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    OK Guys, I need some help / opinions here. Particulary from the New York area linkers.

    As I posted a year or so ago, my 37 year old Wife has Brain Cancer. Well unfortunatly the Tumor is spreading pretty quick now and the Chemo has not worked so far. We are starting a new type of Chemo next Monday. With some divine intervention we may extend her quality of life for her by a few months.
    As the Dr. said this past week if the Chemo does not work we are looking at 3 to 6 months, if we are succesfull we may have 9 months. The end result is we are gonna lose my best friend and soulmate this year ultimatly more than likely.

    So that said, they recommended if my Wife has any special place she wanted to go that the sooner the better. Now I gave her the option of anywhere in the world she wanted to go, her wish was my command.

    Well she wants to see the Statue of Liberty and New York City so it's off to New York around the 4th. of My we go. My plan is to spend 4 days or so in NYC then rent a car and drive up thru Conneticut and Rhode Island and hanging out in the Cape Cod area for another 3 or 4 days, then home.

    So as I'm looking at travel options I have a bit of a quandry.

    Should we fly into Newark, NJ or JFK, LaGuardia etc. etc?If we fly into Jersey I was thinking we could stay across the river in Jersey and travel into the city daily. 1 question I have is how difficult is it to get into the City from across the river for the standard visiting tourist.
    Of course me being the adventurous traveler I am of course I want to get over the the Bronx and Queens for a visit, but also know there are areas I really should stay out of, what are some of these areas?
    Also I wondering if it is quicker and easier to take one of the ferries out in the Hamptons area up to Rhode Island or if the drive would be better?

    This is such a bittersweet thing we are doing, I really don't want to go because it's that last one for us, but on the other hand it's important for us to do this....OK time to fall aprt again, I check back later.
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    That's a helluva thing, bro. Salutations to you and your wife for being so strong, and wise, about your situation.

    New York's got a lot. Crossroads of the world and all that. I might recommend a helicopter tour from above, it really gives you perspective, I'm told.

    Empire State, Ground Zero, Times Square, Ellis Island, Brooklyn and GW bridges, those are no brainers, of course.

    Central Park, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Soho, Broadway, Coney Island, Little Italy, Wall Street....so many choices. The New Yorkers on the links will surely steer you right.

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    First of all, I'm so sorry to hear about your wife. But, then again, never say never. I'm kind of surprised that you aren't trying Sloan-Kettering or NYU Medical Center while in NY, but that's not what this is about.

    I would strongly urge you not to stay in Jersey and not to bring a car into the city. NY has such fabulous 24-hour transportation. The subways and buses will take you anywhere. And, in a pinch, you can always hail a taxi. Besides, NY is a walking city. Half the entertainment is on the street and in the shop windows. I would consult Priceline, Hotwire, Travelocity and Expedia for Manhattan hotel suggestions. I'm warning you now, the rooms are really, really small in most hotels. Try to stay in midtown, it's equidistant from JFK and LaGuardia and you'll be halfway to whereever you want to go. New York is exciting with all the museums, the nightlife, Broadway, Greenwich Village or just grab some sandwiches and have a picnic in Central Park.

    If you want to go out of Manhattan, Brooklyn is a great borough (then again, I"m prejudiced. I was born and raised there.) You can go to Coney Island, have a hot dog at Nathans, dig some Russian culture in Brighton Beach, see the Atlantic ocean from either of the above. Get a slice of pizza (no where better than in Brooklyn), go to the Botanic Garden, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge into Chinatown. You'll be amazed.

    Though I haven't been back since I left 4 1/2 years ago, I've got alot of family there. Let me know if you have any questions. If I can't answer them, I'll call Aunt Blanche.

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    Don't forget Yankee Stadium!

    Damn, I feel for you, man, but it's a great thing you are doing for her. I pray for a miracle or whatever it takes for this not to be your last trip together.

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    Firstly AC64, let me say that you have my deepest sympathies. I know all too well what you're going through having lost my gramps to cancer quite recently....knowing full well what was coming.

    I also have travelled to NYC in the recent past and offer this advice.....

    - unless you are chained to the idea of staying in Manhattan, I'd recommend flying in to Islip and maybe staying at one of the local B&B's on Long Island. Taking the train into Penn Station can be quite enjoyable......emerging from the local neighborhoods and seeing that legendary skyline looming in the distance. Gives me goose bumps thinking about it. I'd imagine that staying on LI might be cheaper. The only hotel I've ever stayed at in Manhattan is the Milford Plaza just a stones throw away from Times Square. Seemed a decent place when I was there last (1985).

