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Taking the kids to NYC for the weekend after Thanksgiving. Staying in NJ and taking bus to Times Square. That's probably the only frugal part. Lol. Any tips, hints etc. would be appreciated. Thanks all
 

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I went over Halloween, several years back. Just about froze going over on the boat to Ellis Island..wear hats & gloves.
Wear the most comfortable shoes you have.
Fold up a large reusable bag & take with you.
Stay together or each would have a phone, walkie talkie..
Free up your hands. Leave the big purses & use an across the chest travel purse.
Put a small bottle of hand gel in your purse & 2 Tyl in your pants pocket.
Take the address & phone # of the place you're staying at..
Definitely do the Empire State building & Statue of Liberty..
Dress for Comfort!!
Enjoy--I would go back in a heartbeat!!!
 

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Oh, you lucky girl! I am so home-sick this time of year. I can't post now, but I'll do my best to get back to you late tonight, ok? There's just soooooo much to do there! Do you have a set budget?

TTYL!

Theresa :)
 

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My advice would be to take NJ TRansit (the train) instead of the bus. I don't know the cost difference, but it is a better mode of travel and you are much more comfortable and able to relax.
 

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Amy said what I was going to. We went down a few years ago, the only semi-economical way to do it was to stay in NJ and take the train in. It was actually enjoyable if you go during nonpeak times!

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i went the summer before this past one.
you can buy tix to the empire state building online and print them out i think you save a little $ , if not you save time esp if they are busy which i think with the macys parade on thanksgiving i betthat is a busy weekend there and i believe you have a year to use them from time bought .

check out the toys r us - we had fun taking the ferris wheel ride

also if kids into videogames thay can play a while at the nintendo store .

find a website for NYC and sign up now for any vacation stuff you will probbaly get some coupons.

i googled new york city coupons and found a bunch

we just did a day trip took a bus from south jersey ( was about 10-12 per person each way ) decided i honestly am not a city person - the smells the noise the rushing and the rudeness bugs me - but i knew that when i lived in a smaller towm om the outskirts of philly .

depending on how old your kids are beprepared to divert their attention - there was a guy on a corner selling condoms wrapped in an Obama wrapper and practically shoving them in front of everyone .

we also did the M and M store that was neat
each of the kids had saved $ and we turned in change and that was their spending $ .

my younger dd went to the good morning america show to see the jonus brthers and demi levato camp rock 2 concert with a friend on the way home in NJ they stopped to see the CaKe Boss ( from TLC ) bakery - not sure how easy it would be to get there and i know the stuff isnt cheap and she had to wait an hour in line on a weekday but she had fun and got to see people they see on the show and Buddy waved to them out the 2nd story window
 
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Figure out when you are planning on being in NYC and the area. Then you can mapquest the area and see if there are any good and cheap restaurants around. Personally I enjoy the soft pretzel vendors that are on the side of the street. Nothing like exhaust coated pretzels to feel like a New Yorker. Yes, they do have cheap places to eat. I have used my Donkin Donuts coupons up in the city. Make sure you take some handsanitizer with you. FAO Schwartz is a fun place to go. There is also a huge candy store that might be fun. You can tell the kids we are only looking and don't ask, to use their allowance, or here is x amount of dollars that is all you get. Don't forget that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a SUGGESTED admission fee. Technically you can see the museum for free.

Definately wear comfortable shoes and clothing. If you take pictures make sure to check your surroundings. Don't go walking around with you head in the air looking at the buildings while taking pictures. This just causes more attention and someone might take advantage.

I was always told not to give anyone money who asked for it since they will not leave you alone. And if anyone asks for train fare don't give it to them. Twice the same lady was asking for money for herself and her children. What I will do once and a while is buy a sandwich and a drink and randonly go up to a homeless person and just give it to them and walk away. The reason I mention this is you will see homeless people and it is a easier way to help your children understand.

Don't be afraid to be a little agressive when hailing a cab, trying to go up or down stairs, walking the sidewalks. There are mass amounts of people there and it is just the way people are. Don't be afraid to ask a police officer, restaurant worker, doorman for directions. If they know they will help you out. Just keep in mind there are many tourists there so you might be asking a tourist.

Have fun and enjoy yourself.
 

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Layer your clothing as the temp/wind in the city may be quite a bit different then where you are staying.

Depending on the ages/intrests of your kids I would probably plan on hitting the Museum of Natural History.

Make sure to see the tree. It's always gorgeous!
 
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My advice would be to take NJ TRansit (the train) instead of the bus. I don't know the cost difference, but it is a better mode of travel and you are much more comfortable and able to relax.

I guess the bus stop if right in front of hotel in NJ and goes to 42nd st. How would I go about doing the train route instead? Thanks... I've been to NYC many times but not from NJ. Fyi, my kids are older teenagers.
 

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Have a great time and please come back and tell us all about it!!
 

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Never been, but have a wonderful trip, and stay warm!!
 

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Warm clothes and comfy shoes. Don't be fooled by the temp in the town where your staying. The city's temp is almost always different then NJ. You might think it's freezing in Jersey and then warm in NYC or vise versa. Also check ahead of time on bed bug issues. Make sure that none of the places you want to go are closed because of bugs.
 

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Have a wonderful time! What a great time of year to see NYC! I agree with others that you may want to consider taking the PATH trains into Manhattan -- you can get out at the Herald Square station, near the Empire State Building and Macy's, which should be decked out for the Christmas holidays.

As a native New Yorker, my advice to you is to remember that New York is not so much a place to be seen as a place to be experienced. Try to see a Broadway play. Go to a sporting event at Madison Square Garden, or a concert at Carnegie Hall. See if you can catch the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. Take a horse-drawn cab ride through Central Park. Eat in one of the more famous restaurants. Look up your immigrant ancestors in the records at the Ellis Island museum. And don't forget to try the pizza!
 

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Also -- The Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center is on November 30 this year. See if you can go ice skating there. Also, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas pageant should be in full swing by Thanksgiving. If you want to go to it, you should look into getting tickets now. Cheers!
 
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