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Old 04-21-15, 03:09 PM
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New York City Trip Advice..

Hey all,

I am going to NYC in a couple weeks with a good friend to sight see. We are both 19 year old college students who are fairly broke. My plan was to leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and arrive to LaGuardia on a Friday morning around 10am and leave on Sunday morning. Because we are broke, I was hoping to sleep in the airport. Although frowned upon, staying in the airport will eliminate a massive expensive. We are hoping to see a bit of Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Times Square and maybe Supreme store.

My questions are:

1)Is subway the best option to get around Manhattan?

2)What details am I leaving out or not accounting for?

3) What is the best way to get from Laguardia to Manhattan? (taxi, shuttle, etc?)



I'll take any advice!
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#1 Outside of carjacking your way around it is the most economical.

#2 Adequate funding

#3 https://www.google.com/search?q=subw...utf-8&oe=utf-8
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
#1 Outside of carjacking your way around it is the most economical.

#2 Adequate funding

#3 https://www.google.com/search?q=subw...utf-8&oe=utf-8

thanks! I estimate this trip will be 4-5 hundred including airfare and eating. Anything I can do to save a couple bucks though.
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And I just remembered there is a bike share program...
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How are you at walking? For many places you might want to go, it's doable. For others, not so safe.

Where are you planning to go?

Can you double your budget?

One thing you might want to look at is the Hosteling International hostel in NYC. I've never been there, but I've been to other HI locations in Boston, San Diego, L.A., Fullerton and Santa Cruz and enjoyed my stay at each one. The beds are about $60.00 a night. Here's the URL. http://www.hiusa.org/new-york/new-york/new-york-city More comfortable than the airport and you can meet more people and there are locals to answer any questions you have. You can store your luggage afterwards until it's time for your flight.

Here's a web page about going from La Guardia to Time Square.
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So are you saying you'll go back to the airport every night?

Look into if there are any hostiles where you can share a room for cheap. My son traveled around Europe sleeping in them.
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10 of the best hostels in New York | Travel | The Guardian
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Look into if there are any hostiles
You can bet that there are a LOT of hostiles there. Half of the people there will want to take your money legally, the other half will want to take your money illegally.

I would like to visit there again someday but the expense is an obstacle and I'm not sure I want to be my own tourguide. I'm also afraid that about 2 days of the crowds would be all I could take.
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Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
You can bet that there are a LOT of hostiles there. Half of the people there will want to take your money legally, the other half will want to take your money illegally.

I would like to visit there again someday but the expense is an obstacle and I'm not sure I want to be my own tourguide. I'm also afraid that about 2 days of the crowds would be all I could take.
If my 26 year old daughter can live in Manhattan and handle it... so can you.
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thanks for the input everyone. I looked into it and found a seemingly decent hostel right around LaGuardia. I'm not too worried about the crowds (I live in near downtown Miami) and I've found that many of the places I want to visit are only a couple of miles from each other.
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Originally Posted by SBUndefeated201 View Post
I'm not too worried about the crowds (I live in near downtown Miami)
I live in a metropolitan area of about 4 million people. I work in the middle of downtown and walk around downtown several times a week. I drove through Manhattan one time and there is no comparison.

I would still be interested in visiting again someday.
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Take a bus to NYC, sleep on it and arrive in Manhattan with more money in your pocket.
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Originally Posted by SBUndefeated201 View Post
thanks for the input everyone. I looked into it and found a seemingly decent hostel right around LaGuardia. I'm not too worried about the crowds (I live in near downtown Miami) and I've found that many of the places I want to visit are only a couple of miles from each other.
Just be aware that getting into Manhattan will be a bit of a chore since there's no direct subway service to LGA. Save yourself a lot of money and take the M60 bus from LGA to Astoria Blvd, where you can connect with trains that go into Manhattan via the East River tunnels. Also, be sure to consult a subway map or MTA.info from your mobile to plan your trips around Manhattan. Walking a couple of miles in Manhattan isn't that fast due to stopping for traffic, etc.

It's good you've got a place because LGA's terminals close for a period overnight since there are no international flights there, save for flights to Toronto and Montreal. So staying overnight there wouldn't be an option. You couldn't really get away with it at the other airports either.

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Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
You can bet that there are a LOT of hostiles there. Half of the people there will want to take your money legally, the other half will want to take your money illegally.

I would like to visit there again someday but the expense is an obstacle and I'm not sure I want to be my own tourguide. I'm also afraid that about 2 days of the crowds would be all I could take.
I've never, ever, ever had anyone try to take anything illegally from me in NYC. NYC has a crime rate that's vastly lower than America's other major cities, including all of those in Texas. And I've been to Texas many, many times. One of the interesting things about people who talk about NYC is most haven't been nearly as much as NY'ers have visited other cities, so they say things about NYC that isn't true. Most of the rip-offs are as a result of tourists shopping in tourist traps.

