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maribethp Dec 5th, 2011 05:12 PM

train to theater??
Coming in to NTC by NJtransit from NEwark area. Want to go to sondheim theater to see anything goes. My walking is a problem due to arthritic knees. I will have my two teen granddaughters with me. How should we best get to theater?

Elkaz Dec 5th, 2011 06:14 PM

The train will leave you a few blocks away it is will be necessary for you to climb steps--which are the worst for you knee. Make sure you get to NYC early enough to find and take a taxi! It is close enough to not be so expensive and your knees will thank you. I am going to see "Anything Goes" Thursday night. Hope it is good!

CYESQ Dec 6th, 2011 01:42 AM

Agree, take a taxi.

bspielman Dec 6th, 2011 01:43 AM

First of all, you'll love "Anything Goes."

Try to be in the first or second car of the train. At that end of the Penn Station platforms, there's usually an escalator (however, not on all platforms, and not always working). Some platforms have elevators, but you will not know in advance whether your train will be arriving at such a platform. At worst, you'll need to climb a flight of stairs to the concourse level.

There are escalators to the street level, where you can hail a cab on Seventh Avenue or stand in the cab line.

(Although Seventh is one-way southbound, away from the theater, it's a shorter walk from the front of the train--assuming you rode there in order to use a platform escalator--than to Eighth, which runs northbound. If this sounds confusing, it is, because Penn Station itself is a rabbit warren of concourse, corridors and passageways, not to mention extraordinarily poor signage.)

maribethp Dec 6th, 2011 04:34 AM

thanks. I appreciate your specificity.

nycguy10002 Dec 6th, 2011 05:51 AM

The Sondheim Theatre is not THAT close to NY Penn Station (33rd St & 7th / 8th Avenue. It is located at 124 West 43rd Street, between Broadway and 6th Avenue.

I agree that a taxi would be best given the circumstances (from the 8th Avenue side of NY Penn ) but if you prefer public transportation then I suggest you take the NYC Subway.

Unfortunately there are more stairs involved than elevators and escalators but I will try to keep it as easy a possible:

From NY Penn, go to the LIRR level and walk past the LIRR Ticket windows and take an UPTOWN #2 or 3 train (there is an elevator to this platform after you go thru the turnstiles). For one stop to Times Square-42nd St. At 42nd St. Use the stairs at the front of the platform. At the top of the stairs, make a right. Go towards the N, R and Q train (there is a short stairway down with a ramp slightly to the right. Just before the N, Q and R train area you will see an exit on the right with escalators (if they are working) and an elevator up to the street. When you get to the street (42nd St between Broadway & 7th Avenue, you will see a Walgreen's store directly across the street. On the right side of the store is Broadway. Cross over to the Walgreen's and walk up Broadway for one block to 43rd St, make a right on 43rd St and walk to the theatre.

The fare on the NY Subway is $2.50 if you buy single ride tickets from the MetroCard Vending Machines or $2.25 if you buy a MetroCard for $4.50 or more from the machines or from the booth.

Enjoy the show.

starrs Dec 6th, 2011 06:22 AM

Take a cab as you leave Penn Station.

bspielman Dec 6th, 2011 12:31 PM

Yes, the subway is possible (we walk the length of the NJTransit concourse past tracks 10 and 11, then turn right after a short flight of stairs to get to the 1, 2 and 3 lines). But, for someone who's unfamiliar with Penn Station, trying to "go to the LIRR level" may be difficult and confusing, for all the reasons I cited above. A cab will be easier.

mclaurie Dec 9th, 2011 08:57 AM

I just want to warn you the lines I've seen this week at Penn Station waiting for taxis were staggeringly long. If you have to take a cab and this trip is happening between now and the end of the year, allow plenty of time to make it to the theater on time.

bspielman Dec 9th, 2011 02:31 PM

Mclaurie repeats Elkaz' point about waiting for cabs. Good advice, though you may be able to hail one at 31st and Seventh.

Many (not all) incoming NJTransit trains use tracks 1 to 4, at the south end of Penn Station. Being at the front of one of these trains may enable you to take an escalator to the concourse level. Then you can leave the station via an escalator to the street level at 31st and Seventh. Cabs often drop passengers off on 31st, just west of Seventh. That's a likely location from which to hail one.

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