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Direct to Port Authority Bus Terminal.

You can walk (20 mins?) or take public transportation to the theatre.

Logistics seem to work in your plan.
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souledge wrote:
Jul 31st, 2017 11:16 am
Direct to Port Authority Bus Terminal.

You can walk (20 mins?) or take public transportation to the theatre.

Logistics seem to work in your plan.
Amazing! Thanks so much, I totally would not have been able to figure that out without your first bit of advice.
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How about parking in the city? Should I book in advance or try my luck upon arrival? I have reserved a spot at 320 East 46th St for $130 for 3 days and 12 hours. Does anyone know about this garage and how reliable it is as well as how good the price is?
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RamR wrote:
Aug 1st, 2017 6:24 pm
How about parking in the city? Should I book in advance or try my luck upon arrival? I have reserved a spot at 320 East 46th St for $130 for 3 days and 12 hours. Does anyone know about this garage and how reliable it is as well as how good the price is?
Cant comment on parking in the city......it's highway robbery as far as I'm concerned.
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@souledge

I'm going to cross post this here from my other thread as I need help please. I've incorporated some suggestion form the other helpful poster in my original thread.

Could you please help me with the itinerary below?

So after doing some research and getting some sample itineraries, I have come up with the below. Would really appreciate any help with:

Is the itinerary do-able and does it make sense? I am trying to keep the travel to one area per day and walk more instead of transitting from one end to another
Is the order of activities per day ok? Where should I start on each day and in what order?
Have I missed anything that is a "must see"?
Museums - I don't plan on going in for a few reasons. I don't really care for museums and I don't see the value to pay for 4 people for something we don't care for. We would pop in to any free or "pay what you wish"
Any suggestions / chnages would be appreciated as we are leaving in less than two weeks and want to finalize the plan

Day 1 
  • Staten Island Ferry (free)
  • Battery Park
  • Wall St
  • Federal Hall 
  • Trinity Church
  • World Trade Centre
  • 9/11 Memorial (free on Tuesdays from 5pm-9pm)
  • Century 21
  • Chinatown and Canal St
  • Little Italy
  • SoHO
  • Washington Sq.
Day 2
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • City Hall
  • Empire State Building (not go up - just visit)
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • 5th Avenue
  • Rockefller (is it worth it to go to the top?) $34 Adult/$28 Child
  • Hells Kitchen
  • Times Sq (check out the big stores there, etc)
Day 3
  • Central Park
  • The Met
  • American Museum of Nat History
  • Guggenheim - worth it? $25 Adult / 12 and under Free
  • Broadway Show (if we can get any tickets)
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
Day 4
  • Cloisters (pay what you wish)
  • High Line 
  • Chelsea Markets
  • Greenwich Village and Washinton Sq
Missing:

Here are a few more we want to do but not sure which day it makes sense to put it in to reduce travel. We want to most walk around and explore so won't be spending a lot of time inside museums, etc.
  • Prospect Park
  • Bronx Zoo? Wednesdays is pay what you wish
  • Chrysler Building
  • Flat Iron
  • UN Headquarters (there is a way to get in free)
  • See if I can get across the water (either in Brooklyn - between the two bridges - or NJ) and walk along the waterfront at night as it will give you some great views of NYC.
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cessnabmw wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2017 3:25 pm
@souledge

I'm going to cross post this here from my other thread as I need help please. I've incorporated some suggestion form the other helpful poster in my original thread.

Could you please help me with the itinerary below?

So after doing some research and getting some sample itineraries, I have come up with the below. Would really appreciate any help with:

Is the itinerary do-able and does it make sense? I am trying to keep the travel to one area per day and walk more instead of transitting from one end to another
Is the order of activities per day ok? Where should I start on each day and in what order?
Have I missed anything that is a "must see"?
Museums - I don't plan on going in for a few reasons. I don't really care for museums and I don't see the value to pay for 4 people for something we don't care for. We would pop in to any free or "pay what you wish"
Any suggestions / chnages would be appreciated as we are leaving in less than two weeks and want to finalize the plan


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My initial impression is that Day 1 seems aggressive, but if you guys think you can do it, go for it.

Day 3, 3 museums in one day seems like way too much.

Day 4, Cloisters seems way too far north, compared to the others.

