7 hour layover at LaGuardia...

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  1. LeeD

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    Hi guys...and gals.
    Flying to PuertoRico on the 15th his month, layover at LaGuardia NY. for 7 hours. Is it feasible to bus/train it in to the Village or Soho? And eat there and get back to the airport in time?
    Or is another breakfast destination closer a better idea.
    I haven't been to the Apple since 1989.
     
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    Do it.

    Figure an hour's ride each way. Busses run to and from Grand Central and Penn Station and perhaps other points every half hour or so. From there you can take a subway or taxi downtown.

    If you want to save a little time and have the money, cab it directly to and from airport.

    No matter what, you'll have an ample 3 or 4 hours to bop around Manhattan.
     
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    You're both showing your age. The hipsters would stay in Queens. For example you're a short trip from Schripriphai, considered perhaps the best Thai food in NYC, in Woodside, Queens. Little Asia in the Main St./Northern Boulevard area of flushing is about a mile away from the airport. And you can practically walk from the airport to Astoria, for the Little Athens and some authentic Greek food. The NYC food scene has shifted to Brooklyn and Queen; silly to schlep into Manhattan from the airport just to eat.
     
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    It was my assumption that his intentions weren't strictly to obtain a good meal, but to see the city. Those areas you mention are a tad dreary compared to the glamor of Manhattan. Where would you rather spend 4 or so hours during a layover? The Village and Soho, etc, or Woodside, Queens?
     
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    Take the bus to jackson heights, the koreans are open 24/7.
     
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    7 hours is plenty of time to get to the city and back.

    But, you are also very close to Astoria and it is a very nice neighborhood to explore now, especially around 30th ave between 31st and Steinway. There's also the park.

    Famous for its Greek community but, in my experience it is very, very diverse now. Kinda hipsterized... but not to the Williamsburg extent.
     
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    Gentlemen, the guy hasn't been in New York in 25 years, and you want him to waste his visit wandering around Queens??
     
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    This.

    That's plenty of time. Possibly plan to book a car out of the airport to drive you. Will be pricey, but worth it IMO.
     
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    Dont drink too much fluids, NYC is a hard city to find a public restroom. Grand Central Station has not one restroom, you are suppose to pee in the alley.
     
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    Take a lot of cash and go directly to Bed Sty. :)
     
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    Thanks, but being Chinese, I'll probably just go into Manhattan, as I don't have a clue where Queens is, in relation to Soho.
    Are there direct train lines linking LaGuardia to Manhattan? I remember taking the Penn station, and all the construction in the late '80's, and the alternative tunnels that weren't being used except as homeless shelters for those trying to stay warm in Dec of '89.
    Gotta keep the eat thing very basic, no fun to get tummy aches and diaria during a vacation to the Caribbean.
     
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    LGA is in Queens and being Chinese you know should know the real china town is Flushing, Queens :)

    Anyway, there aren't any "direct" trains from LGA. I'm not an outer boroughs guy but, You'll probably have to cab/bus it to the NQ and you can take that directly to SoHo (Prince St)

    Or make it easy on yourself and cab it all the way there. Probably be maybe 30 bucks?
     
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    Thanks again. Maybe a cab ride, but as usual, $$$ is tight at the beginning of a trip.
    I only know Chinatown's in SanFrancisco, Oakland, and Vancouver, sorry, and the little "Ctown" in lower Manhattan doesn't qualify.
    Since this is supposed to be an adventure, sightseeing Queens isn't a bad idea. I wonder what shuttle bus goes downtown there? We gotta keep it sorta cheap, as I've porportioned only $200 for my entire trip.
     
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    Cheap and New York City mix about as well as oil and water.
     
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    Well, being the old fart I am, I could sit in a chair or corner and daydream to kill 3 hours alone, and eat the rest....and read.
    But I'm travelling with a relative youngster, who's constantly moving and in search of action. She'd be bonkers if she sat at the airport for 7 hours, then sat on a plane for another 7, after sitting on a plane for 7 hours from SFO.
    Maybe she should bring her jogging shoes on carryon.
     
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    You've budgeted 200 bucks for the 7 hour New York City layover, or the entire trip??

    In any case, forget subways/trains. If you don't want to pay for a cab, take that fairly convenient and not terribly expensive bus that runs from Grand Central and Penn Station.

    No idea about busses into QUEENS.
     
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    LeeD, is your GF paying for the trip?
     
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    ? The bus and the train are the same price. If he's trying to get downtown it would make no sense to go from Queens to a bus in midtown...

    Other than a cab the fastest way to SoHo is the NQ on 31st street in Astoria or possibly taking the 7 train and transferring to the NQ at Queensboro Plaza, again getting off at Prince St. Trust me, sadly I was actually a B&T'er in Astoria for a few months.

    But, if you really wanted to take the bus at grand central, the 7 train will get you there, 2nd to last stop. That being said in this case train is the way to go...

    edit: Here we go. Hopstopped it for you. Take the M60 to the NQ. Approx a little over an hour from LGA to SoHo.

    http://newyork.hopstop.com/search
     
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    Yes, I would definitely put the running shoes into carry-on. The locals love morning jogs along LaGuardia runways, so you get to experience the local culture firsthand. I would bring swimsuits too – the northmost tips of the venerable LaGuardia runways are just a couple of hundred feet’s swim away from the beautiful Rikers Island. Nice jog, nice swim, exploring an exotic island, some bird-watching maybe, free meals potentially… you might enjoy your tour so much you’ll never make it to the Caribbean!
     
