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Old Apr 26th 2011, 3:40 am
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Next week I am Taking a day trip to New york, from Toronto as while a ago I got some dirt cheap megabus tickets, for return $2.50, I leave toronto around 11pm and get to New York about 9am, Leave at around 11pm again,

Insane I know and when I booked I won't even sure if I was going to do it but at $2.50 you can't go wrong.

So advice on what to do to maximise my time,
Things I should forget to do for another time,
is there any service where I could store my shopping for a few hours,
any other general tips
thanks,
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Next week I am Taking a day trip to New york, from Toronto as while a ago I got some dirt cheap megabus tickets, for return $2.50, I leave toronto around 11pm and get to New York about 9am, Leave at around 11pm again,

Insane I know and when I booked I won't even sure if I was going to do it but at $2.50 you can't go wrong.

So advice on what to do to maximise my time,
Things I should forget to do for another time,
is there any service where I could store my shopping for a few hours,
any other general tips
thanks,
It might help us the tiniest little bit if you could say a bit more about yourself. What kinds of things do you like to do? Have you ever been to NYC before? (And if so, what did you do, like, not like etc). Will you have anyone else in tow?
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2 of us in our early 20s never been before.
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You might want to get on a tour bus. Plenty of people willing to sell tickets! You'll be knackered when you get there, so having someone just drive you round and point out the sites and the history is a good way to go.

Not quite as insane as your trip, but I did a similar thing from Bangor, ME to NYC many years ago, and the bus ride was the way to go. You can hop on and off.

Personally, I'd steer clear of the financial district if low on time. BUT, if you do go, hop on the Staten Island ferry and go back and forth to NJ. Doesn't cost anything and you get a good view of the Statue of Liberty. Don't bother going to the statue itself... will eat up your day and not much to do when you get there.

As for sites, Empire State building is a solid performer and Times Square is a must.
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Oh, and no chance on anywhere to store shopping. Since 9/11, security is insane about abandoned bags. I tried dropping off a bag at a hotel that I wasn't check into but was meeting friends there that were. I knew the name and room number and still a no-go. Eventually, the manager said ok, but said to never try it again
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If going up tall buildings is your thing then go to the top of the Rockefeller Center rather than the Empire State Building: Cheaper, hardly any queues, nicer viewing platform, and the views are just as good.
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Default Re: day Trip IN New York City,

Originally Posted by loss View Post
Next week I am Taking a day trip to New york, from Toronto as while a ago I got some dirt cheap megabus tickets, for return $2.50, I leave toronto around 11pm and get to New York about 9am, Leave at around 11pm again,

Insane I know and when I booked I won't even sure if I was going to do it but at $2.50 you can't go wrong.

So advice on what to do to maximise my time,
Things I should forget to do for another time,
is there any service where I could store my shopping for a few hours,
any other general tips
thanks,
With Gray Line, you can get a "Hop-On/Hop-Off" Day Ticket. There are several touring options. Just "Google" NYC Gray Line to explore your options.

Not so sure how much shopping you want to do, but, be aware you may run into some problems with Canadian Customs on your return.

As you will only be out of Canada, for less than 24 hours, your alllowance will probably be limited.

Your time frame, will probably not allow you to visit the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island, but, you can view it from Battery Park, or, from a "Circle-Line" Boat Tour.

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or, from a "Circle-Line" Boat Tour.
Beat me to it! -- yes, the Circle Line is a great way to get a feel for the city.

There used to be lockers at Grand Central Station (which is also a wonderful place to visit, with great food shops and the Oyster Bar) where you can store bags for a while. Don't know if they're gone in this post 9/11 world.

Or wander up Fifth Avenue, see Rockefeller Center, Saks, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Central Park, then cross East 59th to Bloomingdale's. Or if you're so inclined there's the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (they've got a great "Guitar Heroes" exhibition on if you like classic instruments).
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There used to be lockers at Grand Central Station (which is also a wonderful place to visit, with great food shops and the Oyster Bar) where you can store bags for a while. Don't know if they're gone in this post 9/11 world.
Definitely gone from Penn Station (I tried).

I would assume gone from Grand too.
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You should have enough time to do the Empire State Building (ESB) and the Statue of Liberty. I've done both and more in 1 day.

You can buy ESB tix online in advance so that you don't have to queue at the ticket window when you get there...although you still have to go through security which can take a long time.

https://ticketing.esbnyc.com/Webstor...nd=LandingPage

A previous poster's suggestion to go up the Rockefeller Center instead is a good one because it's also a great view and will take much less time. Plus you also get a great view of the ESB.

Next get the subway down to Battery Park (Bowling Green or South Ferry stations) to get the Liberty Island Ferry. Access to the statue crown is booked months in advance so you probably can't do that (unless you already have tix). The walk around Liberty Island is fantastic though - great views of Manhattan and the harbour. Ellis Island is very interesting but takes up more time that you may not want to spend there - so you could just stay on the ferry to return to Manhattan instead of getting off at Ellis Island.

http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisi...servations.htm

Alternatively you could take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry which goes past Liberty Island. On Staten Island you'd just exit the ferry and immediately reboard for the trip back to Manhattan.

Other ideas are a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and a wander around Times Square.
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You might want to get on a tour bus. Plenty of people willing to sell tickets! You'll be knackered when you get there, so having someone just drive you round and point out the sites and the history is a good way to go.

Not quite as insane as your trip, but I did a similar thing from Bangor, ME to NYC many years ago, and the bus ride was the way to go. You can hop on and off.

Personally, I'd steer clear of the financial district if low on time. BUT, if you do go, hop on the Staten Island ferry and go back and forth to NJ. Doesn't cost anything and you get a good view of the Statue of Liberty. Don't bother going to the statue itself... will eat up your day and not much to do when you get there.

As for sites, Empire State building is a solid performer and Times Square is a must.
The Staen Island Ferry goes back and forth between Staen Island and Manhattan. Not New Jersey.

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I would get on one of the hop on-hop off buses. Lots of shops and bargains around 34th st and 59th sts. You might want to look into getting a City pass if you plan on doing several activities. It could save you money.
www.newyorkpass.com.

Go to Times Square, Empire State buliding is better at night than during the day. Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is nicer.
The Met and natural History are great museums. I live in NYC so feel free to PM me for any more info or any restaurant recommendations or shopping recommendations.
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The Staen Island Ferry goes back and forth between Staen Island and Manhattan. Not New Jersey.
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