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    Is it possible to catch a train into the city from your home location?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    Is it possible to catch a train into the city from your home location?
    Yes, Amtrak. But that train is so damn unreliable. I will have to research this more.....now. we Are talking about a 372 mile trip. I wonder what two tickets to ride round trip might be?

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    You could drive in, but I highly recommend a NYC parking app like this one: https://nyc.bestparking.com or this one: https://www.parkfast.com


    You could park at the Secaucus NJ train station, which is right off the NJ Turnpike, and take the 20 minute train ride in. Here is a TripAdvisor question on the safety of leaving a car there overnight. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopi...ew_Jersey.html


    Another suggestion: Drive to Philly and Amtrak from there.
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    I can drive it in 6 hrs. and the cost for fuel minimal. The train will take over 9 hrs. And looks like several hundred dollars for tickets and I can only carry on luggage on the train, no checked luggage. Plus, I would have to leave my car parked in Pittsburgh for a week which would be costly also. So even if you figure valet service....I think it’s break even.

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    Or drive to north Jersey and park there to take the PATH train. Gotta be cheaper to park in New Jersey for a week than parking a car in Manhattan unless the hotel reimburses you. You aren't likely to need a car and drivers in NYC are ... well, "not patient" for starters. I've driven in the city a few times; I can do it but I'd rather not (especially with a vehicle I valued). I can't imagine navigating NYC streets as an out-of-towner is going to add an essential element to your vacation.

    Lesser-known spots that can be fun to visit in NYC (n.b., there's more to NYC than just Manhattan):
    - a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (two, actually, to return)
    - the Cooper-Hewitt Design museum (on my ilst; not on everyone's)
    - Ellis Island (along with the Statue of Liberty; if you just want to see the statue you can do that from a boat)
    - a tour of the Steinway piano factory
    - a tour of backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House (or, for that matter, visiting Lincoln Center)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    Or drive to north Jersey and park there to take the PATH train. Gotta be cheaper to park in New Jersey for a week than parking a car in Manhattan unless the hotel reimburses you. You aren't likely to need a car and drivers in NYC are ... well, "not patient" for starters. I've driven in the city a few times; I can do it but I'd rather not (especially with a vehicle I valued). I can't imagine navigating NYC streets as an out-of-towner is going to add an essential element to your vacation.

    Lesser-known spots that can be fun to visit in NYC (n.b., there's more to NYC than just Manhattan):
    - a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (two, actually, to return)
    - the Cooper-Hewitt Design museum (on my ilst; not on everyone's)
    - Ellis Island (along with the Statue of Liberty; if you just want to see the statue you can do that from a boat)
    - a tour of the Steinway piano factory
    - a tour of backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House (or, for that matter, visiting Lincoln Center)
    Oh my, my head is starting to hurt. I have a nephew who is a Professor of Physiology at Montclair State University, NJ ....is that anywhere near a place I could park my car and catch some transportation in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williamsmith View Post
    Oh my, my head is starting to hurt. I have a nephew who is a Professor of Physiology at Montclair State University, NJ ....is that anywhere near a place I could park my car and catch some transportation in?
    Yes, NY is easily accessible from Montclair. It's not real quick (1hr+), but you can do it. Plus Montclair is beautiful.

    I would, however, either park in Secaucus or just drive in and park the car for the duration of the trip.
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    Well, I know it would be alright to park at my nephews house and he’d probably host us for a night or two. I could get to the hotel of choice from there, yes? Seeing as how I used to babysit his ass when he was a child....I think he owes me. I want to say he actually lives in Clifton?

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    Clifton is even closer. Not a bad strategy..
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    Call your nephew!

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