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    • paddington28's Profile Photo

      Helicopter flights

      New York City Jan 2, 2017 at 7:50 AM

      Looking at different deals for helicopter flights,am i better of booking in advancing,or do you think i can organise while i am there? Does anyone have any recomendations as well? Many thanks

    • airtrain and E line subway at rush hour

      New York City Jan 2, 2017 at 8:06 AM

      Our flight from London will arrive into JFK at 4pm. I'm assuming clearing immigration/customs/collecting bags etc will take about an hour or so, meaning we will be trying to leave the airport at rush hour. Our hotel is on 42nd street and only 2 mins walk from Port authority bus station on 42nd so I was planning on getting the airtrain to Jamaica and then getting on the E line subway to 42nd street. Does this sound like a bad idea at rush hour as we will also be travelling with suitcases? There's only 2 of us and I don't want to spend a fortune on transfers, and i'm also aware that the shared transfer vans (go airlink etc) don't have a good reputation, which is why i'm leaning more towards the airtrain/subway at the moment.

      Any advice would be appreciated :-)

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      Where to go for Christmas in New England or New York.

      New York City Dec 26, 2016 at 12:16 PM

      I'm looking at traveling to the US with my husband and 12 year old son next year around Christmas. Living in a warm climate, we wanted to experience a snowy Christmas with that traditional feel. We are not skiers but my son would love some snow type activities, skate on a lake and sled, toboggan, etc. We are looking at flying into NYC for a could of days and then driving either up through New England or New York for a few days. I'd love some suggestions of the best places to go to ensure my son is not bored but husband and I get to see some beautiful quaint Christmas towns. Plus also , the best place to stay on Christmas Eve and day (where there is snow around)? Thanks so much, this will most likely be a once in a lifetime trip for us.

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      New York City Jan 2, 2017 at 12:44 AM

      As a keen photographer,i will be taking my big camera to New york in April.
      Just a few question,i wanted to get a photo looking towards the city at night, 1st place i had on my mind was brooklyn Bridge,looking towards the lights,if i went on there at night,is brooklyn bridge just as busy as the day time? as i would need my tripod,also from last time i remember there was a very very small park underneath the bridge,which i would also imagine give good photos looking across the water in to New York. Any ideas what the name of this park would be called? Many thanks.

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      Deciding between New York & London

      New York City Dec 28, 2016 at 6:53 PM

      Good day Vters,
      I need suggestions on deciding between New York & Europe( London,Berlin,Amsterdam & Paris) for my honeymoon.
      We are planning a honeymoon on a budget to challenge ourselves (me especially) by settling for "a lil less luxury" than our norm holidays 

      Looking to travel: late January
      Duration: approx 10days
      About us: Newly wed couple looking for adventure at a budget.
      Asian Muslims, loves art,design & fashion.

      We have never been to New York City and would love to explore but I am alil concern about the safety of being a Muslim , wearing a headscarf after the recent "scare" . I do read about how amazing NYC is and Muslims are pretty well getting by. Would appreciate honest advice from Newyorkers or travelers whom have just return from their trip to New York 


      1) Where are the places that I can easily get halal food and where are the recommended accommodations?
      We are open to Airbnb , cool hostels with private room or 2-4* hotels.
      2)What are the form of transportations that we can get by for travelers? Any discounts cards or etc?
      3) where are the places we should check out to make our New York trip unforgettable? we are fine with touristy attractions but more willing to explore like locals☺️
      4) any freelance tour guide who shared similar interest in art,fashion & music to bring us around?
      5) recommended free art n fashion galleries ? Or free fashion shows?
      6) shopping outlets for sample sales and to grab cheap souvenirs for our loved ones?
      7) will it be viable for us to make a quick trip to maybe LA or San Fran within the days?
      8) lastly, any recommended budget airline or any form of transportation that we can take to either LA or San Franc for a quick trip?

      Thank you so much!

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      Gospel choirs

      by KaterinaJordan Online Now Apr 9, 2016 at 8:37 AM

      Hi, need some info about gospel choirs. I' ll be in NY at the 5th of June -it's a Sunday-, living in the Brooklyn area and I would like to go to a church to listen to a gospel choir. I don't want big fancy choirs, just a local church to stay through the service and listen to their music. Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.

      Thank you in advance.

      1 Answer Jul 1, 2016 at 6:34 PM
    • safe or not

      by AndrewS71 Online Now Feb 12, 2016 at 7:54 PM

      The wife and i are planing a day trip to grand prospect hall for a convention in the near future just wondering if that area is safe or not since we are driving there

      1 Answer Feb 13, 2016 at 1:12 PM
    • Visiting daughter in Manhattan staying in Brooklyn

      by harpo.davis Online Now May 2, 2015 at 7:37 AM

      Hello .. I'm driving up from NC to visit my daughter. I will be staying in the Evergreen Avenue & Jefferson Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY and my daughter lives at 162 Saint Nicholas Ave., New York, NY. I plan on parking my car in Brooklyn and using a bus or train every day to see her. What would you recommend and where are they located?

