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Old 12.05.2011, 11:02
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Zurich - New York

I'm thinking of inflicting Mama G on New York as a surprise treat, but have never been so need a little help.

We have a week off but not sure if I want to spend a week there, leave Friday evening and spend 9 days there and get back the following Sun, or to travel at the weekend and have 4-5 days there mid week. Also I'm looking for tips on an area to base as the place seems bewilderingly big.

Any advice welcome....
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Re: Zurich - New York

When I visited I stayed 5 days and for me that was the right time. I loved it but really found it noisy. I stayed off 47th street on 5th Ave and it was a great spot as it was near to the Rockefella centre and Empire State and a lot of other attractions.
I loved the Guggenheim amd MOMA and have great memories of visiting the city. Taxis were really reasonable.
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Old 14.05.2011, 22:36
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Thanks Smackerjack, 5 days is sounding good, and I'll check out that area
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Old 14.05.2011, 22:53
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Re: Zurich - New York

i had around 5 days too, and it was OK. maybe if you like shopping you would want a couple more days?

i stayed in 2 different hotels: one was the (in)famous hotel pennslyvania not far from the empire state building. i got quite an ok room, but when you read the reviews, it's a bit of a lottery - also very entertaining reads:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._New_York.html

the second hotel was the gansevoort, which was the complete opposite, being a 'trendy' designer hotel:

http://www.hotelgansevoort.com/

as i liked to walk around, centrally located hotels were good for me, but it's cheap to use public transport or taxis.
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Old 14.05.2011, 23:09
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Re: Zurich - New York

what a great surprise!

unless you want to be in the busy, noisy touristy part- i would look maybe to staying in the upper west side in the 70's and lower 80's near central park west. you can have the beautiful of central park, nice smaller shops and be in walking distance to columbus circle and times sq and all the craziness. i had a friend stay at the excelsior (http://www.excelsiorhotelny.com/) and she and her family were happy- the area is pretty and it's not too overwhelming like midtown can be.

taxis are cheap compared to switzerland but the subway is pretty easy and honestly it has been beautiful weather so you may end up walking quite a bit, the best way to get to know the city. i can make basic recommendations, but it really depends what you two like-want to do. shopping is all over but there is plenty more to do then that. i would definitely recommend one of the night cruises around the city, you can do dinner on them or book a more low key one but the view of the city ând the statue of liberty is priceless.

are you planning to shop, see a show, visit museums?
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Old 14.05.2011, 23:22
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Re: Zurich - New York

See the gardens and museum of the Cloisters, it is fantastic. I thought Broadways was boring but loved Bronx, the ZOO and all.
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See the gardens and museum of the Cloisters, it is fantastic. I thought Broadways was boring but loved Bronx, the ZOO and all.

that's cuz you have good taste. the bronx rocks - the zoo is my favorite place in the world and you definitely don't need to have kiddies around to enjoy it. there's also a small zoo in central park. cloisters are awesome and beautiful grounds all around. not into broadway but there are tons of smaller off broadway things happening, my parents like the roundabout theater, but i like weirder performances so i can't comment on that too much.

the 92nd st y has some cool performances- music, dance, etc that may be looking into the calendar www.92y.org . the met is a beautiful museum and i would suggest going on the rooftop for drinks as the view is stunning. also, it's worth looking at the magazine timeoutny to see what is happening when you are there-
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Re: Zurich - New York

I was a tourguide in Manhattan for over 5 years. Please pm me and I will give you all the information you need for NYC. It is the greatest city in the world.

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Re: Zurich - New York

Just came back with a group of 22 Swiss last week. Manhattan is wonderful! We stayed at the Holiday Inn Midtown 57th and enjoyed the hotel. We were on the 17th floor with a view of the downtown. Our room was quiet but some others weren't. However, the price is right and it's clean, roomy and the buffet breakfast is pretty good. It's about a 10 min. walk to Columbus Circle subway entrance.

I hired 2 tour guides to take us around Manhattan. They were basically useless because they didn't give us any information.
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Re: Zurich - New York

Thanks to all for the imput.

