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Title: New York
Post by: Neph on December 31, 2012, 06:13:21 am
Visiting New York for the first time in March. I'm going with Mrs Neph and my two children, daughter is 17 and my son is 12. We are going for 5 days and I was wanting a bit of advice on what to see and what not to see.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Fishy on December 31, 2012, 08:54:27 am
wouldn't bother..not much happening there...:)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on December 31, 2012, 09:32:06 am
We were there in 2010 with our 15 year old daughter and did  the obvious tourist stuff. We went in July when the temperature was hitting 38C so it was very different from March when it might be 38F.

In no particular order of preference.

1. Top of The Rock at the Rockefeller Centre.
I much preferred this to the Empire State Building experience. Much shorter queues and more room in the viewing areas at the top. It's lower than the ESB but you get a clear view of Central Park and Uptown and crucially you can see the ESB from it which you can't when you're in the ESB. Disadvantage, you can't see Downtown from it.

2. Empire State Building
It's iconic so you'll probably go there anyway. We had to contend with horrific queues and had to walk up the last six floors. The first lift only takes you to the 80th floor, there's another waiting area there before you get another lift to the viewing area on the 86th. It was so busy there that they were allowing people to walk up the last few floors. I'd expect it will be a lot quieter in March than July. If you do get up there you get a superb view of the Chrysler Building and Downtown. You should do either this or Top of The Rock at night so you can see the city all lit up.

3. Ellis Island
A superb museum which much to our surprise Katie loved. Normally she hates being dragged to museums but she loved this. If either of the kids have done or are likely to do Modern Studies it's a must-see. Make sure you get the audio-tour (I think it was free) it enhances the experience. When we went there were queues for the ferry and there is full airport style security before you can get on it which was a pain.

4. American Museum Of Natural History/Hayden Planetarium
On the upper west side near Central Park. As a space geek I loved the planetarium and the museum features more dead and extinct animals than you knew existed. It's very good on dinosaurs. It's also convenient (about 8 blocks) from Strawberry Fields if you want to go there. The blocks are only about 80 yards deep when you are heading in a "North-South" direction.

5. Central Park.
It's vast, 2.5 miles long by 0.5 mile wide, don't expect to see more than a fraction of it. In the summer there are usually street performers dotted around, no idea if they will be out there in March.

6. Times Square at Night
Garish, but something you should see with just about every building lit up with lights and advertising screens. Who's paying the electric bill for all this ?  Probably the safest place in New York, all the cops seem to congregate there in the evenings, we would regularly see about 30 or more cop cars parked up here at night.

7. Bryant Park at 42nd Street West and 6th Avenue
This was a good place just to sit and watch the world go by. Maybe not in March though, you might freeze your buns off.

8. Walking around.
We enjoyed just wandering about taking in the sights of the city. It's amazingly dynamic but jeez I wouldn't want to live there (well not in Manhattan).


We got a City Pass which gave reduced admission fees to many of the attractions.
http://www.citypass.com/new-york?mv_source=rkg&creative=12727692389&adpos=1t1&gclid=CPLz9bqpxLQCFebLtAodrBEA8A



Title: Re: New York
Post by: Fuzzy on December 31, 2012, 09:40:55 am
Quote from: Neph on December 31, 2012, 06:13:21 am
Visiting New York for the first time in March. I'm going with Mrs Neph and my two children, daughter is 17 and my son is 12. We are going for 5 days and I was wanting a bit of advice on what to see and what not to see.


A great city, you should have a brilliant time.
Chris and Carrie are the best guides, so speak to them. If you want to go to Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty - get there early (2 1/2 hr queues when we went, so didn't bother) and take the same ID as if you were going abroad. Central Park and the roof of the Met museum are a must, your children might like Times Square, and strangely Toys'r'us there was good fun. The street food is licensed, so good imo.
What area are you staying in?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: NeilP on December 31, 2012, 09:56:22 am
Add to BP's list - Greenwich Village - this is where I'd stay, Chrysler Building, Flat Iron, Rockefeller and Radio City, Cruise around Manhattan, Ice Skating in Central Park (or hire bikes if warm enough), Science Museum (q expensive last time I visited), Guggenheim and MOMO are very good, Statten Island Ferry (free) is a must for me. Also try to get off the island and visit Queens, Bronx, Hoboken and quite cheap to get out to Atlantic City in New Jersey. Alway wanted to get the train to Long Island too as I think it;s all one fare? Finally, to save money, look out for decent deli's rather than restaurants which can be quite expensive. CQ should be able to advise on latest attractions.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on December 31, 2012, 15:36:00 pm
It's possibly easier to narrow down advice based on what you and your family like to do rather than just rattle off all kinds of things. March was gorgeous here this year, the sun was out every day and it was pretty warm, so it's a hard place to pack for as well! I'll mention a few things, but feel free to ask for more info or reach out privately about anything.

You'll be surprised how much ground you can cover on foot as well, I'd recommend walking a lot rather than taking cabs and subways unless you're going a significant distance, you never know what you're going to see along the way. Although having said that, the subway is a wonderful service.

I'm not a fan of Times Square, but you can't come all the way and not take a walk through it... although to be honest it's little more than a brightly lit area IMO.

March might still be a bit early for some things, Coney Island is still in bad shape from the hurricane, for example, as is Staten Island (as well as Long Beach and many other places by the water), although the ferry is running and highly recommended as Neil says. You do little more than get the ferry to Staten Island, got off and hop on another one and come back, but you get some great views of lower Manhattan and it goes fairly close to the statue of liberty (I'd recommend heading out to the back of the ferry on the return journey and watching the city get closer). I think the statue itself is still closed to the public for repairs but I could be wrong. Another easy/free thing to do is to take a walk along the Brooklyn Bridge (if you can time it for dusk then even better), better to walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

(http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u300/vmkqube/BB2.jpg)

A handy tip for both The Met http://www.metmuseum.org/ and the Natural History Museum http://www.amnh.org/, both are donation-based so you can pay what you want rather than the "suggested" fee (which gives little indication that it's merely a suggested donation). Both places are huge (especially the Met) and are really all-day activities although if you don't have that kind of time to spare you should at least pop in for a bit to get a feel of the place. You have to pay extra for a few things in the natural history museum (like the planetarium) but paying a few bucks to get into the Met gives you access to almost everything. Not sure the roof will be open in March, I think it opens in May (but if it is open you can get up there for free).

