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Travel in late February with Baby in NYC, Child day care place?

Travel in late February with Baby in NYC, Child day care place?

Nov 30th, 2011, 09:29 AM
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This particular Howard Johnson hotel is not very convenient. Pick a new one.

You can probably just stay in the Hilton. It's a convenient location and probably has good deals in February if all the rooms aren't taken for this conference. Otherwise, there are about 50 hotels within a 5- to 10-minute walk of that location, convenient for both you and your wife. Many of them will have good deals in February. Then use a licensed baby-sitter when you need to. It will certainly be easier if you are staying at a major Manhattan hotel. You'll do fine in the city unless there's huge snowstorm.
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Nov 30th, 2011, 09:53 AM
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Bicycle in NYC in February. You are brave. Do you bicycle in Columbus in February? NYC and Columbus are very much the same in terms of what a mother and 2 year old child would do during the day. Except in Columbus you probably have more large shopping malls.
Just plan to bring toys for the baby. Food you can get here, but a few dishes, bowls, utensils would be handy.
The Sheraton has an indoor pool. That might be a nice play area for the child.
People who live in NYC with young children have all their baby stuff here with them. Plus they have their friends for play dates. They know the city and how to get around. For visitors, rather harder. Remember this is a toddler, limited attention span, wants to run around with no safety sense during cold weather. I hope the baby still likes to take long afternoon naps.
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Nov 30th, 2011, 10:51 AM
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I commute using bicycle through the year except when the road is covered with snow. Yes, I am a bicycle fan. You are right, people in NYC have their daily schedule and play groups just like us in Columbus. My son still likes to take two or three hours of afternoon naps.
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Nov 30th, 2011, 02:10 PM
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That Hojo is not the best hotel option if you do stay in Long Island City. In LIC, the Country Inn & Suites, the Verve, the Comfort Inn and the Holiday Inn Manhattan View are nicer.

Blakelyhotelny.com
nycsalisbury.com
radiocityapartments.com
are hotels with 1 bedroom suites with kitchenettes within walking distance of both the Hilton & the Sheraton. With a 1 bedroom suite, you have more flexibility with the baby's napping etc.
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Nov 30th, 2011, 02:12 PM
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PS yes there are plenty of bike rentals but biking in Manhattan or over the bridge from LIC is not a good idea for someone who doesn't know their way around. It's really dangerous.
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Nov 30th, 2011, 05:00 PM
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Riding a bike in NY - unless you know the city well and are experienced riding in very heavy traffic is simply a very big risk. If you really want to bike (and usually February is not the time to do so ) you can rent a bike and do it in Central park. Biking from Queens to Manhattan is close to madness for a visitor.
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Dec 1st, 2011, 12:22 PM
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Thank you for the information about bike things and 1 bedroom suite. We are considering change to a 1 bedroom suite, best with kitchen.

Got to know that it is not a good idea to ride bicycle for a visitor.
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Dec 1st, 2011, 12:36 PM
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Besides naps, my child goes to bed around 8pm. 1 bedroom will be way much more convenient for us.
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Dec 1st, 2011, 01:55 PM
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Elainee is wrong about the pool in the Sheraton New York. The pool is in the Sheraton Manhattan which is diagonally across the street from the other Sheraton.
I doubt very much whether the rooms at the Hilton will be that cheap, since the conference the OP is attending seems to be a major one and, thus, the attendees will be booking most of the rooms probably at a higher rate that what would be considered a bargain.
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Dec 1st, 2011, 02:26 PM
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Another option: Can you bring a babysitter with you? (Grandparent or cousin or friend)

If you get a one bedroom suite with a sitting room you'll have some flexibility in your sleeping arrangements.
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Dec 1st, 2011, 02:28 PM
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Just curious, cowlumbus: Have you been to NYC before or did you say it was a first time visit?
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Dec 2nd, 2011, 06:13 AM
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Yeah, the room at Hilton is not that cheap. It is triple about the price of my current hotel.

We will go with some friends to NYC this time. Some of them will also go to the conference, others are their spouse. So they can hang around with my wife. I had a short stop at NYC last May, just stayed there for one day.
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Dec 2nd, 2011, 06:39 AM
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cow, there's a 4star on Hotwire near the Hilton for $145 with 90% approval rating from guests who have stayed there. How does that compare to your hotel room?

There's going to a BIG difference between actually being in Manhattan and staying out and commuting in for your wife and baby - especially in Feb.
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Dec 2nd, 2011, 08:03 AM
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Umbrella stroller and snowsuit. Pish to anyone who thinks Manhattan is difficult with a toddler in winter. I used to do it from Jersey, on the bus, with no hotel room to go back to, all the time. And I hate the subway, so we'd roll (or stroll when he was a little older) through the streets. My sisters have also done it blithely far more recently. It's one of those things that sounds more difficult than it is.

Unless it is VERY cold Central Park is reasonably manageable in the winter. There is a fair amount of "in" at the Central Park Zoo, as well. The Bronx zoo is fabulous, if you're up to going that far. Every baby is different, and it's hard to predict exactly what will catch the attention of a not quite 2-year-old but with all those museums, there must be some that will work for mom and baby. We loved Natural History from a very early age, but the Met didn't work well until my son was about five. OTH, my nephew developed an obsession with their Tiffany glass when he was about 2 1/2. And FAO Schwarz is small child heaven. Plus there's just so much going on on the street that it is endlessly entertaining to little ones.

Staying in Manhattan will make your life far easier and your evenings more enjoyable, however.
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Dec 2nd, 2011, 09:09 AM
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Thanks persimmondeb for the information about those attractions.

We won't have much entertainment outside the room in the night as our little one goes to bed early. We have to stay in the room. And we don't want to go out separately. Our friends surely want to enjoy the nights so it would be not reasonable to ask them to stay in our room.
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Dec 2nd, 2011, 01:42 PM
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"it would be not reasonable to ask them to stay in our room."

No, it wouldn't. That's why I suggested to bring along a babysitter so you could join the evening fun without baby....
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