Couch surfing/ Solo in NYC?

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    Jul 08, 2013 11:03 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I dont usually post on here but I am currently going to school in the Southeast and looking for a get away. I am planning to make a trip myself to NYC for about a week or two to refresh my life and whatnot (been feeling unmotivated lately).

    Knowing that it is hard and tight up there, I really appreciate if any one can give me some tips or guidance on how to make the most out of it.

    I am looking forward to discover the city, the food, people, and maybe go clubbing or bars every now and then, also some indoor sports that the city offers.

    Having the world inside a city like it is in NYC is such wonderful and I have always dreamed to live there as it is more diverge and open than where I am right now.

    Thanks.
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    Jul 08, 2013 2:07 PM GMT
    i live in nyc so i could show you around a bit. lemme know
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    Jul 08, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    do you know anybody in NYC?

    I guess you wouldn't be making this thread if you did.

    anyway if you do have a friend that lives in there I suggest you get in contact with them first.

    It's much better to stay with a person that you know.

    unless that what you're really looking for is a hook up type of thing w/ a guy/stranger from this website.

    i tried couchsurfing one time & it was possibly the worst experience of my life. I ended up sleeping on the Street in a city that i didn't know. not a very nice feeling.

    so i would never recommend it to anyone. however, if you want to try it you can check couchsurfing.com and see if there's anyone willing to host you.
  • PR_GMR

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    Jul 08, 2013 2:37 PM GMT
    I live in Brooklyn. A short train ride to the city. You could crash on my couch for a day or two if you want.
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    Jul 08, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    You can take the Seastreak Ferry from Manhattan to Sandy Hook and visit nude Gunnison Beach. The southern end of the beach is gay.
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    Jul 08, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    also join meetup. there will be events happening every week..on top of that. there is something going down everyday at central park.



    As for the food, my bf is really big in food service so he can definitely give you pointers from fine dining, to a regular diner.

    As for the people. you'll have to hop on the train and visit the boroughs. Manhattan is good, but also branch out to brooklyn, queens and the bronx. try going to a popular spot, and then look for a random local spot and see if you notice any changes.

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    Jul 08, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    Well, first of. I am not looking for any hook ups or gay activities. I am going to NYC because of the city, not to do anything sexually.

    Itd be nice to make friends with young active people (regardless of their sexualities, I dont care really). Not really interested in the nude beach, lol. I don't think there is any thing good there to see, rather disturbing.
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    Jul 08, 2013 4:01 PM GMT
    Lol meetup is a website dedicated to getting people to actually do something. If you put in your interest you'llfind groups that does them ads merry regularly. Rock climbing, hiking, dancing, sports,its all there
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    Jul 08, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    I actually have belonged to Couchsurfing.org for a few years now (although I'm in Key West and not New York) and while I've only surfed at someone's place a few times, it was a great experience each time. I've hosted quite a few Couchsurfers and again...it has always been great. I would suggest reading the profiles thoroughly and filling yours out thoroughly (if choosing to go this route) so that people can get a general idea of who you are. Have fun in NY. I haven't been there yet but hopefully will make it out there before the end of the year.
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    Jul 08, 2013 9:12 PM GMT
    venue35 saidIs this whole couch surfing thing safe?
    I mean how do people let total strangers crash at their place I just don't get it
    How can you trust someone you don't know when you have valuable things at your place


    Be careful. I know there's risk in everything but there's someone here who got roofied and basically raped when couchsurfing in NYC.
  • snip3s

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    Jul 10, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    Also, idk if anyone has suggested already, but airbnb.com is a good alternative to couchsurfing. If you're not entirely comfortable with someone hosting you for free for a week or two, airbnb is sort of an online bed and breakfast deal, where people are free to charge a small price (cheaper than hotels) to rent out their extra rooms or apartments in sometimes really good locations.
  • Memo_NYC

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    Jul 15, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    I am actually a host on Airbnb.com and have used couchsurfing while traveling in Europe. You just have to be safe is all...

    I could definitely host you for at least part of the time depending on the dates. Sometimes I travel and well, I don't allow strangers unless I have their credit card in that case.

    If you can set up a few different hosts that would probably be most fun as you get to taste the local flavor of different neighborhoods. NYC is a big place.

    Also, I would definitely look into Meetup.com as suggested. I do tons of activities through there.

    This is my listing:
    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/279816

    I've been doing it for a year and a half. I love hosting people. I tried hosting someone for free once off couchsurfing and she was a bit of a disaster. So, if you'd wanna stay for free, you'd have to convince me you're ok. (But, I kinda like everyone.) Just don't pee on my floor - SWEAR TO GOD - it's a pain in the ass to clean up.

    Anyhoo, most importantly, you should decide on the dates you are visiting NYC. That will make a difference.

    Good luck!

    - Memo
  • mjammy1

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    Jul 27, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    a LOT of people do this in nyc.. checkout airbnb and craigslist (yes, i know) and specific hotels that cater to single crash pads.
  • fabianpacker

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    Mar 02, 2014 9:03 AM GMT
    Try cocksurfing.com Is like Couchsurfing for the gay community.