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    Why would go to Chinatown, its looks like every Chinatown in North America. Kind of smelly, crowded, dirty. Go see something unique there.
     
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    I'd cab it to Union Square and walk around, heading South to SoHo. You mention morning - be aware that most shops don't open until 11am.

    And yeah, nobody calls it "The Apple" or "the Big Apple" anymore except for tourists. It's a dead giveaway like Germans in black Socks and Sandals.
     
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    Was just going to say that:)
     
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    This is how rumors get started... There are at least two men's rooms in GC, and they're not bad either. Unlike how they were in the 1970's...

    Besides that, use bathrooms in fastfood chains and starbucks.

    And how is he supposed to get to these trains?

    Much easier walking out of the terminal and getting on the bus to Manhattan that stops in front of your face.

    Also false.
     
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    Can you elaborate?
     
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    sobad you need to start a tour guide service
     
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    Why not go over to USTA Tennis Center....
     
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    Thanks for all the replies and the thoughts, everyone!
    But dumb me, I just found out we were laying over at JFK Airport, not LGuardia. Sorry, I got my facts mixed up.
     
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    Take the Airtrain to Jamaica $5.00

    Take the E train from Jamaica Manhattan bound to West 4th street $2.50

    I will be at the McDonald's on the corner when you exit the subway station.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks, I'll buy you breakfast, Sunday morning around 8.
    Wow, $7.50 to get into the city by public transport. Guess I won't complain about our BART, $5 bucks to go 27 miles including under the bay.
     
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    Yes, once my hoteling business expands, I plan to expand my tour services accordingly.

    Happens all the time when you read travel documents - one day it's LaGuardia, then it's Kennedy, and the next thing you know your connection is at the Jackie O hydrorunway in Central Park.

    Jamaica has a strict visa regime for certain classes of visitors.
     
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    I will GOAT LeeD thru the Immigrashion line. Then I will bash his glasses in with my KPS88 and buy him new ones with GFOAT anti glare frames at the Cohen's Optical on 33rd Street.
     
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    Thanks for the nice thoughts and advice.
    Unfortunately, blind as I am, I haven't worn glasses since 1955, but will look into a pair if you want.
     
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    The connection might actually be in Newark, if there even is a connection. But from Dulles International I would bus it into the district and have loaded potato skins at Clyde's on M Street.
     
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    I think we should immediately taxi LeeD to NTC and film an Epic TT Exo match VS Jolly or some other epic TT GOAT.
     
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    Thanks again...
    We're coming home thru Dulles, on Jan15. Layover is 5 hours.
    Going to PuertoRico, we're stopping for 7 hours at JFK.
     
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    Lee would you be up for playing tennis during your layover? I'm in NY right now, and I'm sure other TW hitters would love to meet the GOAT too.
     
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    I think Jolly is 4.5 who plays mostly 5.0, is young and strong, but plays about as often as I do...one every 3 weeks.
     
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    So LeeD you will not be posting when you are on vacation, correct?
     
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    Good question.
    I didn't last year. Did you miss me for the 3 weeks?
    Have only g/f's Dad's computer, and he's on it every time I walk by that room.
    I'm sure you can hold up my end.
    And great more industry people, as well as some budding pros, are on here.
     
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    OP, bring a fold-able mattress with you all the ways. Super idea right :)
     
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    Where you got the money for the vacation?
     
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    I can sleep almost anywhere. Problem is rich spoiled g/f.
    I"m staying with her relatives and at her house in Fajardo. The tickets are $320 round trip, hence the long out of the way layovers.
    I'm well to do, what with my 560 a month income..
     
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    oh my gosh 560 a month you should get a job??
     
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    No, I'm well to do. 560 is skimpy, but it's adaquate. I'm eating fish and rice tonight.
     
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    I live around here, and I'll refer to it as the big apple from time to time for whatever reason. The term has its place.

    Better fights than this one have occcured at that McDonalds...

    He can also take a very short cab ride from Logan to Fanueil Hall for some find Chipyard chocolate chips and perhaps some pizzeria Regina as well. In fact, this may be the quickest and cheapest option of any proposed so far.

    Now the NTC IS close. It's a great place to play tennis, Lee. Send the gf to Manhattan, and you go have fun on the fabled courts. Court 12 is where I had my legendary match against Storm Holloway a few years back.

    You're 62 and on your GF's father's computer? How old is this young lady?
     
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    ^This is a completely serious question, just in case it comes off as sarcasm.

    But, do you live in the city?
     
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    Are you suspecting he's bridge and tunnel?
     
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    lol Hey! I'm not insinuating anything...












    yet :p


    I don't hate though. I did a few months as a B&T'er. Astoria was very nice. In fact, Astoria Park is still my tennis playing area of choice, even spent a couple months in Flushing, not nearly as nice...

    But, if you had to put me on the spot, I'd guess he's LI, not the outer boroughs.
     
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    I lived in that city before you were born, son. Both Manhattan and Brooklyn. Live along the mighty Hudson River now, where I began, some 20 miles north of the city. I may live there again someday when my daughter is grown and gone, but I may not as it's very nice here. (I would only live in Manhattan though. Brooklyn is dreadful.)

    As everyone knows, Bridge and Tunnel refers to New Jersey and Long Island, which also includes Queens and Brooklyn. It does not refer to Westchester County for complicated reasons too complicated to explain here due to their complicated nature.
     
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