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First trip no clue!

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First trip no clue!

Very excited first trip for big bday in September. So many questions!

Best way to Hotel Avalon from JFK?

4 night stay what's can we squeeze in, would like to do ESB, statue of liberty - can you climb to the top?, Broadway show should we use ticket booths on arrival? Its a minefield. Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated :)

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1. Re: First trip no clue!

Welcome to the forum, fizz!

What does "best way" mean to you? You have 3 options from JFK into Manhattan: yellow cab (flat fare + tax + tolls = ~$70), car service (check out Dial 7 and Carmel Limo for fares), or AirTrain + subway.

With a 3-4 days stay, you'll be able to see some NYC highlights, but you're going to need to prioritize and decide what sights and attractions are most important to you. Everyone has different interests, so start doing research - online and with a guidebook - and make an A list and B list. (A = must do, B = would like to do).

Next plot everything on your lists on a map, group together your sightseeing and activities geographically, and organize your days accordingly.

Once you have a draft itinerary together, feel free to post and we can help you to fine-tune it. :)

Edited: 01 April 2014, 14:57
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2. Re: First trip no clue!

- "Best way" to your hotel is subjective. You can take a taxi for a flat rate of $52 + tolls and tip, so ~$70 total. You can also take public transit. What did you have in mind?

For Statue of Liberty, you need to book tickets in advance at statuecruises.com There are only a limited number of crown tickets available and they get released a few months prior. I don't know whether they are released for September. It's best to book a time slot as early in the day as possible. Lines get longer as the day progresses.

Planning a show on arrival day can backfire. You'll be in a darkened theater, sitting without moving, and jet lag may make it impossible to stay awake. That happened to one traveler who recently posted a Trip Report. She had to leave at intermission and miss the rest of the show (and that was "Wicked"!)

TKTS can be a fun experience, but you never know what you can get. You can find advance ticket discounts at Broadwaybox.com Note that the most popular shows are never discounted. Wicked, Book of Mormon, Lion King, and probably a few others.

For ideas about how to build your itinerary, first identify the things that interest you the most (read the Top Questions Section, maybe a guide book). Read through forum discussions from people building their itineraries, with feedback.

Have a great trip!!

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As above, so many options. Try to allot some times for NY neighborhoods along with regular tourist attractions. Upper West Side ( combine with Central Park, Museum of Natural History ), Greenwich Village from east to west side it's quite large. Brooklyn is a whole new world besides the bridge. Hard to keep focused with so many options, but just a few blocks from Times Square is 9th Avenue, worth a look, good dining choices, away from the mob.

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4. Re: First trip no clue!

Thanks, didn't even consider jet lag and show!! We have seen most of the big shows in London so really not fussed what we see would just like to experience broadway. I shall check out the website you suggested :)

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5. Re: First trip no clue!

Depending on what Broadway show you want to see, you may need to buy seats in advance. If you want to see a given show you will probably want to buy ahead. If you feel comfortable waiting rather than TKTS go to NYC & Co to pick up discounts to take directly to the box office.

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6. Re: First trip no clue!

Best bit of advice is to use the subway. Brilliantly easy and great way to get around

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7. Re: First trip no clue!

Here are a few ideas that we found great on our first trip to NYC last year. They appear in no particular order: See a show and after the show go to the Rockefeller Centre (Top of the Rock). The last elevator leaves at 11pm. We thought the TOR was better than the ESB. Do the Semi Circle Cruise around Manhattan - a great view of the Statue of Liberty and you might decide that's enough. (Statue of Liberty was closed due to repair work when we visited). Chelsea Market and the Highline walk. 9/11 Memorial and the new Museum will be opened by then. Brooklyn (though I thought the walk back over the bridge was a waste). Central Park (of course). Times Square (at least once). Flatiron District and a visit to Eately for great coffee and Italian food. A visit to Macy's for some shopping and/or browsing. It is huge.

Once you've been to NYC you'll never be the same.

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8. Re: First trip no clue!

If you want to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty, you should book directly on

Statuecruises.com

Tickets for the crown sell out quickly.

There's LOADS of information on the forum already including the FAQ titled Top Questions on NYC on the right column of this page on the full website (not the mobile app). H,s the link about theater tickets.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60763-c1146/New-York…

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9. Re: First trip no clue!

Hey Fizz,

I share your excitement :) My first visit to NYC is in Sept!!! It took weeks of research and forum lurking before I had a clue what I was doing so I completely understand... it's overwhelming.

I agree with the above posts, list all the sites and tours you are interested in first - You will get loads of ideas and suggestions from the forum so keep reading!

What dates will you be in the City?

Rachel :)

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