Which area to stay in New York?

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  1. welshy

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    We've booked our flights for May half-term 2018 so need to think about accommodation and location now. We are 2 adults and a 10 year old and will be staying for 6 nights.

    Is Airbnb ok over there or should we stay with hotels?

    Which area is best for tourists? Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope have been mentioned to me.
     
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    Manhattan is the main "tourist" area. Depends what you want to do. Obviously city centre hotels will be expensive but you have less travel to deal with. Subway is good/can be very busy.

    Yellow cabs are fine for travel, not much chat from them and can be fairly wild ride at times with the traffic but generally they are fine.
     
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    Always stayed in Manhattan for ease of access to main places of interest.
     
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    Anywhere near times square (but not in it) will put you pretty central for most of the tourist spots. Tbh 6 days is a lot. I'd see about tagging on boston or Niagara falls if possible.
     
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    We stayed in Queens when we were there, just over the Queensboro bridge, hotels are a bit cheaper there. 15 subway ride into Times Square. The little cable car ride from Roosevelt Island into Manhattan is well worth it.
     
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    We stayed in east 39th which was well within easy traveling distance to everything we wanted to do. The hotel was pretty cheap too by NYC standards pod 39 they also have one on 52nd or 54th street.

    Renting an apartment I think is illegal in new York for less than 1 month but I know people who have air bnbd but we didn’t want to risk it.
     
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    Thank you all, will look into all that's been mentioned. I did read about the airbnb thing too so might be safer in a hotel.
     
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    This hotel has family rooms. We staid there in June and it was a good base. Close to what we wanted to do.
    TRYP New York City Times Square South
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    We stayed at The Sheraton which is just a short walk from Times Square and right in the heart of the action.

    Loads of bars and restaurants nearby - walking distance to Central Park etc.

    It was fine for our needs and I am quite fussy - the location was perfect.

    We even had a high floor room and you could see Times Square ....

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    Ideally anywhere between central Park and tribeca is good as long as you are close to a subway stop. I now prefer the more neighbourhood feel of say Chelsea or Greenwich Village. But for our early visits we stuck around midtown as that was where you tend to be most of the time. We liked the Andaz on 5th. Close to Times Square, but not too close.
    Have a great time.
     
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    Why is Airbnb illegal in NYC we have just booked for a week in May also and need to sort accommodation.
     
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    To stop people buying property for the purpose of short term rentals and stopping permanent residents buying these.
     
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    We booked the "Best Western Premier Herald Square" on 36th Street in the end, we wanted one with breakfast included as we don't want to have to think about that each morning. It's near Macy's (for the wife) and half a mile from the city center and Times Square.

    We need to think about metro passes next...
     
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    The 7 day passes are a real bargain, can be used on the subway, buses and Roosevelt Island tram. They are about $30.
     
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    One thing not to miss is the High Line, an old elevated railroad track down the West Side which has been converted into a long thin park above the streets. It's about 1.5 miles long and a great walk. Very popular with NY'ers, and has a terrific relaxed friendly atmosphere. It's still not well-known over here, but I can highly recommend it.

    In a way it's a pity you've gone for b'n'b. Breakfasts in New York are a great institution and usually extremely good value outside the hotels. There are little breakfast bars all over the place, some of which only open for that one meal.

    I hope I'm not sounding too "you didn't want to do that", but I thought it worth pointing out for general info. Please don't let me put you off; as you say b'n'b takes away any potential hassle.
     
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    Agree the Highline was one of my highlights.
     
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    The High Line is cool.
    First time we stayed on the East of mid town and it was a walk to the subway - wouldn't do that again as we spent a lot of tired time walking with our kid who was about 10 at the time.

    Last time we stayed at The Time hotel just off Broadway. We got a room + sitting room so we could watch TV after our 12yr old went to bed. The hotel was pretty good but not at all cheap.
    While we were there they were refurbing the 2 elevators which was a royal PITA as it took ages to get an elevator down - we ended up going up to the top just to get in! I imagine they're done by now.

    Both times I booked through a site called TravelBag who do organised tours - they can slot you in as an independent traveller on their group rates.

    If I were going again I would take a look beyond Manhattan on the main subway routes to see if you can save the cash. Take a bit of time to work out how the routes work - not all trains stop at all stations for instance.
    he 7 day subway card is a great idea - we did PAYG and ended up spending more for fewer trips than we should have done.

    This is very important and caught out loads of tourists on the transit in from the airport - you pay on arrival not departure for the airport link.
    MTA/New York City Transit - MetroCard Vending Machines
    Look at the City Pass to save money if you're doing several big attractions. I'd really recommend the Circle Line boat tour
     
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    I have to say that I find NYC dull. It could be as I've spent so much time there on business trips, that I live in London so used to the big city thing etc but anyway...

    For a first trip, stay in Manhattan as has already been advised. Its expensive but its where 90% of the typical tourist things to do are and whilst you're going for a fair length of time for city break you don't want to spend the majority of it waiting for the subway etc.

    If you go back, then possibly look further afield (depending on whats drawing you back). There are more gritty areas that certainly have their own attraction and more sensible pricing.
     
