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I want to do all the tourist-y stuff. How many days should I book for? Thanks in advance.
I'd say a week as well. Five days minimum.
stayed in queens. was excellent.
then stayed four days at the new yorker on 8th and 35th.
I'd say 6 days and wherever as long as if it's off manhattan island near to a subway station
And only got to see half of Manhattan and Liberty Island.
The touristy shit is great though. I stayed in the Washington Jefferson hotel, would recommend highly. Cheap, clean, and quiet, but literally round the corner from Times Square
and there was still loads of stuff i didn't have chance to do (but 3 days were at a festival) generally though, more days = better
And that's probably the minimum I'd recommend. You won't even scratch the surface but you'll be able to prioritise several main things that you want to do.
Manhattan is obviously the ideal place to stay in terms of location for tourist stuff but it is expensive. We found a decent Comfort Inn by Little Italy/Lower East Side (Manhattan Bridge). Brooklyn or Queens are worth considering because the subway is reliable and relatively cheap.
you can ride the ferry to manhattan island, and that's really fun
I'd say a week if you can, it'll take 4 days just to cover Manhattan.
Stay centrally if you can, there are some great hostels
(sort the list by rating BTW)
Definitely wasn't long enough: will stay for longer next time.
I'd say at least six for a first visit. Don't worry about staying near the sights - the subway is great and runs all night. Both times I stayed at the Hostel International all the way up on 103rd St west and I had no trouble getting anywhere.
New York's great. My aunt lives in the nice bit of Harlem (it wasn't the nice bit when she moved there 25 years ago though) so I've had free accommodation when I've been there. Also, she's not got kids either so me and my sister will probably inherit her flat one day.
I'm planning on going for seven nights. I've got myself a DK book and have been looking on TripAdvisor etc. I've got information overload. I'll definitely stay in Manhattan. Where's best to stay for seven nights? Lower Manhattan, Lower East Side, near Times Square? I've been saving for a while and so money isn't a factor in where to stay. Please help.
Much better hub, and relatively inexpensive to get home from.
Anyway, I found it to be a much better base for nights out/things to do. Taxis are (or were in 2010) cheap, so getting home from Manhatten late won't cost much.