New York, New York

23 02 2009

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So, imagine I’m going to New York, do I have any visitors who can recommend me a good (not expensive) hotel in a handy area? I’ve never been to New York before!

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43 responses

23 02 2009
Chiara

Haven’t done this in a while but–for shorter stays weekend rates are often 1/2 that of the work week; did plan to stay once with my sister at the YWCA which was inexpensive and well located but no frills; staying outside the city, including in New Jersey is much less expensive and there is excellent subway service in; depending on the time of year, you may get a reasonable room in a University residence in Manhattan.

23 02 2009
Mezba

Aafke, it depends on which area you are staying. Manhattan tends to be on the expensive side while Jackson Heights has several good and cheap places.

Sammy’s Halal in Jackson Heights is the best. This link might be helpful.

23 02 2009
Mezba

Sorry, sorry, you meant “hotel”.

I read it as “restaurant”!

23 02 2009
Aafke

Yeah, so when am i going to get some real advice? Like the name of a suitable hotel???
(Yours wasn’t that bad Chiara, New Jersey sounds interesting…) But it still isn’t a hotel.
Come on people, I know some of you are from NY!

23 02 2009
Chiara

Let them get off work Aafke! Have dinner, put the kids to bed, attach themselves to the computer! πŸ™‚

Ugh just discovered Donald Trump took over the Barbizon Plaza on Central Park–it was fabulous and reasonable, no longer– and Frida Kahlo once stayed there!

Hope the New Yawkas come through for you. πŸ™‚

24 02 2009
Aafke

Nice Chiara, so you are advising me a hotel except that i can’t go there anymore becasue Donald Trump has taken it over, so actually i still don’t know where to stay…

24 02 2009
INAL

Aafke, you have my email…when are you coming? And do you like artsy or museums- there are some places that I can recommend- but give me a price range-

24 02 2009
Aafke

Well, I am an artist, so yeah, artsy and museums are my major haunts, and that also means: as cheap as possible, as long as the sheets don’t move on their own account.

24 02 2009
Chiara

No, I wasn’t advising it; I came across it trying to find the one I stayed in in New Jersey for you. It was a side comment. “The Donald” has turned it into condos.

As a humble Canuck, I am going to have to turn this challenge of helping you over to the Yanks. They are all over your Clustr map they should be all over this topic! πŸ™‚

24 02 2009
Chiara

PS
Inexpensive hotel in Manhattan is very relative. NYT did a feature a few years ago. The Gershwin Hotel (“popular with young Europeans”) was $119 per night–one of the least expensive.

The residence at the YWCA would be “as cheap as possible, as long as the sheets don’t move on their own account.”

http://travel2.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/travel/11nyhotels.html?pagewanted=all

24 02 2009
INAL

Also try Expedia- they have a list that you can search for hotels in the Midtown area where its accessible to all major attractions- plus tour packs:

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http://www.expedia.com
And search for hotels in NYC (we call Manhattan “the city”

24 02 2009
Haleem

You can consider the Best Western Gregory Hotel in Brooklyn. It’s in a pretty OK neighbourhood and rates are not sky high.

There are some cheaper hotels in Jamaica (Best Western Jamaica Inn or the Hampton Inn Jamaica comes to mind) but I found Jamaica, New York to be a very not so good area.

24 02 2009
Haleem

P.S. You know Toronto (and Canada) ‘s only a few hours north of New York, right?

24 02 2009
INAL

By the way Aafke the Westside is usually cheaper than the Eastside of the Island… But if you stay in the city you can get anywhere on the trains and buses… Plus breakfast/lunch or dinner can be inexpensive if you try the variety of the famous Push Carts- from the famous bagels to Indian and Middle Eastern Food…

On the Westside the hotels range from $36 to 100 a night- add 20% to the Eastside.

You can see the city from the double deckers for about $40 and you can take the Circle Line boats on the westside that will take you around the Island…about the same price.

Lincoln Center offers same day tickets for the Opera as low as $35 dollars

And most Museums on Museum Mile from 59th st to 95th street on the Eastside (the Metropoplitan, the Guggenheim, and the Museum of Art and Design to name a few) run about $10 a ticket-and the others on the Westside (across Central Park) like the New York Historical Society and the Museum of Natural History are native favorites as well. They have special open nights where its free keep those days in mind-

But with the hotels- best to get two and up on ratings.

24 02 2009
Chiara

the NYT article I linked gives all the links for expedia and the other similar budget services.

24 02 2009
Achelois

You owe me an explanatory email, Maam! And because of that I will not recommend anything to you. (Which is also because I have never been to NY :P)

24 02 2009
Achelois

You know, when you disappear I know you are up to something πŸ˜€

24 02 2009
Achelois

Now I am going to flood your comment space attacking you for your sloppiness. Yes, I am that angry.

24 02 2009
Achelois

I hope you are not going on a hair brushing marathon with that Yeti of a creature!

24 02 2009
Aafke

Chiara, thanks!
Achelois, oi, you are too perceptive for words!
E-mail containing all details is underway πŸ˜‰

24 02 2009
Aafke

INAL, I’m still not sure if NY is on the books πŸ˜‰ if so You’ll be the first to know!

Achelois, no mail, the server is off-line, I’m going nuts here!!!!! :

24 02 2009
Marahm

Aafke, when are you coming to Chicago?

