calling New York City Dwellers
FIRST I hope ur all back online, and safe. NJ and New York are in my fervent prayers. I am wondering if new York is safe to travel to for a woman alone. I can take the bus into Central station then cab to hotel. But what hotel? Is everything working? My city had 1 watermain break yesterday and it shut down water in all city now we must boil water another couple days for toothbrushing and pets etc or just used bottle water. So I cannot imagine when or if Atlantic city rises again-we are not getting enough coverage really on reg stations. Hows everyone doing?
I want to go to NYC because I need a respite and it has theatre, music, etc. The holidays are very hard for many- So I wonder...is the city back up, dredged out and functioning? I also want to know where/what hotel or area is safe for a woman with a cane alone. So many hotels, there should be deals right now as many want to avoid NYC. Are there any suggestions from New Yorkers? It seems heyand and Olympia and a few others are new yorkers?
I would like to be central, not far from theatre district of lincoln center. I will see what I can find a tix too. This will require packing uber light and knowing where I will be safe-looking for a bargain-a clean 2star hotel in safe area
If you have any ideas on how I can visit the city soon-or is it a good idea at this holiday season. I would take subway if not too long and concierge/desk gave explicit help. Are cab rides outrageous? What is a 20 minute ride cost for example?
This may be a terrible year but Boston hotels are very expensive-it seemsNYC would have so many more options given its pop of 10 million and the city with hugest tourism in US.
Any help so so so appreciated. May God please bless NY and NJ!
Manhatten is up and running and Times Square had very little impact from Sandy. It's the more extreme residential areas that were more impacted and it doesn't seem as though you're headed to lower Manhatten
As far as cabs, part of the cost is dependent upon traffic. If you get stuck in traffic, the cost goes up. If you entering via Grand Central and going to Times Square area, you can take the 7 or S subway from GCT to Times Square. There are elevators, but the end result is also having to walk a more circuitous route. The walk itself is a minimum of 3 long blocks west - depends on your hotel location, etc.
THis is actually entering the busy season in NYC. Lots of tourists going to shows and shopping, etc. The cheapest time to go to NYC is post holidays in January/February. that's when you get the best deals. Regardless of Sandy, the prices will not go down for the holidays.
As with any city, your safety is largely your own responsibility. You don't carry things where they can be easily snatched or picked (i.e. small purse, under a closed coat. if you can't use a small purse, make sure it's zippered and carry it close to your body. If the street looks dark and quiet with very few people, consider another route.
Lincoln Center to GCT isn't as short a walk as comapred to Times Square. Personally, I typically go for minimum 3 star in the city - 2 star would be small and not as clean as I would prefer. 3 stars won't get you a big room, but it'll be clean.
The only two things I know about New York during this season is that it is expensive and that it is packed with people. Lots of sidewalk congestion. Heyang's tips are very informative. (I think I'll follow her advice myself!) Her expertise is many rungs above mine; I have nothing to add.
Thanks so much Heyang...Imight as well do some searches of 3star hotels to see what is available-if you have any names you have stayed in...it will be worth the credit card debt to see the tree and skating at Rockerfeller Center and I imagine one of the Baleet Companies must be doing a seasonal Nutcracker. Boston Ballet has all new sets, costumes etc and I doubt it is any less for average seats than in NYC.
And thank you also Olympia-you seem like a New Yorker - or a visitor with your love and devotion to great classical music. I am happy to hear that upper Manhattan is fine and I hope lower Manhattan is great too. We have so many disasters-the TV coverage just moves on...thank God for internet news as the eve news is filled with gosip about private lives of Generals that is nreally no ones business. Tabloid evening news is here to stay.
Well, I will look and tell you the prices. Trip advisor is a good site but large and unweildy to use. I never find any great prices looking on Expedia etc, but I would never book a hotel without knowingb where it was. I just cannot be adventurous to that extreme like well people can traveling with companion. My knees are never going to get better, and there must be something I can afford. New York is so fun at Holidays. It would be either very brave of me or foolish to attempt it. I am both brave and foolish, so we shall see. Thanks again Heyang.
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If Money's an issue I'd wait till the holiday's are over... peak season prices can kill any budget.
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The New York City Ballet will be performing George Balanchine's The Nutcracker starting Nov 23 at Lincoln Center.
Originally Posted by skateluvr
I have no idea how much tix cost.
If you will be traveling to NYC anyway and are willing to take a gamble, sometimes discounted tix for various Lincoln Center performances are available -- *only on the day of the event* -- at this ticket office: http://atrium.lincolncenter.org/inde...scount-tickets
(But I have no idea whether Nutcracker tix are ever discounted.)
I think hotels.com lets you see which hotel as compared to hotwire, which has had pretty good deals in the past.
also, there's www.vrbo.com I've never used it, but it essentially helps you find apartments that people are willing to rent out for short periods of time. Lots of times, the apartments belong to people who go away for the weekend and decide to rent their apartments while they won't be there. It can be pretty cost effective for a couple of people to share and get more space.
If you go see the tree (which I've read is 80 ft tall before it was cut down), don't go on the weekend. It's crazy crowded.
During off peak seasons, hotels in NY have deals during the weekends. Hotels are usually well occupied with business travellers and less busy on weekends, especially away from the tourist areas. Years ago, we stayed at the Embassy Suites in Times Square on a Friday night - it was about 1/3 the price of a weeknight - keep in mind that was a LOOONG time ago.
Also, don't forget to mention any discounts you might be eligible for (corporate, AAA, AARP, military, etc.)
Sometimes you can get a good deal at a hotel that's just completed a full renovation. About 5 years ago, we stayed at the Roosevelt which is just a couple of blocks north of Grand Central and a couple of longer blocks east of Times Square. You really just have to be willing to search for the deals.
