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36 Hours Alone in NYC

An April 2004 trip to New York by PLU

Herald Square Hotel Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: Instead of a 12-hour layover in JFK airport, I opted to stay the night alone in New York City and do a little quick first-time sightseeing. I saw a lot in just 36 short hours.

Herald Square Hotel

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Hotel | "Hotel Herald Square"

Herald Square Hotel Photo, New York, New York
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Simple, basic, clean, and safe. The hotel offers rooms for single travelers with shared bath facilities for only $70 including tax. They also have larger rooms available. Hotel Herald Square is just off of 5th Ave and three blocks from the Empire State Bldg. Location was great. The staff was friendly, check-in and -out was complication-free, and they can arrange your transportation to the airport for a small fee ($2). The hotel used to be the old Life Magazine Building and has an interesting history. I stayed in a single room and had to share a bath but had a mirror and sink in my room, as well as A/C, safe, and TV. The room was very small, so it's great if all you're planning to do is sleep the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2004

Herald Square Hotel
19 WEST 31 STREET
New York, New York 10001
212-279-4017

Gray Line New York Sightseeing

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Attraction | "Gray Line - Double Decker Buses"

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I am not usually one for touristy bus tours, but being alone I wanted to see as much as possible and not feel intimidated having no idea how to get around NYC. I picked up the tour outside the Empire State Bldg. It takes you all over the city and the map is easy to follow as the bus makes its way through the traffic. I LOVED being able to sit up top and just gaze and "gaga" over the tall buildings. Being on top also gives riders an almost 360 degree look around and really helped orient me to the city and where things are. After spending my whole life (34 years worth) seeing New York City on TV and movies, it was amazing to me to see it up close and in real life. For those more cynical and professional...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2004

Gray Line New York Sightseeing
777 8th Avenue
New York, New York 10036
(212) 445-0848

Battery Park

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This little park is full of life. There are street vendors selling everything from hotdogs to cheap asian knickknacks. This is where you can catch the boat to get a good view of the Statue of Liberty or for FREE, you could walk a bit to the east end of the park and take the ferry to Staten Island. I enjoyed watching the people go by and had an inexpensive lunch while enjoying a nice spring day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2004

Battery Park
Battery Place
New York, New York 10004
(212) 809-5508