You'll need to walk around Central Park for a bit, of course. Many people like to go to the Strawberry Fields memorial for John Lennon, and just outside that part of the park is the Dakota building where he was shot...

The Bronx Zoo is a great day out, it'll be open from 10:00am-4:30pm during March and you'll need every minute of it. Another tip is that on Wednesday you can pay what you like to get in.

I've yet to do some of the things I'm sure are great (Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, MOMA, Guggenheim). I also hear that the Tenament museum is fantastic, am planning a visit soon.

There are loads of great inexpensive places to eat as well, the first thing I think about when thinking about recommendations is food! Beer is expensive though although since it's a family holiday you might not have to worry too much about that. If you do go to a bar, worth remembering that the etiquette is to leave a $1 tip on the bar per drink you've ordered (I wouldn't tip for a coke/soft drink though, just alcohol), it's fairly grating but you might not get served again if you don't...  although that's if you're ordering at the bar rather than a table service.

Best coffee I've had: http://abraconyc.com/
Tiny little hole in the wall in the East Village. Get the drip-coffee.

Bakery: http://littlecupcakebakeshop.com/locations.html (prince street), whenever we are in this part of town we have to go in. The wife thinks the pistachio cake is the best thing she has ever eaten.

Pancakes: http://www.clintonstreetbaking.com/ (just be warned this place gets very busy)

Grab a falafel sandwich for $3 from http://mamouns.com/, it'll keep you going!

The best burgers I've ever had are in our neighbourhood in Brooklyn from Ox Cart Tavern (http://www.oxcarttavern.com/).

Two record shops to visit:
Other Music: http://www.othermusic.com/ (then from there you can walk to Abraco, grab a coffee and go to) Kim's: http://www.mondokims.com/ and if you're so inclined around the corner from Kim's is the building used for the Physical Graffiti album cover at 96-98 St Marks Place.

(http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u300/vmkqube/DSC02159.jpg)

If you're looking to go to any gigs, keep an eye on www.ohmyrockness.com (though you'll need to make sure a show is all-ages if you're taking everyone, most shows here are 21+).

Title: Re: New York
Post by: Pricey on January 02, 2013, 12:32:13 pm
The Intrepid museum is cool , we enjoyed it there , theres now  a space shuttle exhibit and and concorde in addition to the war planes etc , if thats your thang .
the skyline walk too , though we ran out of time to do it , it gets great reveiws .
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 02, 2013, 12:49:55 pm
Do you mean the highline? It's a nice little walk (about 20 blocks I think) with some interesting architecture and a few views of the Hudson. I wouldn't go out of the way to do it but it's a chilled out spot if you need to find one.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: NeilP on January 02, 2013, 15:44:53 pm
the high line linear park is meant to be a good place to take photo's I think, not done it though saw in in 2006
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 02, 2013, 16:13:08 pm
We went just before the spring I seem to remember, so things were a bit bare still. One of the benefits of living here is to see the city change with the seasons. Although the erm... aroma... of all the linden trees in the spring takes some getting used to!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Pricey on January 03, 2013, 21:43:37 pm
Yeh sorry ... Highline
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 04, 2013, 17:58:19 pm
Realised earlier that I moved here this day last year!

http://someothersuckersparade.blogspot.com/2013/01/1st-new-york-anniversary.html
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on January 05, 2013, 17:25:31 pm
Many thanks to all involved for the advice given. I've got to admit that I made a slight error and that we are actually going to YORK at the end of March. Anybody got any tips to what to do in Old York?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 05, 2013, 17:32:29 pm
Have you asked the Grand Duke?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on January 05, 2013, 17:38:35 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 05, 2013, 17:32:29 pm
Have you asked the Grand Duke?


I like that.

Seriously, thanks for all the advice and tips given about New York. I did smile when I read people's views on the garishness of Times Square. We decided that we might as well go for it if we are doing New York so we booked a hotel right on Times Square.

Most of the advice offered we were planning to do anyway but it's good to know we were on the right track.

All I need is a couple of Rush dates at Radio City Music Hall to add the icing on the cake.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 05, 2013, 18:01:18 pm
The benefit of staying in times square at least is that it's a transport hub so you'll be able to go to and from elsewhere very easily (not a good place for cabs as you'll be paying to sit in traffic...). I try not to spend time there but when we have to there are a couple of Heartland Breweries which is a chain here but do decent food and have some interesting beers, family friendly, too. http://www.heartlandbrewery.com/

If you want to go to a proper, old-school dive bar then you should try Manitoba's in the East Village: http://www.manitobas.com/
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Red Star on January 06, 2013, 11:25:15 am
I can recommend having a meal at the Marriott Hotel restaurant in Times Square - the restaurant revolves very slowly giving you great views while you stuff your face and get pissed! ;D
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on January 06, 2013, 14:16:18 pm
One of the things about Times Square, is that it's not a square, just a glorified junction, where Broadway cuts diagonally across 7th Avenue.

Where are you staying ? We were in the Casablanca Hotel (which we loved) on West 43rd Street which is about 30 yards from Times Square.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on January 06, 2013, 18:05:34 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on January 06, 2013, 14:16:18 pm
One of the things about Times Square, is that it's not a square, just a glorified junction, where Broadway cuts diagonally across 7th Avenue.

Where are you staying ? We were in the Casablanca Hotel (which we loved) on West 43rd Street which is about 30 yards from Times Square.