There's also the TKTS booth in Times square for show tickets. 1/2 off - cash only. You'll have a better selection during the week or for matinees vs evening. People line up a couple of hours before the booth opens to get the best available shows. However, the line moves fast; so, if you're willing to take anything, you can get on line after the booth opens.
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Most broadway musicals do not need big stars to be good. All big stars do are drive ticket prices up.
If I were to go to NYC the Lion King would be a must see. It is NOT a disney kids show. It's a fantastically brilliant musical that goes so beyond disney. Their best work in anything since Walt died! I saw the tour, can just imagine the full scale.
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Have you considered a tour for seniors of NY? Our local senior center runs a bus trip to NYC for the holidays, and the people running the tour help with any concerns people have with disability in various areas.
Another good option in visiting a city where cabs are expensive and walking is required, and we have done this, you can rent a motorized wheelchair in New York for the length of your stay. When we rented one in Washington DC, they delivered the chair to your choice of the lobby or the hotel room.
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I love newsies the movie musical. It tanked in the box office, unlike its stage version... But what ive seen of it doesnt make me all that excites for it. Friends have seen it though and loved it.
Dont know if it is still playing but the stage version of the producers is aweasome. Hands down my second fav of all time! Mel Brooks is a genius!
When I was in Florida, I rented an electric scooter because I need to baby my knee. It was definitely less expensive to rent outside of the theme parks vs within each them park. They have some models that can be broken down easily enough to put into the trunk of a car, as long as you are under 200 lbs. However, The problem with motorized wheelchairs in NYC is that most curbs are not wheel chair accessible and it's definitely hard to manipulate in crowds. Forget about using the chairs downtown. since some curbs are higher than others. Also, hotel rooms in NYC are small ( at the 3 star level in tourist area) and it might be difficult to keep it inside the room and move around it.
Book of Mormon is the hot show, but it's a little risque for some people. Avenue Q is an older show that has ticket available during most week days, it's a risque puppet show.
If you don't eat much, I personally like street food. Stuff like Gyros and falafels are inexpensive. The gourmet food trucks are pricier. There's an gourmet empanada truck in Times Square in front of Toys'r'Us - $10 gets you 3 small empanadas and a bottle of water. There's lots of green grocers where you can buy food by the pound. While a sandwich can be expensive, some of them are large enough for 2 meals. You'd probably save money by not eating at the hotel. You can also pack some bottled water and just bring one with you during the day.
As far as lotteries, each show is different. A group of us got lucky and 2 of us got our names pulled the 2nd time we tried for tickets. The problem with the lottery tickets is that they are usually for the 1st row and in some theaters that = no leg room and having to tilt your head back during the entire production. It is thrilling to win them, but tall people would have a really uncomfortable time sitting in the seat for the length of the production.
I haven't looked at shows in a while; so, I'm not sure what's playing right now.
Personally, I wouldn't put Lion King at the top of my list. If you've seen the movie, all of the songs are too familiar. The puppets are the most interesting part of the show, but if you've seen them before, then it's not as spectacular. Yes, I did see it, but after seeing the movie and after seeing similar puppets at a different production. Everyone I went with felt a little let down, but it's based upon our prior experiences.
It was Kristen Chenoworth and Idina Menzel who starred in Wicked. However, they have long since departed the show and gone onto other things. Right now, I don't think there are any big names in the roles, but, as others have said, the show should be more about the show vs who is in it.
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While a lot of the songs are straight from the film, others put words to the intrumental... and I love "One By One" which is just acapella and doesn't fit teh movie at all... the sets were incredible. I've seen cats, grease, the producers, beauty and the beast (awful, IMO), and stuff that was not done by a broadway tour company... but they all pale in comparison. The concepts are great...
and the Elephant, while a small part and probably done before, is impressive...
I went to the one that was done in Anchorage (tour) four times... I spent close to $1000 when all was said and done (bought tickets for family to go with etc) totally would go again...
I'm sure I'd be in your camp on this one, Toni. It does sound like a feast for the eyes.
Thanks Guys. I was going to look at NYCB Nutcracker tix. In Boston it is rediculous. Csan people spend 336 for 1 good seat? I recall when Streisand charged that a decade ago. I wanted to go so bad. That would be worth it because she was seldom in concert. Now everything has gone crazy-the prices are making performing arts for the few. Even figureskating tickets are crazy expensive, and these are amateurs not making money these days. Everything I love is becoming more remote. TV had a wonderful Whitney tribute. It used to be these type shows were commonplace. I love the music from Lion King. I guess I'd try to see Wicked. I am looking for hotels but am wondering if I am being foolish-my strength.
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2000? Doubtful it's that high when you dont have to deal with airfare, the only reason it was 1600 for me was the airfare. It depends on where you stay and if you can split the hotel costs. I was only able to go in the years I did because i had friends to stay with or room with and my aunt gifted me airline tickets.
You can do it on a shoestring budget (that goes for any travel) but it takes a fair amount of work on one's part to do it. None of my trips have been outright splurges. I am a major planner and budgetter.
I don't begrudge anyone for being able to take a trip, to wherever for however long. Folks take trips that I wish I could all the time, it's not their fault that I can't - nor is it their duty to fight and make it easier for me to take a trip. Funny thing is you can have all the money in the world, splurge on the finest everything on vacation and still have a horrible time. Knowing that I have little desire to compete with fabled vacations. I can have just as good a time over a weekend in a neighboring town than I can anywhere else.
Guess I say all that to say - it's all a matter of perspective. Can't take the trip now? Save up. Even if you dont make it to that vacay goal, it'll be a good "unknown expense" savings.
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