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  • thatsfabulous
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    • 26th Jan 10, 11:19 AM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 11:19 AM
    MARKY!!!!! Your back
    New York ♥..........These street will make you feel brand new, Big lights will inspire you.
    No place in the world that can compare ♥ 2nd October 2010 ♥
  • thatsfabulous
    • #3
    • 26th Jan 10, 11:29 AM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 11:29 AM
    Thursday25th (we land at 12pm)
    hotel, drop our bags
    cab to century 21
    broklyn bridge (take loadsa pics)
    cab back to our hotel in times sq and have a look around ts

    Friday
    Woodbury common first thing in morning
    Totr (in the evening)

    Saturday
    Shopping all day!

    Sunday
    Statue lib (stanten island ferry)
    esb (in the day)
    more shopping!

    Monday
    central park
    back to hotel to get our bags
    leave for airport for 7pm flight!


    Is that ok or do i have too much/less going on? Any ideas guys?

    Thanks, Maria x


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    Maria, bet you cant wait 8 weeks will go so fast.

    I personally think TOTR is a much better view then ESB however I dont think you can go to NY without going up the ESB!!
    If you want to do one in the day and one in the evening ( I have done this too) I would do TOTR in the day and ESB in the evening. This is the way I done it.
    You can see central park from TOTR so to really appreciate it it would be better in the day. Also ESB gets so so busy and the day I went the 2nd time I couldnt get close to take a picture too many people and no spaces to look it was driving me mad was glad to go. Where as in the evening it will be much quieter.

    On the Sunday could you not do Statue of liberty, Brooklyn Bridge & Century 21 all together? As its all downtown.

    Then ESB on the friday evening after WC and TOTR & Times sqaure on the Thursday when you get there ( as its all midtown)

    I agree if you can use the subway just a few times it will save you money, especially if you can get it downtown. More money for shopping

    P.S Marky I hope your staying around??? Have missed you its just not the same!!!
    New York ♥..........These street will make you feel brand new, Big lights will inspire you.
    No place in the world that can compare ♥ 2nd October 2010 ♥
  • Innys
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    • 26th Jan 10, 11:32 AM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 11:32 AM
    I'm amazed you have bothered to come back. Some of the comments you have been subject to were, IMHO, totally unjustified and unwarranted.

    Yes, I don't agree with everything you have written in your posts, but the world would be boring if we all had the same opinions. At least you have made the effort to help people.

    Welcome back.
    • greenface
    • By greenface 26th Jan 10, 12:36 PM
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    greenface
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    • 26th Jan 10, 12:36 PM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 12:36 PM
    DIDNT KNOW YOUVE BEEN AWAY .




    WELCOME BACK MATE (missed you )

    Maria good advice from thats fab will shuffle around after

    try to get a show in if you can buget it
    hard as nails on the internet . wimp in the real world
    • pcg2001
    • By pcg2001 26th Jan 10, 1:26 PM
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    pcg2001
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    • 26th Jan 10, 1:26 PM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 1:26 PM
    Hi Maria,

    I assume your itinerary comes from the previous thread.

    One piece of advice I was given in here is to do the ESB or the TOTR, perhaps not both in the same trip. We did TOTR because you get to photograph the ESB!!! Another advice was to do it before sundown, that way you can see the city in the day and in the night with all the lights - and save some cash, sicne there is also a sunrise/ sunset ticket for TOTR that lets you in twice in the day.

    Personal note: I stopped visiting the NY forum some time after our trip, so was not aware that there had been some less polite exchanges in here involving markymoo (only that he had been missing). It is sad to see that internet forums are all the same - we had a lovely boots thread here at MSE that was shut down because of unfriendly behaviour. I personally only have praises for the guy. He was relentless in answering and helping and was always present during all the time I was doing my planning. So thanks to him for helping out, without even having the recognition of being a moderator. He is the true "destination expert" (to borrow from tripadvisor) since like visitors to NY he is an out-of-towner, which is a lot more useful than a local when it comes to helping tourists.
    Last edited by pcg2001; 26-01-2010 at 1:39 PM.
  • Innys
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    • 26th Jan 10, 1:34 PM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 1:34 PM

    He was relentless in answering and helping ...
    Originally posted by pcg2001
    This is an understatement. The number of times Marky has asked the same question in these threads, even though the answer is made clear in his opening "set the scene" posts, is countless. And yet......he still doesn't lose his rag. If only I could be that patient.

    Nevertheless, when someone disagrees with his opinion (and it is only that, an opinion), the attacks can quickly become personal.

    If I was Marky I would be thinking "Why the **** do I bother?"
  • ilovetotravel
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    • 26th Jan 10, 4:27 PM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 4:27 PM
    I would definately do the TOTR, just for the reason that you get a picture of the ESB! Also, get dessert at Max Brenner's Chocolate by the Bald Man restaurant in Union Square. You will NOT be dissapointed!
    • bb69
    • By bb69 26th Jan 10, 5:53 PM
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    bb69
    • #9
    • 26th Jan 10, 5:53 PM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 5:53 PM
    Top of the rock is breathtaking! Try and go in daylight to watch the sunset it is so amazing! I could have stayed up there for hours but it was cold (Dec) think stayed up for about 11/2 hours - popping in at times for some warmth before the sunset.

    We bought tickets the day before as usually sunset tickets are sold quickly.

    Amazing..

    As its a new thread for this year can I just sing...

