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Posted 14 February 2017 - 06:55 PM

Thanks both New York Penns, all noted. Re a pizza, it may depend if we get off the Crescent really hungry or not



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:43 PM

Hi, There is a Sbarro italian food place just opposite Penn Station. Pizza and pasta fast food. If you go downstairs, you can watch the metro trains in Penn station through the basement windows. :D

I took the metro to Jamaica, it was simple. There was some kerfuffle at Jamaica buying airtrain tickets. Maybe a "small change" issue, can't quite remember.

 

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:26 PM

NY Pizza Suprema is pretty good. You may wish to check on line, if the Knicks or Rangers are playing at the Garden the night you come in, places in the neighborhood can be crowded. There are lots of places in the area of every type.



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:26 AM

On the weekends you can get the special city zone fare for like 4.00 on the LIRR or MNCR within NYC. (Jamaica is within NYC) It can be a bit pricey during rush hours if you are traveling with a group... last time I did it at 8 am I think it was like 8.00 one way Jamaica to NYP.

I would avoid the Queens Blvd subway because it is either really overcrowded, or takes forever even for the express train, not to mention you get seats and luggage racks on the railroad.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:27 AM

Oh and download the MTA official LIRR app for your phone because you can buy and display your ticket right on your phone. Also it gives real-time arrival feeds.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:49 PM

PVD, checked for games for the end of March, there's one on the 29th and one on the 31st, we are there on the 30th !

 

On arriving at NYP we'll leave our checked bags at the station, check in another one and take a 2 or 3 hours stroll around Manhattan during the afternoon. Eat close to the station in the early evening waiting for the 8pm deadline to get on the LIRR. Hope to manage to buy a combined LIRR and AirTrain ticket from a green machine or window, thanks for all the help. 



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:03 PM

Hi

 

Im from the UK, usually visit the US every 2 years or so, I always flight into JFK, and get the air train and LIRR to Penn Station and stay in a hotel around there The New Yorker Last time, I'm usually getting Amtrak in the next day or so, and the same on return, Amtrak in to New York, and then LIRR and Air train to JFK.
On return Ive usually got 2 cases to deal with only had trouble at Penn Station once where the lifts and escalators were both broken to the platform I wanted. At Jamaca the lifts are at the far end of the platforms, so aim for the front of the train, once up its all level until your JFK terminal.

 

As for food around Penn station Ive eaten at Track raw bar in the station it self on the lower level near the LIRR tickets, The Tick tock dinner, which is part of the New Yorker Hotel on the corner of W34th and 8th, and the Skylight Dinner another block down W34th

 

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 01:20 AM

At Jamaca the lifts are at the far end of the platforms, so aim for the front of the train, once up its all level until your JFK terminal.

This is a great point and apologies to the OP for me not thinking of it.  The access to the Airtrain is at the east end of Jamaica station.  Now for the unindoctrinated the "front" of an eastbound LIRR train is always at the 7th Avenue end of Penn Station (the area where all the manned LIRR ticket windows and the 1,2,3 Subway are) with the rear at the 8th Avenue (A, C, E Subway) end.






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