Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Taking shape for mid year

Every couple of days R reminds me how hopeless I am for not snapping up the bargain hotel in New York last year when it was a third cheaper than it now is. I won't take personal responsibility. He too could have been wise with foresight and booked it. Actually, our travel agent was remiss in not saying that this is a cheap price and needs to be booked straight away.

Instead we will be staying above the Weng Palace Chinese Restaurant with a sex shop next door, and a Greek liquor shop on the other side. My very bloody goodness. I am relieved to see that there are fire escape ladders, and burly policemen and a guard seem to be hanging around, although perhaps that is a bad sign. R found nicer photos of the buildings with the businesses open.

But hey man/dude/bro, we are staying in Times Square and at a good price. The  small apartment looks fine inside and meets our requirements and we are close to Broadway.



Now, it is time to begin studying transport in New York. I shall pour over a map of the Subway system but I don't think I will become as familiar with the Subway as I am with London's Tube, which is not as a local would know it, but better than your average foreigner.

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  1. That sounds so exciting, Andrew!

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    1. Strayer, New York certainly should be very exciting.

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  2. Doesn't look the most inviting of places from the outside but then you can never judge a book by its cover.

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    1. Fun60, we did see interior photos and it looks ok. There was a short video showing us how to get in using the keysafe and you should have heard the sirens in the background. I will plenty of earplugs I think.

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  3. R is still reminding you?? (*~*)
    But at least you may see some interesting local goings on from that location. Keep the camera handy.

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    1. River, never having been to the US, everything is going to be very interesting. Canada first will ease us into the US, I think.

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  4. Doesn't look that different from where we stayed Andrew and we had a mosque with daily prayer on one side and a construction site on the other and were perfectly happy with the location and accommodation.

    Being next to Times Square is certainly central to things. Of course you will have no problems using the subway. We travelled it extensively for every one of our fourteen days stay and loved its efficiency, colourful characters and convenience. I didn't love the heat on the stations whilst waiting for trains however.

    I have a New York metro card still valid until 31 May if that is of use to you (I can't recall when you are travelling).

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    1. Victor, did they call to prayer early in the morning? Ah yes, the heat in underground systems. So 20th century. Thanks, but we travel after that date.

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    2. If there was a call to prayer then we never noticed it.

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  5. Andrew, definitely it is and an interesting neighbourhood but I believe inside is nice accommodation. Outside looking safely buit not so friendly...

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    1. Gosia, you can only do what you think is right at the time. I would hate to spend more money, but if R does not like the place, we will find a hotel.

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  6. Exciting times ahead. And, like River, I hope we will see lots and lots of photos.

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    1. EC, to be sure there will be lots of photos.

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  7. You are fortunate your public transport system will be in New York! New York is the one of the only big American cities that didn't buckle under petrol company pressure and destroy its fabulous public transport system.

    I too knew the London Tube system inside and out. But perhaps there is a difference. Noone ever said "be careful in X or Y station in London - they are no-go areas". Perhaps you need insider information in New York, just to be sure.

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    1. Hels, we will be very much sticking to the tourist track there. But what if we get lost on the subway and end up at one of those no-go stations. I'm afraid. Perhaps I can charm them with the Aussie accent.

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    2. Aussie accent will go a long way, but you could also charm them with your camera. Offer to take their photos, everyone wants to be a "film" star!

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    3. Good idea River. I have had some success doing that in past and took some terrific photos, ah, but it wasn't in a threatening situation.

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  8. How exciting! I don't know why people find the Outback scary - there's a LOT about your trip that'd scare me rigid!!

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    1. Red, do people really find the outback scary? Aside from the snakes, the lack of water, the crazy murderers and never mind the killer hot sun. No, not scary at all. I admit to some apprehension that all will go well for our trip, but if it doesn't, it just means it will cost us money, one way or the other.

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  9. Look at the bright side: with a sex shop next door and a Greek liquor shop on the other side, at least it won't be boring!!

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    1. Snigger, snigger, Keith.

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  10. I looked at the street and it looks ok, it's just the either side of where you are staying that doesn't look the best, but it not to worry, it's the accommodation inside that counts.

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    1. That is what we are telling ourselves WA, and we have nearly convinced ourselves.

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  11. Oh that's hilarious Andrew :) The way I see it is if you spend that much time in your hotel you're not getting out and exploring enough :) Mind you, that's not what I said when we landed in a far too quirky hotel in Paris :)

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    1. Grace, apart from seeing a show, I don't imagine we will be out much at night so we need it to be comfortable.

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  12. Well, I look forward to hearing about your crazy adventures in NYC. I agree with River about using your accent to your advantage.

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    1. Dina, thanks, but at our age our adventures are quite sedate.

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