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Old 01-06-2012, 06:12 PM
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Please don't rent a vehicle. If you even found street parking, you would be responsible for every dent and nick to the car rental company. Even if you were willing to pay for a garage near where you are staying, where are you going to park when you get to your destination? Garage parking is pricey and street parking happens only if you get lucky (although not impossible near MSM on a weekend morning) . . . and you will still have to walk a distance from the parking spot to your destination with the bass.

The other poster is correct. NY musicians walk and take the subway with their instruments all the time. I've seen people push timpani along the sidewalk. Make arrangements in advance with a car service to pick you up and take you back to LGA. Stipulate that you need a van. Once in the city, as long as there are 2 of you, walk and take the subway.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:18 PM
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It might be cheaper to hire a young local aspiring bass player who is used to transporting his/her bass around NYC and have them accompany you and help you travel on foot and on the subway.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:14 PM
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You all are absolutely correct. I do not want to drive. I will contact car services that have mini vans or suv's. The last thing I want to add is more stress.

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Old 02-27-2012, 12:24 PM
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Is it possible to take the bass on a bus?

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Old 02-28-2012, 04:53 AM
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One of the most reliable car service companies I have used, in multiple cities, is Boston Coach, as they employ professional drivers who know the city, and traffic patterns to/from your destination. I think the fees are worth it when you have a time schedule for the service as they are not a company that specializes, as pointed out upthread, in airport transportation. I believe they have vans in their fleet, and if not, they definitely have large SUVs that would be capable of carrying the instrument.

Renting a van is not the worst proposition, either; however, you may not be as experienced with the city and traffic patterns getting to your destinations, so you would need to plan for significant extra time, both for travel and parking. Regarding parking, you can compare rates and book in advance, especially helpful with a van, as there are facilities that cannot park a van, and those that can generally charge a higher rate than for a passenger car. I would highly recommend purchasing the LDW at the rental counter in NYC, though the most damaged rental cars I have had (in the US at least) were in Los Angeles and Orlando. It is definitely less expensive than the hassle of fighting with any automatic coverage on your credit card, and/or coverage of loss of use, should you only have the car for a few days. The main issue with parking is proximity to your destination for a van-capable garage, as it may be in the next block, or across the street.

You may be able to get on a city bus, but you cannot block the aisle or another seat on the bus with your instrument. If you could obtain seats and keep the instrument in front of you without blocking the aisle, then it could work. However, if you are in the priority seating at the front of the bus, and a patron for whom the seats are intended boards, you cannot occupy the seat, as carrying a bulky instrument would not be a valid reason to do so. On any public transportation in NYC, don't even rest your bag on an empty seat, even if the subway car/bus is nearly empty, or you could face a fine at the hands of the transit police. In many respects, I would imagine the subway and walking to be easier than attempting to navigate buses, since it would be at the driver's discretion as to whether the instrument could be transported on his/her bus, and whether or not they would allow access to handicapped facilities to lift it onto the bus.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
~William Shakespeare
(As You Like It Act II, Scene VII)

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