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#2399238 - 11/06/17 07:45 AM Taking family to NYC...questions for local members...
NewbombTurkk Offline
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I plan on taking my family (4 total) to NYC for a 4 day weekend in Dec. They have always wanted to see the sights. I am in WV and will be driving. I was planning on maybe staying in NJ, then driving to Staten Island and taking the free ferry to Manhatten.....any other suggestions or tips? Places to stay or eat or see? thanks.......
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#2399264 - 11/06/17 08:22 AM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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Why not stay in Manhattan? Unless you have relatives or friends there, you will regret staying in NJ. Park the car in a lot and leave it there.

The Staten Island ferry from lower Manhattan to S.I. is fun but doing what you are proposing sounds like more work than it's worth.
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#2399272 - 11/06/17 08:56 AM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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Staying in the city will save you a lot of time commuting each day, giving you more time to see the city and get the full experience. I just had friends fly in so I took us all to the midtown Hilton for a few nights, they were very happy I did. Either way - things to do:


Circle Line boat tour - a great way to spend a few hours, book the morning tour leaving the afternoon free

Wander thru Central Park

Take a trip to the top of either the Empire State building or the World Trade Center. I prefer the WTC, much more room up top and better viewing.

Stroll down 5th ave from Central Park to Rockefeller Center

Visit Saks 5ht Ave and Grand Central if you are near them

There are great museums like the Moma, the Met, and the museum of natural history if you all like that stuff

There are 5 pieces of the Berlin Wall in a lobby on Madison

Walk the High Line

If you all are old enough, take The Beast - really high speed boat docked next to the Circle Line

Visit the Statue Of Liberty

Have lunch at BarBacon on 9th or one of any of the hundred cool spots in the area



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#2399368 - 11/06/17 11:31 AM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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Thanks! I just figured that a hotel in manhatten would be too pricey??
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#2399389 - 11/06/17 11:58 AM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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The whole place is expensive. However, staying in Manhattan will be money well spent as far as less wasted time and a better overall experience.

The city is a zoo on December weekends - just about every single resident of New Jersey and Staten Island will be cramming their way into Manhattan, you don't want to be caught up in that! Much better to walk out your hotel and be right where you want to be in minutes!
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#2399401 - 11/06/17 12:32 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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Why not stay in Brooklyn? If you scope out a good location, you may be near some delightful neighborhoods yet be several subway stops from Manhattan.

My friend used to live near the Holiday Inn on Union by 4th Avenue. The 'hood is called Gowanus, and it ain't anything special, but it's literally 3 min by foot to Park Slope (very family-oriented), close to Prospect Park, and well connected by subway.

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#2399454 - 11/06/17 02:24 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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Walk the Brooklyn bridge, very cool and free!!! Check out Tkts in time square for discount theater tickets. Anywhere from 30 - 75% off. The museums are all great. Central park is awesome. Food is fantastic. Enjoy.
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#2399588 - 11/06/17 05:56 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: jeff968]
massdaytona Offline
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wherever u decide to stay/go/eat/visit/etc, make sure u bring your wallet,,,,

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#2399721 - 11/06/17 09:15 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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Originally Posted By NewbombTurkk
Thanks! I just figured that a hotel in manhatten would be too pricey??



It could be but it depends on your budget and when you are going, worth looking into. Sometimes the Omni berkshire isn't too bad for a great location
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#2399733 - 11/06/17 09:30 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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Don't overlook airbnb. We stayed in a really, really nice one in Victoria, Canada, paying $82 / night. Safe, clean and in a perfect location. I suspect you could find a similarly good deal in Manhattan.
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#2399740 - 11/06/17 09:38 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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I'm not from NY but have traveled there twice now.I agree on staying in Manhatten. We stayed off Times Square both trips and wouldn't have it any different. It's nice to walk out of your hotel and be right there and not have to hassle with commutes/traffic,etc.The WTC and the memorial are must see places!! We also did those hop-on/hop-off buses. They might not be the cheapest way around but it worked for us....got us around to the spots we wanted to get to, we learned a bunch in the process and one of the guides even handed out a list of restaurants...we tried 3 on his list and they were great!

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#2399746 - 11/06/17 09:57 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: massdaytona]
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On the light side of the NY force, you are about to be inundated by New Yorkerz racing to the rescue to make you feel at home. That's the sweet side of us that no one ever gives credit.

On the dark side of the 24 hour NY play, we are all in a hurry to make that $$$, and then make make the next connection, so don't get in our way or the Lion will not sleep in the jungle tonight. LOL

Here's my Chef-boy-R-Lee two cents as far as food goes.