    "New York!
    Concrete jungle where dreams are made of there's nothing you can't do,
    now you're in New York the streets will make you feel brand new,
    the lights will inspire you
    lets hear it for New York, New York, New Yorkkkkk...."
    • greenface
    • By greenface 26th Jan 10, 8:39 PM
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    greenface
    Thursday25th (we land at 12pm)
    hotel, drop our bags
    will be around 2-00pm
    head towards central park
    enjoy the park take a meal and a drink
    visit strawberry fields or one of many museams alongside
    enjoy the journey back Try the subway to 42nd st
    or walk back along 5th or 6th and do ToTR (eve)
    take in Times square have a few drinks or coffee
    back to our hotel in times sq and have a look around ts

    Friday
    Woodbury common first thing in morning.
    back to hotel with all my goodies
    book one of many great shows you are stying in theatre land
    enjoy it or i dont know you but The Dan Band are playing in BB kings Blues Bar in times square (funny rude & crude) google them.
    Have a great meal before or after.

    Saturday
    Shopping all day!No doubt you will pass ESB & ToTR at least twice if your shopping around Macys 5th 6th Park or Madison ave Tiffanys blomingdales etc go up ESB then spend a hour rest your credit cards. Go into trump towers and Grand Central Station for the deco designs also the crysler is around for photos
    what about the evening ??
    show? meal ?drink?

    Sunday
    cab or train downtown
    Statue lib (stanten island ferry)
    battery park/ south seaport
    centry 21 & ground zero
    wall street
    brooklyn bridge.
    brooklyn
    Make full use of the subway drift up and below ground
    have a meal (try a pizza a deli or american burger bar)


    more shopping!

    Monday
    pack and leave your bags behind the desk
    enjoy times square
    chill out have a coffee in Bryant park
    people watch have a meal
    pack and leave hotel by 3 for 7 oclock flight
    sleep all the way home

    leave for airport for 7pm flight!
    Last edited by greenface; 26-01-2010 at 8:42 PM.
    hard as nails on the internet . wimp in the real world
    • duchy
    • By duchy 26th Jan 10, 9:16 PM
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    duchy
    Is there really anything to see on Wall Street on a Sunday ? If time is short I'd skip that.
    I Would Rather Climb A Mountain Than Crawl Into A Hole

    MSE Florida wedding .....no problem
    • niceday999
    • By niceday999 26th Jan 10, 9:43 PM
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    niceday999
    oh my goodness ! where are all the threads...i ahd been reading through them all and only got to post 2376 !!!!!
    also was looking for something about booking through Expedia and being charged extra on arrival to actual hotel in New York...??????
    Help !
    • niceday999
    • By niceday999 26th Jan 10, 10:25 PM
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    niceday999
    awh jez.....read that but didnt know you could click on it........ha ha ..there is really no hope for me........
  • marias1981
    saw this on hduk though it might help someone

    This is the cheapest i've ever seen for a flight to New York so thought i'd post it up.
    Hopefully some of you might be able to make use of it.

    It's for a specific date in March but have similar offers

    London (LHR) to New York City (JFK) 214 RT
    Depart 04 Mar 10
    Return 11 Mar 10

    Taxes included.

    http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/


    There's another one in April for 238.
    London (LHR) to New York City (JFK) Depart between
    01 Apr 10 - 29 Jun 10

    Also London (LGW) to Newark Intl (EWR) 229 RT
    Depart between
    Now - 31 Mar 10


    Maria x
  • whatusername
    oh my goodness ! where are all the threads...i ahd been reading through them all and only got to post 2376 !!!!!
    also was looking for something about booking through Expedia and being charged extra on arrival to actual hotel in New York...??????
    Help !
    Originally posted by niceday999
    Hmm, is this true, im going easter with Expedia and have payed in full so i would expect to pay anymore other than airport transfers.
    • phatbear
    • By phatbear 27th Jan 10, 12:35 PM
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    phatbear
    When you book your accomodation or package with expedia, or anyone really, you need to check that all taxes are included in the price. There have been instances where people have turned up at hotels and had to stump up occupancy tax etc.

    However this is because the person/people havent bothered reading everything before they have pressed the confirm button.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 30-03-2010 at 10:33 AM.
    Live each day like its your last because one day you'll be right
  • HGLTsuperstar
    Marky great to have you back. Just wanted to clarify one of your points which I've noted some newbies have misinterpreted. Not going into a debate about Times Square but, and correct me M if I'm wrong, when Marky says TS is a no-no it is not because its not safe, its because the whole lights/touristy trap centre does not float his boat. However if that is what you want from NY then go for it.
    Sorry Marky but it does rile me when some people take advice as gospel and forget that they could and should make their own decisions after considering the advice of others.
  • HGLTsuperstar
    Oh and to expand on the whole apartments/rooms with kitchenettes etc, if you really want to cook for yourself in the city with the most diverse range of food to suit all price tags (why? you're on holiday) the Beacon Hotel on W 72nd is fab and just one stop for 42nd St on the subway.
  • ilovetotravel
    NiceDay999,

    That same exact thing happened to me once using expedia a long time ago. If you have a way of printing out your receipt from expedia, ask to speak with the general manager of the hotel, they have a way of contacting expedia. Ever since my debacle I use Quikbook.com for all my New York reservations. They are really nice over the phone and they are based in New York so if you have questions about the hotel they usually know the answers. Also you don't pay up front so there shouldn't be any discrepancies with room rates. Expedia can have good rates, but they are a pain to work with if a problem arises.
  • marias1981
    i booked through expedia and on my confirmation under the hotel it states 'The price you selected DOES NOT include any applicable service fees, charges for optional incidentals (such as minibar snacks or telephone calls) or regulatory surcharges. The lodging facility will assess these fees, charges and surcharges upon check-out.'

    Does that mean im gonna be stung by charges when i check out? I didnt budget for this and i read all the small print before i paid. Confused!
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