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Old 03-31-2013, 08:40 AM   #31
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I don't know. Dylans candy bar is a fun visit for 1st timers....we went a couple of years ago,and it's fun...though once I've seen it,that's enough
I wouldn't bother with a trip to the bronx zoo, if they're coming from the midwest,which has quite a few stellar zoos, it won't be worth all that hassle to get there.
I also catch the train and subways in NYC,won't drive there-
I think Times square is worth a visit for sure, it's very exciting....
I love Chinatown and all it's cool little bakeries and restaurants....
I am looking for a decent hotel option too,as we have some midwest family visiting this summer,and they want to stay a night in the city.....
wandering central park is a great way to spend a day,snacking,looking,etc.
I LOVE the Met....
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:02 AM   #32
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Do you have an iPhone, or smart phone? If so, use HopStop app for detailed steps of how to get from one place to another. Which subways (you really should use the subways, they are just very NYC). It also gives detailed walking instructions. I get a little confused with the busses, and get by with walking, subways, and the occasional taxi.

For parking, I use the Better Parking app on my phone, but some of the info is iffy at times. And some of the parking options listed are tiny.

I live in NJ, and you are doing more stuff than I do in a year in NYC, lol. I have been to Dylans Candy bar though, and have seen Lion King 2-3 times. There are fun things to see in touristy Times Square, too.

A shame you are missing Central Park, and not seeing a zoo (although the fantastic Bronx zoo is quite a haul from central Manhattan), and the Central Park Zoo is nice but small. The NY Acquarium is very good as well, but also not centrally located, although it is right next to Coney Island and the famous Cyclone. (hopefully it will re-open, not sure about any Sandy damage)
Coney Island will be up and running. The Cyclone opened last week!
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:19 PM   #33
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I am looking for a decent hotel option too,as we have some midwest family visiting this summer,and they want to stay a night in the city.....
Get on Expedia and just put in your dates, Manhattan (specify Manhattan as opposed to NYC or it'll overload you with NJ options) and click on "arrange by price". Although it can vary by date, I've had several friends visit me in the city and got a 3-4 star for $100ish a night and in great tourist locations.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:59 PM   #34
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Great suggestions so far.....

You were given some great suggestions so far!! Since you mentioned this is a "budget trip" I will suggest trying out some food trucks for lunch. Korilla is my fave right now! Also, the Staten Island Ferry is free and ends up being a pretty good harbor ride - including a view of the SOL! I would skip the pizza tour & try the "best" ones at your own pace over the 5 days. Have fun!!
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #35
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If you have a nice day - I would recommend the Top of the Rock - again - we LOVE stuff like that. It isn't mentioned at all when you pay for tickets - but they do have discounts if you have an AAA card. (Not much - but heck - any discount is better than list price.) Others on the Disboards prefer the Empire State Building, so maybe that is an option too!

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We like Top of the Rock better than the empire state building- my friend had never been to the empire state building so we went by last week while we were in the city and it was almost 50.00 each to go to the top! Price sure went up from the last time I did it LOL.


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You have 5 days in NYC which really isn't a lot for all there is to do. With that in mind, I'd skip Dylan's Candy Bar. They don't sell anything you can't buy anywhere else in the US, for much less money. I would not make a special trip there for some overpriced gummy bears and other candy. Unless you have several small kids, it's really not worth it and you aren't doing anything else in that location. If you really have a hankering for a candy experience I'd look at Max Brenner, it's a little more interesting -


http://maxbrenner.com/


I know Carmine's is the big place on here, I prefer Toni DiNapoli's.

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We love going to Max Brenner- we get lunch there and then chocolate after it! I like Carmines and Toni DiNapolis- we are going to Toni DiNapolis next month after we see Matilda.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:15 PM   #36
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just beware you will have to stand in a huge line for a while to get those cheap tickets IF they are available.