24 02 2009
Dennis the Vizsla

I haven’t stayed at a hotel in New York City in years. Maybe you could go check with Amanda the New New Yorker and see if she has any suggestions?

24 02 2009
INAL

Well with or without Yeti, let me know when the trip is on… But I have a feeling Suroor may have to be a travel companion…she don’t look happy from here, you know… πŸ™‚

24 02 2009
Chiara

I told you I felt prurient reading the Aafke/Twitterpated Yeti exchange!!!! And to think I am now an accomplice having helped with hotels.

May the fur fly in the most positive directions! πŸ™‚

24 02 2009
jonolan

Give me an idea of your price range and I’ll get you some options, Aafke. NYC is my home.

24 02 2009
good samaritan

Aafke,

The only problem with really, really cheap hotels in NYC these days is that the city has been overrun with bedbugs in the past few years. I would imagine there are bigger chances of picking up a few little friends in the cheapest joints…so its a trade off. Look on orbitz – they have good deals and reviews.

cheers

25 02 2009
Aafke

Thank you all fro some good advice, I’m going to see what I can pay, and if I can manage at all!
Jonolan, I had no idea, I always imagined you somewhere with houses with green and a street lined with trees.

Marahm, I will not be able to do an American tour. Would be fun though: ”Clouddragin on tour”!!!!! πŸ˜€
Pity….

Dennis, thanks for the tip.

Yeti doesn’t live in NY, so the mutual grooming session will take place somewhere else :mrgreen:

So no need to feel all prurient Chiara! πŸ˜€

Good Samaritan, welcome to my blog, and thanks for that very important information!!!!! Will certainly upgrade my search!!!!! Brrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!

25 02 2009
Kim

Include Seattle in your “Cloddragon on tour” tour, and you’ll have a place to stay here!

25 02 2009
Kim

“Clod”… oh man that’s funny!

25 02 2009
Twitterpated Yeti

My Dearest Furball,

Sorry, I was away for sometime. I was chased by the Black Hands, who wanted to confiscate my Valentine brushes. Do not worry my dear, I was able to go into hiding for a few days and save the brushes πŸ™‚

Ditch little kitten, and let’s spend time together grooming under a Cheery Blossom at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Still very Twitterpatted

25 02 2009
Achelois

Furball?! Aafke, is that what you have been reduced to, Cousin It? Do you not see what Yeti is doing?
Come to sister-kitten, there is still time. The Black Hands were sent by me. Don’t force me to send my band of fresh graduates from the College of “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices”. Fresh graduates are quick to please, you know. They will hunt down Yeti in Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. You’ll be seeing a lot of fluff flying around amongst the flora. Very bloody!

25 02 2009
jonolan

LOL

Aafke, my street IS lined with trees and I have a very small garden in front and a garden courtyard in back. It’s the advantage of having a brownstone in an older area of Brooklyn; I get the best of several worlds.

Yeah, you have to come see the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and of course the museums. Let me know when you hit town; I get in free to most of the museums and can bring guests.

25 02 2009
sf

I haven’t been to NYC either but was watching the lonely planet and one of the tips they had was the cheapest places was at the YWCA. And they could be probably at downtown areas so you can also save on commuting :(. Go to the city’s website, they could have *deals/packages* for museums and all the stuff to see/visit while there, have fun!

26 02 2009
Aafke

Kim, I will keep it in mind! This way the ”clouddragon on tour” is expanding!

Jonolan, big old trees right? Great! I will certainly let you know!

Yeti cute, but you’re in the Himalaya’s, so no hankypanky

Achelois, don’t worry, I will groom nobody but you, and Zora, and Al Tarq!

sf, That'[s a very good tip, I hav elonely planet guide sto other cities, so why didn’t I think of that myself? πŸ˜‰

26 02 2009
Aafke

Zora has a tumor and is operated on right now. So I will have to see how that turns out before I can decide what i’m going to do.
Besides it will be as expensive as a ticket so I don’t know if I can travel anyway.

26 02 2009
Lynn

I didn’t have a chance to read what everyone else had to suggest so sorry if I repeat what someone else said.

NYC is very expensive. When we went we stayed at a hotel that was in New Jersey, just inside, there was a bus stop right in front of it that took you directly into Grand Central Station in about 10 – 15 minutes. It was great. It was also in 2001 so I don’t remember what hotel it was. I’ll ask my husband when I see him as his memory is better than mine. But I’ll bet there are a bunch of them with the same accomodations.

So what brings you to our wonderful country? You’ll love NYC!

27 02 2009
Lynn

Michigan would be a good stop for your tour. You would love it here!

27 02 2009
Aafke

It’s seems New York is not going to happen for the near future… 😦

1 03 2009
Lynn

Awww! That’s too bad. But hey, you can still check it out and plan it then if and when it does become feasible for you to travel you will know where to go, what to do and where to stay.

2 03 2009
brokenmystic

I’ve been to New York way too many times. I’ve been staying away from it lately because its filled with too many memories 😦 I can’t enjoy it the same way anymore.

2 03 2009
Aafke

Lynn, the idea has taken root, and I’m defenitely planning to go later in the year!
I’m not quite sure about an American tour though…. πŸ˜‰

Broken mystic, I can imagine, betrayal of love will poison many things, memories and places as well. I hope you are doing well though.

4 08 2009
renee

Hotel 17, East 17th Street. A well kept secret.

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