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    this is an unfair quote, not based on real facts?
    im stopping Airbnb in may 2018 in harlem new york, the 3 storey brownstone building has an apartment on the top floor and the owner stays in the 2 below, This is definitely not illegal, what is and what New york are trying to stop are landlords buying flats/apartments and renting them out ...this is denying locals affordable housing by pushing up rents.....so make 100% sure when you Airbnb , that the owner is staying in the same building he is renting to You.
     
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    The above is true and exactly how we used air bnb a few weeks ago.
     
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    I am planning a surprise trip to New York in mid-September this year with my wife. Thing is, I have never been and haven't got a clue so please excuse the n00b questions but any guidance would be useful to my planning at this stage. We will be there for about 7 days (including a weekend).

    1. Which airport is it better to fly into - JFK or Newark (from London)? Both seem same distance from Manhattan;
    2. Is Manhattan is the best place to stay? - Hotel prices are very high there. I prefer to stay in a hotel (a medium end one - maybe £180 a night but struggling to find one in Manhattan!).
    3. Is 7 days too much? I could always mix in some days elsewhere if nearby.

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    We stayed in New York the other week over half-term. We stayed at the Best Western Premier Herald Square (50 W 36th Street, a tube is very close to the hotel) for 6 nights at $200 a night. It is in an ideal location and was very quiet and clean. The rooms were quite small but ok for my wife and 10 year old daughter and me. We were lucky to have the back of the hotel so no noise from the streets. In fact we couldn't hear anything at night. Breakfast was also included. Some will say best to eat out for breakfast but to be honest eating out in restaurants and cafe's are quite expensive so we pigged out at breakfast which kept us going for most of the day. Plus we didn't need to find somewhere to eat each morning so we could just crack on with sight seeing.

    Street hotdogs are cheap but hunt for the best prices, some stalls/vans wanted $3 but we found one for $1.50 with all the trimmings, very tasty too!

    I have no idea about Newark but getting into Manhattan from JFK (and back) was easy. We did use a taxi when we arrived as it was early hours and we were shattered but the JFK airtrain to Jamaica Central is regular and $5 each, then purchase a 7-day metrocard for $33 each. We did use the metro and airtrain to go back to JFK

    Manhattan is probably best if you want to be central, easy access to everywhere. 7 days is fine. We covered a lot but not all in 6 days. We didn't go to Harlem or the Bronx.

    I'd recommend the High Line as mentioned here and the free ferry to Staten Island as an easy way to see the Statue of Liberty. From Manhattan side go to the right side of the ferry for the best view. As soon as you reach the other side get off the ferry and back on again unless you want to see the island but we didn't bother.

    Stores open bit later there, we were a bit too early arriving in Soho and China Town so we missed the hustle and bustle but we still saw a lot.

    Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and walk around Brooklyn for a quieter part of New York. Just ask if you need any more information.
     
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    Manhattan is the best place to stay for tourist.
     
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    1 - I don't think it matters - we flew into JFK and used the Airtrain and subway to get to our hotel just off Broadway - cheap, simple enough.
    2 - Manhattan is great but as you've found damn expensive. I would concentrate more on being near a good subway line. First time we stayed in Midtown on the Eastern side - it was a long walk to the nearest subway, we spent a lot of time walking and there wasn't much of a choice in restaurants in the evening or for breakfast. The hotel was the Roger Smith.
    Last trip we stayed at The Time Hotel - prices were OK and the rooms were good. We needed a mini suite so there was a sofa bed for the teenager. Near enough to Hell's Kitchen to find decent eats.
    If I were going back I would be looking at what's available off the island but very close to a subway, probably Brooklyn as that's supposed to be a lot of fun and we only really did the bridge.
    Check out Travel Bag as they organise inclusive trips but will also book you rooms at their discounted rates - they were the cheapest last time I was booking but as ever hunting hotel rooms online is a moving target.
    3 - NYC is massive, there are millions of things to do. I'd be surprised if you got bored but you might get tired or broke! Check out CityPass NYC to get a flavour of what you might want to see. We used them in NYC and in LA, you get reasonable savings and faster entry. The Circle Line boat tours are a good relaxing way of spending a couple of hours esp. if you combine them with a trip to the Intrepid Air and Space museum.
    If you really wanted to add another location both Boston and Washington D.C. are reasonably accessible - either a short flight or a train. We did NYC from Boston on our first trip and did NYC and DC on our second trip - both times we used Amtrak so saw a bit of the country. Both are potentially drivable if you wanted to.
    If you do decide to do more than one city look at an Open Jaw return (in one place out the other) the first time on the Boston & NYC trip we wasted a day going back to Boston to fly home.

    These are some of the pictures I took in NYC last time.
    New York and Washington, 17th August - 1st September 2016
     
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    Yes, but if you cannot find anything decent within your budget, take a look at Long Island City in Queens. There are a number of hotels available for less than £150 per night that are close to the subway.
     
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    im thinking about going to NY in November have not been for about 10 years .. So many Hotel choices in Manhattan coming up on travelbag to choose from, any suggestions?
     
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    We try to ensure we a close to a subway station and within walking distance of bars and food options.
    Do you have any specific plans for November?
     
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    nope , just being near bars, shops and restaurants and things to do is key for the trip.
     

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