    - The Empire State building must NOT be missed. This really is the only way to truly appreciate the scope of this city. You'll be amazed at just how much time you'll be willing to devote to standing on a roof.

    - Central Park, no matter what time of year, is an incredible place. You'll be amazed at just how many people come there to just chill. If it's a sunny day, you'll see New Yorkers lounging around on hundreds of huge black volcanic rocks just sunning themselves like lizards. If you really want a unique experience, rent a couple of bikes and just explore. Like the rest of NY, you really can't look in any direction without seeing something of interest.

    - Take in a pub or a "hole-in-the-wall" somewhere to counterbalance any high-end stops you might make for lunch or dinner. You'll find that the food and service to be probably a bit better and more personalized.....not to mention a touch cheaper. There's just something to be said about taking in an Irish pub in the city....with real Irish folks.

    - Ground Zero.....my, my, my. Ya know, this is where you really have to think about things. This place still echoes of death and loss, and this is something that one should remember when stepping near. It's a graveyard....a memorial. There are reminders everywhere that you can lose all that is dear to you in a heartbeat and for someone like yourself and your situation....well, all I can say is - think about it before you go. There are hand made tributes from small children to the parents they lost that day, and no shortage of plaques and reminders of the victims and heroes of 9-11. It's quite simply one of the most overwhelming feelings a human can have just standing there, and the feeling doesn't go away for days. Like I said....think that one over.

    I'm quite envious.....I hope you enjoy the place.
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    For staying in NYC. The DoubleTree on Lexington and 50th is not that expensive and is a few minute walk from midtown, Times Square, Rockefeller, Central Park... Catch something at Lincoln Center if you can, and of course the new Monty Python Broadway show should make you smile.

    For Long Island... Northport is possibly the most beautiful East coast harbor town in creation. A small town pier jets into a small harbor just filled with sailboats, Seagulls and sunsets that are not easily forgotten. Food there is also great.

    My best wishes to both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket View Post
    For Long Island... Northport is possibly the most beautiful East coast harbor town in creation. A small town pier jets into a small harbor just filled with sailboats, Seagulls and sunsets that are not easily forgotten. Food there is also great.
    What he said.....made a stop there last year. Northport is gorgeous.



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    I wish I had some advice for you as far as traveling goes..

    I unfortunately do not. Your wife and you both will be in my prayers. God Bless the both of you.

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    I usually lurk on these boards, but I just wanted to say that I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Hope everything works out for you.

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    My deepest prayers and sympathies to you in this awful, yet, as you said, bittersweet, situation. And I applaud your every effort you are doing for your wife.

    I don't really know specifics but have been to NYC several times. Everyone has pretty much covered the things to see (you probably heard of them already).
    And Cape Cod is a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the city. Real relaxing.
    Don't forget to hit your horn on your way through CT!

    Again, stay strong, my friend. I'm wishing for a miracle for the both of you.
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    Wow.... I don't know what to say here. Your family and wife are in my prayers. Hopefully there will be some divine intervention and things will work out.

    If your wife is any kind of a baseball fan, check out the Baseball Hall of Fame as well. It is off of the beaten path, but definitely well worth the trip.
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    I'm so sorry to hear the news, arcticwolf. I can't even imagine what you must be going through.

    It looks like you've gotten some good advice so far. As someone who works in Manhattan, let me give you my 2 cents.

    Stay in Manhattan. Northport is nice, as others have said, but you don't want to spend 2+ hours a day fighting Long Island traffic and/or sitting on a commuter train to come into Manhattan. Unfortunately, I can't give you any advice on hotels. As for where to fly into, it depends on where you're flying from and what airline you are flying. In terms of traveling in and out of the airports, JFK is definitely the best. There are always delays flying into/out of LGA and Newark. You can catch a cab into Manhattan at any airport. You can also catch an AirTrain at JFK which will take you to Jamaica station where you can catch the LIRR into Penn Station. Newark also has a shuttle train to NJ Transit into Penn Station.

    As for what to do, where to start? Sounds like the Statue of Liberty is on the itinerary. Someone said the Empire State Building. Definitely hit the observation deck there. Visit Central Park. See a Broadway show. Go to either the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, or even the Museum of Natural History. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. If you're into the Food Network, Bobby Flay and Mario Batali both have multiple restaurants in the city. You won't find a lack of things to do.

    As for things to do in the other boroughs:

    Bronx Zoo - IMO the best zoo in the country. Subway will take you there. Well you will have to walk a couple of blocks. You can also take Metro North railroad out of Grand Central to a bus.

