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New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

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1. Re: New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

Manhattan is very safe so just be smart and don't do anything stupid like drinking a lot or flashing cash around.

The best thing you'll want to purchase is an unlimited metrocard for the subway and buses. The subway is cheap, fast, and safe...the very best way to travel around the city and boroughs. Get a good guidebook and figure out what you want to see and do. Having a loose itinerary works well so that you have some idea of what you want to do but not so tied to a plan that you can't enjoy the wonderful stumbled upon moments.

If you come back with the amount you want to spend per night in dollars, the experts can help with hotels or hostels.

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2. Re: New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

Congratulations on booking your trip. What a way to spend your 30th birthday!

It's very hard for us to advise you in what to see and do without knowing your interests.

The best way to get started is to have a look at the top questions on the right hand side of the forum (you need to be on a computer not a smart phone). Its a good idea to read them all, but especially the ones about what to see and do, websites to look at and trip reports for solo travelers. I also recommend getting a guidebook for ideas on attractions and accommodation.

You can also do a forum search for solo trip reports to read about other females who have travelled by themselves and say how safe they felt.

As for accommodation, NYC is very easy to get around. Grab a 7 day metro card for use on the subway and buses for only $31 and your set. For this reason, you can base your accommodation on price as opposed to location. If you let us know what your budget is in US$ per night (including tax) then you'll get better suggestions.

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3. Re: New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

If budget is a consideration, you may want skew your trip a bit to the August side. September is a VERY pricey time for NYC hotels. The U.S. Open tennis tournament, Fashion Week, and a variety of other demands increase September prices. Summer is a lower demand time.

That said... your chance of pleasant weather is greater in September than at during the second half of August. It's hard to predict when the summer heat and humidity will break.

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4. Re: New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

There,s a pretty good search engine on the forum. Most everything you can think of has been asked at some point.;). Here's a fairly recent thread on meeting people.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k6715163…

Podhotel.com

Is not a hostel but 2 lower priced hotels that attract younger travelers. Both have roofdecks for socializing. Hostelling International is another good option but may get a younger crowd than you. There are a lot of illegal hostels so check here before booking.

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5. Re: New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

I think the WEST SIDE YMCA ("Y"), 5 West 63rd Street, not to be confused with other YMCAs elsewhere in NYC, would please you. I have stayed several times. http://www.ymcanyc.org/westside/ As you expressed some uneasiness on a first visit (which is understandable), I will describe the situation in some detail.

The Y is legal, long-established, and in an outstanding location, with very close access to multiple subway lines, less than 1/2 block from Central Park, about 3 block from Lincoln Center, near gourmet carry-outs and very good reasonably-priced restaurants as well as very fashionable restaurants and shops in the Warner Center 3 blocks away. The Y attracts many Europeans and US travelers, many with backpacks. The average age is early-mid 20s, and people are friendly and easy to meet. It is on a quiet, tree-lined residential street. It is safe; the security and ID checks are serious. [As with many major city parks, Central Park is not well-lit and it is a good idea not to go into any large NYC park after dark. You also would have no reason to, so it changes nothing about your visit.]

The accommodations are basic. I recommend the Y for one of the few private rooms with a semi-private bath. That means you lock your own single room from the outside and inside, and across the hall or nearby there are many private, locked full bathrooms with shower, toilet and sink. You can enter any of the bathrooms with your room key and lock the door. The bathrooms are clean and cleaned regularly. The room itself is small but fine for sleeping.

The cost of the private room with semi-private bath is $115 per night. Note there is NO tax (compared to about 15% for hotels), as the Y is a tax-exempt organization. A booking looks like this: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx… There are few of these rooms and they are located only on 2 floors; for that reason, it is wise to research other options at this time and, if you like the Y, to reserve it quickly. Please confirm this, but If you present a credit card, the room is on hold until the date of your arrival; you can cancel shortly before your arrival date with no penalty, and if you do not cancel you will be charged one day's lodging.. This is more reasonable than many NYC hotels. As far as rate, there simply is no comparison; an inexpensive hotel (not that nice) is at least double, plus tax.

This is the TA review. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k7068979…

If you take a moment to study the map to the right of the review screen--both long distance and close-up-- you will see the central location, proximity to the park and subways, and sights you may recognize. And if you reserve and find something better between now and August--Great! Just cancel the Y. after you reserve the better option.

Have a great trip--and a little early, but Happy Birthday!

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6. Re: New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

The PODs is an excellent suggestion of nywhiz for a moderately-priced hotel. It would be more expensive than the Y, but nicer, with both having small sleeping rooms. You asked about "hostels", and with limited information about your preferences, the Y was described and offered as one lawful non-hotel possibility as you consider and choose what option (or others) most pleases you.

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7. Re: New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

In checking rates from several sources, a single at the nicer PODs is more expensive than a YMCA single, and may be (but not always is) twice the YMCA single rate.

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10. Re: New York Aug 2014 (Tips & advice pls :)

Kimberley: If you are looking for the Budget Inn, use the map on their site--the TripAdvisor map is incorrect. It is on 34th St.--not 42nd St.

Edited: 30 December 2013, 17:30