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Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

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Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

We will be staying at the LaQuinta in Brooklyn (531 3rd ave) next week. Any restaurants or interesting sites you recommend within walking distance? Any areas we should avoid walking through near the hotel?

There are a few subway stops that we will be using - the 4th Ave and maybe Prospect. The subway website says the Prospect station only has nighttime stops but I can't find a timetable for those times. Anyone know what "nighttime" means (other lines specify the times but nothing is listed for the D and N.) Is it safe for females to walk from the subway to the hotel at night?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

What 'subway website'? Whatever it is, it is clearly wrong.

First of all, the stop is not "Prospect"; it is Prospect AVENUE. If you are using a "subway website" that does not clearly say "AVENUE" after Prospect, it is worthless, and if you are editing the name of the stop that way on your own, you need to stop doing that this instant.

Second, every stop is served 24 hours a day. I don't know what you are looking at that makes you think a subway stop is only served at night, but the very idea makes no sense at all.

Thirdly, Fourth Avenue on the F and G trains is the same connected complex that includes 9th Street station on the D, N, and R trains.

Fourthly, there is no reason to go to Prospect Avenue at all when the EXACT SAME trains stop at the Ninth Street/Fourth Avenue complex, which is closer.

I would also add that I would not choose this hotel to begin witth, but if you do insist on keeping this reservation, walk over to Fifth Avenue in Park Slope for far better choices of places to eat. The further one goes up the hill in Park Slpe, the nicer the neighborhood gets. Shabby third Avenue, where your hotel is, and which has the ugly elevated highway overhead, leads to tolerable Fourth Avenue where the subway is, which leads to interesting commercial Fifth Avenue, and so on. By the time you get to Ninth Avenue/Propsect Park West, you will be in a world of housing neither you nor I can afford.

Edited: 17 August 2011, 05:45
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2. Re: Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

In addition to going up to Fifth Avenue . . .

Draft Barn is a Hungarian beer hall with decent food and is a stone's throw from the hotel:

http://www.draftbarnny.com/3rd/index.php

Four and Twenty Blackbirds, a few blocks up Third, serves the best pie in New York:

http://birdsblack.com/

Crop to Cup makes good coffee:

www.yelp.com/biz/crop-to-cup-brooklyn-2

Another stroll you might like to make is across the Ninth Street Bridge in the neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. Tons of good restaurants there, such as

Buttermilk Channel: http://buttermilkchannelnyc.com/

Prime Meats: http://www.frankspm.com/

Frankies: www.frankiesspuntino.com/457/457_menu.html

The hotel is also a pretty easy walk to Red Hook, where you can find the famous Red Hook Ballfields vendors:

http://www.redhookfoodvendors.com/

If you're interested in industry or urban reclamation, you might also enjoy the free canoeing on the Gowanus Canal; we try to get out at least once a year:

http://www.waterfrontmuseum.org/dredgers/

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3. Re: Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

Thanks, Crans! Lots of good info.

Now to address Mr. Congeniality: I was using the MTA website for all my info. It's that website that had us use one stop over the other on different routes, including Prospect. That's right, I said Prospect, and I didn't add the Ave. And if you look at this page, you'll see that is says the Prospect stop only has nighttime stops, so you are wrong about the 24 hr service.

http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/dline.htm

I have been to NYC before and I know that not every stop is served at all hours so wherever you are getting your info about the subway system is incorrect. You should stop using it this instant as it is clearly wrong!

And I will keep my hotel reservation, thank you very much, perhaps just to make you even angrier. It's FREE and it's not the end of the world to stay outside Manhattan compared to spending $800 for a stay on the island.

Perhaps you need a new horse. It is definitely not high enough.

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4. Re: Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

You Said the magic words "it's free" that is the only way you should be staying in that location which is rather drab. There are lots nicer parts of Brooklyn but for free I too would overlook the obvious flaws you will find in that place.. have a great time.the area is safe if not attractive.

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5. Re: Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

Seeing that GWB knows more about the transit system of this city than you know or will ever know about anything in your life and provided the in depth, invaluable Idiots Guide to the Subway that has helped thousands of travelers, I would

#1 take his advice

#2 stop being rude and obnoxious. When you have provided 1% of the help he has provided, maybe then get back to us and tell us about needing a new horse

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6. Re: Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

Well, Bobby, based on the number of private messages I've already gotten regarding GWB's bad info and his own "rude and obnoxious" behavior, I'll follow my own instincts and not take your advice either. But you and GWB have a good time keeping the rude New Yorker stereotype going.

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7. Re: Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

Without commenting on the issue of who's being rude to whom, you are incorrect about that station only being served at night. You are also shooting yourself in the foot by referring to a station with only half of its name: you will end up confusing yourself or someone else with the many other stations called "Propsect something."

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9. Re: Brooklyn LaQuinta and surrounds

Hint: The D line only stops there at night, since the D is usually express and skips that stop, except for at night when it runs local. That does NOT, however, mean the station only has service at night. If you look at the subway map, you'll see that it's the R train that stops at that station normally. That train stops there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless there's construction.

http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/submap.htm

There are no stations that are not served by SOMETHNIG 24 hours a day, unless there's construction. GWB is absolutely right about that. He's a transit cop, so, shockingly, he knows what he's talking about.

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