Hilton Double Tree Suites is where we are staying. It will be functional at best which is absolutely fine by us, just a place to sleep really.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on January 06, 2013, 18:14:14 pm
Quote from: Red Star on January 06, 2013, 11:25:15 am
I can recommend having a meal at the Marriott Hotel restaurant in Times Square - the restaurant revolves very slowly giving you great views while you stuff your face and get pissed! ;D


For my 40th we did the revolving restaurant at the top of the CN Tower. Not the greatest meal I've ever had but certainly the greatest experience whilst eating a meal.

We did consider the restaurant you suggested but the fact that that they will probably refuse to serve up a plate of roast potatoes and gravy for my daughter put the ki-bosh on that idea. ::)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: NeilP on January 06, 2013, 21:46:30 pm
take her up to West 56th Street for a burger at The Burger Joint, in New York's Le Parker Meridien hotel... they come highly recommended trust me! ;)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 07, 2013, 04:46:50 am
They are indeed supposed to be very good, the couple of times I've tried to go in the place has been absolutely rammed so I haven't tried them yet. However, I do feel like I'm cheating whenever I get a burger that isn't from Ox Cart, nothing has come close so far...
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Pricey on January 07, 2013, 11:42:36 am
Chris

If youre up near the Beacon Theatre area 77th and Broadway try Big Nicks , thoroughly recommended .
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 07, 2013, 11:45:02 am
Will do, yikes that's a big menu!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Pricey on January 07, 2013, 11:59:26 am
it was the first thing we ate this october , and possibly the tasiest .

really good place , for drinks the amsterdam alehouse on the corner of amsterdam and 75th ? .. is a good place too
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on January 07, 2013, 18:36:09 pm
Regarding drinking alcohol, do bars & pubs let in children, particularly ones that serve food.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 07, 2013, 18:53:38 pm
Ones that serve food should be ok pretty much any time.

You might not be able to get in to dive bars (or pubs that don't serve food) though you might be alright during the day. Quite a few places will ask for ID before you get in when it gets late.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on January 07, 2013, 20:25:50 pm
It'll be a happy day for Neph if he is asked for ID to prove he is over 21  :)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on March 25, 2013, 07:02:55 am
Siiting in the airport waiting to board the plane. We booked this holiday almost a year ago and eventually it's here.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: NeilP on March 25, 2013, 07:43:08 am
Enjoy the trip. love that place
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on March 25, 2013, 09:50:22 am
Have a great time. At least it will be warmer than Scotland.  :)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on March 25, 2013, 17:16:35 pm
Maybe not, it's snowing today!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on March 28, 2013, 20:42:30 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on March 25, 2013, 17:16:35 pm
Maybe not, it's snowing today!


It was snowing when we arrived but nothing to complain about, since then it's been lovely crisp spring weather.

P.S. What a city!!  8)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on April 03, 2013, 00:14:51 am
Highlights:
First sight of the Manhattan skyline.

The view from the Empire State Building.

The view from the "Top of the Rock" at night.

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and the attendant views.

Basketball at MSG with my son. He loves basketball, I find it tedious but sitting in the "Gardens" and the history attached was a pleasure.

Central Park - what an amazing place to just take a leisurely stroll around.

9/11 Memorial - I wasn't that keen on visiting the memorial but it's such a poignant reminder it was hard not to be moved. It could have been crass but the memorial is just so right.

Ruby Foos - puts the Chinese restaurants we have over here to shame, superb food.

The Statue of Liberty - having seen it in so many photographs it's easy to be overly familiar with it but being so close really gives a sense of its majesty and the importance of what it stood and still stands for.

The general hustle and bustle would normally be a pain in the arse but I actually found it to be part of the city's charm, from the constant beeping of car horns to the whacky races driving of the taxis, from the hawkers trying to sell over-priced bus trips to the badly dressed "superheroes" whoring themselves for a dollar a photograph

Lowlights:
To be honest I don't think there there was any. With the exception of one subway employee everyone was as friendly and as helpful as could be and for all it's reputation I still felt extremely safe - helped by a very obvious police presence. I've only been back a couple of days and already I miss it. It might be a few years before I make it back but it's one city I will certainly return to.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on April 03, 2013, 00:36:25 am
An honourable mention to Ellen's Stardust Diner with its singing waiters and waitresses, a bit tacky but entertaining nonetheless.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: NeilP on April 03, 2013, 07:24:52 am
Try the Deli's for nosh Michael or get to visit Grand Central Station?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Norwegian on April 03, 2013, 08:42:58 am
NY is fantastic, glad you enjoyed it Neph.

I was there in 97, will probably go back in 2014, combined with a trip to friends in Boston
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on April 03, 2013, 09:13:46 am
Neph....what were the queues like to get to the top of the Empire State building? We can't  decide between visiting that and the Chrysler. ...not going to be there until last week of May but would like to get an idea generally please.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Pricey on April 03, 2013, 11:12:42 am
Bisto dont think you can go up the Chrsyler building ( its essentially an office building though i believe the lobby is pretty cool )  , to be honest its more the view of the Chrysler Building than the view from it .

I would advise going up the Top of ther Rock ( erfeller building ) , no queues much cheaper and you get an amzing view of the Emp State Building ; previously I`ve done the Empire State Building and its taken ages to get up and down .
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on April 03, 2013, 11:52:50 am
Quote from: Pricey on April 03, 2013, 11:12:42 am
Bisto dont think you can go up the Chrsyler building ( its essentially an office building though i believe the lobby is pretty cool )  , to be honest its more the view of the Chrysler Building than the view from it .

I would advise going up the Top of ther Rock ( erfeller building ) , no queues much cheaper and you get an amzing view of the Emp State Building ; previously I`ve done the Empire State Building and its taken ages to get up and down .


Thanks...senior moment....again.

Wtf was I thinking saying Chrysler  :-\ ::)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Straight Shooter on April 03, 2013, 13:14:11 pm
Quote from: Bisto on April 03, 2013, 11:52:50 am
Thanks...senior moment....again.

