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Old 07-12-2007, 05:51 PM
 
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Hi:

My family of four (2 adults/2 teens) will be staying at a motel in Hackensack, and heading into the City on Tuesday, 7/17, and probably again on the 18th or 19th. (We are on a very, very tight budget, and figured it would be cheaper to stay in NJ, and take the bus into the City.) Then we'll take the subway everywhere we need to - not a Taxi.

We want to get discount tickets at TKTS for a play or musical on or off Broadway. Anyway, my husband insists that it's not safe to ride the subway after 10 PM going from on/off Broadway to the Port Authority, where we'd take the #165 to Hackensack back to our hotel.

He calls 10 o'clock in NY "late at night." I call it early. I would think it's perfectly safe to ride the subway at that time. He thinks we're taking our lives into our hands and that we should take a taxi. What's the concensus here?

Also any tips on saving money on bus and subway tickets????

Thanks,
Mary
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:02 PM
 
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No, 10:00PM is NOT late, and you'll be fine on the subway. Of course, Port Authority is right there at 42nd Street, so would you even need to go underground to get there? If you're concerned about the subway, why not just bus it? Check out the MTA Manhattan bus map (www. mta.info) for full details.

And Port Authority, itself, is a VERY busy place and will still be bustling and quite safe that time of night.

Oh -- and the MTA site has info on MetroCards. If you put $10.00 on a card, you get $12.00 worth of rides (6 for the price of 5), which may be your best bet. (www. mta.info .metrocard/compare.htm)
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC
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Hi:

My family of four (2 adults/2 teens) will be staying at a motel in Hackensack, and heading into the City on Tuesday, 7/17, and probably again on the 18th or 19th. (We are on a very, very tight budget, and figured it would be cheaper to stay in NJ, and take the bus into the City.) Then we'll take the subway everywhere we need to - not a Taxi.

We want to get discount tickets at TKTS for a play or musical on or off Broadway. Anyway, my husband insists that it's not safe to ride the subway after 10 PM going from on/off Broadway to the Port Authority, where we'd take the #165 to Hackensack back to our hotel.

He calls 10 o'clock in NY "late at night." I call it early. I would think it's perfectly safe to ride the subway at that time. He thinks we're taking our lives into our hands and that we should take a taxi. What's the concensus here?

Also any tips on saving money on bus and subway tickets????

Thanks,
Mary
Mary,
your husband is little over protective, but he is incorrect. Subways are fine, Manhattan especially, it is a mode of transportation of everyone, and when something does happen once a year, all newspapers are talking about it on frontpages for weeks. So you would be fine. Outside manhattan too , just stay away from the very end on the 3 train in east NY, and local C train in brooklyn.
To save on ticke3ts, get in any metrocard machine one day passes for $7
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:16 PM
 
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I have a more conservative take than ^. first, port authority isn't a great area. there is free clinic and housing shelter over there, and bus stations in any city are usually in more run down parts. having said that, it is safe...just stay aware of your surroundings and try to not draw any more attention to yourselves than you will by volition of being a tourist. if you are using the train as your mode of transportation, you'll be fine in most parts of manhattan (stay away from all parts of harlem and above and the lower east side after 11) during the day and night. second, sqeezeboxgal is right when she writes that 10 pm is not late. many people in the city do not even go out until 11. finally, my main question is, why are you choosing to visit the most expensive city in the U.S for food, drinks, entertainment, etc. at a time when your family is on a 'very, very tight budget.' things in nyc cost money, especially if you are trying to 'do the new york thing' that most tourists want to do. i would save my money until i had enough to visit and have fun without straining my finances.
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:18 PM
 
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I know this is going to be a stupid question, but does the MetroCard apply to both the bus and the subway???

Mary
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:26 PM
 
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finally, my main question is, why are you choosing to visit the most expensive city in the U.S for food, drinks, entertainment, etc. at a time when your family is on a 'very, very tight budget.' things in nyc cost money, especially if you are trying to 'do the new york thing' that most tourists want to do. i would save my money until i had enough to visit and have fun without straining my finances.
To answer your question, we're coming to NJ for a family wedding and since we'll be so close to the City, we feel we won't get this opportunity again for a very long time. The kids are at a point that visiting NY would be much more exciting than hanging around Bergen County. As for the tight budget, well, we'll survive. We just need to make it as inexpensive as we possibly can. Thanks for the advice though. I kinda wish I could follow it.

Mary
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC
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I know this is going to be a stupid question, but does the MetroCard apply to both the bus and the subway???

Mary
Yes it covers both. you can check
MTA Home Page

if you are a tourist, get yourselves all-day metrocards for 7 dollars
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:29 PM
 
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I know this is going to be a stupid question, but does the MetroCard apply to both the bus and the subway???

Mary
Yes.

There are alot of Police in Midtown, so you will be fine at 10pm. Your husband isn't overprotective, he's sensible. If you are out beyond sunset you are spending money; period. There's nothing to look at other than Times Square. Bars, restaraunts, shows, etc all cost money.

This city is VERY expensive.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:49 PM
 
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Another probably stupid question. Will the MetroCard work going in and out of NY from NJ? Or is that going to be a totally separate deal?

Mary
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:09 PM
 
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Another probably stupid question. Will the MetroCard work going in and out of NY from NJ? Or is that going to be a totally separate deal?

Mary
The MetroCard is only for NYC transit -- NJ Transit is a separate fare.
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