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Tiffany Weber

Corvallis, Oregon

If I have a car, what's the best way for me to see NYC? Should I park outside and bus in? Is there easy/reasonably priced parking inside the city?

I'd like to spend a day in NYC on my roadtrip, but am nervous about the traffic/parking situation there.

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  • Courtney Robinson

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    Personally, I hate driving in NYC so much that I would absolutely bus it in (and I learned to drive in the city!). If you've never driven there before it can be a pretty harrowing experience. Rules are rarely followed, the traffic is beyond bad and parking is a giant pain. Besides, if you do any real sight-seeing you'll probably end up on public transportation anyway. My feeling is, why do it to yourself? I'm not sure where you're coming from, but I would actually try my best to take a train in--routes into the city can be a nightmare traffic wise.

    If you do decide to drive in, parking will run you anywhere from about $20 to $60 for the day (absolutely, positively forget hourly parking--you'll be running back to fill the meter and the rules are wildly confusing even to New Yorkers). If you really feel the need to drive in you can check out http://nyc.bestparking.com/ for places to park.

    Good luck!!!

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    • Tiffany W.

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      That's what I'd suspected. I'm doing a road trip from southern Maryland to Cape Cod and back with several stops along the way. Will be staying in New Brunswick (where there is nothing), so perhaps I'll leave my car there and just train it in. I've driven in Paris, but NYC scares me. · (1 likelikes)

    • Courtney R.

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      Good for you--you'll have a much better time! And have a blast! You'll love the Cape, too--it's one of my favorite spots in the world! · (0 likelikes)

    • Aubrey S.

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      I rarely drive in NYC (where I live) and while you need to be very alert, it's not nearly as bad as some people make it out to be. That said, I agree with Courtney as it's not necessary AT ALL and will be more of a hassle than a help. I'd leave your car somewhere securely, take the train in and then enjoy the city on foot, via subway, or even water ferry! Have fun! · (3 likelikes)

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      The ferry is actually a great idea, Aubrey! You'll get a fabulous view of the city. · (0 likelikes)

    • Tiffany W.

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      The ferry sounds great! Is there a ferry from the Jersey side? · (0 likelikes)

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  • Trevor Morrow

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    I read that you're staying in New Brunswick so that lends itself to a few options. I'd suggest just taking the train in and saving yourself the hassle. Although it would be nice to take the ferry over for the experience and the view. If you're going to take the ferry, I'd suggest taking either the Staten Island Ferry or heading up to Hoboken and taking the ferry from there. Both will provide and great view of the skyline, but I prefer the ferry from Hoboken becasue you'll approach the city from the side (vs. approaching head on from Staten Island) and you'll get the more classic view of the whole NYC skyline. Plus Hoboken is a cool little city right on the Hudson River and worth checking out. You can find street parking in Hoboken or a much cheaper garage than what you'll find in the city. I've tagged the cities on the map below so you can get an idea of where these places are in relation to where you are staying. Have a great time!

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      Thanks, Trevor! I love the idea of going from Hoboken. Sounds great! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Teresa Vincent

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    Hi Tiffany! Just found you and hope this answer isn't too late to help. I've driven to NYC a couple times and stayed outside the city and used public transportation to get in. Staten Island Ferry is FREE and parking at their lot is $5.50 for the day. The ferry runs 24 hours and is a great way to see Manhattan (both coming and going). I've got some of my favorite pics of the Statue of Liberty from this ferry at sunset actually! Thats probably my preferred mode of travel into Manhattan. Their website is www.SIFerry.com. I also stayed at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson (right across the water from Manhattan) and took the PATH train right to the World Trade Center stop. Very direct and quick access. $1.75 each way. It would probably cost you more to park in this area though. There is also a ferry from there through NY Waterway Ferry System ($6.50). Definitely Staten Island is the cheapest and GREAT views too. I know there is another location on the Jersey side where you can park and take the ferry across to Manhattan as well. I just have no personal experience with that one (I remember researching it and I think it was like $9 each way and ran much less frequently than the other options). Hope this helps and you haven't already made the trip. Let me know if you have any other questions on NYC I might be able to help you with. You're gonna have a blast!

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      You're not too late at all! Thanks so much, Teresa. I'll definitely look into the Staten Island ferry option. Sounds like a great deal and anything to get the best photo ops! · (2 likelikes)

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  • Debbie Lee

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    I once took a road trip to NYC! For Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My friend and I had no idea where to park and had no smart phones at the time, but with a stroke of luck, this awesome chain of events somehow happened:

    1. we ended up in Brooklyn and found parking right away in a very residential neighborhood
    2. then around the corner, we found a 24 hour diner called Daisy's Diner and had an awesome breakfast of challah french toast
    3. on the same street either the same block, or the next block over, there was a subway station that took us straight into the city to Central Park

    As I mentioned before, it was Thanksgiving, so there were no parking restrictions that day. You may want to look into that neighborhood and check about whether they have 2 hour parking till when, or whether it's unlimited on Sundays, etc, depending on what time and day you arrive.

    Have fun! :)

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      Love that, Deb! · (1 likelikes)

    • Tiffany W.

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      Wow. That's amazing! Sounds like a great day. Thanks for the tips. I'll keep an eye out for Daisy's if we end up in Brooklyn. · (1 likelikes)

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      I wouldn't call Daisy's a destination spot, but if you happen to park around there and/or it's really late or really early, it's a great spot! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kenin Bassart

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    You can drive and park in the city, but it's a very challenging environment to navigate if you aren't used to it. I suggest parking at one of the train stations outside the city and taking a train in. It'll cost you less than parking for a day, and you can then take the subway to your destinations.

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      Thanks! I'll do that. Don't want to waste my time parking. · (0 likelikes)

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