* IL Posto Accanto 192 East 2nd street. Italian food like no other. See Julio after 7pm and He'll take care of you like a brother. Tell him Lee sent you and the Fam.

* Graziella in Brooklyn. 232 Vanderbilt Avenue. Great family experience over Italian food and wood burning Pizza. See Vito there and he'll also treat you like a Brother. tell him Lee sent you and the Fam.

* Ice cream? Yes! even in Winter we have it all here and we splurge in the cold stuff cause we cold blooded. LOL. Go no further than Ample Hills creamery on 623 Vanderbilt Ave in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Try the "Sweet cream and Cookies" It's crack in a pint.

* Murder Burger anyone? there's a Burger cold war ongoing now in New York. Everyone has the best burger and the places are everywhere, but one of my haunts is "The Henry St. Ale House" 62 Henry st.in Brooklyn Heights.

* You want any other foods, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Thai, Greek, Brazillian, French, Japanese that strike your culinary fancy, reach out and I'll try and steer you and the fam to the right kitchen.

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#2399750 - 11/06/17 10:05 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: fullmetaljacket]
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I'd have to suggest Ample Hill's Ooey Gooey Cake is the one to get. boogie

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#2399755 - 11/06/17 10:17 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: Diego (not Ted)]
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That one is good as well.
Dark chocolate is magic.

oh, and there's a place called "Dough" where they make the best Donuts on the planet, where else? Brooklyn baby. These are just a few of thousands of places in Brooklyn alone.
Imagine Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx.

The one unfortunate bump with this travel plan is that it is too short. Too much to see, hear, eat,and discover in this town. But teasers never hurt anyone except make you come back for more.

20 years back, you could have gone to some of the baddest street races on the planet and make $$ to spend it or lose $$ and end up hitch hiking back. LOL.

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#2399757 - 11/06/17 10:21 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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#2400153 - 11/07/17 05:51 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
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I'm gonna dive in here. My wife saw this post and wants to see New York. I've never been outside the Airport. Plan on driving up. Do the Hotels have garages? Where do you park?

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#2400158 - 11/07/17 05:55 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: NewbombTurkk]
savoy64 Offline
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Loc: colorado
my brother has a time share apartment there that prices out like any other resort unit------if he doesnt go there he trades out for other resorts in the caribbean.....

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#2400165 - 11/07/17 06:07 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: Cudajon]
fullmetaljacket Offline
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Hotels have garages but some have valet parking that's a small fortune.
Once, you get here, you need no car to get around. Depending on how long you are here for, I can link you up with long term parking in the city.
If on foot, (the best way) just be ready to either ring it with 6 million plus strap hangers on the Subways or walk it. Spring or Fall is a great time for walking. Lots of street life in affect. Summer it is a scorcher and Winter can be nippy, but not as razor cold as Detroit or Chicago.
There are lots of deals in Brooklyn and parking is much more relaxed in most, but not all places.

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#2400169 - 11/07/17 06:12 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: fullmetaljacket]
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Originally Posted By fullmetaljacket
That one is good as well.
Dark chocolate is magic.

oh, and there's a place called "Dough" where they make the best Donuts on the planet, where else? Brooklyn baby. These are just a few of thousands of places in Brooklyn alone.
Imagine Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx.

The one unfortunate bump with this travel plan is that it is too short. Too much to see, hear, eat,and discover in this town. But teasers never hurt anyone except make you come back for more.

20 years back, you could have gone to some of the baddest street races on the planet and make $$ to spend it or lose $$ and end up hitch hiking back. LOL.



Agreed, street racing is done. I was thinking of fountain avenue the other day. every borough had its spot.
Dough is good but i prefer the variety at Peter Pan bakery in the Greenpoint section. PP is old school, smells like confectioners sugar when you walk in.
-on a side note should we even start on where to go for all the varieties of pizza that is made in the great city of NY. that could be a 50 page argument on this site or another vacation devoted to just that. Lol..
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#2400172 - 11/07/17 06:16 PM Re: Taking family to NYC...questions for local members... [Re: Cudajon]
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Originally Posted By Cudajon
I'm gonna dive in here. My wife saw this post and wants to see New York. I've never been outside the Airport. Plan on driving up. Do the Hotels have garages? Where do you park?


lol. I didn't take this pic but I took one very similar as we walked around Times Square. Parking can get silly expensive. Maybe check with the hotel?


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