This trip report won’t have any relevance to the majority of travelers - no Statue of Liberty, no Broadway or Times Square, no Central Park. We traveled to New York to attend the graduation ceremonies for our son and niece. We did, however, visit four of the boroughs (and New Jersey!) in this whirlwind three day trip.
I booked plane tickets on Southwest Airlines in December... then re-booked, re-booked again, and re-booked a third time. Southwest allows you to change your flights with no change fees, so when the ticket price came down, I re-booked and was given a credit for a future flight. Shortly after that, we realized that we needed to return to Chicago earlier than planned - flight times at Newark worked out better than LaGuardia, so we changed airports too. In April, we received an invitation to a school luncheon for graduates, so we re-booked yet again. I love Southwest!
We couldn’t decide whether to stay in Manhattan and take public transportation to the Fordham commencement in the Bronx and the St. John’s commencement in Queens, OR stay in Yonkers and rent a car. We crunched the numbers, weighing the cost of a Manhattan hotel versus the cost of a cheaper suburban hotel and paying for a car ($127). We decided to rent the car and stay in Yonkers. (In retrospect, I’m not so sure that we made the best choice.) If you are going to rent a car, be prepared for driving in the city. My husband is up for the challenge and did a great job of dealing with merging traffic, pedestrians, finding a place to park, and last minute directions for turns. I, on the other hand, would not be a good candidate for driving in New York City and would have been stressed beyond belief.