How long in NYC
Wife went just before xmas, 4 days 3 nights, said could have done with a couple of more days. Food cheap booze expensive.
She really enjoyed it,up until the plane dropped out of the sky on the return flight and they had to make an emergency landing at Goose Bay, Canada!Posted 5 years ago
Check out AirBnB, I’ve done it that way a few times and it’s a lot better/cheaper than hotels. 2 days will give a glimpse but no more than that. We did 3 days last August just hanging round Greenwich Village and we have 8 days on 4th Street in April 13. Wear good walking shoes and get ready for amazinglingly strong beer in eg Blind Tiger, Bleecker Street and very good seafood directly opposite. There’s a lot more to NYC than standing on top of skyscrapers (at considerable expense), be a flanneur.Posted 5 years agoMcHamishMember
We went for a week, it seemed the perfect amount of time to us, but it is quite expensive.
We got a city pass before we went and went to one of the 6 attractions each day, then explored the local area. We had a little guide book which was quite useful.
We found that going for a week meant that we could take our time and explore rather than rushing about trying to fit it all in. My legs ached by the end of the week with all the walking we did.
My wife insisted on going to various places that have been in films/programmes. We went to the Magnolia Bakery (Sex and the City) and I had half a sickly cake and we walked down Bleecker Street – on the way we found a nice pub that sold all sorts of beer/ales. If we were there for 4 days we would have gone on the underground and missed that.Posted 5 years agotonydMember
2 busy days should get most of the typical tourist stuff out of the way (Statue of Liberty, etc) then perhaps 3 days to mooch and explore a bit more. If you can afford it I would stay mid-town but so long as you’re on Manhattan then pretty much everything is walkable.
It always sounded a bit old fogey to me, but we tend to buy a multi-day pass for one of the bus tours whenever we visit a new city. Spend a day or two riding the bus and seeing the main attractions and you should get a good feel for the city and where else you want to go.
I seem to recall we have a member or two on here who are in NYC, I’m sure they could give you the local low down.
Edit to add: If you’re both runners take some kit with you and go for a run through Central Park. Can be a bit of a ball ache getting there if you’re too far, but it’s a great way to see the whole park while getting some exercise.Posted 5 years agogrumMember
The novelty of seeing famous stuff and shopping in Manhatten wore off pretty quickly for us, especially given how unfriendly everyone was compared to Vancouver where we’d been living. I suspect there are nicer bits out in the boroughs but we didn’t have time to explore.Posted 5 years agogeordiepaulMember
If you’ve always wanted to go to NYC then 2-3 days is no where near enough.Posted 5 years ago
7 Days minimum……and take some good walking shoes.
There’s more to NYC than the default attractions, then going up the empire state during the days is completely different than at night. Brooklyn is worth a visit too.
Surely you want to do a show, a comedy club, a jazz club no way you can do all that in 3 days. Why skimp you’ll only wish you’d gone for longer.
Thanks for response so far. has anyone stayed at the Millenium Un Plaza?
or any of these;Posted 5 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Some useful stuff from folks on here!Posted 5 years agotonydMember
The first page of those hotels were all above our budget last time we went. I’ve stayed at the Holiday Inn on West 57th a long time ago (10+ years), it was nice then. More recently (4 years ago for the presidential elections – Times Square went nuts!) the New Yorker on 8th Ave which is a bit further downtown (34th St), great location but rooms were cramped. We only use hotel rooms as a base so don’t generally need that much room, but the New Yorker rooms were too small even for us.
Not sure if it was listed at your link, but we went for drinks at the Hudson bar (W 58th) and the hotel looked good.
+1 on seeing a show. The missus nagged me into seeing Wicked on Broadway last time we were there and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.
Not sure I’d agree with grum – we didn’t find NYC any more unfriendly than a lot of other places. As ever I think it depends where you go, what you do, and your own attitude towards the yokels 🙂Posted 5 years agosambobMember
Went in 2003 for a week, but that was to meet up with my Uncle when he was sailing the clipper yacht race so in reality we only had about 4 days of doing what we wanted, I’d probably only need 4 days to see what I wanted but that’s having been already, a week would be good as it’s your first time. Everyone we met was pretty friendly.Posted 5 years agoftr1873Member
Went for a week in May, more to say I’d done it than anything. However, I did really enjoy it and would definitely go back. You can do a lot in a day but it becomes quite busy. It’s easy to get around due to street layout and good transport system, grab a weeks pass for the subway. In general the people were pretty friendly and will help you out if you ask. I think a week is good, 10 days if you have the time and cash, it ain’t cheap!Posted 5 years ago
JimmyJesus! That Hudson Hotel is FROM $249 ! I paid about $100 per night last August via AirBnB for a double bedroom in a v nice flat on 5th, just north of Washington Park Square. I think my 8 nights on 4th worked out at £730 tops. Make sure you check AirBnB, it’ll save you loads plus it puts you into contact with locals.Posted 5 years agoLardLoverMember
Excellent ChunkyMTB!!! 😀
Can you fill me in on it when you return? I’m really REALLY wanting to do it next year (2014). My brother in law lives in NYC so was going to suggest we visit next May. Imagine the look on my wife’s face when I try to put my bike in the taxi to the airport!!
Would really love to hear all about it mate.Posted 5 years ago
Well…all booked.Whats the best way to see the sights financially. I see there are several passes than can be pre-bought but they seem to tie you in to certain attractions alot of which are museums (yawn). Would prefer to have thing pre-arranged before arriving to save time in ques etc.Posted 5 years agosportsmatchMember
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Would recommend the Hudson Hotel & Bar, stylish and well priced, rooms are quite small but charming.
stayed there xmas 2011 small is an underestimation but very nice and good location just off Columbus circle and 5th avenuePosted 5 years ago
first time in New York we stayed at the Shelburne murrayhill on 34th and lexington just up from grand central another nice hotel
central park (mugging someone has been watching to many US cop shows)but its not recommand to go at night in the park
tour of new york on the hop on n off bus
staue of liberty Pics from Staten Island ferry (ferry is free)
do a search of things to do as there is plenty to see n do
comfy trainers a must
Anyone used thesePosted 5 years ago
The couple we are going to NY with are planning a day a Coney Island beach. They have been to NY before so have done all the sites before. As its our first time there im not sure if i want to spend a day at the beach. So im asking those NYC regulars on STW if its worth a day trip Coney baring in mind we only have 4 days to see the usual tourist stuff.Posted 4 years ago
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