New York City

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How to get there

  • By bus

http://www.ivymedia.com
http://www.greyhound.com - Round Trip $40
http://www.apexbus.com - Round Trip $35
http://www.vamoosebus.com - Round Trip $40
http://www.ebusticket.com - Round Trip $35
http://www.2000coach.com - Round Trip $35
http://www.easternshuttle.com - Round Trip $35 (might have movies on board, also stops on Time Square)
http://www.todaysbus.com - Round Trip $35
http://www.washny.com - Round Trip $35

Be aware that an online reservation is no guarantee for a seat at a certain time. Most operators of above list have a first come, first serve policy. So, if the previous bus has a delay (in arrival), the people who were waiting longer (with & without reservation) go first. If you do not have a reservation, you can easily buy a ticket for an empty bus waiting for departure.

  • By train

recommended when snowstorms are forecasted
http://www.amtrak.com

  • By car

236 miles (about 4 hours)
A lot of toll have to be paid during the trip (toll highway, and any tunnels to Manhattan), but can be interesting if you are 3 or more
Difficult to park once there.

Where to sleep

Hostels

  • Manhattan Inn Hostel is located at the Penn Station, which is a few minutes walking from Time Square. Reasonable price, very clean, good service, and last but not least: a very nice breakfast on the roof (unlimited, included with your stay). 24 hrs groceries stores with grill and (canned) beer at the other side of the street. More info: http://www.manhattaninnhostel.com
  • Chelsea Star Hotel is located in Manhattan at 300 West 30th Street (just 2 blocks from Macy's). They have mixed dormitores, the hostel has been redecorated, the bathroom is in the room, it is very clean and secure. For about 25 to 35 dollars (depending on the period), you have a comfortable and cheap place to sleep (breakfeat is not included). Website or at hostels.com
  • Big Apple Hostel is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, in the heart of New York's famous Broadway Theater District just steps form Times Square. It is within walking distance to Central Park, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and many more interesting sights of New York City. Close to all public transportation such as Subway, Greyhound, Amtrak and Airport Buses. For an average rate of $40, you have a bed in a 4-bed room and access to shared bathrooms. Website hostels.com
  • L Hostels is totally inexpensive and a good place to meet nice people, e.g. if you are traveling alone: http://www.l-hostels.com/


YMCA and similar


Hotels

  • Hotel Carter is not exactly the neatest hostel in Manhattan, but it is well located (at Times Square) and kinda unexpensive. Website
  • Hotel Pennsylvania is not the cheapest of above list, but has convient location and rooms (near Penn Station). Does not serve breakfast (unless you buy a package). Used to be the biggest hotel in NYC. http://www.hotelpenn.com or try http://hotels.com for a cheaper deal.
  • Otherwise if there is no more deals, a favorite is Duane Street Hotel in Tribeca for the modern clean feel. It's gonna be around $230 (normally in the $300s, average in NYC anyway)... GreatI location. Go to http://www.duanestreethotel.com/home.cfm and enter corporate promo code TZOO.

What to see

 view from Empire State Buildng
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view from Empire State Buildng
  • Empire State Building

Adult ticket (18-61) - $16.00
You can buy tickets online to save time - Adult ticket (18-61) - $18.00
http://www.esbnyc.com

  • Rockefeller Center - "Top of the Rock"

Alternative to the Empire State Building with a nice view over the Central Park and to the ESB. Adult ticket (12-61) - $17.50
You can buy tickets online to save time - Adult ticket (12-61) - $17.50
http://www.topoftherocknyc.com

  • Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island
Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

Presented to the USA as a gift from France the Statue of Liberty is a must see for all visitors to NY

http://www.nps.gov/stli/prod02.htm

Ellis Island museum
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Ellis Island museum

Park Hours for Liberty Island:9:30am - 5:00pm Island Tours: Ranger-guided tours of the island's grounds are offered free of charge at regularly scheduled times through the day

Ferry Ticket Prices - Adult: $11:50, Senior (62 and over): $9:50, Child (4-12): $4.50, Under 4:Free.

manhattan Island
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manhattan Island
  • Ellis Island

More than 17 million people entered the USA via this island from 1892-1954. The island also has an excellent free museum which houses artifacts, photographs and taped histories of the immigrant experience.

Tickets to Liberty and Ellis Island are on a first-come-first served basis but can be bought online at http://www.statuereservations.com/

  • Staten Island Ferry

Have a nice view over Manhattan skyline, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty for free. It takes about 1:30h per roundtrip.

Ferry Ticket Prices: Free Dollars! http://www.siferry.com/

  • Times Square

The cities most famous intersection, http://www.timessquarenyc.org/index.html

  • Central Park
central park
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central park

A lovely area to spend a lazy sunny day watching a ball game, sun bathing or walking around searching for wildlife. Central park is one of the worlds greatest landscaped spaces.http://www.centralpark.org/ Dont miss: Yoko Onos Strawberry Fields memorial garden for John Lennon, Belvedere Castle, Wildlife conservation centre and outdoor music and arts performances.

  • China Town and Little Italy

Two excellent areas of New York city and home to some excellent shops and restaurants http://www.chinatownnyc.com/. One can visit the Eastern States Buddhist Temple and the Asian American Arts Centre

  • Greenwich Village

Greewich village and Washington Square Park are wonderful areas of the city to walk around; http://www.nycgv.com/

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY 10028-0198 http://www.metmuseum.org

Hours: Monday: Closed, except select Holiday Mondays Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am-5:30pm Friday-Saturday: 9:30am-9pm Sunday: 9:30am-5:30pm

Closed January 1, Thanksgiving and December 25.

Admission: $12.00 recommended for adults $7.00 recommended for senior citizens and students

Recommended means that they recommend to pay the amount asked, but you can pay less or more

  • Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th St) New York, 212-423-3500 http://www.guggenheim.org/new_york_index.shtml Hours: Saturday-Wednesday: 10 am-5:45pm Friday: 10 am - 8 pm Thursday: Closed

Adults $15 Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $10 Children under 12 Free Members Free

  • The Museum of Modern Art

(212) 708-9400 11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019-5497 http://www.moma.org/

Museum Hours Saturday -Monday: 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tuesday closed Wednesday - Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Friday 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Closed on Christmas day and Thanksgiving day

Adults $20 Seniors (65 and over with ID) $16 Students $12 Children (sixteen and under)Free

  • American Museum of Natural History

Recommend Admission, some exhibitions have seperated tickets! Jackets and suitcases can be stored for $2. You probably cannot do the whole museum in one day.
http://www.amnh.org

Where to eat

  • New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe:

65 Bayard Street, New York, NY 10013
212-566-4884
This is a very good and inexpensive restaurant in Chinatown
The prices of the entrees start at $7.95, and lunch special at $4.25, the portions are very generous.


  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

2 Times Square Plz
New York, NY 10036
(212) 333-3254
http://olivegarden.com or Google Maps
Good price quality restaurant on Times Sqaure. Beautiful view from the bar on Times Sqaure's south side. Always full, expect to wait for a hour at the bar. You get a free salad or soup if you order from the evening menu.

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