Living in/around NYC isn't always easy -- I've done it almost 20 years. In my first day in NYC, I had a diner waitress giving me numbers of people to call to help find an apartment. (I was being relocated, so I had 3 weeks in a hotel to find somewhere). Personally, I've found NY'ers look out for each other as well, if not better, than any other city I've ever been in, especially following situations like 9/11, the 2003 blackout, etc.

It's certainly not for everybody, but then no place is.
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I will need to use MTA.info to find my way around. Public transportation isn't huge in Miami so it will take a bit of getting use to. What type of pass is needed to take the m60 bus and subways? I appreciate all the info and advice everyone. I am looking to see bits or central park, times square and new york public library on that friday when I come in around 10am. Is this an unrealistic expectation if I am planning to mix walking and subway?

I was also thinking of just bringing a decent rucksack backpack for the trip. Some body maintenance products, a change of clothes, another pair of shoes and couple of books. Hopefully this will be fine for 2 nights.

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I will need to use MTA.info to find my way around. Public transportation isn't huge in Miami so it will take a bit of getting use to. What type of pass is needed to take the m60 bus and subways? I appreciate all the info and advice everyone. I am looking to see bits or central park, times square and new york public library on that friday when I come in around 10am. Is this an unrealistic expectation if I am planning to mix walking and subway?

I was also thinking of just bringing a decent rucksack backpack for the trip. Some body maintenance products, a change of clothes, another pair of shoes and couple of books. Hopefully this will be fine for 2 nights.
The MTA Metro Card is what is used to access the subways and buses. It's the same electronic card used on both and there are typically automated vending machines at the airports. You purchase a blank card for $1, then fill it with various appropriate amounts - the MTA website tells you the assorted options, including those for tourists spending X amount of days. The basic one-way subway and/or standard bus (not express bus) fare is $2.75. You have transfer rights from subway to bus and vice versa within a 2 hr. time period.
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1)Is subway the best option to get around Manhattan? yes and buses and cycling. driving can be a nightmare at peak times (pretty much 9 am to 11 pm)

2)What details am I leaving out or not accounting for? you're all good

3) What is the best way to get from Laguardia to Manhattan? (taxi, shuttle, etc?) take the bus from LGA to Manhattan ~ 125th st then transfer to the subway.

agree get a metrocard for tourists. unlimited. if you accidentally go the wrong way, you can go back by explaining to the MTA staffers at the station. have a good time!
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NYC w/o money? might investigate a hostel, they are cheap. use the buddy system, seriously.
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Originally Posted by SBUndefeated201 View Post
thanks for the input everyone. I looked into it and found a seemingly decent hostel right around LaGuardia. I'm not too worried about the crowds (I live in near downtown Miami) and I've found that many of the places I want to visit are only a couple of miles from each other.
Make sure you have a reservation. Get it now! I'd get the hostel as close to the places you want to see as possible. Save on the travel time. HI is just a few blocks from Central Park.
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Originally Posted by cafzali View Post
I've never, ever, ever had anyone try to take anything illegally from me in NYC. NYC has a crime rate that's vastly lower than America's other major cities, including all of those in Texas. And I've been to Texas many, many times. One of the interesting things about people who talk about NYC is most haven't been nearly as much as NY'ers have visited other cities, so they say things about NYC that isn't true. Most of the rip-offs are as a result of tourists shopping in tourist traps.

Living in/around NYC isn't always easy -- I've done it almost 20 years. In my first day in NYC, I had a diner waitress giving me numbers of people to call to help find an apartment. (I was being relocated, so I had 3 weeks in a hotel to find somewhere). Personally, I've found NY'ers look out for each other as well, if not better, than any other city I've ever been in, especially following situations like 9/11, the 2003 blackout, etc.

It's certainly not for everybody, but then no place is.

Thanks for your information. My first post was a joke to play on the misspelling of "hostel", but I would like to visit NYC again and see some of the attractions.
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why are you planning on actually SLEEPING in the city that never sleeps? Save the $$ on the hostel & just find something to do during the wee hours of the morning. haven't been to NYC in a while, but - 24 hr bowling, movies - I'm sure there's other stuff - the bars close at, what - 3 or 4 a.m. - and then the breakfast joints open...
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why are you planning on actually SLEEPING in the city that never sleeps?
genius!
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why are you planning on actually SLEEPING in the city that never sleeps? Save the $$ on the hostel & just find something to do during the wee hours of the morning. haven't been to NYC in a while, but - 24 hr bowling, movies - I'm sure there's other stuff - the bars close at, what - 3 or 4 a.m. - and then the breakfast joints open...
Pretty girls at the hostels.
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