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    • stuartmck
    • By stuartmck 11th May 17, 9:14 PM
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    stuartmck
    We're booking a cruise (Dover - New York) for September 2018. So far a lot of our 'usual' hotel websites (booking.com for example) aren't booking that far ahead and the ones which are (expedia) are showing low/no availability in a lot of hotels.

    Are hotels likely to be booked up this early for next September, or have they just not released many rooms as of yet?

    Can anyone share any insight?

    Thanks
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    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 12th May 17, 3:48 PM
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    pompeyrich
    We're booking a cruise (Dover - New York) for September 2018. So far a lot of our 'usual' hotel websites (booking.com for example) aren't booking that far ahead and the ones which are (expedia) are showing low/no availability in a lot of hotels.

    Are hotels likely to be booked up this early for next September, or have they just not released many rooms as of yet?

    Can anyone share any insight?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by stuartmck
    I would think, and it's only that no inside knowledge, that you are looking too far in advance as there seem to be plenty of rooms available for this Sep, 2017.
    • phatbear
    • By phatbear 12th May 17, 6:10 PM
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    phatbear
    As pompeyrich said its a tad early for sept 18.

    Be aware that the hotels may be a tad more expensive in sept as they have new york fashion week and the us open over the first 2 weeks of the month so demand for hotels tends to be quite high
    Live each day like its your last because one day you'll be right
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 13th May 17, 9:59 AM
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    bobbyhibs
    hi

    unsure if it ll help much but when i was planning my trip for last year i wanted to book it up dead early and well a travel agent whom is a freind of my sisters told me its normally 11months in advance you can do flight-hotels.

    hope this helps
    • Cumberland
    • By Cumberland 14th May 17, 12:47 PM
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    Cumberland
    Hello,

    New to MSE forums, my partner and I are off to New Yrok as part of our honeymoon next month, we only have a couple of days there and wanted to see as much as possible while there, I've made an itinerary, any thoughts or suggestions would be really appreciated.

    Saturday 1st July
    0900 leave Heathrow
    1140 arrive @ JFK
    Clear customs, get bags and subway to Grand central station
    1400 arrive approx @ hotel
    Wonder along 5th avenue
    Food?!
    Central Park wonder about
    1900 Top of the Rock, watch sunset/Manhattan light up



    Sunday 2nd July
    Walk to Staten Island ferry, SOL
    9/11 memorial/One tower
    Lunch
    Wall Street/St Pauls church
    Subway to Brooklyn
    Brooklyn bridge park
    Walk over Brooklyn bridge towards Manhattan
    Subway to hotel
    Dinner @ Musket Room


    Monday 3rd July
    Walk to ESB
    The High line
    Times Square
    Lunch?
    New York library
    Grand central station
    Yankees match

    Tuesday 4th July
    Up early to JFK,
    Fly to Miami at 0630

    • WolfSong2000
    • By WolfSong2000 15th May 17, 11:29 PM
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    WolfSong2000
    Just an FYI for people but there are some crazy cheap last minute flight deals to NY at the moment. I booked a flight last Saturday, flying out on 22nd May from London for under £350. Not sure if this is of any use to anyone but figured I'd share
    • dipsy
    • By dipsy 16th May 17, 3:06 PM
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    dipsy
    MTA pass is a travel pass giving you unlimited use of the subways (and buses, but you probably won't use them) for the duration of the pass. If you're flying to JFK to can use to take the subway to/from the city (plus $5 for the airport section, you pay at the airport station). Keep hold of the ticket and use it to go in/out the barriers at subway stations, really simple. easiest place to get one is from a vending machine at any subway station, you can pay by cash or cards.