We aren't shopping nuts... but never say never if Mama G spots a bargain. We would be into the typical touristy things like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State building, maybe a show on or off broadway, central park that sort of thing. Mama G will also want to go to Ellis Island for some family history research, and a dutiful trip to ground zero to pay respects.

We've had our share of 'stuffy and overly posh' hotels, and now much prefer something less chilled and less formal, as long as it's clean and as quiet as somewhere in a big city can be. We'd also like to walk as much as possible, but a trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a trip on the subway or in a yellow taxi.

Please keep any tips for places to visit coming as the web say's everything is great, and we'd have to be there for a year to do it all, so info from folks that know on here is great. Ditto for area's to stay and recommendations for hotels.

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Re: Zurich - New York

Take a trip on one of the tourists buses, they are great value and the tourist guides are funny whilst putting across there knowledge of the City which makes it interesting. You can hop on and off where ever you want. You can buy the tickets off the street vendours,they wear bright Red or Yellow jackets dependent on which Bus conpany you use. Cheaper than using a Cab all the time.
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That sound reasonable, gotta get some accom' sorted out yet though, and the choice seems bewilderingly large. Funny how many can be voted best hotel in New York at the same time though
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Re: Zurich - New York

Very true, i stayed on Broadway in an average hotel but if I went again I would definitely pay a bit more and stay closer to Times Square.
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Re: Zurich - New York

City Pass

I never used it because I lived in NJ, but friends who used it said it was a good deal.
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Re: Zurich - New York

I stayed in a place with a little kitchen in the corner of the room. Saved loads of money not having to have every meal in a restaurant - great for when jet lag requires breakfast at 4am and it was cheaper than a standard hotel room too. Think it was called Staybridge or something like that.

The tour bus tip is a good one - just get off if you get a dodgy guide. On our first trip the guide was great but we did another one where the guide spent the whole time going on about how much he hated the government

Its a fab city - hope you have a great time!

PS - My other tip - make sure you have a good book, a bottle of water and some snacks for the queue to get through immigration!
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Re: Zurich - New York

I have a friend who rates this hotel very highly - plus all rooms have small kitchens -- which allows you to save $

http://murray-hill-east.hotel-rv.com/
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Re: Zurich - New York

New York is awesome, I'm sure you will love it! I also suggest the blue line tour bus as not only does it give you the full tour of the city, it is a great way to rest your legs from all the walking.

The best value for money deals for a hotel can be found on priceline.com. I almost always get a 4-star hotel for about $130 a night, impossible price to beat! Enjoy.
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We like to stay at "On the Ave" - it's at 77 or 76 and Broadway on the west side.

http://www.ontheave-nyc.com

There's a 24-hour diner across the street, and lots of restaurants in the area. They usually have some sort of deal. It's a boutique hotel, so smallish, quirky. You're just a few blocks from the 72street subway, and a couple blocks from 79th street. (although I hate the subway, I do take it). You're close to the museum of natural history, too (if that excites you).

Personally I wouldn't stay in midtown - but that's because I don't like the touristy giant hotels.

I second the cloisters. Totally fab place. I'm not a huge fan of Broadway either... I'd rather go out to dinner and walk around. But I'm odd, I know.

We sometimes pick hotels on hotwire - you choose your area and star rating and then pick a hotel based on price. You can get great deals, but you won't know the name of the hotel till you choose one. Last year we stayed way, way downtown - near ground zero. It was a mess - lots and lots of construction - I would not recommend that, either. Too hard to get around. Midtown is good, of course, but lots of big, touristy hotels. I prefer the area around columbus circle - Central Park South, and the upper east or west side.

If you are a fan of bookstores, you have to visit the Strand near Washington Square. It's huge and has an amazing assortment - almost too much to choose from - mostly used stuff... interesting clientele. I can't say I've bought much there, it's just the experience.

And NY is just great for walking - I love all the neighborhoods and wonky stores. Have fun!

What do you like to eat? You can eat anything in NY, and the full range of price from the absurdly expensive to a street vendor.

Summer is usually a good value, if I remember correctly.
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