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Definitely buy Passes for the Subway!

 

Suggested activities/sites ya'll might enjoy:

 

1)Staten Island Ferry( Free)/ lunch and Minor League Baseball Gamewith a view of Manhattan

2)Coney Island/ Hot Dog @ Nathans

3)Walk in Central Park with visit to the Zoo

4)Ellis Island

5)Various Museums ( many) all over town

6)Walk on the High Line

7)Grand Central Terminal

8)Window Shopping on Fifth Avenue

9)United Nations

10)City Tour on Double Decker Bus

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I'd just buy a "pay-as-you-go" card for the subway, unless you're planning on being on it all day for the 2.5 days you're there (it takes 12-13 subway trips to make the week pass worth it.)

 

I'll second the Staten Island Ferry suggestion. The UN is cool, but you may prefer some other destination with that time. I also went to Rockaway Beach. Much of the beach area is under construction, but we were able to access it at Beach & 73rd without issue, and it felt like I was truly at the ocean there. I also really enjoyed the New York Transit Museum, but it's definitely geared a lot towards people who are interested in transit.

 

Free Tours By Foot also offers a lot of tours that are on a pay-what-you-wish system, which is handy when you're on a budget. I'd definitely recommend doing one or two of their tours.

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Thanks Jim and Jeb. Those are some great ideas. The public transportation kind of confuses me, so any help with that is appreciated. I'm looking into buying fare cards preloaded with the amount I think we'll be needing. We might end up taking the bus more than the subway so we can get a better feel for where we are. Or is that a bad idea?

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Patti: I'll let others that are more current on the bus situation in the Apple speak to that, but traffic can be really bad in Manhattan ( and at the Bridges and Tunnels) so allow for extra time when traveling.Buses are an excellent way to sight see for reasonable prices in Manhattan!

 

The subways are excellent and easy to use, if you know where you are going! I suggest you Goggle up info and plan your itinerary so you have a rough idea of your options before leaving home!( and try to avoid rush hours whenever you can!)

 

Cabs are expensive in New York and hard to get even though there seems like there are a million of them! I'd avoid relying on them if you can.

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You guys gave me such great ideas for New Orleans, I would like to solicit your Great Brains for NYC in basically 2 days!

We are staying in Manhattan & on the List are: (of course) the Empire State Building, the One World Observatory, & taking the ferry to Staten Island for a short visit with distant relatives (my understanding is we will pass the Statue of Liberty on the ferry ride)...

Oh! I would also like to try some "authentic" NY pizza!

Please...what else should be on the Must Do & See list? Thanks in advance!

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Be sure and buy a Pass for the Subway, the only way to roll in the Apple.

 

And another Free Gem is to walk around Central Park ( the Zoo and the Carriage Rides are Famous but Expensive).

 

Visit the site of the World Trade Center Disaster and take a ride out to Coney Island in Brooklyn for a Nathan's Hot Dog and a Beer!

 

There are Great Museums in the City of you like that and last but not least consider walking around in Midtown including Grand Central Terminal,the Main Public Library, Rockefeller Center, St. Patricks Cathedral and Park and Fifth Avenues. All Free!

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Sadly the single day unlimited ride metrocard went the way of the dinosaur a couple years back or so. If anyone's looking for an unlimited ride option the best you can get is a 7 day metrocard for $31 ($30 for the rides and $1 for the new card.) Depending on how you use it this could still be a better deal than paying for individual rides ($2.75 cash per ride.)

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Assuming you're not pulling our collective legs, yes, the subways are generally safe. The routine muggings and rampant graffiti were left behind in the 1980s along with big hair and women's shoulder pads. :giggle:

 

Speaking of subways, another thing worth seeing is the New York Transit Museum. http://www.nytransitmuseum.org/ While it has a branch and store in must-see Grand Central Terminal, its main location is a former subway station :cool: in downtown Brooklyn.

 

Another NYC-centric museum not related to trains is the New York Fire Museum in a former lower-Manhattan fire station. http://www.nycfiremuseum.org/

 

There was an excellent New York Police Museum in a former police station* the last time I was there, but it's closed since. :(

 

*I'm noticing a pattern here. :) What makes a better museum for X than a former X station/facility, and the City already owns it. Cheap but effective.

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I enjoyed the subway museum in downtown Brooklyn mentioned above when I went. If you don't have a context for it then it might not be as interesting. For example, some of those cars were still in use when I appeared on the NYC scene in 1967. Rockefeller Center is mind-blowing just to walk around and see all the public art. Lots of free stuff in Central Park including a garden dedicated to the the work of the Beatles [iiirc in the upper 60s on the West side]! I think Union Square is fun - there's a market there most every day I think [i'm sure you can google it and find out]. And Trader Joe's is nearby. Washington Square and Greenwich Village are fun and always interesting to walk around. 2 days is not very long - and at the same time plenty long enough for NYC which is very tiring. Just walking down the street is overstimulating.

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I recently had a layover in New York, and stayed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites a half-block from Penn Station (and right across from the Farley Building...). It was clean and comfortable--the room did not feel overly cramped. Hot breakfast in the morning was good. My wife once stayed at the Hotel Pennsylvania near Penn Station, and was disappointed.

 

For dinner, I went to Stella 34 Trattoria at Macy*s Herald Square flagship store, also very near Penn Station. The food and service was good, and I was able to do a little shopping after dinner.

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