    Its not valid to Newark airport, if you're flying there the easiest cheapish way to Manhattan is to take the NJTransit train, which is about $15 IIRC.
    Originally posted by Duckyduck
    Sorry for being thick, is this a Metro card that you buy for a $1 and top up or what is the best way of doing this? thanks in advance
    2007 £1749
    2008 £291.99
    2009 JanMasscara £7.00 Feb megcabot books x 2 £20 XFactor tkts x 2 £58.00 (couldn't go though as they only phoned on day :-( ) foundation £7.99
    total so far for 09 £92.99
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 16th May 17, 3:49 PM
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    Ganga
    Hello,

    New to MSE forums, my partner and I are off to New Yrok as part of our honeymoon next month, we only have a couple of days there and wanted to see as much as possible while there, I've made an itinerary, any thoughts or suggestions would be really appreciated.

    Saturday 1st July
    0900 leave Heathrow
    1140 arrive @ JFK
    Clear customs, get bags and subway to Grand central station
    1400 arrive approx @ hotel
    Wonder along 5th avenue
    Food?!
    Central Park wonder about
    1900 Top of the Rock, watch sunset/Manhattan light up



    Sunday 2nd July
    Walk to Staten Island ferry, SOL
    9/11 memorial/One tower
    Lunch
    Wall Street/St Pauls church
    Subway to Brooklyn
    Brooklyn bridge park
    Walk over Brooklyn bridge towards Manhattan
    Subway to hotel
    Dinner @ Musket Room


    Monday 3rd July
    Walk to ESB
    The High line
    Times Square
    Lunch?
    New York library
    Grand central station
    Yankees match

    Tuesday 4th July
    Up early to JFK,
    Fly to Miami at 0630

    Originally posted by Cumberland
    Is that 6.30 in the morning?,you will have to be up very early as about 1 hour to JFK airport and i presume about one and a half hours for check in.

    Also which area are you staying in as you intend to walk to staten island ferry,a long walk from say midtown.
    Last edited by Ganga; 16-05-2017 at 3:51 PM.
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    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 16th May 17, 5:07 PM
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    pompeyrich
    Sorry for being thick, is this a Metro card that you buy for a $1 and top up or what is the best way of doing this? thanks in advance
    Originally posted by dipsy
    It's quite confusing, you top up the Metro card with cash and can then use it as a pay per trip card, similar to Oyster, which deducts each journey made from your total. With this type of top up you can share a card and pass it back through the gate for the next person to use, obviously it will take an amount for each person as they use it.

    Or you can buy time on the card, the minimum is 7 days for $32, this gives you unlimited metro and MTA standard bus journeys but you need a card each for this method.

    The "breakeven" point is around 13 individual journeys, less and you're better off paying for each journey, more and the 7 day card works out better value.

    We were there for 5 days and opted for the 7 day card and felt it was good value and saved the hassle of topping up.

    More details HERE but not overly easy to understand!
    • flea72
    • By flea72 16th May 17, 8:59 PM
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    flea72
    Hello,

    Saturday 1st July
    0900 leave Heathrow
    1900 Top of the Rock, watch sunset/Manhattan light up.
    Originally posted by Cumberland
    So arrive heathrow at 6am and youll still be awake for TotR at midnight uk time? Id be a tad jaded come the evening, and 7pm seems fairly early for sunset in july. its also the 4th July, id expect tourist places to be more rammed than usual, especially restaurants
    • dipsy
    • By dipsy 17th May 17, 10:07 AM
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    dipsy
    It's quite confusing, you top up the Metro card with cash and can then use it as a pay per trip card, similar to Oyster, which deducts each journey made from your total. With this type of top up you can share a card and pass it back through the gate for the next person to use, obviously it will take an amount for each person as they use it.

    Or you can buy time on the card, the minimum is 7 days for $32, this gives you unlimited metro and MTA standard bus journeys but you need a card each for this method.

    The "breakeven" point is around 13 individual journeys, less and you're better off paying for each journey, more and the 7 day card works out better value.

    We were there for 5 days and opted for the 7 day card and felt it was good value and saved the hassle of topping up.