      Thanks so much for your help!

      5 Answers May 9, 2015 at 7:42 AM
    • Brooklyn Itinerary

      by madtuck Online Now Jun 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Hi my family was thinking about spending a day in Brooklyn does anyone have suggestions on must sees?
      Or any idea of what we should put on our schedule?

      2 Answers Jun 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM
    • Best Western Prospect Park

      by spottycat Online Now May 10, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      Hi all, we're staying at the BW, Prospect Park for 4 days in September. We would like to walk up to Park slope and Gowanus in the evening for the bars and restaurants. Is this an OK thing to do, or should we get a cab each way?
      Thanks in advance.

      2 Answers May 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM
    • Bedford-stuyvesant

      by ystrausz Online Now Mar 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      we will be spending a week in NY this summer and have an offer of accommodation in this neighborhood.
      is this a particularly "bad" area?
      or just normal crime rate comparable to most of Manhatten and Brooklyn?



      5 Answers Mar 25, 2014 at 2:53 AM
    • Going to see a play at BAM

      by Dstibbard Online Now Feb 17, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      I am saying in mid town but going to a play at 7:30 at night and the play finishes at 10pm I am a female going alone - sp toe questions
      What is the best way it get back it mid town that time of night
      And is it safe?

      3 Answers Feb 18, 2014 at 3:47 AM
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      Clubs and Bars

      by Charlottezkb Online Now Jan 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Never been to New York before so wondering what are some good clubs and bars? They need to be quite cheap! I'm staying in Brooklyn but happy to know of some good clubs in other areas as long as they're not too hard to get to/from

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      Flea market

      by Turska Online Now Dec 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      My old(ish) guidebooks tell about great flea market at Brooklyn at sundays. It is said to be inside at winter (we will come at middle of march). I don´t find any tips about it. Does it still exist?

    • hancock and nostrand

      by vesp-c Online Now Nov 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      please is that a safe borogh? thanks!

      5 Answers Nov 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM
    • what is the best way to travel from newark airport to williamsburg for 4 people?

      by brightonuk71 Online Now Sep 17, 2013 at 6:58 AM

      we are getting to Newark airport at about 2pm. is it better to pre order a car, get a taxi or jump on a train?

      8 Answers Sep 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM
    • Comfort inn sunset park

      by MALKYP Online Now Aug 6, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      I've booked to stay in the comfort inn sunset park on 38th/4th avenue Brooklyn as a tourist from Scotland how safe is the area?

      2 Answers Aug 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM
    • Safe place to stay in brooklyn for students and and reliable people/sites to search for apts

      by rsrv99 Online Now Jun 27, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      I am a student from Asia and would like to know safe places to stay in Brooklyn (university in Metro Tech centre). Also reliable people like agents/brokers and websites to search for apartments there. Thanx.

    • Safe place to stay in brooklyn for students and and reliable people/sites to search for apts

      by rsrv99 Online Now Jun 27, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      I am a student from Asia and would like to know safe places to stay in Brooklyn (university in Metro Tech centre). Also reliable people like agents/brokers and websites to search for apartments there. Thanx.

    • Safe place to stay in brooklyn for students and and reliable people/sites to search for apts

      by rsrv99 Online Now Jun 27, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      I am a student from Asia and would like to know safe places to stay in Brooklyn (university in Metro Tech centre). Also reliable people like agents/brokers and websites to search for apartments there. Thanx.

    • Stuyvesant Heights, Malcolm X Blvd

      by fer30 Online Now May 3, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      I was wondering how safe is Malcolm X´Blvd/Reid Ave, specially between Decatur St and MacDonough St. Or if this an area I need to avoid when I go to stay in Brooklyn.

      2 Answers May 4, 2013 at 2:55 AM
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      Where to stay in Brooklyn and which airport is nearest?

      by mickey.p Online Now Apr 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      I am looking to spend 2- nights in NYC, we were there last year and did lots so are just doing a couple of nights between other areas.

      We are looking to do Brooklyn bridge and Ellis Island as we missed these last year and we want to go to Newburgh for a day (OCC and to visit a friend!).

      Where can you recommend?

      Last year we stayed at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View in Long Island City and it was perfect - great for everything.
      This was suggested by someone on this forum so thought I'd ask for something similar in Brooklyn.
      Need something not too expensive, walking distance to trains/subways etc.

      My son is Autistic so he doesn't like crowds and the hotel last year was a great escape from the craziness of Manhattan!

      Also which airport is closest to Brooklyn? We are flying to the west coast after NYC.

