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Originally posted by ESCARGO
Laura, I live just outside of NYC, and have never been to the Statue of Liberty. We will be passing her as we cruise out of NY harbor, with a police escort helicopter fly-over, so have your camera handy. If you are in town the night before the cruise, there are plenty of things to see and do. If you have the time, see Times Square all lit up, visit Chinatown for some dim sum, and Little Italy for a cannoli. Ground Zero/WTC site has the names and photos of those who were lost on 9/11. It will bring tears to your eyes, so be prepared. Ted.
Hi,
We've cruised out of NYC & never had the helicopter escort. That sounds great.
Our son lives in NYC & we have taken the most memorable tour of The WTC Site. The very best walking tours are given by survivors and family of victims.
Their web site is:
http://www.tributewtc.org/index.php

This is a nonprofit group and their tour should not be missed. They have small galleries and exhibits that you can view after your tour. We went very soon after the attack - in 2002. Without a doubt, this was the most moving tour we have ever taken - anywhere in the world.
On a lighter note - take the subway down to Canal Street for some fun shopping. Try to find time for a carousel ride in Central Park - or at least walk through the park.

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Originally posted by Travel Junkie Judy
Hi,
We've cruised out of NYC & never had the helicopter escort. That sounds great.
Our son lives in NYC & we have taken the most memorable tour of The WTC Site. The very best walking tours are given by survivors and family of victims.
Their web site is:
http://www.tributewtc.org/index.php

This is a nonprofit group and their tour should not be missed. They have small galleries and exhibits that you can view after your tour. We went very soon after the attack - in 2002. Without a doubt, this was the most moving tour we have ever taken - anywhere in the world.
On a lighter note - take the subway down to Canal Street for some fun shopping. Try to find time for a carousel ride in Central Park - or at least walk through the park.

Judy
Judy

For the REAL NYC experience, you can get a find a private tour guide at :

www.WeAreMuggersNYC.com

You get to choose whether be a VICTIM, MUGGER, or INNOCENT BYSTANDER.

Options include venue (Central Park, Uptown, Midtown, Theater District, etc) and time (broad daylight, mid night stroll, etc.)

John
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Originally posted by Uniall
Judy

For the REAL NYC experience, you can get a find a private tour guide at :

www.WeAreMuggersNYC.com

You get to choose whether be a VICTIM, MUGGER, or INNOCENT BYSTANDER.

Options include venue (Central Park, Uptown, Midtown, Theater District, etc) and time (broad daylight, mid night stroll, etc.)

John

Oh my John,

After having lived up there for 12 years, that is not my cup of tea, but I'm sure there might be others that would find it fun. That is really a unique approach to tourism!

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What to See in Lower Manhattan: New Hotels, Hot Restaurants & More


By Beth Collins
Reprinted from: Frommers.com Sept 7, 2011
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In the wake of 9/11, New York City's Lower Manhattan was like a ghost town. Scores of businesses shuttered, and new ones didn't dare to move in.

Now 10 years later, downtown Manhattan is on the rise, thanks to an influx of restaurants, hotels, tours, and attractions that are drawing visitors from all over the globe.


The 9/11 Memorial Opens
No visit to Lower Manhattan would be complete without a visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which opens Sept. 12, 2011. The Memorial -- designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, whose vision was chosen over more than 5,200 other entries in a design competition -- features 30-foot-tall waterfalls cascading into twin reflecting pools in the footprints of the World Trade Center towers. Each pool is surrounded by bronze panels inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks. More than 400 swamp white oak trees fill the plaza around the pools, creating a green roof for the museum below.

The museum's exhibits are sobering, as expected -- the photographs, audio and video tapes, personal effects, and memorabilia are somber reminders of the horrors of the attacks of both 9/11 and Feb. 26, 1993. But they're also inspiring. It's impossible to hear the accounts of heroism, sacrifice, and survival and not leave with a sense of hope. Where: World Trade Center
More Info: www.911memorial.org; admission is free, but donations are encouraged.


New Sightseeing Tours Showcase Lower Manhattan
New York may be the Big Apple, but in some ways it's more like an onion -- peel back the top layer and you'll find another layer, and another, and yet another. To get beyond the surface in Lower Manhattan, take one of the many tours that have popped up in the past decade.

On the 5½-hour Freedom Comprehensive Tour, you'll get admission to the 9/11 Memorial; visit memorials to firefighters, police, and victims of the attacks; and board a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (www.nyctrip.com, from $59). Note: the pedestal and interior of the Statue of Liberty closes in Oct. 2011 for a yearlong renovation project; Liberty Island will remain open to tours during this time.

The two-hour Heroes of the World Trade Center walking tour focuses on the historic day in September 2011 and includes stops at the WTC Tribute Museum, St. Paul's Chapel, the American Express Eleven Tears Memorial, plus stories of heroism and sacrifice during the attacks (www.nytours.us, from $30).

If you'd prefer a tour with a broader range, take New York Water Taxi's Hop-On, Hop-Off Harbor Cruise. In addition to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the tour gets you access to everything from Times Square to the Brooklyn Bridge (www.nywatertaxi.com, $27.50).