    More details HERE but not overly easy to understand!
    Originally posted by pompeyrich
    thank you for the link/information

    Quick question

    is one journey classed every time you leave a station

    ie get on departure station and leave station (1) then go back go to next stop (2), then get back on and go back to start point (3)

    is that 3 journeys ?

    Also, are you able to use on the buses, looks like you can but just thought I would ask

    thanks very much for your help
    2007 £1749
    2008 £291.99
    2009 JanMasscara £7.00 Feb megcabot books x 2 £20 XFactor tkts x 2 £58.00 (couldn't go though as they only phoned on day :-( ) foundation £7.99
    total so far for 09 £92.99
    • Vegastare
    • By Vegastare 17th May 17, 10:13 AM
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    Vegastare
    Just a word, when we went to SOL we naturally thought we could go up the statue, but in fact this has to be pre booked and in advance.
    Seems the National Parks only allow a controlled amount per day.

    You can still walk around etc but not actually inside.
    We found this out as we looked at the sign near the entrance a parks officer spoke with us and informed us what to do next time, whether it was a slow time of day or our faces he then let us in.
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 17th May 17, 10:23 AM
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    Ganga
    thank you for the link/information

    Quick question

    is one journey classed every time you leave a station

    ie get on departure station and leave station (1) then go back go to next stop (2), then get back on and go back to start point (3)

    is that 3 journeys ?

    Also, are you able to use on the buses, looks like you can but just thought I would ask

    thanks very much for your help
    Originally posted by dipsy
    Yes,everytime you get on the subway and travel you will need to use your card,the same as in the UK,however if you get the 7 day pass you can get on and off the subway and busses as many times as you like.
    Do not forget you can walk around and enjoy seeing more of NY. enjoy your trip.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • dipsy
    • By dipsy 17th May 17, 2:01 PM
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    dipsy
    Yes,everytime you get on the subway and travel you will need to use your card,the same as in the UK,however if you get the 7 day pass you can get on and off the subway and busses as many times as you like.
    Do not forget you can walk around and enjoy seeing more of NY. enjoy your trip.
    Originally posted by Ganga
    thank you that's very helpful

    I will walk as much as I can, unfortunately I am disabled and some days I struggle to walk to the bathroom, I intend to drug myself up lol
    2007 £1749
    2008 £291.99
    2009 JanMasscara £7.00 Feb megcabot books x 2 £20 XFactor tkts x 2 £58.00 (couldn't go though as they only phoned on day :-( ) foundation £7.99
    total so far for 09 £92.99
    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 17th May 17, 3:58 PM
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    pompeyrich
    thank you for the link/information

    Quick question

    is one journey classed every time you leave a station

    ie get on departure station and leave station (1) then go back go to next stop (2), then get back on and go back to start point (3)

    is that 3 journeys ?

    Also, are you able to use on the buses, looks like you can but just thought I would ask

    thanks very much for your help
    Originally posted by dipsy
    As Ganga answered it would be 3 journeys if you pass through the turnstyle, however you can transfer from a bus to the subway, or subway to bus and bus to bus within 2 hours of swiping your card. Only for pay per ride as the 7 day card allows unlimited journeys on the subway and local buses.

    More HERE scroll down to making connections.

    Although not really looking, there didn't seem to be many lifts or escalators on the subway, maybe have a look HERE for more info and to plan your nearest accessible station, although the platforms weren't as far down as the London tube. Apologies if I have misunderstood your needs.
    Last edited by pompeyrich; 17-05-2017 at 5:44 PM. Reason: clarification of link
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 17th May 17, 4:19 PM
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    Ganga
    thank you that's very helpful

    I will walk as much as I can, unfortunately I am disabled and some days I struggle to walk to the bathroom, I intend to drug myself up lol
    Originally posted by dipsy
    My apologies if taken the wrong way,i did not know about your disability,as pompeyrich has pointed out best check subway accesability as the ones that we used had stairs rather than escalators.
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • John259
    • By John259 17th May 17, 4:22 PM
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    John259
    This section of the MTA web site about accessibility might be worth a look:
    http://web.mta.info/accessibility/
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • macpep1
    • By macpep1 23rd May 17, 9:50 AM
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    macpep1
    thank you for the link/information

    Quick question

    is one journey classed every time you leave a station

    ie get on departure station and leave station (1) then go back go to next stop (2), then get back on and go back to start point (3)

    is that 3 journeys ?