Revised List and Comments:

Day 1 
  • Staten Island Ferry (free) (Is this necessary?)
  • Battery Park
  • Wall St
  • Federal Hall 
  • Trinity Church
  • World Trade Center
  • 9/11 Memorial (free on Tuesdays from 5pm-9pm)
  • Century 21
Day 2
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • City Hall
  • Empire State Building (not go up - just visit)
  • Rockefller (is it worth it to go to the top?) $34 Adult/$28 Child
  • Hells Kitchen
  • Times Sq (check out the big stores there, etc)
  • Broadway Show (if we can get any tickets)
Day 3
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • 5th Avenue
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • The Met
  • Central Park
  • American Museum of Nat History
Day 4
  • Cloisters (pay what you wish)
  • Guggenheim - worth it? $25 Adult / 12 and under Free
  • Chelsea Market
  • High Line 
  • Greenwich Village
  • Washington Sq.
  • SoHO
  • Chinatown and Canal St
  • Little Italy
Missing:

Here are a few more we want to do but not sure which day it makes sense to put it in to reduce travel. We want to most walk around and explore so won't be spending a lot of time inside museums, etc.
  • Prospect Park (If you do go, do it on the day you cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn. Perhaps, cross the bridge, get some lunch or cheesecake, and head to the park)
  • Bronx Zoo? Wednesdays is pay what you wish (This is a far far far trek. Only go if you run out of things to fill your days)
  • Chrysler Building (Can do this on Revised Day 3)
  • Flat Iron (Can do this on Revised Day 4, before Chelsea Market)
  • UN Headquarters (there is a way to get in free) (Can do this on Revised Day 3 before GCT)
  • See if I can get across the water (either in Brooklyn - between the two bridges - or NJ) and walk along the waterfront at night as it will give you some great views of NYC. (Take a ferry on the way back from Brooklyn to Manhattan)

    I believe Monday is the off day for Broadway shows, get the TodayTix app or go to the TKTS booth on the same day in Times Square for available discount tickets.
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Thank you @souledge !!!

Questions:
  • Staten Island Ferry - you asked if this was necessary? Is is something not worth doing?
  • Is Top of the Rock worth the cost?
  • Are there any places on the list that are not worth it at all? I only included them based on guide books suggestions.
  • Museums - we don't plan to get into any unless free and that too would be a quick browse.
  • Need suggestions for food places (cheap good eats) by day / by area.
  • I've updated below with your suggestions. Are the sights per day in the right order we should them? So each day we would start at the first one one the list by taking transit from Secaucus to that spot, right?
  • I assume days can be interchanged as in we could do Day 1 on Day 4.. etc..

Day 1 
Staten Island Ferry (free) (Is this necessary?)
Battery Park
Wall St
Federal Hall 
Trinity Church
World Trade Center
9/11 Memorial (free on Tuesdays from 5pm-9pm)
Century 21

Day 2
Brooklyn Bridge
Prospect Park
City Hall
Empire State Building (not go up - just visit)
Rockefller (is it worth it to go to the top?) $34 Adult/$28 Child
Hells Kitchen
Times Sq (check out the big stores there, etc)
Broadway Show (if we can get any tickets)

Day 3
UN Headquarters
Grand Central Terminal
Chrysler Building
5th Avenue
St. Patrick's Cathedral
The Met
Central Park
American Museum of Nat History

Day 4
Cloisters (pay what you wish)
Guggenheim - worth it? $25 Adult / 12 and under Free
Flat Iron
Chelsea Market
High Line 
Greenwich Village
Washington Sq.
SoHO
Chinatown and Canal St
Little Italy
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Some revisions and answers.
  • Staten Island Ferry It's free, but not logistically efficient. You'll just go on the boat and come back on the boat. Staten Island isn't touristy without a car.
  • Is Top of the Rock worth the cost? Depends - do you want to look at Midtown Manhattan from a really tall place?
  • Are there any places on the list that are not worth it at all? I only included them based on guide books suggestions. - I can't answer this for you. They're all the usual tourist spots for a reason.
  • Museums - we don't plan to get into any unless free and that too would be a quick browse.
  • Need suggestions for food places (cheap good eats) by day / by area.
  • I've updated below with your suggestions. Are the sights per day in the right order we should them? So each day we would start at the first one one the list by taking transit from Secaucus to that spot, right?
  • I assume days can be interchanged as in we could do Day 1 on Day 4.. etc..