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Even IF the line is long it moves very quickly. I have been there twice last month and there was no wait at all. I bought tickets for Mama Mia one day and the next week we went and got Phantom tickets. I think next week we may go in and get tickets for Newsies or Once. As long as you have a few shows in mind in case there are no tickets and not expecting to get Wicked tickets you are fine.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:41 PM   #37
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Yeah, the TKTS line moves very fast, and there's almost always something available. My roommate and I walked up at 7:30pm one night a couple weeks ago and got two decent seats for the 8:00pm show of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. (Fun but not great, for the record.) You won't find tickets at TKTS for The Lion King, Wicked, or Book of Mormon. Don't count out the off-Broadway stuff, either.

NYC has so, so, so much stuff to do. All the suggestions here are great. Coney Island's amusement park is operating, and the NY Aquarium is expecting to be open in "late spring 2013" so your guess is as good as anyone's. The train ride out to Coney Island can be interesting too - I've lived off the Q train and currently live off the F train, they're both full of local color. They run above ground for most of the Brooklyn track. Also, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is quite nice, and the surrounding area is pretty cool. The Bronx Zoo is amazing but a bit of a trek, as others have said, but I think it's worth it if time permits - if not, there's always next time.

Eat food from local places and from food trucks. There's some amazing food here.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:11 PM   #38
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you will sit in a lot of traffic coming in at 7 pm. the lincoln tunnel is one in and two out at that time. if i get a bus to go in anytime after 4:30 in the afternoon its a nightmare, and i live 15 minutes from the tunnel. i second trying to find parking outside the city if you won't be driving. it may cut down on your stress a bit and if you take say the path or NJ transit train in it will be much faster that time of day. any way you can get there a bit earlier? or you may even want to plan to get there a bit later. the thing with rush hour is it can build up and last for hours and also can cause gridlock in midtown.

i think you have a lot packed in there. NYC is not like a disney park, it takes longer to get places than you think especially when you are not familiar with the area. figure out how much time you want to spend at each area and factor in travel time of 15-30 minutes at least and then map out your days again.

i love the village, they have great restaurants so you may want to work that into a day/evening. many of these are not crazy priced either. keep in mind in tourist areas/mid town there will be a bit of price inflation. my big midtown tip is to stay out of the time square tourist trap giant chain restaurants and head over to hells kitchen.
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I'm the lone person so far that says drive in. I don't see the point in parking in another state, then traveling with your luggage into the city and then getting to the hotel. Your hotel is in midtown on the west side, it's not far after you exit the Lincoln Tunnel (assuming you're coming from that direction).

Although you might consider stopping for dinner and then coming into the city closer to 9pm.

I 2nd Grimaldi's in Brooklyn.
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We love going to Max Brenner- we get lunch there and then chocolate after it! I like Carmines and Toni DiNapolis- we are going to Toni DiNapolis next month after we see Matilda.
We got trays of food from Toni's for my son's 1st birthday party (not the Times Square location). I've been going there for 15 years or so, can't go wrong.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:28 PM   #41
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http://www.shakeshack.com/

http://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/

http://www.villamosconi.com/

http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com/

http://www.panerabread.com/

http://www.cafedalsace.com/

These are some places that are nearby some of your plans. I wouldn't usually tell someone to go to Panera since they're a nationwide chain, but they are a good and inexpensive place to eat that's only a few blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I threw in Cafe D'Alsace just because I like it.
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I'm the lone person so far that says drive in.

I 2nd Grimaldi's in Brooklyn.
+1 $40 is in line with what parking costs for 24 hours in Manhattan. Parking your car in NJ but staying in NYC is a waste of time.

This is the budget board. You might find a place in Jersey City that will let you park your car for free, maybe offer a free breakfast and be close to mass transit. You'll be spending time and money taking a bus or PATH train into NYC in the morning and afternoon. Someone came up with a hotel. Doesn't make sense to me.