Wtf was I thinking saying Chrysler  :-\ ::)

Going back to your Rootes maybe?!  ;)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on April 03, 2013, 13:21:43 pm
We went to the Top of the Rock at around 7pm and were told that we wouldn't get a slot until 9:15pm. There was a queue at the ESB BUT I don't think we waited for more than 30 minutes to get up to the viewing platform.

I forgot to mention Grand Central Station as a highlight, a truly beautiful space that was immaculately clean. it would be a pleasure to have that as your destination each day.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on April 03, 2013, 14:35:47 pm
Glad you had a great time!

Grand Central is nice, did you see the weird horse exhibition Nick Cave (not that one...) just had there? I didn't see them but heard they were pretty cool.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on April 03, 2013, 14:53:43 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on April 03, 2013, 14:35:47 pm
Glad you had a great time!

Grand Central is nice, did you see the weird horse exhibition Nick Cave (not that one...) just had there? I didn't see them but heard they were pretty cool.


Didn't see that so it may have finished, to be honest we were in and out of Grand Central Station in about 10 minutes.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Pricey on April 03, 2013, 15:18:38 pm
I'd definitely recommend a trip to the uss intrepid , if you have an interest in warplanes etc , great thing to see .. Oh and there's a space shuttle and Concorde there too
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on April 03, 2013, 19:52:06 pm
Intrepid is a good way to spend a few hours, although the day I went the shuttle was in for repairs which was a shame.

Just had a couple of friends stay with us for two nights, they had their 11-yo with them so decided to do the Bronx Zoo, always fun. They've gone off to see some family in Pennsylvania but coming back for a night next Monday, might finally do the Empire State Building.

Some photos have just been released from One World Trade Center. Going to be the tallest building in the city: http://gothamist.com/2013/04/02/photos_from_the_top_of_one_world_tr.php#photo-1

(http://galleries.gothamistllc.com/asset/515b1e3bcd6578646110af46/web_gallery/165261102_10.jpg?753)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on April 06, 2013, 18:59:50 pm
Quote from: Pricey on April 03, 2013, 15:18:38 pm
I'd definitely recommend a trip to the uss intrepid , if you have an interest in warplanes etc , great thing to see .. Oh and there's a space shuttle and Concorde there too


We went there on our first day, unfortunately the space shuttle was closed due to damage from the hurricane....................the storm not the plane.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Pricey on April 07, 2013, 22:25:28 pm
Ah shame , we went into that exhibit i felt a bit short changed as the one they had was a prototype type thing , and hadnt been into space .
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on April 09, 2013, 17:03:05 pm
I hadn't been up the empire state building until last night, was saving it for when some friends were visiting. It really is quite impressive up there.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on April 09, 2013, 23:07:34 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on April 09, 2013, 17:03:05 pm
I hadn't been up the empire state building until last night, was saving it for when some friends were visiting. It really is quite impressive up there.


It was one of those moments where you're aware that it could be a huge disappointment but fortunately, for me anyway, it was, as the young 'uns say, awesome.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on May 28, 2013, 04:06:31 am
(http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u300/vmkqube/Manhattanbridge_zps0f20ddab.jpg)

The Brooklyn Bridge gets all the love but I adore the harsh steel look of the Manhattan bridge.

Walked about 15 miles in Brooklyn today (from our place up to the bridges and back with a few stops in between), a really great day.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on June 17, 2013, 11:48:17 am
I was very taken with NYC, much more than I thought I would be....such incredible architecture and so diverse communities across the Boroughs and very much distinctive and yet still very much a part of New York....traffic is diabolical though!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on June 17, 2013, 15:34:14 pm
That's why you walk or take the subway :)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on June 20, 2013, 17:47:02 pm
I took this pic the other night, pretty.

(http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u300/vmkqube/DSC07235_zps2912ee8e.jpg)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on July 21, 2013, 00:36:59 am
I didn't even realise I could see One World Trade Center from my apartment!

(http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u300/vmkqube/Oneworldtradecenter_zps8d66ac80.jpg)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on July 22, 2013, 16:26:54 pm
If interested you can check my weekly column on My Social List as I review NYC music venues: http://mysocialist.com/blog/author/chris/
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on August 08, 2013, 04:21:11 am
Just detailed my favourite street in New York: http://someothersuckersparade.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-favourite-street-in-nyc-east-7th.html
Title: Re: New York
Post by: zoony on February 26, 2014, 20:25:25 pm
My son, Brad and his girlfriend booked up to go to New York yesterday on December 18th for 4 nights. They're stopping at a hotel called The New Yorker.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: NeilP on February 26, 2014, 23:00:24 pm
Quote from: zoony on February 26, 2014, 20:25:25 pm
My son, Brad and his girlfriend booked up to go to New York yesterday on December 18th for 4 nights. They're stopping at a hotel called The New Yorker.


Just next to Madison Square Gardens and Penn Station I think mate, Manhattan at Christmas can be quite special
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on February 27, 2014, 08:12:47 am
I think it's probably pretty special all year around.

Last went in 2000.  Definitely want to go again with the family, although I am a tad curious at how things will be at the airport on arrival....
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 27, 2014, 10:32:46 am
Quote from: captainkurtz on February 27, 2014, 08:12:47 am
I think it's probably pretty special all year around.

Last went in 2000.  Definitely want to go again with the family, although I am a tad curious at how things will be at the airport on arrival....


Do you think you'd get a welcoming committee then?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Fishy on February 27, 2014, 10:35:01 am
last time i went to New York 1991 maybe) it certainly wasn't very welcoming...in fact their behaviour was fairly c***ish i would have to say.. have a nice day..feck off..
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 27, 2014, 11:12:52 am
Quote from: Fishy on February 27, 2014, 10:35:01 am
last time i went to New York 1991 maybe) it certainly wasn't very welcoming...in fact their behaviour was fairly c***ish i would have to say.. have a nice day..feck off..


