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Visiting The City: NYC

Updated on May 20, 2011
45th Street and Something?
45th Street and Something?
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Times Sq
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The View from Boston

As a resident of the great city o' Boston, I tend to view askance my occasional trips to "the city," that is, New York City, the 'Big Apple,' whatever. Home of the Yankees, for chrissakes. I know the four-hour drive there will get progressively worse the closer we get as traffic congestion increases. I know that driving in The City will stink. And I know somebody's attitude will be unpleasant. These are just givens.

Recently we saw a Broadway musical in The City, called "Next to Normal." Click on the link to read about the show. I am not going to review it here, except to say IT IS GREAT and worth seeing. Usually I could take or leave a Broadway show in favor of, say, cycling to Concord, Massachusetts, and back, but in this case I would have to say I would take the show rather than leave it.

The drive down was not that bad. The Mapquest directions were good; we ran into only light congestion on the way down; and we did not get lost. Parking was not too expensive. We paid $10 to park at around noon and pick up the car at six. Many parking deals are available online, so weekend parking in The City is not really a problem as long as you plan on parking your car for the day and getting around by other means.

As usual, the press of pedestrians is intimidating, especially in places like Broadway and Times Square. By contrast, these attractions make Faneuil Hall in Boston on a sunny summer day seem like a ghost town. Since I am not overly fond of great numbers of my fellow man, I can take The City only in small doses.

Nevertheless, getting around on foot is not difficult. For the most part, people are courteous enough, and as long as one follows the traffic signals and uses the crosswalks, it's not bad. Do not, however, step off the curb in the middle of a block if you value your life.

We parked on 44th street, walked to 34th street to visit the original Macy's, then walked to a hotel on 45th and something to use the restroom and cool off in the air conditioning. After that we crossed the street to the theatre and saw the show. After the show, we waited by the stage door with the crowd to watch the actors come out and sign autographs.

The actors would go around the circle of admirers and sign their Playbills, smiling, etc., then when they were done they would just leave through the circle and walk away. One of the younger actors met a few of her friends a few feet away and just stood there laughing and talking with them until after we left. Really, one would not be surprised to meet anyone at all on the streets of The City.

We collected our car and left New York at about 7pm. Leaving The City we hit considerable Sunday evening traffic, so the drive home took about four-and-a-half hours. Driving there and back the same day does make it a long day, but at least one doesn't have to pay for a hotel!

A day trip to The City is fun. More than a day, well, that would be a matter of personal taste.

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    • Shayvonharris profile image

      Shayvonharris 

      8 years ago

      I love NY......Wish that i could travel there everyday.......Awesome....

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      That sounds like a good plan, DynamicS. I like to take the train down from Boston, too, but it costs as much as a plane, so except for the fact that it puts you right in the heart of Manhattan, it doesn't make a lot of sense.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hi Tom, we spent Monday night in New York - on our final leg of tour through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and PA.  We stayed at 46th and Broadway and Time Square was abuzz as usual.  Like you said, it so much easier to walk than to drive around Manhattan.  We walked to 34th and then back to Times square and then to 49th.

      The part that sucked was that we paid $55. for overnight parking.  That hurt, considering all of our other hotel stay we had free parking and hotel charges in NYC is so high.  I guess NYC parking cost covered all of the free parking at our other 6 stops.

      On our next visit we plan to stay in New Jersey and take the train into the city...

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      I use my phone for a camera - it is not good. Also, I am a bad photographer. :0)

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Hmmmm.....Tom, well, your article is great as always, but, where are the photos?

      Many regards...

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      There's no place like it, Candie.

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Would love to visit one day!! I have a friend who goes there often on business and she loves it, walks everywhere! Sigh, one of these days!!

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      9 years ago from United States

      Day trip is the only way to go, I think, Jen. Thank you

      Thanks you, Gypsy! Hope you visit and enjoy sometime

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Sounds like you had fun. Never been but would like to. Thanks for the tips

    • Jen's Solitude profile image

      Jen's Solitude 

      9 years ago from Delaware

      Very interesting thought - a day trip to New York. Thanks for the details about the parking and travel time too. Glad you enjoyed the show.

      ~Jen

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