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Even IF the line is long it moves very quickly. I have been there twice last month and there was no wait at all. I bought tickets for Mama Mia one day and the next week we went and got Phantom tickets. I think next week we may go in and get tickets for Newsies or Once. As long as you have a few shows in mind in case there are no tickets and not expecting to get Wicked tickets you are fine.
The line does move fast. Lion King (you already have tickets), Wicked and Book of Mormon are never available.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:09 AM   #43
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I would just park in the city too. For me, time spent sometimes equals money and convenience. The extra savings isn't always worth it for me.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:12 AM   #44
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If u want good chinese food in china town - great place is Wo Hops (17 Mott Street) downstairs!

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I have been planning at family trip to NYC for this June; cast will most likely include myself, DS, DD and her Dboyfriend. I have been doing much research and checking out lots of information on TripAdvisor (I LOVE TripAdvisor!). After re-working a few things, I have an itinerary I'd love some natives from NYC to check out and comment on, if you have the time.

We are driving from Illinois and I currently have reservations (AAA)at the TRYP hotel which is on W. 34th Street and 9th Ave. (Watching for other bargains on TravelZoo). I know we will be paying $40/day to park with the hotel. I plan to get a subway pass. I also have already purchased tickets for the Lion King, so that activity is set without wiggle room.

My itinerary is below. I understand the Statue of Liberty is closed until July due to Sandy; can you tell me if she has also interfered with any of the locations below? My plan was also to get a CityPass; I know there are several types of passes, but this seemed the best for our plans. Some days may be switched due to weather. Are there any activities that should/shouldn't be done on the weekends vs. week days? Any comments on anything are welcome. Thanks!

*Friday 6/14:Arrive from Illinois around 7pm EST (how crazy will traffic be? This is the one thing that scares this mid-western girl!)
*Saturday: ToTR, Library, Grand Central Station (lunch), possibly a museum, Harbor Cruise
*Sunday: Chinatown, Scott's Pizza Tour, Little Italy, Improve at Upright Citizens Brigade at 7:30pm
* Monday: ESB, 9/11 Memorial/St. Paul's Chapel, Wall Street/Trinity Church, ESB after dark
*Tuesday: Central Park (picnic lunch from Zabar's Deli), Museum, Dylan's Candy Bar, Carmine's for dinner/The Lion King
*Wednesday: Intrepid Museum, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge/eat/walk around and back across the bridge
*Thursday: Drive home

I thought about possibly switching Saturday with Monday so we wouldn't have two later nights in a row (ESB after 10pm--City Pass--Monday night, then the Lion King on Tuesday night), also, would it be better to go to Wall Street and such on a weekend? I may try to get tickets to Jimmy Fallon, but my son will be 2 weeks shy of his 16th birthday so I am going to ask when I call if he will make the cut or not.

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer!
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #45
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I know this is budget board, but I echo the sentiment of parking at hotel. NYC is already crazy enough -try to take a few steps to minimize aggravation/commotion. Your plan generally seems fine, but two quick warnings and I have plenty of other advice/recommendations if you want - 1-if you have remote keyless entry, please take your car out for quick drive around block at least once or twice if it is not selfpark- common NY garage practice is for valets to leave car in front seat, which engages the keyless system monitor, and after 3 days or so, the battery drains completely. We have had to get a jump start in garage of Marriott marquis when we did a "new yorker acting like tourist" vacation during hurricane Irene when we were temporarily "homeless". Second warning -I assume you are aware of the fairly large distances you are covering on each day's trip. Yes, public transport helps, but there is still some substantial walking and there are no public transport stops in middle of park, only a block away from each "edge". Your park day is literally several miles of walking, and the other days may be as well. Please wear comfortable shoes, be in decent shape, etc. Finally, a suggestion. As long as you are in NY, you might want to try a bit more of the many interesting ethnic food options, if you are adventurous, etc. Have fun, and you should have a great time-feel free to pm with questions, and many here have provided some good ones (such as Staten island ferry, which is now a bit trickier to get to b/c the main subway station for Manhattan side of ferry is on "1" subway, and that stop is still under hurricane repair closure.
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