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Old 02-04-2013, 10:16 AM   #16
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Reading this with interest....

We were looking at flying

18/08 from LHR to JFK - arriving 8pm
then on 19/08 Flying from LGA to MCO at 7pm
We would then just fly home from MCO to LHR on 03/09

The cost to us (due to our £96 of Delta vouchers each) is £430 per person

I am sure we will get to NY and pretty much hit the sack but be up early to catch a few sights before flying down to MCO - but DH just thinks we will be too tired - I would love to see Central Park & Time Square.

Anyone think this is viable or wise - or are we trying to cram too much in to the day?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:07 PM   #17
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Reading this with interest....

We were looking at flying

18/08 from LHR to JFK - arriving 8pm
then on 19/08 Flying from LGA to MCO at 7pm
We would then just fly home from MCO to LHR on 03/09

The cost to us (due to our £96 of Delta vouchers each) is £430 per person

I am sure we will get to NY and pretty much hit the sack but be up early to catch a few sights before flying down to MCO - but DH just thinks we will be too tired - I would love to see Central Park & Time Square.

Anyone think this is viable or wise - or are we trying to cram too much in to the day?
Make use of the jet lag. Get a hotel in the city and crash as soon as you arrive (should be there by 10pm). Get up at 6-7am (won't feel early) and set out for your day before 8am. That'll give you a good 8 hours to enjoy the city. Do brunch!
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:40 PM   #18
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Can anyone recommend a hotel? We may do it as a stopover.
we've stayed at the sanctuary hotel just off time square and loved it.

quite expensive though.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:43 PM   #19
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The best advice we were given before our last trip to New York was to do Top Of The Rock and not the Empire State Building! The justification was that you want the Empire State Building in the skyline of any photographs you take, and you can't have that if you're standing on it!
lol why didnt i think of that?! seems so obvious now!
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:08 PM   #20
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Reading this with interest....

We were looking at flying

18/08 from LHR to JFK - arriving 8pm
then on 19/08 Flying from LGA to MCO at 7pm
We would then just fly home from MCO to LHR on 03/09

The cost to us (due to our £96 of Delta vouchers each) is £430 per person

I am sure we will get to NY and pretty much hit the sack but be up early to catch a few sights before flying down to MCO - but DH just thinks we will be too tired - I would love to see Central Park & Time Square.

Anyone think this is viable or wise - or are we trying to cram too much in to the day?
Definitely viable! Look for a hotel central to Time Square/Central Park and you'll be fine!

We've always stayed in The Helmsley Park Lane - it's beautiful and directly faces Central Park, with Time Square a ten minute walk behind it. Genuinely, you come out of the hotel doors, cross the road and you're standing in Central Park!

It's a little pricey... Just had a quick look for your dates, and for two adults it's $224. But, for the view (and the gorgeous restaurant!) it's worth it!

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Old 02-16-2013, 04:26 AM   #21
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Hi guys we did NY last year for a week at the start our second time and it is amazing. But one thing to consider its gonna cost you a lot of money for one night. Can you stretch it at all? It will cost you at least 60 dollars each way, airport to city, empire state will be 20 each, meal, hotel, it will add up to a few quid for a few hours and you won't even scratch the surface. Having said that, Staten island ferry is free and you get the most stunning views on the way back to Manhattan. Grab a coffee and sit on the red steps at time square and watch the world go by.

Loads of nice places to eat, but for a themed one try Bubba Gumps at time square, bucket of boat trash is very good with a pint of Samuel Adams cherry wheat beer.

Also it will make you want to go back for longer. Enjoy, Steve
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... ok so we're now staying another night in New york but am struggling to find the best option for us regarding travel from airport (newark) to nyc and where to get a hotel!?!?

are we cheaper to taxi to nyc form newark (2 adults 2 kids) or bus, train etc??

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... ok so we're now staying another night in New york but am struggling to find the best option for us regarding travel from airport (newark) to nyc and where to get a hotel!?!?

are we cheaper to taxi to nyc form newark (2 adults 2 kids) or bus, train etc??

use a car service or a taxi (my preference is always for car service - with a taxi, you have no idea how good or bad the driver will be)...
you're there for a short time and with luggage, you do NOT want to go by public transportation...

i'll look up car services for you..
from JFK, we use dial 7, but i don't know if they operate out of newark - let me check..

yes, i just checked - they also operate from newark..
they are very reputable..
here's the website:
http://www.dial7.com/
there's an online rate of $46 for a sedan from newark into manhattan for 4 passengers...
the return looks to be $52...
but you could call them up and get the information and then book online..
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:53 AM   #24
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... ok so we're now staying another night in New york but am struggling to find the best option for us regarding travel from airport (newark) to nyc and where to get a hotel!?!?

are we cheaper to taxi to nyc form newark (2 adults 2 kids) or bus, train etc??

We used Carmel Limo last year for our transfer. Newark/NYC was $43 and we got a coupon for $4 off as well on their website. Whatever you do do NOT use public taxis as they cost double that.
Learned that the hard way - I was quoted $50 for the trip back to Newark but it turned out to be $85 Should have gone back with the limo service again.
We got a good deal at the Hyatt Grand Central which suited us but with only 2 nights I think somewhere nearer Times Square would be better.
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We used Carmel Limo last year for our transfer. Newark/NYC was $43 and we got a coupon for $4 off as well on their website. Whatever you do do NOT use public taxis as they cost double that.
Learned that the hard way - I was quoted $50 for the trip back to Newark but it turned out to be $85 Should have gone back with the limo service again.
We got a good deal at the Hyatt Grand Central which suited us but with only 2 nights I think somewhere nearer Times Square would be better.
yes, carmel is the other well known limo service.
everyone i know uses either dial 7 or carmel.

here is carmel's website:
http://carmellimo.com/index.html

and here is the link to their coupon:
http://carmellimo.com/coupon1.htm
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I'm not really sure why so many people are suggesting to stay near Times Square. Times Square is fun to see at least once but it's hardly the highlight of NYC. Quite the opposite, in my opinion! All you need is a hotel near a subway station.
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I'm not really sure why so many people are suggesting to stay near Times Square. Times Square is fun to see at least once but it's hardly the highlight of NYC. Quite the opposite, in my opinion! All you need is a hotel near a subway station.
the times square area - or midtown in general, is great if you intend to see any broadway productions....
it makes it much easier to get back to your hotel after the show when it's relatively impossible to find a taxi (and no way would i ever get on the subway late at night)..

there are much nicer places to stay than times square, but it is very convenient for the theatre...
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use a car service or a taxi (my preference is always for car service - with a taxi, you have no idea how good or bad the driver will be)...
you're there for a short time and with luggage, you do NOT want to go by public transportation...

i'll look up car services for you..
from JFK, we use dial 7, but i don't know if they operate out of newark - let me check..

yes, i just checked - they also operate from newark..
they are very reputable..
here's the website:
http://www.dial7.com/
there's an online rate of $46 for a sedan from newark into manhattan for 4 passengers...
the return looks to be $52...
but you could call them up and get the information and then book online..
thank you for this info..... sounds like a good option for us!!
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Hi, I just wondered if you tip the driver and if so how much usually ?


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If you are only having a short stay, Times Square is ideal. Close enough to everything, and completely iconic. We stayed at the Doubletree Suites Times Square last month, super hotel and not too expensive. Taxi from Newark was $65 then $18 for tolls. Taxi from the airport is a flat fee, return is NOT, try to get a town car from the doorman and secure the price before you leave. Our SUV was $90 all in, actually only slightly more than the outbound taxi.
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