Duane Street Hotel Offers Affordable Luxury
Finding a posh hotel room in Manhattan for less than $300 is no small feat. Narrow your search to a stylish room, throw in a TriBeCa zip code, and your options dwindle to, well, one that opened in late 2007.

The 46 rooms at the Duane Street Hotel have loft-like 11-foot ceilings, soothing cool-blue color palettes, slate and marble bathrooms with rain showers, and beds with pillow-top mattresses that will become your best friend after a day on your feet in the city.

But it's the little touches that give Duane Street Hotel an identity all its own, particularly the Scholastic Children's Library, where guests can check out bedtime stories to read to their little ones, and -- our personal favorite -- hand-made marshmallows in flavors like lavender and thyme, delivered to your room on a sleek stainless-steel cart that looks like it's straight from MoMA's design collection. The sweet concoctions come from Metaphor, the hotel's Asian-fusion restaurant with renowned chef Jehangir Mehta at the helm.

Where: 130 Duane St.More Info: www.duanestreethotel.com, rooms from $269


Wall Street Gets an Affordable Boutique Hotel
Not so long ago, the only hotels in Lower Manhattan were characterless affairs that catered to the Wall Street crowd. That all changed when Gild Hall opened its doors in the Financial District in 2010. The boutique hotel has 126 rooms with tufted leather headboards and plaid flannel throws, and the soft-lit bi-level Library Bar has shelves of hardcover books and leather sofas that practically beg you to sink into them and sip a scotch, neat. The restaurant, Libertine, has an English tavern vibe and solid pub fare. Somehow all this comes at a shockingly affordable price -- rooms start at $199.

Where: 15 Gold St.
More Info: www.thompsonhotels.com

Locanda Verde Brings Fine Dining Downtown
The pedigree behind Locanda Verde is impressive -- Robert DeNiro, TriBeCa's most famous booster, is a partner, and Andrew Carmellini (who cut his teeth at Cafe Bouloud and A Voce) heads up the kitchen. But the food is why diners have been raving since the restaurant's 2009 opening.

At first glance, the menu reads like your standard Italian trattoria (crostini, antipasti, pasta, secondi, contorni), but look closer and you'll begin to see that there's more to the dishes than what your Italian grandmother might whip up. A fava bean crostini is served on prosciutto rather than an ordinary Italian loaf. Instead of the tried-and-true tomato-basil-mozzarella combo, local tomatoes are served with watermelon and smoked ricotta. The bolognese on the pappardelle is a white sauce, not the expected meaty red affair.

Don't leave without trying at least a couple of pastry chef Karen DeMasco's desserts. Her creations change depending on what's in season, but you really can't go wrong -- just close your eyes and point at random, and you're sure to land on something spectacular.

Where: 377 Greenwich St.
More Info: www.locandaverdenyc.com, entrées from $16


Enjoy More Fine Dining at SHO Shaun Hergatt
There were more than a few raised eyebrows when Shaun Hergatt opened his eponymous restaurant, SHO Shaun Shergatt, in the heart of Wall Street in 2009. After all, the area has never been known for its happening scene, let alone its innovative cuisine. But it didn't take long for the skeptics to come around. The chef brings Asian fusion out of the trends-gone-wrong realm and into the world of truly inspired cuisine.

The prix-fixe menu changes with the seasons, but always offers a window into Hergatt's creative culinary mind. The ingredients are painstakingly selected, the flavor combinations are complex without being complicated, and the presentation makes you feel like you're eating off an artist's canvas. The décor -- deep reds, dark woods, and low light -- only enhances the experience.

Where: 40 Broad St.More Info: www.shoshaunhergatt.com, prix-fixe dinner $75


The Shake Shack Empire Expands
Chef Danny Meyer earned his spot among New York City's culinary elite -- not to mention a heap of Michelin stars -- with high-end restaurants like Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe. But it's his casual burger joint, Shake Shack, that has emerged as the crowd favorite. The original location opened in Madison Square Park in 2004, and it proved so popular that Meyer has since opened 13 additional Shacks, including the Battery Park City outpost in early June 2011.

The new shack features the same all-natural burgers, hot dogs, and fries Meyer is famous for, and the location -- just blocks from the World Trade Center site -- makes it the perfect spot to grab lunch after visiting the new 9/11 Memorial. Lines can get long, especially on weekends, so try to get there at a slightly off time -- either late morning or mid-afternoon. Be sure to treat yourself to a concrete, made with creamy frozen custard and packed with toppings like gooey caramel and candy bars.

Where: 215 Murray St.
More Info: www.shakeshack.com


Water Taxi Beach Adds Seasonal Fun
They say you can find absolutely everything in New York, but beaches? Thanks to the New York Water Taxi Company, yes. The company launched its first Water Taxi Beach on Long Island City in 2005 and followed up with two more, including one at South Street Seaport in 2009.