    Botanical Gardens - There is a Metro North stop there.

    Mets or Yankees game - You can take the subway to either stadium, and at least one of the 2 teams is always home.

    A couple of other people have said Coney Island. I've never been there, but I think you can take the subway out there.

    Please feel free to shoot me a PM if you have any specific questions, or if you need any help planning parts of the trip. I'd be happy to help you out any way I can.
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    I hope everything turns out well for you.

    I'm not a tourist (I was born and raised in the City and NJ), but I have taken many friends around the city to sight-see.
    Everyone has covered everything. I would recommend you stay in Manhattan- to get the full experience of the city. I don't know your tastes in music (except for the obvious), but maybe there's a band you like playing at one of the ballroom/theaters, such as the Hammerstein, Beacon, etc- great places to see a concert, or even the Nokia Theater. To get a great glimpse of Manhattan, I suggest (if you are downtown already or uptown) is to take a cab ride up and down Manhattan on 5th ave- you'll see a lot of different areas, as well as some landmark places. Museums are a must- especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met).
    Take in a Broadway show. Get some food in Little Italy or Chinatown. Or go to Astoria to get some great, reasonably priced Greek food if you'd like. There are also some great African/French Moraccan restaurants in Manhattan as well.
    And yes, even though I am a Mets fan, you must go to a Yankee game. If you are downtown, check out the Village, Wall St- (the NYSE and AMEX), Battery Park, and the Intrepid. Times Square isn't for me, but it's very glitzy, with plenty of bright lights, big-city appeal- along with MTV, Hard Rock Cafe, ESPN Zone, etc. Macys is not far from there


    Low life was right about Ground Zero- now matter what your political leanings, it's not easy to see that. I still get very emotional (anger, sadness, depression, you name it)when I see it (and sometimes I'm forced to, if I take the PATH Train from Hoboken to that stop). But it is an important part of our country's history, regardless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZORBA5150 View Post
    Low life was right about Ground Zero- now matter what your political leanings, it's not easy to see that. I still get very emotional (anger, sadness, depression, you name it)when I see it (and sometimes I'm forced to, if I take the PATH Train from Hoboken to that stop). But it is an important part of our country's history, regardless.
    Well said. Also, I think it would be good to see the newest symbol of freedon (The Freedom Tower) starting to rise from the ashes of the WTC.
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    Arctic, God bless the two of you, you are in my prayers.

    I travel to nyc 4 times a yr for biz and spend three days each tiume driving and walking manhattan and all 5 boroughs. NYC is a universe unto itself.

    Most things have been said, so i will add what i can.
    First, if u fly into newark, you'll have more options for entering the city..jfk and laguardia both dump u out on expressways that can easily get u turned in confusing direction unless u know ur path and roads. That being said, if you stay at the airport of jfk or laguardia, its easy to get north to CT, etc.

    2nd, i'd rent a car, knowing you'll use it after nyc, but not during. If u do rent one, fly into newark, then drive towards the lincoln tunnel and take the ferry exit near hoboken. Its $9 a day parking and the ferry is cheap and runs constantly..it'll take u across the hudson to the west side hwy. THere, u can get a cab or a free bus to many places in town. However, the west side hwy, going south(rt. 9a South)takes u past ground zero and chelsea piers and winds around to the east side hwy..so knowing that the city is encircled by these two hwys allows u to plan entry/exit pts that are easy. And one of the most beautiful and often overlooked scenes is nYC skyline at night, heading up the east side hwy..its truly an amazing sight with all the bridges in view, the skyline of manhattan ,as well as brooklyn, bronx, etc.

    For my money, skip Long island. u'll get plenty of coast and harbors in cape cod and as someone said earlier, the LI expressway is horrible,horrible traffic.

    I wouyld certainly reccomend staying in midtown and if ur wife is up to it, take a taxi or even a rickshaw down to the Village..THIS is ny at its most eclectic. Just walk around thesmall streets, there are hundreds of restaurants to visit, blues clubs, etc..the people watching there..incredible..relaxing and mesmerizing to say the least.

    Brooklyn and the Bronx are cool, but really, you wont get out of ur car or cab to do much..u can see it all from the Empire building...the Staue of liberty is obviously on Staten Island, which u can get to a myriad of ways, including from the west side hwy and some bridges/tunnels...

    Obviously must walk around times square.. take ur time and just let her soak it in..andat night its even more impressive..

    i could go on and on, but NYC is something to discover in every block..
    I wish nothing but love and faith for both of you and a trip to cherish for ever.

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