Day 1 
Free Harmon Meadow Shuttle to Secaucus Junction
NJTransit from Secaucus Junction to Hoboken (1 Stop)
NY Waterway Ferry from to Hoboken to World Financial Center
Walk
Battery Park
Walk
Trinity Church
Walk
Wall St
Walk
Federal Hall 
Walk
World Trade Center
Walk
9/11 Memorial (free on Tuesdays from 5pm-9pm)
Walk
Century 21
Can ferry-train-shuttle back or subway-NJT bus back to Secaucus

Day 2
Free Harmon Meadow Shuttle to Secaucus Junction
NJTransit from Secaucus Junction to Hoboken (1 Stop)
NY Waterway Ferry from to Hoboken to Wall St - Pier 11
NYC Ferry from Wall St - Pier 11 to DUMBO Pier 1 (if you want to Subway to Prospect Park) or Atlantic Ave - Pier 6 (If you want to walk through Downtown Brooklyn)
If Walking, Walk down Atlantic Ave and turn right when you hit Flatbush Ave. Walk down Flatbush Ave until you hit Prospect Park. It's not a short walk.
Prospect Park
Subway to Brooklyn-side Brooklyn Bridge (many stops near the Brooklyn Bridge)
Brooklyn Bridge
Walk
City Hall
Subway
Empire State Building (not go up - just visit)
Walk
Rockefller (is it worth it to go to the top?) $34 Adult/$28 Child
Walk
Hells Kitchen
Walk
Times Sq (check out the big stores there, etc)
Walk
Broadway Show (if we can get any tickets)
NJT bus back to Secaucus

Day 3
NJT Bus 320 to Port Authority Terminal
M42 bus from PABT to UN Headquarters
UN Headquarters
Walk
Grand Central Terminal
Walk
Chrysler Building
Walk
5th Avenue
Walk
Original Halal Guys at W 53rd St and 6th Ave (Safest bet is Cart diagonally across from Hilton Hotel)
Walk
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Walk through Central Park or Walk along 5th Ave or Madison Ave Bus or Lexington Ave Subway
The Met
Walk next door
Central Park
Subway or Walk to PABT then NJT Bus 320

Day 4
Bus 320 to PABT
Subway to Cloisters
Cloisters (pay what you wish)
Subway
Flat Iron
Walk or Bus
Chelsea Market
Walk
High Line 
Walk
Greenwich Village
Walk
Washington Sq.
Walk
SoHO
Walk
Chinatown and Canal St
Walk
Little Italy
Subway to PABT then NJT Bus 320
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cessnabmw wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2017 7:25 pm
What are the costs for the NY Waterway Ferry?
Google is your friend, sir, I do not recall off the top of my head. Train + ferry should be slightly more expensive bus + subway, but this gives you a different view in on different days.

For Prospect Park day, after you're done with Prospect Park, if it's around 11:30 AM, head to DiFara's Pizza and order a pie. Try to get there right at 12 PM.

If you're in the WTC area, you can check out the food carts around Zuccotti Park.

My personal favorite for cheap eats, because I grew up in NYC, is split between Chinese Takeout and NYC Corner Delis. You might find more of them as you walk through Brooklyn compared to Manhattan. However, in the touristy areas, the best bang for your buck meals are Food Carts. If you're near the Empire State Building, there's Koreatown on W 32nd St between 5th and 6th. Chelsea Market has some interesting eats, not cheap, but not foo-foo either. If you walk up 9th avenue after getting off at the PABT, you'll run into a mix of restaurants, delis and takeout places.

A couple of native NYC breakfasts that you can find from any corner deli:
1. Small Coffee 1 milk 1 sugar + Butterroll (I prefer toasted, but you can get untoasted anywhere)
2. Baconeggandcheese / Sausageeggandcheese (Pronounce it as if it's one word)

Not sure about any specific cheap food recs except for Halal Guys, most cheap food I get is usually good.

A source for food cart information can be found by googling Vendy's NYC, for the latest food cart vendors that have won Vendy awards.
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cessnabmw wrote:
Aug 3rd, 2017 7:30 am
Thanks again.

Checked the ferry. Hoboken to Wall St is $7 for adults and $3.50 for kids.

What are the alternates? Taking the 320 bus to the PABT and then NY subway /bus?
Don't forget the train cost from Secaucus to Hoboken as well.

Budget-conscious way is 320 bus and then A/C to Chambers St or E to World Trade Center. (These two stops are actually the same stop, my recommendation is taking the A train as it's the Express, while C and E are the Locals)
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Thanks. So based on that I may do the ferry just once for a different view.

Can you please help me update the list below with no ferry options? Mostly walking.

Day 1
Free Harmon Meadow Shuttle to Secaucus Junction
NJTransit from Secaucus Junction to Hoboken (1 Stop)
NY Waterway Ferry from to Hoboken to World Financial Center
Walk
Battery Park
Walk
Trinity Church
Walk
Wall St
Walk
Federal Hall
Walk
World Trade Center
Walk
9/11 Memorial (free on Tuesdays from 5pm-9pm)
Walk
Century 21
Can ferry-train-shuttle back or subway-NJT bus back to Secaucus

