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Me and my wife will be in New york in september, so we're searching about the hotel options. It seems expensive to me stay in downtown but we're concerned about transportation and how safe it will be the other areas.

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    If you can find a hotel that is near a subway station in queens, and the subway goes to manhattan (download a ny subway map app) it's not a bad idea. The subway is a part of the ny experience. Even if you stayed in manhattan you would be spending time on the subway, so you would only be adding about 1/2 hour each way. Crime is not really a worry unless you call attention to yourself as a tourist. There is always a semi-crowd on the subway, day or night. almost 5 years ago

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    • First of all, thank you for the information. I´ve heard something about some difficulties with the connection between the subway lines. It seems a bit different from other big cities in Europe for example. Is that really a concern? Avelino Filipe almost 5 years ago
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    I have a list of cheap-ish hotels at the end of my list of NYC food & sites recommendations : http://traveleater.wordpress.com/nyc-field-notes/

    Or check hotels in the neighbourhood called Long Island City - in Queens, on the water with a view of the UN, and one subway stop past Grand Central Station (7 train). And it is quiet! No horns honking :-) almost 5 years ago

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    If you'll only have a few days staying within the city limits is a great idea. The cost may be a bit more but you'd save on travel time. You might consider staying in Brooklyn-neighborhoods within itself (Williamsburg, Prospect Park, Park Slope) for a bit of a different experience. However, if you want a full NYC experience to be able to spend most of your days exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the city, staying within Manhattan is a great idea. As Lester said, the subway is a definite experience so you don't need to stay in times square (where the most expensive accommodations would be)-try areas such as Chelsea, Union Square, Upper West Side or Greenwich Village and you'd be a bit further from the action but have a less expensive accommodation and areas to check out right near where you'd be staying. For a very different experience-if you want a day of relaxation; consider taking the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) from Penn station out to Long Beach for a day in the sun, sand and surf. Safe and happy travels! :) almost 5 years ago

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    • First of all, thank you for the information. I´ve heard something about some difficulties with the connection between the subway lines. It seems a bit different from other big cities in Europe for example. Is that really a concern? Avelino Filipe almost 5 years ago
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    Go see on Quikbook.com, they have à section call SECRET SALE. Quikbook is famous for boutique hotes, just came back from Manhattan for $159 a night. almost 5 years ago

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    the subwayconnection concern you have is nothing that will make it impossible but its not as easy as europe. you wont have these signs telling you where youre going at all times and voices that tell you what connections are available. you pretty much just know the end station of the line youre on and the current station youre on. so you should get your hands on a subway map and carry it so you can see yourself where you should jump off and whick end station on the line is south/north and so on. you can usually also ask the people if the train is going north/south/east/west or if its going to manhattan or whatever and most people will be nice and tell you what they know. so a little common sense, maybe a subway map and ability to speak to other people on the train (which atleast in northern europe is almost criminal) and youll be just fine. this actually works on all public transportation in the states that people say doesnt exist but it actually does. a tip is also google maps and their travel with public transportation option. almost 5 years ago

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    Airbnb.com i stayed in lower east side for $115 a night and it was great...i would def check it out for 1-2 ppl almost 5 years ago

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    Alex is right. Subway connections are definitely different than in Europe but they've gotten better. There are electronic signs on most subways to tell you the next stop and there's also a map on each train. There's a smartphone app for the NYC subway map so you can get it on your phone at all times and there are always people to ask as well at signs at every station. It may be daunting at first; but you'll catch on quickly. Don't let that deter you from staying in Brooklyn or any other location. No matter where you are in the city you'll want to try the subway system at least once. It's fairly easy to maneuver and much less expensive than taxis. almost 5 years ago

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