PM
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It's probably not a bad idea to schedule the American Museum of Natural History and the Met on different days. Note that both are huge, and it would be easy to get "museumed out" otherwise.

Also note that for both, the admission price is only a suggested amount. If the $20.00 per person price tag is daunting, feel free to pay what you wish, which can be less. I've gotten dirty looks from the desk people at the Met when I've slipped them less than their asking rate, but it doesn't bother me in the least.

Like other posters here, I'll suggest skipping Madame Tussaud's, but if your kids absolutely won't be dissuaded, consider seeing it on Friday as it's located in Times Square. There's a message on their website saying: "Through December 31st you will enjoy a 20% [discount] When booking online." It may tie you to a particular time slot, but given that adults are charged $35 each and kids 4-12 $28, it's a useful savings.
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Dec 21st, 2008, 05:05 PM
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I don;t get being willing to throw way $35 to see nonsense like Madame Tussaud's and thinking $20 is too much for the greatest cultural institution in the Western hemisphere.

I understand the need for the pay as you wish option for people who really have limited means - but if people can afford to spend money on Madame Tussaud's - or the latest, ungreatest Hollywood trash - then $20 for the Met is the bargain of all time.
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Dec 21st, 2008, 05:32 PM
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nytraveler- I disagree with the posters who say just "pay what you can" for admission to the museums! I would never pay the $35 to Madame Toussads and then complain about the $20 to the museum!

They are both on my list of things to see while we are in NYC!
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Dec 21st, 2008, 05:48 PM
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I think Madame Tussaud's is part of the New York Pass, so admission costs may be moot.

Most New Yorkers don't favor any of those discount passes because they wouldn't recommend cramming in as many of the places featured as one would have to in order to get a good value from the pass.

I think some of this itinerary is trying to hit spots covered by the pass, and everyone keeps telling the poster to skip items that are actually on the pass.

Good luck--you're visiting at a wonderful AND challenging time.
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Dec 21st, 2008, 06:03 PM
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ellenem-We purchased the passes because of a recommendation by a friend and before I started doing a lot of planning! I now realize they are not worth what we paid for them! I do feel a bit pressured to squeeze in more than we probably have the time for!

My kids have been actively involved in the planning of our trip and they think the wax museum is "cool"! It wouldn't necessarily be my choice to go but it's what they picked!

Tam

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Dec 21st, 2008, 06:27 PM
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Some of the "false value" from the pass comes from it including some museums, like the Met and the American Museum of Natural History, which have suggested donations anyway. "See--you don't have to pay the $20 ticket." As some have pointed out the $20 is "suggested" anyway.

The list is also a bit trumped up . . . "Over 20 top New York museums are free with the pass." There are 26 on the list, but I bet few visitors are that interested in Historic Richmond Town or the Noble Maritime Collection. Yes, the biggies are there (AMNH, Met, MoMA, Guggenheim, Whitney), but the last three are not for everyone. Missing of note: the Frick.

As you discovered, tambennett, these passes are the kind of thing that, after a little research, you realize you can put together a package better suited to your interests yourself.

Well, at least your kids will enjoy Madame Tussaud's and your husband will feel better every time you check off another sight on your pass.

Things on your list on the pass:
Museum of Natural History
Central Park Zoo
Empire State Building
Ellis Island
Police Museum
Madame Tussaudís Wax Museum
Circle Line

And it looks like you might be able to get free T-shirts at Blue Men . . . maybe.

Here's the full list in case anyone is interested:
http://www.newyorkpass.com/attractionsFullList.asp
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Dec 21st, 2008, 06:42 PM
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nytraveler--

Am guessing you didn't see in the post where I said:

"Like other posters here, I'll suggest skipping Madame Tussaud's..."

The implication is pretty clear that I wouldn't pay a penny to go there, much less $35.00. Being a cheapskate, I'm also not shy about paying less than the asking rate for places that offer the option of a "suggested admission." So why shouldn't I?
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Dec 21st, 2008, 06:59 PM
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Thanks ellenem!
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 02:48 PM
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I really appreciate all the great tips and advice that everyone has contributed! It makes planning so much easier!

I have reservations with Dial7 for our car service into Soho!

Will we be paying for tolls from Newark? The website said the driver
usually makes that decision!
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 03:16 PM
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There's no debate about whether you'll pay tolls FROM Newark since there actually are 2 tolls in that direction.
NJ Turnpike and one of the tunnels (probably the Holland, unless traffic dictates otherwise)
The NJ turnpike toll is about $2 (?), the Holland Tunnel toll is $8.

The debate is TO Newark where there is only one toll (NJ Tirnpike)and they sometimes want to charge for both

(Do you have link to where it says that on their website? I'm curious)

If the driver uses EZ pass (the tolls are billed directly to him, rather than paying at the toll booth) you won't see how much is charged.
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 03:35 PM
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nytraveler-When I made the reservation it gave me a total of $60 and stated that this amount didn't include tolls, extra stops,or gratuity. I clicked into it and it said the driver makes the decision based on traffic conditions. I'm assuming this means the driver will take the quickest route.

So, we will pay a toll from Newark?

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Dec 22nd, 2008, 03:36 PM
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Sorry nyer!
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 03:43 PM
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Yes, you will definitely be charged the toll, as mentioned about $10.

I see, the "driver makes decision" refers to the route. Actually you can reqqest a specific route but since the fare is set, not on a meter, I would trust the driver to take you the fastest most logical way at the time.
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 03:50 PM
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nyer-Thanks!

We are flying back home via LaGuardia, any tolls that way?
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 03:57 PM
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To LaGuardia (from Soho ?) there may or may nor be tolls depending on the route
via Midtown Tunnel = $4.50
via Queensborough Bridge )also knows as 59th street Bridge(less likely route, but possible)= no toll
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Dec 22nd, 2008, 04:01 PM
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nyer-One more question! Our flight back to Atlanta on the 31st leaves at 4:40. What time should we schedule the car service to pick us up at the hotel in Soho?

Thanks
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