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#1 Keir

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 01:10 PM

Hi girls

We're considering going to the US for our honeymoon... 7 nights in New York, a few nights in Washington, possibly Boston (but h2b can't see why) and a trip to Niagra Falls...

We're really struggling to find decent accomodation that's reasonably priced in Manhattan.

And I'd love to hear your daily schedules - how much did you fit into a day? what are the things that are MUST sees?

My list so far is:

Statue of Liberty
Central Park (incl the zoo)
Empire State Building
Times Square
MoMA

and h2b wants to do The Sopranos tour

Any information/advice/tips much appreciated... thanks smile.gif

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 01:26 PM

Wow Kir NEW YORK!!

I've never been before, but just wanted to say how jealous i am! biggrin.gif
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 01:41 PM

WOW.... i would love to go there......

If I went i would have to go on the Sex and the city tour and vist Trump Towers....


Have fun and get get lots of pics


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Posted 10 October 2006 - 01:44 PM

I've never been to New York but I'm dying to go. I have a few things on my wish list to see/do but obviously can't tell you what is good sorry, thought this might give you ideas anyway:
- Sex and the City tour
- Rockerfeller Centre (The Today show is filmed there and so are lots of movies)
- FAO Schwartz (huge toy store, pretty sure that's where "Big" with Tom Hanks was filmed
- A Broadway musical and/or play - cheap tickets here
- Times Square
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Greenwich Village

Hope this helps smile.gif

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 02:04 PM

Kir that would be so great! My girlfriend got engaged in NY and she absolutely loved it.
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 02:28 PM

YES THE SATC TOUR!

would be 1st priority then a slice of their ridiculously big pizza

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 02:42 PM

Hi Kir

I've made many a response to posts about New York in the travel section if you do a search. A few in this forum too if I remember correctly. Here's a link to a massive one I made about things to do in NY.

Feel free to ask if you have any specific questions. I go there quite often. Too exciting for you!

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 02:57 PM

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We're really struggling to find decent accomodation that's reasonably priced in Manhattan


darls i hate to dissapoint you.... but a good location is a must!!! and that means its going to cost!! everything in manhattan is pricey.....
we stayed across from Penn Station "Affina" i think... either way right across from madison square garden, 2 blocks walk to times square, same with empire state building etc... it was expensive for what the rooms were actually like.. but the foyer/building looks really nice...

we were there for about 4 days... and didnt get to see much.. of NY mainly just manhattan.. that place is sooo huge that i dont think any amount of time will be enough to see the whole city...

just grab yourself a 3 day hop on hop off tour ticket and then day by day see how much you can fit in...

i looovve NY i cant wait to some day revisit....
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:04 PM

Nat and Court gave some great info there for when we went. We only got to spend 4 days in NY and it just wasn't enough time. We went onto DC from there and pretty much the whole time we were in DC we were wishing we were back in NY.

Hopefully with your 7days you'll really be able to fit in what was suggested in the link Nat posted.

Man I wish I could jump on a plane and go back now.

I'm so jeolous of you!!!

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:18 PM

New York is FANTASTIC! There is so much to see & do there. We stayed for 7 nights in July, and already we want to go back again. My advice is:

* Central Park is a MUST SEE... although you can walk around Central park all day & not see all of it... it's HUGE. We stayed around one end of it, so we wouldn't get too lost! hehehehe

* Statue of Liberty is awesome. They advise you not to bother going to the Island though, as you can no longer go up the Statue, and the views aren't that good from the island. We saw her on the free Staten Island Ferry, and got some great photos from that.

* Empire State Building... was amazing. We went early so that we could beat the massive lines, but it still took over half an hour to get up. But the views were sensational.

* Rockefeller Centre.... the views are good as well.... obviously not as expansive as the Empire State building, but still pretty good. The elevator ride is awesome though, as the roof is see-through with all these crazy disco lights!!

* Times Square is phenomenal... we spent most of our time here. There's great restaurants, broadway shows, pubs, tourist shops... all of it! It's great.... and it's still open til the wee hours of the morning. I loved Times Square.

* We did a tour to Niagara Falls from NYC... and we loved every minute of it. The falls are amazing, and well worth seeing. It was a long day, but we don't regret it at all.

Can't think of anything else, but NYC is AMAZING!! We also saw Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tijuana, Honolulu! I wish we could do it all again.

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QUOTE(Kir @ Oct 10 2006, 01:10 PM) View Post

We're really struggling to find decent accomodation that's reasonably priced in Manhattan.

And I'd love to hear your daily schedules - how much did you fit into a day? what are the things that are MUST sees?


I forgot to add our accommodation.... we stayed at the Hotel Beacon which is at 2130 Broadway at 75th Street. It was 2 trains stops from Times Square, and the train station was right near the hotel. I thought it was a great location, and the hotel was fine. It even comes with a little kitchenette so we saved money by having breakfast in our room while we were there. It cost us $1700 (AUD) for a 7 night stay.

