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Jul 28th, 2004, 01:53 PM
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Safe to use public transport from midtown manhattan to Hyatt Jersey City?

Hello everybody,
I hope somebody is able to help me with following:
I am staying in the Hyatt Regency in Jersey city (3 days) and I would love to check out Manhattan. I already found some information about public transport from the hotel to WTC with PATH, so I will figure out how to do that.
But, does anybody know if it is safe (and possible) to get back to the hotel at night (after dinner or maybe a show) with public transport?
Thanks everybody for your help!
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Jul 28th, 2004, 02:32 PM
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Hi Natalie:

Went down the hall to check with my co-worker who lives in Jersey City for the right response to your question.

His quote: "Path runs 24/7 and is safe. Just use sense when going to particular stations in NYC." "Best stations are 33rd & 6th & 23rd & 6th." "14th street and Christopher St. stations are pretty rough, so try to avoid those". During late night hours PATH runs about every 1/2 hour he said. "But once they get on it's nicer/cleaner than normal subway ride we experience every day".

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Jul 29th, 2004, 02:20 AM
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I know that the Hyatt is on the Hudson River, but don't know its exact location. However, you may be near enough to walk or taxi cheaply to one of the ferry piers for NY Waterway and take a ferry across, a great way to see Manhattan. You can go across to 38th street, or down to the Wall Street/World Trade Center area. Take a look at www.nywaterway.com, or call 1-800-53-FERRY. They also have tours around Manhattan and to baseball games, etc.

I agree PATH is generally safe. If you are coming from a Broadway show, you will be in mid-town and will need to take need to take the subway down to connect with the PATH further down town. The subway is also generally very safe. Finally, you might also consider taking a bus into or from the Port Authority (42nd street and 8th Ave, so an easy walk from most Broadway theatres). Your hotel should be able to tell you how close they are to the bus stop or stops in Jersey City for the NY buses.
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Jul 29th, 2004, 04:38 AM
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Definately check out the ferries. If I remember correctly www.NYwaterways.com, and maybe www.seastreak.com
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Jul 29th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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Thank you all for your help!
I checked with the hotel and the PATH station is only 30 yards from the entrance, that's really close!
I checked with the ferry-service and that seems a lot of fun, but they run only till 9 pm, so for the daytime that will be perfect!
I come from Holland and know that you have to be aware of your surroundings at night. Once I am not feeling comfortable I just take a taxi. It will be expensive, but better safe than sorry......
The numbers of (relatively) safe subway stations are a big help for me, thank you!
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Jul 30th, 2004, 08:15 AM
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the path is fine during the day, but late at night I return to nj via bus from the port authority. have taken the path many times late at night when everything was fine, but have also experienced uncomfortable situations. I definately agree that the 9th st and Christopher st path stations are "rougher" than the others. there are no ticket booths in the path stations, you have to put in exact change, thus there is no one around down there. for peace of mind, the bus is more comfortable, and it's a very quick ride as well. I would be surprised if a bus didn't stop at or near your hotel. check with the hotel, just so you have the option. If you are returning from a broadway show or dinner in midtown, the port authority is closest, anyway (42nd and 8th). have fun!
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Jul 30th, 2004, 08:36 AM
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Why are you staying in Jersey City?
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Jul 31st, 2004, 10:15 AM
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Natalie, I stayed there earlier this year for a couple of nights, and can tell you that PATH is fine. Just remember that you have to change trains when going from the 33rd st. station to the Hyatt. You can figure this out from the Path system map though.

If you decide to take the cab, it may be possible that the cab driver doesn't know where the hotel is. This happened to me once. The driver didn't have a clue where I wanted to go, hadn't heard of the place and needed to have a map which I should have provided for him. I didn't have a map of Jersey city, and my NYC map didn't reach that far, so I had to take the Path anyway. But the hotel is great and the views are great, but I did not like the food at the Vu restaurant.
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Jul 31st, 2004, 05:19 PM
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The answer to "why stay in Jersey city" is a budget thing. I got the room through priceline for $37 per night. It seems like a very nice hotel, located really close to Manhattan and reviews seem to be very good (tripadvisor, biddingfortravel).

Getting the bus at night from port authority will be one of the best options for me.

Thank you Sepe for the information about the cab drivers; I will keep that in mind. (and about the food too!!)
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Jul 31st, 2004, 05:53 PM
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Natalie, no offense but my time and energy on having to commute isn't worth any savings whatsoever.

Especially since the 2 1/2 star Courtyard By Marriott is going for $65 per night right now.
 
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Aug 1st, 2004, 12:00 PM
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Hi GoTravel,
I just wish.........just checked Courtyard Manhattan MTE and Times Square for my dates, 3 - 6 September. Prices for quality room are $179 and $219.
No $65 for me, I am happy with the $37 and hassle with public transport at night!
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Aug 2nd, 2004, 08:01 AM
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natalie, sorry I didn't specify.

The Courtyard by Marriott is going for $65 on priceline.
 
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Aug 2nd, 2004, 10:40 AM
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To GoTravel: It seems that Natalie has already used Priceline. That's how she got her hotel in Jersey City. Unfortunately, that means she's already been charged $37/night. I doubt she'd want to "eat" that cost and start again if the point is to save money. But it's definitely good advice for the future.
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Aug 2nd, 2004, 05:49 PM
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Natalie:
You are going to love the view of Manhattan from Jersey City. Most visitors to New York never get to see it. Take the boat, take the bus, take the PATH and enjoy.
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Aug 5th, 2004, 06:18 AM
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Staying in Jersey City affords you an opportunity to see how the 'real' New Yorkers commute to work.
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Aug 5th, 2004, 06:25 AM
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If they are commuting in from New Jersey, wouldn't that make them 'real' New Jersians and not New Yorkers? Or does living in New Jersey (since it is so close to NYC) automatically make you a New Yorker?

(my parents live part time in a NYC suburb)
 
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Aug 5th, 2004, 07:34 AM
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As far as Southern New Jerseyans are concerned anywhere north of L.B. Island is New York.
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Aug 5th, 2004, 09:09 AM
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People who live in New York are called New Yorkers. People who live in London are called Londoners.

People who live in New Jersey are called commuters.

Virginia from New Jersey
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Tell that to McSmith.
 
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