Letang Is The Truth wrote: slappybrown wrote:
eddysnake wrote:we are either going to save the money and drive up or drive to the brothers in Jersey and take NJ Transit up from Trenton. Probably looking at staying at the Belnord which is 3 blocks from Central Park and 2 miles from the Apollo. We'd be close to the Park and Rockefellar plaza which would be cool in winter if we are only going to be there for a day or two.
NJ Transit into Manhattan isn't bad. Driving to NJ and then training it in is fine.
bump. looking to go to nyc for bastille day in july. looking to stay in times square area. considering parking in NJ and taking train. how long is the train ride usually? does it save on the headache and $$ driving in?
I can't speak for the stay in NJ and train it in idea bc I've never done it, but I highly recommend using Hotwire or Priceline. The deals for NYC are insane. I routinely get 3.5-4.5 star hotels for <$250 per night including the ridiculous NYC taxes. For those of you worried about beds I always just call after finding out which hotel I got and request 2 beds. (it's usually a mother-daughter getaway to NYC in the summer for me.) I've always had my requests met with no issues. Also had the $20 trick work multiple times (google it). I'm going July 25-28 and staying at St Giles the Court and booked with Hotwire for like $150 a night....so with tax I think it was like $200 a night. Considering we can walk nearly anywhere we want to go or quickly board a train, it is infinitely better than wasting time taking mass transit into the city...to then take mass transit. The website betterbidding.com basically breaks down how to use Priceline and Hotwire in every situation and also gives you a complete and detailed list of possible hotels in each zone. It's so useful you usually can narrow your mystery hotel down to 2-3 choices.
As far as staying IN times square, there's no real reason to. Those hotels are swarming with idiots and in general not very nice. Stay a block or two away at a minimum. The "Times Square" intercontinental is the perfect location...about 2 blocks away so away from the insanity but close enough to walk literally anywhere. Staying on the south (east or west it doesn't matter) areas of central park is Also a fantastic option especially in the summer. Close Enough to walk to times square but quickly Able to enjoy all of the park as well.
Shake shack (convenient location near times square but the original in Madison square park is worth the experience...expect a long line)
Patsy's (Italian...great for before a show)
Wafels and Dinges (liege waffle cart in central park by plaza hotel but also other locations...use google or twitter)
Magnolia bakery (location near NHL store/rockefeller plaza is very convenient)
The burger joint hidden in the corner of le Parker meridien (delicious and quite the experience)
Soured hospitality (Justin timberlakes restaurant....delicious BBQ and most importantly Mac and cheese)
Highly recommended tour company:
City sights (the blue buses you see everywhere. Night lights and sights tour and the Brooklyn tour are must sees. Definitely worth the money)
Go to the top of the empire state building at NIGHT
Go to the top of the Rock during the DAY (you can see the park)