Penn Station taxi

Mar 31st, 2006, 07:01 PM
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Penn Station taxi

Arriving Amtrak at Penn Station on Good Friday during rush hour at 5:15PM - need to be at meeting at 7th Ave and 50th Street at 6:00PM. Can I expect to easily find a taxi at the station or should I hire a car/driver to meet me. Cost not the issue - convenience and being uptown by 6:00 is.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 01:31 AM
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There will be a jillion taxis waiting and perhaps as many people waiting in the taxi line to take them.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 02:18 AM
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Get out of Penn Station following signs to 8th ave. exit (8th ave. goes uptown while 7th ave. goes down) If there aren't taxis waiting, have $2 in change or a metrocard and take the 8th ave. bus up to 50th st. and walk over a block. Ofcourse, you could also walk. It's a 15-20 min. walk.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 05:20 AM
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When you leave the station, be sure to get into the "official" taxi queue, if you are approached on your way to find a cab by someone who says "are you looking for a cab" say no thank you and keep walking to the stand. The people offering to "help" you get a cab will get you one, and then tell you that they work for $10. They are not associated with the cabs or Penn Station.

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Apr 1st, 2006, 05:33 AM
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Exit Penn Station to 8th Avenue to get a taxi. 50th St. is one way eastbound so the driver can take you to the corner of 7th and 50th. Taxis should be plentiful.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 05:49 AM
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For some unkown earlthy reason 5pm is the shift change for taxis in the city and at rush hour at 34th st will probably be a bit hard to come by easily.

I would suggest getting the #1 subway right at Penn Station and getting off at 50th St. That would probably be the easiest way to get there on time.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 07:31 AM
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I'd be much more concerned about the Amtrak arriving on time at Penn Station. Amtrak is not known for Swiss precision.

Just checked the Washington to NY (5:18 arrival) train for the last 2 days and it arrived 20min late one day and 1hr late another.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 08:22 AM
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Thank you all - sound slike subway may be best.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 08:25 AM
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I agree that I'd be more concenred about a Friday train being late. Can you catch one an hour earlier?
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Apr 1st, 2006, 08:32 AM
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I agree 100% WITH Mclaurie.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 09:20 AM
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If you're catching a cab at Penn Station, you're going to run into Lincoln Tunnel Traffic from 34th to past 42nd St. If you head up 8th Avenue, you're heading towards the Port Authority - lots of traffic and pedestrians.

Unless there is a physical issue with the subway, you are FAR better getting on the 1 train at 34th and getting off at 50th. The subway should be no more than 20 minutes.

In a cab, it could easily take 20 minutes to go from 34th to 40th on some days.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 09:27 AM
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What no one has mentioned is that Good Friday afternoon is a noticeably slow day in Manhattan. I wouldn't count on taxis. Honestly, it's an easy walk unless you have luggage --- in which case, have a driver meet you at 5:30pm if being on time for the meeting is critical. Trains can be delayed.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 11:42 AM
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We walked from Penn Station to 56th St. last week with no problem and we're not "spring chickens"! I would just walk if it's a nice day.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 11:49 AM
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Amtrak is quite likely to be late. Getting a cab at that time always involves a wait - how long depends on weather traffic - and being a holiday certainly doesn;t help - but it could easily be 10/15 minutes,

I would walk - with subway as a second choice.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 12:17 PM
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Another vote for walk. Bring an umbrella, and be sure to exit Penn on the 7th Avenue side (follow the signs).

The time it takes to hail a cab on 8th, then drive up and cross-town to 7th ... quicker to walk.
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 02:47 PM
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anywhere from 4-6 is a bad time to hail a cab in NY. It's really stupid, but around that time all the drivers are changing so that a majority of cabs are out of service.

It's totally annoying, yet unavoidable. The best bet is to walk. You aren't that far.
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I agree that you should walk. It is a straight shot up Seventh Avenue.

If not, catch just about any uptown subway and get off in Times Square. The N/R stops at 49th and Seventh but doesn't go to Penn Station so switch to the N/R in Times Square.
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Apr 3rd, 2006, 06:00 PM
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Thank you all - I hadn't thought about train not being on time, so as suggested, I'm taking an earlier train arriving 4:15 and, having only one small carryon, if the weather is right, I'll walk - if not, I'll subway.
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