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Old 07-09-2010, 08:16 AM
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The week of July 18th - 25th I'll be staying at a friend's family home in the East Islip, Long Island area (after traveling with her by car from Charlotte NC) but planning to go by myself into Manhattan for one or two days. Will be taking the train/subway/buses, I'm a single female over 50, was born in NYC but moved out of the area when I was 5 yrs old. Visited relatives in NYC/Long Island almost every summer as a child/teen (in the 1960s & 70s), but no longer have any family in the area & haven't been back for about 25 years.

Interested in exploring the Midtown East area, specifically the 2nd Ave/51st St neighborhood since I stayed there often as a child when my grandmother lived there. Would like some suggestions for places to go, in the lower price range-- exploring area bookstores & boutiques, free days at museums, lower-priced places to eat. Ideally, I'd like to see things that are in close proximity so I won't spend all my time taking buses or the subway-- prefer to do a lot of walking, no problem with that-- I currently take 5-mile walks 3 - 4 days a week. Might consider venturing outside this particular location, might like to see Little Italy, Chinatown or Greenwich Village, maybe even go to a typical "tourist" destination if it doesn't take up my whole day. But again, don't want to spend all my time on public transit! Already looking at the TimeOut New York website for suggestions & Yelp.com for reviews -- other good websites for info?

Although I can go back to the Long Island home overnight, might consider staying at a hotel in the City one night-- good idea or not? (It will take me at least an hour and 15 minutes each way to travel from LI to Manhattan.) Suggestions for lower-priced accomodations not far from 2nd Ave/51st St? Can be very basic, as long as it's safe & clean-- any bargains for $100/night or less??

And while I'm used to always taking public transportation while living in Buffalo NY & Charlotte NC since I've never owned a car, would appreciate some guidance about taking buses/subway in Manhattan. Per GoogleMaps directions, planning to take the train from the Huntington Long Island station (my friend will drive me there), transfer at Jamaica Queens, take subway to Lexington & 53rd St-- is this the best way to get to that area?

Would appreciate advice/suggestions geared toward my particular situation-- Thanks!

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