The sand is trucked in, and no one actually swims in the water, but that doesn't mean the beach doesn't have the same laid-back summer vibe its more tropical counterparts are so famous for. Of course, this being New York, the beach isn't so much about lounging on towels as it is about enjoying the scene -- a beer garden with waterside picnic tables, beach-worthy food like fish tacos and slices of watermelon, and games like pool, ping-pong, and foosball. Be sure to stay past sunset, when the lights on the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges make for spectacular views.

Though the original Long Island City location has since closed, there's still plenty of room at the Governors Island location -- about 300 tons of sand are spread over 20,000 square feet.

More Info: www.watertaxibeach.com


Architectural Whimsy Arrives in Battery Park
Half the fun of visiting the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion, at the Peter Minuit Plaza in the Battery, is viewing the white Corian and glass structure from different angles, trying to pinpoint exactly what it resembles. A giant paper crane? An alien spaceship? As it happens, the inspiration for the building was windmills and tulip petals -- both nods to the Netherlands, which gifted the building to honor 400 years of friendship with the United States.

Though the building has been finished since 2009, it officially opened in May 2011. The 5,000-square-foot space serves as one of Lower Manhattan's major gathering spots and offers organic fare from Merchants Market. Go at sundown to enjoy river views while sipping a glass of wine.

Where: 10 Battery Pl.; at the Peter Minuit Plaza, just outside the Staten Island Ferry entrance
More Info: 212/248-0707; lunch, $6-$10
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REPRINTED FROM: FROMMERS.COM, SEP 9, 2011
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"Live from New York, It's ..."
The trick to getting tickets for TV tapings in New York City is to be from out of town. Visitors have a much better chance than New Yorkers; producers are gun-shy about filling their audiences with obnoxious locals and see everybody who's not from New York as being from the heartland -- and therefore their target TV audience.

If you're set on getting tickets to a show, request them as early as possible -- 6 months ahead isn't too early, and earlier is better for the most popular shows. Most shows have "ticket request" areas on their websites, which will ask you the number of tickets you want, your preferred dates (be as flexible as you can), and your address and phone number. Tickets are always free. Even if you send in your request early, don't be surprised if tickets don't arrive at your house until shortly before the tape date.

If you come to town without any tickets, all is not lost. Because they know that every ticket holder won't make it, many studios give out a limited number of standby tickets on the day of taping. If you can just get up a little early and don't mind standing in line for a couple (or a few) hours, you have a good chance of getting one (except for Letterman). Now, the bad news: Only one standby ticket per person is allowed, so everybody who wants to get in has to get up at the crack of dawn and stand in line. And even if you get your hands on a standby ticket, it doesn't guarantee admission; they usually only start seating standbys after the regular ticket holders are in. Still, chances are good.

For additional information on getting tickets to tapings, call the NYC & Company at tel. 212/484-1200. And remember -- you don't need a ticket to stand on Rockefeller Plaza in front of the Today show.

If you do attend a taping, be sure to bring a sweater, even in summer. As anybody who watches Letterman knows, it's cold in those studios. And bring ID, as proof of age may be required.


The Today Show
Anybody can be on TV with Matt and formerly cuddly, now svelte weatherman Al Roker and Meredith Vieira. All you have to do is show up outside Today's glass-walled studio at Rockefeller Center, on the southwest corner of 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza, with your HI, MOM! sign.

Getting In: Tapings are Monday through Friday from 7 to 11am, but come at the crack of dawn if your heart's set on being in front. Who knows? If it's a nice day, you may even get to chat with Meredith, Matt, or Al in a segment. Come extra early to attend a Friday Summer Concert Series show.


The View
ABC's hugely popular girl-power gabfest tapes live Monday through Thursday at 11am (ticket holders must arrive by 9:30am). Requests, which should be made 12 to 24 months in advance, can be submitted online (http://theview.abc.go.com/tickets).

Getting In: Since exact-date requests are not usually accommodated, try standby: Arrive at the studio (320 W. 66th St) between 8 and 9am to pick up a number; earlier is better, as tickets are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be 16 or older to attend.


Rachael Ray Show
You can apply to be featured on the show (if you fit one of the topics they are doing a segment on, like "Do you have a crush on a reality TV star?" or "Kids not turning out the way you expected?") or request tickets on the website (www.rachaelrayshow.com). Demand for the tickets is high, and you may be in for a long wait.

Getting In: When it's in production, the show tapes twice a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Ray's studio at 222 East 44th St. (between 2nd and 3rd aves.). You must be over 16 years old to attend a taping, and bring a valid photo ID. There's a rather detailed dress code (no capris! no sequins!). You can also stop by on the day of taping to see if standby tickets are available.


Who Wants to Be on a Game Show?
The daily version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, hosted by Meredith Vieira, goes through a lot of contestants and is always on the lookout for smart cookies to sit in the Hot Seat.

