New York City---trip planning

  1. I want to take a trip with my daughters this springbreak to New York City. My general plan is to fly out there, see some sights and then take a train back and see the whole country. I live in Washington State.

    My first question, for those of you familiar with the area, as I've never been to NY city: Where is a good, reasonable place to stay in NY? I wouldn't have to stay in the heart of Manhatten. When I go to cities, I enjoy taking public transportation and feel very comfortable asking the locals for directions. I've noticed that poor people from the ghetto make great tour guides and are extremely helpful, since they use public transportation the most. So, I'd want to be in an area near a train line where we can access the important sites, such as Manhatten, the Statue of Liberty, and what else would I want to see?

    I'm figuring different alternatives for this trip. For one thing my oldest son lives in Ashville NC and we might want to stop there first. Or else perhaps he would meet us in NY city. I was figuring on 3 full days in NY city, because we want to take the train back. I was also thinking of going to Boston, but that might be too much. I'm trying to plan this trip.

    Any imput here would be welcome.
  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   SuesquatchRN
    Check out The Chelsea Hotel. reasonable, right next to Gramercy Park, the only private park in Manhattan, and walking distance (NYC standards - be prepared to walk for miles and not notice it) to the Village and Chinatown and Little Italy.

    You could wander down to the Village, then a little farther south to CHinatown and eat (do not order from the "you no like" menu. The waiter knows. If he says, "You no like," you no like), then down to the SOuth Street Seaport, and right into the financial district. Probably three miles total.
  4. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from Suesquatch
    (NYC standards - be prepared to walk for miles and not notice it)
    So true! One of the advantages of living in the city.
  5. by   GardenDove
    Single rooms:
    from $195 and up*Double rooms:from $235 and up*Twin rooms:from $250 and up*Studios with kitchenette:from $275 and up*Junior Suites:from $350 and up*Suites:from $485 and up*

    The Hotel Chelsea
    222 W. 23rd St
    New York, NY 10011

    Is this the Hotel? I was hoping for something cheaper.
  6. by   JeanettePNP
    Try Bed and Breakfasts. There are some reputable places in Brooklyn that are near the subway line and accessible to all the sites in Manhattan.
  7. by   SuesquatchRN

    They have a hotel in Chelsea - west side, north of the Village - for $90 a night.
  8. by   SuesquatchRN
    Ichecked out Holiday Inn, EconoLodge, COmfort Inns - red oof is your best bet.

    I stayed in one last night, up here, near Mike's hospital.
  9. by   GardenDove
    I'm looking up stuff right now online. What about Greenich Village? There's something there for $100 a night. It'd be neat for me to be there since my birth mother lived there when she got knocked up with me...
  10. by   SuesquatchRN
    The Village is a great place to be.

    What's the name? I'll check it out.
  11. by   GardenDove
    I did already, they only have single bed rooms. If you find anything else though, let me know.
  12. by   GardenDove
    What do you think of this one?
  13. by   SuesquatchRN
    Chelsea Inn looks like fun - pricey for what you're getting, though. And HUGE is NYC relative - old brownstone walk-ups are no wider than 14 feet, so it will be a small huge suite. The clientele will be mostly gay men, which can be fun. The area's great. The $90 rooms will not be big enough, I don't think, for several people. But call!
  14. by   GardenDove
    What do you think of this one. What's this neighborhood like, do you know?