Maybe it has changed...or perhaps we were lucky; either way when Gill and I went last May the only dickheads we encountered were the security guards and stewards at the Empire State Building and the 9/11 Memorial. Joe public, hotel staff and sales assistants were all very polite, pleasant and helpful.....even the cab drivers were amiable. I suppose tipping helps but even so there seemed to be a very positive energy everywhere we went.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Fishy on February 27, 2014, 11:27:42 am
Quote from: Bisto on February 27, 2014, 11:12:52 am
Maybe it has changed...or perhaps we were lucky; either way when Gill and I went last May the only dickheads we encountered were the security guards and stewards at the Empire State Building and the 9/11 Memorial. Joe public, hotel staff and sales assistants were all very polite, pleasant and helpful.....even the cab drivers were amiable. I suppose tipping helps but even so there seemed to be a very positive energy everywhere we went.


don't get me wrong.. it was just airport folk who were particularly officious and unfriendly.. everybody else was great...
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 27, 2014, 11:54:19 am
Quote from: Fishy on February 27, 2014, 11:27:42 am
don't get me wrong.. it was just airport folk who were particularly officious and unfriendly.. everybody else was great...


Oh forget about that...The Airport staff at Laguardia were very poor; totally lacking in customer service skills and very ignorant about flights...no announcements made about delays. We almost missed our flight to Toronto because we were directed to the wrong departure lounge. In the end we had to make a mad dash for the departure gate. When we got there we had to queue for about half an hour to wait for an airport bus that made a 150 yard journey to the plane ffs. Could have walked it in a couple of minutes.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Norwegian on February 27, 2014, 12:07:55 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on February 27, 2014, 08:12:47 am
I think it's probably pretty special all year around.

Last went in 2000.  Definitely want to go again with the family, although I am a tad curious at how things will be at the airport on arrival....
Just don´t scream and run around :P

Went there in -98, loved it, will definately go back
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on February 27, 2014, 12:43:09 pm
Quote from: Bisto on February 27, 2014, 10:32:46 am
Do you think you'did get a welcoming committee then?

Yeah.  And one of those pom-pom girls with the band leader stick, twirling it around and shit.

If I go, I'll just say I know Q.  :)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on February 27, 2014, 13:42:51 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on February 27, 2014, 12:43:09 pm
Yeah.  And one of those pom-pom girls with the band leader stick, twirling it around and shit.

If I go, I'll just say I know Q.  :)


Or, our Star Prize! Win a fabulous holiday upgrade; free flight to The Caribbean shores of Southern Cuba and an all inclusive, indeterminate Holiday Camp stay.......
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Fishy on February 27, 2014, 13:49:45 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on February 27, 2014, 12:43:09 pm


If I go, I'll just say I know Q.  :)


won't that get you on the first flight back home   :)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on February 27, 2014, 19:00:12 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on February 27, 2014, 08:12:47 am
I think it's probably pretty special all year around.

Last went in 2000.  Definitely want to go again with the family, although I am a tad curious at how things will be at the airport on arrival....


They weren't too keen on you at YYZ. Full body cavity search for you at New York I reckon.  ::)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: pdw1 on February 27, 2014, 21:48:10 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on February 27, 2014, 19:00:12 pm
They weren't too keen on you at YYZ. Full body cavity search for you at New York I reckon.  ::)

Did you admit to being his friend?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on February 27, 2014, 22:18:12 pm
 ;D

The only unfriendly humanoid I met on that trip.  I LOVED Toronto and the people there - friendly, helpful, warm and accommodating.  That was a great trip, really.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on February 27, 2014, 22:46:30 pm
Quote from: pdw1 on February 27, 2014, 21:48:10 pm
Did you admit to being his friend?


Yes, I hung around trying to look inconspicuous while he was being interrogated. I needn't have bothered (looking inconspicuous),  no one was interested in a pasty-white bald Scottish bloke. We're ten a penny in Canada.  :(
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on February 28, 2014, 15:53:03 pm
Quote from: Norwegian on February 27, 2014, 12:07:55 pm
Just don´t scream and run around :P

Went there in -98, loved it, will definately go back


-98 is pretty close to the temperature right now!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: zoony on December 20, 2014, 21:07:18 pm
My son, Brad and his girlfriend have been in New York since thursday. Just a 4 day trip. They've been to Madame Tussauds, the empire state building, a museum and a revolving restaurant so far.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on June 29, 2015, 17:43:32 pm
Heading back to New York next Summer. We did most of the tourist stuff last time (Top of the Rock, Empire State, 9/11 Memorial etc) so we'll be looking for something a bit different this time. Any suggestions? A question for Chris Q, where are some good eating places?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on June 29, 2015, 21:05:00 pm
This is still a bit of a work in progress, but I've been working on a google map with some of my favourite places in it.

The point of the map is more "if I'm going to a show, where should I eat/drink beforehand", so some places make it because it's the best option near a venue, but for the most part it's just a selection of my favourite spots...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zeWCIlJLzxIg.kWL0y5m5C4dU

Obviously I can be more specific with recommendations if you want, etc.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on July 01, 2015, 14:55:05 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on June 29, 2015, 21:05:00 pm
This is still a bit of a work in progress, but I've been working on a google map with some of my favourite places in it.

The point of the map is more "if I'm going to a show, where should I eat/drink beforehand", so some places make it because it's the best option near a venue, but for the most part it's just a selection of my favourite spots...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zeWCIlJLzxIg.kWL0y5m5C4dU

Obviously I can be more specific with recommendations if you want, etc.


I'll probably contact you nearer the time re specific eateries.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Muppet on July 01, 2015, 23:32:36 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on June 29, 2015, 21:05:00 pm
This is still a bit of a work in progress, but I've been working on a google map with some of my favourite places in it.

The point of the map is more "if I'm going to a show, where should I eat/drink beforehand", so some places make it because it's the best option near a venue, but for the most part it's just a selection of my favourite spots...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zeWCIlJLzxIg.kWL0y5m5C4dU

Obviously I can be more specific with recommendations if you want, etc.


Cool project Chris,  great for keeping a record of the better places to visit rather than relying on memory  :)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on July 12, 2015, 11:28:01 am
What airlines are people using for NY?