Getting In: Check the website (www.millionairetv.com) to see if auditions are being held while you're in town (auditions usually start in April; taping for the season begins in August). You can sign up over the Net to attend a taping/take the test on a specific date; you will receive an e-mail confirmation. When the show is taping, you'll be expected to attend as an audience member for a couple of episodes in addition to taking the test (all the better to practice your skills on "Ask the Audience"). On your audition date, report to the ABC studios at 30 W. 67th St. (off Central Park West). Bring ID! You'll take a multiple-choice test and if you score in the top 10% or so, you'll have a brief interview with show staff. If you're selected for the contestant pool, you'll get a postcard telling you that you're in contention for a spot. If you're selected to go into the Hot Seat, you'll have to plan another trip to New York City.


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Comedy Central's irreverent, often hilarious mock newscast tapes Monday through Thursday at 5:45pm, at 733 11th Ave. The Daily Show no longer takes phone requests.

Getting In: For tickets, use the online ticket reservation system at www.thedailyshow.com/tickets or send an e-mail with your full name, show date, and number of tickets to [email protected]. Last-minute ticket requests only are allowed by telephone on the Friday prior to the desired show. Call tel. 212/586-2477.


The Late Show with David Letterman
Here's the most in-demand TV ticket in town.

Getting In: Submit ticket requests online at www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/tickets; or stop by the Ed Sullivan Theater Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm or Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm to submit an in-person request. (Do not line up prior to 9am or you will not be eligible for tickets.) Tapings are Monday at 4:30 and 7pm, Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30pm, and Thursday at 4:30pm. You must be 18 or older to attend. On tape days, there are no standby lines anymore; call tel. 212/247-6497 at 11am for up to two standby tickets; start dialing early, because the machine will kick in as soon as all standbys are gone. If you do get through, you may have to answer a question about the show to score tickets.


The Colbert Report
Jon Stewart's star reporter Steve Colbert, of The Daily Show, became so popular he was given his own show on Comedy Central. Now he is giving Stewart a run for his money in the ratings.

Getting In: For standby tickets, arrive at the studio no later than 4pm to sign up: 513 W. 54th St., between Tenth and Eleventh avenues. Check the website, www.colbertnation.com/tickets, for ticket information.


Saturday Night Live
SNL broadcasts are Saturday at 11:30pm (arrival time 10:45pm); there's also a full dress rehearsal at 8pm (arrival time 7:15pm). You must be 16 or older to attend. Here's the catch: E-mail requests ([email protected]) are taken only in August and the odds are always long.

Getting In: You can try for standby tickets on the day of the taping, which are distributed at 7am outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, on the 49th Street side of the building (under the NBC Studios awning), on a first-come, first-served basis; only one ticket per person will be issued. If you want to try your luck with advance tickets, call tel. 212/664-3056 as far in advance of your arrival in New York as possible to determine the current ticket-request procedure.


Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Tapings are Monday through Thursday at 5:30pm (plan on arriving by 4:15pm if you have tickets), and you must be 17 or older to attend. You can reserve up to four tickets in advance by calling tel. 212/664-3056.

Getting In: Standby tickets are distributed on the day of taping at 9am outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, on the 49th Street side of the building (under the NBC Studios awning), on a first-come, first-served basis (come very early to get one).
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Best Historic Walking Tours in New York

Explore NYC's Rich History by Foot

by Laurie Wilson
REPRINTED FROM: FROMMERS.COM, SEP 9, 2011
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New York City is the perfect walking town. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern so it’s easy to navigate and if you get lost or have questions, locals love to pave the way with directions and advice. (They may keep walking while tawking but they’ll go out of their way to help.)

Still, while many will happily tell you where to find the best Chinese food, if you want to learn about the city’s history, best to go with an organized walking tour that will embellish the walk with insider knowledge. These tours take 2 steps forward and 1 step back into New York’s past, sharing anecdotes about neighborhoods, residents and iconic buildings.

(Click on below hyperlinks for each Tour's contact info)

Personal History Tour

Joyce Gold, a New York history teacher at New York University and The New School, has been giving visitors walking history lessons for 25 years. Her 2- to 2 1/2- hour “field trips” include tours about the bohemian and flamboyant Greenwich Village, the Irish in Hell’s Kitchen and New York gangs. Gold leads most of the tours herself, which she enlivens with insights culled from her years of teaching history.


Central Park Tour
The Central Park Conservancy offers several free walking tours that delve into the park’s fascinating history. The “Views from the Past” tour gives a glimpse into how the park was designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1858. The tour, “A Road Once Traveled,” explores the role of the park’s wildlife habitat, Harlem Meer, during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.


Custom-Made Tours
The popular Big Apple Greeter tours are led by more than 300 volunteers who lead custom-made tours of the city in over 30 languages. The guides will meet you at your hotel, or wherever else you want in any of the boroughs, and show you whichever neighborhoods you’d like to explore. The tours vary in time. Oh, and they’re free. Tip: You must book at least 1 month in advance.


New York Food Tour
Foodies will eat up the Foods of New York Tours that take a bite into the Big Apple’s historic neighborhoods including Chinatown and Greenwich Village. Experienced guides feed you tidbits of info about the culture, architecture and history -- as well as food tastings from specialty and ethnic foods shops and restaurants.


