The best cheap hotel is in Newark, the Robert Treat… http://tinyurl.com/ljjojbr Free parking … Free shuttle to Newark Penn Station/Newark Airport … Free wifi … Free (and decent) breakfast … Queen beds, washer/dryers. With reservs about three weeks out, rooms are under $100. Backup hotel is Ramada in Jersey City. Slightly more expensive, $12 a day parking about two blocks away.
For the train to Manhattan (abt 18 minutes, faster than Queens to Manhattan), we got PATH Senior SmartLink cards. From Newark, you can go to the World Trade Center station or (transfer at Journal Sq.) the midtown station at 33rd Street. Each trip is $1 for seniors. OR take NJ Transit trains directly from Newark to New York Penn Station on 34th Street. ($5 off peak each way, $2.25 for seniors).
General PATH train info here: http://www.panynj.gov/path/ Senior cards are here: http://www.pathsmartlinkcard.com/seniorcard.html NJ Transit from Penn Station: http://tinyurl.com/3bl9es Coo Coo app has next train info for PATH and NJT. https://www.coocoo.com/
In the city, take the subway. Best cell phone app is Embark; free and GPS based. Type in your destination and get the closest subway lines with next arrival times. General subway info here: http://new.mta.info/ Geezers, get the half-fare Metro Senior cards: http://www.mta.info/nyct/fare/rfapply.htm. For the Lower East Side and other neighborhoods not served by subway, try Uber cars. No cash, tip included and you can see the driver approach on the iPhone app. Register at https://www.uber.com/
No matter where you are in the city, walking is involved, as are U-turns. Use your compass and remember that streets run South to North, from the Bowery to the Bronx, (so 48th is north of 33rd). Avenues run East to West, (so 8th is West of 5th). Broadway is a diagonal roughly SE to NW. Need a public restroom? Charmin has a good app called SitOrSquat. Some restaurants to try: http://tinyurl.com/q4z3jue Also Becco, Hourglass, Heartland; West Bank Café; good schlock, Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House http://tinyurl.com/q6tyran The food halls are chef-based fast food http://tinyurl.com/ngawhgw To find a nearby restaurant (with price points and reviews) you can use the Open Table app or Yelp, although reviews on Yelp can seem hyperbolic.
See a show. Raise your consciousness and help out starving playwrights. Theatre tix: http://www.nytimes.com/theater/show/buy-ticket.html Rush and Lottery tix: http://tinyurl.com/pjhtpep Guide to free stuff: http://www.nycgo.com/articles/free-nyc-museums Guide to what’s going on: New York Today at nyt.com
Some stuff we like:
New York Water Taxi http://www.nywatertaxi.com/
The High Line phase 3 http://tinyurl.com/q42rxdz
Brooklyn Bridge Walk http://tinyurl.com/3seytwm
Greenwich Village Jazz http://tinyurl.com/pga5mbh
Drama Book 250 W. 40th http://tinyurl.com/6sc66mu
Gondola Guy http://tinyurl.com/o84qqke
French bookstore http://tinyurl.com/mfqt8ly
Paleo in the City http://tinyurl.com/p2thvd5
Audubon Collection http://tinyurl.com/nuqygjj An event sked:
Cinco De Mayo
Book Expo America http://tinyurl.com/lrssczw
U.S. Tennis Open prelims … free
Broadway Week … http://tinyurl.com/3lav2c4
Brooklyn Book Festival … http://tinyurl.com/4mxylh
Brooklyn Beat Festival … http://tinyurl.com/87ml6qx
New Yorker Festival … http://tinyurl.com/msfmsf
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