Looks like we are going (wife, 2 kids and I) in May 2016.  Had a quick squiz at BA and they are ridiculously expensive - although it is during half term.

Looking to visit Niagra Falls too,  what are the logistics...should be doable in an 8 day trip?


Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on July 12, 2015, 17:22:52 pm
It's about 400 miles from NYC to Niagara Falls. You could fly to Buffalo which is only a few miles from Niagara but you'd have to get from the airport to the falls somehow. I suspect there will be companies offering a two day bus trip from NYC to the falls. Remember there are two falls, the American and the Canadian. The latter is much more spectacular and you won't get such a good view of them from the American side unless you take a boat trip on the Maid of the Mist.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v308/BaldiePete/d92f208cf72dc7e91869b03fa7a85530_zpsai09esgu.jpg)


Title: Re: New York
Post by: Nick on July 12, 2015, 20:19:19 pm
Did the falls on a "business trip" stayed in Niagra on the Lake in Canada. Nice place and about 20 min drive from the falls without the Niagra commercial bollocks,.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on July 12, 2015, 21:14:20 pm
Quote from: Nick on July 12, 2015, 20:19:19 pm
Did the falls on a "business trip" stayed in Niagra on the Lake in Canada. Nice place and about 20 min drive from the falls without the Niagra commercial bollocks,.


That's what I did. NOTL was lovely, and as you say it's an easy drive up to the Falls from there.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on July 12, 2015, 22:07:04 pm
Thanks chaps..might have to go for longer than 8 days then...which is difficult.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: NeilP on July 13, 2015, 11:22:27 am
Can also can a good deal on a chopper ride over the falls from NOTL.... well worth it
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on July 26, 2015, 14:16:18 pm
NOTL looks beautiful.

Planning an 8 or 9 day trip to NY in May/June - do you think its doable to visit NOTL too?  Whats the nearest airport?  Buffalo?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on July 26, 2015, 15:06:04 pm
The bare minimum would be 2 nights I'd have said. Fly to Buffalo, get hire car and cross to Canada right at the falls. Do the obvious tourist stuff at the falls then head to NOTL for the night. Next day, it's only about 10 miles to Port Dalhouse for that essential visit to Lakeside Park. Spend the day there and  in the NOTL area. Next day head back to the USA, via any Falls attractions that you might have missed and fly back to NYC. Dead easy  ::)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on July 26, 2015, 16:27:47 pm
Friday to Tuesday in NY then wed, Thursday and Friday in NOTL.  Fly back Saturday.

Sounds a lot of work but think it would be ace.  We're not really a lounging on the beach, stay at a resort type of family.  We all have tans all year around.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on July 26, 2015, 16:29:02 pm
Plus I can sing 'ladies night in buffalo' whilst wearing my thong to wor lass.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on July 26, 2015, 16:35:50 pm
Pretty excited. NOTL looks just beautiful.

Thanks for the advice!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on July 30, 2015, 00:38:19 am
I'm thinking of doing a day trip to Washington while in New York next summer. Is this doable?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on July 30, 2015, 09:00:03 am
Quote from: Neph on July 30, 2015, 00:38:19 am
I'm thinking of doing a day trip to Washington while in New York next summer. Is this doable?


I've taken the train fom NYC to  DC (but not on a day trip) which takes about 3.5 hours each way. Penn Station is right in the middle of Manhattan (under MSG) and Union Station in DC is fairly central. If there are suitable early and late trains it is certainly do-able. All the obvious touristy stuff is central  but there will be a lot of walking and DC can get very hot and you will be knackered at the end of the day.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on July 30, 2015, 18:05:47 pm
Quote from: BaldiePete on July 30, 2015, 09:00:03 am
I've taken the train fom NYC to  DC (but not on a day trip) which takes about 3.5 hours each way. Penn Station is right in the middle of Manhattan (under MSG) and Union Station in DC is fairly central. If there are suitable early and late trains it is certainly do-able. All the obvious touristy stuff is central  but there will be a lot of walking and DC can get very hot and you will be knackered at the end of the day.


We might book a hotel and stay over as I suppose it's the eqivalent of going to London for the day, doable but not advisable. We were originally planning on getting a train about 8am, getting us there just before lunch time, spending about 6 or 7 hours cramming stuff in then a train back about 7pm. On second thoughts, staying over certainly seems like the sensible option.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Craig Smith on July 30, 2015, 23:12:08 pm
Decided at the last minute last year to do 2 days in DC  on route to Florida and have to say that it's one of the best decisions I (my wife  ;)) has ever made.
Fantastic city and with so much history.
Would definitely recommend doing the hop on/ hop off tourist bus thingy as you'll see absolutely everything in that time scale.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on July 31, 2015, 07:22:27 am
Anyone recommend any good family hotel - where we might be able to get a suite with 2 rooms or at least 2 adjoins rooms.

Its looking to be around 4k for the above in midtown for 5 nights...yikes...
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Battlescar on July 31, 2015, 08:27:25 am
We had a week at the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square last October and would recommend it.  Excellent location on 8th, reasonable price and not a huge hotel

After looking at TripAdvisor I contacted them in advance asking for an upper floor and got a great room. I told them it was the wife's birthday and there were chocolates and a card waiting in the room for her.   I'm sure that they would be able to arrange two rooms together.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: NeilP on July 31, 2015, 08:33:04 am
You might get much better value staying across the Hudson in Weehawken, a short ferry across to the big apple and you have the best view of the Manhattan skyline from there... there's a Sheraton and Ship Shape by the Ferry... also consider Hoboken?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on July 31, 2015, 08:57:14 am
Thanks Guys - I'll look into those options....

