I have to be in Long Beach NY for a mid-week event in September. I am hoping to find a way to add a day to spend time in the City on either end of the event. Thinking of coming down from Boston via Amtrak, taking LIRR to Long Beach. I would be without a car. Assuming I have to be in Long Beach at an event 9-5 (ish), where would you stay? Hotwire lists JFK Airport and Rockville Center as nearest locations to Long Beach. Would you consider this a sensible plan? Would it be crazy to stay in the City and commute to my event for the two days?
The other option is to fly into Long Island airport and rent a car, which would not be my first choice since I would like to visit Manhattan and don't like the idea of taking a car into the City if I don't have to.
What do you recommend ?