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Feb 8th, 2013, 01:59 PM
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We're back in NYC for the storm of the century.

Hello fellow fodorites. We're back at the Jane hotel, where, as you may remember, the survivors of the titanic stayed for a while. The Jane looks like the steerage quarters for the titanic, narrow hallways, shared bath, small cabins, and bunkbeds. DW says its not for everyone. But we're having a good time. We drove. Parked near Jane Street, not too far from the start of the HighLine. DS#2 has his own room. Very cheap (I think $150 for both rooms). We may have to buy a snow shovel to get out of our parking space on Sunday when DS leaves for school and we drive back to dc. DW is checking out a restaurant list suggested by fodorites on previous visits and I'm resting quietly, thinking about survivors. Tomorrow, Barney Greengrass for breakfast. Orange juice is very good in NYC.
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Feb 8th, 2013, 02:02 PM
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Great timing, SM! I hope you enjoy your trip and get back to DC safely. Please give my regards to DW.
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Feb 8th, 2013, 02:17 PM
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you would be better off paying for a garage.. the snow plows will plow you in and you will spend hours digging the car out if amounts are as predicted.
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Feb 8th, 2013, 02:49 PM
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$180 for both rooms. Not that cheap. And that doesn't include the cost of the snow shovel.
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Feb 8th, 2013, 03:14 PM
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It is not snowing on the east side. You should have stayed on the east side.
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Feb 8th, 2013, 03:50 PM
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Unfortunately, this may be the storm of the century for Boston. For NYC this is a moderate storm (we don;t know how much yet - it now looks like 7-9" for this storm). This is NO BIG DEAL. We get storms this big or bigger, almost every winter.

The giant storm we had 2 years ago at Christmas that made such a mess was about 24" of snow - not 9". Plus there was a huge amount of blowing and the storm was not expected as far in advance or as prepared for. (I have lived through several other storms here that were 24" or more - including one when I was in high school on Long Island when we had drifts of 5' of snow in our driveway - 4 days no school.) They are generally a mess for 2/3 days (unless you live in the outer boroughs of NYC - which are the latest to be plowed). Naturally they start with main highways, then major avenues, then the streets with the most people (in Manhattan) then move to the areas with fewer people (low rise apts or private houses).

But expect the city to be operational tomorrow afternoon - and the Amtrak to be back as soon as tracks south can be cleared of any fallen trees. Heading north will take longer - depending on how much snow actually falls in New England.

This storm is a problem for people trying to fly in or out, and short-term for RRs - since Amtrak had been shut until they confirm that the storm is over and tracks are not blocked by trees. But for locals - it's more a nuisance at this point. (The local restaurants are still delivering in my neighborhood - but then they delivered through all but the worst day of Sandy, too.)
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Feb 8th, 2013, 03:57 PM
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If possible move car to a garage as Maxima suggested above.
10th Ave @ 20th Street, Edison Park..not too far from your hotel.
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Feb 8th, 2013, 05:57 PM
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As nytraveler says this is a Boston and New England storm notr so much NYC...although flooding expected up and down the coast.
As I type on a Friday evening we have blowing snow expected for tonight and tomorrow with perhaps over two feet in an area around Boston. Governor ordered all cars off the roads. This promises to be a real biggie.

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Feb 8th, 2013, 06:16 PM
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THe snow in Manhattan disappears rather quickly. The first day is a slushy mess by the curbs but the heat of 8 million people, the subways, the buildings, and the sanitation department makes the snow dissipate quickly.
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Feb 9th, 2013, 05:14 AM
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Thanks all. We just woke up and I'm headed out to bring back some coffee and see how our van did. We got back after a nice dinner last night at the spotted pig too lazy and cheap to move the car which I may very much regret. We'll see soon.
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Feb 9th, 2013, 06:23 AM
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Hey parade, is there a tapas place on the east side you like especially?
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Feb 9th, 2013, 06:28 AM
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Snow not too bad. Heart attack unlikely. Debating among plays. Really, Really. The Vandal. Gotta see what's at 1/2 tkts.
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Feb 9th, 2013, 06:34 AM
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sm, do you have the TKTS app (if you have a smart phone)? You can see what's there before you get there. Handy!

Friends have posted pics of Riverside Park this morning. Gorgeous. You should walk the High Line and take pics for us.

Stay warm and safe!
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Feb 9th, 2013, 06:45 AM
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We got about 11" of snow. Major streets and side sreets in Manhattan have been plowed and sanitation is working 12 hours on and off and it is expected all streets in the city will be plowed today.

Buses and subways are running on schedule and you can easily walk around the city to do whatever you want. (I just watched two elderly ladies from the building across the street take their grocery carts and head to the market for Sat am shopping.)

To play in snow head to Central park now - and see what activities the parks are offering - as a minimum snowball fights, snow forts and snow men - if you kids have the energy and don;t mind the cold. (We did this as kids with the family dog - who adored playing in the snow - and kept trying to catch the snowballs.)
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Feb 9th, 2013, 07:25 AM
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Hey parade, is there a tapas place on the east side you like especially?

Nai. See below.


http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...aurant-nyc.cfm
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Feb 9th, 2013, 07:40 AM
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You said east side but Tia Pol on 10th Avenue is within walking distance of your hotel.
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Feb 9th, 2013, 06:52 PM
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Long fun day. Checked car and thankfully not too buried. should be able to get it out for the drive home tomorrow. Breakfast at Bonbonniere recommended by a dog walker as a real New York, eggs beans and rice kind of place, which it was. Then to 1/2 price tkts at 47th and Broadway (after checking first on line like real New Yorkers). We saw The Other Place, a very good play with Lori Metcalf and Bill Pullman. Then a visit with family friends on the upper west side, then dinner at Gennaro, a good and popular Italian place.

The play was about different perspectives, delusion and reality, remembering and forgetting. After the play, on the subway, I saw a poem posted in the Poetry in Motion series that begins: the city orbits around eight million centers of the universe.

I liked the poem, I liked talking to the fashion photographer at the cafe in the Jane Hotel, I liked the guy who was walking two dogs adorned in little dog booties who told us a great breakfast place, I like the play and the poem and the people you see on the subway and the eight million centers of the universe. New York reminds you of what life is. I know that's a little puffy, but there it is.

Parade, I had an inkling you'd like Nai.

Thanks again for all your kind comments re snow, parking, and other stuff. The snow here was very pretty. I'm glad and lucky to have dodged the worst of the storm.

https://www.google.com/search?q=genn...=safari#mldd=0.

http://m.yelp.com/biz/la-bonbonniere-new-york.
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Feb 9th, 2013, 07:01 PM
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I liked the report of your day.
I liked the poem too.
I like dog walkers.
My friends like Gennaro too - and left me a $100 gift certificate to use there because it's one of their favorite places.
I left it for them as a welcome home gift.
I liked my other two home-away-from-home restaurants too much to try a new place.

Be sure to tell us about digging out the car tomorrow. Take pictures even.
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Feb 10th, 2013, 09:02 AM
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I think a city under a blanket of snow is magical. Enjoy the rest of your stay.
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Feb 10th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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I saw The Other Place on Friday, also...great play! When I left Manhattan this morning, I still needed my snowboots to get through the deep slush at the street crossings...what a mess!
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