NYC New Years trip

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  1. adrianors

    adrianors Silver Member

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    Hi guys,

    I decided last minute (and completely out of my budget), to take a trip to NYC since my friend just told me that she decided to cancel her New Years Eve party (bummer).
    So, free roundtrip.. flying CLT-EWR (UA) and JFK-CLT (US).. free one night stay.. paid one night stay (yep, new years eve rates are kinda crazy in NYC and I am not sure if I would like to spend 70k HHonors points on a single night).
    I will stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Financial District (8 Stone Street). My question is, since even using miles and everything I am already way beyond my budget this year, what would be the cheapest and more feasible way to make EWR-DoubleTree and DoubleTree-JFK? Also, planning to take wife and baby to Time Square at midnight.. tips? I been to NYC several times but never in a short budget and during holidays.. (Except Hurricane Sandy, when I proposed my wife there).
    Anyway, any lead/tip would help!
    Thanks for reading!
     
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  2. Max M

    Max M Gold Member

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    As someone that's done NYE in NYC for the past 3 years [but not this year], I'll chime in:

    Cheapest and most feasible are 2 different animals.

    Cheapest would be public transportation, but with a wife, and baby, I would advise against this.

    Most feasible, yet reasonably priced with either be using Carmel Car Service or Groundlink.

    Carmel is cheaper, but I personally prefer Groundlink.

    Times Square on NYE in NYC is crazy.

    Incredibly crazy.

    NYPD sets up holding/waiting pens around Times Square and by 1PM there are already massive crowds. People wait there all day and night until the ball drops at Midnight.

    The area is standing room only-- no chairs or seats--- and with an infant it would not be very easy, nor exceptionally feasible to be there that long.

    Also, there are no public restrooms in Times Square.

    If you arrive late in the evening, say around 9PM or so, you will be very far from the heart of the live performances in Times Square.

    It is crowded, and personal space is non-existent.

    Simply put: It will be very difficult to truly enjoy yourself, especially with an infant, having to stand for a long time.

    I know when my wife and I have a baby we will be sure to stay clear of the chaos.

    Hopefully others can give you some additional ideas. :)
     
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    DITTO!
     
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  4. Betty Boop

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    Ditto+100
    I am a native New Yorker and I have only spent one NYE at Times Square - it was not that much fun and as I am short (petite) it was at times frightening to be in a crowd where everyone's back was up against my face. I would never bring an infant.
    PS Carmel usually has coupons on theirs web site but don't know if this applies to NYE.

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    NJT to PATH isn't an awful way to get into town, particularly if light on luggage. Leaving town I'd take the E from WTC to the AirTrain. Technically the A to Howard Beach is supposed to be ~5 minutes faster but I find the E more reliable.

    Don't go to Times Square for NYE. Especially with a baby. Just a bad idea.
     
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  6. PhoenixDown

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    I did NYE at Times Square as a teen -- hours in the freezing cold, no seats, no bathrooms, no food or drink except what you bring with you and best off all was a crowd of people pushing forward and police with plastic shields pushing back with myself caught in between. Not fun and not something to bring a child let alone an infant too

    If you can - there are a few high end hotels in the area (I think the Michaelangelo is one) that usually an escort take you to the ball drop and back. Room will be expensive
     
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    I was in NYC two weeks ago (Billy Joel and Bob Seger concerts) and it was packed then, no way I would want to do TS on New Year's Eve......it is really not that big from my point of view and cramming all those people in there just doesn't seem like much fun to me. Plus the bathroom sulituation as well, I had to buy an ice cream (in Dec) just to use to toilet.
     
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    Times Square is not an option for you.
     
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  9. adrianors

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    Yep, I realized that. Thank you all for the replies, they did convince me to not go to Times Square! Going to have some "churrasco" at the Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chao with some local friends and after that watch the fireworks at the Central Park! Cheers! Happy New Year to all!
     
  10. LarryInNYC

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    Times Square is very cool and no doubt you will enjoy visiting with your family -- just please, please, please not on New Year's Eve.

    The very cheapest way into town would be public bus to Newark Penn Station and PATH (not NJ Transit) from there to the Wall Street area. Both are slow, however, especially the public bus to the train station.

    Next would be NJ Transit from the airport to New York Penn Station and the subway from there or NJ Transit to Newark Penn Station and PATH train from there.

    There are various bus and shuttle services that will be approximately $15 per person one way (the bus, at least, will not charge for your child).

    Finally, a cab ride / car service will probably run around $70. Make sure they know you're going to the downtown area as that's much close to Newark and may be a bit cheaper than other Manhattan locations.
     
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    Thank you for the tips, taking right now the second option.. NJ-Penn - Subway!
     
  12. Wandering Aramean
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    Assuming you're headed to the one at 53rd Street you should get a feel for the "fun" of Times Square from there. :oops:

    Since you're staying downtown NJ Transit to Newark Penn + PATH will likely be a faster trip. Cheaper, too.
     
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    Oh well.. too late now.. I passed that stop, heading to Manhattan Penn Station!
     
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    No worries. Welcome to town.
     
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    I made it!! :)
     
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