Grand Central Tour
Grand Central Terminal isn’t only the world’s largest train station; it is also an architecturally stunning building with a past that most commuters don’t even know. Take the self-guided audio tour (the 30-minute “local” or 1-hour “express”) or free guided walking tours. On Wednesdays, the Municipal Art Society runs a tour that highlights the architecture and history of the Beaux-Arts landmark. On Fridays, a tour of the terminal and surrounding neighborhood, led by urban historians, is offered by the Grand Central Partnership.


Neighborhood Tours
The Big Onion Walking Tours offer 30 neighborhood history-based tours led by guides who hold an advanced degree in American history or related fields. The 2-hour tours, spanning 1 to 2 miles, include explorations of neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights where you’ll see the former homes and haunts of many literary types including Truman Capote and Walt Whitman.

The Free Historic Districts Walking Tour by NYC by Foot explores a couple of the city’s oldest neighborhoods from a historical perspective -- SoHo, Little Italy, Lower Manhattan and Chinatown. Bonus: Your well-behaved dog can hoof it, too! The guides function as “part professor, part performer” and while the tours are free, the company’s motto is “We’re so hip, we know you’ll tip.”


Ghost Tours
There’s nothing too scary about the Haunted Greenwich Village tour offered by Gotham Walking Tours. Instead, this history tour led by Lina Viviano, a native New Yorker who taught American history and politics at Harvard, tells tales about sites linked to famous residents and events where ghosts are said to roam, like Mark Twain (who knows, maybe he had a ghostwriter) and the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire that still haunts New York.

Walking is not only a great way to discover the Big Apple but ideal for working off those extra calories and getting some fresh New York air (well, okay, maybe not fresh.) So, bring some comfy walking shoes and explore away.


Laurie Bain Wilson writes often about New York City and is the author of several travel guidebooks, including New York City Made Easy and New York City with Kids.
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John, these are awesome hints.

Letterman tickets can be obtained - like you said. My son has been n the audience a couple of times, but they do prefer out-of-towners!
Thanks for posting these.
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Originally posted by Travel Junkie Judy
John, these are awesome hints.

Letterman tickets can be obtained - like you said. My son has been n the audience a couple of times, but they do prefer out-of-towners!
Thanks for posting these.
Judy
Judy

I'm delighted you find them interesting. I hope you can make use of them.

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Originally posted by Uniall
Judy

I'm delighted you find them interesting. I hope you can make use of them.

John
I also enjoy these and appreciate you posting them. DH and I have never been to New York (or New Orleans) and it definitely helps give us ideas! It also amps up the anticipation of this cruise!
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Thank you Judy for you suggestion!

I know some of you may not want to try this, but I use "vacation rental by owner dot com" in NYC and stay in private apartments that are conveniently located near my son's apartment in the upper east side. We've done this 7 or 8 times & always had a great experience. I've never paid more than $120 per night and I paid only $75 per night for one of the nicest ones!. We've met some pretty amazing people in the process also. Another option is bed and breakfast dot com. There are some in NYC that are pretty good. Oh, I've used the first one mentioned (vrbo) in NOLA also. We stayed in a great place. Not expensive either. And there are nice bed and breakfast places in NOLA. Just some thought for you....
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I am sure I signed up to help with hotels committee....I have sent out RFP's in NY to the Hilton chain...I will let you know the responses when they come in.
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I COPIED THIS FROM THE MAIN BOARDS....GREAT INFORMATION REGARDING TRANSPORTATION IN NYC DENISE!


Here's some current info about transportation to Midtown from the NY area airports. If you have a lot of luggage, I would strongly recommend you consider taking a taxi, town car or limo.

One note, a previous poster mentioned the train from Newark to The Port Authority. This is NOT the port where the cruise ship is, it's essentially a huge bus station. You'll have to lug your...... luggage (that's why they call it luggage ) off the train, up steps and across a long concorse with busy crowds. Then wait in a line for taxis.

Below is from Frommers. I hope all y'all find it helpful. I travel to NYC frequently and find this info to be very accurate. Please let me know if you have any specific questions. Most importantly , have fun in NYC.

Generally, travel time between the airports and Midtown by taxi or car is 45 to 60 minutes for JFK, 20 to 35 minutes for LaGuardia, and 35 to 50 minutes for Newark. Always allow extra time, especially during rush hour, peak holiday travel times, and if you're taking a bus.

Subways & Public Buses

For the most part, your best bet is to stay away from the MTA when traveling to and from the airport (exceptions for the AirTrain noted below!). You might save a few dollars, but subways and buses that currently serve the airports involve multiple transfers, and you'll have to drag your luggage up and down staircases. On some subways, you'd be traveling through undesirable neighborhoods. Spare yourself the drama.

The only exception to this rule is the subway service to and from JFK (to a certain extent), which connects with the new AirTrain.