      2 Answers Apr 30, 2013 at 9:38 PM
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      brooklyn bridge

      by LeaC16 Online Now Apr 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      where is the brooklyn bridge

      7 Answers Apr 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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      Moving to Brooklyn

      by HarukaT Online Now Dec 8, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Hello, I'm moving to Brooklyn next year, I am a 30 year old African American woman from California. Where are some safe, moderately affordable neighborhoods in Brooklyn to live? Since its just me I can live in a studio apartment, and I can pay up to about1200/month. Accessibility to good public transport is preferred, and safety is key since I want to live somewhere where I would feel safe if I have to return home late at night. Let me know where the best neighborhoods would be for affordability as well as safety.

      11 Answers Dec 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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      Apartment in Brooklyn

      by lcat61 Online Now Oct 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      I am thinking about renting an apartment in Brooklyn Lefferts Garden near Sterling St subway station.
      What can you tell me about this area? Safe? Proxomity to restaurants and stores?
      Appreciate any help you can provide. Thx

      3 Answers Oct 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM
    • Bay Ridge Nissan

      by 1overneath Online Now Jul 7, 2012 at 5:48 AM

      HI We need to get to Bay Ridge Nissan 6501 5th Avenue Brooklyn...have never been to NYC so pretty clueless..will be staying in Manhattan. what options should I consider to travel this a safe area? Could I pick up a vehicle and drive back to Manhattan...thanks for taking the time to respond...Barry

      2 Answers Jul 7, 2012 at 8:09 AM
    • Quickest inexpensive route

      by RACK Online Now Apr 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Coming to brooklyn soon getn off at 13 allen street need to get
      to comfort inn on 17 seabring.

      1 Answer Apr 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM
    • travel from brooklyn to queens hospital

      by mingo127 Online Now Apr 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      my daughter will be traveling from bklyn (park slope) to queens hospital center for work. want to avoid the JR parkway and the BQE. could she take local roads ie. eastern parkway get there? And finally can anyone suggest a good route? Every morning I hear that the BQE is backed up or something.
      not from bklyn or Queens so we are not real familiar with the area

      1 Answer Apr 4, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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      What is the best way to get to the Brooklyn Brewery from Manhattan?

      by clareabee Online Now Feb 9, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      Hi Guys,

      We are planning to go down to the 9/11 site, and we can manage that no problem from our hotel (i think!) but how do we get from there across to the Brooklyn Brewery? Could anybody also recommend a nice place to eat in that area?

      Thanks in advance,

      7 Answers Mar 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    • 3rd avenue and 3rd street is it safe

      by concernedone Online Now Dec 20, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      Taking internship near here. Taking subway from Manhattan. female college student. is this safe? Parents worried

      8 Answers Feb 9, 2012 at 4:14 AM
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      Woman with *challenging* sense of direction asks for assistance! Toronto>>Brooklyn

      by milan2003 Online Now Dec 1, 2011 at 8:42 AM


      For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to drive to Brooklyn. I'm not sure why this seemed reasonable at the time. I've driven to many places before, but do not know the many highways, tunnels, etc around NYC...and now that I see there are dozens of 'steps' in googlemap, know that I will get lost. And I do *not* want to get lost in the middle of a city-scape maze that I can't get out of.

      Oh...and I don't have a GPS.

      I'm looking for the best route from Toronto to Brooklyn (Eastern Parkway). I know the shortest route seems to go through Chinatown, but I can't imagine what the traffic would be like. I *can* imagine me holding onto the wheel with the grip of death, getting lost, and leaving my car at the side of the road as I jump on the 4/5/6.

      Would any of you have taken this route before?

      Do you have suggestions for the best route taking into consideration directionally challenged people, as well as knowing the most logical routes (i.e. going through lower Manhattan is probably not a great idea).

      Your feedback is MOST welcome!

      Thank you

      12 Answers Feb 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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      Restaurant Near Brooklyn Promenade

      by lcat61 Online Now Aug 15, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      Can anyone recommend a good restaurant for lunch near Brooklyn Promenade? I will be going there Labor Day weekend.

      2 Answers Aug 15, 2011 at 3:13 PM
    • 7th ave arrest

      by brooklyn1234bb Online Now Jul 5, 2011 at 7:23 AM

      What is up with this 7th ave arrest?

      3 Answers Jul 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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      Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Brooklyn Museum

      by alvi21 Online Now Feb 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      Dear VTers,

      I'm visiting friends in NYC next month (March 2011) and would like to visit several places in Brooklyn. In order to have a better idea of my itinerary planning, I'd like to ask experienced VTers how much time (estimated average) one might spend at the following places:

      - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
      - Brooklyn Museum

      Thanks in advance for your help!


      7 Answers Apr 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM
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      Is Ridgewood, Brooklyn a safe naborhood?

      by johrog Online Now Feb 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM

      I am trying to rent an apartment in Ridgewood on my visit to NY. I found an offer of a flat on website, the place is located in Brooklyn,1817 Stockholm Street, Ridgewood, NY, 11385.
      Any bad or good things you could tell me about it before I make any contributions? All help greatly appreciated, thanks!

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      18 Answers Jun 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM