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Moropo
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Tips on how to visit NYC for vacation on December?

So me and my family want to visit NYC. While in NYC we would like to experience the snow (we have never seen it before having lived in Miami most of our lives). I have read around and it seems snow is more likely in January than in December so I guess our best bet is to go at the very end of December and crossing over into January. We have vacation from like December 15 to around January 5 or so I think. Could anyone offer some insight on what we can do to maximize the possibility of experiencing snow?

Another issue that is important to us and would love to get some input from locals or people that know the area, is to guide us in the following:

1) which airport to arrive to?
2) in which area to pick the hotel? We don't want to arrive and find out the hotel we got is in the middle of some hood. Would like to get a hotel that is like $100 a night as close as possible to the main stuff (I guess that's manhattan?)

Thanks.
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Stacy
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Snow is pretty unpredictable in New York. While you probably have the best chance of catching some sprinkles in February, a couple of years ago we had a major storm in October and some years it doesn't snow at all. You should also keep in mind that if there is a major storm during your visit you won't be able to fly out until the runways have been cleared and there are likely to be major delays.

As for airports, I personally prefer JFK and Newark Liberty, especially in the winter, but the more affordable hotels are in Queens so Newark would be the least convenient.



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The Christmas season is one of the heaviest visited for NYC, so "bargains" as far as hotels, will be hard to find. My advice is to book ASAP, as anywhere near that price range (think about $150.+ for something that isn't a dump) will book fast. You may consider that less expensive places are going to be an hour subway ride or more from the outer boroughs.

I prefer JFK, as it is directly on a subway line, but that's just me.

Snow... hmm. It's a roll of the dice. In recent years, except for freak storms in the Fall and Jan/Feb, very few have yielded snow. NYC has plenty to see, and do, and is a lot less filthy without snow. Snow storms make a real mess, and grumpy people.



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I'm not a native but I go to New York a few times a year.

Airport wise my preference is Newark for the ease of getting into the city via NJ Transit rail. That said, if you are traveling with a lot of luggage flying into LaGuardia then taking a taxi straight to your destination is probably the better bet. JFK is about equal to Newark in my opinion.

As for hotel, there is no way you are going to get a decent hotel for $100 in Manhattan. I'd say that closer to $250 per night is the minimum range for a room in Manhattan that isn't the size of a shoebox, has an in room bathroom, and/or isn't a dump.
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Unfortunately hotels in Manhattan are rather pricey - ESPECIALLY at holiday time!

You may want to look at renting an apartment for the week or two that you will be here. I don't have a link to point you to but people will own apartments that they rent out for weeks at a time to tourists. Kind of a bed and breakfast without the nice couple cooking for you and regaling you with you stories each morning.

If you do stay in NYC for the New Year -- I suggest getting a hotel room in Times Square itself. Some of them (you should check) make arrangements to escort you to the ball drop 15 minutes before and a few minutes after. You get all the fun without any of the wait. And you will wait ... hours... and hours... with no bathroom... in the freezing cold. It was great when I was 16 but not now.

As for the rest, when you have your basic itinerary down, I'll suggest some stuff to do
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reply to Moropo

Some good advice here. I'll just add to avoid flying into LaGuardia if possible.



Moropo
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Thanks for the advise everyone.

Yesterday I was looking at flights and found a roundtrip MIA JFK for $190 which I thought was stupendous and so I booked it. Its for 6 days which I think will be more than enough to see the city (also more days means more hotel costs). I suppose it gets a lot more expensive as it gets nearer to December? So I guess I did good to reserve it already.

However now im looking for a hotel and they are expensive. Manhattan is ultra expensive, like $400 a night, way out of budget for us. We are going to buy the 7-day metrocard and move around NYC in the subway (we did this when I was 14 years old and my father took me to NYC in the Summer, I loved the mobility of the subway, I remember we went to a lot of places exclusively by subway and it was very cheap, like $24 for the whole week).

I been looking at hotels and first of all, the vast majority of hotels that show up are in NJ...I dont know how much of an inconvenience that would be...I really couldnt find a budget hotel in NY. I found some "motels" in Expedia I think in the Bronx or Brooklyn which were $120 a night and then another $20 per day in some weird taxes Expedia tacks on making it $140 a night, however when I read the reviews I got scared. People mentioning scary neighborhoods, gunshots in the nights etc. By no means we are picky travelers, we literally want a place to ONLY sleep as we are planning to spend every day in the city and just go to the hotel late at night to sleep. But, I do not want to get mugged in a bad neighborhood or something. I understand probably some locals that read this are going to say this is an exaggeration or something but I dont really know what is true and what is an exaggeration from the reviews.

At least I got the flight taken care of, now just need to find a hotel...
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Stacy
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Try »www.airbnb.com/



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reply to Moropo

This looks interesting...
»www.airbnb.com/rooms/513871


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Yeah, Newark is the easiest to fly in and out of. You can take a NJ Transit Express bus from Newark right to the NY Port Authority terminal in Manhattan, blocks from Times Square and all the fun stuff. I never took the train so I don't know if where all it goes.



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JFK is a better choice, and if the OP is interested in going outside NYC to stay, they could take the Airtrain to Long Island too..
Or they can take the Airtrain from JFK to Jamaica and either take the LIRR to Penn Station, or the subway into Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn.
»www.mta.info/mta/airtrain.htm
»www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-airtrain.html
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If you are truly, honestly only looking for a bed then look at The Jane: »www.thejanenyc.com/ I've stayed there a few times and I'm pretty happy with it when I'm in the city by myself and only need a room to sleep in.

Be forewarned though: while it's a good, clean hotel in a good area the rooms are TINY and basic and restrooms are shared. I'm being completely serious when I say that if you lay a roller bag flat on the floor you will take up about 1/3 to half of your available floor space that isn't your bed.

quote:
JFK is a better choice, and if the OP is interested in going outside NYC to stay, they could take the Airtrain to Long Island too..
Or they can take the Airtrain from JFK to Jamaica and either take the LIRR to Penn Station, or the subway into Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn.
Airtrain Newark to Newark airport station then NJ Transit rail into Penn Station really isn't any different.
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NJ is not a problem if hotel is close to PATH train that basically goes between Manhattan and NJ. So you should definitely consider it keeping this in mind. Also unlimited NYC Metrocard will not work on PATH train, pay-per-ride will. Current price is $2.25 if I am not mistaken. They also have their own unlimited cards, look them up here: »www.panynj.gov/path/fares.html

Checking hotel reviews is absolutely the right thing to do, especially with regard of neighborhood safety.



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If New Jersey and the PATH are what you may be considering, you should look into the Courtyard Marriott across the street from 545 Washington near Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ...

I've never been there, but it looks nice from the outside and it is NEXT DOOR to the PATH station.
You can take that train all the way to Harold Square in Manhattan.
Where Macy's is....



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Stacy
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said by JRW2:

You can take that train all the way to Harold Square in Manhattan.
Where Macy's is....

That's Herald Square.


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said by Stacy:

said by JRW2:

You can take that train all the way to Harold Square in Manhattan.
Where Macy's is....

That's Herald Square.

Tomato, Tamato....
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Moropo
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Re: Tips on how to visit NYC for vacation on December?

Hello all,

We are already in NYC. Being from Miami we have never experienced snow and so we want to use our trip to NYC to experience it. I understand it's not likely for it to snow in NYC this time of the year, so can you guys recommend where to go up north or something in a train where we could see it? Our current mode of transportation is the NYC Subway.

Also, what to do here and which places to visit? Today we arrived and went to Manhattan and walked around kind of lost till we stumbled with times square etc.
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Check out the forum FAQ, too..lots of member input - from restaurants & local attractions, to other points of interest

»New York Forum FAQ



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American Museum of Natural History (awesome place):

»www.amnh.org/

Museum of Modern Art:

»www.moma.org/

How about a Broadway show?

»www.broadway.com/

A visit to the twin towers site:

»inhabitat.com/nyc/the-national-9···gallery/
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