The subway can be more reliable than taking a car or taxi at the height of rush hour, but a few words of warning: This isn't the right option for you if you're bringing more than a single piece of luggage or if you have very young children in tow, since there's a good amount of walking and some stairs involved in the trip, and you'll have nowhere to put all those bags on the subway train. And do not use this method if you're traveling to or from the airport after dark or too early in the morning -- it's not the safest or fastest way during those times.

Taxis

Despite significant rate hikes the past few years, taxis are still a quick and convenient way to travel to and from the airports. They're available at designated taxi stands outside the terminals, with uniformed dispatchers on hand during peak hours at JFK and LaGuardia, around the clock at Newark. Follow the GROUND TRANSPORTATION or TAXI signs. There may be a long line, but it generally moves quickly. Fares, whether fixed or metered, do not include bridge and tunnel tolls ($4-$6) or a tip for the cabbie (15%-20% is customary). They do include all passengers in the cab and luggage -- never pay more than the metered or flat rate, except for tolls and a tip (8pm-6am a $1 surcharge also applies on New York yellow cabs). Taxis have a limit of four passengers, so if there are more in your group, you'll have to take more than one cab.

Denise here.....if you have a lot of stuff and or people, ask for a minivan, the dispatcher will call one for you

From JFK: A flat rate of $45 to Manhattan (plus tolls and tip) is charged. The meter will not be turned on and the surcharge will not be added. The flat rate does not apply on trips from Manhattan to the airport.
From LaGuardia: $24 to $28, metered, plus tolls and tip.
From Newark: The dispatcher for New Jersey taxis gives you a slip of paper with a flat rate ranging from $30 to $38 (toll and tip extra), depending on where you're going in Manhattan, so be precise about your destination. New York yellow cabs aren't permitted to pick up passengers at Newark. The yellow-cab fare from Manhattan to Newark is the meter amount plus $15 and tolls (about $69-$75, perhaps a few dollars more with tip). Jersey taxis aren't permitted to take passengers from Manhattan to Newark.
Private Car & Limousine Services

Private car and limousine companies provide convenient 24-hour door-to-door airport transfers for roughly the same cost of a taxi. The advantage they offer is that you can arrange your pickup in advance and avoid the hassles of the taxi line. Call at least 24 hours in advance (even earlier on holidays), and a driver will meet you near baggage claim (or at your hotel for a return trip). You'll probably be asked to leave a credit card number to guarantee your ride. You'll likely be offered the choice of indoor or curbside pickup; indoor pickup is more expensive but makes it easier to hook up with your driver (who usually waits in baggage claim bearing a sign with your name on it). You can save a few dollars if you arrange for an outside pickup; call the dispatcher as soon as you clear baggage claim and then take your luggage out to the designated waiting area, where you'll wait for the driver to come around, which can take anywhere from 10 minutes to a half-hour. Besides the wait, the other disadvantage of this option is that curbside can be chaos during prime deplaning hours.

Vehicles range from sedans to vans to limousines and tend to be relatively clean and comfortable. Prices vary slightly by company and the size of car reserved, but expect a rate roughly equivalent to taxi fare if you request a basic sedan and have only one stop; toll and tip policies are the same. (Note: Car services are not subject to the flat-rate rule that taxis have for rides to and from JFK.) Ask when booking what the fare will be and if you can use your credit card to pay for the ride so there are no surprises at drop-off time. There may be waiting charges tacked on if the driver has to wait an excessive amount of time due to flight delays when picking you up, but the car companies will usually check on your flight to get an accurate landing time.



Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations...#ixzz1c2f3Lyjn
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#33
Summerfield, Florida
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Good afternoon Ms. Parker,

Thank you for contacting Distrikt about your group visit for the following year. We are happy to offer the following discounted group rates:

October 18-21, 2012
Superior King (1 King bed): $295
Deluxe Double (2 Double beds): $325

One complimentary room will be provided for every 40 rooms booked per night.
At the moment, we are only able to offer 40 Superior King and 10 Deluxe Double rooms.

Room rates are subject to applicable taxes of 14.75% NY State Tax and $3.50 Occupancy tax per room per night. Rooms are based upon availability and are not held at this time.

Continental Buffet Breakfast: $10.00 ++ per person per day. / $12.69 inclusive per person per day.
American Breakfast: $12.00++ per person per day./$15.23 inclusive per person per day.

Porterage: $8.00 round trip per person based on two bags.

Rates are based on single/double occupancy only.