I did quite fancy being in the 'thick of it' as it were, though...
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on August 03, 2015, 12:58:25 pm
When went in 2013 we stayed at the Hilton Doubletree Suites on Times Square. The suite consisted of a bedroom with a king sized bed, a separate "living room" that had a fold down double sofa bed, a small "wet area" which was basically a small sink, fridge and microwave, there was also a large bathroom with a shower. Apparently New York is known for it's small hotel rooms so to get all that was a bonus. The down side was it was right on Times Square so was very busy although you couldn't hear anything from the suite itself. I've had a look at some other hotels while planning next year's trip but I'll probably go for the same hotel, merely for the amount of space we would get. Having the two areas certainly saved on us getting on each other's nerves.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 03, 2015, 13:43:54 pm
Been chopping and changing...looking at upper west side and hotel beacon now...looks a short taxi ride to most stuff but again seems to offer larger living areas?

Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on August 04, 2015, 02:26:50 am
Most hotels will be fairly small, as Neph says, you could even try finding a B&B out in Brooklyn (there are a few around me, I just booked one for my Dad), but you would be taking a subway every day. Some people use air b'n'b, which could be a cheap way to end up in an apartment, but I've also heard horror stories.

I find the Upper West Side a bit sterile to be honest, but a hotel is really just somewhere to end up at the end of a day/night. Midtown and Times Square are horrible, but it does have the bonus of accessibility, so you can get away from it very easily!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 05, 2015, 16:46:06 pm
Bottled getting a private apartment.

Went for the Pearl Hotel for 5 days and booked Harbour House for 3 nights in NOTL.

Looking at flights now - cheapest and best timings are flying into Newark.  How awkward is it to get to Midtown.  I can get a flight the same price flying into JFK but its at 6.25, which is a fecker...
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Matt2112 on August 05, 2015, 17:06:33 pm
U2 have just played 8 nights at Madison Square Garden.   Surely CQ didn't pass up on any of those..? No spoilers... ;)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on August 05, 2015, 21:25:57 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on August 05, 2015, 16:46:06 pm
Bottled getting a private apartment.

Went for the Pearl Hotel for 5 days and booked Harbour House for 3 nights in NOTL.

Looking at flights now - cheapest and best timings are flying into Newark.  How awkward is it to get to Midtown.  I can get a flight the same price flying into JFK but its at 6.25, which is a fecker...


You can get a train from Newark, I think it goes to Penn Station. We organised a a people carrier to pick us up, it was Dial 7 we used. You let them know what flight you're getting and you phone them (there are designated phones for this) when you arrive. We actually got the bus back to the airport, we got this from Bryant Park. Either way it's only takes about 30 minutes from Manhattan to Newark.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 05, 2015, 21:44:30 pm
Cheers for that Neph...

I'm thinking of just booking the premier inn at the airport and catching the 6.25 to JFK though,  seems slightly less of a ball ache...
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on August 05, 2015, 23:09:59 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on August 05, 2015, 21:44:30 pm
Cheers for that Neph...

I'm thinking of just booking the premier inn at the airport and catching the 6.25 to JFK though,  seems slightly less of a ball ache...


At least with that flight you'll practically have a whole day in New York when you arrive. The down side is, come 6pm you are so tired you just want to to bed.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on August 05, 2015, 23:12:58 pm
We took a taxi from Newark to Manhattan which was interesting. The guy drove like a maniac, had very poor English and didn't seem to know where 43rd Street was.  :o
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on August 06, 2015, 05:02:05 am
Quote from: Matt2112 on August 05, 2015, 17:06:33 pm
U2 have just played 8 nights at Madison Square Garden.   Surely CQ didn't pass up on any of those..? No spoilers... ;)


Nah, not really my cup of tea. Plus this happened: http://gothamist.com/2015/07/31/video_tourist_gets_bood_after_dissi.php

Hass, you'll be wanting to get out of Newark as soon as possible, that's for sure. Transport is ok from Newark, you can take a train (but you'd have to change, pain in the arse with family and bags) or a cab, but I'd still probably recommend getting into JFK, the yellow cabs have a flat-rate into Manhattan (annoyingly, not to Brooklyn, which doesn't even make sense), so you can just hop in one and you know you won't get ripped off.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 06, 2015, 08:42:03 am
Thanks for all the advice everyone - very helpful.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 06, 2015, 08:52:21 am
Um, one other thing....whats the general feeling towards, er, Muslim looking folks over there?  Am I likely to get punched if I go and pay respects at the gground zero memorial?  I'd imagine not, NY being very cosmopolitan and that.  Slightly concerned as we are with the children.

Notable that I got pulled at YYZ (What you doing?  You've come all the way for the weekend for a concert?  Rush?  Never heard of them....)  and Philadelphia airport this year (Why did you go to Pakistan in 2011 and 2013?  What were you doing in Dubai last year? etc etc)....
Title: Re: New York
Post by: The Letter R on August 06, 2015, 12:45:35 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on August 06, 2015, 08:52:21 am
Um, one other thing....whats the general feeling towards, er, Muslim looking folks over there? 

They'll probably think you're a cab driver mate  ;D  - most of the yellow cabs I got into when I was out there were driven by Muslim/Arab/Asian people - all very friendly. Can't see you'd have any more bother there than London to be fair - it's a melting pot of ethnic diversity.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 06, 2015, 14:02:16 pm
Quote from: The Letter R on August 06, 2015, 12:45:35 pm
They'll probably think you're a cab driver mate  ;D  - most of the yellow cabs I got into when I was out there were driven by Muslim/Arab/Asian people - all very friendly. Can't see you'd have any more bother there than London to be fair - it's a melting pot of ethnic diversity.

;D

Thats a point.  I ended up calling most of the cab drivers is Toronto 'Uncle'.  :D
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on August 06, 2015, 17:58:06 pm
You'll be absolutely fine in the city! There's a big muslim population here, well, there's a big population of just about everyone.

I can't speak for the airport, you might get that again if it has happened already, but I imagine it will be fine.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 06, 2015, 19:04:01 pm
Cool.
Really looking forward to it.
Been to NY twice ('92 and 2000) and loved it.
Excited to take the kids.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on August 07, 2015, 04:12:09 am
May is probably the best time to be visiting, it's usually gorgeous, the city is starting to come alive (trees blooming, etc), everyone is happy after a no-doubt torrid winter, etc. Nice mix of outdoor and indoor activities. I'm already excited for you!
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 07, 2015, 18:48:01 pm
Bastard flights had gone up with air France.