Take into account that New York is quite expensive, so you'll be paying more for accomodation than you would in other places.

What do you think is "reasonably priced"???

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:25 PM

Dont' forget the Metropolitan Museum, with the amazing Egyptian Pyramids, plus some really fantastic artwork, Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso.

MOMA is a must too.

If you can, go to lunch at the Metropolitan Museum when you're there, at their restaurant.

It's definitely a splurge, but the service is amazing!! The waiter boned our fish next to the table, quite a sight!

When we were there, we were told to stay out of certain parts of Central Park even during the day, so maybe check online or something like that? Not sure what it's like now? This was almost 10 years ago.

A show off/on Broadway.

Ooh, my maid of honour is in New York, maybe by the time you guys go over there she'll be starring in something!!! (she's done a few off-broadway plays so far)

Times Square is so different during the day compared to at night, so I'd recommend visiting it at both times.

And I found the busy parts of New York really safe at night, I walked up through Times Square on my own one night and I was only 16 at the time, and there are so many tourists etc around.

I second you have to vist Saks 5th Ave.

And Bloomingdales.

And FAO Schwartz. The floor piano is covered by displays and stuff usually, (it doesn't work) but some of the displays are amazing, the barbie aisle had perspex columns filled with barbie shoes at the entrance!

And OH MY GOD, how could you think of going to New York and NOT go to Tiffany & Co???

Kir, I demand you go to Tiffany and Co for a browse, get your photo taken outside, marvel at the amazing jewellery, or just window shop with a Croissant and coffee and pretend to be Holly Golightly!!


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Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:27 PM

7 days is perfect, enough time for you to be able to really soak it all in.... "sigh"

hotels are pricy (i've only stayed in hostels) but if you do some good research you should be able to find something decent and affordable. yes do all your touristy things, don't forget things like soho, china town or little italy, set aside some decent time for central park ITS HUGE!

niagara: Some goregous B&B's there, and also some budget motels but still decent accomodation fairly cheap and all within walking distance to the falls along then river road. there is a great tour you can do there you just buy your ticket on the day from the falls, includes under the falls, maid of the mist, bus out to teh garden clock and an arial carriage across the divide.

I've never been to washington... but boston - my second US home after NYC.. I LOVE Boston... there's really not alot to do there, but walk around and just enjoy the city, there's art galleries, museams which I spent alot of time in, harvard, quincy markets and just a fab atmosphere, I felt really safe there and spent days just wondering around, you can just go to Boston for a day or two if your H2B isn't all that interested and there is trains out to salem which is quite a tourist destination. Boston is a pretty easy place to get around, the train system is good and pretty cheap. There are also some awesome irish pubs, I did a pub crawl with some ppl from the hostel one night and there's one near the quincy markets that was absolutly packed and when I walked in they were playing waltzing matilda.

any questions about these places let me know.






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Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:43 PM

Thanks girls - you are a welath of information smile.gif

Nat - I spent a lot of time last night going over your old New York posts but didn't come across that one - so thanks, that is very helpful!

Kathryn - I don't want to go to DC at all but h2b really wants to see some plane in some museum dry.gif

Kate - reasonable priced accomodation for me is about AUS$2000 for the 10 days... which is pushing it a bit.

We have found this hotel that seems a little too good to be true... Website - what do you guys think?

QUOTE(kils @ Oct 10 2006, 03:25 PM) View Post
Kir, I demand you go to Tiffany and Co for a browse, get your photo taken outside, marvel at the amazing jewellery, or just window shop with a Croissant and coffee and pretend to be Holly Golightly!!


Ok I promise I'll go wink.gif
I would like to buy a nice momento from the trip so this might be the palce I buy it!!!

I had forgotten about all the great shops - definitely want to go to Saks and Bloomingdales and FAO Schwartz!!!!

Oh and I really want to go to the taping of Martha ph34r.gif

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 03:46 PM

Kir - It's on the Upper West Side not far from where I used to live. Not a bad location at all, easy subway ride to downtown areas, short walk to Central Park, close to some museums, Lincoln Center (opera), safe neighbourhood etc. I see it's a shared bathroom for the semi-private rooms which is where you'll save the money. Looks okay to me. I'd go for it.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 04:03 PM

QUOTE(USANatalie @ Oct 10 2006, 03:46 PM) View Post

Kir - It's on the Upper West Side not far from where I used to live. Not a bad location at all, easy subway ride to downtown areas, short walk to Central Park, close to some museums, Lincoln Center (opera), safe neighbourhood etc. I see it's a shared bathroom for the semi-private rooms which is where you'll save the money. Looks okay to me. I'd go for it.

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Thanks Nat!!! That place comes in at Aus$1300 for 7 nights which is fantastic! And they have a great cancellation policy (before 24 hours, no charge).

H2b just informed me he is not keen on Niagra falls... so it looks like we'll be missing that.
I'm not keen on the Soprano's tour so will probably shop while he does that!




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