Best regards,

Paola Mathé
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Email : [email protected]
Direct: 212.706.6123

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Ruby Princess - 9/11
Carnival Miracle - 01/11 B2B 02/11
Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas - 5/16
Norwegian Spirit - 04/10
Carnival Pride - 04/09
Carnival Miracle - 9/07
Carnival Spirit - 10/06
Norwegian Wind - 3/05
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#34
Summerfield, Florida
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If you like the W group of hotels, there is one right across the Hudson in Jersey City. If you request a harbor view room, you can see the ships coming in and out of the port across the river. The hotel is in the Newport area of Jersey City. It is walking distance to the subway that takes you to NY. It is a very nice area, but it is not NYC. There is a Mariott there as well. Actually the Mariott also faces the river and is closest to the subway station. The Sheraton Hoboken is also a suggestion. That one is close to the ferry. All these hotels have great views of NYC from across the Hudson. So if staying right in the city does not work out for some reason, then you could look into these.
I don't know if a Travel Agent can save much money, but never hurts to ask for a TA rate or a AAA rate.
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Ruby Princess - 9/11
Carnival Miracle - 01/11 B2B 02/11
Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas - 5/16
Norwegian Spirit - 04/10
Carnival Pride - 04/09
Carnival Miracle - 9/07
Carnival Spirit - 10/06
Norwegian Wind - 3/05
Norwegian Sun - 2/04
Norwegian Sky - 2/03
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Summerfield, Florida
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Following is a quote from the Fairfield Inn - Chelsea (which is Manhattan). As noted, they have not held rooms. The quote is only good for 7 days. Then the price may change.

Thank you for considering our property for your event. We do have availability for the dates you have requested, and are pleased to present the following:

Please Note: Quoted Room Rates are valid for 7 days from proposal date. Rates may change after this date.
We are not holding rooms at this time.
In order to obtain the above rates, please let us know if you would like to proceed with a contract. Quoted rates expire by Monday November 7, 2011. Rooms and rates may no longer be available after this date.


ROOM BLOCK
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2012
Room Rate Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21
King $299.00 25 Total Room Nights: 2

Thank you again for your interest. I will follow-up with you this week to discuss further.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.



Welcome to Fairfield Inn by Marriott® Manhattan/Chelsea

At Fairfield Inn by Marriott®, we provide you with exactly the hotel experience you're looking for - a clean, comfortable room at an affordable price. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, fitness center, and high-speed Internet access.

As one of Chelsea's newest hotels, we offer guests the luxury of New York City alongside the comfort Marriott Fairfield Inn guests have come to expect.


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Carnival Sunshine -10/15
Carnival Legend - 11/14
Carnival Dream - 1/14
Carnival Breeze - 3/13
MSC Poesia - 12/12
Carnival Dream - 9/12
Carnival Dream - 11/11
Ruby Princess - 9/11
Carnival Miracle - 01/11 B2B 02/11
Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas - 5/16
Norwegian Spirit - 04/10
Carnival Pride - 04/09
Carnival Miracle - 9/07
Carnival Spirit - 10/06
Norwegian Wind - 3/05
Norwegian Sun - 2/04
Norwegian Sky - 2/03
Norwegian Dream
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#36
Summerfield, Florida
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In answer to your question...not sure if Travel Agents get any special deals on hotels or not. If you have a travel agent...maybe you could ask.

Information from Pete (pdoeringer)

I looked on Hotwire yesterday and they had several hotels listed (about 20) for Oct. 21-23. They had a 4 1/2 star for $202 which for 2 nights ran about $500. with taxes. I believe it is the W Hotel.

NCL uses the Holiday Inn on 57th St?? I have heard it is near the pier but know nothing about it.

We are interested on what you come up with. Remember sometimes they charge more for groups which I think is stupid. I would like something in the $150-$250 price range and we will be coming in on Friday. There will be 4 in our group and would need 2 rooms. We would like to stay in Manhatten.
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Carnival Sunshine -10/15
Carnival Legend - 11/14
Carnival Dream - 1/14
Carnival Breeze - 3/13
MSC Poesia - 12/12
Carnival Dream - 9/12
Carnival Dream - 11/11
Ruby Princess - 9/11
Carnival Miracle - 01/11 B2B 02/11
Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas - 5/16
Norwegian Spirit - 04/10
Carnival Pride - 04/09
Carnival Miracle - 9/07
Carnival Spirit - 10/06
Norwegian Wind - 3/05
Norwegian Sun - 2/04
Norwegian Sky - 2/03
Norwegian Dream
Norwegian Leeward
Splendor of the Seas
Zenith
Olympia
Homeric
Atlantic
Doric
Franconia
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chicago
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Great List of TO DO THINGS in NYC.
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Jan '89 Premier Oceanic, Baha; May '95 Regal Empr, Mex; Apr '96 Regal Empr, Carib; Jan '06 RC Radiance, West Carib; Aug '06 NCL Sun, Alas; Oct '07 NCL Pride of Aloha Hawaii; Feb '08 HAL Westerdam, Irish Theme, Carib; Nov '08 NCL Jade, Med.; Apr '09 NCL Jewel, TA, Miami/Dover; May '09 NCL Jewel, Dover/Baltic; Oct '09 NCL Jewel, New Eng & Can; Nov '09 NCL Jewel, S. Carib; Nov '09 NCL Jewel, Baham; Apr '10 NCL Spirit, NOLA/Boston; Sep '10 NCL Pearl, Vanc'ver, Can./LA; Sep '10 NCL Pearl, LA/Pan Canal/Miami; Oct '10 NCL Pearl, Baham; Oct '10 NCL Pearl, West Carib; May '11 NCL Epic, TA, Miami/Barcelona; Oct '11 NCL Jade: Rome/EasternMed/Rome; Oct '11 RC Mariner: Rome/EasternMed/TA/ Carib/Galveston; Dec '11 NCL Dawn, Miami/Carib; Apr '12 RC Majesty, Miami/Carib; Apr '12 RC Grandeur, Miami/Carib/ TA/Malaga, Spain; Oct '12 NCL Star,NYC/Carib/NOLA; Apr '13 NCL Star, NOLA/TA/Copenhagen; May '13 NCL Star, Copenhagen/Baltic/Copenhagen; Dec '13 NCL Gem, NYC/Carib/NYC; April/May '14 RC Brilliance Tampa/TA/Harwich UK; May/Jun '14 RubyPrincess: Southampton/Ire & UK; Oct '14 NCL Sun, LA-Tampa; Oct '14 NCL Sun, Tampa/W. Carib/Tampa; Apr '15 RC Radiance: Sydney, AUS/S. Pacific/ Honolulu; May '15 RC Radiance: Honolulu/Hawaii/Vancouver, CAN; Oct '15:NCL Sun: San Diego/Mex Riviera/San Diego; Nov '15 NCL Escape Miami/Baha; Nov '15 NCL Escape Miami E. Carib; Nov '15 RC Independence, Ft Laud/S. Carib; Nov '15 RC Independence, Ft Laud/W. Carib; Apr/May '16 RC Brilliance: Tampa-Barcelona; May '16 RC Brilliance: Barcelona-Italy; Dec '16 NCL Dawn: NOLA-W.Carib.; Feb '17 NCL Jewel: Miami-Pan Can-LA; Oct '17NCL Dawn: Boston-Quebec; Oct '17 NCL Dawn: Quebec-Boston; Oct '17 Boston-Bermuda;
Booked Future Cruises
May '18 NCL Jade: UK: Irish & British Isles; May '18 NCL Jade: UK: Iberia; .


