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Old January 3rd, 2013, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NYC in February

Had the chance to buy two really cheap tickets to JFK, now we're trying to figure out what to see and where to stay.
We found some very interesting vacation rental offers on craigslist, but how can we figure out if these are legit? Some ads even have the same pics!

If you can recommend a nice place to stay or have a spare room or a couch for some nights, for my gf and me, please don't hesitate to leave a message.

All other recommendations, sights, music, stores, eat, welcome!

Thx, Albert

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Old January 3rd, 2013, 09:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's Valentines Day it may be tough..but you never know. Happy hunting
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 09:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The OP title is depressing.

You're in Germany. Go to Italy or Spain in February. Come to New York in May.
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NYC can be brutal in February.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Come on guys! It is New York City, the Big Apple. The weather won't be ideal, but there is is plenty to do and see.

As far as places to stay, I prefer to stay in Manhattan if you can find a good deal. But staying in New Jersey can save you a lot of money and it is very easy to get into the city via bus or train. If you are not picky I had very good luck using Priceline.com to name a price and ended up in a very nice place in midtown manhattan. I also stayed in a holiday inn express around 39th St and 9 ave that was nice and reasonably priced.

Good luck and enjoy!
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Forgot to give you something to do. I like to spend at least a little time in Greenwich Village. There is Umanov's guitar shop on Bleecker St. On the opposite side of the street is John's Pizza, a great place to eat and very reasonable (definitely not fancy). Down the street is Rocco's Bakery, hit that for dessert. Around the corner from Rocco's is a Pizza place called Joe's. it is not a sit down place, but the pizza is terrific if you want a quick slice to take with you. There are some other very cool shops in the neighborhood including a record store and great cheese shop (Murray's).
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I visited last Sept, and there's a thread asking much the same questions as you are.

Although we were looking for kid-friendly and outside things, which may not apply. We ended up staying in Manhattan - and for what we wanted to do, probably the right choice for us. Not cheap ( around $300 a night for a couple queen size beds), but that's Manhattan.

Check and see if Jim Campilongo is playing. Highly recommended.

I'd also suggest the usual indoor stuff - museums, maybe the theatre.

Who knows, you could get some glorious spring-like weather too.

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Old January 3rd, 2013, 11:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I went to London in JANUARY, and had a blast!

There's never a bad time to go to a cool place.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 01:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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NYC has become somewhat of a second home, I'm there at least once a month and stay over 3/4 times a year I suggest the WestSide YMCA sort of a upscale hostle just off Lincoln Circle ( near Lincoln Center/ Juliard and Central Park) the rooms are small and most doubles have bunk beads, & the baths are semi private, but it's only $150 a night DO and NO TAX on the room, and it's clean & safe. You also get a free gym membership that includes pool, sauna, weight room, steam room, boxing bag room, Tai Chi area, running track, hoops court, squash courts and jogging track. Very popular with international travelers.

Ollie's Noodle House is near by for budget sit down, and two nearby subway stops serve a number of lines, if you are going to be there for a bit ask the station agent about MTA passes that offer a week of discount travel during non rush hours.

Check out Retrofret in Brooklyn, Uminovs in the Village and Ludlow on the Lower East Side for cool guitars, and if you plan to go to the MOMA for Free Friday be aware that the line is usually around the block and the wait is a minimum of a hour. I try to avoid Midtown / Times square due to the crowds and spend a lot of time @ Union Square, (the Strand is a great place for books @ the GC has a funky vintage room) the Upper West Side ( Zabars is fun) and Washington Square ( cafe Reggio for expresso)

If you are going to be in town for a week or so consider taking a day trip on Metro North up to New Haven Conn. and checking out the free art musuems at Yale; they just finished a major redo of the University Art Musuem, and the Musuem of British Art (just across the street) is one of the worlds largest collections of British art. Walk over to BAR ( most anyone can point the way) and get mashed potato pizza ( don't ask just do) or a burger at Louis Lunch. If you are lucky it will snow a bit and make the whole place look like Hogwarts..

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..Hyatt Grand Central.....great location for lots..
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Old January 6th, 2013, 09:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the comments so far. We found a good deal on a hotel in chinatown, 85$ per night. I hope we get a non smoking room, because if you book via priceline, they won't guarantee that.

Plz keep your recommendations coming.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:27 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Just found out that Jim Campilongo plays on the 4th only some blocks away from our hotel . .
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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:39 AM   #14 (permalink)

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Check out the Rodeo Bar and Hill Country Barbecue. Both have good bands and good food.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:46 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Just found out that Jim Campilongo plays on the 4th only some blocks away from our hotel . .
Send me an PM with your contact info Albert. I'll meet you there!

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Old January 7th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Albert Lee's at the Iridium the 8th, 9th anf 10th too!!

http://theiridium.com/calendar/
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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:51 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Wow! Even more goodies. And the line-up at the Iridium is pretty much my taste: John Waite, Midge Ure, Savoy Brown, Andy Timmons . . great.

Gotta check what's possible.

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http://theiridium.com/calendar/
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