New York (And Boston) tips, please!

  • Elian

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    May 26, 2015 10:50 PM GMT
    Hey people!

    Next month I'm going to travel to the States for the first time. Whereas I'll be working in Boston for 26June-3rd of July. I have decided to use the chance to arrive a bit earlier and enjoy my visit.

    So basically I am arriving to Boston on the 20th and would like to head down to New York 21st-25th.

    The thing is I don't even know where to start... Any tips on where to find a reasonably priced hotel in a not very dodgy area in NY? I would like to do touristy thing and maybe venture into the gay Scene a bit... how is it? is this a very bad idea for a solo traveler? I am a bit apprehensive but feel that I'll kind of be missing it out if I don't do it.

    So any New Yorkers around here that can guide me a bit? I wont have much free time in Boston but I'll also have a couple of free days in case someone an advice me things to do there too (not only in terms of gay scene, in general)


    Not going as far as asking for a guide (I'm cheeky but not that much icon_razz.gif) but any tips on How to get to NY from Boston, where to book a hotel and gay scene would be really, really, appreciated
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    May 27, 2015 1:27 AM GMT
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    get a hotel with in walking distance of where your going to spend most of your time. Not a lot of fun taking the subway late at night and the cost of a cab will off set an inexpensive hotel. We stayed at the Edison (228 West 47th St 10036) in Times Square but we were interested in seeing the shows.
  • Elian

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    May 28, 2015 10:31 AM GMT
    This has been pretty helpful, as I didn't really cosider the location/taxi price balance. Also the trains seem to be what I need, so thanks!.

    If anyone knows any way of getting cheaper Broadway tickets, that would be great too!
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    May 28, 2015 11:31 AM GMT
    I saw an automated machine outside selling unsold tickets the evening of the show? your going to have to research this and maybe they are online too.

  • May 28, 2015 1:17 PM GMT
    I've never used this, but have seen it around a bit and know people who have:
    http://broadwayforbrokepeople.com

    Also, you can buy same day tickets for shows in Times Square, not sure what their deals are like, but they always get a line up so that might be worth checking out.

    With regards to NYC accommodation, the subways really aren't that bad, even late at night, so long as you stay in the better areas. That said, regardless of what time of day you're on them, stay alert! I've been having good luck with hotels.com for accommodation lately (not in NYC granted, but elsewhere). There isn't really such a thing as cheap hotels, particularly on Manhattan, but there are sure to be some deals around if you're prepared to spend the time looking. Also take a look at wotif.com for last minute deals.

    Happy to discuss further via PM if you have some specific questions about locations etc.
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    May 28, 2015 1:56 PM GMT
    Elian saidThis has been pretty helpful, as I didn't really cosider the location/taxi price balance. Also the trains seem to be what I need, so thanks!.

    If anyone knows any way of getting cheaper Broadway tickets, that would be great too!


    The Amtrak Acela Express from Boston is very fast...a little more expensive though.

    BroadwayBox.com is one way to get some cheap(er) tickets, as well as TKTS.

    You can use Airbnb to get some cheaper accommodations. Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, the East Village, and the Lower East Side are all great areas and have some good deals through Airbnb.

    If you want some more info, feel free to PM me.
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    May 28, 2015 3:35 PM GMT
    Once you get to NYC, make sure you walk the High Line! Airbnb and vrbo are definitely worth checking out for rooms; try Purpleroofs.com, too. And, now that the new WTC is open, pay it a visit! Yelp is always a good reference for places to eat; the Long Room on 44th St. in Manhattan is one of my favorite Irish bars and their food's good, too.
  • widestance

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    May 29, 2015 9:17 PM GMT
    To get discount tickets to Broadway shows go to www.broadwaybox.com or www.playbill.com You can get a deeper discount at the TKTS booth in Times Sq, but you'll also wait in line (is that how you want to spend your time in NYC?) and then need to make a decision about what show to see once you get to the front. They like you to be prepared. If you do chose the TKTS booth, be aware that there is a line for musicals and a line for plays. The line for plays is shorter/faster moving as most people want to see musicals. Also be aware that there aren't nearly as many Sunday and Monday night performances.

    Getting from Boston to NYC: Megabus and Bolt Bus are much cheeper options, but some people hate busses. It's about a 5 hour drive on the bus, but it's about $25. The Amtrak train is quicker - about 4 hours, but more expensive. The ticket price depends on demand. A train leaving Boston June 21 at 6:40 AM for NYC is $54. The same day a train leaving Boston at 11:10 AM is $191 (the more expensive ticket is also on a faster train). Train ticket prices will go up the closer to the date.

    I've had really good luck with places to stay in NYC using Groupon Getaways.

    Also, can you extend your stay at the other end? July 4th (our Independence Day) is on a Saturday, so I think a lot of people are observing it on Friday, July 3rd. Boston has a pretty great outdoor concert and fireworks display on July 4th.

    I agree about the HighLine!

    I hope you have a great trip!

  • Elian

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    May 30, 2015 9:11 AM GMT
    Thanks a lot guys, I am having a look at the webpages and suggestions. Hopefully I will be able to fish a discount on a show at some point closer to the date but I'l keep an eye on them.

    I will be in Boston in July the 4th and I was indeed looking forward to any celebrations,so I'm really glad to hee that is happening. Quite happy about the coincidence in the dates icon_smile.gif

    Thanks again people!
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    May 30, 2015 12:59 PM GMT
    One more thing to add to the High Line Park...the new Whitney Museum just opened at the beginning of the park (99 Gansevoort Street), and it's really worth seeing.
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    May 30, 2015 4:01 PM GMT
    PhoenixNYC saidOne more thing to add to the High Line Park...the new Whitney Museum just opened at the beginning of the park (99 Gansevoort Street), and it's really worth seeing.


    Good call on the new Whitney!
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    Jun 01, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
    Elian saidThanks a lot guys, I am having a look at the webpages and suggestions. Hopefully I will be able to fish a discount on a show at some point closer to the date but I'l keep an eye on them.

    I will be in Boston in July the 4th and I was indeed looking forward to any celebrations,so I'm really glad to hee that is happening. Quite happy about the coincidence in the dates icon_smile.gif

    Thanks again people!


    If you are going to be in Boston for a few days - and you don't mind spending the extra $$, consider flying to Provincetown for a day - 30 minute flight - many per day. It is the east coast gay mecca (and a beach town)in the summer.

    Expect everywhere in Boston on July 4 to be VERY crowded. It was the principal city where the revolutionary war which is celebrated on July 4 was started. Paul Revere's ride started from there.