on March 29, 2005
As we were on a budget, we stayed in a YMCA, which worked out to about $25 a night for two people sharing a room (with TV and two double beds--bathrooms were down the corridor, and the women's one has a lock so men can't get in). I found this bizarre at first, but when I thought about it, it made sense. I didn't take flip-flops with me to go to the showers in, so I used my trainers, but if you have space, these can be a good idea. We stayed in Greenpoint YMCA in Brooklyn, where we had 24-hour gym access and swimming pool and breakfast included in the price (at a diner a block away). The door was open 24/7, and the staff was friendly and helpful and let us store luggage in their office on the day we left. They also had a safe I left money, etc., in. (There is also a police station opposite it!) The web page is for all the YMCA branches, and the email for the Greenpoint branch is ; it was about a 5-minute walk to the nearest subway that just ran to Brooklyn, or a 10-minute walk to the J line to get to midtown Manhattan.
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