    Also, are you able to use on the buses, looks like you can but just thought I would ask

    thanks very much for your help
    Originally posted by dipsy

    I am just back from my first time in NYC, we covered over 60 miles in our week there & that was us using the subway. I can highly recommend the 7 day unlimited pass, I lost count of how many times we used it (including one day going downtown instead of uptown, much to my annoyance as I had planned everything to a T for this trip but let hubby have his way that day just to prove I was correct )


    After you get the Air Train from JFK to Jamaica, there is a kiosk selling candy etc, go here & ask for your 7 day unlimited pass & your air train ticket (you need this to get through the barriers)


    The only thing for us was as we arrived the Monday & weren't leaving until the following Monday our ticket expired on the Sunday but it was just a matter of getting another $5.50 to cover the subway for the return journey.


    The MTA website is fantastic for journey planning, someone on here pointed me in the direction of this & also the kiosk mentioned above, it was invaluable information for me & it was never wrong.


    I loved the high line, it was one of my favourite things, we opted out of the 9/11 tour as I was emotional just at the memorial, we opted for a night time open bus tour instead, Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty were ok, nice to see but I wouldn't go back. Central Park was gorgeous but before you enter there are people everywhere trying to get you to hire bikes, horse rides etc, we just ignored them. Top of the Rock was just amazing, I loved it & am terrified of heights, but I didn't feel I was up high if that makes sense. American Museum of Natural History was also amazing, we run out of time & only had around 3 hours in here, we could have spent a lot more time here. Anything else I can help with just ask while its all fresh in my mind.
    Gratitude is the best Attitude
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    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 23rd May 17, 10:07 AM
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    bobbyhibs
    hi macpep1
    I must say i do like peoples trip reports (new york is on par with vegas for my top destination) and i always am a bit nosey top see what people do on there trip, and to see if things i may have missed and think "ah we can do that !"

    like you we loved top of the rock , we did it during the day and are planning to maybe do it at night on our next trip !
    central park is also amazing , we got lost trying to look for the hotel in home alone- we walked for miles through central park and gave up and on the way back my brother was like oh there it is! so we had walked past it without noticing if that makes sense.
    we did not get asked about hiring bikes or the horse rides- though in thinking i think my brother and i look like a couple of crazy thugs ( we are nice, honest! )
    Im glad you enjoyed yourself though im sure like us you are eager to book up again !!

    kind reagrds
    • macpep1
    • By macpep1 23rd May 17, 11:08 AM
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    macpep1
    hi macpep1
    I must say i do like peoples trip reports (new york is on par with vegas for my top destination) and i always am a bit nosey top see what people do on there trip, and to see if things i may have missed and think "ah we can do that !"

    like you we loved top of the rock , we did it during the day and are planning to maybe do it at night on our next trip !
    central park is also amazing , we got lost trying to look for the hotel in home alone- we walked for miles through central park and gave up and on the way back my brother was like oh there it is! so we had walked past it without noticing if that makes sense.
    we did not get asked about hiring bikes or the horse rides- though in thinking i think my brother and i look like a couple of crazy thugs ( we are nice, honest! )
    Im glad you enjoyed yourself though im sure like us you are eager to book up again !!

    kind reagrds
    Originally posted by bobbyhibs

    I had my itinerary all planned out, we switched a few days around to accommodate the weather but all went well & we saw all that we wanted to see on this trip, yes I will definitely be back in the next few years, it was VERY expensive though.
    Gratitude is the best Attitude
    Long Term Flylady
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