Booked with netflights instead as offered a £200 saving.  I hate not booking direct with the airline.

Booked internal flights to buffalo with some clowns called 'gotogate' and it crashed after I put my cc details in. 

Went to book direct with delta instead and after putting in all
My cc details I got another fault.

fecks sake.

Will book internals tomorrow.  Flying from buffalo to JFK on the same day as my return flight from JFK to home, so if the former flight gets cancelled it delay, we're fecked.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 07, 2015, 21:04:42 pm
Quick question...should I be booking my internal flight to buffalo now?  How likely is it that the flight times might change?  Its ages away...

Looking at a flight that arrives in JFK at 14.55 and my flight out of JFk back home is at 7.30pm...which looks perfect with a 3 hour in advance check in time.

About £600 for 4 of us for a return flight to NOTL...

Title: Re: New York
Post by: Matt2112 on August 07, 2015, 21:08:50 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on August 07, 2015, 18:48:01 pmBooked internal flights to buffalo with some clowns called 'gotogate' and it crashed after I put my cc details in. 

Went to book direct with delta instead and after putting in all
My cc details I got another fault.

fecks sake.

Will book internals tomorrow.  Flying from buffalo to JFK on the same day as my return flight from JFK to home, so if the former flight gets cancelled it delay, we're fecked.


Have you tried JetBlue mate?  They're a good, reputable US domestic airline popular with our clients.  www.jetblue.com (http://www.jetblue.com)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 07, 2015, 21:11:30 pm
Quote from: Matt2112 on August 07, 2015, 21:08:50 pm
Have you tried JetBlue mate?  They're a good, reputable US domestic airline popular with our clients.  www.jetblue.com (http://www.jetblue.com)

Cheers Matt  :)

Theyre only booking upto May 3rd at the mo, may hang on and see...

Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on August 07, 2015, 22:19:43 pm
Domestic flights are the first to get moved / delayed / cancelled. I'd always be a bit wary of leaving things on a tight turnaround to be honest. I'd want a few hours to spare, but when it comes to travelling I'm a professional worrier. But for the flight you're looking at you might find it runs on a schedule, so it would be unlikely to change the planned time.

The good thing is the weather should be good around then, so it's not like you run the risk of getting cancelled due to snow, etc.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 10, 2015, 16:11:16 pm
JFK - Buffalo return booked 1/6 - 4/6
Get back to JFK 2 hours before I need to check in for flight home, so hopefully all will be good.
All the flights are handled by Delta as well, which might help if things go tits up.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 11, 2015, 21:56:55 pm
I wonder if a day trip to Toronto is possible from NOTL.  Only an hours drive away?

Hmm.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: BaldiePete on August 12, 2015, 06:23:20 am
Quote from: captainkurtz on August 11, 2015, 21:56:55 pm
I wonder if a day trip to Toronto is possible from NOTL.  Only an hours drive away?

Hmm.


It's about 80 miles but the traffic will be busy all the way and it will probably take about 1.5 hours if you don't hit any bad traffic jams. Make sure you take the Queen Elizabeth Way all the way to TO and don't go on to the 407 which is a toll road. There are no toll booths, just number plate detection systems which will send a bill to your hire company who'll add a whacking great admin fee before they pass it on to you.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 12, 2015, 07:22:42 am
Will do toronto another time, I think.  NOTL looks nice and we will just relax around there.......

Cheers for the tips, Pete.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Nick on August 12, 2015, 08:26:50 am
Lakeside Park is a short drive away if you want to do the Rush thing.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 12, 2015, 09:33:13 am
Thats a given.  8)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: The Letter R on August 12, 2015, 12:54:36 pm
Yes Lakeside Park is very nice - although if you get lost trying to find it pronouncing Port Dalhousie to the locals causes some odd looks.....well it did with us anyway. ;D
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Neph on August 21, 2015, 11:01:30 am
That's us booked up for next year. I wanted to go for 7 days my wife wanted to go for 5, so we compromised and are going for 5 days. ::)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on August 21, 2015, 12:48:53 pm
Quote from: Neph on August 21, 2015, 11:01:30 am
That's us booked up for next year. I wanted to go for 7 days my wife wanted to go for 5, so we compromised and are going for 5 days. ::)

;D ;D
Yes - we always discuss things calmly and rationally like adults and then do whatever she wants to do.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Dods on August 21, 2015, 13:08:12 pm
Sounds like a great trip. Been NYC three times & TO four. Did the 'vins' from TO with Paul B this time round and we got very close to Niagara, still not done it! An excuse to go back you see ;)
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on September 10, 2015, 22:33:37 pm
Had a nice few days with my Dad who came to visit last week. Did some touristy stuff I hadn't been to, can confirm that Top of the Rock is better than Empire State Building.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on April 12, 2016, 11:10:49 am
Its not worht buying a 3 day pass when you're only there for 4 full days, I think?  Best to stick to maybe 3-4 things that are chargeable and spend the rest of the time wandering?
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on April 13, 2016, 05:20:10 am
For the subway? You either get one week, one month, or pay-per-ride
Title: Re: New York
Post by: captainkurtz on April 13, 2016, 12:48:24 pm
For the sights - its not worth it...

Just found out yesterday that I havent actually paid for my accommodation yet - thought I'd paid for it at the time I made the reservation...Arse.
Title: Re: New York
Post by: Chris Quartly on April 14, 2016, 21:15:43 pm
Yeah I think those things are probably ok if you're really going for it, but I'd prefer not to have to feel like I "had" to do things just to make the most of a coupon. Plus if they bundle in things like The Met and Natural History Museum, they're free anyway (aka pay what you want...). Depends how much it costs and what it gives you I guess (I'm sure there are many, not sure which one you're looking at).


Whereabouts are you staying again?