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#38
Ocean City, Maryland
808 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
I used Hotwire yesterday and booked a 3.5 star hotel in New York for 3 nights before our cruise. I was just checking to see what rates were for those dates and when I saw this one for $105 a night, I just had to book. I got The Helmsley Hotel on E 42nd St. Rooms are over $400 a night on their web site and $270 on other travel sites. It looks nice, so I feel like it was a great deal. We weren't planning on doing the group thing, as that get a little too complicated for us, but I wanted to pass this info on to anyone who might be interested. Not sure how long that deal will be available.

Happy New Year to All!!

Suzanne
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NCL Majesty February,2006; HAL Maasdam, November,2006, RCI Grandeur of the Seas, November, 2007, NCL Majesty August, 2008; RCI Grandeur, October, 2008, NCL Majesty March, 2009; RCI Grandeur, November, 2009, Celebrity Mercury February, 2010; NCL Spirit October, 2010, RCI Enchantment of the Seas December, 2011, NCL Dawn, Sept/Oct,2013; RCI Grandeur, December, 2013, RCI Legend, February, 2014; RCI Brilliance, Oct/Nov, 2014, RCI Legend, February, 2015; NCL Dawn, Oct/Nov, 2015, RCI Seranade, February, 2016,
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#39
Houston, Texas
4,068 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Hi Suzanne,

I think you got an awesome rate!
We don't usually use hotels in NYC because of the cost, but that is really,really cheap for the Helmsley. It is a very nice hotel.
I think you will be very happy there.

Judy

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#40
Ocean City, Maryland
808 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
Originally posted by Travel Junkie Judy
Hi Suzanne,

I think you got an awesome rate!
We don't usually use hotels in NYC because of the cost, but that is really,really cheap for the Helmsley. It is a very nice hotel.
I think you will be very happy there.

Judy
I know, Judy! I do short trips to NYC with the girls for shows and shopping, and have never seen a rate so low. It looks pretty nice and is getting a "makeover" and will be a Westin by the time we go in Oct. This will be the first time my husband will see NYC!!! He is not a city boy at all so we'll see how it goes.

I've read your posts about VRBO and we have used them for various vacation rentals. Have always been very pleased. Never thought to use them for New York or New Orleans as we have always used for the beach. It is a good idea. Would be great for a girls weekend so you could save some money on eating out all the time if you had a little kitchen area. Will have to check it out.

Suzanne
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NCL Majesty February,2006; HAL Maasdam, November,2006, RCI Grandeur of the Seas, November, 2007, NCL Majesty August, 2008; RCI Grandeur, October, 2008, NCL Majesty March, 2009; RCI Grandeur, November, 2009, Celebrity Mercury February, 2010; NCL Spirit October, 2010, RCI Enchantment of the Seas December, 2011, NCL Dawn, Sept/Oct,2013; RCI Grandeur, December, 2013, RCI Legend, February, 2014; RCI Brilliance, Oct/Nov, 2014, RCI Legend, February, 2015; NCL Dawn, Oct/Nov, 2015, RCI Seranade, February, 2016,
RCI Seranade, February, 2017 (21 days)