Post by A Regular on Sept 15, 2011 16:02:22 GMT -5
IT has been announced that there will be two screenings in NYC on November 16 and 17 at Bowery Electric. Of special note is that both shows are followed by a tribute concert that promises a small boatload of performers such as Matthew Ryan, Jesse Malin and Alejandro Escovedo with hints that there are more to come that will be announced later or not at all.
I've decided to take that plunge and looking for suggestions on low-cost housing while not getting mugged or bed bugs. Looking at places within walking distance to the club with is towards the lower east side.
A Regular, we went to New York about a year and a half ago for the first time and it was fantastic. We stayed at a Double Tree hotel East of Rockefeller Center. It was expensive and small compared to what we're used to, but it included breakfast. There are a lot of hotels to choose from, but expect to pay a premium. That is one exciting city with tons to see.
At first we were apprehensive about taking the subway, but once we did, we became experts at it. You can get just about anywhere on it and it is pretty cheap. I think we paid about $4 for an all day pass. Depending where your staying there will be a lot of things within walking distance.
If you have time check out the sights, we toured NBC, Rockefeller Center, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, Central Park, China Town, Little Italy, Times Square, Grand Central Station, the Library... We still wanted to see more and get to a few museums, but ran out of time. We were there for I think 3 nights. They have ticket stands in Times Square with cheap tickets the day of most Broadway shows. We actually went down towards Wall Street where they also had a location without the long lines that you'll see in Times Square. We bought half price tickets the day of for Green Day's American Idiot.
We didn't encounter or see any crime, but just be on your guard and avoid quiet areas at night. At night we stayed on the main streets, but when we crossed over on a quiet one, we felt a bit uneasy. We purchased a tour book and read up on the city and planned out what we wanted to see before hand and that really helped. You're going to love it, I'm jealous!
Need a leap of faith, or a jump of stupid Either way, don't know what I'm doing
Post by A Regular on Sept 16, 2011 11:50:41 GMT -5
Been there few time previously, but stayed in mid-town, upper west side, or tribecca. Pretty good walk from tribecca so thinking of something closer to the village. Only thing within my budget and walking distance (15 mins) is a little north of bowery electric but that is relying on trip advisor advice from strangers. I'm not looking to drop 4 bills a night for a three night stay. Looks like I will end up in a closet with a shared bath. Kind of spartan for an old man.
I have relied on TripAdvisor for years and they have never steered me wrong. I found a reasonable hotel in NYC about 6 years ago from them (it's no longer reasonable, been upscaled).
NYC hotels are out of control price-wise. I have been to NYC the past two summers for work conferences that ran Weds-Fri and each year i thougth I might tack on a day ot two afterwards for fun stuff. The prices for decent hotels were insane. The hotel I stayed in for work had $10/day wi-fi, small rooms and was the discounted conference rate was $260 a night BEFORE taxes.
Have you considered a rental? you could try VRBO or Homeaway. I found a place on VRBO for a trip to UTah that was amazing. You definitely have to depend on the reviews -- I wouldn't stay anywhere without several reviews at least, but it could be a more affordable option.
I looked at this place when I was thinking of staying an extra day or two this summer - www.bedandcoffee.com/index.php Ultimately, I decided a shared bath is not something I can do but if if you can hack it, it does open up places you can find for under $150.
Depending on weather, I would suggest a stroll along the HighLine - I haven't made it yet on any of my trips but I still really want to check it out.
Post by DuluthToMadison on Nov 16, 2011 21:31:05 GMT -5
I am jealous of anyone lucky enough to be at one if the NYC screenings and especially the Mats City show afterwards. Wow, what a lineup!
Gorman, I wish I were there to say hello again as I did after Matthew Ryan finished up at the 7th St Entry in Minneapolis. I hope he's going to treat NYC to his version of "Here Come's a Regular". On a side note, I was talking to Alex Dezen of The Damnwells after a recent show and we were discussing CMO. I mentioned to him that I brought his band up to you at the Entry and he thought it was pretty neat that you (Gorman) were familiar with them. He's a big Paul/Mats fan as well.