Day 2
Free Harmon Meadow Shuttle to Secaucus Junction
NJTransit from Secaucus Junction to Hoboken (1 Stop)
NY Waterway Ferry from to Hoboken to Wall St - Pier 11
NYC Ferry from Wall St - Pier 11 to DUMBO Pier 1 (if you want to Subway to Prospect Park) or Atlantic Ave - Pier 6 (If you want to walk through Downtown Brooklyn)
If Walking, Walk down Atlantic Ave and turn right when you hit Flatbush Ave. Walk down Flatbush Ave until you hit Prospect Park. It's not a short walk.
Prospect Park
Subway to Brooklyn-side Brooklyn Bridge (many stops near the Brooklyn Bridge)
Brooklyn Bridge
Walk
City Hall
Subway
Empire State Building (not go up - just visit)
Walk
Rockefller (is it worth it to go to the top?) $34 Adult/$28 Child
Walk
Hells Kitchen
Walk
Times Sq (check out the big stores there, etc)
Walk
Broadway Show (if we can get any tickets)
NJT bus back to Secaucus

Day 3
NJT Bus 320 to Port Authority Terminal
M42 bus from PABT to UN Headquarters
UN Headquarters
Walk
Grand Central Terminal
Walk
Chrysler Building
Walk
5th Avenue
Walk
Original Halal Guys at W 53rd St and 6th Ave (Safest bet is Cart diagonally across from Hilton Hotel)
Walk
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Walk through Central Park or Walk along 5th Ave or Madison Ave Bus or Lexington Ave Subway
The Met
Walk next door
Central Park
Subway or Walk to PABT then NJT Bus 320

Day 4
Bus 320 to PABT
Subway to Cloisters
Cloisters (pay what you wish)
Subway
Flat Iron
Walk or Bus
Chelsea Market
Walk
High Line
Walk
Greenwich Village
Walk
Washington Sq.
Walk
SoHO
Walk
Chinatown and Canal St
Walk
Little Italy
Subway to PABT then NJT Bus 320
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cessnabmw wrote:
Aug 3rd, 2017 3:35 pm
Thanks. So based on that I may do the ferry just once for a different view.

Can you please help me update the list below with no ferry options? Mostly walking.

Day 1
Free Harmon Meadow Shuttle to Secaucus Junction
NJTransit from Secaucus Junction to Hoboken (1 Stop)
NY Waterway Ferry from to Hoboken to World Financial Center
Walk
Battery Park
Walk
Trinity Church
Walk
Wall St
Walk
Federal Hall
Walk
World Trade Center
Walk
9/11 Memorial (free on Tuesdays from 5pm-9pm)
Walk
Century 21
Can ferry-train-shuttle back or subway-NJT bus back to Secaucus

Day 2
Free Harmon Meadow Shuttle to Secaucus Junction
NJTransit from Secaucus Junction to Hoboken (1 Stop)
NY Waterway Ferry from to Hoboken to Wall St - Pier 11
NYC Ferry from Wall St - Pier 11 to DUMBO Pier 1 (if you want to Subway to Prospect Park) or Atlantic Ave - Pier 6 (If you want to walk through Downtown Brooklyn)
If Walking, Walk down Atlantic Ave and turn right when you hit Flatbush Ave. Walk down Flatbush Ave until you hit Prospect Park. It's not a short walk.
Prospect Park
Subway to Brooklyn-side Brooklyn Bridge (many stops near the Brooklyn Bridge)
Brooklyn Bridge
Walk
City Hall
Subway
Empire State Building (not go up - just visit)
Walk
Rockefller (is it worth it to go to the top?) $34 Adult/$28 Child
Walk
Hells Kitchen
Walk
Times Sq (check out the big stores there, etc)
Walk
Broadway Show (if we can get any tickets)
NJT bus back to Secaucus

Day 3
NJT Bus 320 to Port Authority Terminal
M42 bus from PABT to UN Headquarters
UN Headquarters
Walk
Grand Central Terminal
Walk
Chrysler Building
Walk
5th Avenue
Walk
Original Halal Guys at W 53rd St and 6th Ave (Safest bet is Cart diagonally across from Hilton Hotel)
Walk
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Walk through Central Park or Walk along 5th Ave or Madison Ave Bus or Lexington Ave Subway
The Met
Walk next door
Central Park
Subway or Walk to PABT then NJT Bus 320

Day 4
Bus 320 to PABT
Subway to Cloisters
Cloisters (pay what you wish)
Subway
Flat Iron
Walk or Bus
Chelsea Market
Walk
High Line
Walk
Greenwich Village
Walk
Washington Sq.
Walk
SoHO
Walk
Chinatown and Canal St
Walk
Little Italy
Subway to PABT then NJT Bus 320
Which day do you want to skip the ferry? On day 2, I included two ferries, one for the Hudson River from NJ to NY and one for the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

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