Re: New York City
Originally Posted by canker2323
Priceline is great. For the Pinstripe Bowl, I got the Henseley on E. 42nd for $125/night.
It was a block away from where the Rutgers team stayed. I would recommend staying in Times Square or the East Side. It is so cool to walk out of a hotel and be right in the middle of the action.
I love the John's Pizzeria on 44th Street in Times Square. The room is amazing. However, if you go to the one on Bleecker Street, and if you like great blues guitar music, go to Terra Blues. It is a small place, but the music is awesome. Starts about 10 and ends at 3am!
Highly recommend the 9/11 Memorial. They limit access to ticket-holders. You can get them online, but there are often none for the day/time you want. However, they often give out extra tickets to those who just show up. They only let so many in at a time. Get some tickets for a time you can make it, so you have a back up, but you can probably get in when you want to, even if the website doesn't give you tickets.
If you go there, look for an old guy with an I-pad. He is loaded with 9/11 stories and he can tell you all about the memorial. He helped us find the engraving for Mari Rae Sopper, an ISU graduate who died on one of the planes (Pentagon, I think) while she was on the way to take a head coach job in California. At ISU gymnastics meets, they give a Mari Rae Sopper award for the most inspiring performance.
The Occupy area is right next to the 9/11 Memorial.
Use the subway and busses once on Manhattan. Buy a multi-day pass. You can get almost anywhere easily and cheaply. Cabs are expensive, especially when they are just sitting still.
I love Katz Deli. People say that it is a tourist place, but whenever I go, it is mostly filled with locals. You have to push your way up to the counter to order. They have pushy guys making your sandwich. And it will be huge and wonderful.
Top of the Rock is a great experience. It is not just an observatory, but most of the roof can be accessed.
Make sure to see the Trump Tower. It is a spectacular building.
Laguardia isn't easily connected to the trains. Sometimes I take a cab to a train station and then get my multi-day pass to use. If you do this, tip the cabbie a lot. He waited hours to get your fare and won't like just taking you a short distance.
At some point, just for the heck of it, take the Staten Island Ferry from the south end of Manhattan and back. I think it is still free. And it gives you some awesome views.
Re: New York City
Heading off tomorrow morning and will be in NYC around 11:30 EST...can't wait. We took a lot of the advice here so thank you all for the advice and recommendations.
Ended up doing the name your own price thing at are saying at a 3 star in Times Square for around $190 per night after all taxes. Bought the NY Pass and plan to do a lot of the tourist things (Empire State Building, bicycle rental in Central Park, Top of the Rock, Circle around Manhattan, NBC Studio Tour, and MoMA). We have Letterman tickets for Tuesday afternoon and 9/11 Memorial tickets for Tuesday morning.
Last edited by cycloneworld; 07-06-2012 at 06:28 PM.
Re: New York City
Have you booked your flight yet? My wife used to have to go to her companies home office, about 2 blocks from Ground Zero. They used to fly into Newark every time. It was a few years ago, but over all from door to door, it was a lot cheaper than flying into LaGuardia. And supposedly didn't take that much longer. Then they would just call a local limo company to set up a town car to their hotel, then back to the airport at the end of their trip.
Originally Posted by cycloneworld
This was from 2002 to 2007 though, so things may have changed.